FCSO apprehend a Warren County Fugitive after a chase

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports a high speed chase of a Warren County fugitive April 9. 

A FCSO Deputy attempted a traffic stop after spotting a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the Interstate 81 313 on ramp at Millwood Pike.

The vehicle refused to stop with the driver making several erratic maneuvers to avoid pursuit.

The driver pulled into Costco and struck two parked vehicles before reentering the road.

After several attempts to elude authorities, the driver ran a stop light at Crossover Boulevard and headed toward Papermill Road.

At Clydesdale Drive additional deputies deployed spike strips and punctured 3 of the 4 tires of the vehicle.

Even after the puncture the suspect crossed into the northbound lanes of Front Royal Pike and eventually off the pavement and on to private property near Armel Road.

Once off the road the driver fled on foot and into a group of junk cars on the private property.

The property was secured by law enforcement with the suspect coming out of the driveway and was taken into custody.

Matthew Gregory Grajeda of Front Royal faces several charges including Felony Eluding, hit and run, Reckless driving, and driving without a license in Frederick County.

Further investigation revealed that Grajeda is wanted out of Warren County for grand larceny as well.

The 28-year-old Grajeda has been transported to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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FCSO Deputy locates missing teen in WV

Deputy Dan Clarke of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office located a missing 14 year old boy in Morgan County just after 4 pm on Monday.

The boy was reported missing on Sunday evening with a search continuing through the evening and into Monday.

He was originally reported missing from the family’s home in the New Hope Road and Theodore Hovermale Road area and was found in a tree blind near Sandy Lane.

The juvenile was transported to War Memorial Hospital by Morgan County EMS for treatment of exposure to cold temperatures.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department thanked numerous local agencies in their press release including the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team and specifically Deputy Dan Clarke and his K-9, the Winchester City Office of Emergency Management, and West Virginia State Police among others.

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FCPS provides update on JWHS hold status

Frederick County Public Schools provided an update about the hold status at James Wood High School on Friday.

The hold status was enacted at approximately 9:31 am through the FCPS rapid communication system to keep students in their classrooms following the discovery of a bullet on a school bus.

The status was lifted at 10:11 am and the school day resumed.

School division spokesperson Tara Helkowski shared a portion of a letter sent to parents and said that after an investigation from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and school administration, it was determined that the bullet posed no immediate threat to the school community.

No further information was released on the incident.

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FCSO apprehend a wanted fugitive after a tip

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports being tipped off to a possible armed and dangerous wanted individual heading for Frederick County to sell drugs.

On March 1 the subject who had a extraditable warrant for his arrest out of West Virginia was seen in Cross Junction as expected.

Identified as Francis Belt, the suspect was already known as a flight risk and as expected fled on foot after seeing officers approaching.

Belt produced a handgun from his coat, as he fled and momentarily held it up but then threw it into a trash pile as he ran.

The suspect was caught and taken into custody without further incident.

The firearm was secured, and Belt was found to be in possession of approximately an ounce of what is believed to be methamphetamine.

Belt has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession with the intent to distribute a scheduled substance.

That coupled with the possession of the firearm is another charge along with brandishing said firearm.

Those charges are added to the warrant out of West Virginia including obstruction of justice.

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VA. A.G. Miyares will host an event in Winchester Feb. 20

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports that Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares will host a One Pill Can Kill session in Winchester.

The event is an Awareness and Narcan Training session to be held at the Winchester Fellowship Bible Church.

This is a free training session open to the community starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday February 20.

The training will provide resources on understanding synthetic opioids and how opioid overdose happens.

The training also covers how to respond to an overdose emergency.

Along with the Attorney General, Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland, and DEA Agent Mian will be in attendance and provide remarks.

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FCSO arrest two attempting to steal and sell scrap metal

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) report the arrest of two men attempting to steal and sell scrap metal.

Deputies responded to a call of flashlights being seen on the property of the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Department.

The call was received around 4:20 a.m. on January 29.

Less than 24 hours before 3 individuals were arrested at that same location.

A Deputy found two men on foot and two vehicles parked with lights off and engines running.

