Augusta County Sheriff Dept

Charlie Beau-champ stopped by this morning to drop off toys to the office. He wanted to donate so other kids would have toys in a time of need. Charlie we appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. ... See MoreSee Less

Charlie Beau-champ stopped by this morning to drop off toys to the office. He wanted to donate so other kids would have toys in a time of need. Charlie we appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

 

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Ashton Reed I know this Charlie Beau-champ :)

This is awesome!

Jennifer

Fantastic

That's such a sweet little guy

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UPDATE: He has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

Gage Bowling, age 17, was last seen at his residence in Greenville, VA on the night of February 12, 2019. Gage is a W/M, 6’01”, 190 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a maroon long sleeve shirt, green pants, a blue Columbia hat and brown boots.

If you have any information about this missing 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: He has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

Gage Bowling, age 17, was last seen at his residence in Greenville, VA on the night of February 12, 2019. Gage is a W/M, 6’01”, 190 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a maroon long sleeve shirt, green pants, a blue Columbia hat and brown boots.

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

A photo is attached.

 

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Thank the lord he was found unharmed

Wonder why it doesn't show up on my link

Thank God this turned out ok

April Propst

Thank God!

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Update - she has been found safe!

I was asked to share this missing dog out of Rockingham Co. If you see Bella, please call the number below.
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Update - she has been found safe! 

I was asked to share this missing dog out of Rockingham Co.  If you see Bella, please call the number below.

 

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Eva Wheelbarger

This dog is back home

Yes!! This morning!

Thank God!

Thank you for the update.

Thank God

Thanks for posting this sheriff

Sarah Harrison Fairweather this your dog that was found?

Missing Dog

Awesome

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Saturday evening Sergeant Graves attended Rockingham Cooperative ACE Hardware - Stuarts Draft annual Ladies Night Out and handed out roses to each of the ladies in attendance. Thank you Robin for inviting us to participate in this wonderful event. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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That is.awesome

Thank you for my rose...great event!

How nice.

Thanks for all involved in making it an enjoyable and fun event!

That was nice,!!!

We appreciate your time and service to our community!

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Several members from the ACSO attended the NAACP Unity Prayer breakfast this past Saturday. The message was about putting our differences aside, being united together, and establishing relationships even though we are all different. It was an honor to hear Rev. Dr. Roscoe Cooper III’s message. Chapter President Clarence Durrette has always been a strong voice in our community for equality while being a strong supporter of law enforcement. Our differences can often be converted to strengths if we are united and work together to make our community a great place to live for ALL. ... See MoreSee Less

Several members from the ACSO attended the NAACP Unity Prayer breakfast this past Saturday.  The message was about putting our differences aside, being united together, and establishing relationships even though we are all different.  It was an honor to hear Rev. Dr. Roscoe Cooper III’s message.  Chapter President Clarence Durrette has always been a strong voice in our community for equality while being a strong supporter of law enforcement.  Our differences can often be converted to strengths if we are united and work together to make our community a great place to live for ALL.Image attachmentImage attachment

I was asked to share this runaway juvenile from the Page County area. He was last seen in Augusta. Please call if you see him or know his whereabouts. ... See MoreSee Less

I was asked to share this runaway juvenile from the Page County area. He was last seen in Augusta. Please call if you see him or know his whereabouts.

 

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Thank you!

Thank you.

I thought he was found

Deputy Taber Burgdorf, Deputy Rebecca Ullrich, Sgt. James Snyder and myself were at the Night to Shine event last night and I must say, what an honor! It was an absolute privilege to be part of this event. We had a great time and appreciate Cornerstone Church allowing the ACSO to participate. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Donald Smith, you and your team were such a blessing at Night to Shine. I appreciate your leadership in our community. Your love for people shines through. Let’s keep partnering together to make Augusta County a great place to live. Shine on!!!!

Thank you for your service to our special citizens!

Great night, what a blessing to be part of this great event!

Thank you for all you guys do for our community

Thank you for your service to our community and the event! It was definitely a night to remember! 💕

Thank you for being there and for your service to our community.

Great to see you there

We loved having you there Donald Smith!!!

Thank you so much!!

It was a great event. So nice seeing you there.

Thanks for being there and for your service!

It was a great night! Thank you for being there!

Thank you, ACSO for taking part in an absolutely event for VIA, God Bless ACSO always.

Thanks to all those that made Night to Shine a wonderful night for us all!

I didn't know Becky had become a deputy. Way to go Becky!

Thank you

Thank you all for watching over us and serving!

Hope Becky's a better cop that ss worker you was guilty until proven innocent before hope the academy taught you it's innocent until proven guilty and not everyone is guilty

Thanks for being there!

Thank you!!

Thanks for coming!

Greg

Thank you for all for your service, not only at the #NightToShine event but every day!

Thank you for coming and sharing the evening with us!

