Angle pleas ‘no contest’ by proxy to reckless driving

Texting over pay, rather than alcohol cited as cause of erratic I-66 trip

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

It ended not with a BANG, a body slam or even an appearance by TNA World Wrestling Champion Kurt Angle. Rather, if not exactly a whimper, the legendary wrestler’s reckless driving case ended with a $1500 fine but no jail time attached.

Angle’s attorney Todd Gilbert entered a plea of no contest to Reckless Driving on Nov. 8 in Warren County General District Court. After hearing the prosecution’s evidence presented by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming and the defendant’s explanation of his erratic driving down I-66 following an appearance at the Shenandoah County Fair on Sept. 3rd, Judge W. Dale Houff imposed the maximum fine of $2,500, suspending $1,000 of that total. The judge agreed with the defense that the case did not bear any jail time.

Angle was initially charged with DUI by State Trooper Robert Scally after he judged the 6-foot, 240-pound, 42-year-old Pennsylvania resident to have failed a series of field sobriety tests, including an on-site breathalyzer test registering .091.

However the commonwealth’s attorney’s office later amended the charge to Reckless Driving because Angle blew only a .06 in a legally-admissible BAC test at Front Royal Police headquarters between 11:50 PM and 12:10 AM after being taken into custody and charged with DUI. The legal blood-alcohol limit is .08 or below.

The prosecution presented Angle’s driving record which showed a May 2010 reckless driving conviction in North Dakota and several dismissed driving charges in Angle’s native Pennsylvania.

At the time of the traffic stop following a citizen cell phone call from a motorist and passenger, who witnessed Angle’s driving erratically after they pulled onto the interstate behind him, Angle admitted to Trooper Scally to drinking three beers earlier that evening.

Fleming told the court the arresting officer found a 12-pack of beer in Angle’s vehicle, with two beers missing.

Gilbert told the court Angle admitted to driving poorly and inappropriately. However, rather than alcohol being an underlying cause, defense counsel said the cause was texting.

During the summary of the prosecution’s evidence Fleming told the court Angle was texting the promoter of the earlier wrestling show about his payment while driving eastbound on I-66 away from the Shenandoah County Fair appearance.

As for his client’s poor performance in the field sobriety tests, Gilbert pointed to Angle’s long wrestling career during which he has suffered several broken necks and multiple knee injuries.

Angle was a 1996 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in heavyweight freestyle and NCAA champion before launching his highly successful professional wrestling career. Wikipedia describes Angle as one of only four people to complete the amateur wrestling “grand slam” of winning the Junior National, the NCAAs, the World Championship, and Olympic title. He was named one of the top 15 college wrestlers of all time by USA Wrestling and has been named the “greatest shoot wrestler”. According to Wikipedia, after initially turning down offers to join the World Wrestling Federation, Angle signed a multi-year contract with the company in 1998. After leaving WWE, Angle joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he became the second wrestler in TNA to win TNA’s Triple Crown and the first man to hold all three TNA championships simultaneously.

Gilbert challenged the prosecution’s contention Angle’s offense was a particularly “egregious” example of bad driving in arguing against any imposition of jail time as part of the sentence for his client.

“Were this not a high-profile defendant it is to likely the prosecution would have produced the North Dakota abstract or have had out-of-county witnesses present for this hearing,” Gilbert told the court. “His insurance will be impacted – it will go up – and his license will be impacted in his home state. And there is a stigma to his career and public image … but ultimately it is a case of someone driving poorly while using a phone.”

Judge Houff called the case unusual in his experience due to the length of time and distance of cell phone or texting use causing erratic driving. However, in the end he agreed the offense and evidence did not meet a standard to require jail time as part of the sentencing of the defendant.

And those out-of-county witnesses – nah, they weren’t Angle’s arch-wrestling nemesis Jeff Jarrett and his wife and Angle ex, Karen. They were identified in court as Mr. Mallory and Ms. Knight, who were present but not called to testify. They are believed to be Loudoun County residents, and pretty snippy ones at that … Hey, maybe it was the Jarretts in disguise … NO, I’m just getting sucked into that wrestling soap opera scenario again … I think.

