Augusta County Sheriff Dept

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I was asked to share this chicken bbq on Thursday, 10/17 for Austin Arbaugh at Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Department. Chicken will be ready by noon. You can pre-order by calling the numbers on the attached picture.

Austin was injured during a motor vehicle accident while working in an ambulance for the county while transporting a patient. All proceeds will go towards his medical expenses and being out of work now for an unknown amount of time while he recovers from his injuries.
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I was asked to share this chicken bbq on Thursday, 10/17 for Austin Arbaugh at Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Department.  Chicken will be ready by noon.  You can pre-order by calling the numbers on the attached picture.

Austin was injured during a motor vehicle accident while working in an ambulance for the county while transporting a patient.  All proceeds will go towards his medical expenses and being out of work now for an unknown amount of time while he recovers from his injuries.

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Thank you for sharing!!!

Is there any way to donate directly if one doesn't need the bbq?

#smithonthe5th !!

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Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith

We enjoyed attending the annual NAACP banquet again this year Saturday evening. Thank you for the invitation.2019 Staunton Branch NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for your support each year!

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Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith

On Saturday, we attended the 4th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event that was held at Wilson High School and hosted by New Directions. This annual event is held to bring awareness about domestic violence. The ACSO won the relay race again and brought the cup home for another year. Here are some pictures of the day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations on an event well done for a great purpose.

Thank you , I miss my daughter so much this was so nice of you all .

My favorite part is all the duct tape around the shoes. 😂

Ben Lokey, they got you falling. Lol

The ACSO Foundation held their annual golf tournament on Friday. It was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who supported this event and all the board for all of your hard work. This foundation helps offset the costs needed to keep the Reserve Deputy Program up and running without using all tax payer dollars.

Congratulations to the winners:

1st place - Shawn Watkins, Brandon Edwards, David Hinty, and Ryan Clark

2nd place - Dale Moran, Jimmy Aikens, Joe Gourek, and Scott Parsons

3rd place - Joe Carter, Ty Grove, Greg See, and Chrissy See
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UPDATE: Mr. Petenbrink was just located and is safe.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Craigsville home at approximately 0430 hours on October 10, 2019. Mr. Petenbrink is said to have been going hunting and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. It’s unknown, at this time, if Petenbrink took a weapon with him.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report earlier today and a search was launched. Several agencies are assisting in the search: Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Augusta County Communication Center, Virginia State Police, VDEM, Craigsville PD, and Augusta County Fire/Rescue.

Gordon W. Petenbrink W/M
AGE: 75
6’0”
150 lbs.
HAIR/White
EYES/Blue
LSW: blue jeans

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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UPDATE: Mr. Petenbrink was just located and is safe.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Craigsville home at approximately 0430 hours on October 10, 2019. Mr. Petenbrink is said to have been going hunting and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. It’s unknown, at this time, if Petenbrink took a weapon with him.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report earlier today and a search was launched. Several agencies are assisting in the search: Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Augusta County Communication Center, Virginia State Police, VDEM, Craigsville PD, and Augusta County Fire/Rescue.

Gordon W. Petenbrink W/M
AGE: 75
6’0”
150 lbs. 
HAIR/White 
EYES/Blue 
LSW: blue jeans

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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Good work glad he is ok

omg...…..I love you WADE

Glad he is ok

Good

Hayley Rankin Leatherwood

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VDOT CLOSES TWO AUGUSTA COUNTY BRIDGES AFTER INSPECTIONS

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is closing two bridges that cross Middle River in Augusta County. The Route 775 (Craig Shop Road) bridge is located between Route 900 (Little Run Road) and Route 608 (Battlefield Road). The Route 778 (Knightly Mill Road) bridge is located between Route 777 (Kentmere Lane) and Route 608.

Both structures are timber deck truss bridges. The Route 775 bridge was built in 1908 and the Route 778 bridge was built in 1915.

Motorists can cross Middle River in this area using Route 774 (Cline River Road) which connects to Route 775 and Route 608 on either side of the river.

Routine inspections of the bridge conducted showed significant deterioration. VDOT will evaluate repair needs and costs. No estimate for repair dates have been established yet.

All work is weather permitting.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.
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VDOT CLOSES TWO AUGUSTA COUNTY BRIDGES AFTER INSPECTIONS
 
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is closing two bridges that cross Middle River in Augusta County. The Route 775 (Craig Shop Road) bridge is located between Route 900 (Little Run Road) and Route 608 (Battlefield Road). The Route 778 (Knightly Mill Road) bridge is located between Route 777 (Kentmere Lane) and Route 608. 
 
Both structures are timber deck truss bridges. The Route 775 bridge was built in 1908 and the Route 778 bridge was built in 1915.
 
Motorists can cross Middle River in this area using Route 774 (Cline River Road) which connects to Route 775 and Route 608 on either side of the river.
 
Routine inspections of the bridge conducted showed significant deterioration. VDOT will evaluate repair needs and costs. No estimate for repair dates have been established yet.
 
All work is weather permitting.
 
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org. 
 
The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

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And my husband makes fun of me every time I get nervous going over these bridges!!

Thanks for letting us know

thank s dommald

i said donald lo

Accreditation:

During my first term as your Sheriff, this agency has worked extremely hard to identify and comply with the standards established by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) to overcome some of the shortcomings in the agency that led to the removal of accreditation during the prior administration.

The ACSO accreditation was forfeited by Sheriff Randy Fisher due to the missing funds from the evidence room. Since 2016, the ACSO has implemented the following:

1) 100% Audits of the Evidence Room conducted on a yearly basis.
2) Added video surveillance of the evidence room (6 new cameras).
3) Evidence Training and handling training for deputies.
4) Policy and procedures have been completely updated and digitalized for deputies to have quick access via computer and/or smartphone.

Accreditation assessments are comprised of agency information, community information, assessment of written policies, static display of agency equipment, ride-along component, and property/evidence verification component. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation from 2015 regarding the missing funds, the ACSO has 10,748 items of evidence that cannot be released or destroyed until this investigation has concluded.

On August 7, 2019, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office participated in a mock accreditation assessment to help prepare for the full scale audit that took place on Monday, September 9, 2019 – through Wednesday, September 11, 2019. We also had another mock assessment on September 3, 2019.

During the final audit assessment, my agency complied with three files that needed repair while the accessors were on site. These were corrected and noted to be in compliance with VLEPSC standards.

1) Agency had to change the policy to cover prisoner escape from the Temporary Detention cells within the county courthouse.
2) Agency had to change policy regarding warning shots.
3) Requested the Sheriff to eliminate a temporary storage cabinet within the Narcotics Taskforce Office.

The fourth occurred during the evidence room inspection portion of the audit. An item of evidence, Costume Jewelry (1 costume ring) that had been retrieved from a burn barrel was checked out of the evidence room by an investigator on 3/9/16 at 0840 HRS, which is just over 2 months into my tenure, for further investigation. The investigator was attempting to determine if this was evidence that Melvin Spencer had killed additional women other than his wife and disposed of their bodies in a burn barrel on his property. This item was still listed as “out” to the investigator when the records were reviewed by the assessment team on September 11, 2019, prompting further review. This review revealed that the ring was neither of evidentiary value in the case nor was it any monetary value. The burned ring could not be identified as belonging to anyone.

Since the positive feedback provided by the VLEPSC assessors, the Sheriff’s Office also implemented new procedures to ensure that items checked out by deputies “for further investigation” are tracked and monitored in a timely manner. Following the site assessors’ recommendations, the packaging procedures for jewelry and precious metals was immediately changed with new procedures being implemented to package and process jewelry that are submitted into evidence at the Sheriff’s Office.

The following day, September 12, 2019, I directed that an Internal Affairs investigation be launched into the status of this ring that was checked out by the investigator. The outcome of the internal investigation is still pending, and the internal affairs investigation is still in process.

A complete audit of the Evidence Room was conducted during the week of September 23rd. The discrepancy involving this case/ring was not revealed by annual evidence room audits, as the item was signed out to the investigator for further investigation, and not in the evidence room.

On the afternoon of October 8, 2019, I appeared in front of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission regarding the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office accreditation. Though they noted substantial improvements in the agency and many positives, as a result of the missing costume ring, the board declined to grant accreditation for the ACSO at this time.

After receiving their decision, I met with the County Administrator, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and the ACSO employees to inform them of the commission’s findings. Today, I am releasing the full report to the citizens of Augusta County, through a media release, including the assessment report for the audit. There are some portions of the report that are redacted for personnel reasons or security policies that are in place to keep the public safe. This report is too large to attached to this Facebook post; however, it has been sent to all media outlets for them to attach to their reporting.

As your sheriff, I am ultimately responsible for all of my employee’s actions. I have stressed to you, the citizens of Augusta County, that the ACSO would do our best to get things right and I fully take responsibility for falling short on this issue. I am committed to constant improvement and insuring our community is protected and ethically served.

Let me be clear, the integrity and credibility of the evidence room is not in question. The handling of this evidence by the investigator is still pending investigation.

When I came into office as your Sheriff, my number one priority was to rebuild the Sheriff’s office following a highly contested Sheriff’s election in 2015, and work on the cold cases that we ultimately solved to bring closure to their families. I have been able to achieve all of the goals that I outlined in my 2015 election run, with the accreditation being the last. I am extremely proud of the work ethic and dedication of the men and women that make up the ACSO. Even though I am disappointed in yesterday’s outcome, you have my word that we are committed to achieving this goal and meeting the standards of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

This is the first step in the accreditation process, and we will pursue our opportunity to be reheard on the matter as we will note an appeal within the next several days.
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Accreditation:

During my first term as your Sheriff, this agency has worked extremely hard to identify and comply with the standards established by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) to overcome some of the shortcomings in the agency that led to the removal of accreditation during the prior administration.

The ACSO accreditation was forfeited by Sheriff Randy Fisher due to the missing funds from the evidence room.  Since 2016, the ACSO has implemented the following:

1) 100% Audits of the Evidence Room conducted on a yearly basis.
2) Added video surveillance of the evidence room (6 new cameras).
3) Evidence Training and handling training for deputies.
4) Policy and procedures have been completely updated and digitalized for deputies to have quick access via computer and/or smartphone. 

Accreditation assessments are comprised of agency information, community information, assessment of written policies, static display of agency equipment, ride-along component, and property/evidence verification component.  Due to the ongoing criminal investigation from 2015 regarding the missing funds, the ACSO has 10,748 items of evidence that cannot be released or destroyed until this investigation has concluded. 

On August 7, 2019, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office participated in a mock accreditation assessment to help prepare for the full scale audit that took place on Monday, September 9, 2019 – through Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  We also had another mock assessment on September 3, 2019.  

During the final audit assessment, my agency complied with three files that needed repair while the accessors were on site.  These were corrected and noted to be in compliance with VLEPSC standards.

1) Agency had to change the policy to cover prisoner escape from the Temporary Detention cells within the county courthouse.
2) Agency had to change policy regarding warning shots.
3) Requested the Sheriff to eliminate a temporary storage cabinet within the Narcotics Taskforce Office. 

The fourth occurred during the evidence room inspection portion of the audit.  An item of evidence, Costume Jewelry (1 costume ring) that had been retrieved from a burn barrel was checked out of the evidence room by an investigator on 3/9/16 at 0840 HRS, which is just over 2 months into my tenure, for further investigation.  The investigator was attempting to determine if this was evidence that Melvin Spencer had killed additional women other than his wife and disposed of their bodies in a burn barrel on his property.  This item was still listed as “out” to the investigator when the records were reviewed by the assessment team on September 11, 2019, prompting further review.  This review revealed that the ring was neither of evidentiary value in the case nor was it any monetary value.  The burned ring could not be identified as belonging to anyone.  

Since the positive feedback provided by the VLEPSC assessors, the Sheriff’s Office also implemented new procedures to ensure that items checked out by deputies “for further investigation” are tracked and monitored in a timely manner. Following the site assessors’ recommendations, the packaging procedures for jewelry and precious metals was immediately changed with new procedures being implemented to package and process jewelry that are submitted into evidence at the Sheriff’s Office.

The following day, September 12, 2019, I directed that an Internal Affairs investigation be launched into the status of this ring that was checked out by the investigator.  The outcome of the internal investigation is still pending, and the internal affairs investigation is still in process. 

A complete audit of the Evidence Room was conducted during the week of September 23rd.  The discrepancy involving this case/ring was not revealed by annual evidence room audits, as the item was signed out to the investigator for further investigation, and not in the evidence room.  

On the afternoon of October 8, 2019, I appeared in front of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission regarding the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office accreditation.  Though they noted substantial improvements in the agency and many positives, as a result of the missing costume ring, the board declined to grant accreditation for the ACSO at this time.  

After receiving their decision, I met with the County Administrator, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and the ACSO employees to inform them of the commission’s findings.  Today, I am releasing the full report to the citizens of Augusta County, through a media release, including the assessment report for the audit.  There are some portions of the report that are redacted for personnel reasons or security policies that are in place to keep the public safe.  This report is too large to attached to this Facebook post; however, it has been sent to all media outlets for them to attach to their reporting.

As your sheriff, I am ultimately responsible for all of my employee’s actions.  I have stressed to you, the citizens of Augusta County, that the ACSO would do our best to get things right and I fully take responsibility for falling short on this issue.  I am committed to constant improvement and insuring our community is protected and ethically served.

Let me be clear, the integrity and credibility of the evidence room is not in question.  The handling of this evidence by the investigator is still pending investigation.

