The Warren Sentinel

Warren Beatty features Front Royal in new film, ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

WINCHESTER — In writing the sweetly nostalgic film, "Rules Don't Apply," Warren Beatty said he relied on his own personal nostalgia of childhood visits to family in Front Royal. The film, released nationwide last week, features the central character, Marla Mabrey, a Front Royal girl brought to Hollywood by Howard Hughes to become a starlet after she wins the pageant title of Winchester's Miss Apple Blossom Festival. She runs into romantic trouble when she falls for a boy she is forbidden to love. Mabrey is played by the actress Lily Collins, the daughter of rock star Phil Collins. Beatty plays Hughes in the film, which he also directed and produced. It is his first film since 2001's "Town and Country" and his first directorial work since "Bulworth" in 1998. The new film premiered Nov. 10 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as the opener for the annual American Film Institute festival.

Zombie outbreak expected in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL — Any zombie sightings Saturday night should not be taken as signs of an impending apocalypse. Hundreds of walking dead will meander through town streets for the fourth annual Front Royal Zombie Walk. The walk is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bing Crosby Stadium, but founder Roxanne Bauserman encouraged participants to arrive an hour early for socializing and pictures. Although it is free to walk, she asks that walkers provide donations for the Warren Humane Society and Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP. The walk lasts about 45 minutes, starting at Bing Crosby Stadium, across Commerce Avenue, down Warren Avenue, to Chester Street, and finishing at the gazebo. A new aspect this year will be a raffle at the gazebo after the walk. Anyone who donates to both charities will receive two raffle tickets. A food truck and disc jockey will be set up at the gazebo, which Bauserman said gives the event the feeling of a festival.

Region endures spate of overdoses

WINCHESTER — At least 16 overdoses have been reported in the region since Oct. 12, including two deaths, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition said Tuesday. Executive Director Lauren Cummings said the concentration of the overdoses in certain areas indicates the incidents may be the result of bad batches of drugs. Eight of the overdoses occurred in Warren County, including two in Front Royal, Cummings said. Seven occurred in Frederick County and one was reported in Strasburg. Including the two recent deaths, the region ó which includes Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties ó has seen 24 overdose fatalities so far in 2016, the coalition reported. The recent spate of overdoses comes less than three weeks after Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force agents reported eight nonlethal overdoses in Winchester and Frederick County in the span of just four days. In those incidents, agents said the drugs may have made their way into the region from Baltimore.

Murder suspect details evening; Caregiver charged in Lake Frederick woman’s death

WINCHESTER — In a 14-page note written by accused murderer Charlene Moss-Hopkins on the night authorities believe she killed 85-year-old Peg Sinclair, Moss-Hopkins details to Sinclair's daughter the lengths she claims to have taken cleaning up bed clothes, rugs and floors soiled while the elderly woman was ill. Moss-Hopkins, 56, who had worked as Sinclairís caregiver for about a year, was indicted Oct. 6 by the Frederick County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree murder, willfully defiling a dead body and concealing a dead body. Moss-Hopkins, of Berryville, was arrested June 21 after leading authorities to a gravel road in Romney, W.Va., where Sinclairís charred and dismembered remains were recovered.

Cost estimate for police station rises again

FRONT ROYAL — Neighbors of the future police station on Kendrick Lane may get to enjoy some peace and quiet once the station is built, but itís likely to cost town taxpayers about $208,000 more than they had anticipated. Josh Benham of Moseley Associates last week presented Council with its second increased estimate since February, when Council confirmed its choice of a 15,151-square-foot police station, 6,720-square-foot support building and a secure parking area to meet the departmentís anticipated needs for 2040. Two less-expensive options were offered at the time, but Moseley advised they would end up being more expensive as additions became necessary over time. The main building is intended to house the police department as well as the 911 call center. The support building would be used for such things as vehicle and evidence storage. The police department is headquartered in the crowded former Warren County Sheriffís Office at 23 Jackson St., with the chiefís office at Town Hall.

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