Joint operation results in the arrest of 10

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The Virginia State Police along with the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force in a joint operation seized more than $4.4 million dollars in marijuana and other illegal narcotics and made 10 arrests throughout six counties the week of December 11th .

In addition, $340,650 in cash and weapons was recovered.

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force is composed of law enforcement personnel from the Orange, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Madison Sheriff’s Offices; Culpeper,
Warrenton, Orange Police Departments; and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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Laurel Ridge announces robotics and automation opportunities

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 Laurel Ridge Community College announced new opportunities for students to study robotics and automation at the Fauquier Campus.

The Go Virginia-funded Robotics & Technology Academy will open to students and adults in the region this upcoming spring and offer career studies certificates in the field.

High school students in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties will have the opportunity to enroll in the academy with transportation provided to and from Laurel Ridge.

The 16 credit program introduces students to robotics and automation systems that use Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and other cyber-physical systems.

This new field of study will join the Drone Academy to form Laurel Ridge’s Technology Academy.

The two certificates can combine with four general studies classes to earn an associate degree.

In Virginia, the average robotics technician’s annual salary is roughly $55,000.

To read the full announcement from Laurel Ridge, click here.

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PCSO make an arrest in abduction case after chase

The Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) report being notified that two children were missing and possibly abducted September 8.

During the investigation it was discovered that a court order had already awarded custody of the children to the father.

Authorities worked the notification as a missing persons case after learning of the possible custody dispute.

Virginia State Police (VSP) were then notified, and an Amber Alert was issued for the two children and abductor.

Information came back to authorities that the suspect’s vehicle was spotted in Rappahannock County and possibly heading back to Page County.

Page County Deputies dis spot the vehicle on Route 211 east of Luray and attempted a stop.

The suspect refused to stop and in the process ran into and struck two Sheriff’s Office vehicles and continued down 211.

Once at the intersection of Cave Hill and 211 the driver struck a third Sheriff’s vehicle and stopped.

Francesca Yolanda Long of Luray was taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of child endangerment, felony eluding and assault on Law Enforcement.

The 41-year-old Luray woman also faces 2 counts of abduction one count of disobeying a court order and felony property damage with additional charges pending.

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News Maker Ann Hawk on the Christmas Angel Program

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program is open for residents of Warren, Rappahannock, Page and the town of Strasburg.

We spoke with Salvation Army Corp Officer Captain Ann Hawk about the program in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Captain Hawk explains how the program helps to provide Christmas gifts for children in the area.

She also tells us how many children and families were helped last year through the program.

Captain Hawk also tells us that the date to register a child for the program has been extended and how to secure a child’s chance to participate.

Click here for Captain Hawk’s interview.

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The Salvation Army is accepting applications for Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Front Royal is offering Angel Tree signups for Warren, Page, Rappahnannock Counties and the town of Strasburg.

The annual program provides Christmas gifts for children and families in need.

The program is for children 12 and under.

Signups can be made by appointment only Oct. 8, 11 and 15.

You can sign up at the Salvation Army Office on Cloud Street Front Royal.

Call (540) 635-4020 to schedule an appointment and find out about the requirements for the service.

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