FCSO rescues horse from pool

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Yesterday Frederick County Sheriffs responded to a call about a 1800 lb. Draft horse that fell into a residential swimming pool.

Upon arrival, deputies determined the horse had knocked the top rail off the fence and then jumped over.

It then walked out onto the Nylon pool cover before falling through.

The horse’s head remained above water in the 9 foot deep pool while deputies cut away the pool cover.

They then led the horse to the shallow end and then eventually up the stairs and onto the pool deck.

The horse is doing fine following the incident and was checked by it’s regular veterinarian.

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Local law enforcement aids in National Drug Take Back Day

The DEA and local law enforcement agencies are partnering for the 23rd National Drug Take Back Day.

From 10 am to 2 pm today, over 4000 locations across the country will accept the anonymous disposal of any unwanted, unneeded or expired medications.

These medications are the most susceptible to theft, abuse, or poisoning.

Last year, over 107,000 Americans died of drug poisoning.

Collection sites will not collect syringes or illicit drugs.

Vapes are now accepted along with their cartridges as long as the lithium battery is removed.

Click here to locate the nearest drop-off location.

Over 15,000 hospitals, pharmacies, businesses, and local police departments also offer year round disposal locations.

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FCSO bloodhound locates missing person

Frederick County Sheriff’s located a missing and endangered person in Stephens City Friday afternoon.

The person was declared missing around 10 am when a son reported his 74 year old mother had left the residence.

The woman was found in a brushy thicket by Deputy Dan Clark and his Bloodhound Beau.

She suffered from mental health problems and had taken numerous prescriptions in an attempt at self harm.

She was then transported by Stephens City Fire and Rescue to Winchester Medical Center.

Sheriff Lenny Millholand wants to remind residents that if you have family members with conditions that can cause them to wander off, contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information on Project Lifesaver to help keep them safe.

Contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 for additional information.

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FCSO arrest a suspect in a Frederick County fatal shooting

The Frederick County Sheriff Office (FCSO) announced the arrest in a shooting death on Whitlock Lane in Frederick County.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 authorities  received and responded to a report of someone being shot following an argument.

Both law enforcement and emergency medical crews were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival deputies located the subject later identified as Jeffrey Behneke Jr. lying near the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim had no pulse and was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel at the scene.

Thorsten Schulze who lives at the residence was detained at the scene.

During the investigation it was determined that Schulze and Behneke got into an argument that escalated to gunfire and the shooting of Behneke.

Schulze has been preliminarily charged with second degree murder and is being held in the Adult Detention facility.

The investigation into the incident continues with no other details available at this time.

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Community and Safety Fair in Winchester

Bright Futures of Winchester and Frederick County are hosting a Community and Safety Fair today from 11:00 am to 3 pm at James Wood Middle School.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Winchester Fire and Rescue will bring some of their specialty vehicles and law enforcement apparatus for children to learn about and explore.

They will also have live demonstrations with their K9 team and drones.

There will also be music, food, a dunk tank and a kids zone.

An acknowledgment and moment of silence for the attacks on September 11th will take place at noon.

Please bring canned goods or nonperishable food to support the Bright Futures food drive.

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FCPS/FCSO investigates school threats

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that they became aware late Sept. 5 of rumors circulating on social media of possible violence erupting at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Sept. 6.

The FCPS system contacted the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and other local agencies to ensure the safety of students and staff at the school.

After investigation the threats were not believed to be credible by the FCSO.

However you may notice increased law enforcement at the Richard E. Byrd Middle School Sept. 6 out of an abundance of caution.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and other officials are thoroughly investigating the situation and taking steps to secure the school.

Anyone with any information in the matter is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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FCSO seeks help for missing person

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in searching for a missing person.

Amanda Michelle Carver, 26, was last seen in the Stephens City area on Thursday around 4 pm.

Amanda has blonde hair and blue eyes with a tattoo of birds on her collarbone and a triangle on her ankle.

She was wearing a t-shirt and shorts with a hair tie on her wrist.

If you have any information, please contact Investigator Travis Adamson of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162.

Click here to see a picture of the missing person.

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FCSO reminds motorists of school bus safety

Children are back to school across the Valley with Frederick County Public Schools returning on Monday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists to be extra cautious in school zones and around buses.

School zone signs will be turned back on during designated times.

Some of those with lower speed limits enforced.

Passing a school bus from any direction is a Class 1 misdemeanor under the Reckless Driving statute.

This is important because children entering or exiting a bus can be unpredictable.

The only time motorists can pass a school bus with it’s stop sign out is if the roadway is divided by a positive barrier like a grassy median or jersey wall.

Cars travelling in the same direction the bus must stop but those on the other side of the barrier may continue.

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FCSO search for missing female

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) along with agencies from across Virginia announced that they are conducting a search and rescue effort to locate Shannon Lee Fox.

Fox was last seen February 23 and was reported missing March 3.

Fox is a 30 year old white female standing 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing approximately 135 pounds.

No foul play is suspected at this time.

Yesterday July 25 the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office with a number of search and rescue teams were searching the Shawneeland area for clues or evidence of Fox’s whereabouts.

Sheriff Millholland is asking anyone with any information to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information and a picture of Fox is available here.

Contact Investigator T. Adamson at 540-662-6168 or 540-662-6162.

Information can also be submitted at Frederick County Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

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FCSO chase a motorcyclist through Winchester

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office announced that Deputies took pursuit of a reckless motorcycle driver on July 4.

After observing reckless driving on Front Royal Pike near Papermill Road attempts to stop the driver were unsuccessful.

The driver of the bike was seen running red lights, weaving in and out of moving vehicles and driving down the middle of the road at high rates of speed.

The chase went eastbound on Route 50 until Deputies found the motorcycle crashed and unattended in the middle of the road near Arbor Court.

The male driver was found unresponsive and suffering physical trauma.

The driver was transported to Fairfax INOVA Trauma Center by helicopter.

Driving the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was 44 year old Dennis Jack Chapman of Amissville Virginia.

Davis is reported to be in serious but stable condition and still under medical care.

The investigation is being conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police crash reconstruction team.

Route 50 east was shut down for approximately 3 hours on July 4.

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