Morgan County Authorities arrest a murder suspect

According to the Morgan Messenger Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputies  have made an arrest in a murder.

The MCSO Deputies have charged 21 year old Gabriel Cardwell of Matinsburg with the stabbing death of a Berkeley Springs man.

Deputies responded to reports of a disturbance in the 9000 block of Winchester Grade Road around 1 a.m. Monday September 5.

On arrival authorities were informed that a man had tried to intervene in a domestic disturbance and was stabbed.

The victim is 47 year old Scott Mullen of Berkeley Springs who was found suffering from 13 stabs wounds.

Cardwell was found near the scene and reportedly told arresting officers that he stabbed Mullen but wasn’t sure how many times.

It is reported that Cardwell had come to the property to talk to a woman but was asked to leave several times but would not.

The unidentified woman came out of the house and was pushed by Cardwell.

Mullen tried to intervene when he was stabbed and shortly after died from his wounds at the scene.

The investigation into the incident continues with authorities asking anyone with additional information to come forward.

Contact the MCSO at 1-304-258-1067.

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Loudoun County Authorities are assaulted during arrest

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports receiving a call from the Sterling Costco about a larceny in progress.

When Deputies arrived Tues. July 26 around 1 p.m. they confronted the subject who began to resist.

Ashburn resident Sady Ashkar not only resisted but began to assault the Deputies.

One Deputy was able to tase Ashkar to no effect.

Ashkar began to flee towards the front of the store where he was confronted by employees and bystanders stopping his escape.

Ashkar continued to resist at one point tackling a Deputy and grabbing the Officer’s taser and throwing  it.

Then Ashkar tried to acquire the Deputy’ s holstered pistol.

By that time other Officers arrived and were able to tase him again before he was placed under arrest.

As Ashkar was being evaluated by Emergency Medical Personnel he assaulted a Loudoun County Rescue Medic.

Ashkar was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before transportation to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where he is held without bond.

The 32 year old Ashkar was served multiple warrants for assault on law enforcement and rescue personnel.

Ashkar is also charged with trying to disarm an Officer, resisting arrest along with larceny and shoplifting charges.

One Deputy was transported to the hospital treated and released for minor injuries.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the citizens and employees for their assistance in the arrest.

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Winchester man charged with buying a homicide weapon

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A Winchester man has been arrested for making a purchase of a firearm that was used in a homicide.

A press release from the Department of Justice Western District of Virginia shows the man is charged with buying what’s known as a straw weapon.

Winchester resident 25 year old Gerald Kendrick Oxner apparently lied when he purchased a handgun from a Front Royal gun store in January 2021.

Oxner did not disclose that he was buying the weapon for a close relative.

Oxner also provided false information when making the purchase which carries a five year prison sentence if convicted.

The weapon Oxner purchased was later recovered in Maryland with an obliterated serial number.

Forensics research confirmed the weapon was linked to a January 25, 2021 shooting in Southeast Washington D.C..

The action of Oxner providing the weapon that was used in the homicide is referred to as a straw purchase.

That weapon was connected to a murder and the wounding of three others in that incident.

A relative of Oxner’s was arrested and charged with murder in that shooting.

Oxner has also  been accused of making other straw purchases of a least one other firearm in Virginia.

At least one other straw purchased firearm was found in the possession of a felon in a separate shooting investigation.

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WPD announce a wanted fugitive has been apprehended

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a wanted fugitive has been apprehended.

Chanz Doleman has been sought for his association with an incident that left a male victim with serious injuries.

Authorities have been searching for Doleman since March 20.

Doleman is being investigated by WPD for his involvement with the incident.

Doleman was apprehended in West Virginia on Wed. July 13 and faces charges of felony assault.

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Hedgesville man arrested for murder of 3 coworkers

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police announced the arrest of a Hedgesville resident for the murder of 3 coworkers.

Joe Louis Esquivel faces 25 charges including 3 counts of murder in the first degree, 2 counts of attempted murder and more.

The 23 year old Esquivel was apprehended in regards to the death of 3 people at Columbia Machine Incorporated where he worked.

