Linden man arrested on child porn charges

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Warren County Sheriff’s authorities arrested s 42-year-old Linden man Tuesday and charged him with possessing child pornography.

Steven M. Kay faces three counts of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography.

The sheriff’s office received an online cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), according to the release. The tipster referred to an online account sharing elicit material involving pubescent and pre-pubescent minors.

While investigators worked on the case, additional tips were received regarding the same account and content on February 19. Investigators identified the perpetrator as Kay, the office said.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team executed a search warrant in the 300 block of Long View Road, Linden, on Feb. 22. Kay was taken into custody at that address, according to the release. He was transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail without incident.

After Kay’s arrest, he appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to jail without the possibility of bond. The court date for the listed offenses has been set for 10 a.m. March 14 in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro (NOVA/DC) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, coordinated by the Virginia State Police. Anyone with information regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM) can contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with further information regarding this case can contact Criminal Investigations Sergeant M.R. Ramey at (540) 635-7100 or via email at mramey@warrencountysheriff.org.

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Multiple arrests in W.Va. drug-enforcement effort

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The Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Department reported more than two dozen arrests in the wake of a multi-agency drug-enforcement effort Thursday and Friday in the county.

The combined effort conducted by members of the department’s SWAT team, the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and Martinsburg City Police Department effort focused on criminal interdiction and enforcement of drug dealers, which also included other various offenders.

The department reported: Information was obtained which lead to a successful search warrant/arrest/drug seizure which also lead to the location of illegal weapons. The BCSD SWAT Team was utilized for this high risk search warrant. The Berkeley County Transportation Division, led by Chief Court Marshal Mike Laing, assisted greatly in the processing and transportation of persons arrested throughout this operation.

Stats:
Traffic Stops – 75
Vehicle Searches – 9
Felony Arrests – 5 persons/8 Charges
Misdemeanor – 16 persons/26 Charges
Drug Related Arrests – 4
Fugitive Arrests – 2
Guns – 2
Marijuana – 32 grams
Crack Cocaine – 11 grams
Suboxone – 1 strip
Total Drug Value: $1440.00
Cash Seized: $1480.00
Search Warrant – 1

“This multi-agency combined effort is an example of how cooperative efforts can have a major impact on the drug trafficking industry in the Eastern Panhandle of WV and the surrounding areas. We would like to thank each officer who participated and we look forward to working with these agencies in the future,” Berkeley County Sheriff Rob Blair said.

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VH Hospitals reach the top 100 in a nationwide survey

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Valley Health (VH) reports that 5 of their hospitals have placed well in a nationwide survey.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health completes a nationwide report on the performance of rural hospitals annually.

In the 2024 report 5 of Valley Health’s hospitals were placed in the top 100 nationally.

Among VH’s Critical Access Hospitals Shenandoah, Page, War, and Hampshire Memorial Hospitals all placed in the top 100.

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is the only Virginia hospital to be placed in the top 100 for three years straight.

Both Hampshire and War Memorial were the only West Virginia hospitals to reach the top 100.

The larger Warren Memorial Hospital reached the top 100 on the list of Rural and Community Hospitals.

Warren Memorial is not federally designated as a Critical Access Hospital having less than 25 acute care inpatient beds.

Conditionally a Non-Critical Access hospital also has to be located more than 35 miles from another hospital along with other criteria.

Warren Memorial was one of only four Virginia hospitals to make the Rural and Community list.

These lists are compiled from publicly reported data along with 36 measures of quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost among that criteria.

VH President and CEO Mark Nantz calls the rankings a testament to the high level of care provided by hospital caregivers every day.

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News Maker Sheriff Tim Carter on Neighborhood Watches

Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter and staff are offering neighborhood watch programs again across the county.

We spoke to Sheriff Carter about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Sheriff Carter explains that after a COVID-19 hiatus the Neighborhood Watches are back in Shenandoah County.

He also explains how the program can benefit both communities and his office as well.

Sheriff Cater explains that he and his staff are open to creating new Neighborhood Watches throughout Shenandoah County and how to create one.

Click here for Sheriff Carter’s latest news maker.

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WFRD receive new swift water rescue equipment

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Through a grant from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) report receiving swift water equipment.

Included in the grant were funds for training to help personnel to become familiar with the equipment and how to respond to certain incidents.

The training will include individual instruction on personal flotation devices, techniques on rope throw, and safely removing a patient while taking spinal precautions.

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will be the Winchester Parks and Recreation’s indoor pool facility for some of the training exercises.

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