ACSO investigates a case of animal cruelty

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation and arrest in an animal cruelty case.

Investigators with Animal Control were notified by an anonymous caller of concerns of the  living conditions of animals.

Authorities arrived at the property in the 700 block of Augusta Farm Road to find two dogs that appeared to be living in a car with no food or water.

The inside of the vehicle was covered in feces and the temperature had already reached near 90 degrees on that day.

Several dogs were also found on the property in very poor condition.

Search warrants were executed to further investigate the property.

The pursuing investigation resulted in thirteen cats, twenty-eight dogs and six ducks being seized.

Four of the cats eventually had to be euthanized and one dog had to have its legs amputated.

Eight dogs and twenty cats were found to be deceased on the property.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of 59-year-old Carl Rudolph Lentz who faces several counts of animal cruelty.

The seized animals have been taken to an emergency shelter in Verona.

The investigation is ongoing and if anyone has purchased or knows of animal mistreatment at the property in question is asked to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

The ACSO phone number 540-245-53333 reference case number 2023-0001669.

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FCSO chase and apprehend fugitive wanted in multiple jurisdiction

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports the capture of a fugitive from multiple jurisdictions with help from citizens.

Shortly before noon June 5  a FCSO  Deputy initiated a traffic stop for an equipment violation in the 13100 block of Marsh Road.

Initially the driver did stop but drove off when the officer approached his vehicle and then ran on foot.

A search by Canine, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and officers led to the arrest of Washington DC resident Leroy Keno Stocks.

After Stocks was taken into custody he was treated for heat-related concerns.

Further investigation found that the 47-year-old Stocks had writs of arrest out of Fauquier, Orange and Culpeper Counties.

Stocks was wanted for probation violations and failure to appear.

After the June 5  arrest Stocks now faces false identification to law enforcement, possession of with intent to distribute a schedule 1 2 drug charges as well.

Stocks also faces obstruction of justice, eluding, expired inspection and operating a vehicle without a license charges.

He is being held in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond.

During the investigation Alicia Timbers of Ashburn was also arrested and charged with identity theft and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.

The 37-year-old Timbers was ordered held until sober.

Fauquier Authorities were assisted by Fairfax County and citizens with timely information during the search and investigation.

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Youngkin announces major change to Commonwealth hiring practices

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a significant change on the Commonwealth’s hiring practices which will eliminate degree requirements or preferences from nearly 90% of state classified positions.

Governor Youngkin spoke on the decision stating, “This landmark change in hiring practices for our state workforce will improve hiring processes, expand possibilities and career paths for job seekers and enhance our ability to deliver quality services.”

Virginia joins states like North Carolina and Maryland, who recently cut degree and preference requirements while elevating the value of work experience.

The change will go into effect on July 1, 2023.

To view the Governor’s press release on the decision, click here.

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News Maker Doug Easter on the removal of AM radio

Automakers are suggesting that the AM radio band be removed from the dial of all vehicles to make room for other options.

We spoke with Virginia Association of Broadcaster’s Liaison Doug Easter about what can be done to prevent the removal in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Doug tells us that one of the most important things a citizen can do to prevent it is to notify our representatives in Congress and Senate of how important radio broadcast are to us.

He also talks of the importance of  both AM and FM is in informing the public and what other representatives have to say about the automakers attempts.

Click here for Doug’s news maker.

Click here for additional information on the subject.

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