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Military transfer program helps equip local law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties have been among many across the nation that have acquired surplus military equipment through a controversial Department of Defense program.
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Search warrant executed at residence familar to police

Strasburg police executed a search warrant Aug. 7 at a residence identified in court documents as the scene of five police or emergency rescue squad dispatches involving drug or bath salts use in the last year.
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Shooting simulator trains Front Royal police for real life threats

FRONT ROYAL -- No decision a police officer makes is fraught with more life and death consequences than the moment when he must choose to fire or not fire a gun aimed at a suspect.
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Missing man is found

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office deputies report that a man missing from his home on Friday was found in good health this morning.
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Magistrate's absence continues to hobble RSW jail

Almost two months after it opened, the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail continues to struggle with the absence of a magistrate onsite to process the arrests and release of inmates.
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Investors seek probe of late head of financial services firm

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County authorities are investigating complaints from several clients of a financial services company headed by a woman who died on July 22 of what the Sheriff's Office called a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Man charged in shooting death

WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City-area resident stands charged in the shooting death of a man killed in Frederick County on Aug. 3.
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Police set to launch drunk driving crackdown

Front Royal police will begin a crackdown on drunk drivers Friday as part of the nationwide "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" campaign that is scheduled to last through Labor Day.
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Charges filed against victim in assault case

WOODSTOCK -- A preliminary hearing scheduled for two co-defendants accused of seriously injuring a man at his Strasburg residence was postponed Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court after it was disclosed that charges had been filed against the victim.
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No charges to be filed in breaking of store window

No charges will be filed against two men involved in the breaking of a plate glass window at People's Drug Store on King Street in Strasburg on Saturday night.
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Gillespie's Senate campaign zeroing in on economy

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said Thursday a five-point plan at the center of his campaign offers more hope for spurring the state's economy than what he described as failed policies supported by his opponent, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, and President Obama.
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Hearing sheds light on cigarette case

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office piled on dozens of charges without justification against two New York City men in an undercover anti-cigarette smuggling operation involving transactions totaling $10 million, the attorney for the two defendants said Wednesday in circuit court.
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Man sentenced to 11 years in prison in child molesting case

FRONT ROYAL - A 30-year-old town resident convicted of sexual penetration of a minor less than 13 years old was sentenced to 11 years in prison and lifetime probation Monday in Warren County Circuit Court.
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Authorities link shooting case defendant to homicide

WINCHESTER -- An autopsy performed on James Trenary after he was found dead in his Stephens City townhouse Sunday confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
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Front Royal police promoting social media network for neighborhoods

Front Royal police are turning to a privately operated social media network as a possible replacement for the town's fading Neighborhood Watch program.
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Mental health expert appointed for defendant in murder case

WOODSTOCK -- A capital murder case against Nicole Dawn Miller continued to churn toward a mid-January trial date Wednesday with Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp approving the appointment of a mental health expert to help in Miller's defense.
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Area police planning National Night Out

Area police departments are gearing up for the 31st National Night Out, a crime prevention initiative scheduled for Tuesday evening.
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Last member of heroin distribution ring sentenced to two years

The last of seven defendants in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of heroin around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison and five years of probation.
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Attempted voluntary manslaughter charge dropped, likely to return

WOODSTOCK -- The prosecution dropped a charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter Monday against a New Market man accused in court documents of driving his car at a sheriff's deputy in an attempt to run him over.
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Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
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Man sought in Frederick County bank robbery

A man robbed the United Bank at 199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester on Monday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
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Subpoenas seek information on undercover cigarette sting

A defense attorney in a cigarette trafficking case is seeking to subpoena undercover law enforcement officers and documents associated with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office anti-cigarette trafficking operations.
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List of charges against burglary suspect grows

WOODSTOCK - The list of charges against a man who authorities believe committed a string of burglaries last fall and early this year has grown to 27 after the latest grand jury indictments in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Wolf disappointed in McAuliffe's stance on heroin

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's rejection of a call for creation of a statewide task force on heroin shows the governor is "really going to miss the boat" in addressing the spread of the drug, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, said Wednesday.
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Two arrested on drug charges

A routine traffic stop on July 16 led to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute against the driver and the passenger.
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Heroin overdose suspected in Shenandoah County death

The head of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Tuesday that the death of a 28-year-old Lebanon Church man on Saturday was likely the 19th in the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year attributable to a heroin overdose.
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Police investigating motorcycle theft

Front Royal police are investigating the theft of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from a home in the 200 block of Cloud Street.
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More indictments issued in cigarette smuggling cases

Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
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Two more men facing cigarette trafficking charges

Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
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Supervisors, sheriff clash over asset forfeiture spending

WOODSTOCK -- Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and several members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argued heatedly Tuesday over items Carter is proposing to purchase with asset forfeiture funds in fiscal year 2015.
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Three cigarette smuggling cases emerge in court

WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
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New Market police looking for home invasion suspect

New Market police are searching for a man who took an undisclosed amount of money during a home invasion in the 9600 block of John Sevier Road early Monday morning.
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Winchester police investigate infant's hospitalization

City police are investigating the circumstances that led to a young baby being taken to Winchester Medical Center on Wednesday.
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Nurse suspended following arrest

The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
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Police: Gun fired in self-defense

A Berryville police officer fired his service weapon in self-defense when a town man attacked him with a metal pipe on April 20, state police said Friday.
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Woman indicted on sex abuse charges against 11-year-old boy

FRONT ROYAL --A local woman was indicted Monday on charges that she committed sexual acts with an 11-year-old boy in June.
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Fingerprints sought in post office theft

WOODSTOCK -- Search warrants have been executed in the last two weeks to obtain fingerprints of three men in connection with the suspected theft of items from the Toms Brook Post Office in August, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.

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