SCSO warns of scam

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is receiving reports once again regarding scam calls coming from people attempting to impersonate deputies, supervisors, or investigators within the agency.

The scam calls attempt to get the victim to send money in an attempt to resolve a legal issue.

The Sheriff’s office wants to remind residents they will not call you in an attempt to request money.

If you are unsure about a call you have received, hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office directly at 540-459-6100.

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SCSO apprehend abduction suspect in Rockingham County

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announced they captured the suspect they had been searching for the past few days.

Mitchell Markley Jr. was located in northern Rockingham County where a third stolen vehicle was found following a crash.

Markley was wanted for an alleged abduction that occurred in Basye as well as the theft of multiple vehicles in the process.

The victim abducted was previously found safely in one of the stolen vehicles.

Sheriff’s utilized drone units, K9 search teams, and received air assistance from the Virginia State Police to locate the suspect.

Sheriff Timothy Carter thanked the public for their cooperation in the investigation which included a community member sending in images from their trail camera of Markley.

To watch Sheriff Carter’s statement on the capture, click here.

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SCSO updates abduction case Victim found Suspect at large

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Shenandoah County Authorities report the recovery of an abduction victim Oct. 20th  however the abductor is still at large.

Forty-one-year-old Basye resident April Cline was found safe near Quicksburg northwest of New Market in the abandoned blue Dodge Dakota that was stolen during the initial abduction.

The perpetrator is still at large last seen northwest of New Market by the victim.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has obtained a warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Mitchell Markley Jr.

Markley was last seen on foot wearing blue jean shorts and a black jacket.

Markley has been recorded on game cameras in the Quicksburg area as well as reported northwest of New Market.

The warrant by SCSO issued for Markley’s arrest includes charges of breaking and entering, assault and battery as well as abduction by force or intimidation,

Markley is also wanted on additional charges from other jurisdictions.

If you see Markley you are advised not to approach him and contact the SCSO or your local Law Enforcement Office immediately.

Call the SCSO at 540-459-6100 pictures of Markley are found here.

You can follow the ongoing man hunt as it develops here.

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SCSO investigate a possible abduction

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that they are on the look out for a possible abduction suspect and victim.

Around 10 a.m. Oct. 19 Authorities responded to the report of an abduction in the 2800 block of Fairway Drive in Basye Virginia.

The initial report indicates that April Cline was taken against her will by Mitchell Markley Jr.

The investigation took Authorities to Rockingham County tracking a stolen 2002 Chevrolet Impala.

That vehicle was located and now Authorities believe the pair are traveling in a 2006 blue Dodge Dakota with Virginia Registration VSF 4647.

If you see this vehicle or the subjects it is advised that you not approach but instead call your local Law Enforcement agency.

Contact the SCSO directly at 540-459-6100.

Pictures of the subjects and identical vehicles they may be traveling in are found here.

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SCSO arrest a suspect in a case of striking an Officer

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports responding to calls about a person parked along the side of a driveway inhaling something.

When a Deputy arrived on the scene in the Mt. Olive area of the county the subject fled  striking a Deputy with her vehicle.

The subject was found later along Route 11 and was apprehended without incident.

Natasia S. James of Middletown has now been charged with an attempt to cause bodily harm to a Law Enforcement Officer.

The 39 year old James also faces charges of  felony eluding law enforcement, driving under the influence and deliberately inhaling a drug or noxious chemical substance.

James is currently being held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail.

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SCSO warns of counterfeit money

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has already received calls about the use of counterfeit bills during the Yard Crawl.

They are encouraging the community to check their money by:

  • holding the bill up to light
  • looking for watermarks
  • comparing it to another bill of the same denomination
  • using an ultraviolet light
  • feeling for texture or thinness
  • inspecting borders and printing quality

If you believe you have received counterfeit money, contact the Sheriff’s office non-emergency number at 540-459-6100. 

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SCSO warns of a scam in Shenandoah County

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that residents have reported receiving calls from scammers.

This is the typical scam call where the person tells you that your neighbor, friend or family member has been arrested and needs to be bailed out.

The caller might seem very convincing and even use the names of people you may know.

The SCSO and other authorities remind us that you will never receive an authentic call of this nature.

There are only two ways to bail a person out of jail and both have to be done in person.

One way is through a Magistrate the other is through a Bondsman and again both have to be done in person.

Wiring money or going to an unknown location to post bail is not valid.

If you have received a call like this contact the SCSO at 540-459-6100 to confirm and clarify the call.

We recently spoke with Sheriff Lenny Millholland about scams in a news maker.

Click here for scams to watch out for and how to avoid them.

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Basye man charged: attempted aggravated murder of officers

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a suspect in an attempted aggravated murder of law enforcement officers.

Brandon Michael Fauber of Basye Virginia has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted aggravated murder of 2 officers.

The incident began Friday June 24 when deputies arrived at a home in Basye. 

The officers were told by a witness that Fauber was barricaded inside the home with a weapon.

Fauber did fire one shot at 2 deputies missing both.

Attempts to talk Fauber out eventually worked and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Fauber will now face charges in Shenandoah County General District Court on July 15.

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SCSO arrest child pornography suspect

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced an arrest in a child pornography case.

Deputies executed a search warrant in Maurertown in reference to the investigation.

On May 5 James Clifford Hawkins was placed under arrest on two counts of knowingly possessing child pornography and five counts of failing to register or verify registration information or knowingly providing false information to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.

Hawkins is scheduled to appear in juvenile and domestic relations district court on June 16.

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SCSO seeks information on car burglaries

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A social post from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) shows they are investigating several vehicle break ins.

The break ins occurred in both Toms Brook and New Market since last Wed. Jan. 26.

Credit cards, purses, keys and backpacks have all been reported stolen.

Authorities track some credit card use to the Walmart in Woodstock.

The suspects appear to be traveling in a white subcompact crossover SUV.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 459-6101.

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