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Past articles by Ellie:

SWAT team raids Winchester home

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — A loud bang and shouting woke up residents of a quiet Winchester neighborhood Friday morning, when a SWAT team raided a family’s home. Residents of the 700 block of Beehive Way say around 6 a.m., law enforcement from multiple agencies surrounded a house, ordering the residents out of the home. Both […] → Read More

Unlikely duo team up to make trash bloom

EDINBURG, Va. (WDVM) — Situated in the Shenandoah County landfill is an unusual strip of land. Thick black plastic tarp lies in a field of grass, weighed down with tires and pieces of wood. But it’s what’s under the 60 millimeters of plastic that’s of interest to Sari Carp, the founder of Sustainability Matters. “Sustainability […] → Read More

Shenandoah U. adds men’s wrestling program

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — In an effort to grow, Shenandoah University is offering yet another collegiate sport. The university announced Monday it will launch a men’s wrestling program for the 2020 fall season as a division 3 NCAA sport. Wrestling is the eleventh men’s sport at the university, and one university officials say is growing […] → Read More

Text to 911 goes live in Winchester

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Text to 911 is now live in the city of Winchester, but dispatchers say there are a few limitations with the new service residents need to know. While the texting feature is useful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or are unable to speak, whether due to a […] → Read More

Two arrested for allegedly stealing car

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (WDVM) — Two people are under arrest, after Front Royal Police say the duo stole a man’s car last week. Derrick Malone, 35, and Dakota Free, 32, were arrested Sunday after police say a stolen vehicle was found parked in the rear lot of the Hampton Inn in Front Royal. According to […] → Read More

Winchester crowns Bürgermeister ahead of Oktoberfest

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — There’s a new bürgermeister in Winchester–and he has nothing to do with hamburgers. Members of the Old Town Winchester community crowned resident Jim Sparrow as the bürgermeister–a German term for mayor–Friday on the Loudoun Street walking mall in preparation for the city’s two-day long Oktoberfest on October 11 and 12, which […] → Read More

Cold Case: Where is Bill Dudley?

CLEAR BROOK, Va. (WDVM) — It was October 30th, 1993, when William Dudley vanished. Dudley was last seen near his girlfriend’s home in Clear Brook — just off of Route 11. His girlfriend, Cindy Brenner, shared a cabin with her grandmother and the daughter she shared with Dudley. He lived in a camper, further away […] → Read More

Tarred and feathered: rescued birds return to the wild

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Two love birds landed themselves in a sticky situation last week, when they got trapped in a pot of tar. Glenn Rudy, the owner of Shenandoah Sanitary Supply, had finished a bit of roof repair work one Sunday night, wrapping up around 9 p.m. “It was a beautiful moonlit night, and […] → Read More

Two hikers trapped on cliff near Paw Paw Tunnel

ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Emergency crews from multiple jurisdictions are assisting two hikers trapped on a cliff near Paw Paw Tunnel. According to a press release from the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, “a mutual aid request came from Morgan County, W.Va. just before 8 p.m. for units to assist with a high […] → Read More

Winchester seeks names for new pocket park

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — The city of Winchester has built a new green space in the city’s historic district, turning a corner lot into a pocket park. The small park space on the corner of E. Cecil St. and S. Kent St. isn’t quite finished yet, but city officials plan to add benches, planters, and […] → Read More

Winchester narcotics bust nabs three

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Three people were arrested Wednesday evening in Winchester, Va. on drug charges. According to Winchester police, an officer stopped Andrea Armel, 53, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, who was driving her vehicle on Parkway Street just before 7:30 p.m. Police say Armel abruptly slowed and stopped upon seeing the police cruiser, […] → Read More

Citizen scientists discover rare orchid

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (WDVM) — Citizen scientists with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute discovered a rare orchid on a farm near Sperryville, Va. Kate Heneberry of Front Royal and Patty Lane of Rappahannock County were conducting a survey in mid-July with the Institute, searching for orchids native to Virginia as part of the Changing Landscapes […] → Read More

Vogel, Gooditis named healthcare heroes

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Two Virginia lawmakers were honored Friday in Winchester for their work on the healthcare front. Republican Senator Jill Vogel of the 27th district and Democratic Delegate Wendy Gooditis of the 10th district were honored at Winchester Medical Center with the 2019 HosPAC Healthcare Hero award. Valley Health President and CEO Mark […] → Read More

Pharmacy robbery ends in guilty plea

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WDVM) — A Winchester man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges after he held up a pharmacist earlier this year. On Friday, Carl William Morris II, 44, of Winchester entered a guilty plea in the U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg for robbing a Martins Food grocery store pharmacy and shooting at a […] → Read More

Virginia man indicted for allegedly stealing human skull

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — A Frederick County, Va. man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a human skull from a dental office. Wesley Ragens, 37, was indicted by a Winchester grand jury Tuesday for reportedly breaking into a dental office and stealing a real human skull on April 30. He was charged with breaking […] → Read More

Frederick County crash kills Stephens City man

FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — A Stephens City, Va. man is dead after he crashed his car in Frederick County, Va. Thursday morning. Virginia State Police say Jason Fletcher, 39, was driving his 2018 GMC Yukon northbound on Route 522 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the roadway, and struck a guardrail […] → Read More

Youth Development Center gets a makeover

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — Although normally full of children playing, the Youth Development Center in Winchester is now full of workers and volunteers tackling much-needed repairs at the center. Inmates on work release helped out around the building, erecting an outdoor shed and painting walls inside the nearly 25-year-old Smith building on the YDC’s campus. […] → Read More

Winchester Regional Airport secures funding for new hangar

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is one step closer to a major improvement for the facility. On Monday, the authority announced it had secured $1.55 million in funding, which will primarily be used to purchase a new hangar facility to house aircraft on site. The new hangar will be able to […] → Read More

Blandy Farm changes dog policy after aggressive incident

CLARKE COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — After several incidents, Virginia’s state arboretum is changing its pet policy. As of Tuesday, dogs will only be welcome at the Blandy Experimental Farm if they are leashed at all times. Prior to the change, dogs were welcome at the Clarke County farm both on and off leash. But staff […] → Read More

Cold Case: Who Killed Carol Gordon?

WARREN COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — It was June 26, 1998, when firefighters responded to a house fire in the Shenandoah Farms area of Warren County. It seemed to be a typical call, but as the flames were extinguished and fire crews were able to get inside the single-story home, they discovered a woman’s body near […] → Read More