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Crime

Panel pleased with jail progress

Regional lockup set to open in '14 By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Members of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority say they are pleased with the progress being made on the facility, which is slated to open in 2014. "We've got a lot of work left to ...

Police: Alcohol a factor in domestic dispute

Authorities find bullet holes in wall, husband asleep in bed with 9mm Glock By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Cross Junction man fired a gun in his home during an argument with his wife early Wednesday morning, according to authorities. A Frederick County deputy charged ...

Mt. Jackson removes police chief’s ‘interim’ tag

J.D. Fadley has served on town force since 1999 By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com MT. JACKSON -- With the latest move up, J.D. Fadley is not going anywhere anytime soon. The Town Council helped Fadley, 38, in his pursuit of the all-area career path by appointing him as police chief ...

Tip leads police to wanted offender

Daily Staff Report WINCHESTER -- Authorities in the state of Washington on Wednesday caught a convicted sex offender wanted by authorities in Winchester. A tip given to Crime Solvers indicated that James Albert McWilliams, 54, may have traveled to Washington to see an acquaintance, according ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office: Boy severely injures father

CROSS JUNCTION -- A teen boy severely wounded his father and led law enforcement officers on a manhunt after an incident in a northern Frederick County community Monday afternoon, authorities said. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded at 2:10 p.m. to a report of a juvenile ...

Woman charged in crash with police

WINCHESTER -- A woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way after she collided with a city police cruiser Saturday morning, Winchester police Sgt. Frank Myrtle said. Taola Acosta, 33, of the Winchester area, was turning north onto Kent Street from Leceister Street shortly ...

Two people killed in Friday collision

WINCHESTER -- Two out-of-state residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Va. 522 (North Frederick Pike) Friday night, according to the state police. Dominick C. Grippo, 73, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and his passenger, Irma Irizarry, 67, of Danbury, Conn., died at the scene of the 10:30 ...

Man arrested on heroin charge

Correction: A story published Monday should have listed the address for Chazz A. Smith, 22, as "unknown" rather than in the 200 block of Cliffside Drive, Edinburg. Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said his agency changed its documented address for Smith after being ...

Motorcycle parts said to be stolen

EDINBURG -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of motorcycle parts and scrap metal from the 13000 block of Old Valley Pike. Between May 1 and 26, someone took a frame and motor from a 1969 BSA Victor, along with some scrap metal, Maj. Scott Proctor said. The ...

Police: Woman forged document

EDINBURG -- A Harrisonburg woman has been arrested after police say she fraudulently opened an account in an Edinburg resident's name. Teresa Lynn Brooks, 45, of 942 Vine St., Apt. 0, was arrested May 31 and charged with obtaining money by false pretense, forgery, passing a forged document and ...

Woman drives vehicle into home

STEPHENS CITY -- A Stephens City townhome was left uninhabitable on Sunday after the owner drove a vehicle into the front of the structure, according to police. Joyce Smith, of 948 Filbert St., drove a 2005 Nissan SUV into the main level "brick portion" of the townhome around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, ...

Police ID man found dead in car

WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has identified the man found dead this week outside the Martin's in Stonewall Plaza Shopping Center as Paul Raymond Thomas, 48, of Jefferson, Md. A caller who had eaten his lunch in his car several spots from Thomas' vehicle on Monday called ...

Woman airlifted from crash scene

FRONT ROYAL -- A woman was airlifted to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash on West Strasburg Road (Va. 55) on Thursday night. A woman driving a 2007 Ford Mustang ran off the road about 200 yards from the intersection of Totten Lane around 7 p.m., according to Sgt. Jason Poe of the ...

Sex offender who violated probation sent back to prison

By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A convicted sex offender who violated probation must return to prison and serve the remaining 34 years of his previously suspended sentence. In Frederick County Circuit Court, retired Judge Benjamin Kendrick found Steven Allen Myers, 42, of ...

Man says woman took his tax refund

WINCHESTER -- A city woman convicted of child neglect for letting a toddler wander outside alone is under investigation for allegedly taking a man's tax refund in March. Marcel Archange filed a report on April 25 pertaining to Pamela Lynn Shand completing his 2010 taxes, according to an ...

Man shot while fleeing arrest remains in jail

By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man shot by a Winchester police officer while fleeing arrest Friday remains held without bond at the regional jail on drug charges. Court documents indicate Jose Coperlino Martinez-Lorenzo, 25, of 138 Brigstock Drive, sold ...

Area leg of Special Olympics Torch Run starts today

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com Area law-enforcement officers will participate in a quarter-century-old tradition today and Wednesday -- the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. They will be among 2,000 officers participating in the 26th annual Torch Run, according ...

Body found at Martin’s parking lot

WINCHESTER -- A badly decomposed body, believed to be that of a man, was found inside of a car in a Frederick County grocery store parking lot Monday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office received a call at 12:27 p.m. to respond to the Martin's at 200 N. Rivendell Court in the Sunnyside area after a ...

Police ID man shot on Friday

Victim in stable condition after leading authorities on manhunt By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities have identified the man wounded in a shooting incident involving a law enforcement officer that led to a manhunt Friday night in Frederick County. Jose Coperlino ...

Man indicted on sex charges

Police say he faked having cancer, lured boys into Strasburg apartment By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- A Strasburg man accused of luring two boys to his apartment under the guise that he had cancer and then committing sex acts against them was indicted on 16 charges ...