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The heroin epidemic has continued to tighten its grip on five counties in the northern Shenandoah Valley according to new 2014 figures released by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force earlier this week.
HARRISONBURG -- Law enforcement's spotlight shone harshly Wednesday in U.S. District Court as one Stephens City man and a couple from Strasburg were sentenced to long stays in prison for using and selling heroin in the area.
WOODSTOCK -- The number of deaths in the area attributed to heroin overdoses this year has exceeded the total for 2013, law enforcement officials told the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Front Royal police are investigating vandalism against two storefronts Sunday night or Monday morning, a crime that both store operators are blaming on a bitter dispute over the town's fortunetelling ordinance.
Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah and Warren counties rounded up a total of 10 people Thursday and Friday in two separate drug busts involving possession of heroin and other drugs.
Anticipating Monday's start of public schools in Warren County, town and county authorities have reminded area motorists to pay particular attention near schools, bus stops and residential neighborhoods.
Law enforcement agencies in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties have been among many across the nation that have acquired surplus military equipment through a controversial Department of Defense program.
Strasburg police executed a search warrant Aug. 7 at a residence identified in court documents as the scene of five police or emergency rescue squad dispatches involving drug or bath salts use in the last year.
FRONT ROYAL -- No decision a police officer makes is fraught with more life and death consequences than the moment when he must choose to fire or not fire a gun aimed at a suspect.
Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies report that a man missing from his home on Friday was found in good health this morning.
Almost two months after it opened, the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail continues to struggle with the absence of a magistrate onsite to process the arrests and release of inmates.
WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County authorities are investigating complaints from several clients of a financial services company headed by a woman who died on July 22 of what the Sheriff's Office called a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City-area resident stands charged in the shooting death of a man killed in Frederick County on Aug. 3.
Front Royal police will begin a crackdown on drunk drivers Friday as part of the nationwide "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" campaign that is scheduled to last through Labor Day.
WOODSTOCK -- A preliminary hearing scheduled for two co-defendants accused of seriously injuring a man at his Strasburg residence was postponed Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court after it was disclosed that charges had been filed against the victim.
No charges will be filed against two men involved in the breaking of a plate glass window at People's Drug Store on King Street in Strasburg on Saturday night.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said Thursday a five-point plan at the center of his campaign offers more hope for spurring the state's economy than what he described as failed policies supported by his opponent, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, and President Obama.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office piled on dozens of charges without justification against two New York City men in an undercover anti-cigarette smuggling operation involving transactions totaling $10 million, the attorney for the two defendants said Wednesday in circuit court.
FRONT ROYAL - A 30-year-old town resident convicted of sexual penetration of a minor less than 13 years old was sentenced to 11 years in prison and lifetime probation Monday in Warren County Circuit Court.
WINCHESTER -- An autopsy performed on James Trenary after he was found dead in his Stephens City townhouse Sunday confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Front Royal police are turning to a privately operated social media network as a possible replacement for the town's fading Neighborhood Watch program.
WOODSTOCK -- A capital murder case against Nicole Dawn Miller continued to churn toward a mid-January trial date Wednesday with Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp approving the appointment of a mental health expert to help in Miller's defense.
Area police departments are gearing up for the 31st National Night Out, a crime prevention initiative scheduled for Tuesday evening.
The last of seven defendants in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of heroin around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison and five years of probation.
WOODSTOCK -- The prosecution dropped a charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter Monday against a New Market man accused in court documents of driving his car at a sheriff's deputy in an attempt to run him over.
The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
WOODSTOCK -- Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and several members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argued heatedly Tuesday over items Carter is proposing to purchase with asset forfeiture funds in fiscal year 2015.
WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
New Market police are searching for a man who took an undisclosed amount of money during a home invasion in the 9600 block of John Sevier Road early Monday morning.
City police are investigating the circumstances that led to a young baby being taken to Winchester Medical Center on Wednesday.
The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
A Berryville police officer fired his service weapon in self-defense when a town man attacked him with a metal pipe on April 20, state police said Friday.
FRONT ROYAL --A local woman was indicted Monday on charges that she committed sexual acts with an 11-year-old boy in June.
WOODSTOCK -- Search warrants have been executed in the last two weeks to obtain fingerprints of three men in connection with the suspected theft of items from the Toms Brook Post Office in August, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
NEW MARKET -- A resident of the Blue Ridge Inn is accused of stabbing a neighbor following a dispute regarding a drug transaction.