Town of Front Royal Road Closures

Please be advised the Town of Front Royal Water & Sewer division will have the following roads closed for maintenance:

· Monday, August 13, 2012 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Parkview at Criser Rd intersection, flaggers will be present for traffic control

· Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 7 am – 3 pm
Blue Ridge Ave at E Main intersection, water off periodically

· Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 7 am – 3 pm
Washington Ave from 6th St to Happy Creek Rd, water off periodically

· Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 7 am – 3 pm
8th St and Commerce Ave both turning lanes and median area closed, water off periodically

Please be aware of crews working in these areas and plan your travel accordingly. When the water is reinstated, note that the water outage could cause some temporary discoloration of the drinking water; however the water is safe to drink. To clear the water, a cold tap should be turned on and allowed to run until it clears. The water should also be checked for discoloration before running it into the washing machine.

If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Services office at 540-635-7819

Published in: on August 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm  Comments (1)  

The community-police bond – a special National Night Out

Ready to get back to work – damaged digit or not, Sgt. Bryan Courtney gives us a thumbs up as wife Cindy looks on

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

The Front Royal Police Department hosted National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, from 6-9 PM in the Gazebo area of East Main Street in historic downtown Front Royal.

National Night Out is a crime prevention initiative celebrated across the nation, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by the Front Royal Police Department. The Front Royal Police Foundation sponsored the band “Souled Out,” who played the entire evening. After some pretty avant-garde chromatic tuning that Souled Out band members seemed to be jamming with at times, the Warren County High School Band opened the festivities at 6 PM with the national anthem and some rah-rah music to get everyone going.

FRPD Sgt. Bryan Courtney and well wishers at Aug. 7 National Nite Out

FRPD Capt. Mark Werner isn’t kidding – the VIPS car was seized from a criminal and will be used by police at no cost for 3 years before being sold.

The event is seen as promoting a strengthening of the law enforcement-community partnership bond. And it was great to see FRPD Officer Bryan Courtney with son Nathan and wife Cindy at the event. Courtney looked great, with just a few remaining facial bruises and a patched thumb about 10 days after being attacked by a suspect while responding to reports of someone exposing themselves to passing motorists on the northside of town on July 28.

It seemed to us an especially successful event, perhaps with community awareness of the importance of local law enforcement and that community-police relationship brought to the forefront of everyone’s mind by Sgt. Courtney’s encounter with a large and possibly intoxicated or unstable suspect.

Is that the town band with Mayor Darr taking lead vocals with backup from Janice Hart, Steve Burke and Chief Furr, as Souled Out’s drummer ponders his musical fate???

FRPD’s Clint Keller greets a “suspicious character” in front of WCSO’s armored vehicle

FRPD display of tactical unit equipment

Over 60 vendors engaged in family safety education with lessons in stranger danger, Neighborhood Watch, safe casting with fishing equipment and safe food handling; not to mention feeding hungry people from stands including Two Fat Butchers BBQ and Tony T’s Apple Farm strudels and more … mmmm, food. There were also free McGruff backpacks for the first 200 children to visit the VIPS booth.

Target, a national sponsor, had lessons in bicycle safety and gave away a bicycle and document shredding was available by TrueShred to help keep your affairs secret – and prevent identity theft.

Among those addressing the crowd were Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr, FRPD Chief Richard Furr, who is retiring at the end of the month, 26th District State Senator Mark Obenshain, FRPD Community Relations Specialist Janice Hart, among others. – AND Souled Out got everyone on the good foot (even if only in their minds).

In TAC gear, Jason Lethcoe explains Tactical Unit equipment and methods to interested girl scouts. Lethcoe used some improvised tactics in coming to aid of fellow officer Bryan Courtney on July 28.

Get down – dad and kids dig “Souled Out’s” music

Published in: on August 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm  Comments (2)  

Thank You Letter

We have received a very nice letter from the daughter of recently hospitalized FRPD Sgt. Bryan Courtney.

