SSO report apprehension of triple homicide suspect

June 6 the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office (SSO) and the U. S. Marshals Service report the apprehension of  murder suspect Alyssa Jane Venable.

The 23-year-old Venable is accused of murdering her 3 roommates.

After a high-speed chase exceeding 100 miles per hour on Interstate 86 in New York the arrest was made.

After deploying tire deflation devices Venable’s vehicle crashed and she was taken into custody without incident.

The search began after a welfare check on June 5 found Venable’s 3 roommates dead.

Spotsylvania Deputies found 77-year-old Robert John McGuire, 60-year-old Gregory Scott Powell, and 65-year-old Carol Anne Reese all deceased in Venable’s former residence in the 10,000 block of White Street Court.

Venable is incarcerated in New York awaiting extradition to Virginia.

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NWS confirms 7 tornadoes in 3 states that includes injuries


The National Weather Service (NSW) confirms 7 tornadoes hit 3 states on June 5.

The first was recorded in Inwood at approximately 4:05 P.M., traveling approximately 65 yards with 75 mile per hour gust.

Shingles and gutter damage was observed along Emery Lane and Lucy Drive with several broken branches seen.

A more powerful tornado was recorded in Leesburg at approximately 6:40 p.m.

That tornado traveled approximately 125 yards packing peak gust of 95 miles per hour.

Some trees were uprooted with vinyl and window damage recorded.

That tornado continued north where it ripped the plastic roof off a shelter and broke tree limbs along Springrun Lane.

Five more tornadoes were recorded in Maryland with Montgomery County suffering the most damage.

At least five people were sent to the hospital after several trees were uprooted and condemned 7 homes in Maryland.

NWS personnel continue to survey the damage in each state.

Citizens are reminded to sign up for NWS alerts and to heed the warnings as they are issued.

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First responders adopt innovative addressing system

In Clarke County, emergency first responders are revolutionizing rescue efforts with the
adoption of what3words app, an ingenious global addressing system.

Instead of relying on general locations after a 911 call, what3words provides three unique words that pinpoint an individual’s exact location, whether on a mountain or along a riverbank.

This precision saves critical time and ensures prompt assistance.

The system divides the entire world, including bodies of water, into 10-by-10-foot squares and assigns each square a unique combination of three words.

Designed specifically for first responders, what3words is available as a free app and functions in over 40 languages.

The beauty of this system lies in its permanence—the words assigned to each square remain fixed indefinitely.

Before embarking on any outdoor adventure, it’s advisable to download the app to your phone.

Don’t miss out on this invaluable tool for ensuring safety in emergencies:

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News Maker Greg Rogers on SVEC giving back to its members

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) will return over $4 million to member owners or former member owners by way of Capital Credits.

We spoke to SVEC’s President and CEO Greg Rogers about that in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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

Greg has insight on how Capital Credit works and what it means to SVEC member owners.

He also tells where you can find more information on finding names of those entitled if they have moved out of the SVEC service area.

Greg also has a word of advice for those considering solar power installation.

Click here for Greg’s latest news maker.

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