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Fire & Rescue

Truck crash sends driver to hospital

A Shenandoah County man suffered injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Maurertown on Monday morning. A 1978 GMC truck driven by Cornelio Juarez, 44, of Maurertown, crashed at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Zion Church Road, just south of Black Bear Road in Maurertown, according to information ...

In measured tones, panel keeps debating state of Fire Department

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department held a special meeting Thursday after an article in the Northern Virginia Daily highlighted comments from the department’s interim vice president, Milton Painter, criticizing the training of department members and the maintenance of the ...

New trial dates set for appeals of former Strasburg firefighters

WOODSTOCK — New dates have been set for the appeals of former Strasburg Fire Department members Dale King and Nathan Hirschberg. Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp continued both cases Wednesday. The two bench trials will instead occur at 9 a.m. July 23. During the proceedings, Hupp said that he was ...

Former fire chief appeals department’s removal of life membership

STRASBURG — Former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King is appealing a decision to revoke his life membership from the department. In a meeting of the Fire Department restructuring committee on Thursday, the committee members voted to hear King give his appeal during their next regular ...

Fifth member in Strasburg Fire Department case found guilty

WOODSTOCK — Another former member of the Strasburg Fire Department has been found guilty by a judge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In a bench trial on Thursday, Judge William Logan convicted Bradly Markin and sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 70 of those days suspended. ...

Town oversight of Fire Department may last

STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee are looking at potential changes to the  department bylaws that would give the town permanent oversight over volunteer firefighters. Mayor Rich Orndorff said in an interview Wednesday that members of the ...

Police ID Stephens City man killed in crash

A Stephens City man died in a vehicle crash in Fauquier County last week, state police said Monday. Authorities identified the victim in the May 1 crash as 47-year-old Kelly D. Holzhauser. Holzhauser died at the scene of the collision between two vehicles at the 25-mile marker on westbound ...

Strasburg man dies in crash

A Strasburg man died in a single-car crash late Thursday afternoon on U.S. 11 around Mt. Hebron Road near Strasburg. Virginia State Police said the victim, identified as Dustin Daniel Baker, 20, died at the scene as a result injuries sustained in the crash. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state ...

Strasburg Fire Department removes former fire chief from membership

STRASBURG — Two weeks after rejecting an identical measure, Strasburg  Fire Department members roundly voted on Thursday to terminate former fire chief Dale King from the department. In a 24-4 decision, the members reversed a vote made hours after King was sentenced to jail time on a ...

Fire Department rejects bid to banish King from its ranks

STRASBURG — Hours after former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King was sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Strasburg Fire Department narrowly voted against a measure that would remove King from the department. During a Fire Department meeting on ...

Four sentenced in Fire Department cases

WOODSTOCK — One current and three former members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including the former fire chief and current member Dale King, were sentenced to jail Thursday for periods varying from one to three months following their convictions on misdemeanor charges of contributing to ...

Strasburg panel removes Fire Department leaders

STRASBURG — A committee set up to make changes within the Strasburg Fire Department following the arrest of six department members has forced the removal of the department’s president and vice president. During the first meeting of the Strasburg Fire Department’s Restructuring Committee ...

Fatal crash leaves two dead

A vehicle crash in Frederick County on Saturday night left two people dead and three injured. State police continue to investigate a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. in the 3300 block of Papermill Road. A 1999 Ford F150 pickup traveling east on Papermill Road crossed ...

Supervisor plans to question interim fire chief appointment

In 2016, when the Town of New Market appointed Shenandoah County Fire Chief Tim Williams to the role of interim fire chief, Richard Walker, a member of the county Board of Supervisors, criticized the move, calling it a potential violation of the department’s rules. Less than two years ...

Some counties ban outdoor fires

Strong winds and dry conditions prompted area fire officials this week to issue bans on open burning even though weather reports call for snow this weekend. The Frederick County Office of the Fire Marshal ordered Thursday all burning suspended. The National Weather Service issued an enhanced ...

Department removes accused firefighters from leadership positions

Members of the Strasburg Fire Department have voted to kick two people out of leadership positions as the department grapples with a sexual misconduct scandal. During a members-only meeting on Thursday, the department members voted to remove Chris Pangle from his position as operations captain ...

Strasburg demands major changes from Fire Department

Citing an “unacceptable” and “morally reprehensible” culture within the Strasburg Fire Department, the Strasburg Town Council has demanded widespread changes within the department. In a scathing letter sent by the Town Council and Mayor Rich Orndorff late Thursday, the town demanded ...

Fire & Rescue Report

The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Feb. 5-11. Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Allergic reaction, 1 Altered mental status, 2 Cardiac arrest, 1 Chest pain,1 Chimney fire, 1 Diabetic, 2 Difficulty breathing, ...

Basement fire destroys Woodstock home

The Shenandoah County fire marshal declared a Woodstock home at 60 Smoot Road a total loss after a fire around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The couple living in the home was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and was able to safely evacuate with their two dogs. Barbara Gustavson, 63, and her ...