Ladies and gentlemen:

I am proud to say that my dad is a police officer. My dad is a K-9 Sergeant and his name is Bryan Courtney. He was the one who was attacked by Clyde Burrell. On the night of July 28th, when my mom, Cindy, came back from the Emergency Room after she had seen my dad, my mom asked me, “Do you want to see your dad?” I said, “Yeah,” and me and Mom rode with Captain Clint Keller to the Warren Memorial Hospital. So, I was there to see him that night, and now I look at Dad and think, ‘wow, he’s made an amazing recovery!’ For those of you who are concerned about my dad, he is OK, except his right thumb still is purple, his shoulder hurts, and his right eye is still bloody. Luckily Dad’s corneal abrasion has healed for the most part, and the stitches that were in his head were taken out on August 3rd, 2012. I thank the vacationers from Kentucky and citizens nearby that came to my dad’s rescue. I also thank the nice gentleman who wrote to you guys and whose letter was published. His name is Paul Jaffe. Paul, thank you for the nice comments about my dad. Dad thought it was very nice, too. Please publish this letter, because I want people to know what I wrote.


Madison Courtney, age 11

Bentonville, VA

Published in: on August 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Photo of officer assault suspect

Clyde Eugene Burrell, Jr

Full story:

Published in: on July 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm  Comments (1)  

(UPDATED) Suspect charged with attempted capital murder of police officer after vicious attack – FRPD

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

Suspect Clyde Burrell Jr. charged with attempted capital murder

[This is a breaking news story. The original story is here: ]

Officer was responding to report of white male exposing himself to motorists

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

About 1 p.m., Sunday, July 29, the Front Royal Police Department issued a press release detailing the attack on Sgt. Bryan Courtney 19 hours earlier near the intersection of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue. Captain Mark Werner said that despite the severity of Sgt. Courtney’s injuries, it was hoped he could be released from Warren Memorial Hospital later on Sunday, just a day after what could have been a fatal attack but for the arrival of a second officer and the assistance of citizens in subduing the suspect and aiding Officer Courtney at the scene.

According to FRPD the suspect, 33-year-old Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. is 5-foot-11, 288 pounds with an extensive criminal rap sheet.

The press release states:

“Chief Richard H. Furr has announced the arrest of Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. white male 33 years of age, of what was reported as a 600 block West 11th Street address in Front Royal, Virginia. Burrell has been charged with one count of Attempted Capital Murder of Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney. One count, maliciously causing bodily injury to Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney and two counts of assault and battery to Sergeant Bryan Courtney and Detective Jason Lethcoe knowing that such persons were law enforcement officers.

“On July 28, at 6:36 p.m. the Front Royal Police Department received a call from a citizen that a white male subject was in the area of North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself to passing motorists. Officers responded to the area and began a search for this subject at 6:42 p.m. Sergeant Courtney radioed that he may have the subject in the area of 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. As Sergeant Courtney exited his vehicle Clyde E. Burrell Jr. viciously attacked Sergeant Courtney. During the attack Burrell slammed Sergeant Courtney’s head into the pavement multiple times and raked his fingers through Sergeant Courtney’s eyes. As Sergeant Courtney continued to fight for his life Burrell gained control of Sergeant Courtney’s expandable baton and commenced to beat Sergeant Courtney striking him in his face, arms and the back of his head.

“Sergeant Courtney was able to get on his back with Burrell on his chest and grab the expandable baton, as he and Burrell were struggling for control of the baton Burrell ripped the baton from Sergeant Courtney’s hands. As Burrell drew back the baton to strike Sergeant Courtney, Detective Jason Lethcoe arrived on the scene and was able to tackle Burrell getting him off of Sergeant Courtney. Detective Jason Lethcoe then had to fight Clyde Burrell.

“During the struggle a citizen came to the aid of Detective Lethcoe and helped in gaining control of Burrell which allowed Detective Lethcoe to get Burrell into handcuffs. Two other citizens then came to the aid of Sergeant Courtney rendering first aid. Corporal David Fogle arrived on scene and immediately transported Sergeant Courtney to Warren Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Bryan Courtney was hospitalized for his injuries and Detective Lethcoe was treated and released. Clyde E. Burrell Jr. was held with no bond a court date has not been set in this matter at the time of this release.

“Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jason Ryman at the Criminal Investigation Division of the Front Royal Police Department at 540-636-2208 or the Front Royal Police Department Dispatch Center at 540-635-2111.”

[Updated to correct address and to add background on the subject.]

Published in: on July 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm  Comments (22)  

FRPD officer assaulted at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave.

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

[This story has been updated:]

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

A Front Royal police officer is hospitalized with what are described as non-life threatening but serious injuries after being assaulted while responding to a call at 1420 North Shenandoah Avenue around 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28.