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Fast-pitch softball champs fundraising for regionals

Warren County's 12-and-Under Babe Ruth League fast pitch Softball Virginia State Champions celebrate with trophy and practice at Chimney Field readying for regionals.

12-Under Virginia champs, 10-Under runner ups raising $ for Florida trips

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

The weekend of July 17-18, two local Babe Ruth League girls fast pitch softball teams representing the Warren County Girls Softball Association will be conducting fundraisers to help facilitate trips to the Southeast Regional Tournament to be held in Alamonte Springs, Florida, near Tampa this coming week.

Both teams did their community proud last week in Richmond at the State Tournament. The Front Royal 12-and-Under girls won the Virginia State Championship and the 10-and-Under team was runner up, earning a regional berth as the state’s second place qualifier from divisions representing nearly 270 Babe Ruth League teams throughout the state. Both teams are anticipating expenses of around $10,000 to cover transportation, accommodations, meals and miscellaneous tournament expenses for the teams, coaches and family members able to make the trip.

The squads are heading into this weekend going full bore to assure they have the funds to head to Florida for Tuesday regional team check-ins and orientation meetings. Tournaments play begins on Wednesday, July 21 and progresses to the weekend.


Warren County's 12-and-Under Babe Ruth League fast pitch Softball Virginia State Champions celebrate with trophy and practice at Chimney Field readying for regionals.


Warren County's 12-and-Under Babe Ruth League fast pitch Softball Virginia State Champions celebrate with trophy and practice at Chimney Field readying for regionals.

If you are in town this Saturday or Sunday keep your eyes open for car washes and bake sales set up as team fundraisers. Contact numbers for those wishing to contribute directly to the teams is also posted below.


The 12-and-Unders will be hosting a car wash Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18 at the Royal Oak Tavern parking lot at 101 W. 14th Street on Front Royal’s northside from 10 a.m. till there are no more dirty cars left within the town limits;
The 10-and-unders will host a bake sale at Andrick’s Flea Market on Saturday, July 17;
and car washes at both Auto Zone and the Rite Aid parking lots this weekend as well.


For those not passing through town or who already have clean cars and all the baked goods they need, contributions for the teams can be made through the following individuals:

12-U – Aletha Craig, 540 671-0466 or Buzzy Williams, 540 636-4787 or 540 335-6442;
10-U – For more info on these efforts the league may be contacted at 540 974-9879.

Roster, 12-U Virginia State Champions:

Michala Caison, Emma Wright, Carrie Robinson (State Tourney MVP), Caitlyn Manuel, Myranda Garber, Makela Dawkins, Samantha Santmyers, Victoria Hamilton, Savannah Jones, Samantha Swecker, Ashley Williams, Amanda Kresge. Coach Todd Robinson noted that unfortunately two players, Manuel and Jones will not be able to make the trips due to other family commitments.

State Results, 12 and Under:
Glen Allen, W 2-1;
New Kent, L 10-1;
Varina, W 7-0;
Shenandoah, W 4-3;
Albemarle, W 10-0;
Championship Round
New Kent, W 4-1;
New Kent, W 3-2


The 10-and Under Virginia State fast pitch softball Runner-ups get ready for their regional run


The 10-and Under Virginia State fast pitch softball Runner-ups get ready for their regional run

Roster, 10-U Virginia State Runner Ups:

Annslee Cockrell, Natasha Grayson, Tamara Grayson, Kima Robinson, Georgia Romer, Kelsi Caison, Myrissa Garber, Rachel Sirbaugh, Camryn Greene, Jayda Saulsbury, Savannah Haffer, Lissette Maya, Libby Hipple and Karlee LeHew. As with the 12 and Unders, Coaches Mike Haffer and Angie Caison noted some loss of personnel – Maya, Hipple and LeHew – for the trip due to other family commitments and circumstances.

State Results, 10 and Under:
West Loudoun, W 17-7;
Glen Allen, L 6-0;
Albemarle, W 9-3;
Skyline, W 7-3;
Rockville, W 10-5;
Championship Round
Glen Allen, L 8-2;

Congratulations to all the players and coaches for jobs well done – GO GIRLS!!!

