WCSO joins National Seat Check Saturday

Warren County Sheriff's Office

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

Warren County Sheriff's Office

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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WCSO warns of new scam

Warren County Sheriff's Office

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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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 DEATakeBack.com.

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WCSO strives for full transparency on death of subject

Warren County Sheriff's Office

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 honor staff and citizens

Warren County Sheriff's Office

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced honorees at their annual award banquet held last month.

The banquet honors individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2020-21.

The Citizens of the year went to the enter Warren Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Staff.

Administrator of the year is Jessica Reel.

The Deputy of the year award went to Deputy Price.

Community Policing Medals went to Lt. Seal, Sgt. Fritts, and Sgt. Burke.

Lt. Seal, Lt. Glavis, Sgt. Fritts, Sgt. Haas and Inv. Hajduk received Outstanding Service Awards.

The Communication Officer of the Year is Dominic Guizar.

Medal of Bravery Recipients included Lt. Glavis, Sgt. Clatterbuck, Sgt. Robinson, Sgt. Gregory, Sgt. Brown, Inv. McDaniel, Mas. Deputy Griffith, Mas. Deputy Miceli, Deputy Price, Deputy Vorous and  Deputy Cornwell.

Leadership Medals went to Lt. Glavis, Lt. Collins, Lt. Brogan, Sgt. Haas and Mas. Deputy Miceli.

Life Saving Medals were received by Sgt. Brown, Deputy Cornwell and Communications Officer Guizar.

Meritorious Conduct Award went to Mas. Deputy Griffith.

Tactical and Excellence Award or Wayne Underwood Awards went to Lt. Glavis.

Deputy Wigington received the School Resource Officer of the Year Award.

Distinguished Service Awards were given to Lt. Collins, Lt. Brogan, Sgt. Fritts,  Deputy Cornwell, Officer Guizar, Supervisor Deem, Officer Gibson and Officer Baggarly.

Lt. Collins was named Supervisor of the Year.

Keller Insurance and Fraternal Order of Police receive Outstanding Support Awards.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your service.

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