WCSO arrest Winchester fugitive

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) executed 2 search warrants resulting in the arrest of Winchester resident Eric Anthony Capps.

While in Warren County Capps was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm.

A subsequent search reveled over $1600 worth of methamphetamine, approximately $2000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Capps is currently held without bond in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren regional jail.

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PCSO make an animal cruelty arrest

Animal Control Deputies from the Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) took control of multiple animals kept in poor conditions.

Tabitha Price of Shenandoah Virginia has been charged with 51 counts of animal cruelty.

The charges include 47 counts of undernourishment and 47 counts of failing to prevent dehydration.

Price is schedule to appear in Page County General District Court August 26.

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FCSO accepting applications for youth camp

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is accepting applications for their free youth camp.

The program is for 6-8 graders in the 2021-22 school year.

The camp is held at Cedar Creek Christian Camp August 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

The supervised camp provides a learning experience for boys and girls.

You must submit an application by July 15.

Call Michelle Ritter for more information and an application at (540) 504-6576.

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Front Royal Police warn of a scam using their number

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The Front Royal Police department’s main number (540) 635-2111 is being used in a scam.

If you receive a call with that number and someone clams to work for Social Security or DEA demanding money or personal information.

Always know that this is always a scam.

There is no government agency or organization that would be calling you demanding money or personal information over the phone.

It is advised to just hang up and disregard any of these attempts to extort money form you.

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Waggin’ for Dragons is back Aug. 7

One of the region’s biggest fundraisers is set for Aug. 7 benefiting the United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Humane Society of Front Royal Warren County .

Waggin’ for Dragons is a boat race along the Shenandoah River with teams of 20 members.

This is a great opportunity for team building for businesses, churches, families and friends but prepping is essential.

There are also opportunities for sponsorship as well as volunteering.

You can find out more about Waggin’ for Dragons at hswcevents.org/wagginfordragons or by calling (540) 635-4734.

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HRLS celebrates 20 years of Bowman Library

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Handley Regional Library System (HRLS) will celebrate the 20 anniversary of the Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library.

The Library opened  July 16, 2001 with an anniversary celebration next Sat. Jul. 17.

The celebration includes a chance for visitors to join in a musical jam so bring an instrument or just enjoy an old time music session.

A family photobooth will be in the library along with the history of the library itself.

A story walk around the library’s spacious grounds as well.

This is a prime opportunity to see and enjoy what the Bowman Library has to offer Stephens City and community.

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SCSO collects for back to school today 7/10 and tomorrow 7/11

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) School Resource Officers are collecting school supplies at the Woodstock Walmart.

The stuff the bus campaign is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today Jul. 10 and tomorrow Jul.11.

They are collecting items like writing utensils, markers, notebooks, bookbags and other back to school essentials.

All items collected for Shenandoah County stuff the bus will remain in Shenandoah County.

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Charlottesville set to remove Lee statue that sparked rally

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By SARAH RANKIN

By Associated Press | Published Jul. 10, 2021 8:50 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that became a rallying point for white supremacists and helped inspire their infamous 2017 rally in Charlottesville will be hoisted off its pedestal this weekend and sent to storage, officials announced Friday.

The Lee statue and another Confederate tribute nearby are both scheduled to be removed Saturday, nearly four years after violence erupted at the “Unite the Right” rally. The chaos left 32-year-old protester Heather Heyer dead and sparked a national debate over racial equity, further inflamed by former President Donald Trump’s insistence that there was “blame on both sides.”

A coalition of activists issued a statement Friday celebrating the announcement. Because of litigation and changes to a state law dealing with war memorials, the city had been unable to act until now.

As long as the statues “remain standing in our downtown public spaces, they signal that our community tolerated white supremacy and the Lost Cause these generals fought for,” the coalition called Take ’Em Down Cville said.

Preparations around the parks where the statues stand were to begin Friday and included the installation of protective fencing, the news release said. Designated public viewing areas for the removals will be established.

Only the statues of Lee and Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be removed for now, the city said. The stone bases of the monuments will be left in place temporarily and removed later.

The statues are perched in places of relative prominence in Charlottesville, a small, picturesque city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to the University of Virginia. Commissioned by a UVA graduate and erected in the 1920s, when Jim Crow laws were eroding the rights of Black citizens, the statues are just blocks apart from each other.

The Charlottesville City Council voted in February 2017 to take down the Lee statue amid mounting public pressure, including a petition started by a Black high school student, Zyahna Bryant.

A lawsuit was quickly filed, putting the city’s plans on hold, and white supremacists seized on the issue.

First, they rallied by torchlight at the statue in May 2017, then a small group of Klansmen gathered in July, far outnumbered by peaceful protesters.

The issue reached a crescendo in August, when white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally gathered in the city to defend the Lee statue and seize on the issue for publicity, meeting in what was the largest such gathering of extremists in at least a decade.

They brawled in the streets near the statue with anti-racist counterprotesters as police largely stood by and watched. The scenes of intense violence shocked the nation. A short time later, an avowed white supremacist and admirer of Adolf Hitler intentionally plowed his car into a crowd of people, killing Heyer and leaving others with life-altering injuries.

Trump’s suggestion at a later news conference that there had been “very fine people, on both sides” led to a crush of criticism from Republicans, Democrats and business leaders.

Charlottesville continued to fight in court for the removal of the Lee statue and additionally voted to remove the Jackson figure. But a circuit court judge prevented the city from even shrouding the statues with tarps.

After Democrats took control of the General Assembly in the 2019 elections, the monument-protection law was rewritten in 2020. Since then, local governments across the state have removed statues that stood for a century or more.

Charlottesville, however, waited for the resolution of the lawsuit, which came in April, when the state’s highest court sided with the city.

Since that ruling, the city government has been working its way through the requirements of the new law, like holding a public hearing and offering the statue to a museum or historical society for possible relocation. The offer period for Charlottesville’s statues ended Thursday.

Ten responses have been received so far, Friday’s news release said, and the city remains open to “additional expressions of interest.” Under the new law, the city has the final say in the statues’ disposition.

Both will be stored in a secure location on city property until the City Council makes a final decision, the news release said.

In the aftermath of the rally, Charlottesville residents unleashed a torrent of pain, anger and frustration at city and state officials, laying bare deeper issues about race and economic inequality. Activists have since pushed the city to address its legacies of racism and slavery and its dearth of affordable housing and police accountability, among other issues.

Kristin Szakos, who was a City Council member at the time of the rally, said in an interview earlier this week that there was a determination to make sure the lessons of 2017 were learned.

“It really brought up a lot of awareness of white supremacy that is not just from visitors from Idaho, but also from structures in our own culture and in our own institutions that we have to deal with. And that those are more important than just chasing Nazis out of our town,” she said.

Szakos, no longer in office, said the city has made some progress toward that work and that the statue removals will be another step in the right direction.

City officials have said they plan to redesign the park spaces where the statues are located “in a way that promotes healing and that tells a more complete history of Charlottesville.”

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