Page County Sheriff’s Office warns of possible scam calls

The Page County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has become aware of some phone calls being received by residents.

The calls have been coming from the number 540-385-3236 with the person claiming to be representing the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller may tell you that they are a Deputy of the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Cubbage reminds residents if they receive such a call be sure to get their name.

Then call 540-743-6571 and ask for that Deputy or representative to verify they actually called you.

Cubbage wants citizens to beware of scammers and to verify those posing as Deputies and or Police Officers.

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Luray High School temporarily evacuated

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Luray High School was temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon May 2 after smoke was seen coming from the building.

Around 2 p.m. smoke was reported in the school’s common area when the fire department was called.

The school was evacuated for approximately 15 minutes as authorities investigated.

Fire personnel were able to determine the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace.

Fire officials were able to remedy the situation quickly and students, staff and faculty were able to safely re-enter the building at approximately 2:15 p.m..

By 2:40 p.m. school officials posted on the Page County Public School website that the situation had been remedied.

The post goes on to praise the quick response of local emergency services.

Luray High School Principal Nicky Clark went on to praise the response of students and staff.

According to the post the principal said the students and staff handled the situation beautifully.

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PCSO has life saving equipment donated

The Page County Sheriff’s Office announced that they have received two donated pieces of life saving equipment.

Two Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are now available one in the investigation office the other in the patrol administration office.

These tools make life saving equipment readily available when needed.

All Page County Officers and staff are CPR and AED certified and ready to assist when and if needed.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the donation which came from the Page County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.

The Foundation reports that more donations are coming in the future to assist the Sheriff’s Office in performing it’s duties for the community.

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Mt. Jackson business is destroyed by fire

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The Mount Jackson Police Department reports that Shenandoah County Authorities responded to a fire at approximately 3 a.m. Sat. Feb. 26.

Authorities had to shutdown Route 11 to fight fire that destroyed the Randy’s Do It Best Hardware Store in Mount Jackson.

Nearby residents were temporally evacuated due to heavy smoke.

An ABC news report states that the building sustained an estimated $2 million in damage including building and inventory.

That report also states that a firefighter may have been transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation with no other injuries reported.

Mount Jackson fire fighters along with units from Woodstock, Rockingham and Page Counties responded to the incident.

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Page County couple is sentenced on drug charges

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A news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia confirms the sentence of a Luray Resident.

Danica Lee Strate of Luray  pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to one count of the possession of 29 pounds of methamphetamine.

Strate and co-defendant Gene Stidham were living in Stanley in 2019 when law enforcement and a probation officer raided their residence.

During the search crystal methamphetamine, a wallet and plastic bags were recovered.

Later a subsequent search uncovered a duffel bag with the 29 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, scales, pistol and other items.

Stidham has since been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for illegal drug trafficking offenses.

Strate has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to similar charges.

The investigation was conducted by Page County Authorities, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and explosives and Virginia State Police.

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Luray and the DOF team up for water quality

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Luray and the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) announced that they are inviting volunteers to plant trees along the Hawksbill Creek.

Trees will be planted along the creek to improve water quality through the riparian buffer professionals will be on hand to demonstrate and teach the importance of the effort.

Tools will be provided with volunteers invited each Sat. in Mar. to preform the work to protect the water way.

Each day begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. starting at the Luray Park and Ride on Rt. 211 rain or shine.

Dress appropriately for the weather and for work around water.

Bring your own drinking water and pack a lunch for a midday break.

If weather becomes a factor dates will be moved to April.

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Stanley Police Department honor Officer Nick Winum

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The Stanley Police Department announced a celebration of life for the late Officer Dominic Nick Winum.

The service will take place at the Pioneer Bank Performance Center, Ed Good Park this Sat. Feb. 26 at 3 p.m..

The new Stanley Police Department will be dedicated in Officer Winum’s honor along with several featured speakers.

Officer’s Winum’s 202 badge number will be official retired at the ceremony.

Officer Winum was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Stanley on Feb. 26, 2021.

The Officer had served on the Stanley Police force for five years and was 48 years of age.

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PACA Polar Bear Plunge

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The Page Alliance for Community Action is doing their Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Arrowhead

Saturday February 19th. There are 3 ways to plunge in person, virtually, and you can also choose the

one to plunge. Ages 11 and up may register and teams are required to have at least 5 members with a

team discount. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and the best virtual plunge submission.

For complete details and registry you can visit

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Page County Authorities resolve suspected barricade situation

Page County authorities responded to what was initially thought to be a barricade situation with possible injuries near Shenandoah Virginia.

The incident was reported Wed. night Feb. 9 in the Fleeburg Loop area of Page County.

Virginia State Police, Shenandoah, Elkton and Stanley police assisted in the investigation.

Chief Deputy Major Pete Monteleone of the Page County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Virginia State Police executed a warrant after 5 hours of investigation.

Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage confirmed that after the execution of the warrant authorities were unable to validate any criminal activity and left the scene.

No charges were filed in the incident.

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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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