Thanks for all you do!

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Fraud Awareness

As tax season begins, the IRS scam has once again surfaced. Residents report being called by the IRS and told that they owe delinquent payments to the government that can only be remedied by making a payment, or facing criminal charges. Those who wish to "settle" the matter are asked to purchase prepaid cards, such as green dot, Apple I-tunes, or something similar, usually totaling thousands of dollars. The victim is then asked to call the scammer back and provide the numbers on the back of the cards which allows the suspect to obtain the money you spent on the cards. As a reminder the IRS, and other government agencies (including local agencies), will never contact you by phone and demand money in lieu of arrest or court action.

Recently, an elderly Verona woman received one of these calls and was swindled out of over $4,000.

Another potential fraud, involving Instagram and Go-Fund me, was recently brought to the attention of one of our investigators. The fraud is believed to be perfected in the following manner:

-The scammer researches Go-Fund me accounts on Instagram and offers to pay the full amount being sought in exchange for paying a "process fee".

Please be vigilant when receiving phone calls, emails, postal mail, unsolicited contact on social media, etc., and do not release any personal information or send anyone any money without first investigating the legitimacy of the request.
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Fraud Awareness

As tax season begins, the IRS scam has once again surfaced. Residents report being called by the IRS and told that they owe delinquent payments to the government that can only be remedied by making a payment, or facing criminal charges. Those who wish to settle the matter are asked to purchase prepaid cards, such as green dot, Apple I-tunes, or something similar, usually totaling thousands of dollars. The victim is then asked to call the scammer back and provide the numbers on the back of the cards which allows the suspect to obtain the money you spent on the cards. As a reminder the IRS, and other government agencies (including local agencies), will never contact you by phone and demand money in lieu of arrest or court action.

Recently, an elderly Verona woman received one of these calls and was swindled out of over $4,000.

Another potential fraud, involving Instagram and Go-Fund me, was recently brought to the attention of one of our investigators. The fraud is believed to be perfected in the following manner: 

-The scammer researches Go-Fund me accounts on Instagram and offers to pay the full amount being sought in exchange for paying a process fee.

Please be vigilant when receiving phone calls, emails, postal mail, unsolicited contact on social media, etc., and do not release any personal information or send anyone any money without first investigating the legitimacy of the request.

 

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Thank you Sheriff. This time of the year would be a good time to remind our citizens that if you don’t recognize the number on caller ID, just don’t answer the phone. I had 6 unknown phone numbers in one day!!!!! If it’s important the caller will leave a message.

Robbery Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with a robbery investigation.

A 19 year old female in the 400 block of Walnut Hills Road reported that at approximately 1325 HRS on Thursday February 7th, she was attempting to retrieve mail from her mail box, when she was approached by two white males who demanded that she turn over her wallet. The victim complied, and the males subsequently rifled her wallet and made off with cash and other items. The victim was not injured.

The suspects then fled the area west towards RT 11 in an older model red Ford pickup truck, with what appeared to be amber or yellow roof warning lights.

Suspect 1 is described as a white male, 25-30 years of age, with brown hair and black shirt.

Suspect 2 is described as a white male, 25-30 years of age, medium height, black hair, and wearing an orange shirt and khaki shorts.

The investigation into this incident continues and anyone with information on this crime is requested to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017
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Make sure you carry even outside at your own house Katie Johnson McElveen

. Hopefully the robbers were able to buy some Nike hoodie shirts, some DQ Blizzards & some nice TD Jakes inspirational ministry books with their criminally gotten gains but I know that KOA campground’s probably hugging their ATM machine & PTLing that God was good to their belongings unlike their sister Campground’s bad luck in Verona.

Assault Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault that occurred Thursday, February 7, 2019, in the 300 block of Lee Hwy, Verona, at approximately 0700 hours.

Deputies responded after being dispatched to a domestic situation between a male and female. Both parties were gone upon the arrival of deputies. An uninvolved party, a man, attempted to intervene and was struck in the head with a blunt object. The man was subsequently transported to the hospital to be treated for torso and head injuries.

The suspect was described as a w/m wearing a black sweatshirt. As deputies scoured the area, a subject matching the description of the male was located on Quicks Mill Rd. The male, armed with a bat, was wearing black pants, a black t-shirt, and a black toboggan. He also had tattoos on his face.

Once confronted, the male fled on foot and was last seen in the area of Meade's Trailer Park (off Rt. 11). Through further investigation, the male suspect was identified as James Allen Howard. Mr. Howard is believed to be homeless but frequents Verona, VA. (photo attached).

Malicious wounding warrants were obtained.

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

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault that occurred Thursday, February 7, 2019, in the 300 block of Lee Hwy, Verona, at approximately 0700 hours.