When I came into office as your Sheriff, my number one priority was to rebuild the Sheriff’s office following a highly contested Sheriff’s election in 2015, and work on the cold cases that we ultimately solved to bring closure to their families.  I have been able to achieve all of the goals that I outlined in my 2015 election run, with the accreditation being the last.  I am extremely proud of the work ethic and dedication of the men and women that make up the ACSO. Even though I am disappointed in yesterday’s outcome, you have my word that we are committed to achieving this goal and meeting the standards of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. 

This is the first step in the accreditation process, and we will pursue our opportunity to be reheard on the matter as we will note an appeal within the next several days.

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Great job to the Sheriff and staff, keep up the good work. You have my support and vote on the 5th.

As a former forensic detective I can attest to the rigorous standards of the accreditation process and to the need for accurate, painstaking and never ending work of those who seek to achieve maintain the integrity of evidence and property handling. I appreciate you efforts and have confidence ACSO will gain re-accreditation. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Excellent transparency. Your professionalism and integrity is completely intact. This level of responsibility and accountability is exactly what is needed in law enforcement and public service.

Thank you for your transparency and hard work to turn the department around and regain the Respect it deserves.

This is perfect. Thank you for letting us know. You are what this county needs. I will be voting for you and encouraging all my friends and family to do the same. Of course to be honest, I have not had one person tell me they were voting for your opponent. I have talked to total strangers and they are saying you are the man they are voting for on the 5th. You have kept your campaign promises. You have worked hard on this one and you will get it. One deficiency? You got this!!! Thanks again Donald.

Proud of your work. Thank you for being transparent and communicating.

Your transparency is the heart of us having a great Sheriff and someone we can depend on.

Thank you for your honest hard work. Unbelievable to think one costume ring would keep an office from being accredited but you will get it next time. You have improved that office tremendously!! Keep up your work for the citizens of this county and let them other people roll around in the mud and make themselves look like fools.

I'm sad to hear that a mere cheap piece of jewelry hindered the accreditation process. Such a shame. I hope the appeal process goes well with favorable results. Kudos to you and the rest of the ACSO for all the hard work! Thank you for the transparency on this and so many other issues the last 4 years. Really looking forward to your next 4 years as sheriff!! #Smithonthefifth

Sheriff Smith, you have my utmost respect. You have been straight forward on every issue that affects our community and that of the ACSO. Thank you for your dedication to the citizens of Augusta County and our officers. You have my vote and that of my family. Keep up the great work!

Thank You for the hard work to clean up what was left by the previous administration. You have made huge strides and we look forward to you returning as Our Sheriff !!

Always working for the citizens of the Augusta Co. Keep up the great work Sheriff Smith. You have my vote.👍

Thank you for all y'alls hard work. Such honesty and transparency. #SmithOnThe5th!

In surprised you were able to get as much done as you have keep up the great work and you get my vote

Excellent job Sir, you had so much to accomplish to clean the dept. up and you are doing a fantastic job. Thank you for always keeping us informed

You are doing an awesome job and your dedication is obvious!!!

You show a great amount of integrity. I know you will be Sheriff until you decide to retire.

Thank you for being transparent! Any accreditation process is extremely difficult. Many places have inspections restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, daycares, most always these places are cited for at least 1 item if not more we still eat, choose them for our healthcare needs, or to take care of our children. Thank you for being open with us and continuing to do your best. This community appreciates you and your staff and the accreditation will come!

Way to go Sheriff!!! Keep up the good work! I support you!!!

Thank you, Sheriff. 🇱🇷

Thank you for the update ! You are great at what you do , as you do it with compassion, integrity and respectfulness for all. If you give respect , you will receive respect. No matter all walks of life , respect is deserved.

Thank you Sheriff Smith for informing us and keeping our community safe.

Thank you Donald Smith, for your hard work and dedication to our county. Its clear that you take pride in what you do and take any ups and downs that come your way with class. Nobody is perfect, and people on your team are bound to make mistakes. It's seems to me that if the worst part of the investigation is a missing piece of costume jewelry, then you and your team are doing just fine!! Thanks for all you do!! I'm proud to call you both a friend and Sheriff!! #smithonthe5th #ThePeoplesSheriff

Thanks for all of your work in cleaning up the past. You have restored my faith in that office.

Sheriff look at all you achieved.....I know what it was like before!!! Keep up the great work ! Augusta Co needs a great Sheriff for four more years!!!! Smith on the 5th !!! No doubt!!!!

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Public Advisory: Telephone Scam Warning Regarding Virginia Courts

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the administrative office of the courts, is advising the public to be on alert for a phone scam that fakes or spoofs the name and telephone number of a Virginia court on the recipient's voicemail and/or caller ID. Callers claim to be representatives of a Virginia court, inquiring about the location of individuals, or demanding monies or personal information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers. Unless you have contacted the court to make a payment and requested that someone return the call, court personnel will not initiate a call with you to collect payments. Please be advised that Virginia courts never request credit card information or personal identifiers, such as social security numbers, by telephone.

Credit card payments should only be made in a court clerk’s office or through secure online applications, such as the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System or the General District Online Case Information System, which are available on Virginia’s Judicial System website.

Virginia courts do not call private citizens to threaten or demand money. The public is cautioned to never give out personal information to unknown callers. If you receive a call about a court matter and are uncertain about its legitimacy, use the general contact information for all courts, which can be found on Virginia's Judicial System Website, to contact the court directly.

If you have received one of these calls, it is recommended that you contact the Federal Trade Commission. If you are a victim of one of these calls, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

To learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's Scam Alerts.
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Public Advisory: Telephone Scam Warning Regarding Virginia Courts

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the administrative office of the courts, is advising the public to be on alert for a phone scam that fakes or spoofs the name and telephone number of a Virginia court on the recipients voicemail and/or caller ID. Callers claim to be representatives of a Virginia court, inquiring about the location of individuals, or demanding monies or personal information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers. Unless you have contacted the court to make a payment and requested that someone return the call, court personnel will not initiate a call with you to collect payments. Please be advised that Virginia courts never request credit card information or personal identifiers, such as social security numbers, by telephone.

Credit card payments should only be made in a court clerk’s office or through secure online applications, such as the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System or the General District Online Case Information System, which are available on Virginia’s Judicial System website.

Virginia courts do not call private citizens to threaten or demand money. The public is cautioned to never give out personal information to unknown callers. If you receive a call about a court matter and are uncertain about its legitimacy, use the general contact information for all courts, which can be found on Virginias Judicial System Website, to contact the court directly.

If you have received one of these calls, it is recommended that you contact the Federal Trade Commission. If you are a victim of one of these calls, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

To learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs, please visit the Federal Trade Commissions Scam Alerts.

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Thanks for keeping us up to date. Your the best!!!

Big big scam...

Holly Potter

“Pass it on” Project – Grace Christian Elementary School

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the teachers, staff and Pre-K students at Grace Christian Elementary School who invited Major Jenkins to come and speak to the Pre-K students as a part of their annual “Pass it on” Project on Thursday, October 3, 2019. It was a great pleasure to talk to the kids about law enforcement and safety. We would like to thank the Pre-K kids for the artwork and the goody basket that was shared with all of the Deputies!
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“Pass it on” Project – Grace Christian Elementary School

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the teachers, staff and Pre-K students at Grace Christian Elementary School who invited Major Jenkins to come and speak to the Pre-K students as a part of their annual “Pass it on” Project on Thursday, October 3, 2019. It was a great pleasure to talk to the kids about law enforcement and safety. We would like to thank the Pre-K kids for the artwork and the goody basket that was shared with all of the Deputies!

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Awesome

Awesome!

Very cool!

Pursuit/Arrest

On October 5th at 0005 hours, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office was in the City of Staunton when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. The Staunton Police Department was notified and an officer conducted a traffic stop; our deputy assisted. During the course of the stop, the driver is alleged to have assaulted the Staunton officer and then fled the scene. The Staunton officer pursued the suspect to the city limits and deputies took over the pursuit as it entered the county. The driver was stopped on Rt. 11, south of Staunton, and identified as Tyrone Stuart Jr., 29, of Staunton. Stuart was charged with the following:

-Felony DUI -Felony eluding
-Felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
-Refusal of a breath test (misdemeanor)

He was also served with two outstanding bench warrants.

This pursuit lasted for approximately twenty minutes and travelled throughout the southern portion of Augusta County. I commend the deputies for their professionalism and control during this pursuit.
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Pursuit/Arrest

On October 5th at 0005 hours, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office was in the City of Staunton when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. The Staunton Police Department was notified and an officer conducted a traffic stop; our deputy assisted. During the course of the stop, the driver is alleged to have assaulted the Staunton officer and then fled the scene. The Staunton officer pursued the suspect to the city limits and deputies took over the pursuit as it entered the county. The driver was stopped on Rt. 11, south of Staunton, and identified as Tyrone Stuart Jr., 29, of Staunton. Stuart was charged with the following:

-Felony DUI -Felony eluding
-Felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
-Refusal of a breath test (misdemeanor)

He was also served with two outstanding bench warrants.

This pursuit lasted for approximately twenty minutes and travelled throughout the southern portion of Augusta County. I commend the deputies for their professionalism and control during this pursuit.

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He is young. Can he get help?! I am hopeful the Staunton Officer was not badly injured. I am relieved no greater injuries were reported. Still, this person needs treatment.

Another great job !

Great job ACSO!

Great teamwork between the two departments!!

Great job

Great job

Great job!

Great job!

These were most likely his charges once he entered Augusta County. Staunton will have to press charges also.

thank you

Lock him up is the only treatment he needs.he could have killed another cop.why give someone treatment when he on drugs and assaults a cop.thats what's wrong with people these days they too dam soft.lock him up and throw the key away.

No assault charge?

Was there a BOLO ? 😂

Nikki Smallwood

Wow Ashlee Altizer Ingram

I absolutely love when all the hypocrites chime in... I'm so sick and tired of all the judgement and matter of facts that everyone always has.... point blank period yes he broke the law, yes punish him for that. but to set and say that someone doesnt want to change or wont change is above every last one of yall!! i know Tyrone "Bolo" personally and i know what's in his heart, and honestly its not hate, and judgement like the rest of yall. but lord have mercy someone have a drug problem and they are just the scum of the earth!! Why is it so hard for society to just accept the FACT that life doesn't come easy to everyone?!?! EVERYONE is different, EVERYONE has their own struggles they face, so for once why cant yall jus shut up, keep ya 2 sense in ya pocket and move on..!!!! Apply some of that judgemental energy into something positive.

Thank God no one was injured or killed due to this idiot’s selfish use of poor judgment.

Katera Massengill your bf

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Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith

I thought I would share some pictures of today’s Out of Darkness walk at Gypsy Hill Park. I am always honored to participate in this event and this year was no exception. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great job

Thank you for being a part of this each year.

Good job

Thank you!

AWESOME!

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UPDATE: The chicken is ready and they are selling at Churchville, Taylor Grocery in Fort Defiance, and Verona Rite Aid.

I wanted to share with you a chicken BBQ fundraiser coming up this Saturday at the Churchville BBQ pits for 17 month old Harper Wylie who is undergoing cancer treatments, which require her family to travel to and from PA and Charlottesville. All proceeds go towards helping with Harper's medical expenses, supplies and travel.

Please consider coming out Saturday to help support this little girl.
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UPDATE: The chicken is ready and they are selling at Churchville, Taylor Grocery in Fort Defiance, and Verona Rite Aid.

I wanted to share with you a chicken BBQ fundraiser coming up this Saturday at the Churchville BBQ pits for 17 month old Harper Wylie who is undergoing cancer treatments, which require her family to travel to and from PA and Charlottesville. All proceeds go towards helping with Harpers medical expenses, supplies and travel.

Please consider coming out Saturday to help support this little girl.

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Thank you! An amazing day..so many wonderful people helping our sweet girl in Churchville! A very caring community!!

Such a good cause. Hope to be there to donate.

This is a genuine loving family ,that needs support and prayers...

Prayers God be with her

Be nice to see more of this in more areas other then churhville prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏 for her

Prayers for all

Prayers for healing for this precious child

Prayers

Prayers!

Prayers

Prayers

Will do ! Cancer sucks

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Damian Ryan Eutsler Case

On September 30, 2019, during a press conference, Neil Kester questioned my loyalty to Augusta County and referenced the Damian Ryan Eutsler case. In his release he stated no search warrant was filed and justice for the children was dismissed by me and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. Kester’s claims are no more than dirty politics. This case shouldn’t be part of his campaign due to pending adjudication. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has executed five search warrants during the investigation of this case and Eutsler was arrested.

Here are the facts

December 7, 2016
The ACSO launched an investigation on Damian Eutsler for child pornography based on a complaint that was received from another law enforcement agency.

December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a search warrant and seized several items as evidence from Eutlser’s vehicle.

December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a second search warrant and seized numerous items as evidence from Eutlser’s residence.

December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a third search warrant for Eutlser’s work cell phone.

December 9, 2016
The ACSO executed a fourth search warrant for Eutsler’s electronic devices.


December 9, 2016
Information was collected from the other law enforcement agency involved with this case.

December 26, 2016
The ACSO was contacted by Eutsler’s former employer regarding an additional computer hard drive that was found containing more child pornography.

February 7, 2017
The ACSO partnered with the VA Office of the Attorney General to examine the computer hard drive due to the amount of pornography stored. The ACSO obtained a fifth search warrant for the hard drive.

February 8, 2017
The search warrant was executed by ACSO investigators and the computer was examined by Examiner’s from the Attorney General’s Office.

March 15, 2017
20,177 images of known child pornography were recovered by the Examiner from the Office of the VA Attorney General.

