News Maker Adam Packham on Heroes on the River

Heroes on the River is a group offering combat Veterans group adventures.

The organization just launched their website Sun. and have a new direct phone line.

We spoke to Heroes on the River representative Adam Packham in our latest news maker.

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Adam tells us that this weekend’s Skydive excursion still has room for combat Veterans.

That trip was just declared the largest combat Veteran tandem skydive in the United States by the U.S. Parachute Association.

Adam also tells us about the new website and phone as well.

He also tells us of future trips for combat Veterans and their families.

Click here for Adam’s interview.

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WPD announce a wanted fugitive has been apprehended

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a wanted fugitive has been apprehended.

Chanz Doleman has been sought for his association with an incident that left a male victim with serious injuries.

Authorities have been searching for Doleman since March 20.

Doleman is being investigated by WPD for his involvement with the incident.

Doleman was apprehended in West Virginia on Wed. July 13 and faces charges of felony assault.

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MD. man arrested for trying to maim Fauquier K-9 officer

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Landover Maryland man on a number of charges.

Kevin Spriggs was arrested on Sat. July 16 by Fauquier County sheriff Deputies.

Spriggs is charged with possession of stolen goods, obstruction of justice, eluding, driving without a license, driving under the influence of drugs and attempt to maim a law enforcement animal.

Authorities were alerted to Spriggs driving a vehicle with matching license plate to an earlier carjacking in Stafford County.

After the initial traffic stop failed Spriggs was found a short time later parked along the road.

Spriggs refused to exit the vehicle until K-9 officer Bane was deployed to get him out.

After exiting Spriggs continued to resist and began choking Bane.

Finally Spriggs was taken into custody and transported to Fauquier Hospital for treatment.

Spriggs is also being charged by Stafford County Authorities with grand larceny.

Fauquier authorities confirm that K-9 Bane is okay thanks to quick action by deputies on the scene.

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Drug Court status for Warren County

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A luncheon to explain the highly anticipated Warren County Adult Drug Treatment Court  was held Tuesday July 12.

There were representatives from the successful Frederick County Drug Court there to explain how the court works and how successful it has been.

Through plea agreements non violent offenders who have failed in other programs could benefit from  the high demand intensive program.

The Drug Court is highly supervised offering intensive treatment for offenders.

The offenders are given 3 random drug test a week with prompt response for noncompliance.

The drug court program participant will spend 18 to 20 months in the program costing them approximately $900.

Additional funds would be provided by Valley Health and other organizations.

Warren County has the fifth highest per-capita overdose rate in the Commonwealth.

Warren County officials are hoping that the Adult Drug Treatment Court will offer offenders treatment for addictions as opposed to punishment.

The Adult Drug Treatment Court hopes to be established within a year in Warren County.

Shenandoah County is also working to establish a similar court.

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News Maker Emily Marlow Beck on Marlow Motors giving back

Marlow Motor Company is celebrating their 75 anniversary by giving back to the communities they serve.

We spoke to Emily Marlow Beck about the effort in our latest news maker.

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Emily tells about how Marlow Motor Company plans to give needed items to 75 local nonprofits.

She tells how the effort came about and how your help is needed to help others.

All three of Marlow offices are collecting needed items and all you have to do is drop off the items they will take care of the rest.

Click here for Emily’s interview.

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A Tale Of Two Cities And The Midsummer Classic

Greetings From The Booth!

It’s great to be back in The Booth after a relaxing week of vaycay at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. There’s nothing like the slow pace of “lake life” to get one recharged and refreshed. I could get used to hot tubs, reading the latest Grisham novel on the deck, boating and hiking , and of course, good food and drink.

One of my favorite things about the annual week at DCL is talking sports with my nephew TJ, who is a huge UVA and Baltimore Oriole guy, and one of the most knowledgeable sports fans I know. In addition, we both wallow in our misery at being Commanders (Redskins) fans. As I am a suffering Nats fan, we spent some time comparing the situations of our respective teams, the O’s and Nationals.

Unlike the Nats, who, at the All-Star break, are on pace to lose about 110 games, the young Orioles go into the break on a 10-game win streak and are just 2 games out of the final AL Wild Card spot. In reality, the Birds are a few years away from their plan of contending once again, but don’t tell these youngsters that they are not supposed to win NOW. Winning begets winning, and there’s nothing like a 10-game skein to boost a team’s confidence. And, there’s that intangible thing called chemistry. I’ll admit, TJ had me singing the old “Oriole Magic” song all week. It was stuck in my head. The O’s may eventually fade in the dog days of August, but if the front office doesn’t make any greedy moves this year, it looks like this team is headed in the right direction.

40 miles away are the Washington Nationals, who despite players like Josh Bell and Juan Soto, don’t appear to have that chemistry, and almost surely will lose 100-plus games this year. It’s hard to recognize a team that is just 3-years removed from winning a World Series. Granted, most of that group is gone, but it’s hard to see Mike Rizzo’s plan for this club. Injury has certainly played a part, but the Nats look like a rudderless ship that has sunk to the bottom of the NL East, a place usually reserved for the Miami Marlins. Although not his fault, Manager Davey Martinez may take the fall (he recently received the kiss of death–a one-year extension) for another bad year in DC. BTW, there are plenty of seats available at Nationals Park…

Finally, just a few words about (at the time of this post) tonight’s MLB All-Star Game. The Midsummer Classic for me has lost some of it’s luster over the years, and I didn’t even watch last year when the game was politicized and moved away from Atlanta. But thinking of the All-Star Game takes me back to my youth, a time when I kept a scoresheet for the game, players wanted to play, and the teams wanted to win (remember Pete Rose crashing into catcher Ray Fosse to win the 1970 edition?). I don’t think it’s the case anymore, but that being said, the MLB All-Star Game is still sports’ purest: the Pro Bowl is a pillow fight, the NHL version is unrecognizable, and the NBA All-Star Game is a defenseless layup and 3-point exhibition with scores like 173-168.

Enjoy the Midsummer Classic, and until next time from The Booth, GO NATS & O’s!

RW