PCSO recover human remains in Page County

The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports the recovery of human remains.

Authorities in Page County continue to investigate the disappearance of resident Joshua Dee Bradford.

New information in that case has led to the discovery of the human remains in the Page County area on May 6.

Those remains have been taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification and determination of cause of death before the identification can be confirmed.

Bradford was last seen getting into a blue sedan back in September of 2022.

The initial investigation led to Marcus Lee Lewis being a person of interest in Bradford’s disappearance.

Lewis left Page County after being approached by law enforcement and was later arrested in Las Vegas.

Lewis was arrested on a felony charge of resisting a public officer with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor charge of walking along a highway.

Reno authorities reported the apprehension of Lewis back in December of 2022.

A warrant was issued in Page County charging Lewis with Murder in the second degree, and  Willfully, intentionally, and physically defiling a dead human body.

Lewis is also charged with transporting, concealing, or altering a dead body.

All those charges are felonies.

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SCSB votes to return to confederate general names at 2 schools

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The Shenandoah County School Board (SCSB) voted to reverse the name change of two Quicksburg schools.

Mountain View High School and Honey Run Elementary school will revert back to Stonewall Jackson high school and Ashby Lee Elementary School after a 5 to 1 vote by the School Board.

This follows a well-attended public school board meeting where arguments for both sides of the issue were heard.

According to a BBC report a group known as the Coalition for Better Schools brought the restoration issue up after what it called overwhelming support to revert by the community.

The name change from confederate names was voted on after then Governor Ralph Northam wrote to school board chairs across the state.

The Governor wrote to bring an end to names and symbols that memorialize confederate names or sympathizers in 2020.

The name change back to the original names is the first reversal of its kind in the nation and reportedly will be funded by proponents of the reversal.

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State Police investigating fatal crash involving bicyclist

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Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that killed a 53-year-old bicyclist Wednesday in Shenandoah County.

Rex A. Catt, of Edinburg, was riding his bicycle eastbound and trying to cross Old Valley Pike at the intersection with Maple Lane, according to a news release from State Police Public Information Officer Brent Coffey. That’s when he was struck by a southbound 2004 Kia Seltos driven by a 74-year-old New Market woman. Coffey did not identify the driver by name.

Coffey said the driver could not avoid the bicyclist and immediately stopped at the scene after striking him.

Both the driver and Catt were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment. Catt, who was not wearing a helmet, died en route to the hospital. The driver was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries, Coffey said.

The crash remains under investigation.

News Maker Brad Veach on SABF programs for the rest 2024

The main events of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) 2024 are in the books.

We review the past weekends of the SABF with the Executive Director Brad Veach in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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

Brad gives us a look back on the main events of the 2024 SABF.

He also tells us that SABF is involved with a number of activities throughout the year and how to keep up with them.

Brad reminds us that another 100 year celebration of the actual festival is coming.

Click here for Brad’s latest news maker.

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Warren County recognized as StormReady

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Warren County has been recognized as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service.

The agency’s Warning coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong made the recognition at the May 7 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The National Weather Service program empowers communities to take a proactive approach to hazardous weather.

To be recognized, a community must:

– Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
– Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
– Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
– Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
– Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.