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Crime

Ex-postal worker charged in thefts

Former carrier accused of taking thousands of dollars intended for Winchester residents By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- Authorities say a former U.S. Postal Service carrier took thousands of dollars from mail intended for recipients along his routes in Winchester. A ...

Theft reported at storage building

Daily Staff Report MAURERTOWN -- Items worth more than $20,000 were recently reported stolen from a storage building on property in the 100 block of Earl Mason Lane. Three hundred DVDs, collectible ceramic figurines and painted pony figurines were discovered missing, Shenandoah County ...

Police seize cash, counterfeit goods

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Authorities seized more than 1,900 counterfeit items from the Foodway Supermarket in Bentonville during the recent execution of a search warrant. William Smoot, the lead investigator on the case for the Warren County Sheriff's Office, said ...

Berryville man admits to crack distribution

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A Berryville man has admitted in U.S. District Court that he is a crack dealer. Glen Irving Mason Jr., 25, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to distribute crack and possession with the intent to distribute crack, according to online ...

Police: Suspect in iPod thefts arrested

Man accused of robbing dozens of units from local Target store nabbed in Md. By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a man arrested in Maryland earlier this month is the suspect sought in the May 31 robbery of dozens of iPods from a local Target ...

Probationer gets prison for assault

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A circuit judge sent a Middletown man to prison for five years on Monday for violating probation by assaulting a neighbor in December. Authorities had charged Phillip M. Cook, 21, of 7601 Main St., Apt. E-8, with felony breaking and ...

Police: Machete used in attack

WINCHESTER -- A city man wielding a machete tried to wound another man Sunday, according to authorities. Police charged Reynaldo Rosas Illescas, 32, of 54 Bellview Ave., Apt. 3, with attempted malicious wounding Sunday night, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Winchester General ...

Panel pleased with jail progress

Regional lockup set to open in '14 By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Members of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority say they are pleased with the progress being made on the facility, which is slated to open in 2014. "We've got a lot of work left to ...

Police: Alcohol a factor in domestic dispute

Authorities find bullet holes in wall, husband asleep in bed with 9mm Glock By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Cross Junction man fired a gun in his home during an argument with his wife early Wednesday morning, according to authorities. A Frederick County deputy charged ...

Mt. Jackson removes police chief’s ‘interim’ tag

J.D. Fadley has served on town force since 1999 By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com MT. JACKSON -- With the latest move up, J.D. Fadley is not going anywhere anytime soon. The Town Council helped Fadley, 38, in his pursuit of the all-area career path by appointing him as police chief ...

Tip leads police to wanted offender

Daily Staff Report WINCHESTER -- Authorities in the state of Washington on Wednesday caught a convicted sex offender wanted by authorities in Winchester. A tip given to Crime Solvers indicated that James Albert McWilliams, 54, may have traveled to Washington to see an acquaintance, according ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office: Boy severely injures father

CROSS JUNCTION -- A teen boy severely wounded his father and led law enforcement officers on a manhunt after an incident in a northern Frederick County community Monday afternoon, authorities said. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded at 2:10 p.m. to a report of a juvenile ...

Woman charged in crash with police

WINCHESTER -- A woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way after she collided with a city police cruiser Saturday morning, Winchester police Sgt. Frank Myrtle said. Taola Acosta, 33, of the Winchester area, was turning north onto Kent Street from Leceister Street shortly ...

Two people killed in Friday collision

WINCHESTER -- Two out-of-state residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Va. 522 (North Frederick Pike) Friday night, according to the state police. Dominick C. Grippo, 73, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and his passenger, Irma Irizarry, 67, of Danbury, Conn., died at the scene of the 10:30 ...

Man arrested on heroin charge

Correction: A story published Monday should have listed the address for Chazz A. Smith, 22, as "unknown" rather than in the 200 block of Cliffside Drive, Edinburg. Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said his agency changed its documented address for Smith after being ...

Motorcycle parts said to be stolen

EDINBURG -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of motorcycle parts and scrap metal from the 13000 block of Old Valley Pike. Between May 1 and 26, someone took a frame and motor from a 1969 BSA Victor, along with some scrap metal, Maj. Scott Proctor said. The ...

Police: Woman forged document

EDINBURG -- A Harrisonburg woman has been arrested after police say she fraudulently opened an account in an Edinburg resident's name. Teresa Lynn Brooks, 45, of 942 Vine St., Apt. 0, was arrested May 31 and charged with obtaining money by false pretense, forgery, passing a forged document and ...

Woman drives vehicle into home

STEPHENS CITY -- A Stephens City townhome was left uninhabitable on Sunday after the owner drove a vehicle into the front of the structure, according to police. Joyce Smith, of 948 Filbert St., drove a 2005 Nissan SUV into the main level "brick portion" of the townhome around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, ...

Police ID man found dead in car

WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has identified the man found dead this week outside the Martin's in Stonewall Plaza Shopping Center as Paul Raymond Thomas, 48, of Jefferson, Md. A caller who had eaten his lunch in his car several spots from Thomas' vehicle on Monday called ...

Woman airlifted from crash scene

FRONT ROYAL -- A woman was airlifted to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash on West Strasburg Road (Va. 55) on Thursday night. A woman driving a 2007 Ford Mustang ran off the road about 200 yards from the intersection of Totten Lane around 7 p.m., according to Sgt. Jason Poe of the ...