Deputies responded after being dispatched to a domestic situation between a male and female. Both parties were gone upon the arrival of deputies. An uninvolved party, a man, attempted to intervene and was struck in the head with a blunt object. The man was subsequently transported to the hospital to be treated for torso and head injuries.

The suspect was described as a w/m wearing a black sweatshirt. As deputies scoured the area, a subject matching the description of the male was located on Quicks Mill Rd. The male, armed with a bat, was wearing black pants, a black t-shirt, and a black toboggan. He also had tattoos on his face. 

Once confronted, the male fled on foot and was last seen in the area of Meades Trailer Park (off Rt. 11). Through further investigation, the male suspect was identified as James Allen Howard. Mr. Howard is believed to be homeless but frequents Verona, VA. (photo attached). 

Malicious wounding warrants were obtained.

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

 

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What’s Post Malone doing in Augusta County???

He sure looks like a real straight shooter. Very trustworthy appearance, just looks innocent if I was him wouldn’t even hire a lawyer.

Omg, they held him down and wrote on his face!

Blames being jobless on Trump

In the old days....the dude with the shirt off was always the one arrested. Today, its the ones with the face tats. 🤣🤣

He should be charged for face tattoos and a mullet as well

No its prob the one holding the baseball bat

Isn't he cute

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I wanted to share this message that was sent in to me the other day. After researching the call history, I found that this was 1st Sgt. E. Carter, Deputy Coppola and Deputy Foote pictured below:

I’m not sure who gets these messages. But I wanted to tell the deputies that responded to the situation at (for privacy reasons, this has been removed) about a week ago, thank you. I left Augusta County permanently about 13 years ago and haven’t spent significant time there in 19 years. Knowing that such a competent and amazing bunch of people are still looking after my family and friends makes living away from home easier. Augusta County will always be my home. Thank you. And a special thanks to Trevor Foote, I hate the situation you were in but am forever grateful.
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I wanted to share this message that was sent in to me the other day.  After researching the call history, I found that this was 1st Sgt. E. Carter, Deputy Coppola and Deputy Foote pictured below:

I’m not sure who gets these messages. But I wanted to tell the deputies that responded to the situation at (for privacy reasons, this has been removed) about a week ago, thank you. I left Augusta County permanently about 13 years ago and haven’t spent significant time there in 19 years. Knowing that such a competent and amazing bunch of people are still looking after my family and friends makes living away from home easier. Augusta County will always be my home. Thank you. And a special thanks to Trevor Foote, I hate the situation you were in but am forever grateful.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Deputy Carter is an amazing guy, as are all of the deputies on the force. Feel safer knowing your guys stand behind our community.

So proud of our sheriffs dept...may God bless you and shield you all as u protect and serve!!!!

Thank you Sgt Carter and Deputies! Thankful for many years of protection and friendship!!

Thanks for all you do

Fantastic deputies

Prayers for your safety always! Thank You for all you do!

Doing a great job. Thank you

Great job guys, Augusta country is better because of your service.

Prayers for all you.guys

Thank you all for looking out for all of us. You not only sacrifice your lives but also your time with your family.

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SINKHOLE REPAIRS REQUIRE LANE CLOSURE TONIGHT ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON – Emergency sinkhole repairs along Interstate 81 southbound will require crews to close the right lane at mile marker 212.6 near Greenville in Augusta County. The I-81 southbound right lane is scheduled to be closed from 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, until at least mid-day Wednesday, February 6. Motorists should expect delays in this area, which is between exit 213 at Route 11 (Greenville) and exit 205 at Route 606 (Raphine/Steeles Tavern).

The Virginia Department of Transportation closed the right shoulder of I-81 southbound when the sinkhole was reported on Monday. The size of the hole is still unknown. Heavy equipment needed for excavation and repair will be positioned close to the southbound right lane, so VDOT will close the right lane for the safety of motorists and work crews.

Depending on the size, shape and direction of the sinkhole, additional traffic restrictions may be necessary. VDOT will continue to provide updates on the progress of sinkhole repairs and their effect on traffic.

All work is weather permitting.
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SINKHOLE REPAIRS REQUIRE LANE CLOSURE TONIGHT ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON – Emergency sinkhole repairs along Interstate 81 southbound will require crews to close the right lane at mile marker 212.6 near Greenville in Augusta County. The I-81 southbound right lane is scheduled to be closed from 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, until at least mid-day Wednesday, February 6. Motorists should expect delays in this area, which is between exit 213 at Route 11 (Greenville) and exit 205 at Route 606 (Raphine/Steeles Tavern).

The Virginia Department of Transportation closed the right shoulder of I-81 southbound when the sinkhole was reported on Monday. The size of the hole is still unknown. Heavy equipment needed for excavation and repair will be positioned close to the southbound right lane, so VDOT will close the right lane for the safety of motorists and work crews.

