Berkeley County Break-In Investigation

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On July 18th, at 2:58am, Berkeley County Sheriff Deputies responded to a break-in at “Blackfield Tattoo” in Martinsburg.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a stolen white Hyundai Elantra fleeing the scene.

A pursuit was initiated after the vehicle refused to stop.

The chase was terminated after MD authorities were unable to assist in the pursuit.

Further investigation revealed the suspects used a stolen red Hyundai Elantra to ram into the tattoo shop and “2A Guns”, causing damage.

By 5:30am, Maryland authorities found the white Elantra and detained an adult and juvenile.

Deputy Jenkins and the ATF are investigating.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

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Losing the Fastball

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Greetings From The Booth!

With golf’s final major in the books, and Xander Schauffele crowned “Champion Golfer Of The Year” after his win at the 152nd Open Championship, it’s time to weigh in on a few items that may have slipped under your golf radar this past week. Tiger Woods is no longer the dominant force he was in his prime, but does his best to stay relevant. And the press always seems to oblige by keeping his name in the forefront.

Tiger recently drew some ire by declining an invitation to captain the USA Ryder Cup Team, which will be trying to take back the Cup next year against the European squad. Tiger claimed that he was “too busy” to accept the honor. He’s certainly not busy winning golf tournaments, as his best days are in the rear-view mirror. What a boost it would be to the American team to have arguably the best player ever casting his intimidating shadow over the Europeans. The Ryder Cup is about country and patriotism–not money, and I sincerely hope that the mighty dollar (or lack of) is not the reason for Tiger Woods turning down the invitation. Keegan Bradley, now the captain of the USA squad, is a great lover of the Ryder Cup and America, but he is no Tiger Woods. I’m giving Woods a Double Bogey on this one. It wouldn’t be the only “double” on his card this year.

The other piece of Tiger Woods news this past week was his comments at the Open Championship concerning his participation in the majors and his ability to still play competitive golf. Woods got into a war of words with former European Tour and current Champions Tour player Colin Montgomerie. “Monty” was asked whether Tiger should step away from the game, and long story short, basically said that Woods should have retired a few years ago. Tiger offered a sharp rebuttal to Montgomerie, and added that he felt he could still win major tournaments.

During his playing days, Colin Montgomerie was anything but a fan favorite, but who’s to say he isn’t right? At the Open this past week, Woods posted a 14 over par score, missed the cut, and was nowhere near competitive. Yes, the conditions were brutal and many of golf’s top players like Rory McIlroy were brought to their knees at  Royal Troon. But this is becoming a familiar story with Tiger Woods. The injuries have piled up and Father Time has taken his toll. If you do the “eye test,” it doesn’t even appear that Tiger is enjoying himself on the golf course. Instead, he looks like he’s chasing a man he’ll never catch–Jack Nicklaus.

We all lose our fastball. But it’s a hard thing for a competitive athlete to admit that day is here. There was no sadder sight than a past-his-prime Joe Namath in a Rams uniform, or Willie Mays playing his final games as a New York Met. Equally sad is Tiger Woods shooting 14 over par at a major championship, when he could serve the game much better as, say, captain of the American Ryder Cup Team. For Tiger Woods, it’s time for some serious soul searching.

That’s another “View From The Booth.”





BCSO Warns of Spam Calls

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware that a phone scam is circling Berkeley County.

The scam is requesting payments for fines or bail using iTunes or Green Dot cards from the victims.

Victims are also given instructions to purchase cards and provide serial or PIN numbers.

Citizens are being advised to hang up immediately and not comply with such calls.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, or any sheriff’s office, will never ask for sensitive information or ask for gift cards as a form of payment.

Authorities do not accept phone payment information over the phone.

If in doubt about a call, contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

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Major Water Leak In Page County

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A major water leak occurred due to a valve installation issue on the main line 10th street well on Wednesday, July 17th in the Town of Shenandoah. 

Water service restoration is still ongoing after the incident.

Due to the incident, many Page County residents are without water at their homes to prevent a bigger leak.

Water is shut off temporarily to resolve the issue and repair the leak.

Town of Shenandoah workers and officials are slowly restoring water service to most citizens of the town.

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Extreme Drought Warning For Shenandoah Valley


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an extreme drought warning for the Shenandoah Valley.

This is due to high temperatures and minimal rain.

Low river levels, stunted crop growth, and well-below normal precipitation levels have occurred amidst the drought.

Towns like Warren County, Fauquier County, and Strasburg are under mandatory water conservation efforts.

To conserve water, take shorter showers, water plants only when necessary, and use dish washer only when full.

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FCPS Present Capital Improvement Plan

The Frederick County School Board met for the presentation of the county’s Capitol Improvement Plan (CIP) on July 17th.

The presentation focused on 10-year enrollment projections and three top projects.

The school board also focused on addressing future enrollment needs and facility expansions.

The three key projects are Middletown Elementary School expansion, Jordan Springs Elementary School expansion, and the construction of a fourth high school in Frederick County.

An approval meeting is scheduled for July 23rd.

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Furrever Friday: Meet Phoenix

Each week, we spotlight an adoptable pet from the Humane Society of Warren County.

This week we are featuring Phoenix a 2 to 3 year old Husky who is sweet energetic and talkative. Phoenix came to the shelter with Bleu who are both up for adoption. Phoenix would probably do best with an active and adventurous adopter with no cats.

All adoptable cats and dogs at the humane society are altered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations.

All cats, dogs, and other small animals at the humane society are cared for by the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at 840 B John Marshall Highway Front Royal.

If you would like to give Bleu or any of her friends a forever home, please fill out an application at

Once you apply and are approved, a staff member will contact you with the next steps.

You can also check out the Humane Society of Warren County’s adoptable pets on

The Humane Society of Warren County offers the Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop 450 Commerce Avenue Suite E and F.

Furrever Friday is proudly sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique.

Shear Elegance Pet Boutique has been giving pets the love, care and respect they deserve since 2011.

Visit them today off John Marshall Highway and on Facebook.

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Governor Youngkin releases statement on tech outages

Governor Glenn Youngkin released a statement on the global tech outages Friday morning.

The outages began following a problem with an update to the antivirus software used by cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike to protect Microsoft Windows devices.

Youngkin said that the Commonwealth conducted overnight assessments for government agencies and found that critical health and safety systems including 911 call systems and transportation infrastructure are operational with the exception of airlines which continue to experience significant instructions.

The assessment also found disruptions to government administrative functions and the Commonwealth continues to coordinate with local, regional, federal and private sector partners to establish normal operations.

The Governor also requested Virginians remain patient as they work through the outages.

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Strasburg declares a drought emergency

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The Town of Strasburg declared a drought emergency due to continually low river levels of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from which water is withdrawn.

All citizens and businesses on the municipal water system are now required to conserve consumption.

Where it is mandatory for municipal water users well water users should also conserve their usage due to the lack of rainfall.

In the town of Strasburg all conservation efforts listed during the initial drought watch and warning are now mandatory until further notice.

These restrictions prohibit lawn irrigation except for newly sodded lawn at the least amount necessary.

Athletic fields can be irrigated but again only if necessary and as little as possible.

Watering can only be done between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. and sprinklers are not permitted.

Using water to wash the outside of buildings, surfaces, and vehicles of any kind are strictly prohibited.

According to Strasburg town code violators of the order could be charged with a class 4 misdemeanor.

A class 4 misdemeanor carries a $250 fine according to Virginia law.

A list of additional water and money saving tips are available here.

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