Archive for: December 18th, 2017

Local News
Cell phone apps cited as contact tool in county child pornography case
December 18, 2017
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By Roger Bianchini
Royal Examiner

Shawn Williams /Photo: RSW Regional Jail

A 19-year-old county man charged on four felony counts related to the recruitment, production, possession and distribution of child pornography cited cell phone applications KIK and Skype as means by which he contacted underage girls in order to exchange photos of a sexual nature.

A search warrant was executed at 277 Sagar Drive address of Shawn Williams in the far western part of the county off Panhandle Road on Friday, December 15.  Williams, 19, was then charged with “possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography” related to State Code 18.2-374.1:1.  The charges are Class 6 Felonies.

According to four criminal complaints filed by Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Daniel Maxfield, a cell phone belonging to Williams was processed on which there were “at least four images of children under the age of 18 … who were nude and engaged in sexualized behavior.”

According to those criminal complaints issued December 15, there are four involved minors identified as victims “1, 2, 3 and 4”.   The complaint states Sergeant Maxfield received information on December 4 from the Waynesboro Police that a resident of Warren County was in possession of child pornography.

Maxfield interviewed Williams following the December 15 execution of the search warrant.  In the criminal complaints, Maxfield states, “Mr. Williams stated he possessed child pornography.  He stated he has talked to girls as young as 11 years old.  He stated he spoke to these girls via the application KIK and Skype.  He stated he traded with these girls nude photos of himself and them.  Mr. Williams stated he has bought child pornography and has attempted to sell it.”

Williams was denied bond at a hearing Monday morning (Dec. 18) and continues to be held at the RSW Regional Jail.  He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 25, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

A press release issued Monday, December 18, by Sheriff Daniel McEathron noted the investigation is active and anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Sgt. Maxfield at (540) 635-7100.  Sheriff McEathron also thanked the Waynesboro Police Department for its assistance in the case.

Local News
Town of Front Royal crews perform street repairs this week
December 18, 2017
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By Norma Jean Shaw

FRONT ROYAL –  Public Works Department employees will be out this week, making street repairs.  Monday, Royal Examiner came upon crews installing handicap-accessible ramps at the corner of Royal Ave. and W. 2nd St. beside the Calvary Episcopal Church.

Town of Front Royal work crews are working hard this week to complete street repairs and improve sidewalks before harsher winter weather sets in. / Photos by Norma Jean Shaw

State News
$6.8 million proposed increase for Workforce Credential Grant Program, career exploration in cyber security, technical training for rural Virginia
December 18, 2017
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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he has included an additional $6.8 million in his 2019-2020 biennial budget to support workforce development initiatives across the Commonwealth. These strategic investments bring the total funding for the Workforce Credential Grant Program to $19.2 million, as well as $2.6 million in additional funding to support cybersecurity and rural workforce initiatives. The Governor made the announcement during an event at Piedmont Virginia Community College highlighting the importance of expanding the proven Workforce Credential Grant Program, Virginia’s future cyber workforce, and rural access to technical training.

“Today, we are making an important investment in our workforce, and in the future of the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the event. “Having a highly skilled workforce is key to attracting long-term business investments in Virginia. Because of the strategic investments we’re making in workforce development, I am confident that we will have a workforce ready to take on the jobs of the 21st century.”

Governor McAuliffe has successfully advanced workforce development within the Commonwealth, which is reflected in Virginia’s steadily decreasing state unemployment rate and record-high labor force expansion. Governor McAuliffe has made improving the workforce service delivery system in the Commonwealth a top priority, and it is a cornerstone of the state’s comprehensive workforce development plan.

Established in 2016, the first-of-its-kind New Virginia Economy Workforce Credential Grant program has supported the attainment of 7,256 industry-recognized credentials, licenses, and certifications needed for high-demand fields, with a job placement rate of 90 percent or greater in some fields. In the program’s inaugural year, the number of credentials earned nearly tripled throughout the Commonwealth. Given this success, Governor McAuliffe has proposed a $4.2 million additional investment in this program, bringing the total to $19.2 million over the biennium. As part of this strategic reinvestment, Governor McAuliffe included $200,000 in funding to explore an innovative new model – called the 3G Workforce Initiative. Once established, this program will allow Virginians to obtain a workforce credential in targeted fields at no cost to the student, with a commitment to one year of public service upon completion.

