Prosecution expects to wrap their case against McDonald this week

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Court documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia confirm that the jury was excused from the Jennifer McDonald trial on September 19.

Once again health issues appear to be the reason although officially listed as unexpected circumstances.

Four days of the trial were already canceled earlier in September due to someone involved in the trial testing positive for COVID-19.

During the absence of the jury and defendant time was spent by Judge Dillion and other court officials to review some court procedures.

Those procedures included final jury instruction and the need for a witness to return to court from her home in Virginia Beach.

Most of the 70 witnesses subpoenaed by the prosecution have already testified in the 15 days that have been held.

In fact, Federal prosecutors expect to wrap up their case either September 20 or 21 although documents show no court September 21 currently.

Jennifer McDonald, the former Executive Director of the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority remains free on bond.

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Sports: Thursday, September 21, 2023

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LCSO request the public’s help in a crash investigation

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is asking for the community’s help in an investigation related to a serious vehicle crash that occurred September 18.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a black Nissan Altima traveling south on Route 28 at approximately 6:50 p.m. struck a semi-truck.

The truck overturned and caught fire as a result of the impact.

A blue Toyota Prius was also struck by the Nissan.

The driver of the semi was pulled from the wreckage by citizens and transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of both the Altima and Prius had to be transported to the hospital and have since been released.

The driver of the Altima, Jose A. Espinosa, has been arrested and faces numerous charges.

The 18-year-old Espinosa has no fixed address and was using forged tags and driving without insurance with additional charges pending.

Speed was likely a factor in the crash in the ongoing investigation with authorities asking anyone with information to call.

If you were in the vicinity of the crash or saw events leading up to the collision call the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office at 703-777-1021.

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Early General Fund revenues exceed forecast by $204.8 million

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the general fund revenues are ahead of forecast by $204.8 million.

The 3% increase compared to August of 2022 demonstrates a strong economic position for the Commonwealth.

Among the major revenue sources, corporate income tax revenues have exceeded forecasts.

Virginia also saw its highest labor force participation rate since November 2012.

Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings pointed out that, “It is too early to draw conclusions about full year revenue collections… The next two months will provide a better indication of Fiscal Year 2024 revenue trends.”

A link to the full August revenue report is available here

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News Maker Christine Kriz on Power Up Your Business

Laurel Ridge Community College will host their first ever Power Up Your Business conference in October.

We spoke with Christine Kriz the Director of Laurel Ridge Small Business Development Center about it in our latest news maker.

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

Christine tells us that this is the biggest small business conference in the valley with speakers and breakout sessions to take advantage of.

She tells us that there will be a number of opportunities to network with those who own and operate their own business.

Christine also has an added incentive to get tickets for the event before October 1.

Click here for Christine’s news maker.

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