Rt. 522 shutdown in both directions Sunday night

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Route 522 was shutdown in both directions last night Sun. May 2 as utility crews and authorities cleared an accident near the Winchester City limits.

The accident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. near Fairmont Ave.

Multiple power lines and poles were knocked down causing power outages for approximately 8 hours.

The accident remains under investigation.

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VSP issues an AMBER Alert

Virginia State Police (VSP) has issued an Amber Alert from the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

Yesterday May 2 an Amber Alert was issued for 2 year old Noah Gabriel Trout a white male with blond hair and blue eyes was last seen at Big Stony Creek Road in Giles County.

The boy is 2 feet 9 inches tall weighing 33 pounds last seen wearing a grey shirt and orange jacket.

The young man may be in extreme danger.

The abductor was seen in a blue jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes and black beanie.

The pair was seen in a dark colored SUV or Van.

Anyone with information is asked to call Giles County Sheriff’s Office at 540-921-3842.

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Minimum wage increases in Virginia

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As of Saturday minimum wage in Virginia went from the Federally mandated $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour.

This was part of a state law passed last year.

Minimum wage is projected to increase to $11 an hour in January then to $12 an hour in 2022.

If approved by future legislature minimum wage could reach $15 an hour by 2026 in the state.

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Front Royal temporarily stops special event permit applications

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Applications for special event permits for the Downtown Commons Area of Front Royal are not being taken until further notice.

Events currently scheduled will be held.

Those who have already applied for a permit are being considered.

This is temporary as new policies and procedures are being considered for the best use of the property.

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River Report: 5-3-21

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In this edition of the twice-weekly Shenandoah River Reports, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf has a story about a rescue of a Red-Shouldered Hawk who was in distress recently. Spoiler Alert: the story ends well. Our River reports are brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. If you’re planning a day trip (or longer) on the beautiful South Fork, visit https://frontroyaloutdoors.com

Virginia public works employee killed by falling tree limb

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By Associated Press | Published May 3, 2021 8:50 a.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia public works employee was killed Friday when a falling tree limb struck the worker while on the job, according to officials.

The City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation employee was working alongside a public utility staffer at Riven Rock Park when the accident happened, officials said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The other worker called 911 and attempted to give the victim medical aid, but the employee did not survive.

“We are truly saddened by today’s events, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community members at this difficult moment for our colleague’s loved ones and our City of Harrisonburg team – especially our Department of Parks and Recreation,” City Manager Eric D. Campbell said in the statement.

The worker was not identified and an exact cause of death was not immediately given.

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Sports: Monday, May 3, 2021

Hornet Recap, Scherzer Stops Marlins, Caps-Rangers Tonight

On the Shenandoah University scoreboard from yesterday, Men’s Track & Field finished third, while the Women finished fifth at the ODAC Outdoor Championships. Baseball finished it’s regular season at 26-8 with a 14-4 win over Mount Aloysius. And Men’s Tennis lost to Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament.

There are no events scheduled today. Baseball will play this coming weekend in the ODAC Tournament.

The Washington Nationals are now tied for first place in the NL East after a 3-1 win over Miami yesterday. Max Scherzer threw a complete game 5-hitter to complete the 3-game sweep, then hurried off to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Ryan Zimmerman launched a 3-run homer for the Nats, who are off today before starting a 3-game series against the Braves tomorrow on Sports Radio 1450.

The O’s were nipped by the A’s 7-5 yesterday. The Birds take on Seattle tonight at 10:10.

The Washington Capitals skate against the New York rangers tonight. The Caps now find themselves in second place in the NHL’s Eastern Division after losing 2 straight to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Air time tonight is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

And, Kyle Busch celebrated his birthday with a win at Kansas Speedway yesterday in the NASCAR Cup Series.