You can keep up with Regional Tournament results and info at the official tourney website:

Warren’s 12-U Virginia State Champions begin North Division Regional Pool play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. versus Kinston Lenoir, NC. Other North Division teams include Creeks, St. John’s, FLA.; and West Ashley, Charleston, SC. One North Division team has already announced its forfeit of a place in the tournament due to the same financial and personnel issues faced by all teams at this point.

South Division teams include the host Altamonte Springs, FLA, Marshall County, TENN, New Kent, VA, and Orange Park, FLA.

The 12-U Regional Championship Round begins Saturday, July 24 at the Seminole Softball Complex with the Championship game at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 25 at the same location.

Warren’s 10-U Virginia State Runner Ups begin South Division Regional Pool play at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 22, against Creeks, St John’s FLA. Other South Division teams include host Alamonte Springs, FLA; Marshall County, TENN; Down East, Smyma, NC.

North Division teams include Ponte Vedra, FLA; Pitt County, NC, Ocala, FLA; Goose Creek, SC; and Glen Allen, VA. There was also one team forfeit announced at the 10-U level.

The Regional Championship Round at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Merrill Park and concludes with the Championship game at noon on Sunday, July 25, also at Merrill Park Field.

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The early May edition of Warren County Report

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Video: Warren County Skate Park Opens

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

After a decade of planning and fundraising, Virginia’s newest skate park finally opened today at Ed Stump Playground.

We caught up with Doug Stanley who was excited to see it finally open.

Richard Crowder from R.A.C. Security said all the kids were behaving and there had only been one minor injury so far.

The skaters, most but not all young, didn’t have too much to say. They were too busy with their skateboards, BMX bikes and rollerblades.

People came from as far away as Pennsylvania to try the park out.

Admission is free. There are rules at

Most folks on Jackson Street were rather pleased.   🙂

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FCPS may rezone students out of Sherando

Spokesman denies move was aimed at keeping school dominant in AA

By Angela Kreitz
The Sherando Times

On January 19th, the Frederick County School Board announced their proposal to take approximately 60 students residing in the Wilde Acres/Mountain Falls area from Sherando High School and transfer them to James Wood High School with a spot school rezoning. The change would come into effect at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.

The primary reason given and discussed at the meeting was the desire to prevent Sherando High School sports from moving from AA to AAA by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) beginning in fall 2011. At the meeting, Superintendent Patricia Taylor asked for the rezoning as a direct result of the threat of being placed in AAA. Taylor said that this move would put a significant financial strain on the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and the community.

School Board Vice Chairman Stuart Wolk outlined the proposal attributing the VHSL threat as the primary reason for the rezoning nine times during his four-minute overview and discussion. Wolk twice mentioned other benefits to the rezoning.

When called for comment the following day, FCSB Coordinator of Policy, Records Management, and Communications Steve Edwards said that the impending change to the athletic system was not the Superintendent or the Board’s sole reason for the rezoning plan. Edwards said that the AAA threat was just what everyone would want to focus on but the rezoning was about balancing out enrollment numbers and keeping kids from Frederick County Middle School together rather than splitting them between two high schools. Despite Edwards claims, the discussion at the board meeting suggested the solid and sole reason for the rezoning was the AAA threat.

Edwards insisted that the rezoning is an attempt to balance out enrollment because Sherando High School is projected to be 10.8% over capacity and James Wood High School is projected to be 10.6% under capacity. FCPS 2009-2010 publication, “Fast Facts” gives membership numbers taken September 2009, as 1,310 for James Wood High and 1,583 for Sherando High. Changing those numbers by 60 will not bring either school to their capacity. Edwards admits that Sherando will still be over and James Wood will still be under.

So, is the rezoning really about balancing enrollment?

While the change would not completely fix enrollment variations, it is certainly thoughtful of the FCPS officials and board members to have the desire to keep all Frederick County Middle School students together rather than splitting them between two high schools. Unfortunately, that consideration would not be shared with the current Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors residing in Wilde Acres/Mountain Falls if they are taken away from the majority of their classmates and forced to graduate from a different school than the one at which they began their high school career.

