Intoxicated groomsmen shoots wedding guest at Historic Jordan Springs

Deputies of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Saturday, December 9th, shortly after 7 pm regarding a subject threatening to shoot guests attending a wedding reception at Historic Jordan Springs.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, John Morningstar, was a groomsman in the wedding who became overly intoxicated and was asked to leave.

While leaving, he made threats that he would return to the event and shoot everyone there.

Shortly after, Morningstar was spotted in the parking lot driving recklessly and doing donuts.

An attendee of the wedding, Kevin Huff, confronted Morningstar and was shot in the leg before the suspect fled the scene.

Deputies Vorous and Bridgeforth located the victim with the gunshot wound and administered aid until paramedics arrived.

Morningstar was pulled over at Jordan Springs Market and detained without incident.

During the traffic stop, officers discovered a gunshot wound on Morningstar’s foot which is believed to be self-inflicted.

Multiple firearms were located in his trunk with various ammunition, including the weapon involved in the shooting.

Both males were transported to Winchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and were in stable condition.

Morningstar was charged with driving under the influence, malicious wounding, and two counts of reckless handling of a firearm.

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Wanted man in Front Royal captured by Border Patrol

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On Sunday, November 20th the Front Royal Police Department received a call about an alleged stabbing in the area of South Street and Osage Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers first located the victim at a neighboring residence on Osage Street.

The victim was identified as a 35 year old female.

She was taken to Winchester Medical Center with potentially life threatening injuries.

Detectives of the Front Royal Police Department identified Humberto Vazquez as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest for violation of a protective order and malicious wounding.

He was originally at large in the community before being captured by the U.S. Customs Border Patrol.

Vazquez was previously arrested in Warren County for unlawful and felonious breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony or larceny in October of 2022.

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Arrest made in Warrenton malicious wounding case

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On July 8th, the Warrenton Police Department (WPD) was called to Fats Warrenton on West Lee Highway shortly after midnight for a fight in progress.

Upon arriving at the scene police located several victims and witnesses.

Two victims had to be transported to the Fauquier Hospital for wounds to their face.

However, neither the victims nor witnesses could identify the suspect. 

Over the last several weeks, WPD viewed video evidence and conducted follow up interviews with both the victims and witnesses.

Police were able to identify Aaron Degeneff, 25, of Bristow, Virginia as their suspect.

He was arrested on August 29th and charged with two counts of malicious wounding.

He is being held in the Fauquier Adult Detention Center. 

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Winchester Police investigate potential stabbing

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The Winchester Police Department is investigating a possible stabbing that occurred on Thursday around 4:30 pm in the 300 block of East Piccadilly Street.

Officers responded to a report of an altercation where they spoke with a 27 year old female victim who claimed she was in a verbal altercation that turned physical.

The victim displayed two puncture wounds likely caused by a bladed item.

She was transported to a medical facility with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was known to the suspect, Kennedy Broy, 21, of Winchester.

Detectives obtained charges of malicious wounding and a warrant is outstanding for her arrest.

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If you have information on this case, contact WPD’s Detective Bansal or use the P3 Tips app.

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SCSO seeks information on subject in Malicious Wounding

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the need for help from the public in locating Matthew Midkiff of Woodstock.

Midkiff is wanted for Felony Aggravated Malicious Wounding in a January 2 incident in Edinburg.

Upon further investigation authorities obtained and executed a warrant on a building on Jewel Lane in Edinburg where a Methamphetamine laboratory was discovered.

Midkiff is wanted in the investigation of the laboratory and faces charges in the malicious wounding incident.

Midkiff also faces charges of Abduction, Cruelty to Children and Felony Possession of a firearm.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Midkiff is asked to contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at 540-459-6100.

A picture of Midkiff and additional information is found here.

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