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Firefighters still investigating Shenandoah blaze

SHENANDOAH – Investigators still have not determined what caused a fire at 800 Fleesburg Loop on Wednesday, Nov. 11. "They're saying it started in a fireplace downstairs," said Krystal Orebaugh, who lived at the residence along with her boyfriend, five-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, and her elderly grandparents. Orebaugh said that getting a call from her frantic grandmother that their house was on fire is not something that anybody can ever prepare for. Her children were especially hit hard.

19-year-old charged with second degree murder

LURAY ― Charges against a 19-year-old in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old Page County High School student were elevated on Monday in Page County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. James Shrader, 19, who was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, is now charged with second degree murder and felony murder.

Teen arsonist sentenced to 35 years

LURAY ― A Page County juvenile who set his father's home ablaze in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve was sentenced Monday in Page County Circuit Court. Jacob Elijah Johnston, 18, of Rileyville, was sentenced to 30 years for arson ― 27 years and four months of which was suspended. For attempted malicious wounding by fire, Johnston was sentenced to five years, with all five suspended. In July, Johnston pleaded guilty to both charges stemming from a Dec. 24, 2014 incident in which the then 17-year-old set fire to the home of his father, Jeremiah Johnston.

Elderly couple escapes house fire

SHENANDOAH — Officials say a Nov. 11 fire that destroyed a home near Shenandoah was accidental but have yet to definitively cite a cause. On Friday, Shenandoah Fire Chief K.L. Jenkins said investigators believe the fire in the one-story home at 800 Fleeburg Loop started in the basement. The family told investigators a propane heater ignited in some manner, but the basement has so far been too unsafe to go into to find out for sure, Jenkins said.

Luray-Page County Chamber awards recognize community businesses, volunteerism

LURAY ― Members of the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce gathered last Thursday to recognize local businesses, volunteerism and the latest achievements of the local organization. Outgoing chairman of the chamber's board of directors Jared Burner greeted more than 100 of the organization's members at the 89th annual banquet, held at the Mimslyn Inn.

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