NVRDGTF arrest several in Operation Valley Venue X

The Virginia State Police (VSP) in a press release confirmed the conclusion of Operation Valley Venue X.

In conjunction with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGTF)  concluded Operation Valley Venue X Oct. 28.

The three-day operation concentrated on identifying and arresting individuals for trafficking, manufacturing and distributing illegal narcotics in the region.

In total 58 felons were arrested along with 6 probation violators being identified and 4 misdemeanor charges being issued.

During the operation 237 grams of methamphetamine, 35 grams of heroin and 20 capsules of heroin, 7 grams of fentanyl, 80 pressed fentanyl pills, 35 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of crack cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana were confiscated in the operation.

In all a street value of over $42,000.00 in drugs, 2 firearms and over $1,300.00 in currency were seized.

Authorities from Page, Shenandoah, Clarke Counties along with the Front Royal and Winchester Police Departments were a part of the annual operation.

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Front Royal woman receives 7 years for opiate operation

An ABC News affiliate reports that the Front Royal woman who ran an opiate network with coconspirators will serve seven years in prison.

Candie Calix of Front Royal also known as Summer Angel, Candie Kendall and Nicole Thomas worked alongside her codefendants Kendall Sovereign and Jessica Talbott in the scheme.

The group worked with an unnamed doctor and pharmacist in a scheme that saw tens of thousands of illicit oxycodone pills run through Northern Virginia over a decade.

Calix as a part of her plea agreement confirmed that she worked as an office assistant for an unidentified doctor.

Calix would refer patients to the doctor for prescriptions of medications that would then be kicked back to her to sell.

The patients included members of Calix’s family who all lived in a single property near Front Royal in what some describe as poverty.

According to inmate informants working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Calix  would sell the pills for about $25 each.

The investigation revealed that Calix could net approximately $5,000 a month or more.

While Calix will serve 7 years in prison Sovereign will serve 4 to 5 years and Talbott will serve 3 to 5 years.

It is unclear what consequences the pharmacist and doctor will receive if any.

The doctor and pharmacist’s names were obscured by prosecutors but they did make the scheme possible.

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VA. ABC employee pleads guilty to embezzlement and more

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An email from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (VAABC) confirms a former employee has pleaded guilty to computer trespass and embezzling inventory charges.

Edgar Smith Garcia 28 of Manassas pleaded guilty in Hanover County Circuit court September 19.

Garcia was a lead ABC sales associate from February 14 to March 25, 2022.

He was found to be passing internal agency information to Robert Adams of Newport News.

Adams was allegedly selling that information to buyers he contacted through online bourbon hunting groups.

Adams is scheduled to appear in court on December 12 in Hanover County.

Virginia State Police Criminal Investigation Division and ABC Authorities conducted an extensive internal review which led to the arrest of the two subjects.

ABC CEO Travis Hill said that new distribution methods have been put in place to close avenues that could provide the possibilities for exploitation in the future.

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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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Front Royal business man is sentenced to 6 months

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Front Royal business man William Huck was sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Once Huck is released Supervised Probation has been order.

The sentence was handed down on Wednesday July 27 according to Culpepper General District Court documents.

Huck was found guilty of a class one misdemeanor count of sexual battery in an incident that occurred in February.

According to a previous Culpepper Police Report Huck was accused of making unwanted sexual advancements toward an adult female while attending the Downtown Carnival on February 26.

Others who were traveling with the group intervened to stop the advancements.

The report indicates that alcohol may have been a factor.

The Culpepper Police Department received a third party complaint on March 3 with the victim confirming it.

Huck has been free on bond since his arrest by Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 1.

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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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MD. man arrested for trying to maim Fauquier K-9 officer

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Landover Maryland man on a number of charges.

Kevin Spriggs was arrested on Sat. July 16 by Fauquier County sheriff Deputies.

Spriggs is charged with possession of stolen goods, obstruction of justice, eluding, driving without a license, driving under the influence of drugs and attempt to maim a law enforcement animal.

Authorities were alerted to Spriggs driving a vehicle with matching license plate to an earlier carjacking in Stafford County.

After the initial traffic stop failed Spriggs was found a short time later parked along the road.

Spriggs refused to exit the vehicle until K-9 officer Bane was deployed to get him out.

After exiting Spriggs continued to resist and began choking Bane.

Finally Spriggs was taken into custody and transported to Fauquier Hospital for treatment.

Spriggs is also being charged by Stafford County Authorities with grand larceny.

Fauquier authorities confirm that K-9 Bane is okay thanks to quick action by deputies on the scene.

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Maryland man arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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PRESS RELEASE

 

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, Warren County Sheriff Patrol Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and identified the driver as a 23-year-old male, Kevon Fontaine Gregory Curtis, and a 14-year-old female passenger. Patrol Deputies determined that Curtis drove from Silver Spring, Maryland to pick up the juvenile. Curtis was charged on July 2nd with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and the juvenile was transported home.

 

Through further investigation the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) uncovered the elicit relationship that began through Instagram. Curtis and the juvenile female met in person on several occasions in Warren County during the months of April and July 2022 for the purpose of smoking marijuana and sexual intercourse.

 

Mr. Curtis was interviewed on July 10, 2022 and arrested on three charges of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He was transported to Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional jail where he went before the magistrate and is currently being held without bond. The court date for these charges was set for August 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

 

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Northern Virginia/DC (NOVA/DC) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is coordinated by the Virginia State Police. The Warren County CID encourages anyone having information regarding the solicitation or exploitation of any minor to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to please contact Investigator K.M. Hajduk at (540) 635-7100 or by e-mail at khajduk@warrencountysheriff.org

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Stanley Police arrest a suspect in a case of threats

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Stanley Police report the arrest of Arthur Weber in a case of  threats being made against a Food Lion store.

Weber is facing charges of  threatening to bomb or damage buildings or giving false information endangering a building.

Weber also faces charges of a crime of harassing another person over the phone or other electronic media which is a class 1 misdemeanor.

The accusations against Weber stem from allegations of threats made Sunday morning.

Weber is currently being held without bond.

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Winchester man sentenced to 6 years for drug violations

Virginia State Police announced the sentencing of a Winchester man to 6 years for drug violations.

Lamont Antoine Parson of Winchester received a sentence of 72 months in federal prison on Mon. June 27.

The 40 year old Parson pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute Eutylone.

The drug is sometimes referred to as Molly or Ecstasy.

Parson also faced a charge of possessing with the intent to distribute Eutylone.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force began the investigation back in Jan. 2020.

Authorities found, in the apartment Parson and his uncle Gregory McKinley Frye shared, over three kilograms of the drug.

Authorities also confiscated a 9 millimeter pistol and digital scales at the apartment while executing a search warrant on Feb. 6.

Frye pleaded guilty back in Nov. of 2021 and will be sentenced later this year.

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