FRPD investigates gunshot death

A news release from the Front Royal Police Department confirms the investigation of a body found in Front Royal.

The Front Royal Police Department responded to a call on North Shenandoah Avenue at 10:30 on Thursday, June 30th.

Officers arriving at the scene discovered a 41 year old white male in the grassy area between First Bank and United Bank.

The person died from what is suspected to be a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The individual is not believed to be associated with the banks and walked there from a nearby hotel.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Detective T. A. Smith of the FRPD at 540-636-2208 or email 

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FRPD makes arrest for child pornography

An 8 month investigation came to an end when Front Royal Police arrested and charged Richard E. Jones Jr with 20 felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

In October, officers executed a search warrant on a residence on Accomac Drive and seized electronic devices.

After completing and extraction on the devices, over 400 images were discovered.

The 41 year old man is being held without bond at the RSW Regional Jail.

His court date is set for July 28th in the Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Detective T. A. Smith of the FRPD.

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WCFR and FRPD rescue two with heroic actions

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Two Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) Officers and Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) members responded to a house fire around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The two Front Royal Police Officers have been saluted and commended in a video found here.

The Officers were the first on the scene and found two people inside the burning structure.

Thanks to the Officers quick action and risking their own safety they were able to save the residents inside the home.

Unable to enter through any doors Officer Martin quickly cut a window screen and entered through the window.

Once inside Martin found two non ambulatory residents.

Overcome with smoke Martin had to leave the home through the same window she entered.

In the meantime Sergeant Suess had arrived on the scene and was able to literally break down and remove a door to enter.

The two Officers reentered the home and pulled the two occupants out of the house to safety.

Once safe outside the couple was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital to be checked.

Two firefighters were also injured battling the blaze.

One firefighter was treated at the scene while the other was taken to the hospital and later released.

The home in the 18 Street area of Front Royal was deemed a total loss and uninhabitable.

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News Maker Kahle Magalis on the Women’s Self Defense Seminar

The Front Royal Police Department announced that they will offer a Women’s Self Defense Seminar on Dec. 11 starting at 9 a.m..

We spoke to Police Chief Kahle Magalis about the seminar in our latest news maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Kahle tells us about what to expect at the seminar.

Kahle also talks about how there is openings still available at the Dec. 11 seminar.

Registration is required to attend the seminar at

Kahle also tells us to keep an eye on the police department’s Facebook page for future seminars.

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News Maker Kahle Magalis on the Women's Self Defense Seminar

Front Royal Police make an arrest in the recent bank robbery

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A Front Royal Police Department’s (FRPD) email from Captain Crystal Cline reports an arrest being made in in the Nov. 12 bank robbery.

The FRPD arrested Philip Michael Fincham initially on a possession of a controlled substance charge.

Fincham was found to be in possession of the drugs along with currency with serial numbers that matched the numbers of currency from the bank robbery.

During the initial interview with Fincham he confessed to the robbery of the bank.

Fincham has also been implicated in other attempted robberies as well a break in of a business establishment.

Fincham was taken into custody without incident on Wed. Nov. 17 in the 500 block of Manassas Ave. and is being held without bond.

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Front Royal Police investigate a bank robbery

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A press release from the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) announced the investigation of a bank robbery.

The robbery occurred at City National Bank on Commerce Ave. Fri. Nov. 12 around 3:45.

The suspect is described as a white male probably in his 20’s 5 feet 3 to 6 inches tall around 150 pounds.

He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a white COVID-19 style mask and sunglasses.

He showed the teller a note requesting money but showed no weapon.

The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

He left the building on foot heading east on 6th Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (540) 636-2208 ask for Detective Fogle.

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The body of Zander Ward has been found

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In a Front Royal Police Department press release officials announced the discovery and recovery of the body of Zander Ward.

The body was found yesterday Oct. 28 around 3 in the afternoon in the 3900 block of Guard Hill Road.

Ward was found in a wooded area by family and community searchers.

At this time there is no evidence of foul play barring the Medical Examiner’s report as the investigation continues.

The 18 year old Ward had been missing since Monday Oct. 25.

The Front Royal Police, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Fire and Rescue and community members assisted in the search.

Front Royal Police Chief Magalis in the press release thanked the community and the various department’s response and efforts in locating ward.

Magalis also expressed thoughts, sympathy and prayers for the family.

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Front Royal Water & Sewer Department testing

The Town of Front Royal Water & Sewer Department will be testing sanitary sewer pipes and storm sewer pipes September 21, through October 29, 2021 The work is scheduled between 7 am and 5 pm, weather permitting.  Door hangers will be hung weekly to inform residents of the testing in their area.  The tests will be conducted using smoke. The smoke should not enter the premises unless a leak is present. Smoke may enter your home or business through a washer discharge pipe, bathrooms that are seldom used and basement floor drains. If smoke enters your home or business, immediately open doors and windows and turn on all bathroom exhaust fans and the kitchen range hood. This will help dissipate the smoke quicker. To minimize the chance of smoke entering your home, please pour at least a gallon of water into all drains, including floor drains, prior to the date of the test. The presence of smoke in your home should be reported immediately to Public Works at 635-7819, Monday-Friday 7am-3:30 pm. If after-hours, call the Front Royal Police Non emergency number, 635-2111. 

FRPD investigate a pedestrian struck by a vehicle

Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) continues to investigate a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.

The incident occurred in the 500 block of South Royal Ave. Front Royal.

Elmo Russell Edwards was not using the crosswalk when he was struck by an SUV.

Edwards was air lifted to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the SUV remained on the scene with a witness.

It was determined that alcohol and speed was not factor in the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Front Royal Police Department.

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Front Royal Police closed Commerce Ave. for 6 hours

Front Royal Police responded to an accident in the North bound lanes of Commerce Avenue for over 6 hours on Sunday.

A semi truck rolled over after its load shifted while the driver attempted a left turn.

The contents of the container spilled on to the right of way causing the closer of  Commerce Avenue north of South St..

The 31 year old driver, William Haines of Hagerstown has been charged with reckless driving.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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