Bloomin’ With Barry: Signs It’s Apple Blossom Time



In the latest segment of “Bloomin’ With Barry,” Randy and Barry Lee chat about the sure signs it’s time for The Bloom, like when you start seeing the “Johnny Blues (and Pink and Greens)!” Brought to you by Winchester Printers and Les Veach State Farm Insurance. Walk with us again down Apple Blossom memory lane…


WCSO investigate the death of a subject on Remount Rd.

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reports the investigation of the death of a subject on Remount Road.

On Mon. May 1 the WCSO was alerted to the possibility of an armed father coming to the county in retaliation to allegations of  a person’s sexual abusing two minors.

Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of Remount Road to deescalate a possible situation.

Upon arrival Deputies searched the area to find an injured male with head wounds consistent with a gunshot.

Deputies began life saving measures immediately and summoned Emergency Medical Services.

The injured person succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Warren Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates the incident was an isolated occurrence with the wound being self-inflicted in response to the sexual abuse allegations.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact the WCSO’s Investigator Clark McDaniel at 540-635-7100 extension 3.

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Authorities launch a statewide man hunt for escapees

Virginia Authorities announced a collective launch of a statewide man hunt with the State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U. S. Marshal’s Service for two escapees from the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

The investigation and review of security footage revealed that Alder Marin-Sotelo and Bruce Callahan escaped over the past weekend.

Both men were federal detainees, Marin-Sotelo is a person of interest in the death of a North Carolina Deputy and Callahan was being held on federal narcotics charges.

Both men remain at large and could be dangerous.

Marin-Sotelo has ties to North Carolina and is a 26-year-old Hispanic male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing approximately 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

A picture of Marin-Sotelo with additional information is found here.

Callahan also has ties to North Carolina, is 44 years of age and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

A picture and additional information on Callahan is found here.

Anyone seeing anyone matching either man’s description should call 911 immediately.

The two men may not be traveling together with a substantial reward offered for information leading to the two men being taken back into custody.

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WCFR announce a new Assistant Fire Marshal

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) Fire Chief James Bonzano announced the appointment of Gordon Foster to the Assistant Fire Marshal position.

Foster brings 37 years of public safety experience to the position.

The former Warren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spent 27 years with the Sheriff’s Office before retiring at the rank of Captain in 2020.

Foster continued to serve the community after retirement by volunteering with the Fire Marshal’s Office and as a volunteer firefighter.

Foster takes the part time Assistant Fire Marshal position immediately.

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News Maker Dario Savarese with last minute SABF information

The 96 Shenandoah Apple Blossom (SABF) is in full bloom this week.

We spoke to SABF Marketing Director Dario Savarese about some last minute information about the bloom in our latest news maker.

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

Dario has information about the surprise visit by Marylou Henner and her stay with the festival.

He also tells us of the plan to attempt to get Shaquille O’Neal to next year’s festival.

Dario also tells us there is still time to get in on the May 3 River 953 sponsored Veterans Dinner.

Click here for tickets and information on all SABF events.

Click here for Dario’s news maker.

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Winchester Police warn of counterfeit currency

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports that they are investigating cases of persons passing counterfeit currency.

Most recently an unidentified person used counterfeit money at a Family Dollar store on May 1 with another case being reported in March.

Police continue to investigate the incidents and anyone with information is asked to contact the WPD.

A picture of the suspect involved in the March incident is found here.

A picture of the suspect in the most recent incident is found here.

Authorities remind venders to be extra vigilant when making exchanges especially with increased visitation during the Apple Blossom Festival.

Anyone with any information or any additional cases of counterfeit money exchanges should notify the WPD.

Any information should be directed to Officer Ramos at 540-662-4131 or Officer Dick at 540-931-4212.

Information can also be delivered anonymously using the P3 Tip App.

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Sports: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Nats Even Series With Cubs, O’s Get Win Number 20, NBA & NHL Playoff Scores

Alex Call strokes a 2-run double to break open the game for the Nationals in a 4-1 win against the Cubs. The call courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network…

City of Winchester Apple Blossom schedule for 2023

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The City of Winchester announced their schedule for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Several City of Winchester Departments are involved with ensuring that the SABF activities are permitted and safe.

City Administrative Offices and the Joint Judicial Center will both close Friday May 5.

Residents should have Friday’s refuse out by 5 a.m.

Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center will close both May 5 and 6.

WinTran will not run on May 5.

The Braddock Street Autopark will close at noon on May 5 and 6.

It is suggested that you use the other available parking garages as parking restrictions will be in place downtown.

The four parking garages that are available are in general one block from downtown activities.

Parking for the parades at the garages that are open is $15 by credit card only starting at 9 a.m. May 5 and 8 a.m. May 6.

Important numbers and road closure information along with information about pets, towed vehicles and more are found here.

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