FCSO resolves a shooting incident with help from citizens

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports with help of citizens a shooting incident was resolved quickly.

Just past 10 p.m. June 8  reports came into Frederick County Emergency Communications Center of shots fired outside of Backseat Events Center.

On arrival Sheriff’s Deputies found a group of patrons of the establishment holding an individual down.

The deputies detained the man who was being held down for questioning.

Further investigation revealed that Jorge Camacho of Phoenix Arizona was the perpetrator in the incident.

It was revealed that Camacho had become belligerent with other customers and was asked to leave the establishment.

Eventually the 30-year-old Camacho was escorted from the business to his semi-truck parked in an adjoining parking lot.

Camacho then returned and sat at the outdoor seating area brandishing a handgun.

Camacho pointed the weapon at the male who he had the initial disagreement with.

That male attempted to grab the handgun and a physical altercation ensued with at least one shot being fired.

After the shot was fired more individuals joined the fight to control Camacho and gain control of the weapon.

Camacho was struck several times and eventually knocked to the ground and held there until law enforcement arrived to take control.

At the time of the incident no gunshot victim could be found.

A short time later a male gunshot victim arrived at Winchester Medical Center and was treated for what is described as a grazing wound to his side which was suffered during the incident.

Further investigation revealed that Camacho is a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

Along with that charge, Camacho faces five additional felony charges stemming from the Backseat incident.

After being cleared medically Camacho was transported to Regional Adult Detention Facility.

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Authorities release final report on Dec. house explosion

Arlington County Police and Commonwealth’s Attorney released the final report on the December, 4, 2023 house explosion.

On June 7 the report was released stating that the explosion was intentionally set by the resident of the home.

After a thorough investigation of the blast site by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives several facts have come to light.

The resident of the home 56-year-old James Yoo had stockpiled as many as 35 gallons of gasoline in the house before barricading himself inside.

Authorities confirmed that Yoo had poured gas throughout the house before authorities began to negotiate with him.

The barricade standoff lasted for over 3-and-a-half-hours before authorities attempted entry.

Once authorities breached the front door the house exploded.

It is believed that Yoo set the explosion off himself while hiding in the basement.

Before moving to the basement Yoo had set off at least 41 flare gun shots from several locations from the back of the home.

After the blast trained agents combed the blast site and found two 5-gallon containers of gasoline and a 20–25-gallon container of gas.

Along with those items a cache of weapons were found including 2 shotguns, a 9 millimeter pistol and multiple flare guns with a large amounts of ammunition.

Neighbors told investigators that Yoo had been receiving large amounts of charcoal, lighter fluid and bleach before the December 4 explosion.

Along with just released body camera footage from police the Commonwealth’s Attorney released a 32 page report on the incident June 7.

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Youngkin announces expansion of innovative indoor farm

Governor Glenn Youngkin recently announced the expansion of a high-tech, indoor farm in Prince William County.

Beanstalk Farms second facility in the region will create 18 new jobs and include an investment of $4.1 million.

The farm anticipates the production of 2.1 million pounds of leafy greens and fresh-cut herbs annually.

Beanstalk Farms utilizes vertical farming and a pesticide free approach to create a sustainable agricultural system that can produce quality produce year round.

To secure the expansion project, Youngkin approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Development Fund which will be matched by Prince William County.

Following the announcement on the new project, Youngkin also signed a bill to clarify the existing classifications of farm machinery for tax exemptions or rate reductions.

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News Maker George Mangano on Kernstown Battlefield Golf Tournament

It’s Golf Tournament Season and The Kernstown Battlefield tournament is next with a June 21 date.

We spoke with Kernstown Battlefield Board of Directors Member and Golf Tournament Chair George Mangano in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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

George gives us a little history behind the Kernstown Battlefield and the valley families during the Civil War.

He also gives us the work that is needed to preserve the Battlefield and buildings keep them in good visitor condition.

George also tells us that preservation takes funding which is why they are doing their second annual golf tournament and what it means to the organization and community.

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