Furever Friday Meet: Cuddle-Bug

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Welcome back to Furever Friday!

Each week, we spotlight an adoptable Pet from the Humane Society of Warren County.

Meet Cuddle-Bug an approximately 4 year old cat who has lived with other cats but doesn’t seem to do well with dogs. Cuddle-Bug is a little shy at first but warms pretty quickly and lets his personality shine. Cuddle-Bug and all his adoptable friends at the shelter will cost only $25 to be adopted through December 17.

If you would like to give Cuddle-Bug or any of his friends a forever home, please fill out an application at humanesocietywarrencounty.com.

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 petfinder.com.

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.

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AG Miyares continues campaign against gun violence

Attorney General Jason Miyares continues his efforts in Operation Ceasefire with the start of a digital media campaign.

The campaign will utilize YouTube and social media to attempt to reach young people who may be considering gang or criminal activity.

Miyares released a trailer yesterday following the announcement of the highly anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto VI.

In the teaser, he mentions that violent crime is not a game and encourages young people to say something if they see something.

Operation Ceasefire began in October of 2022 as an effort to address gun and gang violence through prosecution and prevention, as well as promoting intervention strategies and working with local communities to reduce violent gun and gang related crimes.

A link to the teaser is available here.

Stump The Duke: Bowl or Not

With college bowl season on the horizon, there are so many bowl games that it’s hard to keep track. So this week’s Stumper is “Bowl or Not” as Ryan “The Duke” Rutherford is presented with five real, fictional, or now-defunct college bowl games. Play along and see if you get to spike the ball in the end zone!

Former EDA Director Jennifer McDonald’s sentencing hearing is set

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Documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia confirm that the sentencing hearing for Jennifer R. McDonald is February 12 at 10 a.m.

The former Executive Director of the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) was found guilty by a jury on 34 charges that include money laundering, bank and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft on November 1 in Harrisonburg.

McDonald’s attorneys have refiled for an acquittal of some of those charges and once again have asked for a new trial.

McDonald’s lawyers attempted the same during the original trial but were denied by presiding Judge Dillion.

The attorneys for McDonald argue that a witness with information about a hush fund being offered to keep the defendant from exposing sexual harassment was not allowed to testify.

A decision on both an acquittal and a new trial is expected to be filed by the prosecuting federal government at a later date.

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VSP investigate and confiscate animals at Natural Bridge Zoo

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Virginia State Police (VSP) and officials with the Attorney General’s office opened an investigation at Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County.

ABC news reports that authorities have executed a search warrant to investigate the conditions of the animals at the zoo.

Wednesday December 6 the zoo was cordoned off as both law enforcement and veterinarians inspected the zoo.

Suspected animal cruelty was cited as the reason for the investigation with no information given from Virginia’s Attorney General at this early stage of the investigation.

The office did state that this is an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General’s Animal Law Unit.

As of December 7 some animals have been removed from the facility with a 12-year-old white tiger named Zeus having been euthanized.

No official word yet on why the animal was put down.

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Attorney General’s Office announces leadership changes

Attorney General Jason Miyares announced two changes to his office.

Nicole Wittman, Deputy Attorney General of Criminal Justice and Public Safety, will join the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Theo Stamos will fill Wittman’s previous role.

Stamos currently serves as Special Counsel to the Attorney General in charge of Special Investigations, Cold and Actual Innocence cases.

Wittman specializes in the prosecution of sex crimes, crimes against children, human trafficking, domestic abuse, homicide and violent crimes.

Stamos began her career as a prosecutor in 1987 for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Arlington and Falls Church.

Most recently she spearheaded the investigation into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County School Board which led to the termination of a previous superintendent and a conviction for retaliatory firing.

Wittman and Stamos joined the Office of the Attorney General at the beginning of Miyares’ tenure in January of 2022.

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News Makers Todd, Michael, and Brian on winter readiness

As Winter approaches Warren County readies for inclement weather.

As we do each Thursday we talk with Warren County representatives in our latest news maker.

As news makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

The Director of Technology for the county Todd Jones brought in Michael Coffelt and Brian Foley to talk snow.

Michael is a part of Public Works for the county and tells us how they have prepared for the possibility of snow.

The Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the county Brian has advice on how to handle yourself should we receive snow.

And Todd well Todd just wants to see a Large amount of snow.

One thing for sure the county is ready for snow, how about you?

Click here for these gentlemen’s latest news maker.

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