News Makers from the Salvation Army discuss the Red Kettle Campaign and community dinner

Scott Bradley speaks with News Makers from the Salvation Army about their holiday happenings.

Captain Ann Hawk discusses The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign including locations and how you can get involved.

Jason Neal looks forward to serving guests at the community dinner which is open to anyone who would like a good meal and comradery.

Donations are still being accepted for food items for the community dinner.

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Wanted man in Front Royal captured by Border Patrol

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On Sunday, November 20th the Front Royal Police Department received a call about an alleged stabbing in the area of South Street and Osage Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers first located the victim at a neighboring residence on Osage Street.

The victim was identified as a 35 year old female.

She was taken to Winchester Medical Center with potentially life threatening injuries.

Detectives of the Front Royal Police Department identified Humberto Vazquez as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest for violation of a protective order and malicious wounding.

He was originally at large in the community before being captured by the U.S. Customs Border Patrol.

Vazquez was previously arrested in Warren County for unlawful and felonious breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony or larceny in October of 2022.

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Fauquier puppy mill owner guilty of 60 counts of animal cruelty

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A Fauquier County jury found Irina Barrett guilty of 60 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for her role in a puppy mill on Friday.

In January of 2020, Fauquier County Sheriff’s executed a search warrant after learning about the neglect of an 8 month old Doberman puppy.

Officers found that the puppy was deprived of food and veterinary treatment.

Upon further investigation of her residence, 75 other Dobermans and French Bull dogs were found in terrible living conditions with serious health issues.

57 chickens, three turtles, two guinea pigs and a parakeet were also seized by authorities.

The dogs were discovered in rusty cages with no food or water.

In the garage, deceased dogs of different breeds and ages were found wrapped in newspaper in a box.

46 dogs were eventually euthanized due to their health and the remaining abused dogs have remained in the care of Fauquier SPCA since January of 2020.

Barrett will be sentenced in February, 2024.

Each of the 60 misdemeanors could lead up to 1 year in jail.

The jury did not find Barrett guilty on the three criminal charges investigated in the trial.

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WMH and WMC earn an “A” in hospital safety

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Valley Health’s two acute care hospitals, Warren Memorial Hospital and Winchester Medical Center, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group.

This makes them the highest graded facilities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley/Eastern Panhandle region.

Grades reflected in the 2023 review are the first since the pandemic and represent WMC’s 8th straight A rating and fourth for WMH.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients utilizing 30 different safety performance measures.

The grading system is peer reviewed and open to the public for additional transparency.

Grades are updated each fall and spring.

Tonya Smith, president of Winchester Medical Center and senior vice president of acute care for Valley Health said, “I’m extremely proud to work alongside a team of caregivers who prioritize patient safety- every day, on every shift, throughout the hospital.”

A link to the full announcement with Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Grades is available here.

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Miyares announces $30 million in relief for illegal student lending practices

Attorney General Jason Miyares announced that student lender Prehired will be required to provide over $30 million in relief to student borrowers for making false promises of job placement, trapping students with “income share” loans that are against the law, and abusive collection practices.

The order was approved by a federal court and requires the company to cease operations, pay $4.2 million in redress to affected customers, and void all income share loans totaled at $27 million.

Prehired was based in Delaware and operated a 12-week online training program which claimed to prepare students for entry-level software sales roles with “six figure salaries” and a “job guarantee.”

The company also offered students income share loans to finance the costs of the program.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 10 additional states joined Miyares in the lawsuit in July earlier this year.

The lawsuit alleges borrowers were deceived by claiming its loans were not loans, kept borrowers in the dark about key information, tricked students with deceptive debt collection practices, and sued students in locations far away where they could not be present when they executed the financing contract.

Prehired students affected by this action can submit a claim through a link available here.

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