Hagerstown man pleads guilty to stalking

Derik Wayne Bowers, age 44, of Hagerstown, Maryland, pled guilty today to one count of stalking.

According to court documents, Bowers harassed and intimidated his ex-girlfriend in Berkeley County following their break-up, sometimes using social media to undermine her online business.

Despite an emergency protection order granted to the victim, Bowers placed more than 800 phone calls to her during a 48-hour period and sent nearly 2,000 text messages in six months.

The FBI investigated the Bowers case. Bowers is facing up to five years in prison.

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DMV offers another way to get questions answered

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) announced a new way for customers to reach their offices and have received an award for their innovations.

 The DMV recently opened up their Social Media access to communicate with customers answering questions and providing information.

This led to the awarding of the Public Affairs and Consumer Education award being given to DMV by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administration.

Since Sept. of 2020 the DMV has been more active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram answering questions and interacting with customers.

By simply tagging your inquiry on any of the social media platforms @VirginiaDMV.

Private message are accepted Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5 p.m.

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Updated FCSO investigation of school threat

A report from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) School Safety Division indicates that the investigate into the online social media threat involving a Frederick County Public School continues.

The threat alluded to someone coming to a school with the intent to cause harm to others on Sept. 6.

After an initial investigation and assessment the threats were not believed to be credible.

Despite that out of an abundance of caution extra resources were deployed to the school.

Anyone with information about the threat or persons responsible for them is asked to contact the FCSO with any information.

it is important to note that either written or computerized threats of this type toward  persons at a school or a school sponsored event  is a class 6 felony offense in the state of Virginia and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

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Greetings From The Booth!

Some sad news from The Booth to report. Former WUSA9 sportscaster Ken Mease passed away recently. He was 80, and according to family members, had been suffering from dementia. Which would certainly explain why we didn’t see Ken at this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, where he was inducted into the SABF Sports Hall Of Fame. In addition to being a solid sportscaster on Channel 9 in DC, Mease was the longtime MC at the Apple Blossom Sports Breakfast, and was deserving of his HOF honor.

There are two kinds of Festival celebrities: those who fly or drive in, fulfill their obligations to the bare minimum, and head back out of town. I won’t name names. And there are those who fall in love with the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and the Winchester area, and want to soak up all the vibe of the Bloom. Ken Mease was one of the latter. He came to embrace the Festival, and was a big part of it every year. Because of conflicting obligations, I’ve never attended a Sports Breakfast, but I had the pleasure of hearing Ken speak at some other Bloom events at which he made appearances. Over the years, he became one of us. We lift our pink and green cups to Ken Mease! He will be missed.

Changing gears, the high school football season kicked off this past Friday, with one notable exception. The Skyline Hawks were scheduled to play the Strasburg Rams in the opener for both teams. However, the game didn’t happen, because of some social media posts that threatened the safety of fans at Proctor Field in Strasburg. Details are still coming in, and local law enforcement are still investigating. Suffice it to say that officials made the right call to cancel the game, erring on the side of safety. That should always be the priority.

It’s a sad commentary that we live in an age where someone can shut down a sporting event with a negative social media post. Players on both teams had prepared all Summer (and longer) for what should have been a special night. The high school football schedule is just 10 games long, and for seniors especially, each one is precious.  Now, it’s simply an unplayed game they can’t get back.

There are those who blame the worlds ills on social media. I say it’s simply a medium through which both good and evil flow. Social media has connected us in ways we would not have thought possible 40 years ago. It has also been a conduit for hate, bullying, and worse. We must all have our radar up so that our teams and fans can safely enjoy football on a Friday night.

Anything less is unacceptable.

Until the next time from the Booth…be safe, be diligent, and be true to your school!




Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office issues a warning to businesses

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Recent reports of business burglaries from neighboring jurisdictions have prompted Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to issue a warning.

The department’s social media page has several suggestions to safeguard your business

Securing any loose items in front or the business or in the parking lot will help keep burglars from using items to gain entry into the business.

Items like bricks and or cinder blocks and other items could be used to gain entry into an establishment.

Keeping track of inventory and writing down serial numbers when available is an important and good way to safeguard merchandise.

Acquiring, updating or making sure security lighting and cameras are in working order is also important in deterring vandals and break ins.

If you have a burglary to report or any concerns call the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 459-6100.

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