Archive for: January 2nd, 2018

Crime/Court
Warren County man arrested for shooting into occupied dwelling
January 2, 2018
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Frederick County deputies responded to reports of shots fired on Jan. 1, 2018 in the 100 block of Star Tannery Road.

FREDERICK COUNTY, VA – A Warren County man was arrested and charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling following an incident just past midnight on New Years Day.

Captain Aleck Beeman, a spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Priola, 26, of Browntown, was arrested and charged after admitting to firing “around five shots from a .40 caliber pistol.”

Deputies responded to a 12:03 a.m.  call in the 100 block of Star Tannery Road for a report of shots fired into a residence.

The victim reported to deputies that neighbors across the street had been firing guns at midnight, after which he found a bullet lying on his kitchen floor.  The bullet, Captain Beeman said,  had apparently entered the wall, come through the kitchen cabinet and fallen onto the floor.

Deputies then questioned the neighbors, who stated that during a New Year’s Eve gathering,  a guest had gone outside and fired several shots from a pistol.  Michael Priola, a Warren County resident, stated that he had fired around five shots from a .40 caliber pistol.  He was arrested and charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Priola was held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center until sober and then was released on a $5000 unsecured bond.

Seasonal
Avoid hypothermia and frostbite during frigid January temperatures
January 2, 2018
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With temperatures across much of the country predicted to remain south of freezing for at least another week, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent cold-related health issues, such as hypothermia or frostbite, from developing.

Hypothermia, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is an abnormally low body temperature, and  a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. When the body temperature drops too low, it affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.

Stay safe this winter by learning more about Hypothermia, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia.

Frostbite is a bodily injury caused by freezing that results in loss of feeling and color in affected areas, according to the CDC. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, with severe cases leading to amputation.

Stay safe this winter by learning more about Frostbite, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops frostbite.

For more information about winter weather safety, emergency preparedness, healthy living and more, visit the CDC.

 

 

Opinion
OPINION: Warren County failing on opiod crisis management, EDA oversight
January 2, 2018
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RE: Our County’s opioid crisis

Dear Mr. Stanley and the Members of the Board of Supervisors:

About a month and a half ago, possibly two months ago, I wrote to you and enclosed a copy of an article I reviewed while I was in a European airport. I believe I was coming back from Greece when I read the article. At that time, I requested that you all investigate taking action against certain pharmaceutical companies as many localities across the United States have done associated with heroin and opioid deaths. Apparently, the County has done nothing with respect to that. I have also learned that the County is continuing to take active steps in spending taxpayer money to supply NARCAN® and training costs associated with the administration of such. I am told that there is continuing pattern of such purchases because of the amount that is being consumed. I would like to know the cost of such. I find it unconscionable that you continue to demand that I and other law abiding taxpayers, are forced to pay for felons who decide to commit a felony, and voluntarily administer to themselves an illegal drug that is known to lead to an overdose and possibly kill themselves. I would like to know why these people are not being billed and forced to pay for such medications and why I as a taxpayer am forced to pay for their self-indulgence and selfishness. Bill their insurance or Medicaid for the medication like any hospital would. I would like a strong public policy argument as to why I should have to continue to pay for such. Can you provide such?

I find it rather shocking that the County still has not done something to start to recover the costs associated with the opioid crisis. Why you think the taxpayer should continue to fund such is baffling. Please explain to me why the taxpayers of Warren County should continue to have to fund this opioid crisis and treatment program which only encourages more use of such opioids. Your policy is wrongheaded. Your policy will only continue to encourage people to use illegal drugs that could result in an overdose knowing full well they maybe be brought back or saved.

Further, the County should be suing those that are selling the illegal drugs to pay for the mess they, have created. We know who some of the distributors are, they are those charged with distribution. Sue them. Not just pharmaceutical companies, but these felons. Make them pay civilly too, not just criminally.

Both the Town and County continue to allow certain businesses to operate in the Town and County that permit and maybe encourage such activity to occur. If the County and its EDA really wanted to improve our economic potential, they would get rid of all these crappy hotels that rent rooms by the week to opiate addicts. Buy the properties with the power of eminent domain and tear them down for redevelopment rather than building the most expensive “workforce housing” ever dreamt up. If you remove the ability and cheap place for these addicts to stay, hopefully they will move on and out of our community. Don’t you think it is high time that you re-evaluate your current game plan on how to address this crisis? I mean, clearly your current plan is an abject failure.

Your current EDA director absolutely is terrible. And at best several on the EDA board are ineffective at best since they retain her and elect as its chairman someone who hasn’t worked in the private sector for at least 15 years, if ever, and never in industry. You have an executive director that clearly does not understand the appearance of impropriety in dealing with family members and who has pushed an absolutely absurd position on “workforce housing.”

