Crime

Toms Brook man charged with contracting fraud

FRONT ROYAL -- Police have arrested a Toms Brook man accused of fraudulently performing contract paving work and not having a business license. Virgil Leroy Henry, 46, was arrested on May 23 and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and operating a business without a license. The ...

Front Royal teen faces gun, larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- Police arrested a Front Royal teen on four gun-related charges and three theft-related charges stemming from a late-night traffic stop. Kenyatta Chandler, 18, of no fixed address in Front Royal, was pulled over close to midnight on May 22 after police suspected that the tint on ...

Judge sends teen’s murder charge to grand jury

FRONT ROYAL – The case of a teenager accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend in town in March goes to a grand jury next month. Judge Kim Athey found probable cause at the end of a preliminary hearing in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday to send the ...

Man arrested on copper theft charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County law enforcement officials arrested a Stanley man on Monday who has been accused of stealing $1,400 worth of copper billets from his job. Phillip Hyre, 27, has been charged with grand larceny and two counts of larceny with intent to sell after he allegedly ...

Teen accused of stabbing Edinburg woman, 2 daughters

EDINBURG -- An 18-year-old Edinburg man has been charged with stabbing a mother and her two young children in the town park on Thursday evening. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samual Jacob Homer, 18, at the park Thursday and he has been charged with three felony counts ...

New child sex offense charges for diner robbery suspect

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Woodstock man on Friday on charges relating to sexual offenses with a 14-year-old girl. Andrew Bradley Shoemaker, 19, has been accused of performing sexual acts on a 14-year-old girl, and coordinating one of these acts through ...

Edinburg man charged with drug, gun possession

WOODSTOCK -- The Woodstock Police Department arrested an Edinburg man on Monday on five drug-related charges and two gun possession charges. Clayton Chas Cary, 21, is facing these charges stemming from a late-night traffic stop where, according to the criminal complaint, multiple illegal ...

Strasburg man charged with receiving drugs through mail

STRASBURG -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Strasburg man Thursday on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute. Matthew Thomas Sullivan, 21, of Strasburg, was arrested by law enforcement officials as a result of an investigation begun by Homeland Security ...

Cause of historic building fire still undetermined

FRONT ROYAL -- Fire investigators have not been able to determine what caused the April 29 fire that gutted a historic building in Front Royal because of the amount of damage the building sustained, officials said Friday. The three-alarm fire took 14 hours for firefighters from all Warren ...

Distracted driving: Skyline students learn the dangers

FRONT ROYAL -- The Skyline High School students in Roger Seemiller’s driver’s ed class got some firsthand experience on the dangers of distracted driving Tuesday. The educational activity was sponsored by Youth of Virgina Speak Out (YOVASO), an advocacy program that aims to prevent ...

Man, son die in I-81 crash near Stephens City

STEPHENS CITY – An Iowa man and his 12-year-old son died Saturday morning when a tractor trailer rear-ended their car on southbound Interstate 81 near exit 307. Mikhail Shmaydiy, 46, and his son Timothy Shmaydiy died at the scene, according to a news release from Corinne N. Geller, public ...

Jury recommends life sentence in rape trial

WOODSTOCK -- The jury in the trial for Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, of Edinburg, recommended a life sentence on Wednesday after almost 90 minutes of deliberation. Wakeman was not present when the jury first arrived, but was brought up in civilian clothes when the jury exited the ...

Warren County woman held in daughter’s stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A woman accused of stabbing her daughter Saturday in Warren County remains jailed awaiting a court appearance. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Julia Minor, 62, of 158 Mitchell Drive, west of Strasburg in Warren County, and charged her with aggravated malicious wounding. Minor ...

Teen charged in Browntown break-ins, arson

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities charged a Warren County boy in a burglary spree in the Browntown area Monday. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4300 block of Browntown Road for a suspect trying to break into a residence, according to information released by the agency ...

Woman claims to be target of hate crime in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL -- Christel Guillen and three of her colleagues, all of whom are people of color, visited Front Royal in early April for a three-night stay at Tareq Salahi’s home through Airbnb for a work retreat, but awoke after the second night to find an effigy depicting a lynching in the back ...

Vandalism reports in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of vandalism throughout the month of April in the 4500 block of Browntown Road and Poor House Road. There have also been reports of a “suspicious fire” and a “suspicious person” in that area, the Sheriff's ...

Town effort aims to prevent pedestrian deaths

FRONT ROYAL – Town officials say they hope a new campaign helps prevent pedestrian fatalities on local streets. Smart Towns Observe Pedestrian Safety kicked off Thursday with Sgt. Robbie Seal, a community resource officer with the Front Royal Police Department, Town Councilman William ...

Police search for Stephens City armed robbery suspect

STEPHENS CITY -- The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information on a suspect in an armed robbery Wednesday morning on Fairfax Pike, east of Stephens City. Two men, 45 and 32, were driving home to Charlottesville  from the casino in Charlestown, West Virginia, in the ...

Woodstock man charged with double unlawful wounding

WOODSTOCK – Cedric Boyd, 54, of Woodstock was arrested Saturday night on two charges of unlawful wounding after an argument over a card game, Police Chief Eric L. Riley said. Woodstock police were called to 102 W. North St. that night where one of the two victims reported the incident, ...

Stephens City man leads police on multi-county chase

STEPHENS CITY-- Deputies from Warren and Frederick counties pursued a Stephens City man along U.S. 522 Friday morning before he was arrested in a driveway along White Oak Road. The Warren County Sheriff's Office identified the man as David Dill, 39. Authorities said deputies tried to pull ...