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Five Block Fire in Detroit

Martinsburg’s Trendy Revitalization

Body Stolen from Morgue

Video Captures Urban War Zone in Advertisement for Upcoming Action Film

Five Block Fire in Detroit

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Detroit, MI- City firefighters have been working since 11 PM last night to contain a blaze that has consumed at least five city blocks, just south of Gethsemane Cemetery.  The surrounding streets have been evacuated and residents will be able to return to their homes once the fire has burnt itself out.

Rachel R @ August 8, 2017

Martinsburg’s Trendy Revitalization

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Martinsburg, WV- The Panhandle Urban Renewal Board has announced an ambitious plan to redevelop Martinsburg’s downtown with the support of many local businesses and private donors.  The plans include widening roads to allow for more street parking, upgrading the street lights, and rezoning portions of the old industrial area to light commercial, with incentives available for new businesses, and residential.  Building has begun on mid-to-high end town homes and apartments within walking distance of the planned shops and restaurants.  More of the “New Oldtown” will be open in early 2018.

Rachel R @ May 20, 2017

Body Stolen from Morgue

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Harrisonburg, VA-  The corpse of Connor Wilcox, which was being held as evidence in the ongoing investigation into the murder of the local philanthropist,  was stolen from the morgue last night.

Jason Robinson @ April 29, 2017

Video Captures Urban War Zone in Advertisement for Upcoming Action Film

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Washington, D.C.- The shaky footage depicts a very different image than we all have for small cities in the United States.  This looks like Detroit met Mad Max or Escape from New York, plus a backdrop of a pastoral valley of green space and hills, and with a filming style reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield.  Released as an innovative teaser trailer for the in-production Action movie, Fury Brigade, the video prompted a strong local reaction after it was widely shared online without attribution.  Dark Light Studios has asked for these illegal copies of their video to be taken down.

While the setting is a fictional city, much of the filming has taken place Martinsburg, West Virginia.  “The post-Industrial Revolution boom of the town left a lot of good choices for on-location shooting, and there’s plenty of space to be used,” said Director, Mike Grant, known for his recent film, Clone Force, “It’s been great working in the area.”

Anyone who would like to view the teaser trailer for Fury Brigade, by Dark Light Studios, should go to their official website or YouTube channel.

We had previously reported on this video and would like to issue this article as a formal correction for our error.

 

Rachel R @ April 25, 2017

Teen’s Shocking Video Goes Viral

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Washington, D.C.- A teenaged boy has brought a startling video of violence, taken with his cellphone, to the eyes of the world.  The video, which has spread across social media sites, having been at the time of press shared over two million times, begins with a sandy-haired young man in the back of a car, riding through a city at night.

It opens with a brief introduction, “S***!  Y’all’ve gotta see this”, and then the camera pans to record the scene out his window: an armored SUV, surrounded by armed men on foot, blocks an intersection by a highway overpass.  As the car he rides in turns, sounds of gunfire begin.  In the opposite lane, a man in black leather leaps at one of three armed people in military-style clothing and body armor, beats him, almost faster than the eye can see, then throws his body into oncoming traffic.  Shots continue to be fired at the man, who picks up and throws a car at the two remaining militia members.

The location of the incident shown is believed by our news team to be Martinsburg, West Virginia.  The young man in the first seconds of the video and his family have not been available for comment.  Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact us.

Rachel R @ April 24, 2017

Local Philanthropist Found Dead

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Harrisonburg, Virginia- The body of local philanthropist Connor Wilcox was found in Hillandale Park early this morning.  The Harrisonburg Police Department has put out a request for reports of any unusual activity in that area from 10PM to 3AM.

Jason Robinson @ April 16, 2017

Accident Closes Route 9 East of Martinsburg

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Martinsburg, WV- A multi-vehicle accident, involving a number of large SUVs has damaged an overpass and forced closure of Route 9 near Kearneysville, both eastbound and westbound.  There have also been reports of gunfire on the scene.

Rachel R @ April 16, 2017

Massive Blackout in Shenandoah Valley

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Harrisonburg, Virginia- The valley went dark tonight as power was lost throughout the region at 11:00 PM.  The grid was brought back up by 2:30, though some isolated areas may still be without power.  A representative from the Valley Electric Cooperative states that initial assessments indicate that this was a wide-scale brownout.

