News Maker Meghan Bowers on pay what you can clinic

The Warren County Humane Society will host a pay what you can rabies clinic Sept. 23.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Humane Society Meghan Bowers in our latest news maker.

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Meghan tells how a pay what you can rabies clinic is made possible.

She also tells us how you can help with make other clinics and opportunities possible.

Meghan tells us the clinic will be held at the low cost spay and neuter clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Click here for Meghan’s interview.

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Schools across Virginia receive non-credible threats

Several schools across the Commonwealth received direct calls of active shooter incidents around 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

Those schools included Skyline Middle School, Signal Knob Middle School, Strasburg High School and others.

Out of an abundance of caution all schools involved were placed in lockdown with the threats being deemed not credible after authorities thoroughly investigated.

Students were released at approximately 4 p.m..

Virginia State Police report that at least 5 schools received similar calls at approximately the same time.

Schools in Culpeper, Charlottesville along with Shenandoah, Warren and Mecklenburg Counties all received similar calls.

The calls came from an out of state number with attempts to call the number back could not be completed.

It is believed the calls were an attempt at swatting or spoofing authorities.

Calls that came in to Shenandoah County led to some confusion as School Resource Officers were already at the school and reported no such incidents.

Virginia State Police continue to investigate the situations in all jurisdictions.

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SU is certified a Virginia Values Veterans employer

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Shenandoah University (SU) announced that the school is now a certified Virginia Values Veterans employer.

Virginia Values Veterans was introduced by the Department of Veterans Services to help train and help employers implement best practices in recruiting hiring and retaining highly skilled and dependable veterans.

SU’s certification is an important step toward the school hiring the most qualified employees.

The university already employs more than 30 military affiliated faculty and staff members.

The school is working on expanding its veteran opportunities to become a regional anchor.

New services at the school will include providing comprehensive support and resources to veterans their families and caregivers and survivors as well.

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VA. ABC employee pleads guilty to embezzlement and more

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An email from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (VAABC) confirms a former employee has pleaded guilty to computer trespass and embezzling inventory charges.

Edgar Smith Garcia 28 of Manassas pleaded guilty in Hanover County Circuit court September 19.

Garcia was a lead ABC sales associate from February 14 to March 25, 2022.

He was found to be passing internal agency information to Robert Adams of Newport News.

Adams was allegedly selling that information to buyers he contacted through online bourbon hunting groups.

Adams is scheduled to appear in court on December 12 in Hanover County.

Virginia State Police Criminal Investigation Division and ABC Authorities conducted an extensive internal review which led to the arrest of the two subjects.

ABC CEO Travis Hill said that new distribution methods have been put in place to close avenues that could provide the possibilities for exploitation in the future.

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Winchester Council approves a 34 unit development in the city

The Winchester City Council approved a plan to build 34 three story town houses at 520 North Pleasant Valley Road.

The development will be known as Laurelwood Commons and will sit on an almost 3 acre plot of land that has already been approved for rezoning.

The plan also includes a storm water retention pond to alleviate the property’s poor drainage.

A series of underground drainage pipes will be placed throughout the development connecting to a pond.

From there the pond discharges to storm water drainage system north of Pleasant Valley Road.

The construction will eliminate the building that once housed the first radio station licensed to Winchester Virginia and owned by Richard Lewis until 2007.

The building and property were sold to Centennial Broadcasting who still owns the property.

The Winchester city staff still has to approve the site plan before demolition and building can begin.

The full Winchester City Council meeting video is here with the portion on the development approximately 19 minutes in.

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FRPD undercover operation helps arrest a suspect

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Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) announced the arrest of a suspect involved in the solicitation of a minor.

Front Royal Police Detectives initiated the investigation regarding the solicitation in Warren County Front Royal in April.

The effort was an approach to apprehend individuals soliciting underage victims for sexual purposes.

During the operation an adult male began soliciting a detective who he believed to be a female under the age of 15 for photographs and sexually explicit material.

The suspect would also send the detective unsolicited adult materials as well.

Police were able to identify the suspect as a 28 year old Smithfield resident named Sean Kreinsen.

On Friday Kreinsen was arrested and is now held without bond with a court date of Oct. 13 in Warren County.

Front Royal Police Department is an active member of the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in coordination with the Virginia State Police.

Anyone with any information regarding the solicitation or exploitation of a minor should contact the Front Royal Police Department.

If you have information in the Kreinsen case contact Detective M.R. Ramey at 540-636-2208 or at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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News Maker Angela Blair For the Cats Sake Fall Market

For the Cats Sake Animal Refuge in Flint Hill will have a Fall Market this Sat. Sept. 23.

We spoke with Angela Blair about the event in our latest news maker.

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Angela tells us about For the Cats Sake and what they do and how they help our animals.

She also tells us what to expect at the Fall Market at the Front Royal Fire Hall.

Angela also tells us there is a great need for volunteers for anyone with any skill for a number opportunities.

Click here for Angela’s news maker.

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