Crime & Public Safety

Animal hoarding: Instances or awareness increasing?

Katrina Keywood, animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter holds Brenda Bea, who was removed from a house in December that contained 25 cats and one dog. Shelter staff and rescue groups say that incidents of this nature put a  strain on the animal care capabilities of the area.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

February 26, 2017

Area police departments have made at least five seizures of significant amounts of animals from residences over the past several months. In most of these instances, the animals are either receiving inadequate care, have been neglected or are living in conditions that aren’t conducive to their well-being.

Front Royal man warns of construction scam

February 22, 2017

FRONT ROYAL — A local excavation company owner was in the midst of fleshing out a work order for a property in town when he figured the client was just a scammer trying to swindle him for some money.

Police chase ends at state line

Area police officers look over the Crown Victoria police cruiser that a wanted suspected backed into outside the New Star Market located on John Marshall Highway in Strasburg on Thursday. Strasburg police Capt.  Wayne Sager tried to apprehend the suspect before he led officers in a pursuit into West Virginia.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 16, 2017

Authorities with the Strasburg Police Department and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department engaged a suspect in a high-speed chase down state Route 55.

Search warrant: Firearms, crossbows seized after Skyline bomb threat

February 14, 2017

Authorities with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office seized hundreds of items including firearms, ammunition and communications devices in a search of the residence of the juvenile accused of making bomb threats against Skyline high school last week.

Juvenile arrested after interstate pursuit

Virginia state trooper C.S. Cline walks around this car that crashed off Mt. Olive Road near Toms Brook following a police pursuit on Interstate 81 on Monday. The car took out a large section of fencing and ended up in a field. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 13, 2017

Virginia State Police arrested a suspect Monday morning after he led troopers on a short chase beginning on Interstate 81 near Toms Brook, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer with the Virginia State Police.

New Market crime remains low

February 9, 2017

Chris Rinker, chief of New Market Police, presented his yearly report for 2016 at the town’s public safety committee meeting on Monday.

Strasburg home condemned due to ammonia; 17 animals removed

February 3, 2017

Deputies from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for a welfare check at a residence in the 400 block of Beeler Drive in Strasburg around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon and upon their arrival smelled a strong odor of ammonia coming from the house, said Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department.

Conceal carry permits spiked in 2016

Eugene Del Gallo, assembles a glock pistol inside G & S Guns and Wildlife Shop in Woodstock. Del Gallo, who co-owns the shop with his wife, has noticed a spike in hand gun sales. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 2, 2017

Area circuit courts issued more conceal carry permits in 2016 than over the past several years, according to data provided by the courts.

Four die in narcotics overdoses

January 30, 2017

A recent rash of overdoses throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley continued to spread as three overdose victims died over the weekend and a fourth died Monday.

Man charged after accidental, self-inflicted gunshot

January 30, 2017

Authorities charged a Frederick County man with the reckless handling of a firearm and possession of marijuana after he inadvertently shot himself in the leg and hand Friday, according to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department.

Hoax explosive device leads to evacuation of school

January 27, 2017

Warren County High School was evacuated around noon Friday after a “suspected explosive device” was located in the school, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.