Depending on the size, shape and direction of the sinkhole, additional traffic restrictions may be necessary. VDOT will continue to provide updates on the progress of sinkhole repairs and their effect on traffic.

All work is weather permitting.

 

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Yep I know that was going to happen

2 weeks ago

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

The ACSO sends our deepest sympathy to the Virginia State Police in the tragic killing of Trooper Lucas Dowell. We at the ACSO are praying for the VSP, the Dowell family, and the many lives that Trooper Dowell impacted with his friendships. Trooper Dowell, rest easy brother, we will continue to hold the line.VSP Mourning Loss of Trooper Killed in Cumberland County Shooting The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating a shooting in Cumberland County that claimed the life of a Virginia State Police trooper and resulted in the death of the shooting suspect. The incident occurred Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, 28, was a member of the Virginia State Police Tactical Team that was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road/Route 45, just north of the town limits of Farmville. The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when an adult male inside the residence began shooting at them. The Tactical Team members returned fire, fatally wounding the male suspect. Trooper Dowell was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Dowell becomes the Department’s 66th line of duty death. The Chilhowie, Va. native graduated the Virginia State Police’s 122nd Basic Session in November 2014. Since graduation he has been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division; his latest assignment was on patrol in Area 20, which encompasses the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst and Campbell counties. He was a member of the Appomattox Division Tactical Team - the equivalent of a SWAT Team. He is survived by his parents and a sister. “This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.” The adult male suspect, Corey Johnson, 44, died at the scene. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy. State police are still in the process notifying next of kin. The male suspect was the only individual inside the residence at the time of the shooting. The search warrant was being conducted as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. No other troopers were injured in the shooting. In accordance with Virginia State Police policy, the two troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave. ... See MoreSee Less

The ACSO sends our deepest sympathy to the Virginia State Police in the tragic killing of Trooper Lucas Dowell.  We at the ACSO are praying for the VSP, the Dowell family, and the many lives that Trooper Dowell impacted with his friendships.  Trooper Dowell, rest easy brother, we will continue to hold the line.

 

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So sad prayers

RIP, Thank you for your service Sir, Prayers for the family and fellow officers. May God Bless and keep you safe.

God bless and keep him. Lord please be with the family at this time

Prayers for his family

Sending Prayers🙏🙏🙏

Prayers to the family. RIP Trooper Dowell

R.I.P. Brother, God Bless.

RIP and thank you for your service. Condolences to your family and to your brothers and sisters in uniform.

Rip..such a senseless crime..

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I wanted to share information about a job fair coming up. There will be employers there from Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. See attached flyer. ... See MoreSee Less

I wanted to share information about a job fair coming up.  There will be employers there from Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.  See attached flyer.

 

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Star Lilley

Rusyniaks Painting

Brianna Painter

EXPECT SINKHOLE REPAIRS ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND NEAR GREENVILLE IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON – Motorists should be alert for right shoulder closures on Interstate 81 southbound at mile marker 212 in Augusta County. Crews will be performing emergency repairs for a sinkhole in this area. This location is between exit 213 at Route 11 near Greenville and exit 205 at Route 606 in the Raphine area of Rockbridge County.

On Monday, February 4. crews closed the right shoulder. During the morning on February 5 the right travel lane may be closed for about 15 minutes to position equipment. The right lane is expected to reopen once the equipment is in place. Motorists should expect possible delays in this area.

Depending on the size, shape and location of the sinkhole, future lane closures may be needed. As much as possible work will remain on the right shoulder for the repairs.

Crews will be excavating the hole to determine its size and the stability of the surrounding ground before back-filling it and repairing the surrounding roadway.

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.
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EXPECT SINKHOLE REPAIRS ON I-81 SOUTHBOUND NEAR GREENVILLE IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON – Motorists should be alert for right shoulder closures on Interstate 81 southbound at mile marker 212 in Augusta County. Crews will be performing emergency repairs for a sinkhole in this area. This location is between exit 213 at Route 11 near Greenville and exit 205 at Route 606 in the Raphine area of Rockbridge County.

On Monday, February 4. crews closed the right shoulder. During the morning on February 5 the right travel lane may be closed for about 15 minutes to position equipment. The right lane is expected to reopen once the equipment is in place. Motorists should expect possible delays in this area. 

Depending on the size, shape and location of the sinkhole, future lane closures may be needed. As much as possible work will remain on the right shoulder for the repairs.

Crews will be excavating the hole to determine its size and the stability of the surrounding ground before back-filling it and repairing the surrounding roadway.

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.

 

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Nickole Ingram

Now get busy on the rest of 81. !!!

Emily Ruth

Shooting Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred on Laurel Hill Rd., Verona, on Sunday, 02/03/19, at approximately 11:30 PM.

Deputies responded to the 20 block of Laurel Hill Rd. after receiving a report that the occupants of one vehicle were shooting at the occupant(s) of another as the vehicles traveled East on Laurel Hill Rd.

