VSP issues Senior Alert for Albemarle County man

Virginia State Police issued a senior alert for Lawrence Gaines Thomas of Scottsville, Virginia.

Thomas suffers from a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a threat to his health and safety.

Thomas is a 78 year old, 5’5”, 130 pound male with brown eyes and gray hair.

It is unknown what clothes he was last seen wearing. Thomas was last seen at 5pm yesterday at the Scottsville Food Lion.

He is possibly driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Virginia plates VLP-1923 with a bumper sticker that says “Blessed.”

If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-977-9041.

A link to the missing person’s post with a picture can be found here.

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NVRDGTF arrest several in Operation Valley Venue X

The Virginia State Police (VSP) in a press release confirmed the conclusion of Operation Valley Venue X.

In conjunction with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGTF)  concluded Operation Valley Venue X Oct. 28.

The three-day operation concentrated on identifying and arresting individuals for trafficking, manufacturing and distributing illegal narcotics in the region.

In total 58 felons were arrested along with 6 probation violators being identified and 4 misdemeanor charges being issued.

During the operation 237 grams of methamphetamine, 35 grams of heroin and 20 capsules of heroin, 7 grams of fentanyl, 80 pressed fentanyl pills, 35 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of crack cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana were confiscated in the operation.

In all a street value of over $42,000.00 in drugs, 2 firearms and over $1,300.00 in currency were seized.

Authorities from Page, Shenandoah, Clarke Counties along with the Front Royal and Winchester Police Departments were a part of the annual operation.

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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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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Warren County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the ongoing investigation of a single vehicle fatal accident in Warren County.

The accident occurred around 7:15 Saturday night Oct. 15.

A 2012 Harley Davidson driven by 49-year-old Paul D. Wiley of Woodstock was traveling on Interstate 81 south.

In an attempt to turn onto the off ramp to Interstate 66 eastbound Wiley failed to negotiate the curve.

Wiley ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail.

Wiley died at the scene as a result of the impact.

Wiley was wearing his helmet, but speed is considered to be a factor in the accident.

The investigation continues to determine if other factors were involved in the accident.

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VSP safely recover two juveniles and apprehend the abductor

On Oct. 17th at 2:30 p.m. Virginia State Police (VSP) Missing Children Clearinghouse issued an AMBER alert on behalf of the Hampton Police Department.

Both a female and a male child were believed to have been abducted by their father Timothy Truitt.

The children are 1 and 2 years of age respectively.

The Hampton Police Department reported Oct. 18th at 8:30 a.m. that the two children have been recovered safely and the AMBER alert has been cancelled.

Truitt has also been taken into custody.

The 36 year old Truitt was taken to a Walmart by the children’s legal guardian with the children.

Truitt separated himself from the guardian with the children and exited the building with help from an unknown male.

Truitt previously has had a warrant issued against him for unauthorized use of a vehicle as well.

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VSP Trooper is injured in an accident

The Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of an accident that injured a State Trooper.

Around 3 p.m. Monday Oct. 10 a Virginia State Trooper was observing traffic in the crossover along Route 29 in Fauquier County.

As the Trooper observed a violation he attempted to pull into traffic.

At the same time a tractor trailer traveling southbound switched from the right lane to the left lane and collided with the trooper’s vehicle.

The Trooper sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported to Fauquier Health for treatment.

The tractor trailer driver was not injured in the accident.

No additional information was released at this time before the investigation is completed.

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October is the most dangerous month on VA’s roads

According to a report from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) October is statistically the most dangerous month to drive in Virginia.

Over the last 10 years, 8,034 people were killed on Virginia’s roads with 10% of those coming in October.

In 2021, 86 people were killed and 5,200 injured in nearly 12,000 crashes.

In nearly half of deaths, those killed were not properly restrained with a seatbelt, car seat, or booster seat.

19 law enforcement agencies from around the Commonwealth as well as the Virginia State Police will participate in Operation Crash Reduction this holiday weekend.

The awareness campaign by the NHTSA encourages drivers to buckle up, slow down, and practice safe driving behaviors.

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VSP launches cold case website

Virginia State Police launched a pilot website in June with a number of “cold cases” throughout the state.

Since the start of the website, it has grown to include 44 unsolved homicides, nine missing persons, and seven unidentified persons reports.

State police have trained 19 local police and sheriff’s offices on how to access and upload cases.

The website is also available to the public and includes a searchable database with photographs, information, and who to contact for unsolved homicide, missing or unidentified person cases that have been unsolved for at least 5 years.

The database was created following legislation passed in 2020 that was sponsored by Virginia Delegate Danica Roem.

To access the database, click here.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Page County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a five car crash that left two people dead on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 340 and Route 662.

The driver of a Honda Pilot was traveling south on 340 and swerved to avoid two vehicles making a left turn.

The Honda sideswiped both turning cars and then crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford E-350 which then hit a Ford F-150 also traveling south.

The F-150 then caught on fire.

The driver of the Honda, Tina Wofford, 43, of Howell, NJ, suffered minor injuries and was charged with reckless driving.

Both the driver and passenger in the Ford F-150 died at the scene and neither were wearing seatbelts.

No other drivers were injured in the crash which remains under investigation.

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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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