Connecticut homicide suspect is chased into Rockingham Co.

Virginia Authorities were made aware of a homicide suspect out of Connecticut possibly making his way to South Carolina.

The Daily News Record reports that a Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the vehicle near Broadway the morning of Mar. 7.

Rockingham County Deputies and Virginia State Police began a pursuit which ended near the 254-mile maker on Interstate 81 South.

After securing the scene the suspect never exited his vehicle.

When authorities approached the vehicle, they found the suspect deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities have not released additional information currently as the investigation continues.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that the Interstate was shutdown at around 11:20 a.m. with one lane reopened about an hour later and all traffic cleared with both lanes back open shortly after 4 p.m.

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WPD accepting applications for its Citizens Academy

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that they are accepting applications for its 24 annual Citizen Police Academy for the spring of 2023.

This year’s academy begins March the 21 at 6 p.m. at the Timbrook Public Safety Center and meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The academy gives citizens an inside look at police operations.

Participants will be able to see how Criminal Investigations are conducted also given an inside look at the  Patrol Division and Emergency Communications Center.

There is a list of other academy activities and additional information available here.

The Academy will conclude with a graduation dinner on May 16.

Applications are available for download here.

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Augusta County Deputies chase a juvenile driver

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Deputy clocked a vehicle at 86 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on Stuarts Draft Highway Mar. 4.

Pursuit was initiated but the vehicle continued without stopping.

With total disregard to the Deputies pursuit and passing vehicles over the double yellow line.

The driver turned on to Cold Springs Road and turned off the headlights to attempt to evade pursuing Deputies.

Deputies were able to approach the vehicle after it had crashed on Cold Springs Road throwing the driver out.

Eventually the driver walked out of the woods with head and facial injuries.

The identity of the driver and his information is being withheld as he is a juvenile.

Charges from both the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are pending.

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News Maker Jennifer Parker of DSS on SNAP relief options

Concerns have been raised about the loss of funds after the last of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP emergency funds were delivered.

Beneficiaries are facing financial shortfalls when once those emergency funds are exhausted.

Regional Departments of Social Services are offering assistance in this situation.

We spoke to the Director of Clarke County’s Department of Social Services Jennifer Parker about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Jennifer tells us even if you receive SNAP benefits you are also able to take advantage of food pantries in your area.

She also tells us that there are mobile opportunities that help to reduce the travel concerns in Clarke County.

Jennifer also reminds us that no matter what your personal situation is you can always reach out your local Department of Social Services for help.

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VH eliminates some administrative and leadership positions

Valley Health (VH) Public Relations Manager Carol Weare reports by email that some administrative positions have been eliminated at VH.

The changes are to help VH streamline its leadership and support positions.

Last week 31 administrative individuals were notified that their positions have been eliminated.

Since Jan. VH has  eliminated nearly 100 positions through consolidation and attrition.

VH’s President and CEO Mark Nantz sighted the shrinking of the health care workforce combined with the rapidly rising clinician pay, declining demand and insurance reimbursements as the reasons for consolidation of the leadership and administrative roles.

Nantz went on to note that VH has incurred nearly $100 million in losses since the beginning of the pandemic.

Much of the loss was offset by federal assistance which will not continue.

Nantz added that it was time to face the reality that expenses cannot exceed revenue and by addressing the changing environment now helps avoid more drastic cuts later.

Nantz added that VH currently remains a financially strong and stable health system.

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News Maker Annie Guttierrez on Merchants on Main celebration

The Merchants on Main Street Front Royal are ready for Saint Patrick’s Day starting Fri. Mar. 10.

We spoke with  Annie Guttierrez of Jig and Jive Dance Studio Main Street Front Royal about the Pot of Gold event in our latest news maker.

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Annie tells us how this third annual Pot of Gold event works.

She also tells us of the stores that are involved and what to look for.

Annie also tells us of the end result of the event and that there will be several winners this year.

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Berkeley County’s Prosecutor ask for a special Prosecutor

Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie Wilkes Delligatti confirmed that she is going to ask a special prosecutor be appointed to review the accident involving the daughter of the Berkeley County Sheriff.

Sheriff Nathan Harmon’s 22-year-old daughter Carrie was involved in a single vehicle accident on Jan. 6 in which she ran off the road and damaged property on Cemetery Road in Berkeley County.

West Virginia Metro News reports that Harmon did make his way to the scene to make sure his daughter was medically sound.

Harmon also wishes to be totally transparent in the incident and called the wreck a basic traffic accident with no sign of alcohol being involved.

Body camera footage from responding Deputy William Henderson shows Harmon asking if Carrie had been drinking.

Henderson replied that he couldn’t tell with no mention of alcohol or drug use in the official report.

Prosecutor Wilkes Delligatti wants to ensure total transparency with the appointment of the special prosecutor.

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Page Co. Authorities rescue 2 people and 2 dogs from a fire

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Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit reports that the Stanley Fire Department was called out Jan. 22 at 11:23 to Lucas Hollow Road.

While in route Page Emergency Communications advised responders that two occupants were trapped inside the structure by a fire.

Three Page County Sheriff Deputies were already on the scene when fire units arrived.

Deputies Tiller, Stillson and Debellastre were attempting to enter the building but were hampered by the fire.

Those inside the building were able to shout out the window to let rescuers know what room they were in.

Deputy Stillson was able to pry the plywood off the window to allow the two to climb out with their dog.

The three were assisted to the ground by the deputies, Page County Emergency Medical Services Personnel and Chief Pettit.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control and conducted a second search to find another dog which was taken to safety.

The owner of the home 67-year-old Billy Dallas and follow occupant 37-year-old Amy Cook were treated at the scene.

Chief Pettit noted that a car adjacent to the house was fully involved with fire reaching to the back side of the home when he arrived.

The fire is believed to have begun at the vehicle and spread to the home with the exact cause of the fire still under investigation.

The 2008 Dodge Avenger is a total loss with estimated damage to the home at approximately $50,000.

Six units and 23 firefighters responded to the incident who remained on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

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News Maker Tammy Sharpe on Women’s Wellness Workshop

The Phoenix Project with the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center are teaming up to host a Women’s Wellness Workshop on Jan. 28.

We spoke with Phoenix Project Executive Director Tammy Sharpe about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Tammy tells us all about the activities planned starting at 9 a.m. by zoom.

She also includes the incentives for registering early to receive the zoom link information.

Tammy also tells us that the event is open to all woman no matter what county they may live in.

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FCSO seeks information on possible arson cases

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) along with the Fauquier County Fire Marshal’s Office (FCFMO) is attempting to identify individuals in possible arson cases.

The subjects were involved in arson and destruction of property incidents in the Vint Hill area of Fauquier County.

The first incident occurred at the Vint Hill Barracks where the subjects are suspected of setting furniture on fire.

The second incident occurred in the Bludau Drive area where several windows were broken to gain entry.

Once inside the trio started a small fire and cut power to the building.

The three individuals look to be school age with pictures available here.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the FCSO at 540-347-3300.

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