Crime & Public Safety

Man calls 911 for hoax hostage situation

August 29, 2016

Police received a call late Monday night regarding a hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax, according to Chief Charles Bockey Jr. of the Stephens City Police Department.

Teen charged with assaulting deputies

August 29, 2016

Authorities have charged a 15-year-old Strasburg boy after an incident in which they say he punched two Shenandoah County deputies.

Maryland man charged with DUI, hit and run

August 29, 2016

Authorities with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office charged a Maryland man Sunday with a misdemeanor hit and run and felony offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Details emerge in New Market murder-suicide

August 26, 2016

“There’s been a shooting.” Those four words comprised a note, along with a set of keys in the door, that greeted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies who arrived at 178 Foothills Lane in New Market before encountering an apparent murder-suicide.

Sheriff investigates possible murder-suicide

August 23, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred Tuesday evening, according to a video news release on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

Cocaine dealer sentenced to 12 years

Guillermo Nieves

August 22, 2016

A town resident was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges linked to cocaine dealing.

Carter says fleeing driver should have been in jail

August 19, 2016

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said Friday the harrowing chase south on Interstate 81 two days earlier served as a stark reminder of the need for some mentally troubled individuals to be confined in a facility where they would be less of a threat to themselves and others.

Front Royal man faces charges

Keith Dodson

August 19, 2016

Authorities charged a Front Royal man Wednesday with two separate counts of failure to perform construction.

Police: Threat against judge preceded chase

August 18, 2016

The tense, violent chase between law enforcement officials and William Walter Grim Jr. on Interstate 81 Wednesday was fueled by earlier charges in which Grim is alleged to have obstructed Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kevin Black and violated a protective order Black had issued against him.

FBI seeking serial bank robber

August 17, 2016

The FBI Wednesday offered a $15,000 reward for information contributing to the arrest and conviction of an unknown man believed to have been responsible for nine bank robberies in Winchester and areas farther north into West Virginia and Maryland.

Drug traffic label could bring more U.S. help

August 16, 2016

Local officials attempting to counter the effects of addiction have their sights set on being identified as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the federal government, a designation that could bring with it money to boost efforts in law enforcement, education and prevention.

Local teen charged in shooting at stadium

August 16, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – A 16-year-old town resident has been charged with three gun-related offenses for what police say was his role in a shooting incident at Bing Crosby Stadium around 9 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Boy charged with sodomy, abduction

August 12, 2016

A 14-year-old Strasburg boy has been charged with forcible sodomy and abduction in an incident involving another boy.

Police give tips for responding to mass shooting

August 10, 2016

The grim prospect of a mass casualty shooting like those that jolt the nation and the world with regularity drew about 30 people to the town hall Wednesday for advice about how to save lives in a nightmare scenario.