FRPD warns of a new scam that is a bit different from most

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) reports that a new scam has hit the area and this one is a little different from most.

Individuals are being told by phone that they have overpaid their Town of Front Royal Utility bill and are entitled to a refund.

Then the caller will ask for your debit or credit card information to receive your refund.

This will never happen legitimately.

Should you receive such a call never give out any personal information over the phone.

Should this happen just hang up on the person or ask them to credit your next bill and see how that works.

If you are so inclined feel free to call the Town of Front Royal to check on the legitimacy of the claim.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland tells us it is extremely difficult for law enforcement to trace offending scammers as often they are calling from outside the country.

More importantly it is near impossible to retrieve money that has been stolen in this manner.

Should you become a victim of such scams contact your local law enforcement to at least report it and see if anything can be done.

More importantly you should change all cards, passwords and information that was lost in the scam.

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WCFR report 3 structures burned on March 3

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Just after 1:30 the afternoon of March 3 Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report being called to smoke coming from a vacant dwelling on Osage Street Front Royal.

On arrival firefighters found fire through the roof of the empty building and spreading to adjacent buildings.

The three buildings involved were searched and crews confirmed no occupants were inside.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire and prevent additional spreading.

The fire’s origin is being investigated by Warren County’s Fire Marshal’s Office and anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call 540-636-3830.

Fire units remained on the scene for approximately 3 and half hours and were assisted by the Front Royal Police Department.

Along with units from WCFR, Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Fortsmouth and Strasburg Fire Department were also dispatched on the call.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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School speed cameras go live February 12 in Front Royal

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Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) reports that speed enforcement cameras will go live Monday February 12 around local schools.

After a 2023 study showed an alarming 15,383 citations were issued for speeding in school zones in a four-day period the action was taken.

As we reported earlier in the year Front Royal have placed cameras at A.S. Rhodes and Ressie Jeffries Elementary Schools as well as Skyline and Warren County Middle Schools.

After they go live a 30-day warning period will go into effect.

Cameras are going to photograph any vehicle going 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

The registered owner of that vehicle will receive a warning in the mail until March 18.

After March 18 citations and fines will be issued for violating the speed limit in a school zone.

This warning or grace period is an attempt to get drivers to change their habits around schools.

There will be signs with the posted speed limit and feedback signs will be in place if not already that show your current speed.

It is not the intension of the Front Royal Police Department to issue citations.

The grace period is an attempt to get drivers to be more aware of their speed in school zones.

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News Maker Chief Magalis on speed cameras around schools

Get ready Front Royal speed cameras at schools have been approved by the town council and are being installed.

We spoke to Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis about them in our latest news maker.

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Chief Magalis tells us how the cameras work and where they will be located.

He also tells us there will be a grace period before fines will be implemented.

Chief Magalis also gives us a heads up on just how much violations will cost you for speeding in a school zone.

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WCSO and FRPD assist in capture of dangerous suspect

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Front Royal Police Department assisted in a joint operation to capture a dangerous individual who was on the run after a drive-by shooting.

At 1 am on December 9th, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Warren County Sheriff’s Office requesting a coordinated high-risk vehicle stop linked to an investigation of a drive-by shooting in Culpeper.

An on-duty Rappahannock County deputy spotted the suspected vehicle traveling near Routes 522 and 211 towards Warren County.

At request of the WCSO, Front Royal Police set up spike strips at the town line in case the suspect did not stop.

The suspect was pulled over without incident before reaching town and identified as Demetre Dominique Skinner of Manassas.

No other suspects were involved in the crime and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office believes the incident was specific to the Culpeper area, involving only the suspect and victim.

He was charged with shooting from a vehicle so as to endanger persons, shooting at a vehicle, aggravated malicious wounding, and use or display of a firearm during a felony.

The victim was airlifted to UVA Charlottesville in critical condition.

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WCFR report the death of one in residential fire

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report the death of one in a November 24 fire.

Warren County Assistant Fire Chief Gerry Maiatico confirmed by phone the loss of life in a devastating fire.

On Friday morning November 24 Fire Personnel reported to the residential structure fire at 240 Blue Ridge Avenue.

On arrival Firefighters found the home fully involved and were told by neighbors there was a person inside.

The fire was so intense it took time to suppress it to enable first responders to enter.

Once inside the remains of a human were found.

Those remains have been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine cause of death and confirm the identity of the victim.

The Front Royal Police Department and Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

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Wanted man in Front Royal captured by Border Patrol

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On Sunday, November 20th the Front Royal Police Department received a call about an alleged stabbing in the area of South Street and Osage Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers first located the victim at a neighboring residence on Osage Street.

The victim was identified as a 35 year old female.

She was taken to Winchester Medical Center with potentially life threatening injuries.

Detectives of the Front Royal Police Department identified Humberto Vazquez as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest for violation of a protective order and malicious wounding.

He was originally at large in the community before being captured by the U.S. Customs Border Patrol.

Vazquez was previously arrested in Warren County for unlawful and felonious breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony or larceny in October of 2022.

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Gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger

For the 15th consecutive year, The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 will be hosting
‘Camping for Hunger,’ from Monday, November 13th through Saturday, November 18th to collection of food & monetary donations as well as raise awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Since 2008, donation totals for the Camping for Hunger Project have exceeded 190,000 pounds of food and supplies such as personal hygiene items and over $135,000 in cash and gift cards.
On average, the total amount of food and money collected each year provides approximately six months’ worth of food for C-Cap’s pantry program.
On-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, Ryan Rutherford and Scott Bradley along with station owner, Andrew Shearer and other staff members will again take to sleeping on the bus, which will be parked at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
During the week-long camp-out event, The River 95.3 will broadcast live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-Cap’s food pantry. In-person collections will take place during Camping Week at the bus and at area businesses and organizations.

A list of drop-off locations can be found by click here, along with an
online donation link, direct to C-CAP.
Royal Broadcasting President, Andrew Shearer commented, “For the 15th year, my staff and our neighbors will sacrifice a little of themselves, with either money, non-perishable food, or their time to help those in need. C-CAP has indicated they have seen a nearly 100% increase in requests for assistance in 2023.”
“Our partners for the past 14 years have included the Front Royal Police Department, Warren
County Fire & Rescue, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Government,
Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Century Link, Dominion Ridge Academy, and C-CAP. These
organizations help us with the set-up and resources necessary to undertake such a large event. Numerous local companies host in-house food drives, which helps add to the totals and support. All donations stay in our local community,” according to Shearer.
The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 are committed to continuing to serve the community through direct-involvement events and activities. For more information, contact the station: 540- 635-4121; email: campingforhunger@theriver953.com or visit

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Be alert for additional traffic

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The Front Royal Police Department would like to remind motorists that the Festival of Leaves is taking place today in Downtown Front Royal.

Expect delays in traffic due to the celebrations and remember that parts of Main Street and Chester Street will be closed until 7 pm or until all vendors have left safely.

The festivities are rain or shine.

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