Crime

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 ...

Man connected to fatal overdose charged with obstruction

A Woodstock man connected by authorities to the fatal heroin overdose of a Strasburg man last week was charged with possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of justice Wednesday. Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office,  said Ronald Lee Stickley Jr., 40, ...

Breaking and entering suspect charged

A Mount Jackson man accused of breaking into several homes in Shenandoah County earlier this year was extradited from Baltimore this week. Zeb Zachariah Wilson, 28, of 8511 Orkney Grade, has been accused of burglarizing several homes on the southern end of the county in spring. Lt. Chris ...

Two charged after removal of 70 cats from home

Authorities charged a Strasburg woman and man with five counts of providing inadequate care to animals after nearly 70 cats were removed from her home earlier this week. Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said Jamie Marie Shifflett, 40, of 68 Greenleaf Road, ...

Nearly 70 cats removed from residence

Authorities have removed nearly 70 cats from a Strasburg residence due to inadequate care of the felines, according to a spokesperson with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, said charges are pending against a male and a ...

Search warrants filed after weekend overdoses

Authorities executed two search warrants on the persons and property of a Woodstock man Sunday after an apparent drug overdose, the third one in the county within a 24-hour period. Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said officers received a report of an overdose at ...

Man charged with inadequate care of animals

A New Market man is facing five charges related to animal neglect after authorities found 40 chickens, three dogs and a cat living in his residence. James Boyd Kisling, 63, of 295 Oak Lane, was hospitalized Dec. 28 due to high ammonia levels in his house caused by the animals living ...

Strasburg man dies of heroin overdose

Law enforcement officers responded to three overdoses Saturday in Shenandoah County, one of which was fatal, according to a spokesperson with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Chris Baker said a Strasburg man in his early 20s died in his residence Saturday morning as the result ...

Details emerge in diner robbery

The execution of a search warrant led to the arrest of two suspects in the robbery of Ben’s Diner last weekend, but the Woodstock Police Chief said an earlier search warrant executed at the same residence played a key role in identifying the suspects. Three men robbed the diner the ...

RSW worker charged with sex crimes against inmates

A corrections officer with the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has been charged with several sex-related offenses stemming from accusations that he victimized three female inmates. Sgt. Joseph D. Demarino Jr., 50, of Linden, is facing two counts of sexual battery of inmates or ...

Fourth diner robbery suspect arrested

The fourth man charged with the armed robbery of Ben’s Diner in Woodstock was arrested without incident Sunday night after escaping from police Saturday. Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said Raymond Washington, 27, was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday ...

Council does not reappoint police chief

MIDDLETOWN – With no fanfare, Town Council announced Monday that it would not reappoint R. Phillip Breeden as its chief of police. Council then proceeded to appoint Officer Warren M. Houde as its interim chief. After the meeting, Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV, Councilman and Public Safety ...

Four charged in armed robbery at Woodstock diner

Four people have been charged in the Friday night armed robbery of Ben’s Diner in Woodstock. Following a chase and the execution of a search warrant Saturday evening, going into Sunday morning, three were arrested and one suspect had been at large until late Sunday night. Woodstock ...

Year in Review: Use of force, heroin top police issues in 2016

The national debate over when and how police should use force in fighting crime reached area departments in 2016, although they were largely spared the protest and political turmoil that have rocked larger communities elsewhere. Attorney General Mark Herring launched a series of training ...

Police: Be smart during holiday

Virginia law enforcement will increase patrols and checkpoints this weekend in an effort to discourage unsafe driving practices during the New Year's holiday. The holiday weekend is statistically known for incidents of drunk driving, a news release from the Virginia Department of Motor ...

Man hospitalized, more than 40 animals found in home

A New Market man was hospitalized Wednesday due to high ammonia levels in his house caused by nearly 50 animals living inside. Emergency responders transported the 63-year-old man to Rockingham Memorial Hospital around 4 p.m. from his residence at 295 Oak Lane. First responders then summoned ...

Two lynx stolen from Winchester animal park

Two Iberian lynx were stolen from Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Winchester earlier this week. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the park owner, Keith Wilson, reported that one or more individuals removed two of the three lynx from their kennel sometime ...