Man arrested; 123 pounds of pot confiscated

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A New York state man was arrested after troopers found 123 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a Wednesday traffic stop, State Police said.

The traffic stop was initiated for speeding and following too closely on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County. During the stop at mile marker 246, the driver, Jun Yan of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., consented to a search of his Toyota Sienna.

During the search, Virginia State Police discovered 123 boxes containing vacuum sealed packages of marijuana.

The 45-year-old Yan faces charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and transporting more than 5 pounds of the drug into the state. In all, 123 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $500,000 was confiscated.

Yan has been transported to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

Winchester man arrested in child sex-abuse case

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an investigation on Tuesday with the arrest of a Winchester man.

While operating the investigation authorities received several downloads of child sexual abuse material from a Winchester online account. Investigators were able to pinpoint the location of the account in the 400 block of Wardensville Grade.

Search warrants were secured and executed by the Frederick County Sheriff’s office which led to the arrest of David A. Morelli. The 36-year-old Morelli is currently being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Morelli has a April 11 10:00 a.m. court date in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with any information on this case or any case regarding the solicitation of or exploration of a minor should contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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Warren county sheriff’s office arrests Chesterfield man

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On March 14th, law enforcement officers from Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old man, William John Wester, in Chesterfield on suspicion of committing Internet Crimes Against Children.

These efforts are part of the ongoing investigation into individuals who lure minors through the internet for inappropriate purposes.

Mr. Wester was taken into custody without incident and transported to Chesterfield County Jail.

He appeared before a magistrate and was ordered to be held on a bond of $7,500.

The scheduled court date for the offenses has been set for April 4, 2024, at 09:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Such crimes can cause irreparable harm to children and their families.

It is important to take action against those who engage in such reprehensible behavior and bring them to justice.

The law enforcement agencies are committed to ensuring the safety of our communities, especially our children.

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Shenandoah County teen charged with possession of explosives

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A 14-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of explosives after the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bomb Squad executed a search warrant at a residence in the area of Dorel Drive, Maurertown.

Specifically, the boy was charged under state code 18.2-85: Manufacture or Possession of Firebomb, Explosive, etc.

Evidence recovered at the scene led to the charge, the sheriff’s office said March 8, adding that the teen is a student at a private school outside Shenandoah County.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Frederick County School Board responds to member’s arrest

Without mentioning his name, the Frederick County School Board released a statement by email on the recent arrest of one of its members.

Board member Miles Adkins was arrested Tuesday, February 27 on four misdemeanor charges stemming from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the statement released by email Friday, the board says it takes seriously its commitment to supervise and support the school division.

“The Frederick County School Board takes seriously its commitment to supervise and support our school division. As members elected to serve on this Board, we remain focused on working together to support our students, staff, and others who play an integral role in educating the children in our communities. We are aware of the recent charges against a fellow Board member. While we do not condone the underlying allegations, we also understand that the court system involves a decision-making process that is separate from the role and obligations of our School Board. As that process proceeds, our focus will stay where it needs to: on the children in our county. We will continue to make decisions that serve in the best interests of our students, while working to ensure that the educational environment in our schools is not disrupted by these events.”

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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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Drug bust follows traffic stop in Front Royal

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On October 3rd, around 11:30 pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Ulibarri observed a vehicle having a hard time maintaining its lane on North Shenandoah Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was pulled over due to suspicion of being under the influence.

In collaboration with Sgt. Gregory and canine partner Roman, who conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle and found it to be
positive for narcotics.

Subsequently, a thorough search of the vehicle and its occupants were
taken, revealing a significant amount of illegal substances and paraphernalia.

As a result, Racheal Huntt and Cristan Blow were arrested on multiple charges.

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NVRDGTF arrest a PA. in the valley for drugs

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The Northwestern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGTF) have arrested 33 year old Christopher Shane Gonder of Waynesboro PA.

Gonder has been accused of being a leader in a methamphetamine trafficking organization.

The organization has been accused of operating in Frederick and Warren Counties.

Gonder was setup by police in an undercover sting operation and attempted to flee arrest.

After a pursuit from Warren County to Toms Brook Gorden’s vehicle became disabled.

Authorities searched Gonder’s vehicle finding over $9,000 in illicit drugs and over $3,000 cash.

A subsequent search of a storage unit Gonder rented in Maryland reviled roughly a half a pound of methamphetamine worth about $6,000 and $10,000 in cash.

Numerous charges have been filed against Gonder with more expected against he and his co-conspirators.

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