VSP investigate a fatal Warren County Crash

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of a fatal crash in Warren County.

The two-vehicle fatal crash was reported in Warren County Friday May 17 at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Route 340 near Coppermine Road.

A Chevrolet Malibu traveling north on Route 340 failed to negotiate a curve crossed the double solid yellow line and collided head on with a southbound Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Chevrolet Cody A. Kanavel of Front Royal suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to those injuries.

The 29-year-old was not wearing his seatbelt.

The 59-year-old male driver of the Toyota from Rileyville was wearing his seatbelt but still suffered serious injuries and was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

There is no word on his current condition at the time of this report.

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Spotsylvania school teacher arrested for narcotics on the job

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a school teacher and her husband for being under the influence of drugs on school property.

Spotsylvania second-grade teacher Candyce and her husband Kristopher Carter are facing charges after an at school incident.

A school Resource Officer at Spotswood Elementary School suspected that second grade teacher 35-year-old Candyce Carter was under the influence of drugs.

Further investigation found the suspected narcotic in her classroom.

Shortly thereafter Carter’s husband 34-year-old Kristopher was found in the parking lot under the influence of suspected narcotics and requiring medical attention.

A 2-year-old child was found in the vehicle with the husband.

Both Carters were incarcerated in the Rappahannock Regional jail in Stafford Virginia.

Candyce is facing felony possession of a scheduled 1 2 narcotic, child endangerment, and child neglect or abuse.

Kristopher was placed under arrest and is charged with two felonies of child endangerment and child neglect and abuse.

Kristopher has been arrested with a $5,000 bond while Candyce is being held without bond.

No students reported any injury or exposure after thoroughly checked by medical personnel.

The classroom was professionally cleaned after the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Spotsylvania Social Services and School Administration.

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Joe Gibbs honored with Spirit of Virginia Award

Joe Gibbs, three time Super Bowl champion head coach with Washington, was awarded a Spirit of Virginia Award for his nonprofit Youth For Tomorrow.

The award was presented by Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin at the annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet alongside current Commanders and former players as well as Coach Gibbs’ family and friends.

The nonprofit offers residential, outpatient, medical, and education services to children and families in need throughout Virginia.

Since its founding in 1986, YFT has helped 6,752 children and families.

The residential treatment program currently serves over 800 at-risk children and teens annually in Bristow where staff and residents work together towards healing.

YFT also provides day treatment options for select elementary and middle schools in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties.

This is the second of six Spirit of Virginia awards bestowed in 2024.

The Award recognizes unique qualities and standout achievements across the Commonwealth and salutes Virginians for their uncommon contributions in private industries, education, culture, the arts, and philanthropy

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News Maker Les Veach on Healing Field of Honor

The Healing Field of Honor will open Thursday May 24 at Handley High School.

We spoke to Winchester Rotarian Les Veach of the Healing Field of Honor committee in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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

Les gives a little history behind the event and how it has expanded to include anyone that you consider a hero.

He also tells us that every year they add something new.

Les also tells us that there is still time to honor a hero in your life and where the funds raised will be used this year.

Find out more about the event and order a flag to honor your hero here.

Click here for Les’s news maker.

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