Frederick county sheriff’s department warns of scam

phone scam warning

Frederick County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of scammers who are calling and saying that you have missed jury duty.

They are identifying themselves as employees of the Sheriff’s department and are trying to collect money over the phone.

Hang up!

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will not call you or request money for missing jury duty.

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Local school onboard for the 15th annual Camping for Hunger

The River 95.3 is gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger, it is not too late to start collecting nonperishable food.

We have learned that Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA), who have been a part of Camping for Hunger for the last 14 years, will start their collection next week.

DRA has introduced weekly themes to encourage donations through their school.

If your group or organization would like more on this event or what to donate, please visit

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Public power day is approaching in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal invites you to come join in celebrating the Front Royal Energy Services on Public Power Day, October 5th.

The Front Royal Energy Services and more than 2000 other utility companies across the county are not for profit and public owned.

This year Front Royal Energy Service is celebrating 129 years of community service.

The public is invited to find out more about the benefits of living in a safe, reliable, and affordable electric community.

This family friendly event will happen from 5 to 8 pm at the Gazebo on Main Street.

Activities include:

  • Electric safety demonstrations
  • Touch-a-truck opportunities
  • Free swag and kid zone
  • Free tree giveaways from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and Tree Stewards and more!

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Last day to help the National Park

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Have you seen the Spotted Lantern Fly?

This is an invasive species to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park is collecting data.

Through the end of the day, September 30th, you can report sightings of the species to the app iNaturalist.

Snap a photo of the Spotted Lantern Fly, and report when and where you found it.

If you do not have service at that time, that is not a problem, report it when you are back in service.

The Shenandoah National Park appreciates your help with this project.

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News Maker Bill Long on fighting cancer with Brakes for Breasts

Of course Breast Cancer awareness month starts Sunday October 1.

Both Bill Long’s Auto Care Clinic Front Royal and Kibler’s Auto Care Woodstock will participate in the Brakes for Breasts program to support cancer research.

We spoke to Bill Long about the program in our latest news maker.

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

Bill tells us how the program works and the groups involved.

He also gives us a little history behind the effort and success that it has had.

Bill also tells us that you not only could save money with brake work by how a percentage of the cost will go towards the research in the fight against cancer.

Click here for Bill’s news maker.

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Furever Friday Meet: Scooby


Welcome back to Furever Friday! Each week, we spotlight an adoptable Pet from the Humane Society of Warren County.

Today we are featuring Scooby an approximately 2 year old male dog that is full of energy. Scooby loves activities and would probably do best in a home with bigger dogs. Scooby would likely do well with kids but they will want to meet each before adoption.

If you would like to give Scooby a forever home please fill out an application at  Once you apply and are approved, a staff member will contact you with the next steps.

You can also check out the Humane Society of Warren County’s adoptable pets on

Furever Friday is proudly sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique. Shear Elegance Pet Boutique has been giving pets the love, care and respect they deserve since 2011.

Visit them today off John Marshall Highway and on Facebook.

The Humane Society of Warren County offers their Pick of the Litter Thrift Store at 450 S. Commerce Ave. Front Royal.

The store is a great way to support the Humane Society of Warren County by way of both purchase and donations.

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Former Sherando High School student joins top tier Italian basketball league

Grant Golden, a former Sherando High School student, officially made the roster for Vanoli Cremona, according to a social media post from the organization.

The professional basketball team competes in Serie A, the highest rated league in Italy and oldest league in Europe.

He originally signed with the club in August after playing in the NBA’s G-League with the Grand Rapids Gold, an affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, last season.

As a sophomore at Sherando, Golden averaged 18.1 points per game and 7 rebounds before transferring to St. James School in Hagerstown.

He then played collegiately for the University of Richmond where he helped lead the team to the most conference wins in school history and totaled over 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in his career.

Vanoli Cremona begins their season tomorrow at 2:30 pm against Trento.

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The Duke’s Preview: Skyline vs Fauquier featuring Coach Heath Gilbert

Last week, the Fauquier Falcons (1-3) travelled to Front Royal and Warren County stole their first win of the season on an insane finish.

This week our High School Football Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, and the Tune In Radio App, will see the Falcons return to town to face the Skyline Hawks (0-4) as they continue to search for their first win.

Fauquier regularly plays Warren County, but this is the first time they have played Skyline since 2014.

Skyline has struggled out of the gates for a variety of reasons, some of which are self imposed.

The Hawks have suffered from penalties week after week including over 100 penalty yards against Millbrook and James Wood, while late penalties cost them a chance at the win Week 1 against Strasburg.

The ground game has also struggled as Aidan Vaught has been unable to find space behind the Hawks offensive line.

One of the leading rushers in the area the last few years has been to under 100 yards per game this season, a milestone that seemed a given every week last year.

Fauquier has struggled this season as well but when they saw success in their win vs Culpepper County, it came with an effective rushing attack.

Their F-1 backfield led by Aaron Lewis and Mason Hamilton, ran for 348 yards and six touchdowns.

Many of those carries came behind the blocking of their 6’5″ 275 left tackle Dillon Epperson, a future D-I athlete committed to the University of New Hampshire.

Skyline is going to come out hungry for that first win in front of their home crowd.

The Hawks have prepared to contain Fauquier’s run-heavy gameplan, featuring almost 50% buck sweeps.

I predict Skyline taking home their first win of the season behind 150 yards and 2 touchdowns from Aidan Vaught, 35-20.

Press play below for my interview with Skyline’s Head Coach Heath Gilbert.

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SPD and other agencies make arrest in cold case murder

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The Strasburg Police Department (SPD) reports the closer of a cold case murder.

The dedication and diligence of Pennsylvania State Police led to the identification of skeletal remains as those of a former Strasburg resident.

The remains were discovered in May of 2014 and positively identified as those of Michael Allen Holober.

Holober’s remains were discovered by a hunter in Pennsylvania’s Rye Game Lands in Rye Township.

Through a DNA match positive identification was made in February 2023.

Further investigation revealed that Holober was a former resident of Strasburg.

A joint investigation into Holober’s disappearance and death was launched by SPD and Pennsylvania State Police.

The joint investigation led Strasburg Police, Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Pennsylvania State Police to present evidence against James Edgar Callahan of Strasburg to a grand jury who handed up indictments.

On September 26 a traffic stop in Front Royal led to the arrest of Callahan on two felony indictments.

The 48-year-old Callahan faces charges of first-degree murder and disposing of a corpse.

Callahan is currently being held in the regional jail without bond.

Strasburg Police Chief Sager commended the non-stop diligence of all agencies involved in the investigation and arrest.

The collaborative effort included the Shenandoah and Warren County Sheriff’s Offices, Front Royal and SPD, Pennsylvania and Virginia State Police and others.

The investigation is still active and anyone with any information should call the Strasburg Police Department at 540-465-5230.

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