Strasburg Police and VSP exonerate officer involved in shooting

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The Strasburg Police Department and Virginia State Police (VSP)  have exonerated an officer involved in a fatal shooting.

In a video briefing Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager made the announcement.

Chief Sager reported that both the VSP as well as the Strasburg Police Department’s internal review have been completed.

In the video Sager confirmed that Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Cooper appointed Special Prosecutor Brian Porter to review all the facts in the case.

The Prosecutor reviewed evidence presented by VSP as well as video footage of the incident.

Special Prosecutor Porter’s review concluded that Officer George Rathore acted with justifiable self-defense under applicable Virginia law.

Porter declined to bring any charges against Rathore who has returned to full duty with the Strasburg Police Department.

The incident involved Melissa Renee Thompkins who was reported to be causing a disturbance at the Ramada Inn on Signal Knob Drive December 17.

On arrival Officer Rathore  made contact with Thompkins who began to run.

Rathore chased Thompkins who eventually became combative and began to attack the officer.

The Officer attempted several times to control the situation including trying to talk Thompkins out of running.

Attempts to tase Thompkins twice were ineffective.

After several warnings Rathore resorted to shooting Thompkins to end the confrontation.

The complete briefing including both Ramada and officer body camera footage is found here with caution advised as it is graphic.

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VSP update the Dec. 17 officer involved shooting in Strasburg

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Virginia State Police (VSP) updated by email the investigation of the December 17 officer involved shooting in Strasburg.

The decedent has been identified as 40-year-old Melissa R. Tompkins who has no fixed address.

Thompkins was reportedly involved in a disturbance at the Ramada Inn on Signal Knob Drive.

She was accused of acting erratically, damaging property and threatening people inside the establishment.

When a Strasburg Police Officer arrived he found Tompkins in the parking lot.

Thompkins attacked the officer and gained control of his baton.

The suspect struck the officer in the head and the officer fired his service revolver, striking Thompkins.

Thompkins was transported to Winchester Medical Center where she succumbed to her injury.

The officer was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

No other injuries were reported in the incident which remains under investigation by VSP by request of the Strasburg Police Department.

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PCSO and NRDTF arrest 4 in major narcotics investigation

Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports that with the assistance of the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force (NRDTF) South End team an arrest of four people was made on August 17.

The execution of a search warrant at 570 Jollett Road Elkton led to the arrest that included the confiscation of several suspicious items.

Gregory Michael Knight, William BJ Brown Jr., Amanda Marye Cubbage and Curtis Lee Wright have all been taken into custody in the investigation.

During the investigation authorities seized narcotics with a street value of approximately $15,000.

Prescription drugs with a street value of approximately $3,000 were also confiscated.

One catalytic converter, a firearm and several items consistent with the distribution of narcotics including a money counter were also confiscated.

Over $1,350 in U.S. currency was found in the investigation as well.

The investigation was initiated by a task force that includes 6 different regional agencies including Virginia State Police working together as the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force.

The case remains under investigation.

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Local communities prepare for National Night Out

Communities around the Shenandoah Valley are getting ready for August 1 National Night Out.

The campaign is now in it’s 40th year of promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

From 6 pm- 9 pm August , local law enforcement will engage with the community through drone and K9 demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and more.

Front Royal’s night out will be held at the Gazebo, Frederick County’s at Jordan Springs Elementary, Middletown will be at Laurel Ridge Community College, Riley Park hosts Woodstock’s event while Strasburg’s is in the Square.

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Berryville Police Department will hold their event at Rose Hill Park.

Luray Police Department and Page County Sheriff’s Office will hold their event at the Hawksbill Greenway.

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News Maker Wayne Sager on the new Police headquarters

Strasburg Town Council at the last work session approved the purchase of the 115 King St. location for the new Police headquarters.

We spoke with Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Wayne tells us what the new location means to the Police and community in Strasburg.

He also tells us the plan for the new facility and the space it offers for his Officers.

Wayne explains the timeline involved with opening this new facility and getting his staff into the building.

Click here for Wayne’s news maker.

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Strasburg purchases building for new Police Station

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The Strasburg Town Council Unanimously approved the purchase by the town of the former BBandT/Truist bank building at 115 West King Street.

According to the town website the approval came at the Dec. 6 council work session.

Also approved Tues. was the allocation of $1,150,000 from the general fund balance for the purchase.

The plan is to convert the building into the new Strasburg Police Station.

The website shows the building is currently owned by a Washington DC entity known as Lemonade MM Strasburg LLC.

The building has just over 6400 square feet of space and includes a pad-mounted transformer on a little more than a half-acre of property.

The building is in the commercial and residential section of town.

The building has been a bank since at least 1955.

The website shows that the building has passed a phase one environmental site assessment.

A video of the Strasburg Town Council Dec. 6 work session is available here.

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Strasburg Police investigate an assault and robbery

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Strasburg Police are investigating an assault and robbery at the Strasburg Visitor’ s Center.

An email from Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager confirms that an assault and robbery occurred at the Visitor’s Center at 33229 Old Valley Pike Mon. May 9 around 4:30 p.m..

Strasburg Police arrived shortly after the report but not before the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

A female employee with the Town of Strasburg was assaulted by the suspect and was treated at the scene.

The employee was able to give a description of her assailant.

She described him as a white male 5 feet 7 or 8 inches tall.

He was wearing a gray shirt and pants with combed back gray hair.

He was believed to be in his late 50’s or early 60’s.

Strasburg Police believe it was an isolated incident with no further threat to the community according to the email. 

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Nixon at (540) 465-5230.

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Strasburg Police seek information on two cases of vandalism

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Strasburg Police are investigating a case of a vandalized home and vehicle twice in as many months.

Several social media post from several Strasburg sources have shown vulgar words spray painted on the side of a home.

Many of those post have since been removed because of the vulgarity.

A recent incident included car windows being spray painted in the night as well.

Strasburg Police are monitoring the home and have some leads.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Strasburg police department at (540) 465-5230.

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More drop off locations for National Take Back Day

Frederick County announced drop off locations for unwanted or outdated prescription drugs on National Take Back Day.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Coverstone Drive, Walgreens on Valley Mill Road and two Walmart locations on Walmart Drive and Maranto Manor are drop off locations.

Strasburg Police Department will also be a drop off location as will the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

All drop offs locations will be available April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

In October’s take back day the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected almost 500 tons of unwanted or expired prescriptions.

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