VDOF and Fire Marshals across the region warn of dry conditions and fireworks

Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF)  and Fire Marshals across the region are recommending caution when using fireworks on this Independence Day.

Dry conditions are causing a significant hazard this season.

Last year Winchester’s Fire Marshal’s Office reports by email they investigated 3 incidents and 11 complaints of illegal use of fireworks.

Nationwide there were almost 10,000 people treated for fireworks related injuries and 8 deaths according to the email.

This year both the Fire Marshals office and Winchester Police Department will be adding patrols and enforcement of illegal fireworks activity.

If convicted the penalty for possession and use of illegal fireworks is a $2,500 fine and or a year in jail.

It is recommended you enjoy public fireworks displays of which there are many across the entire Shenandoah Valley.

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FCPS board address the sentencing of a board member

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The Frederick County School (FCPS) Board released a statement on the sentencing of board member Miles Adkins July 1.

According to a report from WTOP Adkins was sentenced to a total of 12 intermittent days in prison.

The 39-year-old Adkins will serve the sentence over the course of consecutive weekends.

Adkins must also serve 24 months of probation and owes a fine and restitution for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol Building breach.

The Frederick County School Board issued their statement on the sentencing by email July 1.

The board reiterated their commitment to supervise and support the school division.

Being aware of the court’s decision to sentence Adkins the board stated that they remain focused on the children of the county.

The board will continue to make decisions that serve the best interests of the students while working to ensure that the educational environment is not disrupted by the events according to the statement.

The board went on to state that they will remain focused on working together to support students, staff and others who play an integral role in educating the children in the communities.

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FCSO report an arrest in the murder of a Clarke County man

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO)  report an arrest has been made in the June 25 fatal shooting of a Clarke County man.

The incident occurred in the Fairfax Pike area near Sandy’s mobile home community.

The shooting resulted in the death of 52-year-old Romero Cook of Clarke County.

Terrance Lee Morris of Woodbridge Virginia has been arrested and charged with murder in the second degree.

The 42-year-old Morris was considered armed and dangerous as a result of the shooting near Double Tollgate and was located and apprehended by Spotsylvania County Authorities June 30.

Frederick County Investigators deduced that the shooting was the end result of a dispute over mechanical services rendered by the deceased.

The disagreement resulted in a short vehicle pursuit beginning in Clarke County.

The chase entered Frederick County where a face-to-face confrontation took place and ended in shots fired.

Frederick County Authorities continues to Investigate the incident.

Anyone who may have been traveling Route 340 Fairfax Pike on June 25 between 7 and 7:30 p.m. who may have seen something suspicious or dangerous is encouraged to contact the FCSO.

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News Maker Jason Brown on Winchester’s July 3 celebration

Independence Day is officially July 4 but there are celebrations through July 5 and beyond.

We spoke to Winchester Parks and Recreation’s Assistant Director Jason Brown about a July 3 celebration in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Jason tells us of all the activities scheduled starting around 4 p.m. in Jim Barnette Park.

He also tells us of a couple of new things including Laser Tag and of course fireworks around 9:15 p.m.

Jason also teases an upcoming Comic Con event in September with more details still to come.

Click here for Jason’s news maker.

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