A witness described seeing an older silver car chasing an older red car, adding that a male passenger was shooting at the red car. After the vehicles passed the eyewitness, additional shots were heard.

A shell casing was recovered. Investigators are working on identifying the parties involved, and the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

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

Sydney Weaver, a first grader at Riverheads, made homemade cookies for the night shift guys tonight. Thank you Sydney for being so thoughtful. I know they will be enjoyed by all! ... See MoreSee Less

Sydney Weaver, a first grader at Riverheads, made homemade cookies for the night shift guys tonight. Thank you Sydney for being so thoughtful. I know they will be enjoyed by all!

 

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Ryan Seth McClamroch

So thoughtful!

How sweet of her

Lovely gesture ~ Sydney must have awesome parents.

Good job Syd!!!

💕💖💜

John Matherly proud principal moment!

Thoughtful of Sydney to do that for you. Thoughtful of the shift to thank her in such a way that she’ll never forget...excellent job!

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Well done Sydney😊

Very nice..

That's adorable.

This is so awesome!!

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2 weeks ago

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

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Thanks for all you do!!!!

Thanks for all you do!!!

UPDATE: I was just notified that Mr. Powell has been located.

Missing Person from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to locate a missing person from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is possibly in the Augusta County area. Twenty one year old Jack Powell was last seen in Philadelphia on January 22, 2019. He was reported missing and entered into NCIC as a missing person on January 24, 2019. There are no known vehicles associated with Powell, and he may have arrived in our area via public or for hire transportation.

If any local residents know the whereabouts of, or have interaction with Powell, please contact us immediately. Points of contact for this case are Investigator CJ Taylor and Deputy Chad Marshall.

Jack Powell
W/M 5’07” 160lbs.
DOB: 07-04-1997
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UPDATE: I was just notified that Mr. Powell has been located.

Missing Person from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to locate a missing person from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is possibly in the Augusta County area.  Twenty one year old Jack Powell was last seen in Philadelphia on January 22, 2019. He was reported missing and entered into NCIC as a missing person on January 24, 2019. There are no known vehicles associated with Powell, and he may have arrived in our area via public or for hire transportation.
 
If any local residents know the whereabouts of, or have interaction with Powell, please contact us immediately.  Points of contact for this case are Investigator CJ Taylor and Deputy Chad Marshall.
 
Jack Powell
W/M 5’07” 160lbs.
DOB: 07-04-1997
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Lynn Maree Ross please keep an eye out. This young man went to Courtney’s school.

Prayers

Prayers, sharing

Shared National Center For Missing and Endangered

Praying that this man is found safe

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We enjoyed Gracie Broughman with Girl Scout Troop 331’s visit today. Thank you for the cookies Gracie, and we hope you enjoyed your tour of our office. Pictured with Gracie below are Deputies Wes Hill and Ryan McClamroch. ... See MoreSee Less

We enjoyed Gracie Broughman with Girl Scout Troop 331’s visit today. Thank you for the cookies Gracie, and we hope you enjoyed your tour of our office. Pictured with Gracie below are Deputies Wes Hill and Ryan McClamroch.

 

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Thank you for everything you all do and for keeping us safe. Gracie enjoyed bringing the cookies and having the tour. Her and her sister both love their teddy bears.

How sweet of Gracie...I'm so happy the children feel safe and unafraid of our deputies!!!

Way to go guys!!!!

Would Deputy McClamroch be one of Jo Ann’s grandchildren perchance?

Het, Michelle Stoneking I know this little lady! 💛

Michelle Stoneking

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Augusta County will be hosting a Job Fair. All employers in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County are welcome to register. See attachment below for the details. ... See MoreSee Less

Augusta County will be hosting a Job Fair.  All employers in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County are welcome to register. See attachment below for the details.

 

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Dustin Whitesell

Harrison Smithers Spencer Haines

Kayla Danielle Richardson

Fe Allen

Levi Leslie

Heather Klose Herrell

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This message is brought to you by K-9 Deputy Turbo.

Please see below for the latest Wind Chill Advisory. Due to the extreme cold temperatures, please prepare accordingly for outside pets. Tonight’s temperature is going to be extremely cold and the safest thing would be to bring all pets indoors.

If that is not possible, ensure they have proper shelter, bedding and fresh water.

All owners need to be aware that their pets could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

The best way to monitor them when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice them shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10P THIS EVE TO 11A MONDAY

* WHAT Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills from negative 10 to negative 20 degrees expected.

* WHERE Portions of north central and western Maryland, central, northwest and western Virginia and eastern and panhandle West Virginia.

* WHEN From 10P this evening to 11A Monday. The lowest wind chills will occur early Monday morning.

* ADDL DETAILS The cold wind chills could result in
hypothermia and frostbite if precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
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This message is brought to you by K-9 Deputy Turbo.