According to FRPD Captain Mark Werner, Sgt. Bryan Courtney was investigating reports of a male subject walking in the area of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself in the vicinity of nearby motels. Courtney apparently confronted a suspect in the vicinity of the parking lot of the ear, nose and throat clinic of Dr. Timberlake’s practice at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. when he was attacked by what was described as a white male in his mid 30s.

A second FRPD officer, Jason Lethcoe, responded to the scene as the attack was underway and was able to pull the assailant off his fellow officer. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and is being held at Warren County Jail. According to Werner, officers received some assistance at the scene from citizens passing by.

Additional details on the circumstance of the assault and the identity of the suspect is expected from FRPD later Saturday night or early Sunday. This report will be updated as information becomes available.

FRPD Chief Richard Furr texted a response to our initial inquiries from Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was with his injured officer late Saturday evening.

Published in: on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 am  Comments (9)  

Traffic light failure closes Front Royal’s major intersection

Main Street and Royal Avenue intersection shut down thru weekend

The Town of Front Royal announced at 9:20 p.m., Friday night, July 27, that Main Street will be closed to traffic at Royal Avenue through the weekend due to a failure of the traffic signal control cabinet. Barricades were placed to prohibit east and west bound traffic on Main Street, and the traffic signal has been placed into a “flash” mode. North-south traffic continued unimpeded on Royal Avenue; and East and West Main Streets were accessible from different intersections.

A replacement control cabinet for the traffic signal was scheduled to be delivered and installed on Monday, July 30.

Questions about this closure should be directed to the Department of Energy Services at (540) 635-3027.

Published in: on July 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm  Comments (2)  

HLI, Arlington Diocese named in $5.35-mil abuse lawsuit

Facing the issue of moral culpability of corporate, religious superiors

Father Euteneuer representing HLI during 2007 TV appearance.

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

A 15-page complaint in a $5.35-million lawsuit alleges six causes of action against Human Life International, the international pro-life advocacy group Father Thomas Euteneuer headed for a decade as president, and the Arlington Catholic Diocese. Included in the complaint are graphic accounts of truly perverse behavior that went on to a great extent, plaintiff Jane Doe contends, under the roof of what is billed as the world’s largest pro-life organization, headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia.

While neither Euteneuer nor his home diocese is named, HLI, its endowment and the Arlington Diocese where plaintiff Jane Doe took her story of over two years of abuse on July 7, 2010, is, along with the diocese’s presiding Bishop Paul S. Loverde and the Arlington Diocese corporate entity.

Euteneuer headed HLI for a decade (2000-2010) and become the highly public face of the anti-abortion, pro-life lobby in the United States and around the world. During that tenure he was under the auspices of the Palm Beach, Florida Diocese.

We contacted Palm Beach Diocese Communications Director Dianne Laubert to ask if the diocese had reached an out-of-court settlement for itself, Father Euteneuer, or both, that might explain their absence as defendants in the Jane Doe lawsuit. Laubert declined comment for the diocese, suggesting we contact the plaintiff’s attorneys for that information. As of July 5, attorneys for Doe declined comment as well.

The main entrance to sprawling HLI headquarters off Shenandoah Shores Road.

Abuse allegations

At the center of the complaint are not only alleged acts of sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse by a perpetrator that could only be described as sexual predator if true, but the negligent complicity of those with direct supervisory control of the priest.

Doe is alleged to have first sought Euteneuer’s spiritual help in late February 2008 and signed a contract offered by the priest for “spiritual ministries” that included travel to HLI headquarters for that ministry.

His treatment and abuse is alleged to have begun within a month and by April 2008 the priest told Jane Doe he had received church authorization to conduct exorcisms on her. The complaint states that with one break in July 2010, that abuse continued at various locations through August-September 2010.

“During the following weeks, during every meeting, Euteneuer became progressively persistent in touching the Plaintiff inappropriately. He kissed the corners of her mouth; stroked her legs, breasts and things, caressed her face; laid his body on top of hers; and frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the complaint states. Later abuse included “digital (finger) penetration” of the victim, requests she touch his penis, continued fondling and overnight sleeping in an HLI guest bedroom, the complaint also alleges.

The lawsuit states Human Life International officials were fully aware of their president’s so-called “spiritual ministries” and exorcism rituals conducted within their Front Royal, Virginia, headquarters; and even allowed Jane Doe to be employed there by her alleged abuser in the midst of two-and-a-half years of sexually-tinged “spiritual therapy.”

