Crime & Public Safety
Meth lab discovered in Mount Jackson, one arrested
March 21, 2017
Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office personnel executed a search warrant of suspected methamphetamine lab Saturday and Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force subsequently discovered an active laboratory at 6367 Railroad St. in Mount Jackson.
Authorities charge two in burglary, theft
March 16, 2017
FRONT ROYAL – Two Frederick County residents face charges in the burglary of a Warren County home.
Man dies from suspected overdose
March 13, 2017
WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say a person died from a suspected drug-related overdose in town over the weekend.
Sherando teacher charged with assaulting, threatening wife
March 10, 2017
WOODSTOCK – A Frederick County special education teacher accused of abusing his wife and blaming her for their child’s physical handicap was released from jail Friday.
Skyline teacher charged with four felonies
March 9, 2017
Steven Bretsch, a teacher at Skyline High School, has been charged with four felonies relating to taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Student arrested, charged after self-defense spray assault
March 8, 2017
Multiple people were taken to the hospital after being assaulted by a male student wielding what was described in a release as a commercially available self defense spray at Warren County High School on Tuesday.
Drugs sold to teens prompted investigations
March 6, 2017
The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has made two more drug arrests stemming from a year-long investigation, which brings the total to 25 individuals accused of a litany of drug and conspiracy charges, among others. Assisting in the investigation were the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, the Woodstock Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
23 arrested on 105 drug charges
March 3, 2017
Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County arrested 23 people and filed 105 drug-related charges against them Friday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted slightly more than a year.
Woodstock man charged with carjacking
March 3, 2017
A Woodstock man has been arrested and charged with carjacking after an incident in a Winchester gas station parking lot on Feb. 28.
Subject of viral video charged with animal cruelty
March 1, 2017
A Stephens City woman has been charged with one count of animal cruelty Tuesday after a video of the alleged crime went viral on social media channels in the area.
Animal hoarding: Instances or awareness increasing?
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.
10 fatal overdoses, 26 non-fatals so far in 2017
February 24, 2017
Just a month and a half into 2017, overdoses throughout the Shenandoah Valley are adding up.
Mother speaks out about her son’s death
February 24, 2017
FORT VALLEY — Almost everyone in the Cooper family knew Xavier Cooper had a heroin problem.
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.
Fugitives captured in Front Royal
February 20, 2017
Authorities captured two fugitives who led police on a highway chase in an apartment in Front Royal on Friday.
Police chase ends at state line
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.
Four charged with distribution from Strasburg residence
February 14, 2017
Authorities charged four people with the distribution of methamphetamine and related offenses after executing a search warrant at a Strasburg residence.
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
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.