Crime

Mother speaks out about her son’s death

FORT VALLEY -- Almost everyone in the Cooper family knew Xavier Cooper had a heroin problem. His sister, Destiny Cooper, 24, who would put him up from time to time, said she would often have to babysit her big brother to help him stay clean His mother, Tammy Cooper, 49, of Mount ...

10 fatal overdoses, 26 non-fatals so far in 2017

Just a month and a half into 2017, overdoses throughout the Shenandoah Valley are adding up. According to data provided last week by Lauren Cummings, executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, seven people have died of a drug overdose in Shenandoah, ...

Front Royal man warns of construction scam

FRONT ROYAL -- A local excavation company owner was in the midst of fleshing out a work order for a property in town when he figured the client was just a scammer trying to swindle him for some money. He didn’t take the bait, and now he’s trying to spread the word. Shane Heater owns ...

Fugitives captured in Front Royal

Authorities captured two fugitives late Friday in an apartment in Front Royal after a highway chase. Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said deputies, along with Front Royal Police Department officers, found Chad Robinson, 24, and Keri Joe Baker, 20, hiding in ...

Police chase ends at state line

A pair of suspects remained at large Thursday evening after members of the Strasburg Police Department and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office chased their vehicle down U.S. 55 hours earlier. According to Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the incident ...

Four charged with distribution from Strasburg residence

Authorities charged four people with the distribution of methamphetamine and related offenses after executing a search warrant at a Strasburg residence. Officers with the Strasburg Police Department and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force charged Michael Mullins, 30, with ...

Search warrant: Firearms, crossbows seized after Skyline bomb threat

Authorities with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office seized hundreds of items including firearms, ammunition and communications devices in a search of the residence of a juvenile accused of making bomb threats against Skyline High School last week. According to an affidavit filed with the ...

Juvenile arrested after interstate pursuit

Virginia State Police arrested a suspect Monday morning after law enforcement officials said he led troopers on a short chase beginning on Interstate 81 near Toms Brook. State Police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler said the chase began with an attempted traffic stop. "At approximately 10:13 a.m. ...

New Market crime remains low

The New Market Police Department saw a significant spike in calls for service in 2016. The data, contained in a yearly report presented by Police Chief Chris Rinker to the town's public safety committee Monday, show 5,374 calls for service compared to 4,240 in 2015 and 4,091 in 2014. ...

Suspect tries to elude police, jumps in river

Warren County deputies arrested a man after a foot pursuit that resulted in the suspect jumping into the Shenandoah River to avoid capture on Monday evening. Authorities responded to a call in relation to a domestic disturbance at roughly 8:30, said Lt. Joshua Seal of the Warren County ...

Strasburg home condemned due to ammonia; 17 animals removed

A Strasburg resident was charged Thursday with five counts of failure to provide adequate care to animals after authorities found 13 cats and five dogs at her home. Capt. Wes. Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said deputies, sent on a welfare check to the residence in the ...

Conceal carry permits spiked in 2016

Area circuit courts issued more conceal carry permits in 2016 than over the past several years, according to data provided by the courts. In Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties, along with the City of Winchester, the number of permits issued spiked in each jurisdiction in 2016. In ...

Two charged with prostitution in Strasburg

STRASBURG -- Members of the newly formed I-81 Corridor Human Trafficking Working Group charged two women with prostitution in Strasburg on Tuesday. Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly said the working group, made up of law enforcement officials from different state, local and regional ...

Four die in narcotics overdoses

A recent rash of overdoses throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley continued to spread as three overdose victims died over the weekend and a fourth died Monday. According to Lauren Cummings, executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, two Frederick ...

Man charged after accidental, self-inflicted gunshot

Authorities charged a Frederick County man with the reckless handling of a firearm and possession of marijuana after he inadvertently shot himself in the leg and hand Friday, according to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department. Jason Rahn, 41, suffered a gunshot wound to the ...

FBI forms human trafficking task force along I-81

The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced Thursday it has formed a task force designed to stamp out human trafficking along Interstate 81. Dee Rybiski, a spokesperson from the FBI’s Richmond office, said the I-81 Corridor Human Trafficking Working Group will be hosted by the FBI’s ...

Hoax explosive device leads to evacuation of school

Warren County High School was evacuated around noon Friday after a “suspected explosive device” was located in the school, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff's Office. After the school's administration and school resource deputies were able to get all the students ...

Man charged with sex crime against minor

A Vienna man was charged last week with the aggravated sexual battery of a victim less than 13 years old. Charles William Pearson, 31, was charged Jan. 18 for an offense that allegedly occurred on or about April 26. According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Front Royal ...

Front Royal man shot in hunting accident

A Vienna man inadvertently shot a Front Royal man in the leg Saturday while duck hunting, according to a news release from the Page County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter, Huayu Wu, 38, of Vienna, has been charged with the reckless handling of a firearm. The victim, Douglas E. Jessup, 53, ...

Man charged with distribution leading to overdose

Authorities charged a Winchester man with the distribution of a schedule-I substance Monday in connection with a suspected heroin overdose. Richard Allen Jenkins Jr., 44, sold a substance believed to be heroin to a male in his 20s who overdosed on the narcotic around 6 p.m. Sunday, according ...