Please see below for the latest Wind Chill Advisory. Due to the extreme cold temperatures, please prepare accordingly for outside pets. Tonight’s temperature is going to be extremely cold and the safest thing would be to bring all pets indoors. 

If that is not possible, ensure they have proper shelter, bedding and fresh water. 

All owners need to be aware that their pets could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

The best way to monitor them when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice them shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10P THIS EVE TO 11A MONDAY

* WHAT Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills from negative 10 to negative 20 degrees expected.

* WHERE Portions of north central and western Maryland, central, northwest and western Virginia and eastern and panhandle West Virginia.

* WHEN From 10P this evening to 11A Monday. The lowest wind chills will occur early Monday morning.

* ADDL DETAILS The cold wind chills could result in
hypothermia and frostbite if precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

 

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Do you know how sad it is that you have to remind people to bring their pets in out of the cold...having dogs and cats should require classes and a license...so many ignorant people!!!

And when dogs are left outside barking for hours on end because they are freezing... what is the sheriff's office going to do about it? Just wondering since my neighbors think it's okay to freeze their older dog & they recently got a puppy who is also chained outside in these ridiculously cold temperatures!! Both dogs chained 24/7 no matter what! Hail, sleet, rain, snow, ice, tornado, hurricane.... it doesn't matter, these 2 poor things are trapped on a chain.

Wonder how many ppl are gathering up all there hunting Dogs and bringing them inside? 💁‍♀️

When I lived in the city of Staunton the ACO would patrol neighborhoods that had outside dogs and drop off bales of straw when the frigid temps were expected... gave them a chance to get to know the owners. And get a feel if they were responsible enough to protect them properly....Might be a good way for them to get their proverbial "foot in the door!"🐾♥️😉

Augusta County Sheriff's Office.... Anyone who is in need of a dog crate to bring their hounds inside, please pm me and we will network to find them a crate!!...

Take shavings and ask to put in their houses.

It’s very sketchy in here, I have a neighbor I don’t approach, for good reason.

Maybe give the name so the deputies can check on them rather than challenge the sheriffs dept. without a name and location how can you expect them to do anything?

Would it be possible for Augusta County animal advocates to meet with Augusta County Sheriff, Donald Smith and the Augusta County BOS to discuss how citizens and government can work together to better serve our domestic pet population? Having an opportunity to collectively address the very real needs of domestic pets within the community, especially issues related to cold weather, I think would be very much appreciated by so many of us. Anyone interested?

My pup never sleeps outside. She is very picky about low temps. Other people should care about their pets.

Thanks Deputy Turbo!

Here’s another bone of contention for me. SPCA.....you know what those letters stand for yet they will do NOTHING. They should not be allowed to call themselves SPCA.

Ummmm....just bring them in!

Whitney McCoy

Use coming sense. Do not wait until symptoms start. Do it beforehand.

Ppl should have sense enough to know that pets will freeze to death outside tonight. Bring them in. Please!!!!!!!!!

Animal control can handle this

Animal control won’t do anything if they have “shelter” and food out there with them. Unless you record it for a certain length of time, take it to a magistrate and then risk them getting pissed off at you and ruining your property or messing with your animals when they go outside. It’s a joke. If you keep your dog outside non stop, you should keep yourself outside with them.

My idiot dog loves it and lays outside in the snow... took me 3 hrs to get her to come in and now she’s staring outside. Anatolian Shepherd problems lol kinda like owning a husky

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NOW HIRING: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY SHERIFF

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Law Enforcement Deputy Sheriff. Candidate must be 21 years of age, high school graduate or G.E.D., able to pass entry level testing, departmental physical which includes drug testing, physical fitness assessment and a background investigation. The position has a starting salary of $35,682 with fringe benefit package of VRS retirement and life insurance, health insurance, annual and sick leave. County applications and Personal History Questionnaire can be downloaded from our website at www.co.augusta.va.us. Completed county application and Personal History Questionnaire must be returned to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, 127 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482 by February 1, 2019. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Although you may not be contacted for an interview for this position, you are encouraged to apply for future openings. Equal Opportunity Employer.
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NOW HIRING: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY SHERIFF

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Law Enforcement Deputy Sheriff. Candidate must be 21 years of age, high school graduate or G.E.D., able to pass entry level testing, departmental physical which includes drug testing, physical fitness assessment and a background investigation.  The position has a starting salary of $35,682 with fringe benefit package of VRS retirement and life insurance, health insurance, annual and sick leave.   County applications and Personal History Questionnaire can be downloaded from our website at www.co.augusta.va.us.   Completed county application and Personal History Questionnaire must be returned to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, 127 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482 by February 1, 2019.  Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.  Although you may not be contacted for an interview for this position, you are encouraged to apply for future openings.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Pay scale needs increased.

