ACSO investigate a school threat at BRCC

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports the investigation of a threat at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC). 

On January 30 ACSO was told that a student at BRCC received a disturbing phone call.

The student allegedly was told to get out of the cafeteria because it was about to be set on fire.

About an hour after that student left other students who overheard the information notified campus security.

The BRCC security team initiated a lockdown of several campus buildings.

After a thorough investigation by campus security and Augusta County Deputies nothing suspicious was found and the lockdown was lifted just after 1 that afternoon.

The student who allegedly received the initial call has been identified and the investigation into the incident continues.

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Remains identified in Augusta County

Authorities have confirmed and identified remains that were unearthed by a contactor in the 1600 block of Tinkling Springs Road in Augusta County.

After an examination by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, the remains were confirmed to be human and dated back to the late 1800s-early 1900s.

The remains appear to be that of a child who passed away and was buried in a coffin in an unmarked grave.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office thanked all agencies involved in the investigation.

The agencies are saddened by the discovery but thankful they were not connected with any current criminal activity.

A link to the press release from Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is here.

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Augusta County Sheriff’s announce inmate death

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reported the death of an inmate at the Middle River Regional Jail on Thursday.

At approximately 4 am, officers were notified of an inmate suffering a medical emergency in the female dormitory.

Middle River Regional Jail personnel started administering CPR a minute later with Emergency Medical Service Personnel arriving less than 20 minutes later.

All personnel did everything they could to revive the inmate who was pronounced dead approximately 40 minutes after the incident was reported.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the death at approximately 4:50 am.

A thorough investigation was launched with no preliminary indication of foul play at this time.

The body has been taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The identity of the inmate and additional information will not be released until the family is notified of the death.

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Augusta County SWAT respond to barricade situation

On June 1st, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a domestic dispute involving knives and a possible firearm.

The call came in just before 3 PM on the 800 block of Todd Road Mount Sidney.

Upon arrival authorities found a female with a knife had barricaded herself in the bedroom.

After demands to come out were ignored the woman began to stab at authorities through the door.

Negotiators and SWAT were called in to resolve the situation to no avail.

The SWAT team had to force their way into the room and take the women into custody.

Jennifer Amber West, 44 of Mount Sidney, faces charges of obstruction of justice and was served with outstanding warrants from several other jurisdictions.

West also faces contempt of court charges.

During the investigation a male resident of the home was also taken into custody on outstanding charges.

Michael Ray Good ,56,  was arrested for contempt of court in the City of Staunton.

Good was released on a personal recognizance bond.

West remains incarcerated and has not cooperated with authorities.

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ACSO lockdown schools while serving a warrant

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) report a lockdown of public schools while serving a warrant.

ACSO’s Sheriff Donald Smith confirmed that the holding of students was strictly a precautionary measure due to the nature of the arrest and proximity to the schools in Danville.

The ACSO’s SWAT Team executed the warrant against 22-year-old Marques Raeqwon Abbott who was arrested without incident around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19.

The Danville Police Department obtained the warrant against Abbott for a case of malicious assault in which the victim suffered severe injuries.

Abbott is also charged with 3 counts of attempted malicious wounding.

Four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging said firearm in the commission of a felony into a public place causing injuries.

Thus, the precaution involving the schools.

Abbott was found in the Montague Terrace Apartment Complex near the schools and arrested without incident.

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