Archive for February, 2016

Militia members captured

Monday, February 29th, 2016


Culpeper, VA.   The Culpeper county sheriff’s office apprehended three alleged members of the violent separatists group known as the Jenkins’s militia this weekend.
Ron Tagart (34) his younger brother Jim Tagart (28) and Bryce Digan (19) were arrested during a break in at the Reva Volunteer Fire and Rescue station. The trio were in the process of emptying the medical supply room when they were discovered by fireman James Weedon. He and the EMT team managed to prevent the trio from escaping the building until deputies arrived. LAw enforcement officer were able to subdue the attackers , who were then taken into custody by the FBI.
Deputy Harry Smith and ambulance driver Joseph Newman were both wounded by the militiamen, but both were able to be released from the Hospital by Monday morning.
A vehicle belonging to the Tagart brothers was found at the site with over a dozen firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition.
The Jenkins militia, named for its leader Darnell Timothy Jenkins (41), has claimed responsibility for 3 bombings and over a dozen attacks on State and Federal officials since May of last year. Jekins is believed to have around thirty followers operating in the North Piedmont and Shenandoah valley. The group as been listed as a domestic terrorist organization.

Heightened Volcanic Activity in the Northern Andes

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Frequent seismic activity throughout the region has raised concerns that several volcanoes in the Northern Andes zone, including Nevado del Ruiz and Galeras in Colombia and Cotopaxi in Ecuador, may erupt in the near future. The National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador has issued a warning to the cities downriver from these volcanoes, as the risk of lahars is significant with even a minor eruption.

Mathematician Murdered at Area Pub.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Harrisonburg, VA – James Madison University Professor William Watly was found murdered at the Old Mill Pub near campus. Professor Watley was able to call the police during the attack, but they arrived too late. A reward of $5,000 is being offered by the University for any information resulting in a conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators of this terrible crime. Professor Watly had been teaching Mathematics at the institution since 2001. Professor Watly created the Watley Theorem for intersecting manifolds.

Analysts predict no end in sight for Mexico’s economic crisis

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Following the Constitution Day weekend two major shocks hit the Mexican financial world. Officials at Banorte, the only wholly Mexican owned bank, reported several billion pesos missing in what appears to be the biggest embezzlement case in the nation’s history. As many of the country’s largest domestic corporations used the bank as part of recent efforts to encourage “patriotic investments” the news created an immediate panic. Even worse Banorte is the largest retirement fund manager in Mexico.

By mid morning the second wave of bad news sent the market tumbling. El Buró de Crédito, the nation’s only credit rating agency had suffered an almost complete infrastructure failure as the result of an unidentified cyber-attack.

Trading on the Mexican Bolsa was suspended at 1 pm but not before the Mexican stock market had suffered the largest single day drop in the 83 years since its founding. Following this many individuals and companies moved to transfer their savings and holdings to foreign banks. By Thursday the Government imposed restrictions of asset transfers. Multiple banks have suspended payments.

The Peso, already showing signs of weakness this year, has dropped to an exchange rate of 27.35 Pesos to the US dollar.

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Regional Spike in Heroin Use Not Seen in the Eastern Panhandle or Shenandoah Valley

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Following analysis of data beginning in 2012, the greater Mid-Atlantic region and state of West Virginia have experienced a 350% increase in the use of heroin, and a 600% increase in deaths from overdose.  The increase in deaths is attributed to the recent trend to enhance the drug with other substances, from horse tranquilizers to toilet bowl cleaner.

The local trend followed that of the surrounding region until approximately 18 months ago, when it began to reverse.  Reports of heroin use and overdose in the Shenandoah Valley, Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and west, including Romney and Berkeley Springs, have dropped to well below the national averages.  Authorities are unsure as to the cause of this shift, but many area parents, teachers, and first responders are simply grateful.

Seven Historical Properties Burned, Seven Bodies Found

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Seven historic churches and houses in Clarke, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties were all burned to the ground on the night of January 30, in what is being investigated as arson and homicide. An unidentified body was found in the center of each ruined building, and the fires were started using an unidentified accelerant.
Police are seeking information on anyone who was seen entering or exiting these locations prior to the fires.