Investigation and trial ends in multiple counts of fraud

The Page County Sheriff Department and the Circuit Court of Page Country have concluded a three-year investigation and the five-day trial of Wayne and Sabrina Knott.

Under the business name of Knott Roofing, they took advance down payments for new roofs.

After several months of receiving complaints that roofs had not been completed and the Knotts would not communicate with them, the Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation.

They were convicted of nearly 100 felony counts of construction fraud, obtaining money by false pretenses, conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses, and conspiracy to commit construction fraud.

Sentencing will begin February 14, 2024.

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SCFMO concludes arson investigation from 2019

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The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office (SCFMO) confirmed in a press release that they have concluded an arson investigation from 2019.

As a result of the investigation the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and SCFMO have recognized and rewarded Maria Salazar.

Salazar was rewarded $3,000 for providing information that led to the arrest of Andrew Tupin of Round Hill.

The information provided to Salazar by Tupin included details that could only be known to Law Enforcement and the person who committed the crime.

Salazar went to authorities the day after Tupin confessed the information to her which led to his arrest.

The March 2019 fire Tupin is accused of setting caused $240,000 property and contents damage to a Toms Brook home.

The house fire was reported by one of the three occupants of the home on March 12, 2019, at 2:20 a.m.

Without Salazar going to Authorities with the information the crime may have gone unsolved.

The IAAI has offered rewards of up to $5,000 for information involving suspected arson.

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Updated FCSO investigation of school threat

A report from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) School Safety Division indicates that the investigate into the online social media threat involving a Frederick County Public School continues.

The threat alluded to someone coming to a school with the intent to cause harm to others on Sept. 6.

After an initial investigation and assessment the threats were not believed to be credible.

Despite that out of an abundance of caution extra resources were deployed to the school.

Anyone with information about the threat or persons responsible for them is asked to contact the FCSO with any information.

it is important to note that either written or computerized threats of this type toward  persons at a school or a school sponsored event  is a class 6 felony offense in the state of Virginia and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

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Strasburg Police ask for the public’s help in an investigation

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The Strasburg Police Department (SPD) is asking for the public’s help in an investigation of a Church burglary.

The office of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Washington Street was broken into Sun. night Aug. 28 or early morning Aug. 29.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the church office and the office was left  damaged.

Police Chief Sager states that this is likely an isolated incident however police will increase patrols around places of worship as a precautionary measure.

Anyone with security cameras facing the church is asked to review their footage from Sunday night Monday morning.

If you have any information on the incident or see anything suspicious in the security footage please report it to the SPD at 540-465-5230.

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Authorities investigate a fatal shooting in Manassas

Prince William County Authorities announced the investigation of a homicide that occurred  Friday night in Manassas.

Twenty five year old Dalton Moore with no known fixed address was shot to death and another 25 year old man was wounded in the incident.

The two men were approached by a third man outside a convenience store on Sudley Manor Drive and Manor Drive.

After a brief encounter the man who approached the first two shot them.

Officers arrived shortly after the shooting and provided medical aid but were unable to save Moore.

The second victim was treated and then transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.

K-9 units were dispatched to find the shooter but were unsuccessful.

The investigation revealed that the shooter entered a light colored sedan after the shooting and fled.

The suspect is described as a heavyset Hispanic male with short dark hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black shorts.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department.

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WPD ask for identification of a thief

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced the investigation of an early morning burglary and auto theft from Winchester Toyota.

Between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Sunday June 12 a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2017 BMW M4 were stolen from the lot.

Before the vehicles were stolen a larger individual was caught on security video inside the business.

The one on video appears to be wearing all black including black face covering possibly a ski mask.

The perpetrator may have been wearing an orange vest with black stripes.

Click here for a look at the individual.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the WPD at 540-662-4131.

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VSP investigate a bus and train collision

An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) Sergeant Brent Coffey states an investigation is ongoing in a collision of a bus and train in Rockingham County.

The incident involved a McGaheysville Elementary school bus and a train yesterday Nov. 17 on Rt. 340 and Island Ford Rd.

Sixteen children were onboard the bus with four of those having to be treated for minor injuries.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The driver of the bus 70 year old James A. Kite of Elkton has been charged with failure to obey a traffic control device.

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Clarke County Sheriff’s Office investigates the death of a 3 year old

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In a press release from the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) the investigation of the death of a 3 year old has been launched.

The report came in from the 1200 block of Triple J Rd. Clarke County that the child had been shot.

The preliminary investigation relieved that the shooting may have been accidental pending additional investigation.

As this is an ongoing investigation no additional information was available at this time.

The CCSO is being assisted by the Virginia State Police (VSP).

The release went on to ask that we keep the family, law enforcement and emergency personnel in our thoughts.

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WPD investigate a shooting in Winchester

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is investigating a shooting in a strip mall in the 800 block of North Loudoun Street.

The 24 year old victim who was not identified was shot in the upper body early Sunday morning.

He is in serious but stable condition at Winchester Medical Center.

WPD did get a description of the assailant but no motive for the shooting has been disclosed.

The victim and shooter reportedly did not know one another.

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Arrests, seizures target Sinaloa drugs destined for Virginia

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By Associated Press | Published May 27, 2021 7:15 a.m.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A trafficking network that ferried drugs from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico through California to multiple drug dealing organizations around the nation’s capital has been dismantled, according to local and federal officials.

An investigation that began in 2017 with work from a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy assigned to a federal task force eventually stretched to seven states and resulted in more than 30 arrests, the seizure of more than 100 firearms; $6 million in cash, jewelry and other assets; 473 pounds (215 kilograms) of methamphetamine; 42 kilograms of fentanyl; and 129 kilograms of cocaine.

At a time when drug overdoses have been on the rise during the pandemic, getting those drugs off the streets “undeniably spared the lives of countless members of our communities,” said Raj Parekh, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The distributors from California linked to the Sinaloa cartel — once led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — were also suppliers to a drug crew in Dayton, Ohio, that was connected to the 2019 slaying of Dayton police Officer Jorge Del Rio, 55, who was shot while executing a search warrant as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force, said Jarod Forget, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Washington Division.

One specific seizure in Loudoun County that included 50 kilograms of cocaine and $1.4 million in cash was the largest seizure in county history, Sheriff Mike Chapman said.

Seven drug dealing organizations operating in and around the nation’s capital were dismantled as part of what agents dubbed Operation Angels Envy, officials said.

In Alexandria earlier this year, Romaine Anthony Dixon, 32, of Camp Springs, Maryland, was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Another Maryland man, Roger Vincent 42, of Temple Hills, has been sentenced to 15 years.

Two California men linked to the Sinaloa cartel — Michael Barroso of Bellflower and Roberto Ramirez Jr. of Fullerton — received 10-year prison sentences in Alexandria, and a third man awaits sentencing.

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