Three Arrested in armed robbery in Edinburg Virginia

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On July 27, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a reported armed robbery where three males fled the scene in the area of Elizabeth Lane, Edinburg.

At approximately 9AM, a SCSO Deputy located the vehicle involved and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver was identified as Joshua Wayne Dellinger, of Edinburg.

Officers took Dellinger into custody and charged him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The two passengers in the vehicle, Kyle Austin Cowart of Mount Jackson, and Dallas Michael Fraley from Woodbridge, were taken into custody for outstanding warrants.

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New bridge opens on Route 11 in Shenandoah County

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STAUNTON – Traffic on Route 11 (Old Valley Pike) in Shenandoah County is scheduled to begin using the new bridge over the North Fork Shenandoah River today. The newly constructed bridge is located between Route 720 and the Mount Jackson southern town limits. 

A traffic lane-shift will allow Route 11 traffic to transition to the new bridge. Contractors for the VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation have been working since early 2022 to replace the older Truss bridge and was scheduled to complete construction this august.

The new Route 11 bridge is about 38 feet wide, which is 14 feet wider than the old structure. The additional width will accommodate two 11-foot travel lanes, an 11-foot shoulder on the west side of the bridge, and a five-foot shoulder on the east side.

After Route 11 motorists begin using the new bridge, contractors will begin removing the old bridge and will finalize the project.

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Mount Jackson man receives 16 years for drug trafficking

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced the sentencing of a Mount Jackson man for drug trafficking.

Merle Brook Stephens was found guilty in January of one count of knowingly or intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Stephens also faced a count of a carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a  drug trafficking crime.

The 53 year old Stephens also faced a count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Stephens received his sentence Monday May 9 after a three day jury trial and has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Stephens was arrested on December 7, 2018 as a part of a larger law enforcement sting operation.

At the time of his arrest Stephens was in possession of more than 323 grams of methamphetamine.

Stephens was found to be in possession of a loaded 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun with five loaded magazines over $3,000 in cash and variety of drug paraphernalia.

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Mount Jackson 5k and Festival

Mount Jackson Hometown Partnership is hosting a day full of activities to support local charities and the improvement of Mount Jackson.

The action gets started this morning with a 5k run from Triplett Tech Vocational School to Food Lion and then downtown for the rest of the day’s events.

From 9 am- 4 pm, there will be a Battle of the Bands as well as local food and craft vendors.

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Fire Truck rollover in Shenandoah County

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A Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue Fire Truck rolled over on its way to a brush fire in Bayse Virginia.

The incident occurred near Mount Jackson with two Firefighters on board.

The Firefighters were evaluated for non-life threatening injuries at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital before being released.

Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of the rollover.

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