Crime

Man charged with sexual battery

FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal Police Department arrested a Bentonville man and charged him with one count of sexual battery after he allegedly sexually assaulted his cab driver. Dean Haughey, 64, was arrested on Aug. 8 when a woman told police that her cab driver had grabbed and pulled her ...

Two arrested in string of burglaries

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men on Monday in connection with burglaries at several businesses in Stephens City and Winchester. There was a reported burglary alarm at Lantz Pharmacy in Stephens City at 1:38 a.m. on Monday, and when deputies arrived, Zachary Thomas ...

Strasburg woman accidentally shot by grandchild

A Strasburg woman was shot in Rippon, West Virginia, on Tuesday afternoon when a gun her 18-year-old grandchild was handling in a car accidentally went off. Debra C. Hill, 61, suffered a non-life threatening gunshot injury while in the passenger seat of a vehicle with her granddaughter, Niya ...

Overdose deaths on track to double last year’s numbers

In the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the epidemic of addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs is showing no signs of slowing down. For the six localities that make up this area – Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page and Warren – data shows that  halfway ...

Two arrested in Walmart shoplifting incident

A man and woman were arrested in Winchester Wednesday in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Walmart in Front Royal after a search warrant for the pair’s residence led to the recovery of some of the stolen merchandise. Robert Earl Shinaul, Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, are ...

Fort Valley man arrested in ATM robbery

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested a Fort Valley man on Tuesday in connection with an ATM robbery at the Sheetz store in town. Joseph Michael Davet, 22, allegedly walked into the store just before noon on Tuesday and waited by the PNC Bank ATM. A woman approached the ATM and withdrew $200, in ...

Two men arrested on auto theft charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Toms Brook men Wednesday on multiple car theft charges after a stolen SUV caught fire. Joshua Wayne Dellinger, 30, and Darrell Orval Hamm, 35, are accused of taking a 1993 Ford Explorer from Love’s Travel Stop sometime ...

Man arrested on carjacking, eluding police charges

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Schenectady, New York man on Wednesday morning after he allegedly stole a car at gunpoint. Zaxarea Alzanam, 24, asked a man in the early morning hours on Wednesday for a ride from Loudoun County to a J & J Corner Store in Berryville, the ...

Maurertown man charged with heroin distribution

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Maurertown man on Friday in connection with a heroin overdose at a Maurertown residence. Jeremy Todd Miller, 39, was arrested at that same Maurertown residence after the overdose victim told law enforcement that Miller brought ...

New Market woman charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market woman has been formally charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after authorities accused her of keeping more than 60 pets in poor conditions. Nancy Ellen Jinkins, 52, is also the principal operator of Ardellen Animal Abode, a registered nonprofit animal rescue that ...

Mount Jackson man arrested on heroin distribution charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mount Jackson man on Monday and charged him with heroin distribution after an investigation into a drug overdose. Brandon Wayne Eppard, 27, is accused of selling heroin to a man on July 1 who overdosed an hour later. The man was ...

New Market residence condemned, over 60 pets found inside

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal has condemned a New Market residence after a call from a concerned citizen led to the discovery of 31 dogs and 32 cats, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office says. The residence is on the 9500 block of South Congress Street, and the 52-year-old woman ...

Edinburg man arrested on child sex offense charges

WINCHESTER -- Investigators have arrested an Edinburg man  on child sex offense charges after a week-long undercover operation conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Mark Gabriel Burnette, 44, is accused of sending sexually explicit messages on social media to an investigator ...

Front Royal man arrested on child endangerment, DUI charges

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal man was arrested on Sunday after he was allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated with his two young children as passengers. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Robert Eury, 44, at the intersection of Hamburg Road and Lantz Road, ...

Man arrested on breaking and entering, assault charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fredericksburg man in Edinburg on Friday night after he allegedly attempted to break into a residence, injuring the homeowner in the process. Tony Duke Wilberg, 32, is accused of assaulting the resident with an unknown object two ...

Teen bicyclist struck by pick-up truck

Virginia State Police are investigating a hit and run north of New Market on Tuesday morning involving a teenage bicyclist and a pick-up truck. A 17-year-old boy was traveling northbound by bicycle on U.S. 11 near Snuffy Lane when he was struck from behind by an older-model Chevrolet pick-up ...

Sheriff’s Office looking for leads in meth dumpsite probe

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving an investigation into a methamphetamine laboratory dump site found early this year in Fort Valley. Sgt. Brent Lutz said the dump site was found in January or February in the area of Camp Roosevelt Road in ...

Man arrested on drug possession, assault charges

WOODSTOCK -- A local man with a history of misdemeanor assault charges was arrested Tuesday on charges of heroin possession with intent to distribute and assault and battery. Francisco Jorge Montalvo, 25, formerly of New Market, was arrested after he allegedly struck another man’s face, ...

Front Royal man arrested on rape charge

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Front Royal man and charged him with rape on Tuesday after an investigation into a sexual assault at a Fort Valley campground. Bradley Russell Rich, 19, is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on May 29 at the Elizabeth Furnace ...

Woodstock man charged with sexual battery

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Woodstock man on Saturday on an aggravated sexual battery charge. Domingo Reynoso Bautista, 18, is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl the day before his arrest, the criminal complaint states. He is being held at ...