Kester claims that the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office “botched” this case due to a motions hearing held in the Augusta Circuit Court on September 13, 2019. The judge granted a motion to suppress evidence, but that ruling is under appeal. Due to the fact that the matter is ongoing, I will not be commenting further.

To say that I am not loyal to the people of Augusta because a judge granted a suppression motion is completely absurd and utterly without merit. The investigators on this case are experienced, competent investigators, and, like me, they want nothing more than for Mr. Eutsler to be brought to justice. I am extremely proud of the work and dedication the investigators and the examiners put forth during this investigation.

In no way was this case botched or do the citizens of Augusta County need to question my loyalty.

This case is pending adjudication and the suppression issue is a legal matter for the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office to argue with the court, not an incompetency issue involving the ACSO.
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Damian Ryan Eutsler Case
 
On September 30, 2019, during a press conference, Neil Kester questioned my loyalty to Augusta County and referenced the Damian Ryan Eutsler case.  In his release he stated no search warrant was filed and justice for the children was dismissed by me and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.  Kester’s claims are no more than dirty politics. This case shouldn’t be part of his campaign due to pending adjudication. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has executed five search warrants during the investigation of this case and Eutsler was arrested.
 
Here are the facts
 
December 7, 2016
The ACSO launched an investigation on Damian Eutsler for child pornography based on a complaint that was received from another law enforcement agency.
 
December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a search warrant and seized several items as evidence from Eutlser’s vehicle.
 
December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a second search warrant and seized numerous items as evidence from Eutlser’s residence.
 
December 8, 2016
The ACSO executed a third search warrant for Eutlser’s work cell phone.
 
December 9, 2016
The ACSO executed a fourth search warrant for Eutsler’s electronic devices.
   
 
December 9, 2016
Information was collected from the other law enforcement agency involved with this case.
 
December 26, 2016
The ACSO was contacted by Eutsler’s former employer regarding an additional computer hard drive that was found containing more child pornography.
 
February 7, 2017
The ACSO partnered with the VA Office of the Attorney General to examine the computer hard drive due to the amount of pornography stored.  The ACSO obtained a fifth search warrant for the hard drive.
 
February 8, 2017
The search warrant was executed by ACSO investigators and the computer was examined by Examiner’s from the Attorney General’s Office.
 
March 15, 2017
20,177 images of known child pornography were recovered by the Examiner from the Office of the VA Attorney General.
 
Kester claims that the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office “botched” this case due to a motions hearing held in the Augusta Circuit Court on September 13, 2019.  The judge granted a motion to suppress evidence, but that ruling is under appeal. Due to the fact that the matter is ongoing, I will not be commenting further. 
 
To say that I am not loyal to the people of Augusta because a judge granted a suppression motion is completely absurd and utterly without merit. The investigators on this case are experienced, competent investigators, and, like me, they want nothing more than for Mr. Eutsler to be brought to justice.  I am extremely proud of the work and dedication the investigators and the examiners put forth during this investigation.

In no way was this case botched or do the citizens of Augusta County need to question my loyalty.

This case is pending adjudication and the suppression issue is a legal matter for the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office to argue with the court, not an incompetency issue involving the ACSO.

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It is so sad to see all the terrible tactics your opponent is using. As far as I can see, you have done a wonderful job as Sheriff for Augusta County. I wish I lived in the county. You would have my vote and also my husband. Let us come together in prayer that evil will not prevail and you will be re-elected.

Sheriff Smith has been my friend for many years. He has always been kind and helpful. He truly cares for all the good people of Augusta County. Thank you and your department for all you do to keep us safe.

I'm sick and tired of all that crap being said from the dark side. I believe you Sheriff Smith! You are the one with integrity, honesty, and transparency. I trust you to continue to protect and keep us safe in Augusta County. Thank you for all you do!

This case is currently scheduled for a jury trial beginning on 2/27/2020 according to the Augusta County Circuit court website.

Sheriff Smith, good, direct summary of this case. I am not familiar with this attempt by Kester to start a frenzied attack. Kester should be ignored. His lack of understanding on the justice system, topical use of the media, and agenda to get elected speak loudly as to totally unqualified for this job. Kester supporters need to read and let emotions go.

Smith has my vote!!! Smith has done so much for augusta county since he has become sheriff. Keep up the good work!!!!

It’s simple the right man is doing the job now and it will be Smith on the 5th I have seen Sheriff Smith Donate and spend time with individuals who needed help in the past and the support for our veterans and participating in great events like Run to the Wall And visiting with children and families in our slice of heaven we call Augusta Country He believes in community and family The Man For The Job Donald Smith

Good job sheriff smith and ACSO. I am sorry you have to listen to the the ugliness and lies.

It's just very sad that people are being drug through the mud. I've never had any use for someone that has to make others look bad in order for them to look good. Great job! Keep up the good work. We are behind you 100%

Thank you Donald Smith and you're deputies for all your hard work we know justice will be served we stand with you

I would say this is proper use of government resources in that he is defending the ACSO actions and making the public aware of the true situation. Smith for Sheriff!!

Kester needs to pull out of the race for Sheriff! If he will pull these kind of tactics, what would he do IF he were elected as sheriff? And his connections with Nexus and Scott Cline are also major issues of concern! Re-elect Sheriff Donald Smith on the 5th!

Great job Sheriff Smith and ACSO! You have always had my vote! A person who has to use smear tactics has no place in office.

Continue to humble yourself before the Lord, and HE will lift you up! Thank you for all you do, God bless you and protect you!

I'm still waiting to hear back about the theft that happened almost a year ago. We have yet to be contacted about pressing charges.

It is highly inappropriate to use the Sheriff’s Office page to address a campaign issue. Also, how could the sheriff not get a search warrant? It’s common sense legal procedure. The Sheriff’s office had the hard drive for 40 days and did not get a warrant. This shows incompetence and lack of oversight by the sheriff.

You are the best person that has ever truly cared about Augusta County. You will still get my vote.

Thank you and keep up all the good work.I hope voters realize what the Republican candidate is doing.

I apologize for the ignorance you are having to endure. I have been impressed how you have conducted yourself not only in this election but also in office.

It’s a shame so many things are in question here you have been a good sheriff and I think you for that, even though I don’t agree with all of ACSO’s tactics that doesn’t mean I dislike your role as sheriff. With that being said I don’t blindly follow the leader without doing my research and to be honest I’m kinda disappointed with what I’m finding, and kester omg I totally disagree with his tactics did you see his smerk when the nexus reporter said he had more evidence against our sheriff and he says he is not receiving anything from nexus come on how stupid does he think we are. With all that being said I’m kinda confused on who to vote for. I’m just being honest and I’m not at all trying to disrespect our sheriff at all it’s just not looking good at all

I am not informed about this case although I have seen a little about it on local news. As a non biased reader, it seems to me that commenters have already found this man guilty.

Thank God the people of Augusta County has a man like you for Sheriff!! It sickens me how far people will go to cause trouble!! People are definitely behind you Sheriff!! Keep the FAITH and start planning for your next 4 yrs in office!! God Bless you and your Deputies!!❤🙏❤

Kester is a poor example of an Augusta county citizen. I hope Augusta County residents can see this. We sure don’t need a crooked man in this position like himself. RE-ELECT DONALD SMITH AS SHERIFF.

I live in Augusta county and I don't even listen to this mans accusations it's just ugliness.. Thank you for all you and all the department do for us! You have my vote!

Unlike your opponet, you have the full confidence of myself and everyone I talk to. It seems that there are only 2 people in the county that questions your integrity, credibility and compitence and thier motives appear to be personal as they have failed miserably to demonstrate otherwise. It's very obvious that your opponet is grasping at straws that simply aren't there and he did himself no favors by waiting so long to distance himself from the "anonymous" video/posting and having a press conference closed to the public. You've got this Sheriff. Thanks for keeping the public informed of the REAL facts.

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Larceny from Motor Vehicle/Fraud

Last weekend (September 22-23), the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office took a few reports of car break ins in the Fishersville area. In one case a pocketbook containing a debit card was stolen. The debit card was subsequently used at a Staunton business to make a fraudulent purchase.

The identities of two women (photos attached) are being sought in connection with this case. A photograph of the vehicle they were using is also attached.

If anyone has any information about the identity of these women, please contact Inv Connor Tobin if the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle/Fraud

Last weekend (September 22-23), the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office took a few reports of car break ins in the Fishersville area. In one case a pocketbook containing a debit card was stolen. The debit card was subsequently used at a Staunton business to make a fraudulent purchase.

The identities of two women (photos attached) are being sought in connection with this case. A photograph of the vehicle they were using is also attached.

If anyone has any information about the identity of these women, please contact Inv Connor Tobin if the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.Image attachmentImage attachment

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A shame, totally a shame nothing else to say because God has his hand on this. His parking lot his building and his people, they will be caught!

Hope they are caught soon , SHAME!

Smile. The camera gets another one

There is cameras that can pick up ingredients on big slam pop bottle ...spend some money better pics

Get a job and stop robbing people

Hope they get caught soon

They both look the same.

I’ll say it again. It’s 2019. If your business has cameras that takes Atari level pictures, please lower your expectations for the apprehension of criminals. Some Mario Bros looking bs in those pictures. Gonna go jump on a mushroom later 😑

Looks like a man.

Team Nurse, Inc. I can’t be sure but one looks like one of your former Staunton location aids.

Scum get a job!

Jimmi Montgomery Welfare pays for the hair do's and nice car. Robbing people and businesses is a part time job for them. They steal from people who work every day just to support the good life.

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Attention Cattle owners:

If you have cattle in the area of Scenic Highway and Stover Shop Road in Churchville, please make sure all your cattle are accounted for. If you are missing any please call the ACSO and leave your name and number.

The cattle in this picture are not the cattle that are at large.
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Attention Cattle owners:

If you have cattle in the area of Scenic Highway and Stover Shop Road in Churchville, please make sure all your cattle are accounted for.  If you are missing any please call the ACSO and leave your name and number.  

The cattle in this picture are not the cattle that are at large.

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Thanks for sharing

What next?? How can you steal cattle in this day and time without someone taking pictures!??

Someone is rustling cattle? Back to the wild west - hang the thief

Sounds like cattlenare walking free, not stolen...

Cindy Lowe

Andrew Angie Deitz

ScottShannon Morris

Shaun Wetzel

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Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at his Greenville home on the morning September 25, 2019.

Zepplin Aaron Keller
W/M
AGE: 16
5’8”
135 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel
TATTOO/Right hand near thumb “Z”

He left the home on foot headed North on Lee Jackson Hwy toward Riverheads High School.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at his Greenville home on the morning September 25, 2019.

Zepplin Aaron Keller
W/M
AGE: 16
5’8”
135 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel
TATTOO/Right hand near thumb “Z”

He left the home on foot headed North on Lee Jackson Hwy toward Riverheads High School.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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We saw him walking that morning on 11 towards the school. He was looking around, as if looking for his ride. On the way home from dropping off our student he was sitting on the barriers in front of the boat repair garage. I hope he's found safely!

I hope he is found!

Shared. And prayers for a safe return

Prayers

PRAYERS

Prayers

Has he been found?

Amanda Keller

Shared and following at National Center For Missing and Endangered, Inc.

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Public Awareness: The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has received two (2) complaints involving the same scam.

The scammer has called from a spoofed number identifying himself as a LT Solcomb with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. He states to the victim(s) that they have a federal warrant for their arrest. Unless a certain amount is paid, he tells the victim(s) they will be arrested. The scammer then instructs the victim(s) to go purchase VISA gift cards in specified amounts to avoid arrest. Once those cards have been purchased, he gives instructions to get the numbers off of the cards and then tells the victim(s) to mail the cards and receipts to the Augusta County Circuit Court. Also, during the course of the scam, the scammer may ask for identifying information.

For your situational awareness, there is NO employee with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office by the name of LT Solcomb. Law enforcement agencies will never solicit money or gift cards in lieu of arrest. If you have any question or concern regarding the legitimacy of someone claiming to be law enforcement, please call your local law enforcement agency for verification.

Most of these scams have the format but just different deliveries. Awareness is key, and if there is ever a question about the possibility of being scammed, please contact us at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – (540)245-5333.

NOTE: This scam surfaces in our area about twice yearly. Many other jurisdictions experience the same complaints from those they serve.
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Thank you for keeping us aware and safe!

I hang up on every scam. Unfortunately some folks are vulnerable! I have preached and preached to my mom about these and I reinforce frequently! Yesterday I got the one claiming to be Social Security going to cut off my retirement checks! I hung up.

I’ve gotten a couple calls from the Social Security office and the IRS officer lol I usually keep them on the line As long as possible till they get aggravated and hang up on me. 😂

If only these people spent as much time and effort focusing on something positive, imagine what a beautiful world this could be...

Thank you for sharing

Thanks for the information

I read a story where someone got the scammers to send prepaid fedex envelopes to a PO Box. That way the scammer spent a little money. 😉

Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good work!

I’m a manager and they have called my stores saying they are from our corporate office!

I have been getting these calls saying they for the children of the fallen VA State Troopers wanting money 💰 don’t know if this is legit but not giving money

Thank You

I feel like everyone should know better than to take the bait for this by now.

Common sense would go a long ways here. However I wish there was a "get out of jail free" card that I could get at Walmart.

Cops arrest ya...they dont call ya first...everyone needs to just stop and think before falling for this...Had lady buy 500.00 amazon cards...I ask was she buying sonething pretty...got no answer...hour later she comes back wanting her money back said guy on her phone said to tell me to refund her money...lol hmmm no ma'am those cards have been scratched and you gave numbers to guy on phone right?? Yes but he said....ugh felt bad but.

