DUI arrest follows fatal car crash in Madison County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a single car crash that occurred in Madison County on Sunday July 16th at 12:20 AM, according to Corinne Geller, a representative of the State Police.

A 2003 Ford F-150 was traveling South on Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, less than a mile from Finks Hollow Road, when it ran off the road and struck several trees.

The passenger, Maya D. Powell, 20, of Culpeper, died at the scene.

The driver, Shawn A. Lohr, 19, of Rixeyville, suffered minor injuries.

Neither were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the impact.

Lohr was arrested for a DUI and driving under the influence while under the age of 21.

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Culpeper residents charged for fentanyl and firearms

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force wrapped up another lengthy investigation with the arrest of two Culpeper residents.

Daiquan Thompson and Octavia Richards were arrested in the 300 block of Wine Street in Culpeper.

With the execution of a search warrant the pair were found to be in possession of 670 pills of pressed fentanyl and two firearms.

The drugs seized have an approximate street value of over $16,700.

The pair are facing numerous charges including possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 or 2 drug, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and child endangerment.

Thompson is a known gang member and is being investigated for violating probation conditions as well.

Both subjects are being held without bond at the Culpeper County Jail.

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REC restores power following storms

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power to most of their members who experienced outages during Wednesday’s storms.

Most outages were due to uprooted or broken trees near power lines and poles.

As of 2 pm, under 360 members remained without power.

Those homes were in the hardest hit areas of northern Culpeper and Fauquier counties.

REC wants members to keep in mind that repairs must be done in a sequential manner with main lines coming first then individual tap lines.

For the latest information, head to www.myrec.coop.

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Culpeper Regional Airport receives $2.9 million in funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.9 million in federal funding is coming to the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the funding.

The act was originally which was negotiated by Warner and strongly supported by Kaine.

The infrastructure law will bring nearly $400 million to Virginia’s airports.

The funds for this project will go towards the final phase of removing an obstruction on a runway.

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