SCSO updates abduction case Victim found Suspect at large

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Shenandoah County Authorities report the recovery of an abduction victim Oct. 20th  however the abductor is still at large.

Forty-one-year-old Basye resident April Cline was found safe near Quicksburg northwest of New Market in the abandoned blue Dodge Dakota that was stolen during the initial abduction.

The perpetrator is still at large last seen northwest of New Market by the victim.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has obtained a warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Mitchell Markley Jr.

Markley was last seen on foot wearing blue jean shorts and a black jacket.

Markley has been recorded on game cameras in the Quicksburg area as well as reported northwest of New Market.

The warrant by SCSO issued for Markley’s arrest includes charges of breaking and entering, assault and battery as well as abduction by force or intimidation,

Markley is also wanted on additional charges from other jurisdictions.

If you see Markley you are advised not to approach him and contact the SCSO or your local Law Enforcement Office immediately.

Call the SCSO at 540-459-6100 pictures of Markley are found here.

You can follow the ongoing man hunt as it develops here.

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Va.’s Attorney General Miyares announces Opioid settlement

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares announced that the Commonwealth has received its first initial payment from an opioid manufacturer.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson and they have made a payment of $67.4 million which includes approximately $11.3 million for the state, $16.3 million for Virginia localities and $39.8 million for the Opioid Abatement Authority.

Miyares stated that this helps the Commonwealth fight back against the opioid epidemic as well as reduce, prevent and treat addiction.

The settlement also requires Johnson and Johnson to stop selling opioids in the United States.

The settlement also prevents Johnson and Johnson from promoting opioids or funding third parties that promote opioids.

Johnson and Johnson will also be prohibited from lobbying on legislation, regulations or activities related to opioids.

To date Virginia will receive approximately $532.9 million from opioid distributor settlements collectively.

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If I Owned The Team…

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Greetings from The Booth!

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” That was the classic line delivered by the great Al Pacino in Godfather: Part 3, But it also applies to my love-hate relationship with the Washington, DC football franchise. 2 weeks ago, I didn’t watch a second of the Commanders’ loss to Tennessee. Last Thursday, the WVU game overlapped with Washington’s game with Chicago, and my Mounties won out, for the most part, as the Commanders-Bears game set football back about 100 years.

However, the Commanders continue to pull me back in because of the soap-opera nature of the organization. Every week there is new drama, mostly off-the-field stuff. This week, the drama, as usual, swirls around team owner Dan Snyder (surprise!). There now seems to be a groundswell among other NFL owners to force Snyder to sell the team, something fans have wanted for a long time. Continuing investigations into the team culture and constant bumbling on and off the field have made a once-proud franchise the NFL’s laughingstock.

To stave off a vote of league owners–24 are needed to force Snyder to sell–The Dan has allegedly compiled “dirt” on some of the team owners, by hiring a private investigator, a claim Snyder denies. Things have gotten so bad that Snyder has alienated the one friend he had in Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, who served as a mentor to Snyder when he first bought the Washington franchise. To be continued…

Anyway, with the ouster of Snyder a real possibility, I started to think about what I would do if I owned the Washington Commanders, and what it would take to return the team to respectability, so here goes:

Change The Name (again): Yes, I would immediately re-brand the team. The Commanders name seems half-baked, and no one I know likes it. Yes, the new uniforms are kinda cool, but there is no real tie to the team’s glorious past. I know the costs will be great to do this, but I’m working under the assumption that if I’m an NFL owner, I can afford to do this. I’d probably stop short of the original name, but something that ties the present to names like Riggins, Gibbs, Sonny, etc.

Get A Stadium Deal Done: No mincing words here. Fed-Ex Field is a urinal. It’s also home to one of the worst game-day experiences in the NFL. New digs in DC is preferable, but Northern Virginia works for me. This item is a must.

Get The Fans Back: Every game for the Commanders is basically a road game, because Fed-Ex is filled with the opposing teams’ fans. This is inexcusable. Yes, winning is the best solution to get fans back, but beyond that, I’d hire the best marketing people I could find, and figure out how to fill the seats again with Burgundy and Gold.

Stop The QB & Head Coach Merry-Go-Round: The number of Quarterbacks and Head Coaches under Dan Snyder would fill the Greater DC Area phone book. While I would not meddle in day-to-day football operations, I would choose a bright, young coaching prospect and tell my football people to get a franchise QB, and let him go through his growing pins on the field. I would be transparent with the fans and tell them that a few painful years will result in good things down the road. Let’s stop with the re-treads and has-beens and build something that is our own.

So, there you have it. Now all I need is about $300 billion.

Until the next visit from The Booth…HTTR!



W.Va. high speed chase runs through 2 counties

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office released more information on a high speed chase that ran through two counties in West Virginia.

The report comes from Metro News out of West Virginia.

The driver of a black Infiniti refused to stop when Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies attempted to pull him over for defective equipment and speeding on Oct. 12.

The driver identified as Austin Michael Roher of Leetown reached speeds of over 111 miles per hour as he proceeded down Route 9 west.

Roher took the Kearneysville Leetown exit through a stop sign before turning south onto Leetown Road with authorities in pursuit.

Roher managed to avoid spike strips turned off his lights and turned onto Sulphur Springs Road using the oncoming lane.

Berkeley County Deputies joined the pursuit when Roher ran through a red light into Berkeley County.

Roher drove onto Winchester Road Route 11 stopping at a dead end on Lobo Lane.

Officers gave verbal commands for Roher to exit the vehicle to no avail.

When Authorities reached the vehicle they found Roher with a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Roher was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Berkeley County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation into the incident continues.

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WPD promotes their personnel in a ceremony today 10/21

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that they will hold their Promotions Ceremony Oct. 21.

The annual event will be held at the Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center at 2 p.m.

This will include the promotion of several of the department’s personnel including the promotion of Deputy Chief Amanda Behan.

The 20 year veteran of the WPD will be sworn in as the City of Winchester’s first female Police Chief.

Behan was promoted to Police Chief after Chief John Piper was appointed to the Deputy City Manager Position in a recent Administration reorganization by City Manager Dan Hoffman.

Piper is now in charge of all safety divisions for the City of Winchester.

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News Maker Stacy McFarland on the Am. Red Cross Ian recovery

Hurricane Ian has taken its toll on the American Red Cross.

We spoke with Stacy McFarland the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Greater Shenandoah Valley about that in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Stacy says one of the most important things we can do is donate blood.

A major blood drive takes place Mon. Oct. 24 to honor the former Mayor of Winchester Charles Zuckerman and First Lady Virginia.

Both were major supporters of the Red Cross, Charles donated almost 40 gallons of blood in his lifetime.

Stacy tells us a number of appointments are still open for that drive.

You can fill an appointment for that drive or another blood drive here.

Stacy also tells us of other important ways to help the Red Cross.

Click here for Stacy’s interview.

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