SCSO resolve a 19 hour long stand off in Mt. Jackson

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the end of a 19 hour long standoff in Mount Jackson.

Joshua Litten of Timberville was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

First reports of a wanted person armed and inside a residence at Perry Trailer Park Mount Jackson were phoned into the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

When Authorities arrived, they made several attempts to negotiate a peaceful solution to the situation to no avail.

The subject refused to surrender and eventually produced a firearm and began shooting from inside the residence.

Litten finally surrendered without anyone being injured and is currently being held in the Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren Regional Jail without bond.

Litten had already been wanted in Rockingham County for failure to appear in court.

Previous court records show that Litten was incarcerated back in 2012 for 2 years for child abuse.

He has faced numerous other charges including traffic violations, drug possession charges and eluding.

Additional charges now include Reckless handling of a firearm, attempted malicious wounding of Law Enforcement and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Shenandoah County.

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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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Local law enforcement aids in National Drug Take Back Day

The DEA and local law enforcement agencies are partnering for the 23rd National Drug Take Back Day.

From 10 am to 2 pm today, over 4000 locations across the country will accept the anonymous disposal of any unwanted, unneeded or expired medications.

These medications are the most susceptible to theft, abuse, or poisoning.

Last year, over 107,000 Americans died of drug poisoning.

Collection sites will not collect syringes or illicit drugs.

Vapes are now accepted along with their cartridges as long as the lithium battery is removed.

Click here to locate the nearest drop-off location.

Over 15,000 hospitals, pharmacies, businesses, and local police departments also offer year round disposal locations.

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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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Valor Awards recognize public safety workers

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Shenandoah County Public Safety workers were recognized during the Valor Awards by the Chamber of Commerce at the American Celebration on Parade.

Sgt. Warren Puff and Master Firefighter Brandon Diehr were awarded the Gold Medal of Valor.

ECC dispatcher Mary Colt posthumously won Dispatcher of the Year which her family accepted.

Woodstock Fire Department’s Chief Aaron Sigler was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year and Master Firefighter Jon Hammersly was awarded Career Firefighter and EMS Provider of the Year.

11 members of the Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue, and State Police received Lifesaving Awards.

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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 makes arrest in a shots fired situation

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports making an arrest in the Sat. Aug. 13 shots fired situation.

Shots were reported fired in the 500 block of Hamburg Road in Edinburg.

The unidentified victim reported that Edgar Uriel Padron-Rodriguez came to his residence to pick up someone.

The victim told Padron-Rodriguez to leave his property.

Padron-Rodriguez produced a gun and fired one shot toward the victim.

Padron-Rodriguez then fled the property with the victim left uninjured.

Assistance from agents of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate Pardron-Rodriguez and take him into custody.

Pardon-Rodriguez has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, shooting from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless handling of and brandishing a firearm and driving without a license.

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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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