Anytime they ask for gift cards. Re flag. Always a scam

Why would anyone fall for this? Even if you thought it was real, wouldn't you wonder why an officer would take a bribe, incriminating themselves, just to delay an arrest?

Visa gift cards? That doesn’t sound suspicious at all.

Amherst County is getting these calls too.

I’ve learned that if u speak a foreign language they’ll hang up.

Who asks for gift cards besides scam artists?

Masha Lyashenko you were scammed

COOL DUDE I BET.

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Gaaaa! Love the pups!

way to go pups

Update:

On 09/21/19, Robert Mengert was located and arrested on several outstanding warrants. Additional warrants were secured against Mr. Mengert, including one for grand larceny of an auto. This is related to the attached release, specifically; the 2002 Subaru Legacy that was stolen and later found burned beyond repair (in the 900 block of Kiddsville Rd).

The white Chevrolet Blazer has not been recovered.

The investigation into the stolen/burned autos continues. Anyone with information about the case(s) are encouraged to contact Inv. Chad Marshall.

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Stolen Vehicles/Arsons

Beginning Saturday, 09/14/19, just before noon, deputies would begin an investigation into stolen/burned vehicles that would span over the next two days. The following is a time-line of the current and ongoing investigation:

09/14/19 @ 1158 deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of Shutterlee Mill Rd, Staunton, for the report of a vehicle fire. Through further investigation it was determined that the vehicle, a 1987 Pontiac, was stolen from the City of Staunton. It was also determined that a 2002 Subaru Legacy was stolen from the scene.

09/15/19 @ 1557 deputies were dispatched to the 900 of Kiddsville Rd., Waynesboro, for the report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival they discovered the stolen Subaru burned beyond repair. They also found a 2007 Chevrolet HHR on scene and determined it had been stolen from Miller Rd., Waynesboro, and that another vehicle, a white 2000 Chevrolet Blazer bearing Virginia registration VZN9096, had been stolen from the scene. The Blazer has not been recovered. Prior to the theft of the Blazer and the discovery of the two stolen vehicles and burned Legacy, a witness observed an older green Dodge Dakota with a white passenger’s door in the area. About 15 minutes prior to the vehicle fire, the same witness observed a man driving a maroon vehicle onto the property on Kiddsville Rd. and then observed a white blazer leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

If anyone has any information about these cases, please contact Inv. Chad Marshall at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Update:

On 09/21/19, Robert Mengert was located and arrested on several outstanding warrants.  Additional warrants were secured against Mr. Mengert, including one for grand larceny of an auto.  This is related to the attached release, specifically; the 2002 Subaru Legacy that was stolen and later found burned beyond repair (in the 900 block of Kiddsville Rd).

The white Chevrolet Blazer has not been recovered.

The investigation into the stolen/burned autos continues.  Anyone with information about the case(s) are encouraged to contact Inv. Chad Marshall.

Original Post:
Stolen Vehicles/Arsons

Beginning Saturday, 09/14/19, just before noon, deputies would begin an investigation into stolen/burned vehicles that would span over the next two days. The following is a time-line of the current and ongoing investigation:

09/14/19 @ 1158 deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of Shutterlee Mill Rd, Staunton, for the report of a vehicle fire. Through further investigation it was determined that the vehicle, a 1987 Pontiac, was stolen from the City of Staunton. It was also determined that a 2002 Subaru Legacy was stolen from the scene.

09/15/19 @ 1557 deputies were dispatched to the 900 of Kiddsville Rd., Waynesboro, for the report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival they discovered the stolen Subaru burned beyond repair. They also found a 2007 Chevrolet HHR on scene and determined it had been stolen from Miller Rd., Waynesboro, and that another vehicle, a white 2000 Chevrolet Blazer bearing Virginia registration VZN9096, had been stolen from the scene. The Blazer has not been recovered. Prior to the theft of the Blazer and the discovery of the two stolen vehicles and burned Legacy, a witness observed an older green Dodge Dakota with a white passenger’s door in the area. About 15 minutes prior to the vehicle fire, the same witness observed a man driving a maroon vehicle onto the property on Kiddsville Rd. and then observed a white blazer leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

If anyone has any information about these cases, please contact Inv. Chad Marshall at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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Way to go ACSO. Another great job completed by our sheriff

Way to go !!! ACSO ! Any question who’s the best running for Sheriff??? Donald Smith!!!! He’s done a great job and will continue too !!!!

Great job Augusta sheriffs department

Great job! Smith on the 5th

In the front door and out the back. They are never held accountable for their actions

Another great job by the ACSO...Great job guys

Thank you again for a job well done, as always!!

Great job ACSO!

Great job ACS keep up the good work.

Great Job

Once again..a great job Donald Smith!!!

Get them off the Streets. Thanks and be safe

Way to go ACSO. Donald Smith still gets my vote

Mario Retrosi

Smith on the 5th and Trump2020

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UPDATE : On 09/21/19 at approximately 1915 hours, Mr. Dowdell was located in the 2500 block of Little Calf Pasture Hwy, deceased. A separate investigation was launched and his family was notified. The death is not suspicious and there is no threat to the community. No other details are being released.

Please join us in respecting the family, and their privacy, during this difficult time.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man who was last seen at his Swoope home on September 20, 2019 at approximately 1100 a.m.

Robert Dowdell W/M
AGE: 73
6’2”
200 lbs.
HAIR/Grey
EYES/Grey (wears prescription eyeglasses)
LSW: pants and t-shirt

Dowdell has a scar on his forehead and his left calf.

He was headed to a grocery store in Staunton and left home travelling in a red 2002 Dodge Stratus with VA registration 8098US; he never returned.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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UPDATE : On 09/21/19 at approximately 1915 hours, Mr. Dowdell was located in the 2500 block of Little Calf Pasture Hwy, deceased. A separate investigation was launched and his family was notified. The death is not suspicious and there is no threat to the community. No other details are being released.
 
Please join us in respecting the family, and their privacy, during this difficult time.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man who was last seen at his Swoope home on September 20, 2019 at approximately 1100 a.m.

Robert Dowdell W/M
AGE: 73
6’2”
200 lbs.
HAIR/Grey
EYES/Grey (wears prescription eyeglasses)
LSW: pants and t-shirt

Dowdell has a scar on his forehead and his left calf.

He was headed to a grocery store in Staunton and left home travelling in a red 2002 Dodge Stratus with VA registration 8098US; he never returned.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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UPDATE : On 09/21/19 at approximately 1915 hours, Mr. Dowdell was located in the 2500 block of Little Calf Pasture Hwy, deceased. A separate investigation was launched and his family was notified. The death is not suspicious and there is no threat to the community. No other details are being released. Please join us in respecting the family, and their privacy, during this difficult time. Missing Person The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man who was last seen at his Swoope home on September 20, 2019 at approximately 1100 a.m. Robert Dowdell W/M AGE: 73 6’2” 200 lbs. HAIR/Grey EYES/Grey (wears prescription eyeglasses) LSW: pants and t-shirt Dowdell has a scar on his forehead and his left calf. He was headed to a grocery store in Staunton and left home travelling in a red 2002 Dodge Stratus with VA registration 8098US; he never returned. A photo is attached If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

Prayers he is found safe.

OH NO 😢😢💔💔SO SAD SO SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY 🙏🙏PRAYERS FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED 🙏🙏

Prayers him and his family!!!

Prayers to his family. Sorry for your loss.

Prayers hope he is located soon safe and sound!

Prayers God bless him and his family so saf

Sharing from Harrisonburg! I hope he is found safe and sound ❤

Praying for him and his family that they find him.

Prayers he will be found and inharmed

Prayers to the family and friends May he R.I.P.

I'm praying for his safe return home.sharing From Goshen va.

Prayers for safe return

Prayers for Bob and his family.

Prayers he's safe n will be found

How sad prayers for his return home

Prayers shared in Natural Bridge

Praying for the family and friends

Praying for safe return home

Prayers being sent for his safety

Prayers for family

Praying he is safe and found soon. Sharing from Craigsville, VA.

Prayers for a safe return.

Shared with prayers

Bob was always good to me. Praying for his family and safe return

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Commercial Burglary/Arrest Update on Burglary at Westwood Animal Hospital

On 09/19/19, Bryan Travis Bottenfield, 29, of Verona was arrested and charged with burglary, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

Also charged was Mary Elizabeth Shaver, 22, of Staunton. Ms. Shaver was charged with conspire to obtain credit card from another and credit card fraud.

I’d like to thank my staff for the hard work, dedication, and perseverance in this case. Their efforts resulted in a favorable outcome with the arrests of Bottenfield and Shaver.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, contact Inv D. Browning.

Previous release:

On August 29, 2019, at 06:38 hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service for a burglary that occurred at Westwood Animal Hospital located at 15 Miss Phil- lips Road, Staunton, VA 24401. Patrol deputies and investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to investigate and process the scene.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that forced entry had been made into the business at approximately 03:30 hours this morning. Video surveillance was recovered from the busi- ness and revealed that the suspect is a white male wearing a camo cap, mesh face mask, glasses, short sleeve shirt and baring a tattoo on his left forearm.
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Commercial Burglary/Arrest Update on Burglary at Westwood Animal Hospital

On 09/19/19, Bryan Travis Bottenfield, 29, of Verona was arrested and charged with burglary, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

Also charged was Mary Elizabeth Shaver, 22, of Staunton. Ms. Shaver was charged with conspire to obtain credit card from another and credit card fraud.

I’d like to thank my staff for the hard work, dedication, and perseverance in this case. Their efforts resulted in a favorable outcome with the arrests of Bottenfield and Shaver.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, contact Inv D. Browning.

Previous release:

On August 29, 2019, at 06:38 hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service for a burglary that occurred at Westwood Animal Hospital located at 15 Miss Phil- lips Road, Staunton, VA 24401. Patrol deputies and investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to investigate and process the scene.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that forced entry had been made into the business at approximately 03:30 hours this morning. Video surveillance was recovered from the busi- ness and revealed that the suspect is a white male wearing a camo cap, mesh face mask, glasses, short sleeve shirt and baring a tattoo on his left forearm.Image attachment

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So glad to see that they were apprehended! Wonder what they did with my computer? 😂😂 Augusta County Sheriff’s office excellent job! Thanks Laura La

The Augusta County Sheriff department has done a wonderful job

WOW!!! 😱😱😱 thank goodness for cameras...

Great job and thank you.

Augusta’s finest doing a great job!

Good job ACSD!!!

great job August county sheriff's department

Great job ACSD

Great job!! And fast !

Great job everyone!!

So glad they where caught!

Good job!

That’s right Katie. Kudos

And I say thanks to all of you also!! Great job!!

Great job

Thanks for sharing excellent work Police 👮‍♀️ Dept

Great job!!

Great job!!!

Thank you for your dedication. Good job.

good job

Way to go ACSO!

Thank you AUGUSTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

From the looks of them they probably also stole some Kibbles and bits.

Its this right here..your fast work to apprehend these people..your dedication to this community..that makes you the ONLY choice for Sheriff!! Donald Smith

If we would have broken in, we just would have taken all the cats.

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4 weeks ago

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith

Thank you Old Dominion Realty for your hospitality yesterday! The ACSO appreciates your support.Lunch is a small token of our appreciation for all that local & state law enforcement do for our Augusta County community ... See MoreSee Less

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That was an awesome thing to do!!

I have alot of respect for those guys♡

The following is a Facebook Post. This is regarding a perceived threat to Wilson High School.

Augusta County Public Schools and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department investigated a concern that was posted on social media. Augusta County Sheriff’s Department has concluded their investigation. The post had referenced a school located in Beckley, WVA not Augusta County. There was no imminent danger regarding any of the Wilson schools in Augusta County.

Augusta County Public Schools takes threats like these seriously in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Every precaution has been taken by administration with the assistance of our School Resource Officers and the Sheriff’s Department.

Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the very serious nature of making threats or reposting threats on social media.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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The following is a Facebook Post.  This is regarding a perceived threat to Wilson High School.  

Augusta County Public Schools and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department investigated a concern that was posted on social media.  Augusta County Sheriff’s Department has concluded their investigation.  The post had referenced a school located in Beckley, WVA not Augusta County. There was no imminent danger regarding any of the Wilson schools in Augusta County.
 
Augusta County Public Schools takes threats like these seriously in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  Every precaution has been taken by administration with the assistance of our School Resource Officers and the Sheriff’s Department.
 
Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the very serious nature of making threats or reposting threats on social media.  
 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Has anyone tried to find out why these kids are doing this? I know my child has been bullied to the point of suicide and the school had no solutions for me. Let’s really talk to these kids and start holding adults in positions accountable for not doing their job!!!

Perhaps if they posted the repercussions of these crimes

April Leach Marcum

Amber May

Hey Susan Lilly Wyatt

I hope they shut the school down

I just can't believe how dumb people are why do they think that their little five minutes of fame is going to get them anywhere. I hope the idiot that wrote this gets caught and I hope they throw them in jail.

ACAB

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Unknown Situation/Resolved

At 1042 hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received a call to respond to Peaceful Valley Ln, Staunton, for an unknown situation. Preliminary reports suggested a man was heard yelling for help from a wooded area. Additional information revealed that he had been heard making other incoherent statements, and that he could be armed with a firearm.

Deputies secured a perimeter and briefly established dialog with the man. The 911 center utilized the reverse 911 system to alert nearby homeowners of the situation and additional resources (SWAT, K-9, and Staunton PD drone/operator) were called to the scene. Due to the thick canopy of the wooded area, the drone was ineffective. SWAT and K-9 ultimately located the man, unresponsive, at 1347 hours.

The man, who’s identity is being withheld at this time, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

A weapon was not recovered.