Governor McAuliffe has made expanding Virginia’s future cyber workforce a top priority for his administration. To continue these efforts, the Governor’s proposed budget also includes $1 million in funding for cybersecurity camps in Virginia.  These two-week programs will expose high school students to careers in cybersecurity and provide the foundational skills needed to be successful in this rapidly changing industry.

Expanding rural access to technical training is another vital component to building the new Virginia economy.  To further these efforts, the Governor’s budget includes $1 million in funding to expand training at the Career Tech Academy at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. This funding will provide high school students in south central Virginia with access to precision machining. In addition, Governor McAuliffe included an additional $600,000 in his budget for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research which will match enrollment growth for its Integrated Machining and Technology (IMT) Program. This funding will support growth in the region’s high schools and community college programs, which are feeder programs to the advanced training occurring at the Institute.

Arrest Logs
POLICE: 7 day arrest report for 12/11-12/18
December 18, 2017
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Town Notices
NOTICE: Voluntary water conservation of the Town’s municipal water system
December 18, 2017
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As of 12/17/17 the 14-Day average has dropped below 400 CFS (cubic feet per second). The Town’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) water withdraw permit requires the Town to observe VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION when the 14-Day rolling average of the South Fork Shenandoah River drops below 400 CFS. To stay in compliance with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Front Royal Municipal Water System are requested to cease the following:

1. The watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, or any other vegetation from Town water supplies (except indoor plantings, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and new plantings less than one year old) between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

2. The outdoor washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, or other types of mobile equipment between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M, except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three (3) gallons or at a commercial vehicle wash facility.

3. The washing of private streets, driveways, parking lots, service station grounds, or other paved outdoor surfaces between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

4. The operation of any ornamental fountain, unless the water is recycled.

5. The filling of swimming and/or wading pools, except that filled pools may be topped off to maintain the appropriate levels for use.

6. Serving drinking water in restaurants, except upon request.

Thank you for your assistance in conserving our water resources during this low river flow time period. Please monitor your local media sources for future reports of water conservation efforts in the Town of Front Royal.

If you have any questions about this voluntary water restriction, please contact the Public Works Department (540) 635-7819.

Town Notices
Town business office hours for holidays
December 18, 2017
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The Town of Front Royal Business Offices will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25 in observance of Chirstmas. The Drive Thru located at Town Hall and the Manassas Avenue Collection Site will be CLOSED on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

Trash and recycling for Friday, December 22 will be collected Wednesday, December 20.

Trash and recycling for Monday, December 25 will be collected Wednesday, December 27.

There will be No Yard Waste or Leaf Collection this week.

Christmas Trees will be collected Wednesdays January 3, 10, 17. They must be free of ornaments, tinsel and stands. Those with root balls will not be collected. They must be placed at the curb.

More Information: Public Works Department at (540)635-7819

Town Notices
East Criser Road, lane closed, for repairs
December 18, 2017
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12/26/17 through 1/3/18 – Due to the construction of the Criser Road Trail, the eastbound lane, of East Criser Road, from South Royal Avenue to Remount Road, will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 to Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Please use caution when driving in this area and expect delays. If you have any concerns or questions, please call Public Works at 540-635-7819.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Staff to Hold Open Door Meetings
December 18, 2017
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WASHINGTON, DC – A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Front Royal. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress.

Warren County Open Door Meeting
10:00am – 12:00pm
Samuels Public Library
330 E. Criser Road
Front Royal, Virginia

Upcoming Dates:
January 3, 2018
January 17, 2018

Health
Holiday weight gain? Not as bad as one would think
December 18, 2017
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People gain weight during the holidays, but not as much as they think, according to dietitian Cynthia Sass.

Sass points to a 2009 study from Texas Tech University that followed 48 men and 100 women for six weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas. On average, the subjects gained one and a half to two pounds each.

While this gain isn’t terrible, it tends to stay on. Sass says weight creep is responsible for adults gaining 10 to 20 pounds over a 10 year period.

If you want to avoid that extra pound or two, Sass recommends drinking two cups of water before meals. One study found that adults who followed this prescription were able to shed 40 percent more weight during a 12-week diet period. Drinking water also makes us less hungry.

Finally, budget your carbs. Holidays are carb heavy with potatoes, cakes, pies, breads, and cookies. Try to choose just one carb item each day so you can indulge, but not at every single meal. If banana bread is on the menu for lunch, skip the toast and potatoes at breakfast and dinner.