Initially, it did appear that some of those students would be given an exception in the letter sent to all parents of affected students from Superintendent Patricia Taylor.

Taylor wrote, “The proposal includes that rising seniors at Sherando High School who live in the rezoning area would be granted an attendance variance to remain at Sherando upon request if they provide their own transportation to school.”

That said, a call to Edwards about the proposal allowing rising seniors a variance received the response, “Whoa, Whoa, let me back you up. They haven’t voted to do that. The School Board would consider that.”

If you were in attendance at the board meeting, you heard that the rezoning was proposed in response to VHSL AAA potential and not a result of enrollment numbers or 8th graders being separated from some of their friends.

So why is FCPS so opposed to Sherando moving up to Triple A?

Taylor says that this move would cause a great financial hardship and Edwards agrees that the impact would be strong and negative financially. Edwards attributes the financial change to increased travel and decreased gate sales. He explained that if moved to AAA they would have to play schools in far away counties like Prince William.

A quick look at Sherando’s 2009 Football schedule found that they already travel to schools in Prince William County, as well as Fauquier County, and Loudoun County. Although these schools are not currently in their district, the schools choose to play each other for nondistrict games and thus they choose to travel. When raising this point with Edwards he responded that, “All of our district games would be of greater distance…. The majority of the games you play are within your district.”

Edwards is entirely correct that his district games would be further, however, he is incorrect that district games are the majority played.

Currently, Sherando experiences about a 50/50 division between the numbers of district versus non-district games played. After that was pointed out to Edwards he acknowledged it as accurate for this year but claimed that it would not be evenly split if they went to AAA.

Agreeing with Edwards was Sherando High School Coordinator of Student Activities Jason Barbe, who said moving to another district could mean having ten teams in your group. Currently in Sherando’s double A district, they have only five teams, giving them entire weeks of unscheduled time in the beginning of the season to choose to play non-district teams. If they moved into a district of a lot more teams their schedule would be filled up significantly leaving them little time for their choosing of non-district games. However, a quick call to the VHSL’s Lori Bickley put the worry to rest. Bickley explained that Sherando’s move to AAA would put them in a district of just six teams. She also estimated that in that size district they would have roughly the same 50/50 division of district to non-district games that they currently have. This would allow them the flexibility to use their open weeks and spots to continue playing schools in the local

Take football for example.

Current VHSL regulations call for a 10-game regular season. If Sherando moves into the AAA six team district as Bickley states they would, Sherando would have five district games and five non-district games.

Both Taylor and Edwards expressed concern that a move would impact the long time rivalries held with James Wood, Millbrook and Handley high schools. However, Sherando can continue to play these schools if they chose to in their nondistrict schedule. Edwards’s refuted with, “how many double A schools are going to want to play a triple A school?” Right now Sherando is a double A school that plays multiple triple A schools in many of their sports. But to ease the anxiety, a call was placed to Millbrook High School’s Coordinator of Student Activities Chris Garber. Garber responded to the question, ‘Would you be willing to play Sherando if they moved to triple A’ with an enthusiastic, “Oh, definitely!” But, Edwards continued to be unsatisfied with the idea that Sherando could still have the opportunity to play their rivals. He insisted that ticket sales would drop drastically and the number of fans would fall even for local games because,
“[the rivalry schools] wouldn’t be competing with one another for a district championship” Edwards argued.

Rather than continue to barter with assumptions and projections, this debate needed a past example, and we got one.

One high school in a nearby county went through the transition from double A to triple A roughly five years ago. Their Activities Director spoke candidly about the change. He stated the reason a school would not want to make the move is simple, “Triple A is more competitive. You’re going to do better in double A.” So, is it actually about winning?