They sure do deserve more money!

Daniel Dove

Hayden Mick

Carl Williams

Mitch Sprouse

Oh can u live on 35000

Jeremy Pickrel

Kayla Landes Mick

Stephanie James

Can you have tattoos on your hands?

Chase Hartless

wish I were 30 years younger!

I agree

Steele Run Beagles

Mason Lane

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I know there is already snow on the ground, but here is the update that I am getting:

WINTER WX ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTL 4A FRIDAY

* WHAT Snow. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.

* WHERE Portions of central and northwestern Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

* WHEN From 4P this afternoon to 4A Friday. The
steadiest snow is expected this evening.

* ADDL DETAILS Plan on slippery road conditions and sidewalks. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute, especially after sunset as temperatures fall below freezing.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

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Thanks for the update? Where is spring?

Thanks for the information

Thank you for taking the time to keep us informed.

An Eagle Scout is a scout that has reached the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The scout must earn 21 merit badges and complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Derek Wenger (pictured below with me) chose to refurbish the vacated sign pole at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office for his project. Thank you Derek for choosing to help our office. We think it looks great and appreciate your efforts! If you ride by the office, be sure to check it out. ... See MoreSee Less

An Eagle Scout is a scout that has reached the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  The scout must earn 21 merit badges and complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages.  Derek Wenger (pictured below with me) chose to refurbish the vacated sign pole at the Augusta County Sheriffs Office for his project.  Thank you Derek for choosing to help our office.  We think it looks great and appreciate your efforts!  If you ride by the office, be sure to check it out.Image attachment

 

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Congratulations Derek! It takes years of commitment and self discipline to get to Eagle Scout. Well done! 👍🏼

Great job I remember seeing you guys loading some of the things at Lowe's nice to see the finished project. 😊

Fine job young man and congratulations on reaching the Eagle Scout award.

Great job, congrats, Derek!!

Congratulations young man! Job well done.

Looks great

Congratulations Derek!!!

Congrats Derek. A job well done

I drove by when you first started, looks great. I will make s special trip to see it in person now that it is complete. Thank you and congratulations!!

Well done Derek. Congratulations on your rank as an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations Derek!!!!

Great job, young man!!!!

Beautiful Job

Congratulations

Looks great Derek

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Congratulations to you young man

Thanks for supporting our police officers and thanks to the officers for supporting our youth.

Well done Derek. Troop 8 your fellow scouts are proud.

Love this! I will have to pay more attention when I drive by. Good job!!

Congrats Derek!

Thank you young man.

congratulation on a job well done. we need more young folks like that!!!!

Congratulations

Way to go Derek

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Here is an update:

SNOW COVERS ROADS THROUGHOUT THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY ON SUNDAY MORNING

STAUNTON - (5:30 a.m.) Snow continues to fall Sunday morning in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands, and most roadways are snow-covered and slick. The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid non-emergency travel.

VDOT crews and contractors are working around the clock to plow and treat roads. Interstates and primary roads are plowed first, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets. VDOT's goal is to make all state-maintained roadways passable within 48 hours after the end of a snowstorm.

Here are the road conditions as of 5:30 a.m. in the 11-county VDOT Staunton District:

Interstate 64 - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 - Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 - Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Primary roads - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.

Secondary roads - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
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Coralie

Appreciate you taking the time to post an update.

What about the animals?

Thank You

Andrea Monique Tinsley

Thanks for the update

Cameron Faye Knick

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Here is he latest on road conditions:

VDOT ADVISES MOTORISTS TO AVOID TRAVEL DURING SNOWSTORM

STAUNTON – (5:25 p.m.) The Shenandoah Valley received a light dusting of snow on Saturday afternoon. During Saturday night into Sunday morning heavier snow is forecasted, which is anticipated to bring treacherous driving conditions. The public is asked to avoid travel during the snowstorm. This allows plow drivers to efficiently and safely plow and treat roadways. Vehicles stalled, parked or disabled along the roadways cause additional hazards for all drivers.

Here are the road conditions as of 5:25 p.m. in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District:

Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.

Primary roads – Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Highland, Bath, Alleghany, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear conditions Page County.

Secondary roads – Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Highland, Bath, Alleghany, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick. Clarke and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Page County.

For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001X45Jxm10zI6Hb-AG9QFdBZyTG3ifaqyY431d_IZzMdm5gx..., look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
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Thanks for this Link, there is a lot of great information on there :)

Thank you so much for this, I appreciate the time you always take to keep us informed on important subjects. Praying all ACSO officers are safe today.

