Crime & Public Safety

Two charged in home invasion

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigator Aaron Springer, left, and Woodstock Police Department investigator Derek Good, walk outside a Lora Drive residence in Woodstock on Thursday morning where an alleged breaking and entering occurred.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 27, 2016

Woodstock police arrested one man while another escaped Thursday morning after a homeowner on Lora Drive reported a break-in at her residence.

Police get ‘fair and impartial’ training

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to area law enforcement professionals Wednesday morning at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown. Herring opened a three-day session that focused on fair and impartial 21st-century policing.
Rich Cooley/Daily

October 26, 2016

Attorney General Mark Herring tried to put law enforcement professionals from throughout Northern Virginia at ease Wednesday as he explained the anti-bias training they were about to begin at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

Juvenile charged with rape

October 24, 2016

A 17-year-old Strasburg male was charged with rape and taken into custody by Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies Friday.

Meth precursors found in search

October 21, 2016

A search warrant was executed against an Edinburg man Tuesday who has been charged with inadvertently discharging a firearm in a building and the reckless handling of a firearm. The search led to the seizure of the weapon and ammunition, along with drug paraphernalia and several methamphetamine precursors.

Student charged with making threats

Patrick Boley

October 21, 2016

A Skyline High School student is in custody after reportedly making a threat to harm other students at school on Friday.

Surge of overdoses reported

Winchester Police Chief Kevin L. Sanzenbacher speaks to the media outside the Timbrook Public Safety Center in Winchester on Wednesday. Another recent  spike in heroin overdoses prompted the news conference. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 19, 2016

A particularly dangerous batch of drugs may have caused a rash of opioid overdoses in the area over the past week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition reported on Wednesday.

Political yard signs stolen, defaced

October 18, 2016

Several area residents have reported that their campaign yard signs have been stolen or defaced, according to authorities with local sheriffs’ offices.

Student accused of school gun offenses

October 14, 2016

A 16-year-old student at Central High School in Woodstock was arrested Friday afternoon in school as a result of an investigation into a report he was carrying a handgun.

Basketball coach charged with DUI

Jeffrey Whittle

October 14, 2016

A Central High School basketball coach was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was pulled over Oct. 6.

Gun-related arrest reported at Central High School

October 14, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported this afternoon that one student had been arrested in connection with an unspecified gun incident at Central High School in Woodstock.

Frederick County designated high drug traffic area

October 13, 2016

Frederick County has been chosen as one of 18 counties in nine states that will receive extra federal money to help counter the use and sale of illegal drugs, the director of national drug control policy announced Thursday.

Prisoner escaped to receive drugs, search warrant states

October 12, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A prisoner who escaped from his work release detail in September made the jail break in an attempt to receive drugs from a family member, according to a search warrant filed in Shenandoah Circuit Court.

Man jailed in series of hotel sex assaults

Brandon Murdock

October 11, 2016

A Front Royal man has been jailed in Prince William County after his arrest for what police describe as a series of sexual assaults in a Manassas hotel.

10 cars burglarized in Warren County

October 11, 2016

Ten cars were broken into in the Shenandoah Shores area of Warren County recently, according to authorities with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Class set on mass shooting survival

October 9, 2016

An advanced class on the most effective responses to mass shootings has been scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Strasburg United Methodist Church, 114 W. Washington St.

Man appears in court, detained on other charges

Marcus Kibler

October 6, 2016

A Maurertown man who has been charged with three counts of domestic assault in Virginia was detained in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday following a tip that he’s wanted in West Virginia for similar charges.

Woman charged with larceny

October 3, 2016

Authorities charged a Clear Brook woman on Saturday with possession of prescription painkillers and grand larceny.

Law enforcement warms to social media

Shanna Devers, a secretary with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, displays a photo of an accident off Smith Creek Road in New Market that a Sheriff's Office member posted on Thursday. Shanna is one of several department members who routinely post department updates on their social media pages. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 2, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is charging into the social media age with a more active Facebook page and a new commitment to Twitter.

Two Front Royal shops burglarized

September 30, 2016

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a pair of burglaries committed Thursday at the Riverton Commons Plaza.