ACSO report the recovery of New Market drowning victim

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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports the recovery of a drowning victim from New Market.

The report of a drowning at Stoney Creek Resort in Greenville was received at 6:52 p.m. Saturday May 27 with units arriving on scene at 7:05 p.m.

The victim was not immediately found as he was underwater.

The Virginia State Police (VSP) Search and Recovery Team Divers were able to locate and recover the victim.

The victim was recovered and identified as New Market resident Dakota Marcus Fulk’s at 11:56 p.m.

Fulk’s remains have been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for examination.

Foul play is not suspected in Fulk’s death as he became distressed while attempting to swim across the lake and went under the water and did not resurface.

Fulk was at the resort with his wife and numerous family members and friends at the time of the incident.

Along with the ACSO and Fire and Rescue units from Stuarts Draft, Riverheads, Staunton and VSP assisted in the rescue attempt.

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Sports: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Dodgers Pull Away From Nats, O’s Score Early And Cruise Past Guardians, Commanders Cut DB

Keibert Ruiz goes deep for the Nats to keep the game tight against LA…courtesy Nationals Radio Network.

WCSO with other agencies arrest a Linden man

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The Warren County Sheriff Office (WCSO) reports that a collective law enforcement effort ended in child pornography charges against a Linden man.

Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police (MWAAP) notified the WCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division  of a search warrant execution at a Linden residence.

During the investigation several electronic devices were seized from the home of John P. Farley Jr. in the 900 block of Northern Spy Drive in Linden.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Digital Forensics Unit  flagged almost 70 items containing potential child pornography on those devices.

WCSO Investigators found that 16 of those items met the code of Virginia requirement for charges to be placed against Farley.

The 70-year-old Farley was arrested and formerly charged with 16 counts of possessing, distributing, reproducing and facilitation of child pornography on May 25.

The WCSO is a member of the Northern Virginia District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NOVA/DC-ICACTF).

This case is an excellent example of the multi jurisdictional effort to prevent these types of crimes according to the press release.

Anyone with any information in this case or any case involving the solicitation or exploitation of a minor should contact Investigator Hajduk of WCSO at 540-635-7100 extension 2223.

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SPD seeks missing man possibly in need of medication

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The Strasburg Police Department (SPD) reports the search for missing Ray Franklin Peacemaker who hasn’t been seen or in contact with his family since May 24.

Peacemaker is a 76-year-old man with short white hair a full white mustache and may have some light facial hair.

Peacemaker is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

A picture of Peacemaker is found here.

He was last seen wearing a tan jacket and sweatpants.

Peacemaker needs regular medication and may be in a medical situation.

Peacemaker could be traveling in a 2004 Ford Ranger that is forest green and has a camper shell on the back with Virginia tags UEA-3434.

Anyone with any information of his whereabouts is asked to contact the SPD at 540-465-5230.

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News Maker Mary Anton on the Summer Reading Program

The Handley Regional Library System announced their Summer Reading Program.

The program began May 27 at Handley Library Winchester and will open June 3 at the Bowman Branch of the Library and June 10 at the Clarke County Branch.

We spoke to Bowman Branch Manager Mary Anton about the June 3 kick off in our latest news maker.

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

Mary tells us not only about the opening of the Summer Reading program but also the grand opening of the much anticipated opening of the Amphitheatre at their location.

She also tells us how the program works at all three Handley Library branches.

Mary also tells of the prizes being offered throughout the program which ends August 9.

Click here for Mary’s news maker.

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Front Royal extends the penalty date for paying taxes

The Town of Front Royal announced that personal property and real estate tax bills for the first half of 2023 were mailed out May 25.

The tax payment due date is June 5 however much like the County of Warren a grace period has been approved by the Town Council.

Penalties will not be imposed until after June 21.

Payment must be received by June 21 or postmarked with that date in order to be considered on time and not incur a penalty.

Due to circumstances beyond the town’s control bills were delayed for the first half of the year 2023.

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Governor Youngkin launches digital hub for veterans

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced by email the launching of the state’s Gold Standard Digital Hub which offers Virginia veterans and their family’s better access to benefits.

Military families will be able to more easily access information regarding earned benefits and resources tailored to their needs with cross-agency support.

The new service will also provide affordable apartments giving veterans priority placement as well as legal services and many other services.

A veteran or family member can access the website here.

The website is provided by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.

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Forbes names Winchester a top location for retirees

Forbes named Winchester one of the top 25 places to retire in 2023.

Winchester was one of two cities in Virginia on the list joining Virginia Beach.

Some of the reasons highlighted by the publication include a median home price 7% below the national average, low serious crime rate, very low vulnerability to natural hazards and high air quality.

The only con listed was that it is only “somewhat bikeable” but the city was praised for its walkability.

Some other important qualities for retirees included the lack of a state tax on Social Security or inheritance.

Winchester also appeared on Forbes 2019 list for Best Small Places for Business and Careers where the city ranked 9th.

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News Maker Sheriff Tim Carter on keeping Shenandoah Co. Safe

As we try to do at least once a month, we check in with Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter in our news maker segments.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Today Sheriff Carter tells us about the community outreach his office is doing in the coming months.

He also tells us of the chances to create community watch programs all over Shenandoah County.

Sheriff Carter also tells us how to stay connected with his office to keep up to date on the planned meetings to keep communities across Shenandoah County safe.

Click here for Sheriff Carter news maker.

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