Winchester Police investigate a second shots fired incident in a week

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report the investigation of the second case of shots fired in a week.

In the early morning hours of  June 20 officers responded to the area of Peyton and Braddock Streets.

Several reports were taken that shots had been fired along with evidence taken.

Investigators were able to gather evidence and talk to witnesses who were awakened by the shots.

Several shells were recovered imbedded in various buildings in the area, but no injuries were reported.

This is the second incident of shots fired in the course of a week.

Previously shots were reported on June 13 where a vehicle stopped in the middle of Berryville Avenue with a male suspect getting out and shooting at a person riding a scooter.

The person on the scooter began to fire back at the male standing outside the vehicle.

Bullets struck both vehicles and buildings but again no injuries were reported.

Several shells were recovered in that incident around the 675 area of Berryville Avenue.

Anyone with any information on either incident is encouraged to call the WPD at 540-662-4131.

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ACSO arrest 2 after a malicious wounding in Churchville

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports an arrest of 2 men after a malicious wounding that injured 2 women.

Deputies responded to a shots fired incident at the intersection of Buffalo Gap Highway and Churchville Avenue around 10:30 p.m. June 22.

On arrival deputies found two female victims at the scene with single gunshot wounds to the legs.

The women one 17 the other 19 were taken to the hospital and are currently in stable condition.

The two were able to report that the suspects left the scene in a black Ford Mustang.

Further investigation and recovery of evidence led to the identification of two suspects.

Later that morning Isaiah J. and Matthew T. Cassell were taken into custardy.

The 21-year-old Isaiah has been charged with 3 felony counts of displaying a firearm in a threatening manner while committing aggravated malicious wounding.

Isaiah also faces 2 felony counts of aggravated malicious wounding severely injuring a victim and attempted malicious wounding.

The 20-year-old Matthew faces 3 counts of capias for violating conditions of bond.

Matthew also faces accessory in the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Matthew also faces charges of accessory in aggravated malicious wounding.

Both are being held in the Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

ACSO investigators continue to investigate the incident with additional charges still possible.

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Winchester and Mt. Jackson receive state grant funds

The Winchester City Main Street Sculpture Tail will receive $75,000 and Mount Jackson 5 will receive $50,000 in grant money from Virginia.

The grants are part of $690,000 announced by Governor Youngkin that will help fund 16 projects across the state in Virginia Main Street Communities funds.

The funding is to revitalize historic commercial districts to help expand small businesses in Virginia.

Governor Youngkin stated that by investing in small business communities and historic downtown Virginia helps to grow local economies ensuring that the state is open for business.

Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grants support Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities and are intended to fund complete projects.

The funds may also provide seed funding for new projects or provide gap financing that allow a project to become fully funded.

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News Maker Lisa Wilt of Red Cross on a blood drive for Katie

A blood drive in honor of Katie Teets Bradshaw happens Tuesday June 25 at Backseat Events Center.

Representatives of Katie’s Comfort House will be on hand as well.

We spoke to American Red Cross Account Manager Lisa Wilt about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Lisa tells us that an important transfusion of blood kept Katie going for her wedding before her tragic death at the age of 28.

She also tells us that Katie’s legacy will live on in Katie’s Comfort House.

Lisa also tells us how the blood drive is supporting Katie’s Comfort House.

To make the appoint to give the gift of life at this event click here.

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FBI solves a 1996 Shenandoah National Park cold case murder

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Western District of Virginia Attorney’s Office announced the identification of a murderer in a Shenandoah National Park cold case investigation.

The bodies of Laura Winans and Julianne Williams were found at their campsite at Skyland Resort on June 1, 1996.

An FBI investigation team was assigned to the cold case in 2021.

All leads were reassessed, and evidence reexamined.

Using technics unavailable in 1996 an accredited private lab was able to identify the murderer.

Convicted serial rapist Walter Leo Jackson Senior has been tied to the crime.

Jackson, originally from Cleveland Ohio, was positively matched by DNA to the crime scene.

Jackson had a lengthy criminal history that included kidnapping rape and assaults.

In 2018 the 71-year-old Jackson died in prison in Ohio.

Before being sent to prison Jackson was an avid hiker who frequented the Shenandoah National Park.

Western District of Virginia Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh hopes the discovery brings solace and some sense of closure to the Winans and Williams families and friends after 28 years.

Authorities continue to work to determine if Jackson was responsible for other unsolved crimes.

If you have any information on Jackson who often went by the name Leo is asked to contact local law enforcement or FBI.

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Shenandoah County Man Arrested For Child Pornography

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an investigation of the possession of child sexual abuse materials in the Strasburg area.

After a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of use of a computer for sharing elicit materials involving minors.

The trace was made to the home of Dustin Michael Myers, and he was arrested Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Myers has been charged with possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography.

Anyone with any information or having been solicited by Myers or anyone is encouraged to contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office.

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VA.’s Attorney General reaches a settlement with the Washington Commanders

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced an agreement has been reached with Pro-Football LLC. the current owner of the Washington Commanders.

The agreement ensures the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars to consumers impacted by the team’s failure to return ticket deposits to season ticket holders.

The Attorney General opened the investigation into the Commanders practice of retaining security deposits on April 25, 2022.

As a result of the investigation over $600,000 in deposits have been returned to approximately 475 season ticket holders so far.

In addition the team has agreed to pay $700,000 in penalties and costs to resolve the issue.

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that since at least 1997 the team had entered long-term contracts with some season ticket holders.

The contract required the team to pay a refundable security deposit on season tickets within 30 days.

Despite the contract the Washington Commanders unlawfully retained significant sums of security deposits and would impose additional conditions on consumers seeking refunds.

As a condition of the settlement the Commanders will comply with the Virginia Consumer Protection act and take on efforts to refund all remaining security deposits on dormant accounts.

The Washington Commanders have also agreed to reimburse the Virginia Office of the Attorney General $100,000 for attorney fees and costs expended in the investigation.

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