SCFMO concludes arson investigation from 2019

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The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office (SCFMO) confirmed in a press release that they have concluded an arson investigation from 2019.

As a result of the investigation the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and SCFMO have recognized and rewarded Maria Salazar.

Salazar was rewarded $3,000 for providing information that led to the arrest of Andrew Tupin of Round Hill.

The information provided to Salazar by Tupin included details that could only be known to Law Enforcement and the person who committed the crime.

Salazar went to authorities the day after Tupin confessed the information to her which led to his arrest.

The March 2019 fire Tupin is accused of setting caused $240,000 property and contents damage to a Toms Brook home.

The house fire was reported by one of the three occupants of the home on March 12, 2019, at 2:20 a.m.

Without Salazar going to Authorities with the information the crime may have gone unsolved.

The IAAI has offered rewards of up to $5,000 for information involving suspected arson.

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FCPS donate a Patsy Cline essay from 1948

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The Frederick County School Board announced by email that they have approved the donation of an essay written by Virginia Hensley also known as Patsy Cline to Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.

The essay was written by Hensley/Cline in January 1948 when she was a 15 year old student in Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS).

The essay details Hensley/Cline’s desire to pursue a career as a cosmetologist.

On December 16 FCPS will officially turn the essay over to Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. at 11 a.m.

The transfer of the document will be at the Patsy Cline Historic House at 608 South Kent Street Winchester.

Details on FCPS’s work to preserve historic records and how Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.’s plans to share the document with the public is forthcoming.

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News Maker Amanda Behan on WPD Christmas drives

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has two separate campaigns going to make a brighter Christmas for community members this year.

We spoke to Police Chief Amanda Behan about their shop with a cop program and the coat drive for Froggy’s Closet in our latest news maker.

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Chief Behan tells us both drives were inspired by two officers who lost their lives while with the department.

She also tells us that the more donated to the shop with a cop program the more kids will be able to participate.

Chief Behan also tells us how we can help and where to donate.

Click here for Chief Behan’s news maker.

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