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Six firefighters charged for sex with teen

STRASBURG — Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including its chief, were arrested over the weekend as a result of a Virginia State Police investigation into accusations that five of them had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Arrested were Chief Dale R. King, 36, of Strasburg; Nathan S. Hirschburg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew S. Key, 24, of Strasburg; Bradley A. Markin, 21, of Strasburg; Christopher L. Pangle, 32, of Woodstock; and Fabian J. Sosa, 25, of Woodstock. The suspects were detained at different times between Friday and Monday, Sgt. Les Tyler, spokesman for the VSP, said on Tuesday. They have all been charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Tyler declined to say whether further charges are forthcoming.

Boyce Council bans recording at meetings except with permission

BOYCE — The Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday forbidding residents from making audio or visual recordings of council meetings without prior permission from the mayor or town manager. Council already uses a digital device to make audio recordings of its meetings. The action comes after a resident used a smartphone to visually record a portion of the December council meeting.

Shenandoah native remembered for lifelong service to town

SHENANDOAH ― The only list longer than the number of community councils, boards, committees and clubs he was a part of is the names of those who were touched by his service. On Thursday, Dec. 28, U.S. “Jack” Rinaca Jr. passed away. He was 92. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Shenandoah,” Rinaca held roles including Shenandoah mayor and councilman, president of the former Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, president of the Shenandoah High School Alumni Association and the District 5 representative on the Page County School Board.

Under contruction? Council receives plans for former town hall

HARRISONBURG — More than 17 months after a flooded basement sparked an inspection that led to its use as Elkton’s Town Hall being discontinued, Town Council members soon could act on an effort to get a better grasp on the condition of the historic Jennings House. At this point, however, it appears likely that it will be at least midyear before Town Council knows what can be done and how much it will cost. At their Dec. 18 meeting, council members received proposals from three architectural firms interested in assessing the structure at 173 W. Spotswood Ave.
The Valley Banner / 01-08-2018

Bailey, Shruntz out; Kline in on Election Day

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County voters ousted two supervisors and replaced two School Board members in a wave of change during Election Day on Tuesday. Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz, who represent the 4th and 5th districts on the Board of Supervisors, were denied second terms by challengers Karl Roulston and Dennis Morris, respectively. Shelby Kline, a retired teacher and school principal, beat two fellow opponents to claim the District 5 School Board seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Irving “Skeeter” Getz. The other two seats up for grabs were won by candidates who ran unopposed. While challengers and political novices reigned over most of the ballot, incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dick Neese snuck past his opponent, Karen Kwiatkowski, by 73 votes to earn a fifth term in office.

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