The $5.35-million lawsuit is filed in the name of Jane Doe in an attempt to keep private the identity of a victim the complaint describes as a vulnerable and psychologically troubled, and now emotionally-scarred woman. The lawsuit filed by Fairfax attorneys Demetry Pikrallidas and Robert T. Hall alleges multiple counts of Assault, Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Entrustment and Negligent Retention resulting from the alleged acts committed by then HLI President Father Thomas Euteneuer. A combined total of $5 million in compensatory and $350,000 in punitive damages is being sought from the defendants by plaintiff Jane Doe.

Palm Beach Diocese Bishop Gerald Barbarito recalled Euteneuer from his HLI posting seven weeks after Jane Doe went to Arlington Diocese priest with her allegations of sexual abuse during exorcisms and other spiritual counseling sessions.


Reacting to its being cited as a defendant in Jane Doe’s $5.35 million lawsuit, on June 28 Human Life International issued a press release distancing itself from the alleged sexual abuse the lawsuit says often occurred on its property by the priest then serving as its president.

“To the extent Father Euteneuer has already admitted to engaging in highly inappropriate and gravely sinful conduct with a young adult woman, we can only emphasize that such behavior was never within the scope of his employment with HLI. We intend to vigorously defend HLI from the false accusations made against it, and we are undeterred in pursuing HLI’s mission to build a culture of life and protect the unborn,” the HLI press release of June 28 states.

How a jury requested to hear the lawsuit might react to HLI’s attempt to distance itself from admitted “grave harm” to an adult, post-embryonic person the lawsuit states it eventually employed and set up at a desk directly across from the office of her alleged abuser, remains to be seen.

In fact, Euteneuer is the author of a book on exorcism, “Exorcism and the Church Militant,” published by HLI in June 2010. HLI decided not to reprint any further editions of the book after it sold out shortly after Euteneuer’s recall. At the time, HLI officials indicated there was nothing substantially wrong with the book’s content but decided that promotion of exorcism was not a main focus of the HLI mission.

“It was decided not to reprint the book as HLI no longer had Fr. Euteneuer on hand to promote and explain his book. HLI’s mission has always been to work for a culture of life around the world and confront all who threaten the dignity of the human person,” HLI public information official Adam Cassandra told us on June 5.

Arlington Diocese

Plaintiff attorney Pikrallidas told us the Catholic Diocese of Arlington is included as a defendant because his client went to a diocese official identified as Father Creegan on July 7, 2010 with the story of her abuse as part of the “spiritual ministries” of Father Euteneuer. Euteneuer remained at his HLI post until Aug. 27, 2010, when he was recalled to the Palm Beach Diocese by his Catholic superior, Bishop Gerald Barbarito.

“They knew,” Pikrallidas told us of the Arlington Diocese during that nearly two month lapse when more abuse is alleged to have occurred after a short interlude that July.

However, Arlington Diocese Public Information official Michael Donohue stated diocese records indicate diocese officials contacted the Palm Beach Diocese within two days of Jane Doe bringing her story to them. “The plaintiff did receive psychological and spiritual assistance from the Diocese of Arlington subsequent to informing us about the abuse,” Donohue added.

“Rev. Euteneuer is not and has never been a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. Rev. Euteneuer is a priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, and was an employee of Human Life International (HLI), Inc., an independent corporation. He was working for his employer, HLI, subject to his bishop in the Diocese of Palm Beach, and not in regular ministry in the Diocese of Arlington,” Donohue stated.

While the Arlington Diocese does have a religious official authorized to perform exorcisms, it was never Euteneuer, Donahue said. And while Arlington Diocese authority extends to Warren County and its Catholic Church, St. John’s in Front Royal, Donohue said that despite its religious ties, as an independent corporation, “HLI was not under the direction or control of the Arlington Diocese.”

A statue of the holy family near the entrance to HLI – surely it has wept over lawsuit allegations about the behavior of the former HLI president inside those walls.

Delayed reactions

On Jan. 27, 2011, exactly five months after Euteneuer’s recall to Palm Beach, Warren County Fire & Rescue responded to what was officially reported as a “medical seizure” at HLI’s Shenandoah Shores Road headquarters. However some witnesses had a different perspective, believing the incident to be a manifestation of demonic possession of a woman at chapel that day. From information acquired about the incident, we believe the effected person is the woman identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit.

