News Maker Allysah Fox of SNP on Park Week

Park week begins April 20, and Shenandoah National Park (SNP) has celebrations set including a fee free day.

We spoke to SNP Information Officer Allysah Fox about what’s planned in our latest news maker.

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Allysah tells us that the excitement really began with the eclipse and has been going strong ever since.

She also tells us that Park Week begins with a Fee Free Day April 20.

Allysah also has details on the April 27 Jr. Ranger day which is full of educational activities  for all ages.

Click here for Allysah’s news maker.

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WPD respond to a disturbance on Valley Avenue

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report by email the response to a disturbance at the ANS Inn and Suites on Valley Avenue April 13.

On arrival a woman came out of the room and informed officers that a male was still in the room and was armed and then she went back into the room.

Officers were able to deduce that the man was intoxicated and possibly suicidal.

A perimeter was established, and attempts were made to have the male exit the room.

Contact was made by phone and after some time the male finally came out unarmed and was taken into custody without further incident.

Because of his suicidal actions the man was placed in custody on a paperless emergency order and transported to Winchester Medical Center for observation.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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BCSD arrest an Inwood man after a tip from ICACTF

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department report the arrest of an Inwood West Virginia man after a cyber tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF).

At approximately 3 p.m. April 12 Berkeley County Sheriff’s Investigators took 40-year-old Russell Franklin into custody on child pornography charges.

Investigators that included West Virginia State Police were able to trace the internet activity to Franklin who had accessed child pornography on a device.

A warrant for Franklin’s home was acquired and executed and his devices were confiscated and examined.

Franklin’s devices were found to have incriminating photos on them.

Franklin has been charged with 8 counts of distribution and exhibiting minors in explicit and illicit acts.

More charges are likely upon further investigation.

After appearing before a Berkeley County Magistrate Franklin was released on bond.

The ICACTF is a national network composed of over 5,400 federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel.

The network is dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.

Anyone with information on the case involving Franklin or any case regarding the solicitation or exploitation of children should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on saving money

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) works hard to keep the power on.

We spoke to the Cooperative’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

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Casey tells us what REC did to improve service in 2023 and what the plan is for 2024.

She also tells us all the different ways REC and its members and employees give back to the communities they serve.

Casey also tells us the best ways REC members can save money.

Click here for Casey’s latest news maker.

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Charlottesville man chased then involved in officer shooting

A Charlottesville suspect involved in a Waynesboro shooting was chased down Route 64 and finally came to a stop when his Lincoln continental ran off the road and hit a guardrail April 11.

Kevin D. Taylor the second refused to exit the vehicle after over an hour of negotiation with him.

During the attempt to get Taylor to exit an engagement took place and shots were fired according to the Augusta Free Press.

The 29-year-old Taylor was struck and taken to UVA Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Taylor had previously been observed fleeing a shooting in Waynesboro on Wednesday at Hopeman Parkway around 5 p.m.

The male victim of that shooting was taken to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Virginia State Police are investigating the Route 64 officer involved shooting that wounded and eventually killed Taylor.

No other injuries occurred in the incidents with a firearm recovered in the Taylor’s vehicle.

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Rockland Rd. will close for 20 months for bridge construction

Parts of Rockland Road Route 658 in Warren County will close for approximately 20 months starting Monday April 22.

This allows the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to begin construction on the new bridge over the Norfolk-Southern railway.

The project is expected to be complete and the bridge open by December 2025 according to VDOT.

During construction that begins on April 22 traffic will be diverted to Fairground Road to the north and Winchester Road to the west.

Rockland Park will remain open throughout the process.

Motorists need to be aware of crews putting up signs and flaggers before construction begins.

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News Maker Sheriff Cline on self defense and more

As we try to do at least once a month, we are checking in with Warren County Sheriff Crystal Cline in our latest news maker.

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Sheriff Cline reminds us that there is a Women’s Self Defense class coming up with registration and additional details found here.

She also tells us there are things we can do to protect our personal property especially in the vehicle.

Sheriff Cline also tells us that both office communications specialist and animal control officers are to be thanked and saluted the third week of April.

Click here for Sheriff Cline’s news maker.

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Two former deputies included in new VSP homicide indictments

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Virginia State Police (VSP) confirm by email that they have obtained two new felony indictments against two former Warren County Deputies.

The two officers named in the indictments Tyler S. Poe and Zachary A. Fadely are no longer employed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The email confirms that on April 8 a Warren County Grand Jury handed up an indictment of homicide for each former deputy.

The pair were involved in the traffic stop involving Ralph Ennis on April 2, 2022.

During that traffic stop Ennis was knocked to the ground and hit his head.

Ennis passed away almost two weeks later in hospice care.

Court documents confirm that Fadely and Poe have a scheduled Warren County Circuit Court Criminal Division appearance May 31.

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Martinsburg Police investigate an exchange of gunfire

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Martinsburg Police report the investigation of a report of gunfire in the North Queen Street area April 10.

The incident took place in the 500 block of the street and was reported at approximately 2 p.m.

Evidence at the scene indicates that a gunfire exchange did take place at the sight with the parties involved apparently at a distance from one another.

At the latest report there is no indication that anyone was struck during the gunfight.

Investigators are actively gathering information and interviewing witnesses.

Martinsburg police are encouraging anyone with any information in the incident to come forward as the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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News Maker Todd Jones with a WCBS meeting recap

As we do every Thursday we check in with Warren County in our latest news maker.

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Todd Jones the County Director of Technology has a complete run down of the budget situation and recap of the April 9 special meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors (WCBS).

He tells us that one of the most important things about the budget is that it is not final yet.

Todd also tells us another important thing is that our voice can be and are heard with a verity of ways to let your thoughts be known.

Click here for Todd’s latest news maker.

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