VSP update the investigation of a fatale accident involving a pedestrian

Virginia State Police (VSP) report by an email from Public Information Officer Sergeant Brent Coffey the investigation of a pedestrian fatality involving a vehicle.

At approximately 8:10 p.m. Jan. 30 along Interstate 81 at mile marker 311 a 2021 Mazda MX5  traveling north on 81 collided with the pedestrian who was in the left travel lane of the interstate.

The Mazda was unable to avoid the collision and several other vehicles struck the pedestrian after the initial impact.

Richard H. Purltebaugh of Winchester died at the scene of the accident.

Further investigation revealed that Purltebaugh was involved in a single vehicle accident along the 3200 block of Shawnee Drive when he walked away from that accident and ended up walking on Interstate 81.

There were no other injuries reported in the accident.

The northbound lanes of 81 were shutdown for approximately 2 hours during the investigation.

The Virginia Department of Transportation assisted with the road closure and detour.

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Frederick County Authorities address misconduct at school

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Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholand confirmed by phone that Deputies and Frederick County School officials are investigating a report of misconduct at school.

Reportedly a substitute teacher had inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

Sheriff Millholland confirmed the investigation was completed Jan. 25 and has been handed over to the commonwealth attorney who will determine the next step.

There have been no charges filed at this time.

The substitute teacher is no longer employed by Frederick County Public Schools.

Both Law Enforcement and school staff followed established procedures to investigate the matter.

In accordance with Frederick County Public Schools’ policy no additional information can be released at this time.

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News Maker Lenny Millholland on the death of Tyre Nichols

With the release of the video of the death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis Police Officers Law Enforcement across Virginia reaffirm their commitment to protecting citizens of the Commonwealth.

We spoke to Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland for his thoughts on the subject in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Sheriff Millholland expresses his shock at the actions of the officers in the video.

He also explains the training that takes place in his own agency to help officers handle a variety of individuals.

Sheriff Millholland also explains his hopes that cooler heads will prevail and that we can all get through such appalling actions together.

Click here for Sheriff Millholland’s news maker.

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