“I heard from someone who attended that Mass at Front Royal the other day that people were traumatized by what happened – a suddenly screaming, howling, cursing person – and are demanding to know what’s going on,” a Catholic blogger known as Adele told us at the time.

Five days after that incident, on Feb. 1, 2011, amidst an increasingly shrill and sometimes threatening debate in the online Catholic blogosphere over allegations of sexual abuse by Euteneuer against multiple victims of the priest’s spiritual counseling, both Diocese of Palm Beach Bishop Gerald Barbarito and Euteneuer issued statements on the Catholic LifeSiteNews website addressing Euteneuer’s status.

“Father Euteneuer has been undergoing intensive evaluation and counseling to address admitted inappropriate crossing of adult heterosexual boundaries on the occasion of carrying out his priestly ministry,” Bishop Barbarito stated.

In a statement seen as incomplete, insufficiently contrite and oddly aggressive by some, Euteneuer said his sinful lapses of moral judgment were his own and that the great majority of his work while at HLI was “all motivated exclusively by my desire to give priestly assistance to people in great spiritual distress.”

But Euteneuer added in what is included as part of Jane Doe’s $5.35-million lawsuit, “I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.”

Following Barbarito and Euteneuer’s public statements of Feb. 1, 2011, Interim HLI President Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula issued a statement referencing the work of two HLI employees and the many hours they had put in “assisting the young woman gravely harmed in this case.”

But was it too little, too late?

Ultimately, an Arlington County Civil Court jury may decide if anyone beyond the perpetrator himself is culpable for acts alleged to have been committed on their watch, and in HLI’s case on their property, in the name of their faith and their God.

The spider & the fly

The complaint states that seven months into her abuse-laden treatment, Euteneuer paid for Jane Doe’s move from Sterling to Front Royal in September 2008. At the same time, acting as president of HLI, Euteneuer hired Doe for contracting services at HLI. On March 25, 2010, Jane Doe was hired as a full-time employee of HLI under circumstances the complaint states “were contrary to HLI corporate policy but were ratified and approved by HLI and HLIE (Human Life International Endowment).”

The complaint continues, “Between Sept. 11, 2008 and June 2010, Euteneuer had numerous deliverance sessions with the Plaintiff during which he sexually abused her during work hours and in various rooms at HLI and HLIE headquarters.”

The complaint states that as his alleged abuses escalated and continued for two-and-a-half years during “exorcisms” and “spiritual deliverance ministries” HLI administrators condoned within their walls, Father Euteneuer understood that Jane Doe was suffering from a psychological “dissociative disorder” and had become “physically, emotionally and spiritually dependent on him,” as well as financially and professionally the complaint adds.

Psychology & Satan

That understanding is further illustrated by the contention Euteneuer later paid thousands of dollars, including travel and housing expenses, for Jane Doe to get psychological treatment from two other sources, one identified as Stephen Oglevie, the other an unnamed psychologist in Florence, Kentucky.

The complaint specifies six instances when Euteneuer paid “thousands of dollars in expenses” between November 2008 and the spring of 2009 for sessions with Oglevie and in August 2009 for five sessions with the unidentified Kentucky psychologist.

A Stephen E. Oglevie is identified online as a central figure in “Satanic Panic” incidents in which unexplained murders in which corpses are discovered in various states of decay are blamed, without evidence, on Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA). Oglevie is also identified as a defendant in a Canadian lawsuit brought by a woman alleging members of Elijah House, including Oglevie, induced her and her children to believe that “satanic cults and witchcraft had penetrated all levels of society,” that she had “500 alternate personalities,” and that “demons posed a present danger” to her and her children.

The website of a British organization (SAFF) opposing the sort of spiritual and psychological “treatments” offered by SRA advocates like Oglevie or exorcisms as offered by Euteneuer, states, “Thousands of people afflicted with Schizophrenia could fall into their clutches and be misdiagnosed as Victims of Satanic Abuse and then suffer mind-bending exorcisms to cure it! Schizophrenia is a terrible and frightening illness, how much more will they suffer with the extra paranoia of thinking their minds are being taken over by Satanists? It is psychotherapeutic Black Magic.”

Blinded by the light

At the time of his August 2010 departure, no mention of the reason for Euteneuer leaving his HLI post was made by any involved party. In fact, it appeared to be business as usual as Euteneuer bid adieu and was lauded as a great spiritual influence upon this community and the world.

