Berryville honors Clarke County High School graduates

Clarke County High School announced the beginning a new tradition this year, the Grad Celebration Down Main Street.

Friday, May 24th from roughly 11:45 am to 12:15 pm, Clarke County’s 148 graduating seniors in their caps and gowns will take buses up and down Main Street in Berryville to celebrate their accomplishments.

The town is inviting businesses and residents to decorate their buildings and come outside to cheer when they drive by to help show how proud the community is of their achievements.

The buses will turn around at the Berryville Farm Supply store, and then continue to the other schools around the county so they can show their support.

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Traffic advisory this morning

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is asking motorists to be patient and show respect this morning, April 20th, while a funeral procession for fallen law enforcement officer, Special Agent D. Sean Baer, travels through Clarke County.

Expect delays and backups between 9 and 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 340 (N. Buckmarsh St.) and Va. Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy.) and
the intersection of Va. 7 and Business 7 (E. Main St. and Audley Farm).

Traffic lights at these intersections will be controlled by Clarke County Sheriff’s deputies. Berryville police officers will assist with traffic control in town.

Special Agent D. Sean Baer, 49, was killed in the line of duty on April 9th.

His funeral procession begins in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., travels south on U.S. 340, and east on Va. 7 to Leesburg.

Please drive carefully.

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Clarke county teacher arrested

According to a press release issued by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, a teacher at DG Cooley Elementary School was arrested for public intoxication.

The Clarke County Public School Superintendent’s Office promptly notified the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office on January 31st.

They expressed concerns about a possible case of intoxication involving Derek L. Boyce, a 39-year-old resident of Stephens City.

Mr. Boyce was taken to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center until he was deemed sober for release.

It is important to emphasize that Mr. Boyce is innocent until proven guilty.

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Clarke County hosts substance awareness resource fair

Clarke County Public Schools and Sheriff’s Office will host a community-wide substance awareness, prevention and resource fair on Wednesday, January 10th at the Clarke County High School Auditorium.

A presentation by a visiting Drug Enforcement Administration Agent and Northwestern Community Services will begin at 6 pm followed by a resource fair from 7 to 8 pm.

The resource fair will include numerous community organizations including the Victim Witness Program, Student Services, Social Services, and more.

The program is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions for the event, contact Director of Student Services Frank Moore at 540-955-6100 or moorea@clarke.k12.va.us.

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County wide substance awareness, prevention, and resource fair

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Clarke County Public Schools are inviting the community to attend the “Substance Awareness, Prevention, and Resource Fair”.

The Fair takes place on January 10th at Clarke County High School from 6 to 8 pm.

Information will be shared about drug abuse in our area by a DEA agent and staff from Northwestern Community Services.

The resource fair includes Northwestern Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, Clarke County Victim Witness Program, Connected Communities, and Social Services.

For information, contact Director of Student Services Frank Moore at (540) 955-6100.

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Clarke Co./Berryville Authorities investigate Data Breach

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Clarke County and Berryville Authorities report the opening of an investigation into a data breach at the Bank of Clarke County.

Between September 28 and 30 skimmers were used at ATM machines at Bank of Clarke County branches in Berryville, Winchester, and Frederick County.

Three individuals believed to be responsible for installing and retrieving the information from the skimmer devices have been identified by the Berryville Police Department.

Pictures of the three individuals can be seen by clicking here.

Anyone with any information on the trio are asked to contact Authorities.

Call the Berryville Police Department at 540-955-1234.

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 540-955-5152.

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Medical emergency causes confusion at CCHS

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise the community that there was not an intruder or violent situation at Clarke County High School (CCHS) on Friday afternoon.

There was a medical emergency at the High School and the school issued a shelter in place while the medical emergency was taking place.

After the announcement for the shelter in place was made a student sent a text message to their parents stating there was an intruder.

This caused a law enforcement response.

At no time was there an intruder or violent situation going on.

If you have any questions, contact Chief Deputy Sumption at 540-955-1234.

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Winchester man apprehended after running from police

Thursday around 5:30 pm, Virginia State Police (VSP) reports by email that they conducted a speeding traffic stop at the intersection of Route 50 and Iron Rail Lane in Clarke County.

The trooper clocked the 2003 Ford Expedition at 77 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

The trooper spoke to the driver, Wilson E. Buckingham Jr., 34,  of Winchester, and returned to his cruiser to check on the driver’s credentials when Buckingham fled on foot.

On Friday at approximately 4:20 pm, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office confirm that Buckingham was apprehended without incident along Route 340 in the Town of Boyce.

Buckingham was wanted in multiple jurisdictions.

A female passenger was detained during the initial incident but has been released. 

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Clarke County Sheriff Roper announces retirement

Clarke County Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper announced that he plans to formally announce his retirement at an event held in front of the Circuit Court on North Church Street in Berryville on Friday, April 21st at 4 pm.

Roper was a 1978 graduate of Clarke County High School who began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher.

He also served as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Loudoun County before returning to Clarke County.

Roper is a founding member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and the regional FBI Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force.

He took over as Sheriff in 2004 and was elected to his fifth term in November 2019.

Under his leadership, he helped the department reach accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission in 2011.

Roper has served on numerous boards and plans to stay active with some of those after his retirement.

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Clarke County residents report the jury scam

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The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office reports several Clarke County residents have received the jury scam call.

This is the typical scam where someone pretending to be a Clarke County Deputy is calling from a local number.

The caller tells the intended victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for missing jury duty.

The victim is then told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine by gift or green dot card.

Clarke County officials again remind residents that no official of Virginia would ever collect a fine in this manner.

If you believe you have been a victim of the scam or have received a call like that call the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office at 540-955-5124.

Some tips to prevent such calls include blocking unwanted calls and texts, resist the pressure to act immediately.

Know that scammers well tell you to pay by wire service or gift cards.

Stop the call and place a call to authorities to confirm authenticity.

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