Archive for: December 22nd, 2017

Local News Seasonal
Front Royal Elks wrap up busy holiday season
December 22, 2017
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FRPD officers gathered with Santa at the Front Royal Elks Lodge to offer a little Christmas cheer to the community’s kids. Courtesy Photos/Elks LodgeFront Royal Elks Lodge members are taking a breather at home for the holidays after another busy season entertaining kids and the elderly.

On Saturday, December 9, at the lodge on Guard Hill Road, 50 needy children met Santa Claus, who with the help of 10 Front Royal police officers, handed out almost 400 Christmas gifts – twenty-five-hundred dollars worth from the Elks National Foundation – to the children who ate 23 pizzas donated by The Melting Pot, Anthony’s Pizza and Fox’s Pizza.

In addition, Walmart donated, through the Elks, sufficient food on December 16 to provide 240 dinners for the elderly and infirm.

These are annual events for the Elks. The first is helped along by the police department and elementary school counselors who recommend the names of the children. Santa arrived, if not by reindeer, with a holiday-festive police escort.

Local churches, nursing homes, and the Senior Center are invited to participate in the annual event.


Early delivery – over 400 presents waiting to be opened by the 50-plus children who came to meet Santa at the Elks Lodge on Dec. 9.

Local News
Frederick County Sheriff Millholland hopes to find family members to claim cremains
December 22, 2017
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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Department hopes to find next-of-kin for a list of deceased residents, so their cremains can be given a proper burial.

WINCHESTER – Everyone deserves a final resting place, and in the spirit of the holiday season, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate family members for cremains that are in the property room of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Lenny Millholland said in a media release, “It is sad that these people died in one
way or another and they were cremated and placed in our property room in hopes that a family member would take them and give them a proper burial or just take them home.

It’s about this time of year when the Sheriff’s Office Chaplain, Mark Ransom, comes in to say a prayer for ashes in the urns. Deputy Robert Cooley, the evidence and property clerk tries every chance he can in hopes someone say’s that it was a family member and they would take the ashes. Unfortunately, we haven’t been very lucky in locating family members.”

The Sheriff’s Office currently has the cremains of the following:

•  John Henry Wahanquist, 62 years of age, who died in 2003. Last known address was Mountain View Road, Stephenson, VA.

•  Richard C. Allen, 59 years of age, who died in 2010. Last known address was N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA.

•  Bryant White, 43 years of age, who died in 2014. Last known address was Kimber Way, Winchester, VA.

•  Lisa Shanholtzer, 44 years of age, who died in 2015. Last known address was Old Charlestown Road, Stephenson, VA.

•  Michael Standridge, 60 years of age, who died in 2015. Last known address was Middle Lane, Gore, Va.

•  Lester A. Tinsman, 52 years of age, who died in 2015. Last known address was Fairfax Pike in Stephens City, VA.

Anyone with information regarding family members for aforementioned persons should contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162.

Crime/Court Local News
Arrest made in spate of Front Royal church burglaries
December 22, 2017
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William Roy Foster. Photo/ RSW Regional Jail.

FRONT ROYAL – An arrest has been made in a rash of church burglaries that occurred over the past few weeks, according to the Front Royal Police Department.

 A Thursday media release from Chief K.L. Magalis states that William Roy Foster, 53, of Front Royal has been arrested and charged with several counts each of Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglary Tools, Larceny, and Trespassing.  

 The release indicated that Foster was arrested following an in-depth investigation conducted by the Front Royal Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. 

St. John’s Catholic Church, located at 120 W. Main Street reported burglaries on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and again on Monday December 11, 2017.  A bronze box was reportedly stolen during the December 6th burglary and a safe with an undisclosed amount of cash was reported missing following the December 11th break-in. 

The First Baptist Church, located at 14 W. First Street also reported a burglary on the morning of December 11, 2017.   The release did not disclose if anything was missing from that break-in.

 Foster is currently being held at the RSW Regional Jail.  Anyone with additional information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective Marc Ramey at (540) 636-2208.