Frederick County is awarded funding for road projects

Frederick County’s website confirms funding has been awarded for several road improvement projects.

The projects are projected to be done over the next six years and will help relieve congestion issues in several areas.

The funding has been allocated and awarded for the Redbud Road Realignment project to begin in 2023.

Funding will also support the 317 81 north ramp relocation and turn lane improvements with construction expected in 2025.

Projected construction in 2025 also includes the Route 11 North Old Charlestown Pike Road Roundabout installation.

The projects that have been approved can be viewed here.

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Fredrick County Fugitive has been apprehended

The Frederick County Fugitive who eluded arrest in a high speed chase has been apprehended.

A release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Sara Michell Cox has been arrested.

Cox was wanted on several outstanding warrants before hitting a Sheriff’s Deputy with her car to avoid arrest on Apr. 30.

After striking the officer Cox led police on a high speed chase and eluded arrest.

Cox is now facing felony assault on a law enforcement officer and felony eluding charges.

The officer who was struck was not seriously injured.

Initially Cox was being sought on felony failure to appear in court for grand larceny shoplifting and obtaining money by false pretense charges.

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FCFR and FCSO investigate fire death

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The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed in an email the investigation of an incident early May 5.

The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office in coordination with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a fire that involved the death of a victim.

Frederick County Emergency Communications received a call of a structure fire at 665 Pifer Road.

Units from Star Tannery were the first to arrive around 5:50 a.m. yesterday May 5.

Crews found the enclosed back porch of the house was fully involved with fire.

An adult male occupant of the house reported that a disabled female occupant was unaccounted for.

Crews initiated a primary search finding the remains of the victim in the engulfed back porch.

The investigation of the incident continues including a complete autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia for positive identification.

The origin of the fire is still to be determined.

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First Night Winchester concludes its run

An email from The First Night Winchester Board of Directors announced the decision to dissolve its operations.

The factors that led to that decision included unseasonable weather, COVID-19 and reduced sponsorship among others.

For the past 35 years the family oriented celebration of the New Year has been held in Old Town Winchester.

Proceeds remaining from admission sales to the event have been donated to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV).

The Museum was chosen because of their mission to preserve the cultural life and heritage of the Valley.

The MSV has been a long standing partner of the First Night Celebration with a variety of children’s activities each year.

The First Night Winchester board hopes the MSV will be able to carry the torch and re-image the event for future celebration.

Deputy Director of Communications of the MSV Julie Armel said it is too early to tell what  the event will be like in the future.

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Wanted felon flees attempted arrest

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports the search for a wanted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Sara Michell Cox on Sat. Apr. 30 at the Route 50 Walmart parking lot.

Cox was able to escape by striking the Deputy with her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

A pursuit began at speeds that reached over 100 miles per hour on Northwestern Pike.

Cox’s driving became more erratic and pursuit was terminated for public safety.

Cox was driving a white 2021 or 22 Ford Mustang that is believed to be a rental.

The vehicle has a black soft top with an unknown vehicle registration.

Cox, who is homeless has been known to stay with friends in the Inwood, Capon Bridge, Martinsburg and Winchester areas.

She is currently wanted on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, felony failure to appear on grand larceny charges.

Cox is also wanted for shoplifting, obtaining money by false pretenses and maybe facing other charges.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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FCPS hire a new Principal and Administrator

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A news release from Frederick County Schools (FCPS) announced the hiring of a new Principal and Administrator.

FCPS has placed Shawn Muir in place of the retiring Sharon Cooley as the new principal of Indian Hollow Elementary School.

Dr. Tabitha Reeves will be taking over the duties of Ralph Reese as the new program administrator at the Northwestern Regional Educational Programs at Senseny Road School.

Cooley is retiring after 32 years in the Frederick County Public School system.

Reese has been in Reeves new position since 2008.

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Frederick County resident arrested for suspected arson

An email from the Frederick County Virginia Government confirms the arrest of a Frederick County resident for suspected arson.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue (FCFR) received multiple 911 calls reporting a structure fire in the 700 block of Fawn Drive in the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision.

While on the way to the fire dispatchers informed crews that a suspect was seen fleeing the scene.

Further information was received that the owner of the home had blown the structure up and left in a Ford F-150.

A Be On The Lookout Order (BOLO) was issued to stop and detain the individual for investigative purposes.

Virginia State Police and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect in the area of Panther and Remington Drives.

Justin M. Snapp of 711 Fawn Drive was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Based on further information gathered at the scene of the fire and statements from neighbors authorities have added charges of Burning or Destroying a Dwelling or House to Snapp’s charges.

The fire on Fawn Drive involved the house a vehicle with smaller fires found on the grounds  around the house.

Estimated damage to the property is projected to be at approximately $130,000.

The incident remains under investigation anyone with information is asked to call the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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WPD make an arrest after a lengthy stand off

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Officer Frank Myrtle of the Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports in an email the arrest of a teen.

WPD Officers responded to the 500 block of Armour Dale Drive to locate a teenage male wanted on outstanding charges of assault and detention order.

Information obtained by the WPD  indicated that  the youth was at a relative’s residence by himself and  possibly armed.

Members of the Department’s Crisis Negotiation team attempted to communicate for several hours with the male to no avail.

The WPD SWAT team entered the residence at approximately 7:30 p.m. and took the subject into custody without incident.

No firearm was located in the building.

The Winchester male was transported to the Juvenile detention center.

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FCSO warns of spam messages

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office announced a warning from Verizon about a phishing scam.

It seems that Verizon Customers are reportedly receiving a spam message from their own phone number.

The message encourages you to click a link to receive a free gift.

Verizon reports that they are working with Law Enforcement to block the messages.

Verizon is also encouraging Law Enforcement to identify and stop the source of the fraudulent activity.

In the meantime it is important that you not click the link that is provided in the text.

You should verify any link sent in a text message before clicking it.

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Public School Text Book Review

Shenandoah and Frederick County schools are in the process of adopting new textbooks for middle and high school courses. Parents and Community members are invited to review the materials being considered for adoption March 30- April 12 for Shenandoah County, March 30 – April 12 for Frederick County.

Those wishing to to participate in Shenandoah County please contact your local school to schedule an appointment.

For additional information, contact Supervisor of secondary Instructional Services for Frederick County DJ Cavalier at

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