The coordinator agreed that it is also a scheduling hassle when you have to change around all the teams you play and sometimes you may be placed with a team that is at a great distance. A conversation with another member of the athletic staff at this same school touched on gate sales. Their county had a very similar history of rivalry among their neighboring double A high schools. Those games brought in huge gate sales every time. But when they went to triple A did all of that diminish or at least lose some of its luster? The athletic staffer answered, “Absolutely not. In fact, our two biggest rivalries are double A schools that we play non-district and they continue to produce our largest gate sales every year.”

If you would like to have your voice heard on this topic, the FCPS School Board has scheduled a community forum on this re-zoning issue for Thursday, Feb. 4th at 7pm in the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building, 1415 Amherst Street, Winchester, Virginia. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting and address this situation with the School Board.

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BREAKING: Salahi takes DC United VP to court

Tareq attorney – ‘Show me the money’; DC United – ‘We showed it to Tareq’

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

There was little action – at least initially – and nary a Salahi sighting to be had in or outside the Warren County General District Courtroom the morning of Dec. 18. That was despite another civil claims case involving at least one member of the county couple now famous as “the White House gatecrashers.”

Unlike their Dec. 4 court appearance which last drew the DC media to downtown Front Royal – Fox 5, WUSA 9 and the Washington Post were on hand with us this chilly morning – this time only Tareq Salahi was an involved party, as plaintiff in a case seeking over $10,700 in garnishments against a former contract employee of Salahi’s America’s Polo Cup association. A judgment for $8,250 plus interest and fees was entered against David Cope, trading as DC Sports & Sponsorship, in Judge W. Dale Houff’s courtroom on Feb. 6. Cope’s current employer, Washington’s professional soccer franchise DC United, was consequently ordered to begin garnishing 25 percent of Cope’s “disposable earnings” last spring.

A 2007 press release from DC United indicates Cope was hired as the club’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, saying he had more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience.

As explained in an Oct. 12 letter to the court from DC United Chief Financial Officer Michael Williamson, the team initially failed to begin the garnishments after being informed by Cope the matter “was a mistake” and that he had “a lawyer taking care of it.”

According to court officials, out of state claims – Cope’s court-filed addresses are listed in DC – are filed through Richmond. Attempts to reach Cope to ascertain whether he had ever received legal notice of the initial claim, and elaboration on his side of the dispute have thus far been unsuccessful.

In the face of the ongoing court order to comply with the garnishment, Williamson’s Oct. 12 letter states that the team would comply with the garnishment, taking $852.51 out of 12 consecutive bi-monthly paychecks to Cope, with a final total of $535.88 to meet the judgment total of $10,766. DC United Human Resources Officer Crissy “Ellie” Amaguana appeared at an Oct. 16 court hearing to verify the information in Williamson’s letter.

Show me the money …

According to attorney David Silek, again representing the Salahis, he expected to find a check from DC United covering garnishments made since the October hearing in the court’s possession on Dec. 18. But there were no checks to be found, leading Silek to request a “show cause” action against DC United for non-compliance with the court-ordered garnishments. Silek later explained outside the courtroom that DC United could be found in contempt or even be made responsible for the garnishment total by the court.

… Ask your client

But not so fast – as with anything surrounding the Salahis it seems, nothing is as it appears on the surface.

Contacted on Dec. 18, DC United Chief Finance Officer Williamson said Cope was still an employee of the team and that to his knowledge the court order was being complied with. Williamson said he was not personally aware of the court hearing scheduled for that day and referenced us to the team’s communications department vice president Doug Hicks for further information on the Cope garnishment situation.

Hick’s responded to our voice message left at his office by 2:30 p.m. the afternoon of the hearing. He told us that in the wake of the October hearing when DC United Human Resources Officer Amaguana was given the information with which the club was to abide by the court’s garnishment order, they were told they did not have return for any subsequent hearing if under compliance.

So where’s the money? – we asked, the court didn’t have it this morning.

Then Hicks dropped this little bombshell:

“We have sent five checks directly to Tareq Salahi and he has cashed four of them.”

Hicks declined to specify the amount of the checks, though if they followed the parameters of Williamson’s October letter to the court, each of the club’s first 12 garnishments of Cope’s bi-monthly paycheck would have $852.51 deducted for the court ordered payment. That would indicate Tareq Salahi has cashed $3,408.84 of garnishment checks sent to him, with another $852 and change in the hole for a total of $4,261.05 that Tareq has received from DC United to satisfy the judgment.

