Male Arrested In Warren County For CSAM

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Robert McCoy, a 30 year-old male from Front Royal was arrested by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) regarding the distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in Warren County.

After receiving downloads of CSAM during the sheriff’s office investigation, the special opperations team of the WCSO executed a search warrant to McCoy’s residence in Front Royal.

Several computers and electronics were removed from the home as evidence.

On July 12th, McCoy was arrested for his crimes.

He is being held at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail (RSW) without bond.

His court date is set for July 25th in the Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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WSCO & WCFR Hosting Water Safety Awareness Day

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and the Warren County Fire & Rescue (WCFR) are having a Water Safety Awareness Day.

The Water Safety Awareness Day is being held at the Shenandoah River on July 23rd, from 9am to 2pm.

This event is to teach the community about water safety.

A canoe trip will be conducted as part of the event, and is open to participants 10yrs and older.

This event is distinct from the Fun Day happening on July 22nd.

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Culpeper Fugitive Who Escaped Search Found Overnight

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A fugitive with a decades-long criminal history by the name of Phillip Edward Tanner was captured after escaping a search.

The incident occurred in Fauquier County along James Madison Highway where Tanner was spotted and arrested.

He was identified following a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle reported by the Culpeper Police Department.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office employed a PIT technique to end the pursuit and apprehend the fugitive.

Tanner was wanted in multiple jurisdictions and had committed a burglary at a business prior to his arrest.

In the stolen vehicle, deputies discovered multiple firearms and stolen items from the burglary.

Tanner now faces multiple misdemeanor and felony charges.

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National Roadside Safety Awareness Month: What To Know

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is promoting Roadside Safety Awareness Month to make citizens stay alert and take precautions on the road.

VDOT highlights the importance of the Move Over law on Virginia’s highways.

The Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching vehicles with flashing lights on the roadside.

This campaign aims to reduce accidents and protect roadside workers and drivers by enforcing safe driving practices around vehicles with flashing lights.

Drivers are required to follow the Move Over law.

Non-compliance can result in fines or, in more severe cases, jail time.

Following these laws ensures safer road conditions for all drivers, roadside workers, and pedestrians.

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A Missing Adult Alert From VSP

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) issued a critically missing adult alert on behalf of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for a man by the name of Rudy Cantu Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was last seen driving on Summit Crossing Road in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The missing male is 83 years old, and the alert was issued due to concerns for his health and safety.

Rodriquez was driving a dark blue 2011 Mercedes-Benz at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with any information regarding this individual should contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

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Legacy park benches installed in Berkeley County

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On July 8th, members of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board installed the first two Berkeley West Virginia 250 (BWV250) “legacy” park benches.

These benches were put in two public parks; eventually, there will be eight across the county.

The project is part of the legacy initiative organized by the Berkeley County 250th Commemorative Steering Committee.

The committee organized this as part of Berkeley County’s 250th birthday.

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Major House Fire In Warren County

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A major house fire with significant fire conditions throughout the structure occurred in the Waterlick area of Warren County at 2:42pm Thursday.

An off-duty battalion chief arrived at the scene within a minute of the report.

All occupants of the home were confirmed to be out while waiting for additional firefighters.

Warren County Fire & Rescue (WCFR) started fire suppression efforts soon after arriving.

The fire was brought under control within an hour, with personnel operating on the scene for four hours.

No injuries were reported after the incident.

The fire was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette.

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Vehicle Fire On I66

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A major vehicle fire occurred at mile marker 13 on I66 at 4pm on Thursday while another fire was being extinguished by the Warren County Fire & Rescue (WCFR) in Warren County.

The vehicle was a van with maintenance equipment and mixed fuels, which were engulfed in flames.

Due to most firefighters being in Warren County, Engine 6 Firefighters from Shenandoah Farms quickly arrived and initiated extinguishing the fully involved vehicle fire, causing major traffic delays.

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WV Attorney General Fights For Womens Sports

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West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and West Virginia State University women’s soccer alumni, Lainey Armistead take the legal battle to protect women’s sports.

The Attorney General plans to take this legal matter up to the U.S. Supreme Court through an appeal.

This announcement was made during a news conference on Thursday in West Virginia.

The legal action comes after the Fourth Circuit Court reversed a previous decision that upheld West Virginia’s Save Women’s Sports Act.

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Handley High School institutes zero phone policy

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The Winchester School Board announced by email that John Handley High School (JHHS) students will be required to have any and all personal electronic devices off and out of sight during the enter day in the 2024-25 school year.

This new policy is in line with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s new executive order to establish cell-phone free education.

Now, Handley students will join students in K-8 who were already required to have devices off and away at all times during the school day.

This new policy is instituted so students will be required to keep their personal electronic devices in a designated area upon entering each classroom, and that their devices will need to be kept in backpacks or pockets in hallway transitions.

Any visible phones will be confiscated if visible. 

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