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Driving DUI and Illegal Fireworks

I’m sure most everyone will want to welcome the New Year by celebrating with friends and family. Some will be attending parties where alcohol will be served.
Please remember – do not drink alcohol and drive! If, you are going to drink – then you need to have a designated driver!

I will be having our Police Officers working extra for enforcement of serious law violations such as the Drunk Driving and I will include setting off Illegal Fireworks in Massanutten. There will be no leniency for anyone that is investigated for DUI or is caught setting off Illegal Fireworks.

The Massanutten Fire Wise Committee has been working diligently with educating our residents to keep their property clear of unnecessary debris that may ignite and or assist in causing the fire to burn rapidly in our community.

This brings me to the purpose of discussing Illegal Fireworks in Massanutten where we are surrounded by woods, dry leaves, yard mulch, etc. These illegal fireworks will explode and with leaves, mulch and other combustibles will ignite when the sparks from the fireworks come in contact. So, please call “911” with any incidents where Fireworks are being set off so, our Officers may be able to respond quickly as possible.

Virginia Laws – Illegal Fireworks
Explosive fireworks and fireworks that launch aerial projectiles are illegal in Virginia. Illegal devices include firecrackers, cherry bombs, and bottle rockets.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is illegal to possess, use, store, sale, or handle any firework that explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, or to fire projectiles into the air. Some of these illegal fireworks are better known as firecrackers, torpedo, bottle rockets, and mortars. The offense for illegal fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
There are fireworks that are legal in Virginia that stay on the ground, like pinwheels, fountains, and sparklers, are legal through the state code. Before you even use these fireworks be sure not to be in a dry area where leaves, mulch etc are. Make sure that the ground is safe from any possible burning.

Happy New Year’s 2018,

Jess
Chief J.S. Gordon
Massanutten Police Department
(2017/12/31)

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Online Shopping Safety

* Only make online purchases through reputable companies.
* Beware of sales through private companies or individual sellers that sound “too good to be true,”  because most likely, they are.
* No matter what device or internet connection you use when making online purchases, make sure you see the padlock symbol or “https” in the url bar.
* Beware of making online purchases over public Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi might be free and convenient, but using your mobile device’s data plan is safer.
* Use credit cards or gift cards for online purchases instead of debit cards.
* If you see a pop-up advertisement online, do not click on the advertisement. Instead, type the link in the url bar to insure you are going to the actual website/advertisement and not a malicious one.
* Monitoring your accounts is always a best practice, but keep in mind that cyber criminals will often wait to use the information they collected until several months after a victim’s purchase was made.
* If you feel you have become a victim of an internet-related crime, report immediately to your local PD and financial institutions as needed.
*** Please report any information pertaining to Internet Fraud to the VFC at VFC@vsp.virginia.gov.

Jess

Chief J.S. Gordon                                                                                                                                                  Massanutten Police Department

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Most everyone at Massanutten that have lived or worked here, know that overall, this is a very safe place to live and work. But, we are not immune to any type of crime. Let us all continue to support our community. Please get to know your neighbors and continue to communicate with us at the MPD.

Thank you,

Jess

Chief J.S. Gordon                                                                                                                                                  Massanutten Police Department

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Notice:

Property Owners and Residents that own or live in Massanutten that are interested in or are concerned about the activities that our Police Officers are responding to, please review the “Daily Calls for Service” that are posted. We attempt to update these Calls for Service as soon as possible.

If, you have a question concerning the calls that we are investigating or responding to, you may email Chief J.S. Gordon at police@massanuttenvillage.com or Lt. Eric Painter at epainter@massanuttenvillage.com.

Please note that this email address is not monitored 24/7.

 

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