Berryville reminds residents of low flying craft

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Berryville reiterated the warning of low flying aircraft in a news release.

The craft include low flying helicopters and the Town Government reminds residents to not be alarmed.

The project is a part of the ongoing efforts to collect data for the Virginia Department of Energy and The U.S. Geological Survey from Clarke and Frederick Counties.

The aircraft are piloted by personnel trained for low level flight at altitudes of 300 to 1,000 feet and will fly through December.

This is part of a national effort to create maps that assist in domestic exploration for mineral resources critical to national security and prosperity.

Additional information on the project is available at the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.

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FRPD investigate possible human trafficking

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) is investigating a possible human trafficking case.

The FRPD announced in a news release that they have arrested 23 year old Florida resident William Chase Mathews.

The investigation leading to the arrest regarded an adult who is suspected of having sexual relations with a juvenile.

Investigators uncovered additional information and evidence of possible human trafficking.

Further investigation revealed that  Mathews was providing housing for the juvenile and acting as her caretaker.

Mathews and the 15 year old met online before he moved to Front Royal from Florida to take care of the her.

Mathews is being held without bond with a court date of June 9.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any additional information to contact FRPD Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208.

FRPD Chief Magalis reminds parents to always be aware of their child’s online activity and report anything suspicious.

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Front Royal is flushing fire hydrants through 4/14

A news release from the town of Front Royal announced that hydrant flushing is being done.

The flushing will be done throughout the community from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Apr. 14.

Flushing of hydrants ensures that they are operating properly and clears the lines of any sediments.

Flushing is done in the day light hours so crews can observe the hydrant and do any minor repairs to the unit to ensure they are and will continue to operate properly.

During flushing you should watch for water in the streets of the town.

You may experience periods of low water pressure and or discoloration of your water.

The discoloration can be remedied by running your cold water faucet until the water clears which shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes.

Any concerns or questions can be directed to the Department of Public Works in Front Royal at (540) 635-7819 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

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