SCFR battles a major fire that brings total loss to a Maurertown home

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Shenandoah County Assistant Fire Marshal Derrick Dotson confirmed by phone the total loss of a home, animals, and possessions at a Teaberry Road Maurertown house.

The home owned by Jessica and Bradley Cook was the base for Margert Saving Grace Bully Rescue.

The Cooks were awakened by smoke in the home in the early hours of Sunday June 2 and notified authorities.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 5 a.m.

Deputies had to help the couple out of the home through a second story window because smoke and fire was blocking the front door.

Four dogs perished in the fire, and one was transported to an emergency veterinarian.

Firefighters arrived at approximately 5:05 a.m. and found the front of the home involved.

Units from across Shenandoah County and Middletown responded and had the fire out by approximately 6:30 a.m.

The Cooks were both transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and released that day.

Two Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputies were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Fire units remained on the scene until 10:30 a.m.

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal remained on scene until 6 p.m.

Assistant Fire Marshal Dotson confirmed that the fire started on the front porch and was electrical in origin.

Most likely the fire started from a faulty surge protector according to Dotson.

The community at large is reaching out to support the Cooks along with the American Red Cross.

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Mount Jackson Police Officer found deceased in his apartment

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Mount Jackson Police report that Officer Chazz Beaver has been found deceased in his apartment in Harrisonburg.

Preliminary indications are that Beaver succumbed to a medical event.

A welfare check was performed after Beaver was not heard from.

Officers found Beaver in his Devon Lane Harrison Apartment June 3.

The officer’s body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

No foul play is suspected at this time barring the autopsy and there is no indication of a threat to the community.

Beaver had only been with the Mount Jackson Police Department for a little over 5 months.

Before coming to Mount Jackson Beaver worked for Rockingham County and Bridgewater Community College.

The Mount Jackson Police Department is expressing their grief, sadness, and support of Beaver’s family at this time.

The Police Department expects to share information and funeral arrangements once they are confirmed.

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New assistant superintendent for WPS and new principle for James Wood announced

Winchester Public Schools (WPS) announced by email the appointment of a new assistant superintendent.

Jennifer Buckley has been appointed to the position to replace the retiring Dr. April Bruce.

Buckley has been an educator for over a decade and most recently served as Director of Student Services in the WPS system.

Buckley looks to expand her presence in the division in her role as assistant superintendent.

Meanwhile the Frederick County School Board announced Shelly Andrews as the new principal of James Wood High School at a recent meeting.

Andrews has served as James Wood’s assistant principal for the past six years and will succeed Sam Gross who is retiring.

She brings with her thirteen years experience as a teacher at Sherando High School and nine years as an assistant principal with the first three at James Wood Middle School.

Following the announcement, Andrews said, “I was equal parts ecstatic to serve the community I love in this important position and conscious of the great responsibility of it as well.”

To connect with the James Wood family, she is setting up an engagement calendar to meet with any interested members of the school community.

The first appointments begin on July 8th and sign ups are now available by calling the James Wood office at 540-667-5226.

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News Maker Brian Foley with water safety advice

Summer hasn’t even begun yet but each weekend since and including Memorial Day we have already had several water mishaps.

We spoke to Warren County’s Deputy Emergency Coordinator Brian Foley about safety on the water in our latest news maker.

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Brian has advice for boating and swimming in any body of water.

He offers advice on everything from personal floatation devices to weather watching.

Brian is also concerned about the number of losses and near losses over these past weekends and offers the advice and safety refreshers to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Click here for Brian’s latest news maker.

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