Thank you Craigsville Truck and Tractor Pull for allowing us to participate in the opening ceremony this evening. It was a pleasure to also have Craigsville Chief of Police, Corey Wood, join us along with Craigsville Fire Department and Rescue. ... See MoreSee Less
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... CENTRAL WARREN COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA... WEST CENTRAL FAUQUIER COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA... NORTHEASTERN RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA...
* UNTIL 630 PM EDT. * AT 604 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR FRONT ROYAL, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH. HAZARD...TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. IMPACT...FOR THOSE IN THE DIRECT PATH OF A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN, FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. DAMAGE TO ROOFS, SIDING, AND WINDOWS MAY OCCUR. MOBILE HOMES MAY BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. * THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR... HUME AROUND 625 PM EDT. ... See MoreSee Less
Next week, we will be interviewing Cathy Copeland, Brent Finnegan, Tina Freitas and Emmett Hanger as they prepare for the June Primary. If you have questions that you would like us to ask, message us and we will get your questions answered. ... See MoreSee Less
The clinical pastoral program will be the first of its kind in the state and will be associated with the Spiritual Care Association and the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training. ... See MoreSee Less
Many places in the U.S. claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day, but there's only one small town officially identified as the birthplace. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation stating that Waterloo, New York, is the originator of Memorial Day in the U.S. The town first observed a day to remember fallen soldiers on May 5, 1866.
We pause to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom!
Violent Felon Convicted of Fraud and Firearm Offenses
RICHMOND, Va. – A North Carolina man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for conspiring to commit mail and bank fraud and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
According to court documents, Lareese Martelles Mallety, 25, of Raeford, conspired with several others to steal mail from local business parks and cash checks obtained through these thefts. Between July 2018 and his arrest in October, Mallety repeatedly traveled to Richmond from his home near Fayetteville, North Carolina to commit these crimes. He and others used pry bars to vandalize secure business mailboxes and thereby gain access to the incoming and outgoing mail of over 70 local businesses. Mallety then recruited homeless individuals found nearby to cash checks obtained through these thefts. Mallety and others used razor blades and typewriters to alter the stolen checks and make them payable to the homeless recruits. In just three months, these recruits cashed more than a dozen checks totaling over $36,000, returning all of the money to Mallety as directed.
Mallety was apprehended in October 2018 while traveling to Richmond in furtherance of this scheme. A search of his rental car recovered a pry bar, razor blades, a typewriter, three stolen U.S. mail parcels, and 45 checks stolen from local businesses worth nearly $120,000. A stolen handgun was found under Mallety’s seat, which he admitted bringing for protection. A nine-time convicted felon, Mallety carried a handgun throughout this conspiracy, often showing it to homeless recruits when directing them to cash stolen checks. Mallety has two prior convictions for conspiring to commit armed robbery and has previously been convicted of a possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin G. Cooke prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:18-cr-160. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Deputy Logan Hull and Deputy Amber Brown that graduated from the 139th Basic Law Enforcement and 124th Basic Jail Officer sessions today at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy! Pictured is Captain Randall Williams, Deputy Logan Hull, Sheriff Chad Cubbage, Deputy Amber Brown, Major Pete Monteleone and Captain Jeremy Keyser. Both deputies will now move in to a field training program that will last 14 weeks. Field training expands on the skills learned in the basic academy with teaching individual department policy and procedure. ... See MoreSee Less
While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, it is also a time to offer gratitude and respect to those brave men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. On behalf of the men and women of the Waynesboro Police Department, we thank you for your sacrifice.
For those of you who plan to travel this Memorial Weekend, please take a minute to look over the tips provided below by the Virginia Department of Transportation to help keep everyone safe.
Thank you and have a safe weekend.
Be cautious behind the wheel and remember that your actions impact yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road. Do your part in making travel safer for everybody:
DON" DRIVE DISTRACTED If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or use a ride service Buckle up Keep your eyes on the road Be patient and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you Take a break if you are drowsy If you are a passenger, speak up if someone is driving distracted ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to our Deputies that graduated from the 139th Basic Law Enforcement and 124th Basic Jail Officer sessions today at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Harrisonburg Police Department's newest Police Officers: Logan Scott, Kyler Howdyshell, Noah Emswiler and Christine Hostetter who graduated the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy's 139th Basic Law Enforcement training today! They are looking forward to their rewarding careers with HPD serving the citizens of the City of Harrisonburg! ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome and thank you for choosing public service.
CONGRAT Christine Elizabeth , SO VERY PROUD OF YOU ! YOU will be a fine officer !
Hummm when are you going to have more Latinos or African descent or middle eastern people in your forces ... our police don’t represent our community... at least you hired a woman 👩... congratulations I hope that they have a lot of training in culture sensitivity, our friendly city deserves The Best ❤️🥰
Congratulations!!! Welcome to the Law Enforcement Family!
Congratulations Grandson I'm very proud of you !! Stay safe
Congratulations good luck and stay safe.
Great job now keep us safe!!
Congratulations Kyler Howdyshell
Alway good to have some new and young police officers! Keep the Burg save!
