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Crime

Pit bull shot during altercation

Dog threatened deputy who responded to animal welfare call By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com EDINBURG -- A Shenandoah County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a pit bull that threatened to attack him Monday night, Capt. Tom Hodges said. The dog survived. The deputy was called to 79 ...

Fatal struggle officer identified

'Joey' Miller on paid administrative leave By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- An affidavit for a search warrant filed Wednesday morning in Shenandoah County Circuit Court identifies the Strasburg police officer involved in a reported altercation that led to a man's stabbing ...

Three face charges in drug search

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- Three people, including two teenagers, have been charged with possessing illegal prescription narcotics following a search of a house on Ash Street. Gabrielle Marie Jones, 37, and Stephen Michael Jenkins and Mark Allen Whetzel, both 18, ...

Yield, speed sign lifted from street

WOODSTOCK -- Street signs were reported stolen from Fairview Circle on July 28. A yield sign and a speed limit sign were taken between July 25 and 27, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Hodges said. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 459-6100.

Watches, rings taken from home

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a home in the 200 block of East Reservoir Road. Three gold watches, a wedding band and an engagement ring were stolen between July 11 and 17, Capt. Tom Hodges said. He ...

Police: Domestic calls can be dicey

Recent Strasburg incident one that escalated to fatal stabbing By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- When a call regarding a domestic disturbance comes in, law enforcement officers know they are about to be dispatched to one of the most serious and unpredictable scenes they ...

Man stabbed in struggle

A story published Wednesday should have identified a man who died after a reported altercation with a Strasburg police officer as Donald G. Beaty, 41, of Front Royal. Police officer found knife-wielding suspect threatening ex-girlfriend By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- A ...

Crime prevention events held across area

Target sponsors annual law enforcement gathering By Candace Sipos -- csipos@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- National Night Out at the Rutherford Crossing Target may not have been as big this year, but it still achieved its goal. Tuesday evening marked the 28th annual NNO, an event sponsored by ...

Police preparing for annual ‘Night Out’

Event gives residents chance to meet their local law enforcement By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com The annual opportunity to come into contact with police officers and not feel an ounce of regret for it is a day away. The National Association of Town Watch's National Night Out, in its ...

Man faces prison time in false tax returns case

IRS investigation reveals defendant underreported earnings for three years By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man could face prison time and fines for underreporting three years of income on federal tax forms, according to U.S. authorities. John Lanzetta ...

Police seek suspect in burglary, assault case

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a man broke into a Frederick County home early Monday morning, sexually assaulted a woman inside, then fled with items taken from the residence. The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Martinsburg Pike, according to ...

Deputies probe teen’s shooting

Daily staff report EDINBURG-- A shooting in Edinburg on Sunday morning left a 13-year-old boy injured and transported to U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment. At about 1 a.m., a 14-year-old male shot the 13-year-old in the lower leg with a shotgun, Lt. Wesley Dellinger of the ...

Jail picks up for closed detox center

Superintendent: Additional officers could be needed to handle inmates By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Intoxicated people poured into the regional jail this past fiscal year since the city detox center closed for lack of funds. The increase in the number of ...

Authorities look for rape suspects

MIDDLETOWN -- Authorities are asking for help in finding suspects wanted for abducting and raping a Frederick County woman, then abandoning her by the side of a highway last week. The victim, a 25-year-old woman from Gore, had stopped at the Liberty service station on Reliance Road on ...

Officials waiting on DNA tests in rape case

Investigators hope items will provide physical evidence in July 13 abduction, assault By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com MIDDLETOWN -- Authorities investigating a woman's abduction and rape in town last week are awaiting test results on items they've recovered in the case. Middletown ...

Police: Alcohol a factor in crash

WINCHESTER -- A driver was transported to Winchester Medical Center as a result of a single-vehicle crash involving alcohol Sunday night, according to state police. The crash occured at 11:55 p.m. on Va. 7 near Oak Hill Grocery, according to state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler. The ...

Prison time in machete attack case

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com BERRYVILLE -- A Maryland man received prison time for using a machete to attack a man at Watermelon Park in August. Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. sentenced Jose Oscar Gonzalez-Mendoza, 29, of Silver Spring, in Clarke County Circuit Court on Monday to serve ...

Councilwoman’s brother indicted in murder scheme

Police: 2008 plot to kill her involved releasing venomous snakes in her home By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com BERRYVILLE -- The brother of slain Councilwoman Gail Smith has again been indicted for soliciting her murder. Meanwhile, a search warrant in relation to the case was issued for a ...

Man charged in mace assault

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A Warren County man faces up to 50 years in prison after being charged with breaking and entering and malicious wounding with a caustic substance, mace. Michael Shane Kidwell, 35, of 1186 Poor House Road, Front Royal, has been charged with ...

Man charged with rape, brandishing machete

Authorities say suspect threatened girlfriend with blade after domestic assault By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City man raped his girlfriend Sunday, then threatened her with a machete hours later, according to authorities. Samuel Garcia, 32, of 100 Nature ...