No other details will be released at this time.
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Thank you for all the updates you post! Y'all are doing great work, keep it up and stay safe!

Constance Miles Haggard

Cory Farthing

At 0906 this morning the ACSO received a call in the area of the 900 block of Augusta Farms Road for the report of shots fired. As a precautionary measure and an abundance of caution, deputies were in the area throughout the morning. Deputies were unable to locate any threat to the school. All schools in the Stuarts Draft area were placed on a modified lockdown until the incident was cleared.

Dr. Bond, Augusta County School Superintendent, was notified of the call for service, canvass, and increased patrols.
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Great job ACSO deputies!!!

U could hear the shots yesterday around Sherwood dr. Neighborhood and Augusta farm rd

Thanks for the fast and professional response.

Thank you for protecting the schools. God help us all. My son teaches at the of the school and some friends teac at the schools too.

I live on Sherwood and did not hear a thing.

Kids not going to school on a good day is the parents fault. There all lazy now. Nothing to do with gunshots. Just cause out shooting targets don’t mean a thing

Yes but it is freaking out the children the Adolescent age kids are not going to school even on a good day

A lot of shots gonna be heard now. It is the start of hunting season.. gotta sight em in.

Dove season just started on September 2nd. More than likely that’s what you are hearing

Old people can’t hear. Lol

Jennifer Campbell Powell must have been after I dropped off field trip money 😳😳

Scott Bosiger again wtf

Hayley Rankin Leatherwood

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Stolen Vehicles/Arsons

Beginning Saturday, 09/14/19, just before noon, deputies would begin an investigation into stolen/burned vehicles that would span over the next two days. The following is a time-line of the current and ongoing investigation:

09/14/19 @ 1158 deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of Shutterlee Mill Rd, Staunton, for the report of a vehicle fire. Through further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle, a 1987 Pontiac, was stolen from the City of Staunton. It was also determined that a 2002 Subaru Legacy was stolen from the scene.

09/15/19 @ 1557 deputies were dispatched to the 900 of Kiddsville Rd., Waynesboro, for the report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival they discovered the stolen Subaru burned beyond repair. They also found a 2007 Chevrolet HHR on scene and determined it had been stolen from Miller Rd., Waynesboro, and that another vehicle, a white 2000 Chevrolet Blazer bearing Virginia registration VZN9096 had been stolen from the scene. The Blazer has not been recovered. Prior to the theft of the Blazer and the discovery of the two stolen vehicles and burned Legacy, a witness observed an older green Dodge Dakota with a white passenger’s door in the area. About 15 minutes prior to the vehicle fire, the same witness observed a man driving a maroon vehicle onto the property on Kiddsville Rd. and then observed a white blazer leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

If anyone has any information about these cases, please contact Inv. Chad Marshall at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Thanks for sharing the people need to be aware blessings

Out of curiosity, if I wake up one morning and find somebody trying to steal my car, am I allowed to hold them at gunpoint until the police show up?

I'm just going to make sure I keep my insurance up to date.lol.

Start letting people protect there property and may not have all this..

Steal a car, burn it up, steal another car, burn it up. What kind of sick game is this?

What is wrong with people? Lock them up; throw away the keys.

Jan Shaver Etter

Hayley Rankin Leatherwood

Dayum

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I wanted to share with you the last call for Sgt. Erik Hammersberg who retired today from the ACSO. We wish you the best Erik, and thank you for your many years of service to the citizens of Augusta County. ... See MoreSee Less

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Erik, thank you for your unwavering service to the county. You’re a good one and will be missed!

Congratulations Erik! It was a great pleasure to work with you during my tenure at the Waynesboro Police Department. Thank you for your dedicated service to Waynesboro and Augusta County.

Thank you for your service to our community Erik! Enjoy your retirement 🎉

Congratulations Erik! I wish you the very best in your next chapter. You were an awesome officer whom I thoroughly enjoyed working with and had the upmost respect for. Some of my fondest ER memories included staff from ACSO. May God bless you. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Such a wonderful person, enjoy your retirement Erik!!

Thank you for your service!!!

Congratulations Erik and happy retirement! Thanks for your service to the citizens of Augusta County! Job well done!!!

Thank you for your service!

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service.

Thank you for your service!

😪😪Congratulations Erik! The off duty made me tear up.

Congratulations Erik!! Enjoy your retirement!!

Thank you sir and enjoy your retirement.

Congrats on a great career

Congratulations on retirement to a good man.

Congratulations and THANK YOU!

Congratulations on your Retirement. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Congratulations Erik!!! Thanks for all you've done..best of luck..sure we will see ya around!!!

Thank you. Congrats.

Congratulations Erik !!

Congratulations brother.

Congratulations Erik!

Congratulations Erik!

Congratulations brother

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UPDATE: She has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Crimora home on September 12, 2019 at approximately 1840 HRS.

Selena Nicole Bennett
W/F
AGE: 17
5’8”
170 lbs.
HAIR/Red
EYES/Brown
LSW: black halter top and black Adidas spandex pants. Bennett has two piercings and two tattoos.

Se left the home on foot but was seen getting into a white pickup (possibly an S-10) after leaving her home.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540- 245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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UPDATE: She has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Crimora home on September 12, 2019 at approximately 1840 HRS.

Selena Nicole Bennett 
W/F
AGE: 17
5’8”
170 lbs.
HAIR/Red
EYES/Brown
LSW: black halter top and black Adidas spandex pants. Bennett has two piercings and two tattoos.

Se left the home on foot but was seen getting into a white pickup (possibly an S-10) after leaving her home.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540- 245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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Praying for her safe return home 🙏🙏🙏

SO happy that she's safe

PRAYERS for A SAFE RETURN..

PRAYERS

When he was 13 my son ran away from home when he was found he had a rabbit snare and some biscuits we were very scared

Prayng she will be found safe and soon

Omg people keep your thoughts to your self unless they are positive.

God be with her

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Dag gone kids will drive you crazy. So sorry Pattie

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170 lbs??? Seems a bit low??

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Chevy s 10 Xtreme on driver side door

Shared and following at National Center For Missing and Endangered, Inc.

Tracy Sowards-Huffman she comes into Ross all the time

Jessica Beam Lawson

Rachael Brianne she looks familiar

Shannon Toner Conner

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Ok so she's 17, which by law makes her a juvenile... But she has 2 tattoos? Why was this girl allowed to have tattoos? Sounds to me like there might have been some poor parenting here. Js. Anyway... How close to 18 is she? Is she capable of getting by on her own? There's much more to this story than just a runaway. I didn't "run away" per se when I was 16... I decided to go try things on my own. Had a job, apartment with a roommate, went to school... Still went back home after a few month cuz I learned that adulting sucked. Sometimes kids just need a wake up call. She'll be back.

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Congratulations Sergeant Aaron Will for being honored as Augusta County Sheriff’s Office top DUI arrests by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Thank you Sergeant Will for your outstanding work to reduce impaired driving in Augusta County.

Pictured - Sergeant Aaron Will (Left) and Lieutenant Gary Taylor (Right)
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Congratulations Sergeant Aaron Will for being honored as Augusta County Sheriff’s Office top DUI arrests by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Thank you Sergeant Will for your outstanding work to reduce impaired driving in Augusta County.

Pictured - Sergeant Aaron Will (Left) and Lieutenant Gary Taylor (Right)

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WOW. GREAT JOB. OFFICER

Great job Aaron!

Great job Sgt!!

great job Sgt

Soooo proud of u Aaron. U have really proven yourself. Love ya buddy and congratulations.

Awesome job Aaron 🇱🇷

Awesome job Aaron 🇱🇷

Congratulations for a job well done!!!

Way to go! Congratulations!

Congratulations Aaron...for keeping our county safe and protected💙💙💙💙💙

Well deserved!!! Congratulations!

Congratulations brother

Thank you and Congratulations!

Good job!

Congratulations Aaron!!!

Congratulations Aaron! So proud of you!

Congratulations on an excellent job blessings and thank you 🙏

CONGRATULATIONS! GREAT ,

Congratulations Aaron!

Great job of making our roads safer! Thx

Great work A.B.!

Congratulations

This award couldn’t go to a better Deputy than Aaron Will!! Congratulations!!!

Awesome job!!

Congratulations!!!

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Update/FYI:

It was reported to us that the suspect is a b/m. Since then, a different family member called in to say it was a man with black hair and black facial hair. The race wasn’t specified.

Attempted Abduction

On 09/11/19, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted abduction of a child that occurred on August 3, 2019 in the 700 block of Hildebrand Church Rd, Waynesboro. The Sheriff’s Office was unaware of this event until the time of the report.

It’s reported that a 6 year old child had been playing in the front yard of her home when an unknown b/m attempted to coerce her into his vehicle, described as black with silver doors. The man was described as wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and having facial hair. It’s reported that the car was also occupied by a female, no further description given.

The report was delayed as the child didn’t disclose details of the incident to family until last weekend.

Our office encourages you to speak with your children about strangers and the need for them to report any encounters immediately.

If you have any information concerning this incident, this man, or this vehicle, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540.245.5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800.322.2017.
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I am so fed up with creeps trying to hurt children i pray you catch them thank you for making the public aware

Thank you for sharing.

Am I the only one that is concerned over the fact it’s been a month and the child was still able to give that much detail.. I mean seriously how can they know the exact day it happened..? Something just seems off.

I live right there pretty much. Will you be stepping up patrols in that area?

thank you donald for posting things for us to see

Good on the kid for not getting into their vehicle! Scary

Sherri Dean! Just a few miles away! 😔

Raquel Cross

Ernie Cutchin Kristin Cutchin Smith

Mike Nesselrodt

Anna Patrice

Tara Nuñez

Alyce McAllister Christina Raines McAllister

Alva Ibarra

My parents never let us play in the front yard. I’m glad he is safe.

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As you start your day today, please take a moment to remember all those we lost on this day 18 years ago. Please remember also their family, friends, and loved ones that had their lives change in an instant. Although we can rebuild and have to move on, we will never forget............ ... See MoreSee Less

As you start your day today, please take a moment to remember all those we lost on this day 18 years ago.  Please remember also their family, friends, and loved ones that had their lives change in an instant.  Although we can rebuild and have to move on, we will never forget............

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Amen prayers

It was a sad day!

Amen Amen Amen 🙏🙏🙏

Amen

Amen

Amen.

Amen

Amen

Amen

Amen

Amen

Amen

Amen

For sure

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Red Means Stop

On Sunday, August 11th, one of our off duty deputies was driving by Fairfield Elementary School in Rockbridge County when he saw these new and instantly recognizable, and very effective, school bus safety signs posted at the Fairfield Elementary School on Rt. 11. We contacted the Rockbridge County Schools Transportation Department, and they shared their idea with us and encouraged us to utilize the idea to promote school bus safety as we begin our academic year in Augusta County.

With the wholehearted blessings of Augusta County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bond, we obtained a quantity of these signs. We have posted these signs at the Sheriff’s Office, and they will be posted by our School Resource Officers at all Augusta County Public Schools to promote school bus safety in 2019.

Please remember to never pass a stopped school bus when its red lights and stop sign are operating. As a community, we must all take care to protect the precious cargo that our school busses transport each and every school day!

A special thanks to Rockbridge County Transportation Department for being willing to share their excellent idea.
Safe motoring, and Red means STOP!
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Thank you for keeping our children safe!

You guys are really on top of it! Keep up the good work Sheriff and ACSO deputies! Proud of you all!

Love this! I think they should be throughout the community's!

Love the new signs and think it is great but I am a parent battling the safety of my son on a bus because THE BUS DRIVER doesn't know how to properly operate a bus!! If you feel the need to speed and not hit your lights in ample time for cars to know your stopping at a bus stop then there is a problem and a sign won't help that. I sit and watch and have noted this driver on several occasions. I am trying to fight the battle for my son's safety due to the bus driver and the safety of other cars having to deal with her last minute notice of stopping!! I encourage anyone that observes this happening to report it. It's not always the "other drivers" it starts with the bus drivers.

Thank you ACSO for all you do for August County, we definitely appreciate all you do for our County.

Awesome job! Thank you Donald Smith and your team of Deputies!!!

Great idea and so kind of Rockbridge Country Transportation Department to share! They should be all over Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County! Hope Staunton and Waynesboro pick up on this great idea.

We also need speed limit signs posted within the school parking lots

Love it! As a former driver I can actually say there are a lot of people who disregard my stop sign and red lights. Sure hope this helps the bus drivers out!!!

Thank you

Thank you!

I wish bath county would get these becouse we sure need them at our bus stops

Thank you Augusta County Sheriff's Office for allowing The Augusta Motel to have one of the signs. We appreciate it and are grateful to support you and the officers, who protect us. We have had a a few individuals who ran right by the bus as the stop sign was out and on. 😓😡 #protectourchildren 💪 <3 #Redmeansstop 🛑

Yep! I saw the same signs on my drive to sub at Wilson this week! Great idea!

Great idea💙

Would love this on Rifes Ford Rd.. 2 vehicles have slid by the bus as my girls were getting off after the bus already had the stop sign out in the lights on I have made phone calls and it got me nowhere

With the comments on this and from what I have seen online it seems that we need to ask at a higher level for maybe higher fines. And wouldn’t it be great if cameras on the bus could actually send the license plate numbers to police for those fines to be enforced!! Maybe then this would actually stop!!

Love our ACSO!

Great idea

Great idea

I was driving through Staunton last year heading south by the mall. There was a bus headed North that pulled over at the Dollar Tree that let students off and those students proceeded to cross four lanes of traffic and a turning lane to cross over to the Food Lion/TJ Maxx area. I seriously hope that you've changed this policy because it's easy to not even notice the bus in heavy traffic and it would be so much safer to drop them off on the correct side of the road.