After putting in a full day of work Thur. June 9 Esquivel left work retrieved a weapon from his vehicle and reentered the building.

Esquivel went to the break room and opened fire then fled in his vehicle.

Maryland State Police encountered Esquivel a short time later and gunfire was exchanged.

Both a Trooper and Esquivel were struck by bullets and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Both men survived their injuries.

Three of Esquivel’s fellow employees were pronounced dead at Columbia Machine two were injured including the Trooper.

After Authorities executed a search warrant of Esquivel’s Hedgesville home they were able to confiscate additional firearms.

Esquivel is being held without bond in Washington County Maryland as the investigation continues.

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A second arrest in the Touch of Texas shooting

A second arrest has been made in the fatal shooting at a Touch of Texas in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

The arrest stems from the initial 911 call from the Winchester Avenue establishment around 2:30 a.m. May 6.

The Journal reports 20 year old Lorenzo Valle of Stephens City has also been arrested.

Valle faces a felony charge of a person prohibited from carrying firearms and a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities found Valle moving back and forth from vehicle to vehicle in the parking lot the night of the shooting.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the vehicle to find a 9 millimeter Glock handgun and a bag of what is believed to be cocaine.

Authorities have already arrested 18 year old Dyreek Harris of Winchester. 

Harris was arrested for his involvement in the dispute that initiated the 911 call.

Harris faces four counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

The victim of the shooting was Diata Johnson of Winchester who accompanied Harris.

Authorities have arrested the suspected shooter in the incident but have not released their identity as it is an ongoing investigation.

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Fredrick County Fugitive has been apprehended

The Frederick County Fugitive who eluded arrest in a high speed chase has been apprehended.

A release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Sara Michell Cox has been arrested.

Cox was wanted on several outstanding warrants before hitting a Sheriff’s Deputy with her car to avoid arrest on Apr. 30.

After striking the officer Cox led police on a high speed chase and eluded arrest.

Cox is now facing felony assault on a law enforcement officer and felony eluding charges.

The officer who was struck was not seriously injured.

Initially Cox was being sought on felony failure to appear in court for grand larceny shoplifting and obtaining money by false pretense charges.

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Strasburg Police investigate an assault and robbery

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Strasburg Police are investigating an assault and robbery at the Strasburg Visitor’ s Center.

An email from Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager confirms that an assault and robbery occurred at the Visitor’s Center at 33229 Old Valley Pike Mon. May 9 around 4:30 p.m..

Strasburg Police arrived shortly after the report but not before the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

A female employee with the Town of Strasburg was assaulted by the suspect and was treated at the scene.

The employee was able to give a description of her assailant.

She described him as a white male 5 feet 7 or 8 inches tall.

He was wearing a gray shirt and pants with combed back gray hair.

He was believed to be in his late 50’s or early 60’s.

Strasburg Police believe it was an isolated incident with no further threat to the community according to the email. 

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Nixon at (540) 465-5230.

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WPD arrest murder suspect

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) confirm in an email the arrest of a murder suspect.

Officer have arrested and charged 32 Jessie Nathaniel Simms with second degree murder as a result of the investigation into the death of 37 year old Nathaniel Jones of Winchester.

At 1:30 the morning of May 6 authorities responded to reports of a fight in the Henry Avenue area.

As officers approached they were advised by dispatch that 911 calls indicated a male had been shot.

Jones was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

A search warrant was obtained for Simms’ residence on Henry Avenue where a handgun was found.

Simms and the victim were acquaintances and this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Simms is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the WPD as the investigation continues.

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Page County Deputies make an arrest after a chase

A Page County Sheriff’s Office social media post announced the arrest of Jerry Lee Campbell.

Page County Deputies responded to reports of cars being vandalized near Deerfield Estates.

The suspect failed to stop for the deputy and was pursued until he crashed on Stonyman Road.

After a short foot pursuit the chase ended with the arrest of 32 year old Jerry Lee Campbell the second.

Campbell faces 5 charges including Driving Under the Influence, Eluding, Driving Suspended, Petty Larceny x 2, and Tampering with a Vehicle x 2.

Campbell is being held without bond with further court proceedings pending.

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