WPD report the first traffic fatality since 2018

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report the first traffic fatality in the City of Winchester since November 2018.

The incident was reported Jan. 8 at approximately 6:35 when authorities responded to a report of a traffic crash involving a motorcycle.

On arrival Winchester fire and rescue personnel began treatment and then transportation of the victim to Winchester Medical Center.

It was at the Medical Center where 25 year old Austin D. Ponsart of Warrenton succumbed to his injuries and died.

Witnesses report that Ponsart was traveling on his 2022 Harley Davidson motorcycle at a high rate of speed eastbound on Woodstock Lane.

Ponsart lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole.

The Virginia State Police continue to assist the Winchester Police Department in the investigation.

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Fauquier Authorities begin a chase that runs into W.VA.

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports that on Jan. 7 Deputies began a pursuit of four motorcycles that went into West Virginia. 

The motorcyclist were spotted traveling north on US 17 Spur well in excess of the posted speed.

The Deputy activated his emergency equipment to perform a traffic stop while one of the motorcyclist disregarded that and accelerated to approximately 90 to 100 miles per hour.

The motorcycle was tracked north on James Madison Highway through The Plains, Marshall, Rectortown, Upperville and into Clarke County at speeds well over 100 miles per hour with Virginia State Police and Clarke County authorities joining the chase.

Authorities were able to safely maintain close pursuit while at the same time alerting traffic ahead as the motorcyclist passed cars in on coming lanes disregarded signs and signals and continued excessive acceleration.

The chase continued onto Route 81 North and into West Virginia where Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to stop the vehicle and take the driver into custody.

Christopher Janowiak has been charged with a number of driving violations.

Janowiak was also found to be in possession of several concealed weapons and is currently being held in West Virginia.

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News Maker David Ferguson on a Night to Shine

night to shine is a Tim Tebow sanctioned event that is coming to Shenandoah County in February.

The event is a prom like affair for those with special needs.

We spoke with the Co-Chairperson of the event David Ferguson in our latest news maker.

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David tells us how the event came to be held in Shenandoah County and what a group has to go through to have it happen.

He also tells us what to expect at the event and how to get involved.

The night to shine event will be held Feb. 10 at Shenandoah County’s America Celebration on Parade location.

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FCSO seek information on individuals in vehicle break ins

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced that they are seeking information from the public in identifying individuals.

The subjects are believed to be involved with a recent rash of vehicle break ins and thefts.

The pair may have been involved with the recent break ins of vehicles at the Sports Plex at Commonwealth Court.

They may have also been involved with recent vehicle break ins and thefts of belongings at Jim Barnett Park, Winchester Country Club and Sherando Park.

Pictures of the suspects with additional information is found here.

Anyone with any information on the subjects is asked to contact the FCSO at 540-662-6162, Winchester Frederick County Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS or use the P3 app.

The recent rash of thefts have led the Sheriff’s Office to implement a reminder for citizens to follow the 9 p.m. Routine.

This 9 p.m. Routine suggest that citizens hide valuables, lock doors on cars and buildings and make sure you know where your keys are by 9 p.m. each night.

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Front Royal continues Town Council search

The Town of Front Royal announced that the search for someone to serve in a vacant Town Council seat continues. 

The vacancy occurred after former Vice Mayor Cockrell assumed the office of Mayor.

The interim appointment will continue for her original appointment duration which is through December 31, 2024.

To be eligible for appointment, a candidate must be a qualified voter in the Town of Front Royal.

If you are interested, submit a cover letter and resume to the Clerk of Council, Tina L. Presley, by Friday, January 13th at 4:30 pm.

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News Maker Con Burch on Windsong Community Chorus

The Windsong Community Chorus will host 2 open houses and recruitments for additional singers Jan. 9 and 16.

We spoke with Windsong Artistic Director Con Burch about the opportunity in our latest news maker.

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Con tells us about the open houses to be held at the Opequon Presbyterian Church at 217 Opequon Church Lane.

She also tells us a potential singer will need to bring their COVID-19 Vaccination Card.

Con also gives us a little history behind the singers and organizations that benefit from their performances.

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VSP restores all data systems after outage

Virginia State Police (VSP) announced complete restoration of all data systems and webpages impacted by an outage that lasted roughly 30 hours.

The outage began mid-morning on January 5th when the fire suppression system at the VSP headquarters falsely activated after a leak developed in the fire suppression systems cooling apparatus.

The Computerized Criminal History and Virginia Firearms Transaction V-Check systems are back in full service as well as the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.

The roughly 1,800 background check requests for firearm transactions that were submitted during the outage are now fully processed or in a review or research status.

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WCSO auctions unclaimed property

Warren County Sheriff's Office

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced that an online only auction for unclaimed property will run until 1/27/23 at 10 AM.

All sales are final and must be picked up from the Sheriff’s Office within 7 days of purchase.

Any items not sold or picked up on time will be donated or destroyed.

Over 25 items are available for auction including an Xbox One, Laptop, sporting goods, a kayak, car stereos, and more.

All items can be viewed on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or website with bidding taking place on publicsurplus.com.

All items listed are subject to being claimed by the owner.

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