Charges announced following high speed chase ending in Warren County

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The Virginia State Police announced charges stemming from the high speed chase Saturday, February 3rd.

Scott A. Parsons, 34, of Pennsylvania was charged with one count of eluding law enforcement, tampering with a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, speeding, and driving without a valid license.

Parsons was also wanted in Shenandoah County on multiple felony warrants.

The pursuit was initiated by Winchester Police and traveled south on interstate 81 from mile marker 312 until the Volkswagen Jetta took exit 302 into Middletown.

The vehicle hit a pole in a convenience store parking lot then continued to Reliance Road into Warren County.

Parsons reached speeds of up to 125 mph during the pursuit before running off the road on the 2800 block of Guard Hill Road.

He fled on foot before being apprehended with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for minor injuries then transported to RSW Regional Jail where he is held without bond.

A female passenger was detained and released without any charges.

No citizens or law enforcement were injured in the pursuit.

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BRNGTF concludes six month investigation with drug arrest

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force confirmed by email that they have  concluded a six month investigation on May 25 after the arrest of a Rappahannock resident.

Eric L. Butler, 45, was arrested following a search warrant of his property that uncovered 100 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of heroin, 100 grams of marijuana and $21,792 cash.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at $18,000.

Officers also seized seven firearms and a 2009 Chevy Tahoe in the search.

He was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I/II drug, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one felony count of possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II drug, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Butler is being held at RSW Regional Jail on a secured bond.

The Task Force also thanked law enforcement from surrounding areas and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in the investigation.

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FRPD makes arrest for child pornography

An 8 month investigation came to an end when Front Royal Police arrested and charged Richard E. Jones Jr with 20 felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

In October, officers executed a search warrant on a residence on Accomac Drive and seized electronic devices.

After completing and extraction on the devices, over 400 images were discovered.

The 41 year old man is being held without bond at the RSW Regional Jail.

His court date is set for July 28th in the Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Detective T. A. Smith of the FRPD.

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FRPD makes arrest for solicitation of minors

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Nathan Lindgren, 26, of Lexington Park, Maryland was arrested on Tuesday in Warren County for solicitation of a minor.

The man began soliciting an undercover officer that he believed was an underaged female for photographs and other explicit material.

During the investigation, a meeting place was established and when Lindgren arrived, he met with detectives of the Front Royal Police.

He was transported to RSW Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Anyone with further information on the case, contact Detective M.R. Ramey at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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WCSO investigates inmate death

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office announced that an inmate at R.S.W. Regional Jail has passed due to a likely overdose.

Jonte Gebrell Smith, 21, was found unconscious and unresponsive along with his cellmate after midnight on December 12th, 2021.

Both men were given Narcan, but Smith did not have a response while his cellmate did.

Both were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital.

Shortly later Smith was pronounced dead.

The other inmate received treatment and was sent back to the jail.

The investigation is still ongoing and those with information about the case should contact Investigator Powell of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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