FRPD report a chase that included school lockdowns

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The Front Royal Police Department (FPD) reports a chase that led to temporary school lockdowns.

On the morning of August 25 Front Royal Police were notified by a 14 Street Severn Eleven clerk that a woman had entered the store asking for help.

The clerk informed police that the woman was needing help and protection from threats made by Michael Foltz.

Foltz was in a Silver Chevy Equinox in the parking lot and eventually came into the store looking for the female questioning the clerk.

Exiting the store Foltz took off in the Equinox heading down 14 Street pulling into the BP Gas Station. 

When Foltz saw a Front Royal Police Officer he went up 14 Street and the pursuit was on.

Foltz took Police down Shenandoah Avenue through Royal Village and the Old Virginia Plant area.

The pursuit continued on until the Equinox crashed into the Shenandoah River where Foltz exited and ran to the other side of the river.

Police lost sight of Foltz and called in Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies who responded immediately.

A perimeter was established which led to a soft lockdown of local schools.

Skyline High School, Skyline Middle School and Diversified Minds were locked down until Foltz was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Foltz was wanted out of Page County for several offenses including aggravated malicious wounding.

He also faces charges of felony destruction of property, eluding, grand larceny, simple assault and battery and driving without a license.

Anyone with any information regarding Foltz or this incident is asked to contact the Front Royal Police Department.

Contact FRP Corporal Kevin Orndorff or call 540-635-2111 or ccline@frontroyalva.com with any information.

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PCSO and NRDTF arrest 4 in major narcotics investigation

Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports that with the assistance of the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force (NRDTF) South End team an arrest of four people was made on August 17.

The execution of a search warrant at 570 Jollett Road Elkton led to the arrest that included the confiscation of several suspicious items.

Gregory Michael Knight, William BJ Brown Jr., Amanda Marye Cubbage and Curtis Lee Wright have all been taken into custody in the investigation.

During the investigation authorities seized narcotics with a street value of approximately $15,000.

Prescription drugs with a street value of approximately $3,000 were also confiscated.

One catalytic converter, a firearm and several items consistent with the distribution of narcotics including a money counter were also confiscated.

Over $1,350 in U.S. currency was found in the investigation as well.

The investigation was initiated by a task force that includes 6 different regional agencies including Virginia State Police working together as the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force.

The case remains under investigation.

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FRPD makes arrest for solicitation of minors

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Nathan Lindgren, 26, of Lexington Park, Maryland was arrested on Tuesday in Warren County for solicitation of a minor.

The man began soliciting an undercover officer that he believed was an underaged female for photographs and other explicit material.

During the investigation, a meeting place was established and when Lindgren arrived, he met with detectives of the Front Royal Police.

He was transported to RSW Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Anyone with further information on the case, contact Detective M.R. Ramey at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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A death occurs during train derailment clean up

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Fri. morning at 3 a.m. Front Royal Police and Emergency Personnel were called back to the Riverton Junction on Depot Ave..

Officials found Norfolk Southern employee Willie Ezra Phillips of Lesage West Virginia had been killed in an accident.

During the clean up of the 16 car train derailment the 36 year old Phillips was fatally injured in an accident at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation but no foul play is suspected at this time.

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