Speed considered a factor in fatal Fauquier crash

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Virginia State Police say speed is considered a factor in a fatal single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Fauquier County.

The crash happened at 11:05 a.m. on James Madison Highway, about half a mile south of Beach Road.

31-year-old Michael A.H. Sanson, of Orange, was driving southbound in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox, then a tree. Sanson and a passenger, 67-year-old Brenda M. Atkisson, also of Orange, died at the scene. Troopers said Atkisson was wearing a seat belt; Sanson was not.

The crash remains under investigation.

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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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Arrest made in Warrenton malicious wounding case

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On July 8th, the Warrenton Police Department (WPD) was called to Fats Warrenton on West Lee Highway shortly after midnight for a fight in progress.

Upon arriving at the scene police located several victims and witnesses.

Two victims had to be transported to the Fauquier Hospital for wounds to their face.

However, neither the victims nor witnesses could identify the suspect. 

Over the last several weeks, WPD viewed video evidence and conducted follow up interviews with both the victims and witnesses.

Police were able to identify Aaron Degeneff, 25, of Bristow, Virginia as their suspect.

He was arrested on August 29th and charged with two counts of malicious wounding.

He is being held in the Fauquier Adult Detention Center. 

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Luray intersection improvements begin

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Major improvements will begin at 3 intersections in Luray this week and will continue for the next eight months.

The intersections affected will include Northcott Drive and West Main Street, Northcott Dr and Lee Highway, and West Main Street and Lee Highway.

Construction is planned to start on April 20th and will shut down a portion of Northcott Drive.

Motorists should be aware of lane shifts or closures in that area until completion of the project.

General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton was awarded the $1.6 million contract by VDOT with completion scheduled for December.

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