Crime & Public Safety

Police describe emotional confession in arson case

Tanya Smoot

April 23, 2015

Documents filed in Warren County General District Court state that a woman charged with four arsons at two residences on Osage Street confessed to the offenses under police questioning after the latest fire on April 10.

Authorities say two co-workers overdosed on Spice

Marcus Ambers

April 21, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities are citing synthetic marijuana as the cause of a double drug overdose that sent two co-workers at George’s Chicken near Edinburg to the hospital last week.

Police investigating cuts found on man

April 16, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Town police are continuing to investigate the circumstances under which a man found bleeding on East Main Street on Thursday had been cut several times.

TVs stolen in Edinburg burglary

April 10, 2015

The theft of six televisions taken during a residential burglary in the Edinburg area remained under investigation Friday by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Two face pot, child endangerment charges

April 10, 2015

A Front Royal couple faces drug and related felony child endangerment charges after town police executed a search warrant at the defendants’ residence early Sunday.

Car slams into building; 1 injured

A vehicle rests inside the Stone Hall Community Center at Autumn Glen retirement subdivision near Stephens City on Tuesday. Police said the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake and her car jumped the curb and crashed through the center's eastern wing.  Henry Culvyhouse/Daily

April 7, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — A card game among friends was interrupted when a blue Subaru Forrester crashed through the Stone Hall Community Center in the Autumn Glen retirement subdivision Tuesday afternoon.

Raising awareness

Woodstock Police Lt. Aaron Patti helps Carson Clark, 4, plant a pinwheel in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse on Thursday morning. The pinwheel garden was planted to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.  Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A pinwheel garden is spinning in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.

Law enforcement: Adjusting to epidemic

Lt. Wally Stotlemyer of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force speaks to the audience during  the Community Forum on Heroin at Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University Tuesday night in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 31, 2015

The heroin epidemic has forced law enforcement officials to make adjustments in how they do their jobs, a lieutenant with the Winchester Police Department told a community meeting Tuesday.

A pathway to recovery

Justin Dennis, 36, of Winchester speaks about his life as a former heroin addict during  the Community Forum on Heroin at Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University Tuesday night in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 31, 2015

Eight years have passed since Justin Dennis quit using heroin and sobered up.

Three arrested in drug bust

March 31, 2015

A drug bust in Woodstock late Monday night led to the arrest of three people and the seizure of what authorities believe to be almost 2 ounces of heroin.

Herring hears from area law officers

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to area police administrators during a  Public Safety Tour at Warren County Public Safety Building in Front Royal on Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 30, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Local law enforcement officials pressed Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday for help in evaluating and transporting prisoners showing signs of mental illness.

Fatal shooting case heading for grand jury

March 27, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a woman with a stray bullet was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but the final outcome may still be a long way off.

Community meetings aim to spread awareness of heroin problem

March 26, 2015

Members of the public will get a chance to receive an update on the region’s deepening struggle to control the spread of heroin at a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Man charged with possessing guns

March 26, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities arrested an Edinburg man Wednesday and charged him with possessing guns as a convicted felon.

Police investigating more heroin-related deaths

March 25, 2015

Search warrant documents filed in Warren County Circuit Court disclose law enforcement investigations into recent fatalities that authorities believe to have been caused by heroin overdoses.

Winchester bank robbed

Winchester police are searching for this man in the robbery of a BB&T bank branch in Winchester on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Winchester police

March 19, 2015

Winchester police are searching for a man in his late 40s to early 50s who robbed a BB&T bank this morning.

Judge sentences woman in case

March 18, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A woman must take a parenting class after pleading guilty to keeping children around during a drug deal.