Some area residents have also reported a loss of phone service, but no representatives have been available to comment on or confirm these allegations.  As of the publishing of this article, cellular and landline phones seem to be in normal operation, and our lights are on.

 

Jason Robinson @ April 16, 2017

Opioid Use at All-Time High

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Charleston- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services reports that based upon overdose rates, illegal use of opioids across the state has exceeded last year’s statistics.  The epidemic is most concentrated in the eastern panhandle.  There has also been a marked rise in the use of ‘party drugs’ throughout the state.

Rachel R @ April 12, 2017

Midnight Services at New Life Baltimore Church Draw Crowd

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Baltimore, MD- This weekend, New Life Baltimore Church held its first midnight services, which drew a large crowd.  The church’s Reverend Remington Vaughn had received press for his surprising return from apparent death earlier this month.

Rev. Vaughn’s sermon was filled with vivid and graphic descriptions of enduring tortures in Hell, having his fingers cut off with scissors and being repeatedly vivisected, to name a few, and his journey back to life.  Interviewing several members of the church, the most common reaction was awe.  As described by Sherri Johnson, longtime church member, “Rev. Vaughn is a wonder.  An inspiration to us in all this shooting and death.  God gave let us have our shepherd back!”

Rachel R @ March 14, 2017

Miracle in Baltimore

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Baltimore, MD- In what is being described as a true medical miracle,  Reverend Remington Vaughn, preacher of New Life Baltimore Church, a nondenominational Christian church in North Baltimore, awoke in the city morgue last week, after having been declared legally dead five days before.  Rev. Vaughn had been shot four times during a drug deal in West Baltimore on March 2nd, after which he was taken to Johns Hopkins and declared dead on arrival.

Rachel R @ March 10, 2017

Homicide, Vehicular Arson on Queen Street

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Martinsburg, West Virginia- Six parked vehicles were burned in what is believed to be arson-homicide early this morning, along Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg.  Five sets of remains have been found, but no identifications have been made.

Rachel R @ March 4, 2017

Standoff with Gang Lasts Hours, Suspects Escape

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San Diego, CA- Between 6 and 8 unidentified gang members fired against San Diego Police, culminating in a standoff in a vacant commercial building.  No arrests were made.

Rachel R @ March 1, 2017

Warehouse Fire in Baltimore

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Baltimore, MD- The four-alarm fire that raged through an industrial park in Baltimore on Sunday night is believed to have started with a series of explosions at about 9:30 PM.  Firefighting efforts were hindered by strong winds through the night, and thick, black smoke coming from one of the warehouses.  As of 2 PM Monday, the fire has not been fully extinguished, but is considered to be under control.

Update, 2:30 PM Monday: Maryland Gas and Hazmat are on the scene.

Rachel R @ February 27, 2017

Maryland Announces Expanded Use of Traffic Cameras

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Annapolis, MD- With the endorsement of the Maryland State Police, state legislators have passed a bill permitting wider use of traffic light, speed, and permanent, stationary cameras, including surveillance of high-risk traffic areas and neighborhoods, effective immediately.  Civil rights groups and advocates of personal privacy have filed lawsuits challenging the new law.  Supporters of the measure cite growing violence in Baltimore City and County and the successful reduction of reckless driving from the past use of the cameras.

Rachel R @ February 20, 2017

Drug Bust in Rural Virginia

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Culpeper, VA- This evening, DEA agents successfully conducted a raid on the Old Monastery Vineyard located outside of Culpeper, VA.   Contacts report that they seized over 2 million dollars in illegal drugs in the operation. 

Police say that the operation is still ongoing as they are searching for other suspects involved with the ring at this time, but are confident that these additional suspects will be rounded up very soon.

Church officials refused to release a statement at this time.

Rachel R @ February 11, 2017

Mass Fish Kill in Baltimore Rivers

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Baltimore, Maryland- Hundreds of thousands of fish float dead on the surface of the waters in and around Baltimore this morning.  A representative from the Maryland Department of the Environment has stated that a toxic algae, Karlodinium venifecum, is usually responsible for this sort of occurrence, but that so far, levels of that and related species of algae appear to be normal in the effected area.

