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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News Maker Sheriff Lenny Millholland on pet safety and summer travel

Heat is on the mind of Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland.

As we try to do at least once a month we check in with Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Sheriff Millholland is worried about our pets walking on hot pavement and has some advice along with Virginia pet laws.

He is also proud of a new addition to his force by the name of Ghost.

Sheriff Millholland also has some scary statistics about driving in Virginia and urgently ask that you drive safely.

Click here for Sheriff Millholland latest news maker.

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