Wish we had these in norfolk and VA beach! People are always running stop arms down here!

Our next step needs to be training school staff what a handicap placard means and where it entitles one to park. 😊

I would like to know why speed limit laws don’t apply to the August County Sheriff’s Office can someone let me know

If they can’t read and stop for actual school bus! How will this yard sign help? When You see a school bus, you should expect to stop! But some people are different kind of stupid!

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Today Deputy Caleb Hartman represented our agency at the Roanoke 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

“I had the honor today of climbing 110 stories in honor of the 412 First Responders who lost their life on 9/11. I got to climb with an awesome team including Tyler Savage of Augusta County Fire Rescue, Tim Smith of Augusta County Fire Rescue, Renee Everheart of Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Kolby Walters of Rockingham County Sheriffs Office.”
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Thanks to all of you dedicated Service People We are honor ed to have you Blessings

Congratulations and thank you for your service to our community, debuty Hartman

Great job Caleb!

Thank you for your services! 🙏🙌

Good job Caleb!!!

Great job Hartman

That’s awesome, good job Hartman!!!!

Way to go Caleb Hartman, very proud of you. 😊 A very great way to honor those who lost their lives on that horrible day. May god bless all these great people that serve in our communities. 😊💪

Fantastic job Caleb, Congratulations 🎈

Way to go, Caleb!

Great Job

Great job👍👏

Thank you Deputy!

Congratulations

Thank you for remembering those who were lost.

Thank you!! We will never forget!🇺🇸🇺🇸

Way2go Deputy Hartman!

You climb with people who lost there lives????

Billy McVey

Congratulations and Thank you for your service and support!!♥️😃

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Thank you Buffalo Gap High School for inviting us out last night for your military and first responder appreciation night. It was an honor to participate in the parade and coin toss to start the game. Congratulations Gap on your win last night! ... See MoreSee Less

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This was an Awesome thing to do! So Awesome to see Great Hometown Support! Thank You to All of the First Responders & Military People that attended!❤❤

What a great idea Buffalo Gap! And Thank you for the wonderful pictures ACSO!

❤️ Thank you! From the momma of the Airman pictured...home on break before heading to his next 2 year overseas assignment. 🇺🇸💙

Great Tribute 👌

Great idea!!!

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New Full-time School Resource Officer

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome John W. Callison to the Sheriff’s Office as a new School Resource Officer who will be serving the Stuarts Draft School District.

John joined the Sheriff’s Office on August 15, 2019. SRO Deputy Callison is a veteran law enforcement officer who previously served with the Staunton Police Department and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Police Department.

We welcome School Resource Deputy Callison to our family here at the Sheriff’s Office!
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New Full-time School Resource Officer

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome John W. Callison to the Sheriff’s Office as a new School Resource Officer who will be serving the Stuarts Draft School District.

John joined the Sheriff’s Office on August 15, 2019. SRO Deputy Callison is a veteran law enforcement officer who previously served with the Staunton Police Department and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Police Department.

We welcome School Resource Deputy Callison to our family here at the Sheriff’s Office!

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Congratulations!! We are thankful to have you at our schools!

Congratulations John! One of my favorite SROs!

Congrats Scott

Congratulations John !

Welcome SRD Callison, thatnk you for your previous service, and best of luck at your new job with ACSO... May God keep you and all our first responders safe and healthy...

Congratulations John!!

Congratulations and welcome!

Congratulations John!!

Congrats brother.

Congratulations John.

Congrats John!!!

Congrats John

Congrats John!

Congrats John. !

Congrats, welcome to the Draft.

He’s a good one my pleasure to work with you John

Congratulations

Congrats old friend... You'll do great as always.

Congratulations

Hey John....good luck to you.

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations

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Impersonator Call leads to multiple arrests

On Friday, August 30, 2019, at 0302 HRS patrol deputies with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible police impersonator. A 911 caller stated a blue light was coming from a silver car towards/into his car. The caller was able to get a tag for responding deputies and the deputies we able to locate the vehicle, a grey 1999 Honda, and conduct a traffic stop on Cattle Scales Road. The vehicle was being driven by Brittany Lynn Hevener, 25 of Staunton. Robert Wesley Smith, 28 of Waynesboro was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies soon discovered contraband on Smith, and both parties were detained.

A search of the car revealed a silver pen with a red and blue high output LED light, a loaded 9mm handgun, eight (8) baggies of suspected Methamphetamine, cash, counterfeit US currency, drug paraphernalia and several sets of brass knuckles.

The investigation into this incident being related to the recent string of Police Impersonators is ongoing.

The following charges were placed in this incident.

Robert Wesley Smith, 28 of Waynesboro was charged with:

Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Possession of a firearm while possession of Schedule I/II
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of 10 or more Forged banknotes or coins
Carry on or about person brass knuckles

Brittany Lynn Hevener, 25 of Staunton was charged with:

Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of 10 or more Forged banknotes or coins
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Impersonator Call leads to multiple arrests

On Friday, August 30, 2019, at 0302 HRS  patrol deputies with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible police impersonator. A 911 caller stated a blue light was coming from a silver car towards/into his car. The caller was able to get a tag for responding deputies and the deputies we able to locate the vehicle, a grey 1999 Honda, and conduct a traffic stop on Cattle Scales Road. The vehicle was being driven by Brittany Lynn Hevener, 25 of Staunton. Robert Wesley Smith, 28 of Waynesboro was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies soon discovered contraband on Smith, and both parties were detained.

A search of the car revealed a silver pen with a red and blue high output LED light, a loaded 9mm handgun, eight (8) baggies of suspected Methamphetamine, cash, counterfeit US currency, drug paraphernalia and several sets of brass knuckles.

The investigation into this incident being related to the recent string of Police Impersonators is ongoing.

The following charges were placed in this incident.

Robert Wesley Smith, 28 of Waynesboro was charged with:

Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Possession of a firearm while possession of Schedule I/II
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of 10 or more Forged banknotes or coins
Carry on or about person brass knuckles

Brittany Lynn Hevener, 25 of Staunton was charged with:

Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I/II
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of 10 or more Forged banknotes or coinsImage attachmentImage attachment

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Great job with citizen call in and Sheriff's response!

Great Job to the caller who got the license plate and to the Augusta County Sheriffs. Thank you so much for getting these creeps off the streets!! My son is the one that they tried to stop when he was riding his moped and he said when I showed him the picture that that looks like the guy that was flashing the blue light at him that day. Great job!

Great Job! Clean up the county!

Great job you guys this is so good to see. It's great knowing that you're cleaning these roads and streets up some.

Good job officers.

Awesome all around. Now I hope if convicted, they get some nice long sentences.

Yea,ACSO! Glad the caller was able to ID the car too.

Wow! Thank you, ACSO!

Way to go Augusta County Deputies!!!! 11 cell phones 🤔 Needles, baggies! Snagged yet again more dealers And addicts off the street, Praying they can get the rehab they need and go through recovery and come out better people from this!

Job well done! Keep up the good work ACSO.

Great job.

I’m guessing the 11 cell phones will add some possession of stolen property charges once confirmed stolen. Good bust.

Good job

I only see 2 sets of "brass" knuckles in the photo. What happened to the rest?

Awesome job ACSO.

Great Job!!

Great job!

Hope they get the help they need to get off that stuff. It's definitely not a way to live life.

Serves those assholes right. Good job ACSO!!

Excellent job by the caller and by law enforcement! These kids sound like they were just stupid for their own good. Hahaha

Awesome job!!!

They came into the waynesboro sheetz about a month ago and gave us counterfeit money, it was not caught until they had left the store.

.Nope. Never heard of a connection involving meth & counterfeit notes in this area before. How about you Sheriff? These young kids sure did get the short end of the brains stick from somewhere other than their parents, grandparents, teachers, church & community leaders & local authoritative public servants didn’t they?

Was this an suv honda...?

did the bust the crimora creep? that's what it sounds like. I work near that area so that's what we call him

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Deputies Joe Gale, Dylan Johnson and K9 Arko attended Dog Days at Natural Chimneys sponsored Augusta County Parks and Recreation. The community enjoyed watching Arko work to find narcotics and preform bite work. The ACSO appreciates the community support and involvement with the ACSO K9 Division. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good job!!!

Proud of you Dylan and Arko too! I would have like to have seen the demonstration 😜

well trained for sure

Don't let Investigator Michael Roane too close.

Jessica Gale

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I was asked to share this chicken BBQ coming up this weekend. Please come out and support the Churchville Ruritans.

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Love that chicken!!!

Armed and Dangerous suspect possibly in the Augusta County area. Myison Ellis is wanted for murder by the Fauquier County Sheriffs Office. If you see him please contact 911 immediately.

youtu.be/CVCjAXm7964Wanted Person Myison Iaeene Ellis Wanted for the Murder of Lincoln Williams Jr. in Fauquier County on Monday AUG 26, 2019
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I this why there seems to be more police out today

As the Labor Day weekend begins, please be mindful of the following: heavy holiday traffic, no distracted driving , and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. The ACSO will be out in full force over the holiday weekend keeping our roadways safe. #Drivesoberorgetpulledover ... See MoreSee Less

As the Labor Day weekend begins, please be mindful of the following: heavy holiday traffic, no distracted driving , and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. The ACSO will be out in full force over the holiday weekend keeping our roadways safe. #Drivesoberorgetpulledover

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Thank you

Please come set in my driveway Mt. Torrey rd is so out of control people drive super fast

I had a dump truck cross the yellow line today when I was going to town in front of your house. I thought he had me. Someone was cutting grass at your house I think.

sameyo you donald thanks again forosting things

Fraud Investigation

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a female fraud suspect.

The attached pictures are of a suspect involved in numerous fraudulent transactions in and around the Shenandoah Valley at the end of July 2019. The suspect is a black female with long braids. The suspect is believed to be driving a maroon in color GMC SUV. The suspect conducted these fraudulent transactions in the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton and Lexington, Virginia.

If you have any information about this suspect, please contact Sgt. Steven Cason of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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I hope she got a longer shirt!!

So in all seriousness, it’s 2019. My phone can take pictures that are incredibly detailed at a zillion yards. Where in the heck do these businesses get these awful cameras???

Check with Breaking Through news, those clowns seem to have all the gossip. The guy Theodore will be all over it 🙄

What state is the plate? Arizona? Pretty sure it's not VA.

Bet she bought snack cakes...

ZoeAnn Kinsella is this the same lady??

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On August 29, 2019, at 06:38 hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service for a burglary that occurred at Westwood Animal Hospital located at 15 Miss Phillips Road, Staunton, VA 24401. Patrol deputies and investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to investigate and process the scene.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that forced entry had been made into the business at approximately 03:30 hours this morning. Video surveillance was recovered from the business and revealed that the suspect is a white male wearing a camo cap, mesh face mask, glasses, short sleeve shirt and baring a tattoo on his left forearm.

The case is being actively investigated by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Division (CID). If anyone has any information regarding this burglary, please contact Investigator Dave Browning with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – (540)245-5333.
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On August 29, 2019, at 06:38 hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service for a burglary that occurred at Westwood Animal Hospital located at 15 Miss Phillips Road, Staunton, VA 24401.  Patrol deputies and investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to investigate and process the scene.  

Through the investigation, it was discovered that forced entry had been made into the business at approximately 03:30 hours this morning. Video surveillance was recovered from the business and revealed that the suspect is a white male wearing a camo cap, mesh face mask, glasses, short sleeve shirt and baring a tattoo on his left forearm. 

The case is being actively investigated by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Division (CID). If anyone has any information regarding this burglary, please contact Investigator Dave Browning with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – (540)245-5333.

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That is very sad. Family business... I wish you had a picture to share so we could help .

I hope you catch the person

So hoping you catch him.

Surveillance picture would be mighty helpful.

Sad..so sad..this world is so scary

God save us from drugs being illegally obtained and used.

All these kids getting tattoos ... and cameras they can’t deny anything!

Probably trying to get drugs

I’ll never understand why people do things like this, 1. In general but 2. Have tattoos and don’t cover them like how stupid can you be. Hope y’all catch this jerk

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Skyline Drug Task Force Arrests Augusta County Woman for Possession of Methamphetamine

AUGUSTA CO., Va. – A Stuarts Draft woman is being held without bond after methamphetamine was discovered inside her vehicle during a traffic stop. On Aug. 19, 2019, Lisa Dawn Jones, 48, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Greenville, Virginia. The traffic stop was initiated by the Skyline Drug Task Force and Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

Jones was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – 2nd Offense, Transporting more than One Ounce of Methamphetamine into the Commonwealth and Driving on a Suspended License – 4th Offense. She is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.

The Skyline Drug Task Force is composed of investigators from the Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff's Department, Nelson County Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office.
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Skyline Drug Task Force Arrests Augusta County Woman for Possession of Methamphetamine

AUGUSTA CO., Va. – A Stuarts Draft woman is being held without bond after methamphetamine was discovered inside her vehicle during a traffic stop. On Aug. 19, 2019, Lisa Dawn Jones, 48, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Greenville, Virginia. The traffic stop was initiated by the Skyline Drug Task Force and Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

Jones was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – 2nd Offense, Transporting more than One Ounce of Methamphetamine into the Commonwealth and Driving on a Suspended License – 4th Offense. She is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.

The Skyline Drug Task Force is composed of investigators from the Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriffs Department, Nelson County Sheriffs Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Appomattox Field Office.

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So sad what drugs does to you...heartbreaking for all involved...she looks so much older than that...hopefully she will get herself some help...good job ACSO!

