Linden man charged in child sex battery attempts suicide in jail

From a release:

Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports on February 22, 2011 at approximately 11:48 p.m. rescue personnel were dispatched to the Warren County Jail in reference to the attempted suicide of an inmate.

According to Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron, a jailor found the inmate hanging from a bed sheet while making rounds at 11:46 p.m. CPR was immediately performed by jail staff and continued until medical personnel arrived. Medical personnel treated the inmate on the scene before transporting him to Warren Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to the Winchester Medical Center where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. There was no indication that he would harm himself when the previous jailor made a round at 11:20 p.m.

An immediate family member was notified of the incident.

The inmate has been identified as Jason Eric Brill, 36 years old, with a Linden address at the time of his arrest on February 18, 2011. He was being held without bond on two felony warrants for aggravated sexual battery of a minor less than 13 years of age.

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Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Update: Skyline Drive fire only 15% contained

Warren County Report reader Jennifer Sheen took this photo Saturday near Browntown, Va. as high winds helped spread fire to thousands of acres of Shenandoah National Park. The fire is only 15% contained according to the Park Service.

Greetings to our visitors from The Huffington Post.

By Richard E. Mabie
Chief, Warren County Fire Dept.

All fires in Warren County this weekend are now under control with the exception of the Browntown/Smith Run fire. This fire is still burning in the Shenandoah National Park and is only 15% contained according to the Park Service. All local Fire and Rescue units have been released from the fireground, but are on a call back basis if needed. The Department of Forestry is still working with the Park Service in monitoring the fire lines on private land in the County. All of fires during the weekend are under investigation by the Department of Fire and Rescue and/or the Virginia Department of Forestry.

With the upcoming weather event, wildfire conditions should get better for the County, at least for a while. This is a good time to remind all citizens of the County that the State Fire Burn Law is in effect; meaning you cannot burn except after 4 PM and the fire must be out by 12 midnight. In Warren County, burning bans are also in effect for Blue Mountain and High Knob subdivisions year round; No burning permitted at all.

Any questions should be directed to the Department of Fire and Rescue at 540-636-3830.

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Warren County hit by major wildland fires

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Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm  Comments (2)  

Hunt Rd. home suffers chimney fire

By Richard E. Mabie
Chief, Warren County Fire & Rescue Dept.

Warren County fire and rescue units culminated a busy weekend in the early morning hours of Monday morning, February 21, 2011 by responding to a reported house fire at 380 Hunt Road, off Totten Lane, in the western portion of the county. Units arrived on scene to find fire coming from the rear wall around the chimney, as well as the rear roof area of a single story single family house. The occupants had already exited the house prior to fire units arrival.

Firefighters entered the dwelling to find fire in the rear walls from the ground to the roof area, around the chimney. Investigation revealed that the fire started in or around the chimney and spread in the walls and ceiling. Apparent cause was a failure in the chimney. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control with-in 23 minutes.

The dwelling owner was Jerry Poe. Mr. Poe and his companion were sleeping, but were alerted to the fire by their properly working smoke detector. Mr. Poe investigated and found the smoke filling the first floor in the area of the wood stove and chimney, as well as showing through the wall and roof area of the home on then outside. All occupants escaped uninjured. Damage was limited to the rear wall and the roof area. Estimated damage to the structure is $35,000.

Fire and rescue crews remained on the scene until 04:56 AM to perform salvage and overhaul. The home was left temporarily uninhabitable and Mr. and Mrs. Vance will stay with friends. No injuries were reported to any fire and rescue personnel.

Timeline

First Alarm: 3:55 am – Engines 8, 2, 10, Chief 100
Second Tone: 4:11 am – Strasburg 51 and 25
On Scene: 4:08 am – Engine 2, Chief 100
Under Control: 4:31 am – Under Control
Cleared: 6:15 am – Cleared

Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Warren County hit by major wildland fires

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

By Chief Richard E. Mabie
Warren County Fire & Rescue Dept.

Greetings to our visitors from The Huffington Post.

Extreme fire conditions greeted Warren County Saturday morning, February 19, 2011, with low humidity, low fuel moisture and high winds. Winds for the day were consistently at 35-40 MPH with gusts exceeding 50 MPH causing National Weather Service to issue Red Flag Fire Warnings and High Wind Warnings for most of the western part of the State.

First fire came in at 7:03 AM for a brush fire with downed power lines at 632 Yardbird Lane in Harmony Hollow. Fire units arrived to find several acres burning in the mountainous area near the Four H Center. Units from Stations 1, 9, 2, 3, 8,5 and Department of Forestry worked over 4 hours to bring this fire under control. Total area burned was approximately 2 acres.

