In Brief

Jeffrey Staples

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 Queens Highway in Front Royal on Sunday, according to an agency release issued Monday afternoon. Deputies took Staples into custody without incident and transported him to RSW Regional Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor escape.

The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert Friday that Staples, 34, left FDR Services at 26 Kelly Drive, Front Royal, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Suspects arrested on drug charges

STEPHENS CITY – Authorities arrested two Frederick County men on drug charges Saturday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to 110 Sussex Circle, Stephens City, at approximately 6 p.m. for a report of people possibly selling narcotics from the residence, according to information from Capt. Aleck Beeman.

Deputies spoke to residents Erik Ancell, 29, and Marcus Allen, 31, and officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the home. Deputies secured the residence and obtained a warrant to search the home. During a search, deputies seized four baggies containing a “significant” amount of methamphetamine and two baggies containing more than a half-pound of marijuana. Deputies also seized a Glock handgun.

Officers arrested Ancell and charged him with one count each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm with narcotics. Deputies arrested Allen and charged him with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Officers transported Ancell and Allen to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center where they were held without bond.

Vehicle catches fire in lot

FRONT ROYAL – A vehicle stored in a local towing company lot caught fire Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in the Horton’s Wrecker Service lot in the 500 block of Kendrick Lane shortly after 2 p.m.

Chief Richard Mabie, of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, stated in an email Monday that units arrived to find a single passenger vehicle engulfed in flames with fire spreading to a nearby parked moving van. Responders from Station 1 in Front Royal extinguished the fire and limited the damage to the two vehicles, Mabie said. No injuries were reported.

An electrical malfunction in the passenger vehicle – damaged in a crash several days earlier – caused the fire, Mabie said.

— Daily Staff Report