Front Royal police warn of phone scam

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The Front Royal Police Department is warning of a phone scam in which the caller uses Capt. Brian Whited’s credentials and claims to be the Front Royal police.

The caller demands money and threatens arrest if the person does not comply. Caller ID may show the name and phone number of a legitimate law-enforcement agency.

The Front Royal police will never call someone demanding money, police said, adding that these scams are designed to get people to panic. Police remind residents never to provide or confirm personal information to the scammers.

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Triad hosts Spring conference

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Triad is hosting it’s Spring Conference on Tuesday, May 7th.

Triad is a joint effort between the Page County law enforcement community (fire/police/sheriff) to aid senior citizens and their
organizations in reducing crimes against them.

This conference is a time for seniors to share their concerns and questions.

The First Responders will have presentations and publications.

The conference will be held at Rileyville Baptist Church on US 340 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

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Page County Triad announces spring conference

Page County Triad, a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies, senior citizens and senior organizations, will hold its spring conference May 7 at the Rileyville Baptist Church on U.S. 340.

The session will include presentations and opportunities for seniors to share concerns about crime and safety.

Check-in will run from 8 to 9 a.m., with the conference running from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public..

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office seeks to ID three

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to identify three people in connection with an incident Friday at Lowe’s in Stephenson.

The three individuals entered the Lowe’s at 261 Market St. on Friday, according to a department Facebook post. One subject proceeded to fill a cart with Dewalt tools.

The agency has 10 photos of the trio in its Facebook post on the incident.

No further information was available as of Saturday morning.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call 540-662-6162, reference 2400 1706 or contact Frederick Clarke Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

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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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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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Thefts from vehicles at Maurertown Park investigated

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of larcenies from vehicles at Maurertown Park.

On Thursday afternoon, authorities received a report that four vehicles had been damaged and were missing items. The sheriff’s office said a black Jeep Wagoneer was seen leaving the park between 4:30 and 4:50 p.m. Thursday. A photo of the vehicle is available on the sheriff office’s Facebook page.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the incident is encouraged to contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 459-6100.

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department investigating jewelry theft

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The Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of jewelry valued at about $85,000 from a residence on Duckwoods Lane in Martinsburg.

The victim reported Thursday that the jewelry has been stolen while she and her daughter were out during the day. Her daughter’s fiance was watching the house, according to a report from the department.

Deputies said the fiance identified himself as Cooper Ross. When they grew suspicious of him and got a fingerprint scanner, he told them he lied about his identity and his real name was Igor Rosensteel. He told the deputies that he had left the residence for about 45 minutes. Deputies later determined the 33-year-old Baltimore man had sold the jewelry at a local pawn shop. They recovered the money and said in the report that they hoped to recover the jewelry Friday.

Deputies also determined that Rosensteel is on federal probation stemming from a 2018 conviction  of impersonating a Secret Service agent in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme.

The investigation is ongoing.

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New Market man faces child porn, failure to register charges

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A 21-year-old New Market man faces charges after an investigation into child pornography by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office.

Jacob D. Ohler was arrested on one count of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography and three counts of failure to register as a sex offender, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

The investigation began Jan. 31 with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). On Feb. 6, deputies and officers from Shenandoah County Adult Probation and Parole executed a search warrant in the 9000 block of Pleasant View Drive in New Market. Ohler was arrested afterward on a probation violation, according to the sheriff’s office. The child porn and failure to register charges were filed Feb. 22.

Ohler was transported to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, where he was held without bond.

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

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