Great job Augusta county Sheriffs office!

JOB WELL DONE ACSO & SURROUNDING AREAS👍🏽🙌🏽

Job well done!

Proud of ya'll! Praying hedge of Angel's around you all! Amen.

Wow! She looks way older than 48!!!

Good job ACSO!!! JOB WELL DONE KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP👋✌🙏🙏💝

As usual good job!

Awesome job.keep cleaning up the debris.

Another great job by the ACSO

These drugs are the devil. Great job task force and ACSO!!

Great job

Great job.

Good job

Listen EVERYONE needs to stop judging her by looks n choices until you walk a day in her shoes shut up... None of y'all are better than her. God treats all his people equal and who are you to say shes not a good mom back up off her 4real.. Btw she did jail time for all her past charges including driving so get facts before saying things to make u sound stupid....

Congratulations everyone

Awesome job

Awesome acsd

Awesome job Skyline Drug Taskforce!!!

Great job!!! Get that stuff off the street!!!

I'm 71 and she looks older than me!!!!

Great

I wonder where her baby is? Parenting award... NOT!

48! Wow! Lay off that crap! Ypu look 60! My age..

Another fine job done!!!

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UPDATE: The male has been located and the lockdown has been released.

The schools in the Stuarts Draft area have been placed on lockdown due to a disorderly subject in the area of BP Gas Station. The ACSO has increased law enforcement presence in the area and are currently working to locate the male involved.
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UPDATE: The male has been located and the lockdown has been released.

The schools in the Stuarts Draft area have been placed on lockdown due to a disorderly subject in the area of BP Gas Station.  The ACSO has increased law enforcement presence in the area and are currently working to locate the male involved.

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Thank you for keeping our children safe ACSO

Thank you for keeping the schools safe!

What in the world? ACSO deputies are getting a work out this week. Keep up the good work! Proud of our deputies!!!

I attended School in Augusta County my whole life. I always felt absolutely safe at school except from the bullies. What a shame that things have degenerated to the point where we have to lock down our schools on a weekly basis. How does this affect the psyche of the children? I say better safe than sorry. Keep up the diligence.

Thank you for everything you do ! And keeping our children safe in the schools , and (yes ) do I think the schools should have been locked down yesterday as well !!! ( Yes I do ! ) But to be honest he is a great sheriff for our town ... and cares about everyone around him ! And keeping this town safe ! Everyone has opinions as do I also ! I have seen more cops in Stuart’s Draft these last few months then I ever have seen before growing up here ... seems to me he is doing everything he can to keep all of us safe ! Just wanted to say Thank you for all your hard work !

Expected nothing less from ACSO...good work!

Glad to see Augusta County Sheriff's office is on the ball with communicating to the public. Wish the school district would follow suit.

Be grateful they are taking precautions because you never know!

So yesterday when 2 people ran from police (one escaped) but the schools were not locked down and today they are locked down over a disorderly subject............ wow where is your head at sheriff? The kids safety should be your priority.

Couldn't ask for a better ACSO!

Why does everyone always feel the need to criticize sheriff Donald Smith.. when the sheriff office is putting messages like to first Inform what's happening an second ..an most important to keep everyone safe... with that being said....if everyone criticizes the sheriff. I guess everyone would criticize . Jesus Christ as well. Think about it ....we are blessed to have a sheriff who really cares about everyone he is a good Christian man an a awesome sherriff.... whom we all so should stand behind..in closing sherriff you an your team did an awesome job today thank you

I’d much rather them spend time protecting my child then be on the phone calling me.

That was quick....

Is it all draft schools or just stump?

Y'all need to get a hobby. Good work fellows.

Dose this also include Wilson

Good job guys... could you please ask him about the turkey that was in his truck?

Draft High is green now, they must of got him

Amber Ralston Campbell

Manuel Graybill

Jennifer Campbell

Crazy

Any idea what the male looks like?

Amanda Sprouse

Alva Ibarra

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On August 28, 2019, the ACSO was dispatched to a report of shots fired into a dwelling in the 1900 block of Eastside Highway. The call for service came into the Augusta ECC at 1320. A vehicle description was provided and the suspect vehicle was stopped in the City of Waynesboro by Waynesboro Police Department. The driver was identified as Christopher Aaron Wayland, 25, of Waynesboro, Virginia. Wayland was the only person in the vehicle and was arrested without incident and transported to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. Wayland was charged with the following:

18.2-308.2 ​Possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon
18.2-279 ​Shooting into an occupied dwelling

Wayland is currently being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.
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On August 28, 2019, the ACSO was dispatched to a report of shots fired into a dwelling in the 1900 block of Eastside Highway.  The call for service came into the Augusta ECC at 1320.  A vehicle description was provided and the suspect vehicle was stopped in the City of Waynesboro by Waynesboro Police Department.  The driver was identified as Christopher Aaron Wayland, 25, of Waynesboro, Virginia.  Wayland was the only person in the vehicle and was arrested without incident and transported to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. Wayland was charged with the following:
 
18.2-308.2 ​Possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon
18.2-279 ​Shooting into an occupied dwelling
 
Wayland is currently being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

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Great teamwork between agencies and dispatch centers. Good job everyone!

Great job guys.

Thank you ACSO!!

Great job!!!!

Great job!

Go getum guys. Thanks.

👍 great job

Great job ACSO! How can a felon be in position of a firearm when that is illegal? Proof gun laws don't work for criminals!

Gun laws work I see. Good job cops.

He’ll be gone for at least five years!!👍🏼

Nice

Ashley Collins

You buy a gun anywhere off of street

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2 months ago

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith

On August 28, 2019, an ACSO deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Stuarts Draft Highway and Tinkling Springs Road. The 1996 Chevy Blazer was operated by Jeffrey Scott Statler, 26 of Raphine. When the deputy pulled in behind Statler’s vehicle, Statler immediately accelerated attempting to elude law enforcement. Statler drove his vehicle off the roadway in the area of Earhart Mini Storage and through the Stuarts Draft Baptist Church property. The pursuit came to an end in the 3200 block of Stuarts Draft Highway when Statler drove into a cornfield and fled on foot.

Deputies with the assistance of the Virginia State Police established a perimeter and utilized a K9 to track the occupants of the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was caught in the area of Round Hill School Road and detained for questioning. Statler is wanted on the following charges:

46.2-817 Felony elude law enforcement
18.2-137 Felony destruction of property
46.2-301 Driving with a revoked driver’s license
46.2-707 Driving an uninsured vehicle
46.2-613 Driving an unregistered vehicle

During this incident, the schools’ staff in the Stuarts Draft area were notified, but there was no threat of danger therefore, no lock-down procedure was required. The ACSO believes property located inside the vehicle may possibly be stolen from a storage building. If the property below is of interest to you or a family member please contact Investigator Connor Tobin at 540-245-5333.On August 28, 2019, an ACSO deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Stuarts Draft Highway and Tinkling Springs Road. The 1996 Chevy Blazer was operated by Jeffrey Scott Statler, 26 of Raphine. When the deputy pulled in behind Statler’s vehicle, Statler immediately accelerated attempting to elude law enforcement. Statler drove his vehicle off the roadway in the area of Earhart Mini Storage and through the Stuarts Draft Baptist Church property. The pursuit came to an end in the 3200 block of Stuarts Draft Highway when Statler drove into a cornfield and fled on foot.

Deputies with the assistance of the Virginia State Police established a perimeter and utilized a K9 to track the occupants of the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was caught in the area of Round Hill School Road and detained for questioning. Statler is wanted on the following charges:

46.2-817 Felony elude law enforcement
18.2-137 Felony destruction of property
46.2-301 Driving with a revoked driver’s license
46.2-707 Driving an uninsured vehicle
46.2-613 Driving an unregistered vehicle

During this incident, the schools’ staff in the Stuarts Draft area were notified, but there was no threat of danger therefore, no lock-down procedure was required. The ACSO believes property located inside the vehicle may possibly be stolen from a storage building. If the property below is of interest to you or a family member please contact Investigator Connor Tobin at 540-245-5333.
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Great job officers!!

Great Job ACSO Deputies and Thank you for keeping us informed ❤️

Thank you!! Great job human and K9 officers!

Great job ACSO! Looks like the guy robbed the Goodwill😂😂

Thank you all for all you do!!

Proud of Sheriff Smith and ACSO. Thank you for all your hard work

Great job ACSO thank you for your hard work

Great job

Great job ACSO deputies!!!

Great job ACSO!

I received an automated call and email on behalf of the school. Thanks for keeping us safe

Great job!

Ever since Smith has been sheriff the ACSO has been on top, great job!!!

What's the street value on the turkey? 🤣 Great job ACSO on keeping us safe and informed.

Great job

Thank you Sheriff Smith for creating the Sheriff's office page. Keeping the community involved and up to date...

Another situation where someone could of gotten killed. Sad. Great job ACSO

Great job guys!!!! Thank you for keeping us safe from idiots!!!

I'm not sure I would admit not only owning, but actually paying to store this stuff if I were asked to come forward...😐

Yep should have been mandatory lockdown my son goes to waynesboro we had lockdown last week just bcuz some guy stole a gun and was in the community not near schools but yet our kids were top priority and schools were locked down this situation was worse and no lockdown we gotta keep our kids top priority no matter how non serious you think it might be look at all the school shootings that people never thought would have happened couldn’t happen here they thought and it did just saying no situation is to minor for at least a brief lockdown give parents a heads up

Was Statler apprehended? I am reading two conflicting posts....

What if that was your son what a bill is your neighbor what if it was your childhood friend I thought we had better pickles in this around here and these parts and that understood that people f***** up and personally I could tell you that none of that it was stolen it was actually gave it to him people removing so who are y'all can't judge anybody I think your people right here need a back-up plan again and think where y'all come from and remember it well cuz you're acting very f****** childish I'm a sixteen-year-old daughter 15 year old daughter acts more grown-up than you people on this page like I said what if this was your son what if this was your neighbor what if this was your nephew what if this was your brother

Who’s grandma’a stuff did this guys jack??

How much for the sickle?

Still don’t see why there were kids from the middle school outside for gym while sheriff officers were literally 200 yards across the road with assault weapons and the school was not on lock down. One thing if both men were cought, but to have the driver still loose?

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UPDATE: There is no threat to the community and we have opened up Howardsville Turnpike.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is currently working a death Investigation in the 5100 Block of Howardsville Turnpike in Afton, Virginia. This call for service was received at 12:41. When deputies arrived on scene, the body of a male was located inside a vehicle. Augusta County Fire and Rescue, Dooms Volunteer Fire Department, Waynesboro First Aid Crew, and Virginia Department of Emergency Management are currently assisting the ACSO with this incident. This scene is still under investigation and Howardsville Turnpike is currently closed on the Rt.- 250 end.
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Sending prayers to all involved.

Any additional information to be released yet? So sad to pass the marker on the mountain.

Sending prayers for family and friends

Prayers for all involved

This is so sad Prayers for his family 🙏

.Sad thing is not only has yet another life been snuffed out but that many of us are praying yet again that it please not be the corpse of someone we love while weeping for whomever the people are who did in fact just suffer the very real loss.

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

Is this the guy who was found without pants?

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Wtf! Poor dude hope they find who did it !!!

Prayers for all involved....

Sending prayers for all involved 🙏🏻

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Happy National Dog Day to Arko and Rico.  They assist the deputies daily keeping Augusta County safe. Both are a great asset to the ACSO and our community.Image attachment

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Great job keeping Augusta County safe

Great job guys 👍

Great job!!!

Good job!!!

good job puppy

Terrific!

Happy national dog 🐕 day

Sweet

Be a shame if they were on a secure trolley and someone got too close by whipping their vehicle into the dog's space. It really would be sad. Maybe y'all could relate to that thought?

lead by example or get out of the way you think I'm crazy you think I'm crazy do you wanna hear my dog bark ro ro ro ro wooof

Lead by example or get out of the way

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Over the past few weeks, I have been told by community members that there is “A big announcement that will end the sheriff coming out in October.” This morning I was sent this video, which has since been hidden from the public on YouTube. In an effort to be transparent as your Sheriff, I am releasing the video and will address these absolutely false accusations.

How do I know Felix Chujoy

Felix and I met in 2010 when I was training and working out in Harrisonburg at a Crossfit Gym. We were both enrolled in college and often studied, went to the library, and computer lab together. Over several years, he and I became close friends and often hung out in our off time.

December of 2014 and into 2015

Although I am not privy to the specifics of the case, it is my understanding that The Department of Homeland Security arrested Felix and his mother for Human Trafficking based on a complaint made from one of their cooks at their family owned restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA. I was never given all of the details of the investigation from the investigator or the US Attorney’s Office, but I did meet with them and provided them the information that I knew. I never obstructed justice, lied to investigators, or attempted to interfere with the investigation.

Phone

I did allow Felix to make several phone calls from my phone once he was initially released because he didn’t have a phone. Short answer, he asked to use my phone, and I handed it to him. I have no idea who he called or what he said. Furthermore, in the video, it refers to my parents. My mother allowed Felix to use her cell phone for several days until he could get his affairs in order, purchase a new phone, and then he gave it back.

Letters

Felix wrote me several letters while he was incarcerated asking me to keep his bills paid up so his credit wasn’t destroyed. In the letters, he provided passwords and security codes so I could access his bank account, credit cards, and debt information. Once I accessed the accounts, I had the information shredded to protect his personal information. The video claims that this was done to deceive the investigation and ultimately caused the trial to be moved. This is completely false and absolutely not true. I never obstructed justice, lied to investigators, or attempted to interfere with the investigation.

