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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WC Habitat for Humanity makes strides with Osage Street project

At Home with Habitat 2020

Warren County Habitat for Humanity continues to make strides towards their Osage Street project.

Boyce resident and runner Michael Zawadzki took on the Boston Marathon yesterday as part of Habitat’s efforts to raise money for the project and brought in $2,500.00.

Michael had a blazing pace for the first half of the marathon with an hour and 52 minutes and finished in just over four hours and 20 minutes.

You can still check out his newsmaker with Scott by clicking here

Warren County Habitat for Humanity also received a grant of over $235,000 to help accelerate their neighborhood revitalization project on Osage Street.

This grant was secured through the Susan Dewey Virginia Housing Grant and Warren County Habitat for Humanity was one of five affiliates to receive funding.

This will help with not just the construction but also to subsidize loan costs, enable deserving families to qualify for mortgages and secure their homes.

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Archie Manning named SABF Sports Marshal

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced that Archie Manning will serve as the Sports Marshal for this year’s events.

Archie Manning is the patriarch of a family who’s last name has become synonymous with football.

Archie played collegiately at Ole Miss where he was an All American Quarterback and had his #18 retired.

The New Orleans Saints selected him with the #2 overall pick in the 1971 NFL draft.

He went onto set numerous team passing records and was named the NFC MVP in 1978.

Manning was the first Saints player to be inducted into the Superdome Wall of Fame and in the Saints first class for the Ring of Honor.

After his playing career, Archie has impacted communities through his work fighting Cystic Fibrosis and with organizations like the Special Olympics and Boy Scouts.

Archie and his family continue to run one of the most prolific high school quarterback camps each summer, the Manning Passing Academy.

He will be a keynote speaker at the Sports Breakfast and ride in the Grand Feature Parade.

To view the Apple Blossom Festival’s announcement, click here.

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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.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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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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WCSO makes arrest in Romney, WV

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On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, the investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office launched an undercover online chat regarding the solicitation of minors within the Warren County/Front Royal area.

During the operation, an adult male contacted one of the investigators
acting as a juvenile under the age of 15-years-old.

Throughout the chat exchange the suspect asked for photos and lewd content from whom he believed was a young female.

The suspect also transmitted obscene materials to the investigator.

The investigative team positively identified the perpetrator as Samuel Funkhouser, a 33- year-old male from Romney, West Virginia.

On April 10, 2024, investigators travelled to Romney, WV and, with the assistance of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, successfully
arrested.

Mr. Funkhouser was transported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail without incident.

Following his arrest, Mr. Funkhouser appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to be held in custody without bond.

The court date for the offenses is set for May 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

If you have any information on this case or any others, please contact Sergeant M.R. Ramey.

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VDOT announces I-66 closure at Nutley Street

Traffic Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced that Nutley Street North and South closures over I-66, associated I-66 ramps, are scheduled for multiple nights this week, Sunday, April 14, to Saturday, April 20.

These closures are necessary for bridge joint repairs.

Each night, one direction of Nutley Street will be closed to through-traffic from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This activity is part of the ongoing “Transform 66 Outside the Beltway” Project.

Please note, that all work is subject to weather conditions and will be postponed in the case of inclement weather.

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Governor Youngkin announces HP Hood expansion

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Governor Glenn Youngkin revealed that HP Hood LLC is set to invest over $83.5 million into expanding its dairy processing operations in Frederick County.

This ambitious endeavor encompasses enhancements to production and packaging infrastructure, alongside the construction of supplementary cooler and warehouse facilities.

Such expansion not only facilitates the company’s business growth, but also underscores its commitment to a local market for Virginia dairy farms.

The expansion will provide increased production capacity and fund technology that will enable Hood to produce new products in response to growing customer demand.

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FCSO warns of new scam

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would like to remind residents that at no time will the Sheriff’s Office ask for money over the phone, nor will they ask for a gift card for payment.

If you receive a call from someone stating they are Chris Peterson with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stating you have a warrant, this is a scam.

If you have any questions about a call you received from someone stating, they are with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
please hang up and call the office directly to verify.

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