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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Mount Jackson man receives 16 years for drug trafficking

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced the sentencing of a Mount Jackson man for drug trafficking.

Merle Brook Stephens was found guilty in January of one count of knowingly or intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Stephens also faced a count of a carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a  drug trafficking crime.

The 53 year old Stephens also faced a count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Stephens received his sentence Monday May 9 after a three day jury trial and has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Stephens was arrested on December 7, 2018 as a part of a larger law enforcement sting operation.

At the time of his arrest Stephens was in possession of more than 323 grams of methamphetamine.

Stephens was found to be in possession of a loaded 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun with five loaded magazines over $3,000 in cash and variety of drug paraphernalia.

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4 hurt in Bunker Hill fight and shooting

The Herald Mail reports a fight and shooting at a gentlemen’s club in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to reports of a shooting Saturday morning May 7 at the Elysium Gentlemen’s club.

A large fight was reported at the bring your own beverage club on Winchester Road around 5 a.m..

An unidentified Virginia man was injured when he fell fleeing reported gunfire and was taken to the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Two other individuals who had been at the club were later reported at the Winchester Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds.

Another was injured by broken glass after a bullet struck the windshield of the vehicle he was fleeing in.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the outbreak and the extent of the injuries involved.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are being assisted by the West Virginia State Police on the investigation.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police  are also working on the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

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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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WPD make a major drug arrest

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A news release from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a major narcotics arrest on April 29.

California resident Obamdidamu Newton was arrested in a Winchester motel room on Valley Avenue.

The proactive enforcement officers of the WPD led to a search of Newton’s room which netted approximately $30,000 in narcotics and a firearm.

A backpack in the 35 year old Newton’s room was found to contain, all approximate amounts.

Eight ounces of Methamphetamine, 27 grams of Crack Cocaine, a quarter pound of Marijuana, 2.5 ounces of Psychedelic Mushrooms and 75 Ecstasy pills.

Authorities also confiscated almost $5500 in currency and a stolen 9 millimeter handgun from Newton’s room.

Newton faces charges of possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.

Newton also faces times 5 possession charges with the intent to distribute narcotics.

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Suspect identified in Sunday’s Manassas shooting

Prince William County Police Department have announced a suspect in the shooting that occurred Sunday in Manassas.

Authorities responded to a shooting Sun. morning May 1  at 10:15  at the Benton Middle School athletic field.

It was confirmed that two adult men were shot during the incident.

One 24 year old man had to be flown to an area hospital the second victim a 33 year male suffered non- life threatening wounds.

That victim was transported by Ambulance to a hospital.

Both men are expected to survive their wounds.

The shooter who is still at large has now been identified as 23 year old Isaiah Malik Gordon of Dumfries.

Gordon is wanted on two counts of aggravated malicious wounding two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of use of a firearm on school grounds and one count of having  a firearm on school grounds.

Police have offered up to $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Gordon.

The shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation between the three men who knew each other.

The verbal altercation escalated to Gordon drawing a gun and shooting the two men and then he fleeing.

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

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Wanted felon flees attempted arrest

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports the search for a wanted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Sara Michell Cox on Sat. Apr. 30 at the Route 50 Walmart parking lot.

Cox was able to escape by striking the Deputy with her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

A pursuit began at speeds that reached over 100 miles per hour on Northwestern Pike.

Cox’s driving became more erratic and pursuit was terminated for public safety.

Cox was driving a white 2021 or 22 Ford Mustang that is believed to be a rental.

The vehicle has a black soft top with an unknown vehicle registration.

Cox, who is homeless has been known to stay with friends in the Inwood, Capon Bridge, Martinsburg and Winchester areas.

She is currently wanted on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, felony failure to appear on grand larceny charges.

Cox is also wanted for shoplifting, obtaining money by false pretenses and maybe facing other charges.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Frederick County resident arrested for suspected arson

An email from the Frederick County Virginia Government confirms the arrest of a Frederick County resident for suspected arson.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue (FCFR) received multiple 911 calls reporting a structure fire in the 700 block of Fawn Drive in the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision.

While on the way to the fire dispatchers informed crews that a suspect was seen fleeing the scene.

Further information was received that the owner of the home had blown the structure up and left in a Ford F-150.

A Be On The Lookout Order (BOLO) was issued to stop and detain the individual for investigative purposes.

Virginia State Police and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect in the area of Panther and Remington Drives.

Justin M. Snapp of 711 Fawn Drive was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Based on further information gathered at the scene of the fire and statements from neighbors authorities have added charges of Burning or Destroying a Dwelling or House to Snapp’s charges.

The fire on Fawn Drive involved the house a vehicle with smaller fires found on the grounds  around the house.

Estimated damage to the property is projected to be at approximately $130,000.

The incident remains under investigation anyone with information is asked to call the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Two arrested with children after high speed chase

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An email from Captain Crystal Cline of the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) confirms the arrest of two suspects after a high speed chase.

A FRPD Officer attempted to stop a vehicle speeding in the 1100 block of John Marshall Highway early Sat. morning Apr. 16.

The vehicle was recorded going 73 miles per hour (MPH) in a 25 mph zone.

After pursuit began the vehicle increased to speeds of up to 110 mph.

The driver of the speeding vehicle rear ended another vehicle forcing airbag deployment and the vehicle to stop in the 2600 block of John Marshall Highway.

The driver Devin Miales and passenger Jamiah Mills both of Maryland were found to have 2 under restrained 2 year old children in the vehicle.

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) transported the children to Warren Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Warren County Social Services was called to assist with the children.

Further investigation recovered a loaded 9 millimeter ghost gun with an extended magazine in the vehicle.

Several thousand dollars in cash was also recovered in the investigation.

The couple was found to have over 70 capsules of what is believed to be narcotics along with a second hand gun.

The couple is currently being held in the regional jail without bond.

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Martinsburg Police arrest a B&E suspect

The Martinsburg Police Department announced the arrest of a suspect in multiple breaking and entering incidents.

Video surveillance from several robberies show someone matching 44 year old Shawn Nicely’s description inside the businesses after hours.

When Nicely was confronted by officers he attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended and found to be in the possession of a pry bar, screwdriver and a large amount of cash.

Nicely is also wanted in Frederick County Virginia for failure to appear in court on felony shoplifting charges.

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