WCSO announce all clear after brief school lockdown

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Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced an all clear after a brief school lockdown.

WCSO was notified that an individual with a gun may be on the grounds of Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School.

A School Resource Officer was notified by a concerned student who saw the man near the playground.

The Resource Officer immediately checked the area and placed the school on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Within minutes additional deputies were on hand, set up a perimeter and began a mythological search for any threat.

After a thorough investigation it was determined that where the report was made in good faith there was no threat to be found.

The lockdown was lifted at all schools that were affected by the investigation.

The WCSO appreciates the swift action and cooperation of all involved in the situation.

As also if you see something say something to avoid any situation that could easily take a turn for the worse.

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WCSO seeks public help in identifying suspects

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects wanted in a larceny and credit card fraud case.

The two individuals stole five debit/credit cards and $200-$300 from a car parked at Buzzard Rock Trails.

The pair then went to the Target at Crooked Run Plaza in Front Royal to make a purchase of over $2000.

Both suspects are believed to be involved in similar incidents in Warren County and surrounding areas.

Click here to see the security camera photographs of the individuals.

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WCSO with other agencies arrest a Linden man

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The Warren County Sheriff Office (WCSO) reports that a collective law enforcement effort ended in child pornography charges against a Linden man.

Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police (MWAAP) notified the WCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division  of a search warrant execution at a Linden residence.

During the investigation several electronic devices were seized from the home of John P. Farley Jr. in the 900 block of Northern Spy Drive in Linden.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Digital Forensics Unit  flagged almost 70 items containing potential child pornography on those devices.

WCSO Investigators found that 16 of those items met the code of Virginia requirement for charges to be placed against Farley.

The 70-year-old Farley was arrested and formerly charged with 16 counts of possessing, distributing, reproducing and facilitation of child pornography on May 25.

The WCSO is a member of the Northern Virginia District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NOVA/DC-ICACTF).

This case is an excellent example of the multi jurisdictional effort to prevent these types of crimes according to the press release.

Anyone with any information in this case or any case involving the solicitation or exploitation of a minor should contact Investigator Hajduk of WCSO at 540-635-7100 extension 2223.

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Warren Coalition accepts nominations for Larry M. Funk Award

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The Warren Coalition is now accepting nominations for the Larry M. Funk Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to Children.

The award was established last year to recognize an individual who has shown dedication and service to the children of Warren County.

The award is open to anyone who serves children in any way, but if working with children is their profession, the nominator must express how they go above and beyond.

Nominators are asked to cite specific examples and list five outstanding qualities of the nominee.

Nominations can be made through a form found here.

All nominations must be entered by May 26, 2023 to be considered.

The selected recipient will receive $500 cash and a plaque at the Warren Coalition’s Annual Membership Luncheon in late July.

Roger Smelser was last year’s recipient thanks to his dedication to Front Royal Little League.

Larry M. Funk was a member of the Warren Coalition for over 20 years and served the community as the Warren County Sheriff’s Office DARE instructor for 27 years among many other ways.

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WCSO auctions unclaimed property

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced that an online only auction for unclaimed property will run until 1/27/23 at 10 AM.

All sales are final and must be picked up from the Sheriff’s Office within 7 days of purchase.

Any items not sold or picked up on time will be donated or destroyed.

Over 25 items are available for auction including an Xbox One, Laptop, sporting goods, a kayak, car stereos, and more.

All items can be viewed on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or website with bidding taking place on publicsurplus.com.

All items listed are subject to being claimed by the owner.

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Funeral arrangements for WCSO Deputy Dove

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Maddox Funeral Home Front Royal reports that they will be handling the services for Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)Deputy Jesse Walker Dove.

The 31 one-year old’s family will receive friends on Wed. Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held Thurs. Dec. 8 at noon at the Riverton United Methodist Church in Front Royal.

Burial will take place at the Saint Stephens Cemetery in Strasburg with a fellowship meal hosted by the Front Royal Fire Department on Commerce Avenue following interment.

In lieu of flowers donations should be sent to Edward Jones Winchester with Wrenly Mae’s Education Fund written in the memo.

On Dec. 2 Nemaha County Kansas Authorities report responding to a capsized watercraft with one person on broad at lake Centralia.

After an extensive search it was determined that response was no longer a rescue but a recovery effort.

The body of WCSO Deputy Jesse W. Dove of Strasburg Virginia was recovered on Saturday Dec. 3.

Officer Dove arrived by funeral procession at Maddox Funeral Home yesterday shortly after 8 a.m.

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WCSO fights drunk driving this holiday season

Warren County Sheriff’s Office along with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are preparing for the holiday season’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Driver’s will notice an increased presence starting December 16th through New Year’s Day.

Over 11,000 people died in accidents involving an impaired driver in 2020 which comes out to one person every 45 minutes.

The initiative hopes to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal but a matter of life and death.

Other outcomes of drunk driving can include the loss of your drivers license and vehicle, up to $10000 in attorney fees as well as fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

Remember to use a ride sharing service, taxi, or sober friend to get home and if you have a friend about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find a way home.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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WCSO joins National Seat Check Saturday

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National Seat Check Saturday is today and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is offering free car seat checks.

From 10 am to 1 pm today at their office on Skyline Vista Drive, they will have certified technicians checking car seats and educating parents and caregivers of the importance of a proper car seat.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has found that 46% of car seats are misused or an inappropriate size.

Children 8-12 are especially at risk as many parents skip the booster seat step when moving on from a car seat.

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WCSO locate a fugitive near A.S. Rhodes Elementary

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Early Tues. morning Aug. 23 Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reported a soft lockdown of A.S. Rhodes Elementary and the 15 Street Diversified Minds Schools.

The lockdown was just a precautionary measure as Authorities tracked an individual who fled on foot and was wanted by a neighboring jurisdiction.

The white male in blue shorts and white tank top was last seen running in proximity of A.S. Rhodes School on Strasburg Road near Kesler Road.

Deputies secured a perimeter to enable Master Deputy Matthew Griffith and his canine partner Gator to successfully track and locate the wanted individual.

The 44 year old subject was detained and transported to the Rapphannock, Shenandoah, Warren Regional jail without further incident.

All lockdowns were lifted less than a half hour after they were initiated.

The subject was served a warrant from the other jurisdiction for malicious wounding.

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