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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