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Vehicular Homicide, Gunfire, and Boat Arson on the Anacostia River

Breaking News- Hundreds Trapped in L.A. Nightclub Fire

It’s Raining Iguanas in Florida

DC Metro Silver Line Boom

Vehicular Homicide, Gunfire, and Boat Arson on the Anacostia River

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Washington, D.C.- Was it a robbery gone wrong or a cover up for a larger crime?  The bizarre series of events on and along the Anacostia River that took place late Friday night has puzzled area residents and left few leads for investigators.  A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Related content: Are Jeeps Tied to Gang Activity? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Rachel R @ April 15, 2018

Breaking News- Hundreds Trapped in L.A. Nightclub Fire

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Los Angeles, CA- An estimated two hundred fifty people are trapped inside The Deviant after a commercial van crashed into the front entrance and an incendiary device went off near the emergency fire exit at 9 PM tonight.  SWAT and firefighters are on the scene.

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9:35- An opening was made, broken through a concrete wall at the rear of the building, and it is now being reported that most of the people inside have been able to escape.  It is unknown how many remain inside.

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10:10- The fire is now fully under control.  The death toll is 17, with at least 100 injured, most smoke inhalation.  Two firefighters suffered severe injuries after a partial roof collapse.

 

Rachel R @ March 17, 2018

It’s Raining Iguanas in Florida

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Naples, Florida- The Atlantic cold bomb drove lows throughout the state 25-35 degrees Fahrenheit below average, which is causing problems for wildlife, especially non-native and invasive species.  The most noteworthy, as has been shared on social media by many Florida residents, is the phenomenon of “frozen iguanas”.  While the reptiles are not really frozen in most instances and do usually survive, green iguanas lose mobility at temperatures below 45 degrees, which causes them to fall from the tree branches they had been clinging to.

Temperatures are forecast to return to normal early next week.  If you must move a fallen iguana, it is recommended to place them in a sheltered location, such as beside the trunk of a tree.

Rachel R @ January 6, 2018

DC Metro Silver Line Boom

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Leesburg, VA- Development has started in full- shops, restaurants, housing- around the sites that will be Metro stations in just two to three years.   Demand, and with it, property value, is expected to continue to increase throughout Eastern Loudoun, especially in Ashburn, where the line will terminate.

The infrastructure is being expanded and repaired, including Route 7 and 28, so while you can expect some construction delays over the next few months, travel should be much less contested in the near future.

Rachel R @ January 2, 2018

Shocking POP Exhibit in Georgetown Draws Crowds

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Washington, D.C.- A POP art exhibit at Black&White Gallery featuring the controversial work of Markos Kouyialis has drawn record crowds to the downtown gallery, with thousands flocking to see Kouyialis’ startling and mesmerizing sculptures created with human and animal body parts.  The show opened on the 23rd and runs through January 7th, with a closing reception on the 6th.

Rachel R @ December 27, 2017

Christmas Superstorm Slams Southeastern US

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Associated Press- Residents and Meteorologists alike are stunned by this week’s surprise polar vortex which turned what would have been an early winter thunderstorm into a snow storm that is setting records from Atlanta to Virginia Beach, with both reporting almost a foot of snow.  Georgia and the Carolinas have declared states of emergency and all non-emergency travel is prohibited through Friday for most of the effected area.

Rachel R @ December 25, 2017

Academic Societies or Cults?

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Winchester, VA- In what may be considered a recent phenomenon, a resurgence in the popularity of secret societies and academic societies has spread through the Winchester area.

Books-a-Million and Ye Olde Book Gallery have both reported surprising growth since 2014, despite increasing competition from online companies like Amazon.  “It was a real surprise, I thought I was going to have to switch careers so I could retire in a few years- not a happy prospect- but the shop’s sales went from decline to nearly doubling,” said Stan Carver, owner of Ye Olde Book Gallery and self-professed “casual member” of one of the new societies.

“It’s great!  I love the opportunity to get out, learn some things, and meet others with shared interests,” commented Emily Poe of White Post.  Ms. Poe is a local artist, and was dressed in a late Victorian style day gown and tinted glasses at the time of interview.

Other local residents are not as pleased. “It’s occult and satanism and smut, taking root in our Christian community,” Stephens City resident and community organizer Donna Stevenson said, “right under our noses.  One of my neighbors, who I’d thought better of, tried to convince me to go with her to experience ‘sharing love’ with people who aren’t our husbands!  Can we trust our neighbors when they might be part of a group like that, or worse?!”

Rachel R @ December 8, 2017

Psychic Fair Coming to Charm Stone Resort at Forks of Cacapon

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Winchester, VA- Charm Stone Lodge and Resort is pleased to host ‘The Psychic Fair’, December 7-10. Wander an emporium of magical gifts, meet real practicing Witches, and make an appointment with one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s talented psychic readers as you delve into your destiny!

The Psychic Fair Features:

Tarot Card Readings

What’s in the cards for you? Explore the ancient symbols of the Tarot cards and find out!

Clairvoyant Vision

The second sight has been used by Witches since time began. What will they see for you?

Spirit Mediumship

Visit the medium to communicate with those who have departed. Discover their message!

Palm Readings

It is said that your hand can tell your fate. What do the lines of your hand tell?

Crystal Ball Scrying

What may seem like a fanciful idea, the crystal is a portal to the mind’s eye. See into reflections of what is to come.

Angels and Spirit Guides

Do you have someone looking out for you up there? Find out and discover how they can help you to realize your destiny!

Past Life Readings

Who were you? Were you alive before? Learn the mysteries of your past lives and discover what they mean for this life!

While visiting the Psychic Fair, be sure to explore our Enchanted Alley, a magical marketplace of vendors offering crystals, jewelry, magnetite, sun catchers, spell kits, books of shadows, enchanted candles, voodoo dolls, herbs, incense, pendulums and pendulum boards, wands, books, divination tools, and much more!

Jason Robinson @ December 6, 2017

Rapid Apple Decline Worries East Coast Farmers

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Associated Press- Orchards of apple trees from New York to North Carolina are dying in periods of less than a month due to what is being referred to as Rapid (or Sudden) Apple Decline, in which the tree withers and dies in a matter of weeks.  Orchards across northern West Virginia, and near Burkettsville, Maryland and Harrisonburg, Virginia have been hit especially hard.  The cause for this blight has not yet been determined.

At the current rate of losses, apple prices could double in 2018.

Rachel R @ October 31, 2017

Apocalypse of Peter Fragment Sells for 1.4 Million

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New York, NY- A recently discovered Syriac text, identified as a lost or alternative passage from the Apocalypse of Peter has sold at private auction for 1.4 Million dollars.  It is now in the ownership of a Charlotte, North Carolina megachurch, Blessed Hearts of Jesus Christ, and will be on display there until March 2018, after which it will be moved to their archives.

Blessed Hearts keeps a collection of rare biblical and apocryphal texts in their library, which may be studied by religious scholars with permission of their pastor and a donation to the church, and has gained both fame and notoriety recently for the money that they are spending to obtain and preserve these documents.

Rachel R @ September 29, 2017

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

7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan

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Tokyo- A 7.9 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 52.3 km east of the city of Sendai has prompted tsunami warnings across the Japanese coast, and as far away as Hawaii.

Rachel R @ July 9, 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