The County has continued to appoint people who have no idea what is going on outside of the Warren County economic area. I dare say, anyone, save Messers. Biggs, Blanton and Llewellyn know how to and have actually made “real” money and to work with large domestic and international entities on striking good business deals. At least three on the Board either do or did work for governmental bodies or a not-for-profit. How on earth does this make them the proper people to seek privately invested industrial and economic growth or as to what it takes to attract such? I very much doubt that most on the EDA are aware that just two counties away, in Loudoun, that their economic development team brought into their county in fiscal 2017 (ending June 30, 2017) $3.3 billion in business development. It shattered all previous records, not just in the Commonwealth, but for all counties the size of Loudoun in America. (See enclosure.) I wonder how many in our county actually how much “good” growth is occurring in counties immediately adjoining us as well as two or three counties away and of their marketing activities. These counties have done away with these crappy hotels that encourage criminal behavior and conduct and have developed plans to increase the quality of life to attract major investment. They get “business friendly.” It is a term that Front Royal really needs to learn.

Rather than continue to fund an ill-functioning EDA that creates taxpayer black holes, you should insist that the EDA develop a two, five, and ten year plan for our community and actually share it with the community. The secrecy associated with the EDA, which you all have by silence encouraged, is a problem. There is zero accountability of the EDA executive director and it seems that you all do not wish for there to be any accountability which is also a problem. The fact that our EDA is excited that a new fast food operation is opening up is telling. When Stephen Heavener was the director of the local EDA we had much more investment in our community. Maybe it is time to hire someone who has real world experience in such and has a track record of actual success.

I am sorry that I have to address this letter to you. I wish I felt pleased with progress in our community, but I do not. Rather than only being someone that criticizes, I am also someone who is willing to help, if called upon. However, I doubt that the leadership of the County has that capability to admit they need help.

Respectfully Yours,

David W. Silek, Esq.

Editor’s Note:  The above letter was mailed to Warren County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley and each member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 27, 2017. A copy was also mailed to the Royal Examiner.

Community Events
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Jan 9th
January 2, 2018
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Across the country on January 9, citizens take the lead on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. On National Law Enforcement Day, we have an opportunity to thank them for their service and offer a token of respect.

HOW TO OBSERVE

There are several ways to show your support. Send a note of thanks to your local, county or state police agency. Wear blue, turn your social media channels blue or shine a blue porch light to show your support. Find more ideas at Concerns of Police Survivors and share your support using #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Concerns of Police Survivors, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the Officer Down Memorial Page, Law Enforcement United, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, International Conference of Police Chaplains, National Troopers Coalition only name a few of the long list of organizations supporting inaugural day of National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day. Since then, nationwide many more organizations have joined forces to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) to spread encouragement and respect

 

Town Notices
Christmas Tree Collection
January 2, 2018
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Christmas Trees will be collected on Wednesday, January 3, 10, 17. All trees must be placed at the curb. Town employees will not collect on private property.

All decorations and stands must be removed.

Trees with root balls and artificial trees will not be collected.

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

Business
Robots will take the dirty, dull, and dangerous jobs from humans
January 2, 2018
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New advances in technology, especially automation, often send a bit of a shiver down the backs of many hard working Americans who fear a machine will replace their jobs in the coming years. While the threat is real for some workers, Inc Magazine highlights the fact that robots don’t always make them obsolete because they are only targeting the most repetitive, boring, or dangerous jobs available in the workplace. Also, at least initially, they often need an experienced worker to help program them to do their job correctly.

Once the robot is programmed, it will need someone to help maintain it with ongoing programming and maintenance. Experts in the robotics industry often promote the fact that the purpose of a robot in the workplace is to make a business more productive and enhance the jobs of existing employees by allowing them to focus on more critical tasks. This productivity can end up creating more jobs for actual humans by enabling a business to grow and expand more easily. One example of this, Scott Fetzer Electrical Group, manufactures appliance motors and saw a twenty percent increase in a plant’s productivity after installing a fleet of robots into their process. This increased business allowed them to bring business back to the factory that they had lost to China and hire more people as a result.

Despite increased productivity leading to jobs in some areas, robots excel at performing many entry-level or low-education positions in the workforce. CNN highlights the fact that roles such as cashiers, toll booth operators, drivers, and fast food, in general, are all at relatively higher risk of being taken over by machines. These jobs are repetitive and not very complicated to perform, and many people are perfectly fine using an automated kiosk, rather than a human, to pay for a new shirt. Rising minimum wages in many places, as well, means that an investment in robotics is starting to make more and more financial sense.

Robots can’t do everything, however, and many jobs such as nurses, sports coaches, hairstylists, songwriters, and social workers all face a low risk of being replaced due to the nature of their duties. These jobs all highlight the emotional connection that humans have with one another that can’t be replicated by an impersonal computer. Talking through a problem with a troubled child or working through a debilitating illness are tasks that require heart, empathy, and even something as simple as a reassuring hug. Unless robots can master the nuances of human speech and emotions, it is unlikely that they will be ruling the workforce anytime soon.