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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Augusta Co. Authorities prevent a man from jumping from window

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office report responding to a Staunton man threatening to jump out of a window of a building on Pinnacle Drive in Fishersville October 25.

The call came from the Augusta County Fire and Rescue who were first on the scene.

Fire and Rescue was responding after the man pulled the fire alarm in the building and then sprayed a person with a fire extinguisher before hanging out of the window from the fourth floor.

Deputies determined that the man had broken into the building before threatening to jump.

After negotiating with the man for approximately an hour he was taken into custody.

David Andrew Bell was arrested and is being held in the Middle River Regional Jail without bond and faces several charges.

The 62-year-old Staunton man faces Felony Breaking and entering of an occupied building with the intent to commit a misdemeanor.

Bell is also charged with a felony charge of malicious injury by caustic substance with additional charges pending.

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ACSO investigates a bomb threat at community center

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports the investigation of a bomb threat at the Verona Community Center August 12.

The Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center took a call from a male with a distorted voice claiming a bomb was in the Verona Community Center on Lee Highway.

The call was transferred to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office as the center is in their jurisdiction.

The caller stated that a book bag containing a bomb was located near the back of the sanctuary.

Deputies arrived at the community center and evacuated the center and adjacent buildings.

The Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office was called in for a bomb detection Canine unit to assist.

There were no suspicious items found after the intensive search in any of the buildings at the location.

This recent call is similar in nature to a June of 2022 call about a bomb at the Murphy- Deming building in Fishersville.

Both of the calls appear to have come from overseas.

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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 report the recovery of New Market drowning victim

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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports the recovery of a drowning victim from New Market.

The report of a drowning at Stoney Creek Resort in Greenville was received at 6:52 p.m. Saturday May 27 with units arriving on scene at 7:05 p.m.

The victim was not immediately found as he was underwater.

The Virginia State Police (VSP) Search and Recovery Team Divers were able to locate and recover the victim.

The victim was recovered and identified as New Market resident Dakota Marcus Fulk’s at 11:56 p.m.

Fulk’s remains have been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for examination.

Foul play is not suspected in Fulk’s death as he became distressed while attempting to swim across the lake and went under the water and did not resurface.

Fulk was at the resort with his wife and numerous family members and friends at the time of the incident.

Along with the ACSO and Fire and Rescue units from Stuarts Draft, Riverheads, Staunton and VSP assisted in the rescue attempt.

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