VSP investigates fatal crash in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Rockingham County on Thursday afternoon.

The crash was located along Interstate 81 at exit 245.

A Honda Accord ran into the back of a tractor trailer that had exited and stopped on the ramp.

The driver of the Honda, Selvin Turcios- Romero, 27, of Harrisonburg died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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A run to honor two fallen officers happens tomorrow 3/11

Tomorrow Mar. 11 at 10 a.m. the Dynamic Duo Memorial run/journey will take place for fallen Bridgewater College Officers J.J. Jefferson and John Painter.

According to an announcement from the Grottoes Police Department the event will begin on 6th St. Grottoes Virginia.

The run, walk, starts at 6th St. and ends at the Bridgewater College Police Department an approximately 15 mile journey.

This is the path that Officer Painter took to Bridgewater College after leaving the Grottoes Police Department.

Runners, cyclist and walkers are invited with no required registration however you are asked to contact the Grottoes Police Department if you wish to participate.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department will escort participants and bring them back to the Grottoes Police Department at the end of the journey.

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VSP investigate a bus and train collision

An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) Sergeant Brent Coffey states an investigation is ongoing in a collision of a bus and train in Rockingham County.

The incident involved a McGaheysville Elementary school bus and a train yesterday Nov. 17 on Rt. 340 and Island Ford Rd.

Sixteen children were onboard the bus with four of those having to be treated for minor injuries.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The driver of the bus 70 year old James A. Kite of Elkton has been charged with failure to obey a traffic control device.

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VSP seeks information from the public regarding a hit and run

In an email from Sergeant Brent Coffey Public Information Officer of the Virginia State Police (VSP) Trooper J. Joseph is investigating a hit and run.

Trooper Joseph and VSP are asking the public’s help in identifying a vehicle involved in a hit and run in Rockingham County.

The incident occurred Wednesday night on Rt. 33 (Spotswood Trail) near Rt. 687 (Massanetta Springs Rd).

A 19 year old male was struck and suffered serious but non life threatening injuries.

The vehicle did not stop and could have damage on the passenger side with the investigation continuing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call (540) 434-8593.

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SVEC award Operation Round Up Funds

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According to a press release from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) 11 organizations in the valley are the recipients of Operation Round Up funding.

SVEC members can round up their bill to the next dollar to generate these funds.

Recipients in the fall campaign include Page Free Clinic of Page County to offset expenses in bringing remote pop up clinics to those in need.

Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging received funds to help provide free meals to residents of Winchester, Frederick County.

Sinclair Health Clinic also received funds to help offset the cost of providing healthcare to those without insurance in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties.

Six organization from Rockingham County also benefited from operation round up funds.

Two agencies from Augusta County received funding as well.

In all SVEC was able to distribute $18,000 through the generosity of it’s members.

Find out more about operation round up at svec.coop/ORU.

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VSP investigate a fatal crash with Shenandoah County victim

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Virginia State Police continue the investigation of a two vehicle fatal accident in Rockingham County.

A Jeep left Interstate 81 colliding with a sign, embankment and another vehicle heading in the other direction.

The driver of the Jeep 52 year old Michael Gullatte of New Market succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle an unidentified male from Timberville was transported to UVA Medical center.

Two juveniles in the Jeep were also transported to the hospital.

Those in the hospital are currently under observation.

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Rockingham County School named in $10 million lawsuit

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Former Turner Ashby High School choir teacher Wesley Dunlap, Rockingham County Public Schools and others have been named in a $10 million lawsuit.

The suit alleges sexual misconduct by Dunlap against a then 18 year old student.

Dunlap has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced for two counts of sexual abuse of a child in another case.

Dunlap’s teaching license has already been revoked in the United States.

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A feasibility study for a rail trail in the valley

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State agencies are seeking the public’s input on a proposed rail trail in the Shenandoah Valley.

A feasibility study is being conducted for a 48 mile multi use rail trail.

The trail would use the out of service Norfolk Southern rail line that stretches from Rockingham to Warren Counties.

An online survey for the public’s input can be found here.

Additional information on the state study currently being conducted can be found here.

The state rail trail study concludes Nov. 1, 2021.

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