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.

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.

Skyline teacher charged with four felonies

Steven Bretsch

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.

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.

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.