Crime

Year in Review: Murder, violent offenses top crime, court issues in 2017

Murder and violent crimes against others were two of the more prominent crime issues seen in the area outside of the drug crisis. There were two murders in Front Royal and one in Warren County outside of the town limits in 2017. This year also saw the conviction of multiple murder cases from ...

Front Royal man arrested in church burglaries

The Front Royal Police Department arrested a local man on Thursday after an investigation into multiple church burglaries in town. William Roy Foster, 53, allegedly broke into St. John’s Catholic Church on Main Street on Dec. 6 and Dec. 11, a news release from the Front Royal Police ...

Front Royal teen arrested on child porn charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local teen was arrested Friday after a search warrant executed on his home led to the discovery of child pornography. Shawn Mathew Williams, 19, of the 200 block of Sagar Drive, allegedly told investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office that he had child ...

Timberville man arrested on grand larceny charges

A Timberville man was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation into multiple break-ins at a Mount Jackson residence. Sgt. Robert Poe with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said James Calvin Funkhouser, 42, broke into an unoccupied residence in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount ...

Strasburg man arrested on meth charge

WOODSTOCK -- A Strasburg man was charged Thursday with methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute   after police found a large quantity of the suspected drug in his pocket. Strasburg police were serving an arrest warrant on Brandon Shawn Zappas, 43, for a probation violation when ...

Four arrested in Woodstock home invasion

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested four suspects on Tuesday after an investigation into a November home invasion. Aaron Matthew Branham, 34, and Adrian Paige Brown, 36, both of Maurertown, and Philip Lee Runion, 29, and Brian Edward Shea, 30, both of Woodstock, are all accused of planning ...

Police charge man in stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities accused a town teenager of stabbing a man late Thursday night. Police responded to the area of 622 S. Royal Ave. for a report of a fight. Officers arrived at about 10:40 p.m. and found a man lying in the road in the 100 block of Beeden Lane suffering from a stab ...

Front Royal resident wanted on sex charges is captured

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested  Front Royal resident Michael Edward Haymond in West Virginia on Wednesday. Haymond, 57,  has been wanted since early November by Front Royal police on a total of four warrants, two of which are for charges of rape of a child less than 13 years old and the ...

Two Front Royal men arrested in vehicle break-in investigation

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office arrested two men as a result of an investigation into a rash of vehicle break-ins in the area. Forrest Albert McClanahan, 31, and Devon Barret Galloway, 25, both of Front Royal, were arrested in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 after law enforcement ...

Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

A pizza delivery driver was waiting for a customer on Tomahawk Trail in Shawnee Land on Saturday night when he was robbed at gunpoint, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday. Joshua Corbin, 28, of the 100 block of Deer Trail, was arrested on an armed robbery charge ...

Man accused of fleeing police after court appearance

Adam Richard Lamma found himself running from police Wednesday a few hours after walking out of Shenandoah County Circuit Court. Woodstock police Capt. Chris Baker said members of his agency, while working with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, watched Lamma participate in a narcotics ...

Vehicle pursuit in Front Royal lead to charges

Warren County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday morning in which the driver escaped but two passengers were arrested and charged after their vehicle crashed. Deputies at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday received a 911 call reporting a larceny that had just ...

Police looking for Front Royal man

Front Royal police are asking for the public's help in locating a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for Mike Edward Haymond, 57, who is wanted on  four warrants – two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years old and two counts of sodomy of a ...

Basketball coach arrested on child sex solicitation charges

WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested the owner and assistant coach of the Virginia Storm semi-professional basketball team on multiple child sex charges. Norman Lee Blowe Jr., 47, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl between ...

Baltimore woman charged in Shenandoah County fraud case

WOODSTOCK -- A Baltimore woman is facing a long list of fraud-related charges after she allegedly forged three checks to herself from the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in November 2010. Therese Denise Epps, 35, was charged on Nov. 1 with 12 charges stemming from Nov. 11 ...

Investigators search for armed robbery suspect

Investigators with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect in a Wednesday morning armed robbery of a convenience store near Edinburg. Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Sheriff's Office said between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, a white male wearing a gray jacket, gray ...

Front Royal man arrested on armed robbery charges

Deputies arrested a Front Royal man Thursday after he allegedly robbed two Frederick County convenience stores at knifepoint. James David Gulden, 36, allegedly went to the Bo’s Xpress on Fairfax Pike in Stephens City at around 3 a.m. Thursday, a release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s ...

Two arrested on money counterfeiting charges

WOODSTOCK -- Police arrested a man and woman Tuesday in connection with counterfeit money discovered at two New Market stores. According to the criminal complaint, Ahijah Alexis-Danielle Parker, 25, of East Orange, New Jersey, and Talim Rasheed Mack, 18, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, ...

Middletown man arrested on breaking and entering charges

FRONT ROYAL -- Deputies arrested a Middletown man Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 61 Jackson Place in Middletown around 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of a break-in, authorities said in a press ...

Front Royal man arrested in connection to overdose death

FRONT ROYAL -- Authorities arrested a local man after he allegedly gave heroin to a group of people, one of whom died of an overdose. Glenn Eugene Sovereign, 40, arrived at a Front Royal residence at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 26 with a woman to shoot heroin with two witnesses, the criminal ...