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Crime

Search is on for suspect in armed heist

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Police are searching for a man who robbed the Check Into Cash store in town at gunpoint Monday morning. The robbery was reported at 10:39 a.m. at the store at 239 South St. in the South Valley Shopping Center, according to Sgt. Jason ...

Settlement possible in fatal crash civil suit

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- The driver who fled the scene of a fatal, single-vehicle crash in Frederick County in September may try to settle a civil suit with the victim's family. Kevin Wayne Beahm, 35, of Front Royal, pleaded guilty in May in Frederick County ...

Robbery suspect sought

Bandit strikes bank inside Warren County Wal-Mart while shoppers go about business By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A man robbed the bank branch located inside a local Wal-Mart store while unsuspecting customers were shopping Friday afternoon. Surveillance cameras inside ...

Speed, alcohol factors in fatal crash

W.Va. man is 13th person to die on Frederick County roads this year By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Speed and alcohol played a role in an early Friday morning crash that killed a man in Frederick County, according to state police. Jeremy Lee Brown, 34, of Bunker Hill, ...

Man faces new sex crime charges

Woman comes forward alleging assault occurred in 1994 when she was a child By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A woman claims a man accused of recently sexually assaulting children in Frederick County and West Virginia raped her almost 15 years ago. Robert Lee Shade, 51, ...

Plea deal reached in meth plot case

Arrest of two men shuts 'pipeline' of drug into valley By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Eliasar Valasco-Madrigal, formerly of Merrimans Lane, Winchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy ...

Felon says he sold drugs to pay fines

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A probationer who claims he sold cocaine to pay his outstanding court debts faces going back to prison -- and more fines. Authorities on Monday arrested Edward Heriberto "Eddy" Quintana Jr., 32, of 2261 Taft Circle, Winchester, and charged ...

Man faces deportation after assault charge

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A city man faces deportation to his native Mexico after police charged him with sexually assaulting a woman early Sunday morning. Ernesto Lopez-Tolentino, 41, of 68 Bellview Ave., No. 1, remains jailed on charges of sexual battery, assault ...

Driver gets no jail time in fatal crash

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man received no jail time for his role as the driver in a crash that killed his 12-year-old grandson last month. Jason O. Menefee, 38, of 212 Beaver Trail, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 in Frederick County General District Court ...

Man pleads to crack charge

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man has admitted he conspired to distribute crack. Alonza Wilds Sr., 56, was indicted in U.S. District Court on April 7 for conspiracy to distribute crack and three counts of crack distribution, according to online court records. ...

Investigations into two fatal crashes differ

Stephens City woman held on DUI, involuntary manslaughter charges By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- The Stephens City woman accused of causing a fatal crash in Frederick County late last month remains jailed on a manslaughter charge. The county man identified as the ...

Police seek help with burglaries

The New Market and Mt. Jackson police departments are asking for the public's help in solving several burglaries reported on Friday. Officers responded to Caverns Food Mart, 1598 Caverns Road, Mt. Jackson, for a reported burglary Friday at 4 a.m., according to a news release from New Market ...

New Market-area neighborhood rattled

Gunshots, destruction upset area residents By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com NEW MARKET -- Two months after moving to New Market Depot Road from Augusta County, Virginia Marston has been left shaken by an armed vandal. She discovered Saturday morning that someone had shot out the glass in ...

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 ...