SCSO recover a male body near Mt. Jackson

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Shenandoah County Sheriff Office (SCSO) reports that Deputies began the search for Benjamin Tucker Mace after he was reported missing on April 3.

Mace was last seen in the Mount Jackson area around 10:45 a.m. on the third.

The 34-year-old Mace was believed to be traveling in a 2012 Subaru Impreza.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. April 4 the unoccupied vehicle was found in Shenandoah County Southeast of Mont Jackson.

Shortly after the vehicle was found deputies discovered the body of a deceased male in that area.

The body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner to determine cause of death and positively identify the induvial.

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SCSO apprehend a Manassas murder suspect

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the apprehension of a Manassas murder suspect at approximately 3 a.m. April 2.

The arrest occurred after the report of a suspicious man being around Stoney Creek Road and Interstate 81 in Edinburg.

Further investigation revealed that the man was traveling in a stolen vehicle out of Prince William County.

After contact with authorities in Prince William County it was discovered that Edward James Jackson Bland was wanted in connection with a double homicide in Manassas.

Prince William County Police confirmed that at 12:45 a.m. April 2 they responded to a carjacking by gunpoint.

The 61-year-old victim of the carjacking was unharmed in the theft.

After the stolen vehicle broke down in Shenandoah County, Jackson Bland arrived at a convenience store near Edinburg and was reported to police for suspicious activity.

Further investigation raised concerns and the need for a welfare check on an apartment complex in Manassas.

On arrival officers discovered 34-year-old Leann Renee Harris and 22-year-old Asia Payne both deceased by gunshots in an apartment.

It was revealed that the victims and Jackson Bland were known to one another.

The 36-year-old Jackson Bland of Manassas is charged with 2 counts of murder out of Prince William County.

Those charges are in addition to Shenandoah County charges that include possession of a stolen vehicle and public intoxication among other charges.

Jackson Bland is currently being held in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional jail.

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Shenandoah and Page County fires continue to be monitored

Shenandoah County Authorities report that they continue to monitor the effects of several wildfires across the county and into Page County.

The latest report confirms that the Coal Mine Road fire is 100 percent contained.

Fire crews remain on scene to address any flare ups.

Both Shenandoah Fire and Rescue and Department of Forestry crews and resources are shifting to and assisting Page County on the New Market Gap, Massanutten Mountain fire.

Route 211 in both directions remains closed to traffic in both counties.

A fire line is being established by bulldozer between the fires and structures in the area and the department of forestry is conducting airdrops of water.

Shenandoah National Park continues to manage the fire in the East Rocky Branch area.

Should evacuations have to be issued residents in the affected areas will receive messages.

These messages will arrive by reverse 911, Facebook or Code Red alerts.

Sign up for those alerts is available here text Shenandoah County ECC to 99411 for smartphone alerts.

If you do not have the technology to receive these messages emergency personnel will contact, you in person.

Despite the anticipated rain this March 22 and 23 residents need to remain vigilant at all times.

Citizen support for emergency crews has been tremendous as fire companies report an overflow of supplies in both counties.

Donations of fuel cards and money to the Page and Shenandoah County fire departments will help with the fire fighting effort.

Page County reports that unconfirmed numbers indicate that a possible 10 to 20 structures have been lost in the fires.

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Shenandoah County teen charged with possession of explosives

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A 14-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of explosives after the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bomb Squad executed a search warrant at a residence in the area of Dorel Drive, Maurertown.

Specifically, the boy was charged under state code 18.2-85: Manufacture or Possession of Firebomb, Explosive, etc.

Evidence recovered at the scene led to the charge, the sheriff’s office said March 8, adding that the teen is a student at a private school outside Shenandoah County.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Thefts from vehicles at Maurertown Park investigated

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of larcenies from vehicles at Maurertown Park.

On Thursday afternoon, authorities received a report that four vehicles had been damaged and were missing items. The sheriff’s office said a black Jeep Wagoneer was seen leaving the park between 4:30 and 4:50 p.m. Thursday. A photo of the vehicle is available on the sheriff office’s Facebook page.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the incident is encouraged to contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 459-6100.

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SCSO arrest 2 in Woodstock Grand Larceny

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the investigation of a breaking and entering incident in the 90 block of Meghan’s Run Road in Woodstock.

The investigation led to the issuing of search warrants for two properties in Shenandoah County.

One warrant was executed in the 600 block of Kestrel Court of Woodstock another warrant was to search a storage unit.

These searches resulted in the recovery of several of the stolen items including a handgun, figurines, and crystal wear.

The items that were stolen from the Meghan’s Run locations were valued at approximately $20,000.

Investigators identified and arrested Jamie Noel and Timothy McDonald of Woodstock as the suspects in the thefts.

Both are currently being held in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail without bond.

Both are currently charged with Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny in the ongoing investigation.

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A body is recovered from the Shenandoah River in Shenandoah Co.

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reports that a body has been recovered from the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The body has been positively identified as Judith “Judy” Lehman Hollon.

Hollon was reportedly last seen Wednesday, February 7 around 9 p.m.

Hollon was seen in her home in the 4000 block of Riverview Drive in Toms Brook.

It is believed that Hollon left her home at approximately 1:50 a.m. on February 8.

It is known that Hollon suffered from dementia and the search was launched by Shenandoah County Authorities on February 8.

On Thursday, February 8 Hollon’s body was recovered from the river around 9:11 a.m.

The family was notified of the discovery by Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter.

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SCSO reports potentially dangerous man has been apprehended

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Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Center reports receiving information from out of state Law Enforcement that a man of interest could be traveling through Virginia.

Details from the caller indicated that the man could have been suffering a mental health crisis.

Some of the information contained details related to possible school violence.

The information from the caller did not mention any specific school or person in the call.

The out of state law enforcers believed the man may be headed to or driving through Virginia.

Shenandoah County law enforcement and other Virginia agencies began the search for Ronald S. Johnson.

Johnson is a 55-year-old man from Athens Alabama and was later found in Prince William County and detained.

His welfare was checked, and he was found to be no threat to anyone at this time.

The information relayed to law enforcement came from Johnson’s employer.

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SCPS and SCSO partner for vaping and drug initiative

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Shenandoah County Public Schools and Sheriff’s Office are partnering up to help inform students and parents about the dangers of vaping and drugs according to a recent announcement.

The school district and sheriff’s office will also review their current Memorandum of Understanding to ensure clear collaboration protocols are in place if a student overdoses.

The announcement also highlighted Governor Youngkin’s executive order in November that requires schools to notify parents within 24 hours of a school-connected overdose.

Both organizations released a Public Service Announcement along with the updates which focused on the dangers of Fentanyl and brought up the recent arrest in Shenandoah County of an individual with 3,500 fentanyl pills and the discovery of fentanyl in a student’s vehicle by a security officer earlier this school year.

A link to the full PSA is available here.

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December is national impaired driving prevention awareness month

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Awareness Month.

The holidays are always a fun time to gather with friends and family.

Although they want everyone to enjoy this special time, they ask that
you stop and think about staying safe and being responsible.

Since December has a higher accident rate on average than other months, we urge you to remember the importance of being in the proper state, when behind the wheel.

Let’s work together and stay safe this holiday season!

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