VH announces the launch of Project Elevate

Valley Health (VH) System announced the launch of Project Elevate in an email.

The 16 month project will implement a customized version of the electronic medical record or Epic system.

The Epic system documents care including tests and procedures, communications with patients, health care team and health care providers.

At a cost of approximately $50 million the upgrade Project Elevate will allow Valley Health more flexibility and independence improving response and create more platforms including laboratory, cardiology and home health.

Previously the Epic System was run through a system tied to INOVA Health System.

This upgrade will allow independence from the INOVA system.

Project Elevate is expected to be completed and fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Front Royal Police Officers receive Life Saving Awards

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Two Officers of the Front Royal Police Department were honored at the Front Royal Town Council meeting Mon. July 25.

Police Chief Magalis and Fire Chief Bonzano presented Sergeant Eric Suess and Officer Rachel Martin with their respective department’s Life Saving Awards.

The two Officers took action with total disregard for their own safety on June 15.

Officer Martin and Sergeant Suess were able to enter a burning building and pull two immobile residents to safety.

Chief Magalis added at the presentation that the Officers actions will be submitted to the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for consideration for their Life Saving Award.

The original report and video of the initial incident are found here.

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News Makers Magalis and Cline on Warren County Drug Court

Warren County Drug Court is closer to becoming a reality.

We spoke to Front Royal Police Captain Crystal Cline and Chief Kahle Magalis about it in our latest news maker.

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Crystal tells us the Drug Court will be represented at the annual National Night Out Aug. 2 at the Gazebo in Front Royal from 6 to 9 p.m..

Kahle tells us what it takes and what it is going to take to get the Drug Court in Warren County.

Both are confident that the Drug Court will be a reality in a year or possibly less.

Click here for Crystal and Kahle’s interview.

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Loudoun County Authorities are assaulted during arrest

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports receiving a call from the Sterling Costco about a larceny in progress.

When Deputies arrived Tues. July 26 around 1 p.m. they confronted the subject who began to resist.

Ashburn resident Sady Ashkar not only resisted but began to assault the Deputies.

One Deputy was able to tase Ashkar to no effect.

Ashkar began to flee towards the front of the store where he was confronted by employees and bystanders stopping his escape.

Ashkar continued to resist at one point tackling a Deputy and grabbing the Officer’s taser and throwing  it.

Then Ashkar tried to acquire the Deputy’ s holstered pistol.

By that time other Officers arrived and were able to tase him again before he was placed under arrest.

As Ashkar was being evaluated by Emergency Medical Personnel he assaulted a Loudoun County Rescue Medic.

Ashkar was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before transportation to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where he is held without bond.

The 32 year old Ashkar was served multiple warrants for assault on law enforcement and rescue personnel.

Ashkar is also charged with trying to disarm an Officer, resisting arrest along with larceny and shoplifting charges.

One Deputy was transported to the hospital treated and released for minor injuries.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the citizens and employees for their assistance in the arrest.

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News Maker Tim Bristol on Clarke Co. National Night Out

All week we have been telling you about National Night Out set for Tues. Aug.2.

Frederick County National Night Out is reviewed by news maker Lenny Millholland here.

News Makers Chief Magalis and Captain Cline tell us about Front Royal Warren County set up here.

In today’s news maker we spoke with Sergeant Tim Bristol about Clarke County’s National Night Out.

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Tim tells us where National Night Out will be held in Clarke County.

He also tells us that the band Jumptown will be entertaining the crowd this year.

National Night Out is a great chance to become familiar with the men and women of law enforcement and first responders in our area.

We at the River 953 and Sports Radio 1450 encourage you and the family to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know and thank those that serve.

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VSP expand the investigation into an Officer involved shooting

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) confirm by email that they have been asked by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the fatal officer shooting of  Sean McCormack of Strasburg.

The VSP have now confirmed that they have also been asked by the Woodstock Police Department Police Chief to investigate the incident.

McCormack was shot Mon. night July 25 after authorities attempted several times to get him to surrender peacefully but produced a weapon as he exited his home on Copp Road.

McCormack’s remains have been transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office where an attempt to determined who fired the fatal shot will be made.

Officers from both Shenandoah County and Woodstock Police Department fired at McCormack.

As is standard procedure the Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

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Loudoun County Authorities arrest an embezzlement ring

Loudoun County Authorities announced the arrest of three men accused of embezzling over $250,000 in a nearly two year span.

Francisco Aguilar Paz, Jose Aguilar Paz both of Leesburg and Raul Gozales Ascencio of Manassas face a number of charges including felony embezzlement.

Two of those men worked for Beckstrom Electric and conspired with the owner of a temporary worker agency.

The three conspired to created fake employees and charged wages through time sheets for Beckstrom Electric.

That scheme began in December 2020 and continued until May of 2022.

In addition the investigation also revealed that the three suspects were stealing scrap copper from job sites and selling it to make close to $47,000.

The three have been released on bound from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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News Makers Magalis and Cline on National Night Out

National Night Out is Tue. Aug. 2 and is a chance to meet and greet first responders and explore equipment.

We spoke with Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis and Captain Crystal Cline about the event in our latest news maker.

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

Kahle tells us about some of the history of National Night Out in Front Royal.

Crystal tells us what to expect this Tue. Aug. 2.

They both have some great news about this year’s event as they try every year make it bigger and better.

Click here for their interview.

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Winchester to purchase South End Fire Station

According to a Winchester Council Action Memo the City is going through the real property acquisition process to purchase the deteriorating South End Fire Station.

The properties 17 W. Monmouth Street, 612 through 620 S. Baddock Street and 5 West Germain Street are owned by the South End Fire Company.

A memorandum of understanding outlines an agreement where the city will pay South End Fire Company $20,000 per year for 10 years to assist with volunteer recruitment and retention along with firefighter gear and equipment.

The Council took the action to help facilitate long term sustainable long term fire and rescue service.

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Berkeley County Deputy arrest driver who endangered 10

The Panhandle News Network reports that a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy arrested an extremely dangerous driver who endangered at least 10 lives. 

The Deputy spotted a vehicle with Virginia registration traveling at a high rate of speed and passing multiple vehicles down Interstate 81.

Before the traffic stop could be conducted the speeder struck another vehicle carrying three juveniles, a pregnant women and an adult male and then ran.

The speeder continued to race down 81 reaching speeds of over 115 miles per hour passing other vehicles on both the right and left shoulders.

Deputies report the driver put a minimum of ten lives in danger with his driving before striking a second vehicle with a woman and toddler inside.

The driver finally exited 81 on to Martinsburg Pike at exit 323.

The drive continued to pass multiple vehicles on the wrong side of the road was speeding and improperly passing other vehicles.

The driver finally stopped at the old Piggy’s parking lot on Winchester Avenue in Bunker Hill.

The driver exited the vehicle with a knife that he was swinging at deputies.

It took approximately a minute for deputies to convince the man to drop the knife.

He finally complied, surrender and was arrested without further incident.

James Davenport faces a number of charges with further information to be released when the investigation is complete.

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