VA. creates a violent crime task force

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced in an email the creation of a violent crime task force in Virginia.

The task force will consist of an executive branch and Attorney General office officials to better align strategies to reduce violent crime across Virginia.

Officials plan to confer with law enforcement and local officials to carry out new innovative solutions to combat crime.

A comprehensive look at how to address the rise in violent crimes will be examined.

The hopes are to provide more law enforcement resources as well as create alternative and after school activities.

Hopes are to also address the fear witnesses have when it comes to failing to appear at a criminal hearing.

The task force will make recommendations for executive, administrative and legislative actions on an ongoing basis as well as report to the governor.

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W.VA. Officials gather after devastating flooding

A group of 80 officials and experts are scheduled to gather in Charleston West Virginia to address flooding issues.

The West Virginia news service reports that officials will gather May 18 and Thur. May 19  to update West Virginia’s flood prevention plan.

The meeting is to address issues that flooding caused to more than 100 homes in Huntington West Virginia.

Less than two weeks ago the Mayor of Huntington issued an emergency declaration over a second large scale flooding episode hit the city in nine months.

Elected leaders from across West Virginia along with state officials who work on flooding will meet with the state chief resilience officer.

The officials plan to work on ways to improve public policy and ways to better inform the public.

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News Maker Earnie Bliss on the Healing Field of Honor

The Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester this Memorial Day weekend.

This year the ceremony is bigger with a chance for you to honor a lost loved one or fallen hero.

We spoke with Rotary Member and Public Relations Chair Earnie Bliss about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Earnie explains the origin of the Healing Field of Honor.

He also tells us about how you can honor someone.

Earnie also explains how the funds for the event are distributed.

Click here for Earnie’s interview.

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FRPD investigate possible human trafficking

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) is investigating a possible human trafficking case.

The FRPD announced in a news release that they have arrested 23 year old Florida resident William Chase Mathews.

The investigation leading to the arrest regarded an adult who is suspected of having sexual relations with a juvenile.

Investigators uncovered additional information and evidence of possible human trafficking.

Further investigation revealed that  Mathews was providing housing for the juvenile and acting as her caretaker.

Mathews and the 15 year old met online before he moved to Front Royal from Florida to take care of the her.

Mathews is being held without bond with a court date of June 9.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any additional information to contact FRPD Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208.

FRPD Chief Magalis reminds parents to always be aware of their child’s online activity and report anything suspicious.

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Warren County EDA announce a contract on Baugh Drive facility

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A news release from the Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced a contract on the sale of the Baugh Drive facility.

The contract on the  sale of the property was approved on Fri. May 13 to the Shahi Food Group for $5.7 million.

Shahi Food Group projects a $7 million capital investment in the facility.

Shahi also projects a 5 year employment projection of 100 individuals.

The group would like to begin operations in late fall of this year.

Shahi Food Group has been an ice cream producer for over 30 years with distribution to over 2000 retail outlets.

The group already distributes to 20 different states including New York, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio and Virginia.

The company has been given approval to distribute their product in Europe as well.

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LCSO seeks information on the death of a Sterling woman

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is seeking information on the recovery of a Sterling woman’s body.

Thirty three year old Kelley Muscara  of Sterling was reported missing Sat. May 14 according to an announcement from LCSO.

Muscara’s body was recovered not far from where she was reported missing on Kincora Drive early Sun. May 15.

Loudoun County Authorities in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have launched an investigation into her death.

Anyone with any information regarding Muscara is asked to contact Detective R. Schmidt of the LCSO at (703) 777-1021.

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SVMF Fab Four Beatles Tribute show tickets on sale today 5/16

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival (SVMF) tickets for the Fab Four Beatles tribute band show go on sale today May 16.

The venue announced the show through their website as a July 23 show at the Shrine Mont Circle venue in Orkney Springs Virginia.

The Emmy Award winning foursome perform note for note renditions of the Beatles’ classics.

The Fab Four will take you through the Beatles’ years  both musically and through  costumes.

The Fab Four is just one of eight concerts scheduled this year which begin with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives on July 22.

Shows this year include America, the Village People and the Spinners among others.

Other shows maybe added click here for updates additional information and tickets.

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FCFR respond to a commercial structure fire at Trex

Frederick County Fire and Rescue (FCFR) responded to the report of a commercial structure fire at Trex on Shawnee Drive in Winchester.

The report was confirmed in a news release from FCFR.

The release states that the fire was reported on Wednesday May 11 at approximately 5:40 p.m..

The Trex Emergency Response Team (ERT) was battling a dust explosion fire at one of the plant’s mixers when FCFR crews arrived on the scene.

FCFR crews assisted the ERT in fire suppression efforts for over an hour to keep the fire from spreading to the 70 yards of piping and the roof of the building.

The fire was fully extinguished by approximately 8:20 p.m. and FCFR units were able to clear the scene.

One Trex employee who was working around the equipment at the time of the dust explosion was treated and released for basic life support injuries at the scene.

No other injuries were reported and dollar damage estimates have not been determined at this time.

The fire was deemed accidental and due to equipment malfunction.

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A second arrest in the Touch of Texas shooting

A second arrest has been made in the fatal shooting at a Touch of Texas in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

The arrest stems from the initial 911 call from the Winchester Avenue establishment around 2:30 a.m. May 6.

The Journal reports 20 year old Lorenzo Valle of Stephens City has also been arrested.

Valle faces a felony charge of a person prohibited from carrying firearms and a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities found Valle moving back and forth from vehicle to vehicle in the parking lot the night of the shooting.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the vehicle to find a 9 millimeter Glock handgun and a bag of what is believed to be cocaine.

Authorities have already arrested 18 year old Dyreek Harris of Winchester. 

Harris was arrested for his involvement in the dispute that initiated the 911 call.

Harris faces four counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

The victim of the shooting was Diata Johnson of Winchester who accompanied Harris.

Authorities have arrested the suspected shooter in the incident but have not released their identity as it is an ongoing investigation.

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News Maker Shayla Rickard of FCEDA on a job fair

Frederick County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)  is holding a job fair and employer expo on Wednesday May 25.

We spoke with the job fair employer expo organizer from the FCEDA Shayla Rickard about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town Of Front Royal.

Shayla tells us of all the opportunities available at the event.

She also tells us there is still time to have your organization represented at the job fair employer expo.

Shayla tells us that this is also a great place for job placement assistance as well.

Click here for Shayla’s interview.

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