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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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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VSP arrest a Baltimore man in a chase with stolen property

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the pursuit of  a Toyota after spotting it at mile marker 17 on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County April 14 with no inspection or brake lights.

The Toyota refused to stop and increased speeds up to 100 miles per hour fleeing into Prince William County.

Once in Prince William County the Toyota left 66 turning onto Route 234 where the driver ran several stop lights and drove erratically in and out of traffic and used shoulders of the road to escape pursuit.

The driver eventually took the Toyota back onto 66 East where he collided with a police cruiser which forced the vehicle into an eastbound Subaru which ended the chase.

After the stop the driver, Juntae E. Williams of Baltimore Maryland was taken into custody and was transported to Prince William Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

A pregnant passenger of the Toyota was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The 27-year-old Williams faces several charges including assault on a law officer and child endangerment due to the pregnant passenger who was not charged in the incident.

Additional charges are likely against Williams after further investigation revealed over a $1,000 in stolen merchandise in the Toyota.

Williams is currently being held without bond at Fauquier Adult Detention Center.

No other injuries were reported in the incident.

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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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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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WCSO makes arrest in Romney, WV

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Two former deputies included in new VSP homicide indictments

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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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