Rachel R @ February 7, 2017

Riots in Los Angeles Chinatown

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Los Angeles, CA- Riots broke out late last night in Chinatown.  The area was under control by midday, though cleanup continues.  Twelve storefronts were severely damaged, some from a fire that spread from the rear of one of the buildings, and as many as fifty people suffered injuries.  The cause of the violence remains unknown.

Rachel R @ February 5, 2017

Burn Victim Found in University Parking Structure

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Chattanooga, TN — A death investigation is underway after a body was found Tuesday morning at the University of Tennessee high-rise parking garage.

Chattanooga police and fire responded around 3 a.m. to a phoned report of a “burn victim” on the 5th floor of the visitor parking garage.  When they arrived, they found the remains of an unidentified person. No further details about the deceased were released.

Chattanooga police and arson detectives were on the scene, working to determine the cause of cause of death, but at this time have not found any source of fire.

Rachel R @ January 26, 2017

Fredericksburg Water Contamination Finally Under Control

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Since April 2016, the water supply of Fredericksburg, VA has been contaminated with what was believed to be cholera.  The CDC tested and treated the water twice with no effect, causing them to expand their range of testing to include other organisms while the number of infected people increased.  The contaminant was ultimately determined to be a bacterium known as cryptosporidium, which presents with symptoms similar to that of cholera but is more difficult to identify.

Much to their bafflement, the first attempt at treating the water was unsuccessful, resulting in further infection among the populous and requiring a second attempt.  Said a CDC representative, “The treatment worked the second time, but it shouldn’t have been necessary.  All protocols were followed and there was no reason to think the contamination would continue.  From the looks of the water treatment plant, the water never should have been infected in the first place.  Their equipment is well-maintained and up to regulatory standards.  All their safeguards are in place.  It’s just plain weird, to be frank.”

Overall there were sixty-five reported cases of infection, and twelve fatalities.

Virginia @ January 24, 2017

Homeless Shelters and Non-Profits Sacked

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Martinsburg, WV- In a new wave of civil disobedience and violence, five separate locations- three shelters, a food pantry, and a thrift shop- have been robbed and vandalized since the beginning of the year.  There were two similar incidents in late December.  Police are looking for leads on what has been described as a group of men in used or generic military clothing and gear as the suspected perpetrators.

Rachel R @ January 23, 2017

Severe and Unseasonable Weather Across Mid-Atlantic

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Wachington, D.C.- It is the middle of January, and with forecasts of highs in the mid-to-upper 50s throughout the region, what will be rain could really have gotten us as snow, but we are still looking at severe weather and flooding along rivers and in isolated areas.  Spotters have reported two waterspouts near Baltimore.  Radar indicates more possible funnels in a storm tracking east-northeast from Gaithersburg, toward Baltimore and Towson.  Be careful out there, and take shelter, away from doors and windows if you’re in the path of this storm.

Rachel R @ January 20, 2017

Spike in Homeless Deaths Prompts Vigil and Protest

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Baltimore, MD- Upon release of the statistics for 2016, it has been found that the rates of death among Baltimore’s homeless population have increased 370% over the previous average.  Most were found within three blocks of City Hall, prompting a small protest and a much larger vigil, both advocating for better care of the city’s most downtrodden residents.  City officials are discussing plans for reducing this number in 2017.

Rachel R @ January 18, 2017

Bridge Failure- Highway 90

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New Orleans, LA- The Highway 90 bridge over the Rigolets has collapsed due to structural failure.  Traffic is being diverted to I-10.

Rachel R @ January 13, 2017

Massive Pileup Closes Interstate 10 East of New Orleans

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New Orleans, LA- A massive pileup, estimated to involve at least 80 vehicles, has closed I-10 eastbound and westbound at Diamondhead, Mississippi.  Drivers are advised to seek other routes.  The interstate is expected to remain closed through the morning rush hour.

Rachel R @ January 12, 2017

Rabies in Georgia

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Atlanta, GA- Health officials are warning the public to be careful as a Pickens County resident is recovering after being bitten by a feral dog with rabies.  Details on the person or his or her condition were not immediately available.

