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Crime

Bell stolen from Edinburg church

EDINBURG – The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a bell from Waterbrook Brethren Church on Palmyra Church Road  sometime between Jan. 21–24. Capt. Wes Dellinger said that the thieves damaged a post outside the church building and stole the attached 12-inch ...

Fifth person charged in jail escape

A fifth person has been charged in relation to the escape of an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brad Pugh said that police have arrested James Huber Jay in connection with the Jan. 17 escape of Matthew Perry Michael. On ...

West Virginia authorities pick up Lowe’s robbery suspects

Authorities in West Virginia on Tuesday picked up two suspects wanted in the Monday morning robbery of a Lowe’s store north of Winchester. Jeremy A. Tasker, 27, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, and George S. Schoppert Jr., 26, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, were apprehended Tuesday and are ...

Truck drivers charged in road-rage incident

Frederick County authorities say one tractor-trailer driver stabbed another during an apparent road-rage incident on Interstate 81 Tuesday night. Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 316-mile marker on southbound I-81 shortly before 7 p.m., ...

Mount Jackson man arrested on rape charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mount Jackson man on one count of rape and one count of object sexual penetration at around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Michael J. Simmons, 25, was arrested at his home at 13542 Senedo Road. He is being held in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Jail ...

While governor decries gun violence, Senate OKs guns in church

    RICHMOND – Lamenting the fact that more than 900 Virginians were killed by guns last year, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that the state should do more to restrict the proliferation of firearms. “We do not need these weapons on our streets and in our society,” ...

Rash of window shootings reported in Frederick County

Frederick County is looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for shooting at windows this month. During the last eight to 10 days the Frederick County Sheriff's Department has received about 25 calls of vehicle or home windows being shot at by what appears to be a BB or pellet gun, said ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigating armed robbery

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lowe's on Market Street in Stephenson at 11:34 a.m. Monday. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man walked into the store, went to the power tool section, picked up a ...

Man accused in attack to appear in court in February

A Front Royal man is facing charges of strangling and malicious wounding stemming from an incident in which authorities say he attacked a female victim at her residence. The defendant, Steven Michael Jones, 51, of Front Royal, was arrested Jan. 9. His next court appearance is scheduled for ...

No charges made in four area church break-ins

No charges have been made in a string of four church breaking and enterings reported between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday. The robberies occurred in Edinburg, Toms Brook, and two in New Market. Maj. Scott Proctor estimated $1,000 worth of ...

Pair in Front Royal charged with assaulting woman

Jamie Jocelyn, a 23-year-old Front Royal resident, was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital Tuesday night after being assaulted by her husband and another woman. Front Royal Police were called at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to 339 ½ Kendrick Lane, where the assault had just taken ...

Hearing set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

WOODSTOCK -- A hearing has been set for Jan. 11 for the six Strasburg firefighters charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Misdemeanor arrest warrants were issued on Dec. 28 for: Nathan Scott Hirschberg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew Steven Key, 24, of Strasburg; Dale Ray King, ...

Man arrested on firearm charges on New Year’s Eve

A Browntown man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing multiple shots at midnight on New Year's Eve in Star Tannery. One of the bullets entered a nearby residence. Michael Priola, 26, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling after he allegedly ...

Six arrested on misdemeanor charge

Six people were charged over the weekend with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with an investigation involving Strasburg volunteer firefighters, according to state police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler. In an email Monday, Tyler stated that those arrested on the misdemeanor ...

Five arrested on heroin distribution charges

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people on Saturday after an investigation into two heroin overdoses in the area. Deputies arrested Johnathan Dale Neice, 40, and Stacey Allen Marston, 41, both of Woodstock; Craig Allen Kidwell, 51, and Norma Lynda Kidwell, 53, both of ...

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 ...