Archive for: January 5th, 2018

Crime/Court
September trial date set in Hoyle-Ramsey murder case
January 5, 2018
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The scene of the crime – the Grand Avenue home Hoyle shared with his mother and victim Warren Howard Ramsey. Photo/Roger Bianchini

FRONT ROYAL – A trial date of September 10 has been set for the start of the murder trial of a Front Royal man accused of shooting his mother’s fiancé last March in the Grand Avenue home they shared. David Glynn Hoyle pled not guilty Wednesday, January 3, to counts of First Degree Murder and the Use of a Firearm in the commission of a felony. A full week of the Warren County Circuit Court docket was set aside for a jury trial.

Hoyle, 32 at the time of the March 27 shooting of 58-year-old Warren Howard Ramsey, faces 20 years to life on the murder charge and a mandatory-minimum of three years on the firearm charge. Hoyle remains incarcerated without bond at RSW Regional Jail.

Wednesday was Hoyle’s second court appearance within two weeks. On December 20, his defense team’s motion to suppress some evidence gathered at the scene in the immediate aftermath of the shooting – including Hoyle’s admission to shooting Ramsey – was denied by Judge Ronald Napier.

Related story here: Motion to suppress Hoyle statements to police in murder trial denied

Several issues likely to play a pivotal role in a trial, or any potential plea agreement, were alluded to during that December 20 hearing. Under questioning from defense counsel Ryan Nuzzo, one Front Royal Police Officer at the scene testified he was aware from previous interactions that Hoyle had suffered a brain injury at some point in his life.

In seeking suppression of evidence gathered in police interviews with Hoyle at the scene, Nuzzo questioned his client’s ability to comprehend the implications of his waiver of his Miranda right to not answer questions or to have an attorney present for any questioning. Testimony indicated that during questioning by first officers at the scene, Hoyle had nodded affirmatively when asked if he shot Ramsey.

Judge Napier observed from viewing police camera video from the scene that it appeared to him officers were not trying to elicit a confession from Hoyle, but rather trying to get a handle on a very volatile and emotional situation they walked into – a situation that included the possibility there was an armed shooter at the scene or nearby. Police responded to the report of a shooting at the Grand Avenue residence at 10:49 p.m., Monday evening, March 27.

“He seemed upset, in a state of shock,” Front Royal Police Officer Tyler Smith testified of Hoyle’s demeanor at the scene. “I couldn’t stand the torture …I couldn’t take it anymore – but I didn’t want to do that,” Smith testified of Hoyle’s comments to officers.

The police report states that according to an unidentified family member Hoyle walked into the living room where Ramsey was seated on the couch and began shooting without any words being exchanged between the two. During hearings Hoyle’s mother Wanda Horton has been identified as one family member present at the scene with her son when police arrived to a report of a shooting.

In an April hearing in Warren County General District Court, a mental competency evaluation of Hoyle was granted to the defense. Asked by Judge W. Dale Houff if they were going to file an insanity plea on behalf of their client, the defense team of Nuzzo and Tim Coyne indicated they would defer a decision pending the results of any mental evaluations.

RSW Jail mugshot of David Glynn Hoyle shortly after his arrest. Photo/RSW Jail

 

Local Government
WATCH: Continued Discussion of Property Maintenance Code
January 5, 2018
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Town Council held a public hearing on September 25, 2017 for adoption of a Property Maintenance Code and Establishment of a Rental Inspection District. Council voted to postpone the first reading to discuss in more detail in a work session and vote on the first reading at the next regular meeting held after the work session.

Other Meetings Held

August 28, 2017 – Public hearing to receive public input.
September 25, 2017 – Public Hearing on the first reading of the Ordinance – was postponed
October 16, 2017 – was removed from the work session
November 6, 2017 – agreed to move to the November 13th agenda for first reading vote
November 13, 2107 – was removed from the agenda
November 20, 2017 – Discussed the possibility of separating the two items

A public hearing would have to be re-advertised if the two items were separated since the proposed Property Maintenance Code amendments include references to the Establishment of the Rental Inspection District. The ordinance would have to be revised and advertised to the public as such.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.

Local Government
WATCH: Relocation of the local vehicle decals
January 5, 2018
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Town Staff was notified by the County of Warren that the 2019 Virginia Inspection Stickers will be moved to the left corner of the windshield; therefore, the Town and County local vehicle decals will have to be moved as well. Per the Virginia State Police Media Release the move is “due to the automobile manufactures crash avoidance technology that utilizes the center of the windshield and placement of items in that area including stickers could prevent crash avoidance system from operating properly”. Council is requested to discuss with the County of Warren a course of action for the relocation of the local vehicle decals that may stay in place until December 31, 2018.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.