“I have been utterly privileged to serve this great mission for a decade, and now I am called back to my diocese to continue my priestly service in parish work, which was the original calling of my vocation,” Euteneuer posted on the HLI website when he left.

Some now silent or expressing distaste for Euteneuer’s alleged behavior had a different perception of the priest when he left HLI and Front Royal on August 27, 2010.

“Father Euteneuer is a very much beloved priest. He will be sorely missed by our local and international community because he has traveled the world over spreading the message of love, life and family. He is an excellent and very holy priest. I hope he comes back to our community often,” Front Royal Town Councilman Tom Sayre was quoted in the Northern Virginia Daily on Aug. 31, 2010. “Some of my fondest memories are playing basketball with Father Euteneuer at Christendom College on men’s night. He brought stability to HLI,” Sayre added.

In that same NVD article, HLI Chaplain Frank Pappa said of Euteneuer, “Marvelous man to work for, amazing gifts. I’m one of his tremendous fans. He has tremendous zeal for the Catholic faith and for the mission of saving life.”

HLI officials were declining any further comment on their former president due to the lawsuit, HLI Communications Specialist Adam Cassandra told us.

“Had I known the truth about Fr. Euteneuer’s disgusting actions I certainly would not have made a positive public statement,” Sayre told us. “As I mentioned to the NV Daily, like many others in the community at the time, I was not privy to any of the circumstances surrounding his departure; I was not involved in, nor had knowledge of his actions as an exorcist, nor how he conducted them. Unfortunately, upon learning of the allegations leveled against Fr. Euteneuer I was very disheartened, angered and disturbed by them. I truly hope that HLI will take the steps necessary to maintain their good works. This is an example of where one person’s wrong actions and decisions affect and harm many.”

Well, we know of at least one living person who appears to have been gravely harmed by the wrong actions either alleged or admitted to by Father Thomas Euteneuer during his tenure as president of Human Life International.

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 2:22 am  Comments (69)  

Local wild fire grows to 623 acres, 5% contained

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

As the temperature in Bentonville, Va. hovers around 100 °F this afternoon, a fire on Massanutten Mountain between Veach Gap and Sherman Gap has nearly doubled in size to 623 acres and is 5% contained. The chance of precipitation for the next few days is 30%.

The latest information on the fire is available here:

Limeton resident Eric Cullop tells us how the fire has grown from his back yard in Limeton, Va. June 29.

Hunter Steed of Panhandle Road speaks to Chris Gordon and a crew from our friends at NBC4 Washington, D.C. June 28.

A helicopter gets water from the Shenandoah River June 28 then flies right over us!

A view from the south side of the mountain June 28.

Hunter Steed of Panhandle Rd. near Bentonville, Va. chats with NBC 4’s Chris Gordon June 28.

We’re also talking about the fire on Google+

Published in: on June 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Athey elected to 26th Circuit Court Judgeship

Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr. commented today on his election by the Virginia General Assembly to fill the current Circuit Court vacancy in the 26th Judicial Circuit.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of my former colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly. I intend to work very hard to deserve the trust my former colleagues have placed in me,” he said.

Athey added, “I am particularly appreciative of the efforts of my former colleagues in the Shenandoah Valley Caucus and look forward to working with Frederick County Circuit Court Clerk, Becky Hogan, and her diligent and professional staff to protect and serve the citizens of the 26th Judicial Circuit.

As I begin this new endeavor, I am comforted by the quality of the outstanding attorneys who will be practicing before me in the 26th Judicial Circuit.I would be the first to acknowledge that although I may be succeeding Retired Circuit Judge John Prosser, I can never hope to replace someone of his caliber. Certainly, as I begin this new challenge, I will be relying upon my new colleagues including Judges Prosser, Wetsel, Hupp, Lane and Wilson who are among the most distinguished Judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Athey concluded, “I would not have been able to serve in any position of public trust without the steadfast love and support of my beloved wife Stacey, and our twins, Madagan and Clayton. In addition, I have greatly benefited from the loving guidance, advice, and support of my sister and law partner, Kimberly M. Athey, and my parents, Lynwood and Phyllis Madagan Athey. Without question, it is my family, Madagans and Atheys alike, to which I owe a debt of gratitude for my upbringing and faith in God. My family’s prayers and hard work along with the support of so many of my constituents has afforded me an opportunity to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout my adult life.”

From a release.

Published in: on May 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm  Comments (2)  
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