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Crime

Area couple on honeymoon in Vegas during mass shooting

A few minutes might have made the difference for a local couple who were in Las Vegas over the weekend. Rita Fletcher and her husband Tim spent their honeymoon in the Las Vegas region, even having a picnic on the floor of the Grand Canyon.  They ended it Sunday on lockdown at an ...

10 arrested in largest heroin seizure in county history

WOODSTOCK -- Deputies arrested 10 people on drug and gun charges Friday and Saturday during an operation that led to the largest known heroin seizure in the county’s history, authorities announced. A “concerned citizen” alerted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged ...

Meth trafficking ring bust leads task force to Quicksburg

A law enforcement operation has linked a Quicksburg residence to a Mexican methamphetamine ring, authorities said in a statement Thursday. Law enforcement officials with the multi-jurisdictional Skyline Drug Task Force arrested Marcos Maldonado-Payan, also known as “Cebollas Sanchez,” at ...

Two arrested in mobile meth lab bust

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man and a woman Wednesday and charged them with making methamphetamine while driving on Interstate 81. Adrian Paige Brown, 36, of Quicksburg, was allegedly driving a blue Ford northbound on Interstate 81 with Brian Michael ...

Man found guilty of dumping waste near Shenandoah River

A Virginia Beach man accused of dumping human waste from a charter bus near the Shenandoah River was found guilty Tuesday in Warren County General District Court. Marshaw McCleary, the driver of the America DC Limousine charter bus, brought a group of people to the Downriver Canoe Company in ...

Former Middletown police chief recalled as good cop, good friend

Middletown's Town Hall and Police Department were draped in black Monday, symbols of mourning for former Middletown Police Chief Philip Breeden, 68, who died Saturday of esophageal cancer after being diagnosed about eight months ago. “Our sincere prayers go out to Lynn and his family.” ...

Woman charged with malicious wounding, strangling

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Basye woman Wednesday after investigating an accusation that she severely assaulted another woman. After being transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, the victim told deputies that Breaunna Dawn Anderson-Hinkle, 19, ...

Man arrested on drug, gun charges

WOODSTOCK -- Local police arrested a man on drug and gun charges Tuesday after officers said they found him passed out in a McDonald’s drive-thru line. Workers at the McDonald’s “flagged down” Deputy Cody Brill with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and notified him about the ...

Deputies: Mount Jackson man held woman at knifepoint

A Mount Jackson man was arrested twice Sunday, first after law enforcement officials accused him of holding a woman against her will for hours and the second time after he ran from deputies. Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, said deputies arrested 31-year-old ...

In Brief

Authorities find wanted inmate FRONT ROYAL -- An inmate in the work-release program at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail who walked off the job Friday now faces an escape charge. The Warren County Sheriff's Office located Jeffrey Aaron Staples in a home in the 1300 block of ...

Man charged with child abuse accused of breaking infant’s ribs

WOODSTOCK -- A Mount Jackson man facing several charges related to a child abuse incident is accused of breaking the 3-month-old victim’s ribs, the criminal complaint alleges. According to the complaint, Hirving Ayala, 23, was sleeping in the bed with his 3-month-old daughter on Tuesday ...

Another arrest in shooting of child

Another arrest has been made in the shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy. The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office charged Destinie Rochelle Beach, 21, of Stephens City, with abuse and neglect of children and possession and/ or transportation of a firearm by a non-violent ...

Mount Jackson man arrested on child abuse charges

A Mount Jackson man was arrested Wednesday on several charges related to a Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigation into a reported child abuse incident. Hirving Ayala, 23, is accused of injuring a 3-month-old girl in the 6000 block of Railroad Street in Mount Jackson, Sgt. Robert Poe ...

Stephens City man charged after 4-year-old shot by child

A Stephens City man was arrested Friday evening after an incident earlier in the day in Fauquier County in which a 4-year old girl survived being shot by a 2-year-old boy. Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and a woman stopped at a truck stop in the 9700 block of James Madison Highway in the Opal area ...

Man charged in stabbing

A man has been arrested on charges of malicious wounding during an argument at a Stephens City residence on Friday. Luis Macedonio-Juarez, 68, was arrested Friday evening and transported to the Northwestern Adult Detention Center, where he was held without bond. Frederick County Sheriff's ...

Teens arrested on breaking and entering, larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL --  Local police, alerted by a residential burglar alarm, have  arrested two teens after they allegedly broke into a town apartment and stole a safe. A Ford Mustang registered to Harmon Michael Sisk, 18, of Linden, was seen fleeing the Blue Ridge Avenue apartments after the time ...

Teen charged with three counts of rape

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Strasburg teen and charged him with three counts of rape. The defendant, a 16 year-old male, was arrested on Aug. 18 and is accused of sexually assaulting three girls he had been living with in July 2016.  Sgt. G.R. Poe, of the Sheriff’s ...

Strasburg teen charged in rape case

FRONT ROYAL – Local police have arrested a Strasburg man in connection with an investigation into a reported sexual assault. Greggory Joseph Bourgoin, 18, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl in May, and Bourgoin admitted to police that the victim told him no, the criminal complaint ...

Man arrested after high speed pursuit

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Morristown, Tennessee,  man on Monday after he led police on a high speed chase through multiple Virginia counties. Virginia State Police began pursuing Jason Lee Marshall, 31, just after 11 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 81 around ...

Man arrested on aggravated sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ashburn man Tuesday in connection with an investigation into an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on a go-kart ride. On May 13, Gabriel Gonzalez Reyes, 29,  took the girl to ride on a go-kart at a ...