Congratulations and thank you
Welcome to Winchester, Mr. Garrett! We look forward to working with you!City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed William A. Garrett as the City’s new Fire and Rescue Chief. Mr. Garrett is a 30-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, most recently serving as the Deputy Fire Chief. We are excited to welcome Mr. Garrett to the team! www.winchesterva.gov/city-manager-appoints-new-fire-and-rescue-chief... See MoreSee Less
The City of Martinsburg is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Police Dispatcher II. The shift would be 4pm- midnight. High School diploma or GED equivalent with specialized course work in general office practices and 2 years of increasingly responsible related experience, or any equivalent combination of related education and experience.
The successful applicant will monitor telephones and radios in the dispatch center, answer all incoming calls and ascertain the nature of the call, dispatch police vehicles for emergency responses, maintain a log on radio and telephone communications, input data into the computer system and other related duties as required. The successful applicant must be able to deal with the public and staff of the Police Department in a calm, rational and reasonable manner in often stressful situations. Must have teletype certification or be able to obtain teletype certification timely.
Starting wage of $31,916 with an excellent benefit package. Applications should be filed with the HR Director, 232 N. Queen St., Martinsburg WV 25401 or online at www.cityofmartinsburg.org no later than FRIDAY May 31, 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
Five new WPD officers graduated from Basic Academy today! We couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments and are excited to see what they as individuals will contribute to our team. Welcome to the Winchester Police Department! ... See MoreSee Less
Social Security Administration scams calls are happening in our city, please do not give out your personal information over the phone. Please just hang up and report the incident to the Social Security Administration at (800) 269-0271. ... See MoreSee Less
On May 21, 2019 at 2356 HRS, a Patrol Deputy with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Ford Expedition (rental vehicle), bearing Ontario license plates, on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 225. The deputy subsequently made contact with the driver Kahtan Seidi, 28, a resident of Clifton, New Jersey.
During the course of the encounter, the deputy observed a large amount of cigarettes inside Seidi’s vehicle, partially covered in the passenger seat. The deputy also observed that the entire passenger compartment of the SUV was full of cases and cartons of cigarettes. Investigation revealed that Seidi was on the way to New York City with a load of contraband cigarettes.
Seidi was charged with a single felony count of § 58.1-1017.1. Possession with intent to distribute tax-paid, contraband cigarettes.
Fifteen hundred and fifty five (1,555) cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized.
Cigarettes in New York City garner $13.00 per pack, making this intercepted load of contraband’s street value in NYC $202,150.00
That moment you realize that most laws are for revenue generation rather than safety.
Thank you officer. My dog was shot by a Newport cigarette
So you literally robbed a guy of $200k worth of merchandise, and you want a pat on the back? GDIAF.
Contraband... Cigarettes.... Say it again. More slowly. Now go sit in the corner and think about all the wrong decisions you've made in your pitiful politician life
TAXATION IS THEFT.
Meanwhile 2 kilos of coke drove by while they had this car pulled over but y’all are doing great, keep up the good work
Imagine thinking this matters 😂
Redcoats gotta redcoat.
Taxation is Theft.
Taxation is theft
Thank the lord you guys saved us from a plant stuffed in to thin paper rolls. Disaster averted 😂😂
Why is this news? Who cares about a guy trying to make a buck selling CIGARETTES. Do something real and stop the real drugs from pouring out of our county.
Who was the victim?
Thank you for stopping these dangerous cigarette smugglers instead of actually doing something useful for society. Bless 🙏
Yeah. Really using the taxpayers dollars well. Don’t worry about the actual crimes that involve victims....
That'll stop all those teenagers from smoking for sure this time!! MuH tAx ReVeNuE!!!
I'm just doing my job.- Nazi's
I'm just doing my job- Police
Thank you government for treating us like 15 year old highschool kids
What is the supposed lost tax revenue attributed to those cigarettes? And what was the cost in manpower, equipment, and liability spent on this operation? And how many violent crimes occurred during those hours and what was the police response times and solve rates for those? You might wanna remove “protect and serve” from your motto.
Thank you for removing those assault tobaccos from our dangerous streets.
"Made contact?" What was the probable cause for pulling him over in the first place? Unless there was a suspicion of an actual crime that could clearly be articulated by the officer, then the original stop was unlawful and a responsible judge will throw the case out.
PS - having Ontario plates is not a crime.
What is the exact number of cigarettes I can have in my possession before it becomes "conspiracy" or "smuggling" or "contraband"? If that guy purchased those cigarettes legally, you ain't got nothing but illegal search and seizure. This poor guy came down to stock up on smokes. No more illegal than the duty free shop at the airport. The California justice system wouldn't even prosecute this bs. Way to go Augusta co. I'd bet a paycheck 3 DUI's passed this "cigarette stop" unscathed. Smh
Taxation is theft. The government wants to tax everything, and if they can’t, it’s illegal. Wow.
Everyone will sleep safer tonight.
Doing God’s work. Glad those Newports are off the street.
At approximately 0430 on May 20, 2019 an unknown suspect/suspects cut the catalytic converter from underneath the Enterprise Baptist Church van. We are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of this black Jeep Liberty. This vehicle was occupied by two or possibly three white males.
If anyone has any information regarding this case please contact the sheriff’s office front desk at 601-776-5252 or the MS crime stoppers hotline!! Thanks !!! ... See MoreSee Less
The deadline for enrollment in the Martinsburg Police Department's Junior Police Academy is this Friday. Space is limited and classes are filling up quickly! Get your applications in to your school or drop them at MPD. If you have any questions, contact Corporal Luciano. ... See MoreSee Less