FCSO seeks information in an unusual incident

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports that an employee of the Smoke Hub on Fairfax Pike was sprayed with an unknown substance by a customer.

The customer asked the clerk for something behind her when she turned he sprayed the substance on her shirt and pants.

FCSO Deputies reviewed the video footage and released a description of the customer.

The suspect is a white male approximately 6 feet tall approximately 230 pounds.

He is bald with a dark beard wearing a black shirt and grey zip-up light jacket and dark jogging pants.

A picture of the individual is found here.

The suspect was seen driving a dark or black possibly Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra.

A picture of the person’s vehicle is found here.

In the video authorities were able to see the man squirt the substance.

Anyone with information on the individual or can identify him is asked to contact the FCSO.

Call the Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 or the Frederick, Clarke Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS or use the P3 app.

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Banks across the region warn of a scam

Banks across the region report becoming aware of scam calls, text messages or emails.

This particular fraud involved First Bank customers who are reporting the alerts.

In this instance the phone number shows a 839-895-9694 or an email that reads first-bank-8014497@firstbank.com but be aware that the names and numbers can be changed by the perpetrators at will and anytime.

The fraud usually involves the customer’s debit card being shut off or a report of fraud on the card.

This is a scam you are reminded to never give any personal identifying information or provide your debit card number to anyone who contacts you.

If someone does contact you requesting this kind of information hang up and call your bank’s Customer Care Center immediately to check on the call’s validity.

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News Maker Todd Jones on the loss of two legends

Over the pass weeks Warren County Director of Technology news maker Todd Jones has spotlighted individuals who work for the county.

In our latest news maker Todd spotlights two legendary individuals well known to Warren County residents.

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

Todd tells us of the recent passing of Fire Chief Homer Larry Cross and how he helped Firefighters and residents in Warren County.

Todd also tells of the recent passing of former Front Royal Police Chief Richard Furr another public servant who couldn’t do enough for the community.

Both men will be missed by the community at large but their legacy lives on.

Click here for Todd’s news maker.

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Tougher Than A Weekend At Your In-Laws

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Greetings from The Booth!

Last Friday, I got to do something I hadn’t done in probably 20 years–broadcast a basketball game. At the same time, I did something I maybe have never done–reverse roles and provide color analysis. For over 40 years I have been a play-by-play man, and that is my comfort zone. But for this season’s high school basketball coverage, the very capable Ryan (The Duke) Rutherford has been handling both roles up until now, as we move into the VHSL State Tournament and follow the fortunes of the undefeated Skyline Hawks.

Friday’s game took me back to my first play-by-play gig doing Alderson-Broaddus College (now University) women’s basketball while attending that school back in 1977-78. You gotta start somewhere, and that is where I started learning my craft, soaking up knowledge from anyone who was willing to give me tips. At some point, I will hang up the headphones as a new generation of sports broadcasters like Ryan take over the Booth. I just hope he’s learned a few things from me, as I learned from others.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about my West (By-God) Virginia Mountaineers basketball team. It’s been a tough year to be a Mountie. Football coach Neal Brown told us a few years ago to “trust the climb,” but after another year with no bowl game, we couldn’t wait for basketball season. Surely, Bob Huggins’ charges would give us our Mountaineer Mojo back. And, after a 10-2 start, folks were already starting to talk about NCAA seeding.

Then came the Big-12 part of the schedule. Playing in arguably the toughest conference in college basketball, WVU lost it’s first 5 league games, and their record started to drift back toward .500. Since then, West Virginia has righted the ship somewhat and has gone 6-6 in their last 12 games in a conference where you’re playing a ranked team just about every time you take the floor. The ‘Eers are as of this writing 17-13 with one league game and the conference tournament remaining before the Big Dance. Bracket King Joe Lunardi has WVU a 10-seed in the NCAA Tournament. If the Mounties can knock off number-11 Kansas State this Saturday in Morgantown, they are probably in.

It’s said that a team takes on the personality of it’s coach, and after some rough patches, I think that’s happening now with the Mountaineers. Hall-Of-Famer Huggins has had some challenges dealing with the brave new world of college athletics, but has brought together a group of strangers and turned them into a team that is tougher than a weekend at your in-laws. In the mold of Huggins (and his beloved state), WVU is gritty, and capable of hanging with anyone in the country. After a season of more ups and downs than a ride along Corridor H, the best could be yet to come for this team. So, grab a pepperoni roll and a jar of shine, and CUE COUNTRTY ROADS!

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO HAWKS, GO EERS!




Authorities seek information on possible Catalytic Converter Thief

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) announced that they are seeking information on a possible Catalytic Converter thief.

A suspicious person was caught on camera with a handsaw looking under a vehicle in the Weyers Cave area.

ACSO believe the person may have been attempting to cut a Catalytic Converter from a vehicle.

Where nothing was taken in this incident authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person.

He is described as a white male wearing a baseball cap, a hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

The man was seen entering the driver-side rear door of a red four door car.

The incident occurred on February 27 between 10:20 and 11 a.m. Authorities are asking community residence and citizens to review any security or home surveillance footage to see if any additional information can be found on either the suspect, the vehicle or person driving that vehicle.

A picture of the individual is found here.

A picture of the vehicle is found here.

Anyone with any information should contact the ACSO.

Contact Lieutenant Cason at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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FRPD announces the passing of a former Police Chief

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) and community at large was saddened by the announcement of the passing of former Police Chief Richard Furr.

Furr began working for the Front Royal Police Department in 1982 as a patrol officer and worked his way through the ranks to become Police Chief from 2009 to 2012.

Furr has served the community and law enforcement in many ways including as President of the Front Royal Warren County Fraternal Order of Police and more.

The former Police Chief was a graduate of Page County High School and was well known and respected in that county as well.

Former Police Chief Furr passed away Feb. 27 and that is a great loss to the community.

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Front Royal accepts applications for scholarships

The Town of Front Royal announced that they are accepting applications for their scholarships as of Mar. 1.

Three scholarships are awarded to three graduating high school seniors who reside in the corporate limits of Front Royal and are pursuing continued undergraduate or trade education at an accredited school of higher learning.

The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 each.

All high school seniors who currently attend public or private schools or home school are encouraged to apply.

The three winners of the scholarships will be recognized by the Town Council at the May council meeting.

The application and additional information is found here.

Applications must be completed and returned to the Clerk of Council by Apr. 3.

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News Maker Rusty Holland on full contact ping pong

The Suicide Prevention Organization Concern Hotline has seen an influx of calls in this first quarter of 2023.

The Organization has also been busy expanding into other counties to offer their services.

All the activity takes funding and we spoke with Concern Hotline’s Executive Director Rusty Holland about it in our latest news maker.

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

Rusty explains why there is a sudden influx of calls and how Concern Hotline has been staying ahead of the situation.

He also explains how a fundraiser known as full contact ping pong is helping to offset those cost.

Rusty also tells of an event to celebrate the 55 years of the organization’s service to the communities they serve with tickets on sale Mar. 1 here.

Click here for Rusty’s news maker.

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