News Maker Tonja Phillips with Toys for Tots

News Maker Tonja Phillips is speaking with Scott Bradley about Toys for Tots.

News Makers are brought to you by Warren County, Together WE are Community.

In today’s interview Tonja and Scott go over how you can get involved with this amazing program, how you can

donate, and volunteer your time.

There are donation boxes throughout our region, and you can also make monetary donations at Marine Toys for Tots.

If you would like to apply for assistance you must do so before December 1st.

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Authorities’ update the Chesapeake shooting situation

Governor Glenn Youngkin ordered all United States and Virginia Flags to fly at half staff through sunset Nov. 27 in honor of the victims and families of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting.

Authorities reports confirmed that the shooter in the incident was 31-year-old Andre Bing an 11-year employee of the store eventually becoming the night manager.

Bing entered the break room and began shooting follow employees he believed to be negative toward him.

The victims have been identified as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.

The final victim was only 16 years of age and was not identified because of his age.

Mayor Rick West of Chesapeake stated that the community will held a remembrance vigil in honor of those victims Mon. Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the City’s park.

A complete update on the investigation of the shooting and following ceremonies is available here.

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SCFMO concludes arson investigation from 2019

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The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office (SCFMO) confirmed in a press release that they have concluded an arson investigation from 2019.

As a result of the investigation the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and SCFMO have recognized and rewarded Maria Salazar.

Salazar was rewarded $3,000 for providing information that led to the arrest of Andrew Tupin of Round Hill.

The information provided to Salazar by Tupin included details that could only be known to Law Enforcement and the person who committed the crime.

Salazar went to authorities the day after Tupin confessed the information to her which led to his arrest.

The March 2019 fire Tupin is accused of setting caused $240,000 property and contents damage to a Toms Brook home.

The house fire was reported by one of the three occupants of the home on March 12, 2019, at 2:20 a.m.

Without Salazar going to Authorities with the information the crime may have gone unsolved.

The IAAI has offered rewards of up to $5,000 for information involving suspected arson.

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Manassas bank robbery remains under investigation

The Manassas branch of Bank of America on Sudley Road was robbed Saturday morning around 9:15.

The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of the robbery continues with the suspect still at large.

The investigation revealed an unknown man entered the bank and approached the teller with a note demanding money and implying that he had a firearm.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black hat, red shirt, gray or olive-green pants, camouflage hooded sweatshirt under a blue jacket.

The suspect wore white covers over all of his fingers.

At no time was a firearm produced and no injuries occurred in the incident.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

Attempts to locate the suspect by K9 were unsuccessful and anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

A look at the suspect can be found here.

You can call the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-7000 or submit a webtip here.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Frederick County

Virginia State Police (VSP) continue to investigate a fatal single vehicle accident in Frederick County.

A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on Back Mountain Road near Mountain Falls Boulevard when it crossed the solid yellow centerline ran off the left side of the road and collided with a fence and tree before turning over.

An email from VSP’s Public Information Officer Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms that the driver of the jeep 51-year-old Melinda K. Powell and passenger 76-year-old Clarke J. Powell both of Winchester died at the scene.

Neither victim was wearing a seatbelt.

A unidentified 40-year-old male passenger of the jeep from Star Tannery was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated and still to be determined.

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Va.’s Attorney General Miyares announces Opioid settlement

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares announced that the Commonwealth has received its first initial payment from an opioid manufacturer.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson and they have made a payment of $67.4 million which includes approximately $11.3 million for the state, $16.3 million for Virginia localities and $39.8 million for the Opioid Abatement Authority.

Miyares stated that this helps the Commonwealth fight back against the opioid epidemic as well as reduce, prevent and treat addiction.

The settlement also requires Johnson and Johnson to stop selling opioids in the United States.

The settlement also prevents Johnson and Johnson from promoting opioids or funding third parties that promote opioids.

Johnson and Johnson will also be prohibited from lobbying on legislation, regulations or activities related to opioids.

To date Virginia will receive approximately $532.9 million from opioid distributor settlements collectively.

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SCSO investigate a possible abduction

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that they are on the look out for a possible abduction suspect and victim.

Around 10 a.m. Oct. 19 Authorities responded to the report of an abduction in the 2800 block of Fairway Drive in Basye Virginia.

The initial report indicates that April Cline was taken against her will by Mitchell Markley Jr.