Both men told the Deputy that they believed the metal was free and they planned to sell it.

The general manager of the property was called and told authorities that no one had permission to be on the county property and load metal.

After the manager estimated that the two men had approximately $2,500 worth of scrap metal in their vehicles.

The men were also found to be in possession of power tools and narcotics and paraphernalia.

Paul Leonard of Gainesville and Josh Smith of Broad Run have both been placed behind metal bars in the Fauquier Adult Detention Center.

The men have been charged with Grand Larceny, possession of controlled paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools and Petit larceny respectively.

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Fauquier County Christmas Day escapee apprehended

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has apprehended an escapee who was last seen on Christmas Day.

Dustin David Greer made his escape while at the Boxwood Treatment Center in Culpepper.

Greer is a 31-year-old white male with a facial tattoo under his right eye.

Greer has an extremely large neck tattoo as well and sometimes wears glasses and has been known to sport a beard and mustache or goatee.

A picture of Greer is available by clicking here.

Greer has a home address of Free State Road Marshall Virginia.

Greer was apprehended after only a short time at large after escaping on December 25 he was found and recaptured on December 27.

If you have any information you can call the FCSO at 540-347-3300.

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FCSO release additional information on Wells Fargo robbery

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) continue the investigation of a December 13 robbery at the Walls Fargo bank branch at 110 Rivendell Court.

The white male suspect was wearing a heavy jacket with the hood pulled up to obscure his face.

When looking closely enough it looks as though the subject has a thin mustache.

The subject was reported before he entered the bank in a dark-colored passenger vehicle.

After entering the bank, in the afternoon of December 13 around 4:40 the subject produced a note demanding money and insinuating that he was armed.

The employee complained, handing over an undisclosed amount of money and the subject left the building on foot.

It is noted that the subject did not display a weapon during the incident.

Anyone with any information pertaining to the crime is urged to contact the FCSO at 540-662-6162.

A picture of the individual is available by click here.

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Intoxicated groomsmen shoots wedding guest at Historic Jordan Springs

Deputies of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Saturday, December 9th, shortly after 7 pm regarding a subject threatening to shoot guests attending a wedding reception at Historic Jordan Springs.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, John Morningstar, was a groomsman in the wedding who became overly intoxicated and was asked to leave.

While leaving, he made threats that he would return to the event and shoot everyone there.

Shortly after, Morningstar was spotted in the parking lot driving recklessly and doing donuts.

An attendee of the wedding, Kevin Huff, confronted Morningstar and was shot in the leg before the suspect fled the scene.

Deputies Vorous and Bridgeforth located the victim with the gunshot wound and administered aid until paramedics arrived.

Morningstar was pulled over at Jordan Springs Market and detained without incident.

During the traffic stop, officers discovered a gunshot wound on Morningstar’s foot which is believed to be self-inflicted.

Multiple firearms were located in his trunk with various ammunition, including the weapon involved in the shooting.

Both males were transported to Winchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and were in stable condition.

Morningstar was charged with driving under the influence, malicious wounding, and two counts of reckless handling of a firearm.

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FCSO seeks a man with ties to Frederick County after chase

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The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) report that they are seeking Dylan John Knouse who has ties to Frederick County and Richmond.

Knouse is wanted for felony eluding law enforcement in several counties.

The 30-year-old Knouse most recently was tracked in a rental vehicle Thanksgiving Day traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Winchester Road in Fauquier County.

After a Fauquier County Deputy attempted a traffic stop Knouse sped up to well over 100 miles per hour.

From Winchester Road Knouse sped to Interstate 66 heading west with speeds of at least 120 miles per hour.

Knouse passed several other vehicles including on the right shoulder of the interstate.

Eventually Knouse took exit 13 into Linden and east onto John Marshall Highway.

After numerous erratic maneuvers Knouse turned on to Fiery Run Road and finally abandoned his vehicle on Harrels Corner Road.

Several warrants have been issued by the magistrate for Knouse’s capture.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the FCSO at 540-347-3300.

A picture of Knouse is found here.

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