PCSO responds to a drowning on the Shenandoah river

The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports the drowning of a man near Compton Rapids on July 7.

Page County Emergency Communications Center took the initial call of the possible drowning just 4 p.m. 

On arrival Page County authorities found the victim had been pulled from the water by community members who attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful.

Emergency Medical Personnel pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Multiple witnesses reported that the victim became distressed and went underwater and never resurfaced.

The victim was identified as Washington DC resident Melvin Sorto.

No foul play is suspected in the death of the 37-year-old Sorto.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the drowning pending the Medical Examiner’s findings.  

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BCSD report an arrest after AR-15 shots were fired and a chase

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Berkeley County Sheriff ‘s Department (BCSD) report by email the arrest of a suspect after shots from an AR-15 were fired inside a residence and the suspect reportedly attempting to harm himself.

Deputies arrested Michael Earl Quinn in Martinsburg at approximately 10:30 p.m. on July 7.

Quinn has several outstanding warrants out of Maryland and West Virginia and was a felon in possession of a firearm and violation of a protective order.

While deputies attempted the initial arrest at 47 Olga Drive, Quinn slipped out the back of the residence and managed to secure a vehicle.

After a short chase the suspect was apprehended with a search of his vehicle confiscating ammunition and a AR-15 rifle case.

Further investigation uncovered more ammunition and spent cartridges in the house.

Quinn is being charged as a fugitive from justice with additional charges pending. 

Quinn is being held at the Eastern Region Jail awaiting arraignment.     

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FCSO report a suspicious package found In Linden

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Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports an investigation of a suspicious package found in Linden Virginia.

Sunday morning July 7, FCSO deputies were dispatched to Monastery Road in Linden for a report of the package.

Arriving units located a box outside the front door of the Saint Dominic’s Monastery.

On top of the box were other concerning items.

Because of that, the Virginia State Police (VSP) bomb squad was requested to assist.

Other contacts were also made, and upon visual inspection and a series of x-rays of the box and its contents, the VSP disrupted the package to render it safe.

The box included fireworks and other items. 

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News Maker Christina Tasker about the first Furrever Summer event

The first event in The River 953 five week long Furrever Summer campaign is Saturday July 13 at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

We spoke to the Shelter’s Director Christina Tasker about the event in our latest news maker.

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Christina tells us about the shelter and what is planned for The River 953 visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday July 13.

She also tells us of some of the items that they hope to collect during the Furrever Summer visit.

Christina also tells us of the large amount of animals that are available for adoption at the shelter which we all hope will find a Furrever home soon.

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Governor Glenn Younkin Issues Stricter Phone Use In K-12 Education

Governor Glenn Youngkin has issued an executive order to establish cell-phone free education in Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

Given increasing evidence of the impact cell-phones and social media usage has had on education and mental health in the youth.

Youngkin issued Executive Order 33, which directs the Virginia Department of Education (VDEO) to adopt local policies establishing cell-phone free education.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is encouraged to engage efforts with parents, students, teachers and more to develop procedures that establish age-appropriate restrictions to cell-phone use during instructional time. 

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