The investigation took Authorities to Rockingham County tracking a stolen 2002 Chevrolet Impala.

That vehicle was located and now Authorities believe the pair are traveling in a 2006 blue Dodge Dakota with Virginia Registration VSF 4647.

If you see this vehicle or the subjects it is advised that you not approach but instead call your local Law Enforcement agency.

Contact the SCSO directly at 540-459-6100.

Pictures of the subjects and identical vehicles they may be traveling in are found here.

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Gov. Youngkin announces Operation Bold Blue Line

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced by email the launch of Operation Bold Blue Line.

The initiative hopes to help Law Enforcement combat violent crime in Virginia.

The plan will invest $13 million over the next two years in new group violence intervention efforts.

To combat staffing issues the Governor’s plan is to fix wage compression and increase funding for partnering community Police.

The plan includes provisions to prohibit partnering localities from defunding Police Departments.

Operation Bold Blue Line will also work to recruit officers from Virginia and the Nation in a $30 million homegrown recruitment effort and 8-week training academy.

The initiative hopes to disburse $75 million for new equipment and training as well.

The plan includes work with the Virginia Retirement System to ensure retired Law Enforcement retirees can collect benefits while working in new support roles.

Operation Bold Blue Line will also work to fund a Victim Witness Assistance Program to help Police and Prosecutors put violent criminals behind bars.

The Governor stood with Attorney General Jason Miyares, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle Sears and mayors, police chiefs and sheriffs from across Virginia while announcing the initiative.

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VSP safely recover two juveniles and apprehend the abductor

On Oct. 17th at 2:30 p.m. Virginia State Police (VSP) Missing Children Clearinghouse issued an AMBER alert on behalf of the Hampton Police Department.

Both a female and a male child were believed to have been abducted by their father Timothy Truitt.

The children are 1 and 2 years of age respectively.

The Hampton Police Department reported Oct. 18th at 8:30 a.m. that the two children have been recovered safely and the AMBER alert has been cancelled.

Truitt has also been taken into custody.

The 36 year old Truitt was taken to a Walmart by the children’s legal guardian with the children.

Truitt separated himself from the guardian with the children and exited the building with help from an unknown male.

Truitt previously has had a warrant issued against him for unauthorized use of a vehicle as well.

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First Quarter General Fund Revenues Exceed Forecasts

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the General Fund revenue collections for September, the final month in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2023, exceeded budget estimates. September revenues reflected the nearly $900 million of tax rebates delivered to Virginians in recent weeks as a result of Governor Youngkin’s first budget. In addition to the tax rebate, year-to-date revenues reflect the repeal of the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST), which took effect in June.

Adjusting for these tax reductions, first quarter general fund revenues were up 7.6 percent, and 10.7 percent in September, year-over-year.

“Adjusted for the impacts of planned policy actions, including the historic tax rebates of nearly $900 million recently delivered to Virginians, September revenue collection increased more than 10 percent compared to a year ago,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “September is a typically strong month for revenues, and this year was consistent with that precedent. At the same time, economic data remains mixed, the job market shows stability but the persistent inflation from misguided efforts in Washington continues to be the silent thief stealing more and more from the paychecks of hardworking Virginians.”

“First quarter collections exceeded budgeted revenues by more than $500 million reflecting the continued strength in Virginia jobs and wages. Consumers are continuing to spend, and estimated payments for nonwithholding income were consistent with last year’s pace.” said Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings. “However, continued high inflation and rapidly rising interest rates are beginning to impact some key economic indicators, and the Administration is continuously monitoring other metrics which provide further caution for the current outlook for our economy. As we begin the annual revenue forecasting process for the budget to be delivered by the Governor in December, we will continue working with JABE and GACRE to deliver a forecast that will be the basis for a fiscally sound budget”

For the month, payroll withholding increased by 0.3 percent (11.0 percent adjustment for the timing of deposit days). Wage growth and a strong labor market drove growth in payroll withholding. There were 128,000 more Virginians employed in August 2022 than there were in August 2021, an increase of 3.1 percent year-over-year. Virginia, however, has yet to recover more than 118,000 jobs that were lost during the pandemic (now at 97.2 percent of pre-pandemic levels) while our key competitor states have all exceeded pre-pandemic employment levels.

The full September 2022 revenue report is available here.


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