FRPD arrest an adult attempting to solicit a minor

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Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) announced the arrest of an adult attempting to solicit a minor.

The investigation began Nov. 9 and on Wed. Nov. 22 the arrest of Avery Wood of Charlottesville was made.

A proactive undercover investigation found Wood began unsolicited communications with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old female but in reality was an undercover Officer.

Some of the unsolicited material sent by Wood was Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

A designated meeting place was arranged within Front Royal and Wood traveled to the location to meet the detective posing as the female for lascivious intent.

The 53-year-old Wood was arrested and taken to the Regional Jail where he was ordered to be held without bond until his December 15 court date.

Wood is facing a 9 a.m. trail in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with any information in this or any case involving the solicitation or exploitation of any minor should contact the FRPD.

Call Detective M.R. Ramey at 540-636-2208 or email

The FRPD is an active member of the Virginia DC Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Page County Authorities investigate a case of animal cruelty

Page County Authorities report the investigation of a case of animal cruelty.

Nov. 21 authorities found a female husky mix deliberately locked and chained to a barbed wire fence.

The animal was found in the vicinity of 651 Egypt Bend Road.

The animal was unable to move due to the chains and fence.

After several attempts by Animal Control they were finally able to free the dog without incident.

Anyone with any information or knows the dog you are asked to contact Page County animal control.

Contact Animal Control Officer Nations at 540-743-6571.

Pictures of the dog and it’s situation are found here.

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SCFR respond to a fallen and injured hiker

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Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue (SCFR) with the Strasburg Fire Department (SFD) report responding to a fallen and injured hiker. 

The unidentified victim had taken a significant fall down a rock ledge at Buzzard Rock Trail.

The 54-year-old male was bleeding from his head and was found to be in and out of consciousness.

Around 1:30 in the afternoon Nov. 13 a staging area was established in the Buzzard Rock trail parking area with several fire companies reporting to the scene.

A request for help was sent to the U.S. Park Police Helicopter Eagle 1 unit as well.

High winds prevented Eagle 1 from being used.

After evaluation of the victim it was found he suffered from a severe head laceration, possible facial fractures with a possible fractured arm.

Crews transported the injured man by Stokes basket to a UTV.

Just past 7 the patient was transported to Warren County Airport where Aircare 6 transported him to UVA Medical Center.

In all 12 units of first responders reported to help in the incident.

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Authorities’ update the Chesapeake shooting situation

Governor Glenn Youngkin ordered all United States and Virginia Flags to fly at half staff through sunset Nov. 27 in honor of the victims and families of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting.

Authorities reports confirmed that the shooter in the incident was 31-year-old Andre Bing an 11-year employee of the store eventually becoming the night manager.

Bing entered the break room and began shooting follow employees he believed to be negative toward him.

The victims have been identified as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.

The final victim was only 16 years of age and was not identified because of his age.

Mayor Rick West of Chesapeake stated that the community will held a remembrance vigil in honor of those victims Mon. Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the City’s park.

A complete update on the investigation of the shooting and following ceremonies is available here.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on final figures from CFH

The donations collected at the bus itself from the week of Camping For Hunger (CFH) have been calculated.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) Joanne Koszyk in our latest news maker.

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Joanne gives us the final numbers from the week on the CFH bus.

She also expresses her and all of C-CAP’s gratitude for a tremendous community effort.

Joanne also explains that donations are still being accepted here.

The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner staff and management are also very grateful for the Community support of the annual week long CFH campaign again this year.

Click here for Joanne’s news maker.

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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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C-CAP’s President Thanks the community for their support

Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) President Larry Elliott by email thanked the community for this year’s support of the Camping For Hunger Campaign.

The week long campaign wrapped up Sat. Nov. 19 at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.

Elliott went on to add that this year’s cash to food pounds ratio may be the most value ever taken in.

Monetary donations offer C-CAP the added value of flexibility for their clients.

Elliott called the 14 annual Camping For Hunger campaign a terrific week and will allow C-CAP to get to next November with better ability to serve more clients more often.

All donations go directly to C-CAP of Front Royal Warren County with the monetary donations enabling the organization to provide 40,000 meals and cover six months of supporting local people in need.

The River 953 Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner and President Andrew Shearer by email said he is humbled by the community support of the yearly campaign.

Shearer noted that since 2008 the community has contributed over 190,000 pounds of food and nearly $125,000.

Monetary donations can still be offered at to the 501-c3 nonprofit with a link here.

The final figures for this year’s Camping For Hunger will be available Nov. 23 with C-CAP Executive Director Joanne Koszyk at 8:30 a.m. on the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450.

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