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Online prostitution sting leads to 11 arrests

Winchester police have charged 11 men, two of them from Front Royal and two from Stephens City, on charges of prostitution as a result of an undercover sting operation conducted Friday.
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Search and rescue dog joins Sheriff's Office

The newest member of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office didn't have to wait long before being pressed into service.
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Police chief warns of new cyber scam

FRONT ROYAL -- Police Chief Norman Shiflett issued a warning Friday that his department has been fielding fresh reports of computer-based scams targeting town residents.
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Defendant linked to officer's death has history of gang-related violence

WINCHESTER -- A Front Royal man whom authorities have linked to the disappearance and death of a reserve police captain in Waynesboro appeared in Winchester Circuit Court on Friday for a probation revocation hearing.
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Police official: Gang membership declining in area

The reappearance of Kweli Uhuru as a defendant in a case being investigated as a gang-related death comes six years after he admitted, as part of a plea agreement, to being a member of the Bloods street gang.
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Injured Winchester police dog on the mend

Kota, the police dog whose injury in the line of duty transformed him into a worldwide celebrity, took a bow Thursday with his handler before an audience of about 50 at a dinner and awards ceremony.
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Warrren general district court clerk facing assault charge

FRONT ROYAL -- Pam Kidwell, clerk of Warren County General District Court, is scheduled to appear in general district court at 10 a.m. Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault.
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Shafer facing death penalty in murder case

A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. Wednesday on a charge of capital murder, the second death penalty case to be filed in the county in the last year by Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley.
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Authorities link Front Royal man in police captain's death

Authorities have charged a Front Royal man as the seventh defendant in a case involving the disappearance and murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Capt. Kevin Quick.
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Man involved in domestic brawl sentenced to two years prison

A town resident was sentenced Tuesday to a total of two years in prison on charges stemming from what the prosecutor called a brawl with his ex-girlfriend and two of her family members.
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Man held without bail in armed burglary case

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg man was ordered held without bail Tuesday as he faces a felony charge of armed burglary and several misdemeanor counts stemming from what authorities say was his ex-girlfriend's fear that he would harm her.
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Town hall meeting focuses on heroin crisis

STRASBURG -- Jimmy Pullman was a drug addict who ran up an extensive criminal record in Warren, Frederick and other counties in the area before he found a way to recovery.
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SEAL Team Six founder reflects on leadership, life

WINCHESTER -- Richard Marcinko brought his unique experience as the founder of Navy SEAL Team Six and comments about the meaning of leadership to a nearly filled lecture hall Friday at Shenandoah University.
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Five more defendants emerge in heroin, crack case

Federal and local authorities have identified four more suspects linked to a man court documents describe as the largest heroin dealer in western Virginia.
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Charges dropped in abduction, beating case

The prosecution dropped three felony counts and a misdemeanor Wednesday in Warren County General District Court against a Linden man accused of holding another man against his will and beating him up repeatedly over several months.
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Expo features health screenings, safety exhibits

According to the planning committee, this year's Warren Memorial Hospital Health and Wellness Expo will be bigger than ever before.
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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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Preliminary hearing set in fatal Fort Valley shooting case

A Shenandoah County general district court judge set dates Monday for a bail hearing and a preliminary hearing in the voluntary manslaughter case of Daniel Scott Harvey.
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Town hall meetings to focus on heroin in Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley and several local law enforcement agencies are planning three town hall meetings at county schools to address the dangers of heroin.
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Sheriffs Office seizes eight guns in fatal shooting investigation

WOODSTOCK -- A search warrant inventory filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court lists eight firearms among the items recovered from the home of Daniel Scott Harvey after a fatal shooting Monday night.
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Prostitution sting nets seven arrests

Mount Jackson police arrested six people March 27 as a result of an undercover operation targeting prostitution.
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Region's 11th heroin-related death leads to two arrests

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force is calling for community action after two Frederick County residents were charged in connection with the region's 11th heroin-related death Tuesday.
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Defendant had earlier felony charge on same day as shooting

WOODSTOCK -- A Fort Valley man facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter stemming from a shooting Monday night at his home was released from custody hours earlier the same day after he was charged with a non-violent felony.
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Winchester official arrested in prostitution sting

A top Winchester official could face jail time after his recent arrest on prostitution and drug charges in Shenandoah County.
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Two meth dealers sentenced to prison

HARRISONBURG -- Two men, both illegal immigrants, were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to prison sentences for drug offenses linked to the sale of methamphetamine around Stephens City and Winchester.
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Sheriff's office searches for robbery suspect

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed the Middletown Exxon at 122 Reliance Road on Monday evening.
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Sentencing postponed again for former SAAA chief

The sentencing of Helen Cockrell, former chief executive officer of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, on three felony counts of embezzlement was postponed for the fourth time last week.
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Scuffle with trooper brings four-month jail sentence

A Tennessee man has begun serving a four-month jail sentence after he was convicted Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court on charges stemming from an Aug. 1 scuffle with a state trooper along Interstate 66.
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Smuggling cases bring in big money

A trio of hearings Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court provided a glimpse of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office's participation in a series of vast but little known undercover operations targeting black market cigarette transactions along much of the East Coast.
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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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Man charged after robbery investigation

A Front Royal man was charged late Wednesday in relation to a Kmart robbery, according to a Front Royal Police Department news release.
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Murder charge dropped, but may be revived soon

The prosecution dropped a charge of first-degree murder against Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but Shafer remains in jail and may be indicted later in circuit court.
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Local officials tell Herring of heroin, mental health issues

WINCHESTER -- The spread of heroin and coping with mentally ill people adrift in society topped the list of worries local authorities brought before Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday in Winchester.
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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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