Sheriff’s Election

During the first election, one of my opponents gave this same story to the local media. I met with several of the reporters, explained the listed facts and provided them with the information. The reporters determined that I was not involved in the investigation, and they declined to print the story because I was not a target of the investigation and did not commit any crime.

Looking Back

Felix was my friend well before this incident took place and before I was the Sheriff of Augusta County. He came to me in his time of need and asked me for help and I did what I felt was the right thing. I could have easily turned my back on him because of my position. However, I have helped countless people in their time of need, and if I had it to do all over again, I would have handled this the exact same way. This video was posted on the web as a smear campaign due to this year’s sheriff’s election. It is my understanding, this was to be released closer to the election date to sway voters. As I said, I was never dishonest in any way. Do not fall for dirty politics and this smear campaign.
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Thank you Sheriff for continuing to be transparent, like you have on all matters. This was intended to tarnish your reputation but truly shows a compassionate side of you. Just another example of your many noteworthy characteristics! Keep up the good work!

I've never seen a sheriff be so involved with the community whether it be public events, emergency calls, etc. Sheriff, you give us so much of yourself and you've made a difference. My family is thankful. We appreciate you! #SMITHONTHEFIFTH

You had my vote first go round and will definitely have it this time. You and your officers have done so much for Augusta County. And yal have had your hands full and there's still plenty to do. Love your honesty and the way you give information to the public. Prayers and appreciation.

Sheriff it’s unbelievable what someone will try to do to undermine you. Your hands down the best thing that has happened for the county in many many years. I would like to thank you and all your staff for what they do for the citizens of Augusta County.

Very concerning. I'm not saying what went on was wrong, but is it right. Sorry to say I've had interactions with the Sheriff's Department and wasn't treated this kindly. My situation was minor compared to the circumstances involved here. I didn't know anyone on the inside. Could that be the difference? Should we have to know someone?

Thank you for putting this out so the public can see and read it. Anyone that stoops this low to damage your name, is not worthy of this position. I strongly back you up!

It is sad that someone so badly wants to put a Goodman down. This video shows there are horrible people out there. Donald Smith has my vote for #AugustaCountySheriff. Keep up the great work.

Anyone who has all 100% perfect friends raise their hand...I did not think so! Thank you for your transparency. Still have my vote!

Thank you for getting in front of this issue and hopefully ending this smear campaign. Continue to move forward and so not let this mess derail your commitment to service and protecting the citizens.

Thank you for your honesty and for being human. I would have done the same thing, we are suppose to be kind especially when it is a hard situation.

I watched that video last night... honestly, it reminded me of one of those rambling online " bait and hook" infomercials where they proclaim to solve all your targeted problems in 10 easy steps... only you watch one of those videos for an hour just to learn that they didn't offer any answers but for 19.99 you can subscribe... which ended up being an ultimate waste of time... just like the "....3" video posted on YouTube... good grief...i want facts, truth and integrity from a candidate, not too much to ask... I'm confident Donald Smith will be the only name on the ballot who has spoken facts truths and exhibits integrity.... November 5th can't come soon enough.

So sorry the smear campaign has begun. Proud of our Sheriff for taking the high road. #SmithOnThe5th

Thank you very much for reinforcing my decision to Vote Smith on The Fifth! If your beacon is not as bright as others; change your bulb! Do not try to shoot out the other mans light!

You have done more for this county in the first year in office than the previous sheriff did in his last ten years. I did not vote for you when you first ran for office, but you have proven yourself "A Man of The People" doing what's best for the people of Augusta County. You have my vote. Keep up the Great job ACSO and stay safe.

I bet there are things the public wouldnt like about Donalds opponent if they dug around a little ! I personal have issues with the opponent! SMITH FOR SHERIFF! This just goes to show a bully put this video out!

I believe Jesus taught to teach by example so that his light would shine unto others through you. Would Jesus have turned his back on someone in need? Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God" that includes me you Donald Neil Scott and everyone. Maybe if more people treated others like a person then there would be less violence in this country. Sure is strange how Neil's biggest supporter owns a video company so wonder how this video got made?? Let those with no sin cast the first stone.

I am sorry I do not live in your area. I would definitely vote for you. Having known you over the past few years I have never seen you be anything but a very kind upstanding individual. To bad we do not have more elected officials with your take on life. The world would be a much better place.

They are making themselves look desperate. We don't need anymore smear campaigns in this world. We need a man that stands up for our community and in the past years that's exactly what we got. Wish I still lived in Augusta county so I could vote but my family is and they will stand behind you. Keep up the good work.

Pitiful. He who can't win on his own merit has to try to demoralize his opponent. It won't work. You have way too much integrity for this to hurt you. Keep taking the high road, Donald, and doing what you're doing. It's honesty and it's working. The citizens of this county are behind you 100%. Jeremiah 29:11.

You've got my vote Donald Smith!! You and the rest of the ACSO deserve a huge thank you from the community!! 🙌 and that video has a bad stench of Nexus Services to it! Sounds to me like the competition might be scraping the bottom of the barrel for help this election!!

We are a small community. I really hope that when this election is over each candidate can hold their head high and be proud of the way they handled themselves during this process, win or lose. You Donald Smith have my vote. You Donald Smith will win this election with integrity. You will be able to hold your head high and know that you did NOT play dirty like the opponent. You are following your Christian heart and doing everything right. I really don’t believe that your opponent can say the same. I really don’t feel that he can hold his head up high and know that he didn’t try to hurt someone to get what he wanted. We really don’t need the likes of that character in our Sheriff’s office. You are the our Sheriff. He needs to go back to his previous job. We won’t fix what is not broken. Vote Donald Smith on November 5th.

I have never seen such ridiculous smear tactics in our local area! This is EXACTLY why I will vote for Donald Smith for Sheriff, because bullying and lies SHOULD NEVER occur from an elected official! Thanks for YOUR transparency, honesty and lack of mud slinging! You are definitely the best man!

Guess we will see if Neil tries to use this against the sheriff. If he does it will prove he is a politician and not fit to run for sheriff. Legal help to a neighbor shouldn't be frowned upon especially if it's been 4 years and there are no convictions.

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****UPDATE****

Eccles has been found.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Waynesboro home on August 15, 2019 at approximately 0700HRS.

Keleigh-McKenna Savannah Eccles
B/F
AGE: 17
5’05”
150 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Brown

LSW: grey sweat pants and a grey hoodie. She left the home on foot.

The family has had limited contact with her, via a cell phone app, since she left home. She is believed to be in Charlottesville, VA.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Eccles has been found.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Waynesboro home on August 15, 2019 at approximately 0700HRS.

Keleigh-McKenna Savannah Eccles
B/F
AGE: 17
5’05”
150 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Brown

LSW: grey sweat pants and a grey hoodie. She left the home on foot.

The family has had limited contact with her, via a cell phone app, since she left home. She is believed to be in Charlottesville, VA.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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Prayers that she returns home safely and soon.

Praying for a safe return.

Prayers she is found

Thank God she has been found.

Praying you return home safe to the love and comfort of home

Prayers that she is found and gets home safely.

Praying she returns home safely

Prayers , come home Keleigh. So many love you.

Prayers for a safe return home!

Prayers for safe return

Oh Jen, I pray she is found soon!!

Prayers and shared.

Hugs and prayers for you all, God please keep her safe and give her family peace and strength

Prayers for safe return. In Jesus Name. Amen Amen Amen

Keleigh your church peeps love you!

Prayers for return

Praying big!

Sending prayers

Oh Keleigh please go home. This world just isn’t safe to be alone where your parents can’t locate you. Lots of people will act nice to you when really they’re just trying to use you Please call home and get home safely. May God hold you in His care.

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Police impersonator/Arrest

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Brian Breeden, 34, on August 20th, 2019 after receiving a report of a suspicious person at Hill Crest Apartments, Staunton.

Deputies were dispatched to Spring Crest Ln., at approximately 0413 hours for the report of a man who was knocking/banging on apartment doors and identifying himself as a police officer.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with witnesses who said a man, later identified as Christopher Brian Breeden, was causing a disturbance. The complaining party informed deputies that Breeden was seemingly intoxicated and reeked of alcohol.

The witness added that Breeden identified himself as a police officer and tried to enter the man’s apartment, stating that he wanted to make sure everything was in order in his home. The tenant denied Breeden access.

Deputies found Breeden in the parking of the apartment complex. He made several incoherent statements and exhibited signs of intoxication.

Breeden was subsequently arrested for public intoxication and impersonation of a police officer.
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Police impersonator/Arrest

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Brian Breeden, 34, on August 20th, 2019 after receiving a report of a suspicious person at Hill Crest Apartments, Staunton.

Deputies were dispatched to Spring Crest Ln., at approximately 0413 hours for the report of a man who was knocking/banging on apartment doors and identifying himself as a police officer.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with witnesses who said a man, later identified as Christopher Brian Breeden, was causing a disturbance. The complaining party informed deputies that Breeden was seemingly intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. 

The witness added that Breeden identified himself as a police officer and tried to enter the man’s apartment, stating that he wanted to make sure everything was in order in his home. The tenant denied Breeden access.

Deputies found Breeden in the parking of the apartment complex. He made several incoherent statements and exhibited signs of intoxication.

Breeden was subsequently arrested for public intoxication and impersonation of a police officer.

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Well done! As always great job ACSO deputies!

Great job!

Well 2 down ( one by Staunton PD and this one...) how many more to go? And do they not realize that if they cleaned up their act and put in some effort local agencies are happy to train qualified applicants for their reserves... goodness gracious.

Thank you ACSO!

Thank you ACSO

Has there been an attempt to determine if this is the same individual impersonating police in the crimora area?

Then again, I forgot about the jails corruption. You charge inmates $3/day (just to feed them food you get from the Blue Ridge Food Bank for free) so your deputies are making sure you get 'em and keep 'em! Cha-ching $$!!! How is a privately owned jail even legal? Anyone else been wondering this for the past umpteen years?! Am I right, or am I right 😑

Good job ACSO. VOTE SMITH ON THE 5TH.

Yes because all the cops look just like this with a beard and all that.

Goonie ????

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Eden Floyd Brian Floyd

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Really, Smith? If an insane person can't face trial for murder because they aren't in the right state of mind--how the HELL can you charge a DRUNKEN, "INTOXICATED" man whom is BLATANTLY not in any correct state of mind, with Impersonating a f*cking Officer? Albeit, if he were sober, Breeden would have never gone around knocking as such, "pretending" to be law enforcement. Hell, who is to say that this gentleman wasn't so INEBRIATED that in his mind he really was the law? Not an imposter? How can that be proven without a doubt in any court of law? This is why I wanna go back to school to finish my law degree, and this is also why you need to get your hiney gone from our Sheriff's Office! Which Officer was this young man impersonating, exactly: one of your doped up deputies, the married drug task officer who sleepa with informants, officers stealing evidence...I could go on. Poor kid. A public intoxication charge would have sufficed. I absolutely cannot fathom how Impersonating an Officer will even hold up.

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New Part-Time School Resource Officers

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new part-time School Resource Officers who joined the Sheriff’s Office on August 1, 2019.

SRO Deputy James Doyle is a veteran law enforcement officer who retired from the Staunton Police Department after 27 years of service.

SRO Deputy Michael Obenschain is a veteran law enforcement officer who retired from the Grottoes Police Department in 2018 after a long career at Grottoes and the Staunton Police Department.

We welcome these new part-time School Resource to our family here at the Sheriff’s Office!
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New Part-Time School Resource Officers

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new part-time School Resource Officers who joined the Sheriff’s Office on August 1, 2019.

SRO Deputy James Doyle is a veteran law enforcement officer who retired from the Staunton Police Department after 27 years of service. 

SRO Deputy Michael Obenschain is a veteran law enforcement officer who retired from the Grottoes Police Department in 2018 after a long career at Grottoes and the Staunton Police Department.

We welcome these new part-time School Resource to our family here at the Sheriff’s Office!Image attachment

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Thank you all for the nice comments! I am truly humbled. I wasn’t looking for a part-time job when this opportunity came up. I supported Sheriff Smith 100% the first time he was elected but I live in Waynesboro and couldn’t actually cast a vote for him. I am truly honored to work under him and all his command staff. I have been welcomed, treated with respect, been well equipped and completely supported from Day One. Thank you Sheriff for this opportunity!

August County just got two great amazing men I’m so happy that You will be in the schools with my children

Congrat's to both of you and Thank you for being there for our children & parents.

What an awesome addition to your department!

Grateful to have you guys, Congrats!

Congratulations Jim

Thank you sir's for your service to community!

Congratulations Mike!

These two men will do a wonderful job! With children and parents 😎 Glad to have them in our country! Glad to know both of them too

Thank you guys. I am happy you will be with our children. Thank you both for your many years of service

Congrats Jim!

Congrats to ya both have a great year

I've known Mike for a long time. What a great addition to Augusta County!!

Great gentlemen! Welcome!!

I’ve known these guys for years. They just don’t get any better than these two great men. I saw Mike this morning at Wilson High when I dropped my granddaughter off. I know Mike would give his life to protect those kids.

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Good folks. Lucky to have them working with our youth!!!!!

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Two wonderful men to have

We are grateful to have them!

Thanks for sharing this we need more security in our schools Thanks for being serious about this It is aNational problem Blessings

Great fellas!

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We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of retired ACSO Lieutenant A.C. Powers as the family grieves the loss of their daughter, Tammy, who was laid to rest in Highland County today.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of retired ACSO Lieutenant A.C. Powers as the family grieves the loss of their daughter, Tammy, who was laid to rest in Highland County today.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.