Internal investigation

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has taken action on an issue it was presented with on Feb. 7 that involved a deputy.

The action took place after consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Warren County attorney, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The news release does not state what the issue was nor what action was taken.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 8 pending the outcome of an internal administrative investigation, the release states.

“However, due to it being a personnel matter nothing more can be released,” the release states.

No other information is included in the release.

Shots fired

Jerome Briggs, of 137 Chester St., Front Royal, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in town and intoxication in public on Sunday. The charges stem from an incident at his residence Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline stated in an email.

Briggs had exited his residence with an AR-15 as police responded to a report of shots fired, the criminal complaint states. Spent casings were on the ground at his feet.

Police ordered him to place the gun on the ground, to which he complied and put his hands in the air, saying “Arrest me…that’s my gun,” the complaint states.

After Briggs was detained, an officer collected the rifle and unloaded it, the complaint states, noting that the rifle was still hot and that Briggs’ neighbor said Briggs had just fired the rifle into the air.

Briggs’ speech was slurred and his breath had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, the complaint states. No injuries were reported.

Sexual assault Christopher Lawson, 28, has been charged with kidnapping, malicious wounding, petit larceny and three counts of sexual assault.

The arrest stems from a domestic abuse case that occurred on Feb. 2 in Wood-stock, according to Wood-stock Police Chief Eric Reilly.

Due to the nature of the investigation, which is still active with other search warrants pending, Reilly states in an email that he cannot provide any other details.

Rape charge

Jonathan Thompson, 28, with a last known address of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and charged with rape of a victim less than 13 years old. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bo Hall declined to share details of the case.


A Strasburg man was arrested by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office on Friday after receiving a report from someone saying a gun had been pulled on him.

According to Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bo Hall, Ryan Allison, 22, of Strasburg, is accused of pulling a gun on someone while trying to buy marijuana and then taking off with the narcotics.

Allison was later arrested and charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and brandishing a firearm. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing and additional charges may be coming, Hall said.

Breanna Rose Callis-Steshoski, 18, of Strasburg, was also arrested and charged with robbery in the incident. She turned herself in to the Front Royal Police Department after finding out she was wanted, Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline stated in an email.


Dylen Nemzek, 27, of Warren County, was arrested Sunday by the Warren County Sheriff’s office and charged with sending a threatening message.

The messages indicated a threat of serious bodily injury to a another resident of Warren County, Lt. Stephen Collins said during a phone interview. A third party reported the threats to police, Collins said.

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