Rachel R @ January 3, 2017

National Aquarium Announces Plan to Move

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Baltimore, MD- The National Aquarium announced, following their end of the year board meeting, that the aquarium will be closing its doors in January and moving to a new location in Annapolis.  The new location will be open to the public, with limited exhibits, in August.

Rachel R @ December 28, 2016

Maize Mosaic Disease Spreads in Africa

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Associated Press- Maize and sorghum crops in Rwanda were devastated this year by the continued spread of mosaic disease on top of a severe drought in the early growing season.  The disease, which has been an increasing problem since 2014, is believed to be spread by planthoppers, which can spread the disease across long distances.

Rachel R @ December 22, 2016

Harrisonburg Family, Students Perish in House Fire

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Harrisonburg, VA- The home of the Page family erupted in fire last night, killing all four members of the family and four local college students who were in the house at the time of the tragedy.  Fire spread through the interior of the building before firefighters reached the scene.  Preliminary investigations into the cause of the blaze point to a slow leak from an older model gas furnace.

A spokesman from Rockingham Gas has put out a statement reminding everyone to have their gas furnaces inspected annually, and if they smell a leak, to report it immediately.

Jason Robinson @ December 18, 2016

Independent Militia Cell Killed by SWAT

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Pensacola, Florida- Four heavily armed men and one woman, all in second-hand military fatigues, were killed last night after a series of assaults and an attempted break-in turned into a stand-off with SWAT. Two were identified as former army, and one had been part of a private security force in South Carolina. The others remain unidentified.

Jason Robinson @ December 6, 2016

Construction Accident Takes Out Westbound I-10 Bridge

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Tallahassee, FL- A late night construction accident resulted in the collapse of the the westbound I-10 bridge over the Apalachicola River.  Drivers are being advised to take Route 90 from Midway to Cottondale while repairs are completed.

Jason Robinson @ November 27, 2016

Store Robbed, Still Open for Black Friday

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Tallahassee, Florida- The entire night shift of the Monticello, Florida S-Mart has been reported as missing following an armed robbery of the store on Tuesday night.  The regional manager would like to assure customers that this will not impact Black Friday hours or sales.

Jason Robinson @ November 23, 2016

Devil’s Night Arson Claims Old Town Landmark, Seven Homes

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Winchester, VA- On October 29th, vandals celebrated Devil’s Night early with mass arson in the Friendship Park neighborhood.  In the course of the night, seven historical houses and the Old Stone Church were destroyed.  Three neighboring houses sustained damage.  No arrests have been made.  Rewards leading to the arrest and conviction of these individuals are available.

With the frequency of problems during events, Winchester City Council has voted to suspended all public holiday celebrations within the city.

Rachel R @ November 3, 2016

Filming Starts in San Francisco

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The rumors around the city are true, the Blue Suns Entertainment Company is going to be capitalizing on the trending Vampire TV shows and making a trilogy of drama and action movies about 2 Houses of vampires clashing in a everything goes war.  It is using new filming staff and going to either make or break new talent that has been trying to make it mainstream in Hollywood. This series of movies is going to be shot all at the same time so that epic story line flows from beginning to end and filming staff are able to completely stay within the mind sets of their characters. They have several permits throughout the city and will be filming mostly at night to keep with the theme of Vampires. No Day Light Rings in this series. There have already been some minor power surges on set that have cause some of their lights to flash several times very brightly than stop, and have passed on their apologies to those that call the City of San Francisco home.

 

The release date for these movies  is spring of 2018. I myself like several others will be waiting for any more information and the release of this Movie.

Sacramento @ October 28, 2016

Grizzly Discovery on the Shenandoah

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Festival-goers along the Shenandoah River got a grisly surprise as human body parts washed ashore this weekend. Another incident was reported in Shannondale, West Virginia, by a resident walking her dog along the river.

The remains have been identified as Daniel Fitzgerald, son of Warren County Board of Supervisors member Bradley Fitzgerald. Daniel has been missing since July 31st. Police are looking for any information in connection to this crime, and rewards will be offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Jason Robinson @ October 6, 2016