At 7:21 AM, fire units were dispatched to 2238 High Top Road for a brush threatening a house. Units from Stations 4, 10, 2, 1 and 5 on scene to find a fast moving woods fire threatening several structures. A very aggressive attack by units confined the fire to 2 acres and no structure damage. Units were on scene for 1 ½ hours.

Third fire of the day was also dispatched as a woods fire threatening several structures at 253 Parkside View Drive in Browntown. Upon arrival, fire units found a fast moving, wind blown fire of about 3 acres. Within minutes this fire was over 10 acres and moving up and into the Shenandoah National Park. The Park Service was called for assistance, as well as additional units for Warren County, including the Forestry Tractor. The fire continued to increase in size at an alarming rate due to high winds and steep terrain of the fire. Local fire and rescue units were assigned to structure and building protection while Forestry Tractors were used to attempt to cut a fire break between the fast moving fire and the private land and structures. Fire and Rescue units were staged at the Browntown Community Center, where the fire command and rehab were located. Several times during the next 8 hours, units and personnel that were deployed had to be pulled back into safe zones due to the speed of the fire spread up the mountain. The fire rapidly spread from private land on Parkside View into the Shenandoah National Park. At about 2:30 PM, the first had crested the Park ridges and had jumped the Skyline Drive. At this point, the fire has slowed but has burned down the east slope of the Park and into Rappahannock County. Park Service firefighters have estimated the total acreage burned at this time at over 2,000 and is predicted to go to 3,000 acres before total extinguishment. This makes this fire one of the largest fires for the northern section in the history of the Park. Units form Station 3, 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, Va. Division of Forestry, Shenandoah National Park, and Luray. This fire is still burning but is mostly on Park land. No structures were lost, nor are they threatened any longer. No injuries have been reported by civilians or fire personnel. Cause of this fire is under investigation by Warren County Fire and Rescue and Division of Forestry. It is believed to be accidental.

While Department resources were fighting this fire, units were dispatched to 142 Lookout Way in Blue Mountain for a residential structure fire. Available units from Stations 4, 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, Department of Forestry, Frederick County 12 arrived to find a single story dwelling fully involved with fire spreading along and into the woods. Many other homes were being threatened by this fast moving forest fire as well. Since the original fire building was collapsing, units were assigned to protect adjacent homes and those in the path of the woods fire. Many residences were evacuated by the speed and path of the fire. Shelters were set up at Fire Station 4 and Skyline High School. Approximately 40 people were evacuated form their homes. They were allowed to return around midnight. Firefighters remained in the area all night to monitor the hot spots. Units left the scene around mid day on Sunday. One firefighter was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and fatigue. Loss is estimated at $140,000 and the cause is under investigation by Warren County Fire and Rescue.

During these fires, all stations were depleted and being utilized. While there were several other woods and grass fires in the county during these times, resources from Frederick and Shenandoah Counties were deployed to fill County Stations.

County firefighters were greatly assisted by business and citizen donations of food and refreshments and both major fires. Browntown Community Center, while serving as the Command Post for the Park fire, also served firefighters who worked all night at this fire. Warren County Sheriff’s office assisted with both fires by crowd control and emergency evacuations for the Blue Mountain fire.

Since both of these major fires are under investigation and the Browntown fire is still currently ongoing, another press release will be forthcoming on Monday by the Fire and Rescue Department.

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(Thanks to Brad Berry for showing us the video from TheFournobletruths!)

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm  Comments (4)  

Battle to contain forest fire shifts to Skyline Drive

Firefighters continue to battle a 2,000 acre wildfire that has closed a portion of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park near Front Royal, Va. Courtesy photo/Jennifer Sheen

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

A version of this story appears on The Huffington Post.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK — Approximately 70 federal, state and local firefighters are currently on the ground battling a wildfire that has spread to 2,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park, causing the closing of the northern portion of the popular and normally scenic Skyline Drive.

60 more firefighters are en route to the park, according to spokesperson Karen Beck-Herzog.

Beck-Herzog said the fire started on private land in Warren County, just to the west of the park. It was first reported to park officials at 10 am Saturday. No cause has been determined.

The fire grew rapidly overnight due to high winds and is now moving on the surface of the forest floor feeding on hardwood leaf litter and down trees, she said.

Beck-Herzog said the fire is located near Jenkins Gap near Milepost 12 on Skyline Drive.