Hicks said the club had the four cancelled checks at its RFK Stadium offices and would permit the media to view them to verify their contention the payments are being made as ordered. He added that he had called both the court clerk’s office and Salahi’s attorney in the wake of receiving the information about this morning’s court hearing.

We called Salahi attorney Silek with Hicks information.

“I was unaware of that. I’ll have to check with my client,” Silek replied, adding, “I will ask the court not to file the show cause as I investigate this [upon verification].”
We gave Silek Hicks’ contact information.

About a half hour later around 3:15 p.m. Hicks called back to say he had heard from the Salahi attorney and that it appeared his information had been verified between Salahi attorney and client.

Silek then verified that his client had received four checks so far. He said that while the court order indicated the garnishment payments should have been mailed to the court clerk’s office, he had asked the court to allow the checks to continue to be sent directly to his client. Silek said he had last spoken to Tareq about the Cope judgment on Dec. 4 during the interrogatories on the lawn care judgment against the Salahis. The situation was a simple communication breakdown, Silek indicated. Silek said he had filed to withdraw the show cause against DC United.

His problems – not mine(?)

In a May 13 letter to the court, Cope states that he had just learned of the garnishment, and apparently the claim, from DC United when they approached him about the garnishment order. Cope wrote that he was hired by Tareq to work on the 2008 America’s Polo Cup in August 2007 and worked on a consulting basis until late November of that year, when he took a job in the same field with DC United.

“The America’s Polo Cup paid me a monthly retainer for each of the three months that I worked. When I stopped working for them, they stopped paying me,” Cope wrote the court.
Cope asks for direction from the court on how to contest the matter. – “I don’t owe Tareq anything. His personal financial problems are not my problem,” Cope wrote.

However, with the February judgment being made against him in his absence, Cope’s finances and those of Salahi and the America’s Polo Cup organization appear to have merged beyond the point of direction by the court, or appeal by the defendant.

One unplanned consequence of the Salahis new found celebrity in the wake of their uninvited Nov. 24 Indian State Dinner appearance at the White House and resultant Secret Service and state security scandal, was the Commonwealth of Virginia announcing an investigation of the finances of Salahi’s America’s Polo Cup organization, a business geared around an annual international polo competition between the U.S. and other nations.

According to cancelled checks in the court record, Cope’s DC Sports & Sponsorship consulting company was written three $2,750 checks, apparently signed by Tareq Salahi, on Aug. 20, Oct. 5, and Nov. 10, all in 2007. That total of $8,250, accounts for the base claim against Cope by Salahi. The first two checks were written on the account of “Virginia Wine Travel & Tourism, Oasis Enterprises. The final check was written on the account of America’s Polo Cup. That latter check lists the Salahis home address on Scenic Overlook Drive for the Polo Cup organization. The two Oasis Enterprises checks list 14139 Hume Road as the associated address.

About that watch

Silek indicated his Dec. 18 appearance for Salahi dated to an ongoing case already in the system, rather than a reconsideration of an earlier expressed media report that he had ceased to represent the couple in the wake of the Patek Phillipe watch seizure fiasco of Dec. 4. However, the attorney declined further comment on his ongoing legal relationship to the couple, whom he has represented in various matters since 2002.

Silek did comment that he was surprised by the cheap imitation status ($100) of his client’s watch turned over to satisfy a $2,063 court judgment on a lawn care maintenance bill to AIA Home Improvement and Lawn Care Service. Silek said it was his understanding the watch had been a gift from Tareq’s brother Ishmael, and that his client had believed it to be authentic when it was turned over to the court on Dec. 4 to satisfy a year-old unpaid judgment. The value of a real Patek Phillipe watch has been estimated at anywhere from $17,000 to $325,000. A 1933 Patek Phillipe pocket watch was auctioned off nearly a decade ago for over $11 million.

Attempts to reach Ishmael Salahi about his knowledge of the watch, through his mother Corinne at Oasis Vineyard, have thus far been unsuccessful.

Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm  Comments (5)  

Free complete print edition: Mid January, 2009

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Inside this issue:

  • Front Royal, VA woman loses finger in domestic dispute
  • Browntown Road shooting
  • Additional charges filed in Warren County, VA house ramming incident
  • Two arrested in Papa John’s Pizza robbery
  • Be on the lookout for Daniel Eli of Bethlehem, PA
  • Driveway scams
  • Openings for Citizens Police Academy
  • R-MA teacher honored
  • State River Park attendance down
  • New Linden, VA trash site opens
  • Town of Front Royal, VA approaches liaison: Let’s talk – just not about ‘that’
  • Warren County, VA approves 5-pronged January liaison agenda
  • Capt. Richard H. Furr makes it official – applying for Front Royal, VA police chief’s job
  • Del. Clay Athey’s Report from Richmond, VA
  • Neighbors point fingers (not guns) during shooting debate
  • ‘Pawsitive Pup’ makes dog grooming more convenient
  • NFL playoffs – Still Cheering Purple Pride
  • Activities & events in Front Royal and Warren County, VA
  • Opinion: The Gaza Holocaust
  • Letter: History’s Revenge
  • Front Royal/Warren County, VA Chamber of Commerce news
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Also, 2008: The Year in Review

  • 2008 – It wasn’t that great: From bad weather to a lousy economy – good riddance
  • Inventor John Kovak: Childhood machine could be key to clean energy production in Front Royal, VA
  • CPV, Dominion Power make it official – the ‘buy’ is on
  • Paying for our own noose? Front Royal, VA debates the true price of power – 50 years of coal
  • Loss of father, two young children mourned at Candlelight Vigil
  • Town of Front Royal, VA approves corridor, EDA resolutions  – Threat of litigation by Riverton Commons restaurants hovers over passage
  • First Crooked Run Center tax revenue estimates in
  • Town, FDR Services settle water-sewer rate war – Two years of litigation ends with compromise, 15-year service contract
  • Should the Dow be at 3,000? Up a grand, down a grand – Great Depression 2.0?
  • Show me the money – Brooks calls out EDA financing – EDA’s reduced municipal funding request opens a fiscal can of worms
  • Town move on EDA assets likely futile – Virginia state law protects autonomy of economic development authorities
  • Town to EDA – ‘Pretty please with sugar on top’ – Town rephrases effort to gain control of millions in EDA assets
  • Abusive driver fees’ hit the dustbin of legislative history – Refunds included in ‘civil remedial fee’ repeal signed into law by Virginia governor
  • Virginia Governor Tim Kaine cites importance of dialogue in state government
  • Va. Supreme Court rules against NVTA road taxing – Local plaintiff, delegate weigh in on decision, state funding responsibilities
  • Questions remain about Virginia state trooper collision – Public’s right to know at issue as accident investigation continues
  • Humane Society board recalled under contentious circumstances – Accusations fly over membership voting eligibility, animal care priorities
  • Wagner Shelter two weeks later – ‘a remarkable change’; In the wake of contentious board recall, humans & animals move on
  • Monk murder mystery – A personal remembrance of a soul in wonder
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Virginia mountain town a biking haven

Bicyclists cross more than 30 trestles and bridges on the 17-mile-long Whitetop Station-to-Damascus section of the Virginia Creeper Trail, the remnant of a train line.

Damascus, Va. – In the early 1900s, steam locomotives chugged their way up steep inclines in the southwestern Virginia mountains at a pace so slow that locals called the trains the Virginia Creepers.

Today, the locomotives no longer grind their way along the tracks, long since removed.

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NFL players mull McCain-Obama choice

ASHBURN, Va. — As the presidential race revs up, political conversations in NFL locker rooms echo those in workplaces nationwide.

Taxes. Economy. McCain. Obama. War. Terrorism. White. Black.

Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 3:28 am  Leave a Comment  

‘The Express’ opens nationwide, receives criticism

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The nationwide release of “The Express” this weekend was not well received in West Virginia.

Published in: on October 13, 2008 at 5:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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