Roger Smelser receives Larry M. Funk Award

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The Warren Coalition awarded the Larry M. Funk Award for Outstanding Service to Children in Warren County to Roger Smelser.

This is a new award honoring the former Vice President and President of the organization who also served as the DARE instructor for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Roger Smelser was honored for his work with Front Royal Little League as a coach, manager, and president for over 30 years.

Nearly a third of nominations for the award named Smelser.

They brought up his commitment to the children in his league and passion for volunteer service.

He was also an instrumental part in bringing Little League Baseball back to the WFTR airwaves.

He received an engraved crystal award and $500 cash.

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WCSO warns of new scam

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants to make citizens aware of a new scam in the area.

An individual has made calls identifying himself as Deputy Moore of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and asked for money or a warrant would be issued for their arrest.

The scam has been reported in a neighboring county, but the Sheriff’s office wants all local residents to be aware of the situation.

Deputies in Warren County will not contact you regarding payment.

If anyone calls stating that they work for the office, hang up and call 540-635-4128.

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Maryland man arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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On Saturday, July 2, 2022, Warren County Sheriff Patrol Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and identified the driver as a 23-year-old male, Kevon Fontaine Gregory Curtis, and a 14-year-old female passenger. Patrol Deputies determined that Curtis drove from Silver Spring, Maryland to pick up the juvenile. Curtis was charged on July 2nd with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and the juvenile was transported home.


Through further investigation the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) uncovered the elicit relationship that began through Instagram. Curtis and the juvenile female met in person on several occasions in Warren County during the months of April and July 2022 for the purpose of smoking marijuana and sexual intercourse.


Mr. Curtis was interviewed on July 10, 2022 and arrested on three charges of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He was transported to Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional jail where he went before the magistrate and is currently being held without bond. The court date for these charges was set for August 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.


The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Northern Virginia/DC (NOVA/DC) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is coordinated by the Virginia State Police. The Warren County CID encourages anyone having information regarding the solicitation or exploitation of any minor to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.


Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to please contact Investigator K.M. Hajduk at (540) 635-7100 or by e-mail at

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Citizens who wish to discard unused, expired, or unwanted medications are encouraged to drop them off at one of numerous collection sites.

Removing unneeded medications from the home is an important step to prevent medication misuse or addiction.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Valley Health to provide a drop off location.

The Valley Health Complex on North Commerce Avenue will be accepting drop offs from 10 am – 2 pm.

To find the nearest collection site for you, head to

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News Maker Terry Fritts on National Take Back Day

Tomorrow April 30 is National Drug Take Back Day.

This is a chance to properly dispose of unwanted or outdated medication.

We spoke with Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Fritts about Warren County’s set up for the day in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Terry tells us where the Warren County Sheriff’s Office will be set up for collection tomorrow.

He also tells us how to connect with specific locations that are also collecting as it is a national effort.

Terry also tells us of the amazing amount of drugs that have been taken back in the past.

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WCSO strives for full transparency on death of subject

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An email from Major Jeff Driskill of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) strives for complete transparency involving the death of  man in a traffic stop.

A Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy followed a vehicle driving erratically down Winchester Road doing 63 in a 55 mile per hour zone.

After initial attempts to stop the vehicle failed the Deputy followed the offender.

The Deputy observed the vehicle’s movements consistent with someone driving impaired.

After approximately 4 miles  assistance was requested from the Front Royal Police Department to use stop sticks if needed.

The vehicle then illegally entered a convenience store parking lot near the intersection of Routes 522 and 66.

The driver stopped and did exit the vehicle being identified as 77 year old Ralph C. Ennis of  Gainsville Virginia.

Ennis failed to stop moving towards Deputies despite commands to stop.

A Deputy tried to control Ennis by approaching from behind.

Two Deputies and the suspect fell over the protruding trailer hitch at the back of Ennis’s vehicle.

Ennis sustained non-life threatening injuries a cut to the ring finger of his right hand along with a cut above his right brow at his forehead which was treated immediately.

Ennis was placed upright was conscious and responding to questions when he was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital.

A deputy was also treated and released from the hospital after treatment for his minor injuries.

At Warren Memorial Hospital doctors conversing with Ennis determined he was exhibiting signs of a hemorrhage and was transferred to Winchester Medical Center for further evaluation.

While in Winchester it became apparent that Ennis was showing signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s and assistance was sought from Northwestern Community Services.

During further investigation it was found that Ennis was reported as missing on March 11 and later located in Front Royal.

Talking with Ennis’s family it was found he had a history of mental illness and dementia.

On April 15 it was learned that Ennis had passed away under the care of Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has requested a full medical examination with the knowledge and support of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

The actual cause of death is pending the official notification by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Meanwhile the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation of the incident.

Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler wants the public to know they are being as proactive and transparent as possible in this investigation.

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WPD assisted by WCSO in finding missing teen

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) and Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) both announced the use of Warren County’s K-9 unit in helping to locate a missing teen.

The WPD was notified of a missing 13 year old male with autism from the Bellview Avenue South Braddock Street area of Winchester.

The WPD called in the assistance of WCSO K-9 Officer Anderson and his partner Rooster.

With the pair’s assistance the young man was found quickly and safe.

The WPD was grateful for the WCSO’s assistance in the search and rescue.

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WCSO targets underage sales of tobacco and alcohol

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office conducted a focused enforcement effort regarding the sales of alcohol, tobacco, and vaping products to underage people.

Deputies from the School Resource Division coordinated with a trusted young adult to conduct compliance checks on 12 local businesses.

Only 3 of those actually properly checked ID and disallowed the sale.

These businesses were thanked for their compliance while clerks at the other stores were issued a summons.

The sheriff’s office plans to continue these compliance checks through the summer.

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WCSO distracted driving campaign

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign.

From April 7-11, law enforcement officers will be highly visible in enforcing texting and distracted driving related laws.

Nationwide, distracted driving deaths reached over 26,000 between 2012-2019.

Some tips from the Sheriff’s office and NHTSA include pulling over safely if you need to send a text, assigning a “designated texter” on road trips, or utilizing phone features like “Do Not Disturb” mode.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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WCSO offer a youth football camp

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A press release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced a youth football camp.

This is the second time youth football has been offered by the WCSO.

The camp will take place Apr. 2 with registration due by Mar. 15.

The drills and skill lessons will be conducted by Shenandoah University coaches, college players as well as NFL players.

Scouts will be on hand for youth players for possible recruitment for scholarships.

Commemorative items such as T-Shirts and autographs will be offered to remember the experience.

Lunch and refreshments will be served as well.

Applications and additional information can be found here.

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