Marshall native named Player of the Game in Michigan’s National Championship

Blake Corum, a Marshall native, was named the Offensive Player of the Game following Michigan’s National Championship victory over Washington.

Corum finished the game with 21 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns, both in the 4th quarter.

In the Rose Bowl, Corrum totaled 118 yards and scored two touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime.

During the regular season, he accumulated over 1,000 rushing yards and set the school record with 24 rushing touchdowns.

He will likely become just the second player from Fauquier County, joining Wyatt Teller of the Cleveland Browns, to play in the NFL.

He is currently projected as a second to third round pick.

Leading up to the National Championship game, Corum gave back to his community by donating 300 toys to the Fauquier County based Family Shelter Services.

This followed his Detroit based toy drive which raised 25,000 toys for a local mission.

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Joint operation results in the arrest of 10

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The Virginia State Police along with the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force in a joint operation seized more than $4.4 million dollars in marijuana and other illegal narcotics and made 10 arrests throughout six counties the week of December 11th .

In addition, $340,650 in cash and weapons was recovered.

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force is composed of law enforcement personnel from the Orange, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Madison Sheriff’s Offices; Culpeper,
Warrenton, Orange Police Departments; and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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The Marshall Brothers and Happy Creek Manor

You are familiar with John Marshall, but what about his brother James?

Did you know that Warren County was the home to the Nation’s fourth Chief Justice?




Laurel Ridge announces robotics and automation opportunities

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 Laurel Ridge Community College announced new opportunities for students to study robotics and automation at the Fauquier Campus.

The Go Virginia-funded Robotics & Technology Academy will open to students and adults in the region this upcoming spring and offer career studies certificates in the field.

High school students in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties will have the opportunity to enroll in the academy with transportation provided to and from Laurel Ridge.

The 16 credit program introduces students to robotics and automation systems that use Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and other cyber-physical systems.

This new field of study will join the Drone Academy to form Laurel Ridge’s Technology Academy.

The two certificates can combine with four general studies classes to earn an associate degree.

In Virginia, the average robotics technician’s annual salary is roughly $55,000.

To read the full announcement from Laurel Ridge, click here.

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Manufacturer will expand in Virginia

Governor Glenn Youngkin has announced that Ross Industries Inc., a manufacturer of commercial food production machinery, will invest $7.5 million to enlarge its current facility in Fauquier County.

The company will build a new 24,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing structure to increase its product assembly capacity.

In addition, Ross will invest in next-generation robotic fabrication and manufacturing technologies.

The completion of the project will create 24 new jobs.

VSP investigate fatal crash following police chase

Virginia State Police are investigating a two car fatal crash that occurred Monday in Fauquier County.

Shortly after 9 pm, a 2003 Honda CR-V was eluding law enforcement traveling north on James Madison Highway when it swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into a Culpeper County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle.

The impact caused the Honda to run off the side of the road and overturn.

The driver of the Honda, Corey Faison, 43, of Earlysville, was ejected from the vehicle and flown to INOVA Fairfax for treatment.

Faison was not wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

He succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, July 12th.

The deputy was not injured in the crash.

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VSP investigate fatal crash in Fauquier County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday at 11:19 am at the intersection of Route 29, James Madison Highway, and Route 15 Business, N. James Madison St.

A 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling south attempted a left turn onto Rt. 15 where the driver crossed into the northbound lane and crashed into a 1995 Mack Dump Truck.

Diana Esry, 62, of Remington, died at the scene.

The 20 year old dump truck driver was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

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MD. man arrested for trying to maim Fauquier K-9 officer

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Landover Maryland man on a number of charges.

Kevin Spriggs was arrested on Sat. July 16 by Fauquier County sheriff Deputies.

Spriggs is charged with possession of stolen goods, obstruction of justice, eluding, driving without a license, driving under the influence of drugs and attempt to maim a law enforcement animal.

Authorities were alerted to Spriggs driving a vehicle with matching license plate to an earlier carjacking in Stafford County.

After the initial traffic stop failed Spriggs was found a short time later parked along the road.

Spriggs refused to exit the vehicle until K-9 officer Bane was deployed to get him out.

After exiting Spriggs continued to resist and began choking Bane.

Finally Spriggs was taken into custody and transported to Fauquier Hospital for treatment.

Spriggs is also being charged by Stafford County Authorities with grand larceny.

Fauquier authorities confirm that K-9 Bane is okay thanks to quick action by deputies on the scene.

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Fatal Crash in Fauquier County Under Investigation

Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Fauquier County. The crash occurred on Monday, (July 11) at 2:50 p.m. along Route 215 (Vint Hill Rd) just east of Route 600 (Broad Run Church Rd).

A 2000 Ford F-350 was traveling east on Route 215 when it crossed a double solid centerline, ran off the left side of the roadway, and collided with a tree.

The driver of the Ford, David E. Kirby, 41, of Culpeper, Va., died at the crash scene as a result of his injuries. Kirby was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three passengers in the Ford, a 36-year-old female, a 19-year-old male, and a 12-year-old male, all suffered serious injuries and were flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. A fourth passenger, a 17-year-old male suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fauquier Health for treatment. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

A medical emergency is considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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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.

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