What Matters Warren
Town Tip – St Luke Community Clinic
January 5, 2018
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St. Luke Community Clinic provides medical care for acute, minor illnesses and chronic medical problem care for low-income or uninsured residents of Front Royal and Warren County, VA. It has recently added dental services as well.

On the front porch at the St. Luke Community Clinic there is a clothes rack with jackets, hats and gloves for those in need. Also a blanket box. If you are cold this winter, please come and warm yourself up! Blessing box is located in the front yard of the clinic. Please consider dropping off nonperishable donations. Easy as can be, just stop by and drop any time.

St. Luke Community Clinic welcomes medical and nonmedical volunteers (especially dentists, hygienist), monetary donations, blankets, jackets, hats and gloves. For the Blessing Box, nonperishables and personal hygiene items and perfect! C-CAP is located in the basement and welcomes all clothing donations.

Below are a few statistics from 2017 St. Luke 2017 updates.

Medical:

• St. Luke started Reiki Therapy that is made up of 3 volunteer Certified Reiki Therapist.
• St. Luke continues to see diabetic patients on Thursdays to meet their diabetic needs.
Numbers for 2017 through November 30, 2017
• Total Patients: 715
• Total Patient Visits: 2,983
• Chiropractor Visits: 50
• Every Woman’s Life Visits: 74
• Reiki Therapy Visits: 27
• Ear, Nose, and Throat Visits: 18
• Mental Health Visits: 205

Dental:

• St. Luke now has (6) volunteer dentist
Numbers for 2017 through November 30, 2017
• Dentist Visits: 190
• Dental Hygiene Visits: 27

Community Out-Reach:
• St. Luke continues to visit Samuels Library on Tuesdays to take blood pressures.
• Involved in the 2017 Point of Testing in January to count the homeless population in Warren County.
• Attended various health and safety fairs within the community. (Valley Health and Fire Department Safety fair)
• Continue to maintain the Blessing Box placed in the front of St. Luke.
• St. Luke helps patients with applications for government phones.
• Continue to have Social Services at the clinic on Thursday evenings.

Partnerships with the following organizations:
• Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley
• National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
• Valley Health/Warren Memorial Hospital
• Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
• United Way

Clinic Hours:
Monday 9am – 5pm Appointment Only
Tuesday 9am – 5pm Walk-in Clinic
Wednesday 9am -5pm Appointment Only
Thursday 9am – 4pm Diabetic Clinic
Thursday 5pm – 7pm Walk-in Clinic / New Patient Registration / Social Services

St. Luke Community Clinic
316 N. Royal Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
[email protected]
phone: (540) 636-4325
fax: (540) 636-1743

Interview with Beth Medved Waller and Vicki Davies

Interesting Things You Need to Know
Ever been told you should write a book? Now’s the time
January 5, 2018
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The lights come up. Music from the orchestra swells and, as the curtain rises, an actor begins speaking as the epic Autobiography of You begins.

Why not?

Unlike journaling which is typically focused on the present, a memoir or an autobiography takes a sweeping look at one’s life. A life with joy, undoubtedly struggle, surely pain, but maybe an end in triumph?

Will you be, as writer Charles Dickens once wrote, the hero of your own life?

You don’t have to write your life’s story for anyone but yourself but it could be written for family, friends, or even the world.

Writing for just yourself could help you clarify the events of your life, maybe admit wrongs, perhaps tell your side of a story. According to the Wall Street Journal, it could even be a catalyst for the rest of your life; a chronicle of how the past brought you to the present. It could be used to change the direction for the future.

Research has shown that the act of writing about past trauma or other stressful events can lessen depression, lower stress, improve mental function, and even help build the immune system. To recount an event, we have to break it down into smaller chunks and look at how one occasion led to another to produce the problems. This helps provide structure and organization to an otherwise frazzled memory. As many memories are just visuals, using words to describe what we are seeing can make our memories less abstract or confusing. Ultimately, the goal is to reveal those memories in a more positive light and let them be processed and laid to rest.

You do not need writing experience to create a narrative of your life. According to Psychology Today, the challenge is getting the story to reveal itself. Even if a person’s life doesn’t seem to be particularly exciting or thought-provoking, everyone remembers things differently and telling the story will let them know which part of the memory was most important to them. Finding meaning in the past is a great way to help believe in one’s personal value, confess mistakes, and pass on lessons to children and future generations.