Warren County officials said Saturday that a second large fire near Linden had been largely contained but not before claiming two homes and causing residents to flee to evacuation shelters set up in a community center and nearby Skyline High School.

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

Dan McDermott: editor@warrencountyreport.com

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Firefighters from across the country headed to Shenandoah National Park

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm  Comments (4)  

Firefighters from across the country headed to Shenandoah National Park

A wildfire has claimed 750-1,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Va. Photo courtesy resident Kim Doffermire.

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

This story has been updated.

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

Greetings to our visitors from The Huffington Post.

FRONT ROYAL — 125 firefighters from Virginia and across the United States are headed to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive to battle a wildfire that has consumed between 800 and 1,000 acres thus far, according to an official with the Warren County, Va. Fire & Rescue Department.

There are currently two large active fires in the area made worse by strong winds throughout the Commonwealth.

The fire currently ravaging the national park started earlier today on Parkside View Drive in Browntown and spread into Shenandoah National Park.

There have been no evacuations in the Browntown area. That fire is largely contained on the Warren County side but is still spreading in the park.

A second fire started on Lookout Point Way in Linden earlier today. A line has been built and/or burned around this fire but it is not contained at this point. It has consumed 50-75 acres thus far. Two homes were lost. Virginia Department of Forestry firefighters are en route to assist.

Limited access has resumed to unaffected areas of Linden. Two shelters have opened for evacuees. One is at the Linden Fire Station and the main shelter is at Skyline High School where Red Cross and Warren County Emergency Management Services are on scene.

The Va. Dept. of Emergency Management said there are more than 100 wildfires burning in many areas of Virginia:

“Firefighters in at least 50 localities have been battling outdoor fires for much of the day supported, in many cases, by neighboring communities. The Virginia Department of Forestry is working two significant fires in Rockingham and Warren counties. Also, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service are working fires in western Virginia.

“Governor McDonnell has been receiving briefings throughout the day and is closely monitoring the situation along with agency heads and cabinet secretaries.

“Fires have temporarily closed several roads in Virginia including Interstate 64 in New Kent County and I-95 ramps in Prince William County. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police have been handling traffic control and detours. Motorists are advised to avoid using Route 60. Routes 5, 10 and 460 are alternate routes.

“Residents in some communities were evacuated when their homes were threatened. An estimated 100 residents in Louisa County have been evacuated, and a temporary shelter is being opened there.”

Thanks to Janet Michael for assisting us in gathering information in Warren County.

Dan McDermott is Publisher of Warren County Report: editor@warrencountyreport.com

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm  Comments (7)  

Local and state officials respond to wildfires throughout Virginia

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

From the Va. Dept. of Emergency Management:

RICHMOND, VA – A local and state coordinated effort is under way to fight more than 100 wildfires burning in many areas of Virginia.

Firefighters in at least 50 localities have been battling outdoor fires for much of the day supported, in many cases, by neighboring communities. The Virginia Department of Forestry is working two significant fires in Rockingham and Warren counties. Also, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service are working fires in western Virginia.

Governor McDonnell has been receiving briefings throughout the day and is closely monitoring the situation along with agency heads and cabinet secretaries.

Fires have temporarily closed several roads in Virginia including Interstate 64 in New Kent County and I-95 ramps in Prince William County. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police have been handling traffic control and detours. Motorists are advised to avoid using Route 60. Routes 5, 10 and 460 are alternate routes.

Residents in some communities were evacuated when their homes were threatened. An estimated 100 residents in Louisa County have been evacuated, and a temporary shelter is being opened there.

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm  Comments (2)  

Shelters set for evacuees

Discussion and live audio of Warren County Fire and Rescue radio traffic available on MyFrontRoyal.com.

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

Warren County officials say that shelters are being set up for evacuees, reportedly on Blue Mountain and at Skyline High School.

A high wind advisory is in effect, hampering efforts to control fires.

No other information is immediately available.

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live audio of Warren County Va. Firefighters

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

Federal, state and local authorities are battling fires in Warren County, Va. tonight. High winds are not helping. The National Weather Service is reporting current winds at 36 miles per hour in Winchester.

As of 6 hours ago an estimated 75 acres of Shenandoah National Park had burned.

Two homes were burned in fires unrelated to the large brush fires. A portion of Linden was evacuated.

Please login to the forum and comment there on what you know. Here is the link: LIVE AUDIO.

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Late February edition of Warren County Report

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Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 4:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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