Update please

Can we get a update

UPDATE: CAD:NWS HAS EXTENDED THE PREVIOUS WINTER STORM WARNING. UNTIL 6P SUNDAY .ACCUMULATIONS OF 5-10 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED TOTAL OF ONE FOOT OR MORE POSSIBLE

Here is the latest update that I have on the approaching storm. Please be safe and allow plenty of room between you and other cars if you have to go out. Also, please be mindful of the snowplows allowing them plenty of room. With the low temperatures and weather, check on your elderly neighbors and be mindful of pets. If you are not bringing them in, be sure they have proper bedding and shelter to get warm and keep check on their water. As always, call us if you need us.

WINTER STRM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10A SATURDAY TO 1P SUNDAY

* WHAT Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected.

* WHERE Portions of central, northwest and western Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

* WHEN From 10A Saturday to 1P Sunday. Heaviest snow from midnight Saturday through noon on Sunday. Winds 5-10 mph

* Travel could be very difficult due to slick and snowy roadways.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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UPDATE: CAD:NWS HAS EXTENDED THE PREVIOUS WINTER STORM WARNING. UNTIL 6P SUNDAY .ACCUMULATIONS OF 5-10 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED TOTAL OF ONE FOOT OR MORE POSSIBLE

Here is the latest update that I have on the approaching storm. Please be safe and allow plenty of room between you and other cars if you have to go out. Also, please be mindful of the snowplows allowing them plenty of room. With the low temperatures and weather, check on your elderly neighbors and be mindful of pets. If you are not bringing them in, be sure they have proper bedding and shelter to get warm and keep check on their water. As always, call us if you need us.

WINTER STRM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10A SATURDAY TO 1P SUNDAY

* WHAT Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected.

* WHERE Portions of central, northwest and western Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

* WHEN From 10A Saturday to 1P Sunday. Heaviest snow from midnight Saturday through noon on Sunday. Winds 5-10 mph

* Travel could be very difficult due to slick and snowy roadways.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

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Roads are not good in the county. We had a bit of rain/sleet and on top of the already plowed roads it's slick now. I was surprised I didn't see one car in a ditch or setting on the side of the road. Thanks to all the men and women working overnight to keep our roads clear and safe for those who must work today.

Thank you Sherriff. Y'all be safe.

😳😬

Oh Jesus! I hate being stuck inside alone n possible power outages!!

What snow!???????!

What's Afton mountain like

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith, you and your team...stay safe! Thanks for protecting us and if your men need to warm up, while in my neck of the woods, they're ALWAYS welcome!

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For the past several hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating a threat that was posted on Snapchat involving Fort Defiance High School. Deputies were immediately dispatched to the student’s residence who was responsible for the post. The message was sent to several other students and a parent immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office. All parties have been interviewed by deputies and the post has been determined to be a prank. The post was a recording from a Hollywood fictitious movie. The school superintendent, principal, and school resource officer have all been involved throughout the course of this investigation.

I would like to commend the students and parents for immediately contacting the ACSO so the post could be investigated. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office considers ALL threats of this nature to be extremely unsafe to Augusta County and they will be investigated as quickly and efficiently as possible. NO SUBSTANTIAL THREAT EXISTS and the school will operate on time. The ACSO will have additional deputies on location throughout Friday as a precautionary measure, so parents, students, and teachers know they are safe.
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For the past several hours, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating a threat that was posted on Snapchat involving Fort Defiance High School.  Deputies were immediately dispatched to the student’s residence who was responsible for the post.  The message was sent to several other students and a parent immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office.  All parties have been interviewed by deputies and the post has been determined to be a prank.  The post was a recording from a Hollywood fictitious movie.  The school superintendent, principal, and school resource officer have all been involved throughout the course of this investigation.

I would like to commend the students and parents for immediately contacting the ACSO so the post could be investigated.  The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office considers ALL threats of this nature to be extremely unsafe to Augusta County and they will be investigated as quickly and efficiently as possible.  NO SUBSTANTIAL THREAT EXISTS and the school will operate on time.  The ACSO will have additional deputies on location throughout Friday as a precautionary measure, so parents, students, and teachers know they are safe.

 

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Pulling into the high school and seeing the extra deputies certainly made this over protective mama feel at ease. Thank you, Donald Smith and your deputies for always doing due diligence and keeping our kids and community safe! 💙🖤

Thank You for the extra protection for our kids.

Good job officers

ACSO you are amazing and make me proud. Knowing you are there when we need you is very comforting.

Thank you for a job well done and for caring for our kids

Great Job!!

Principal - and well done all!

Great job !!! Thank you for all you do for the community.

Great job ACSO

Great job Sheriff Smith and ACSO

Thank you for everything that you do!!!

Thanks for the info and all that you all do!

Thank you for your service

Great job!

Thank you and great job for keeping our kids safe!!

Thank you for all you do. Keep our kids safe

Thanks for all that you do!

Great job!

Thanks ACSO 🙏🏿

Great job ACSO!!!!

Great Job..

Great job ACSO

👍

So thankful for the ASCO and for the Parents that reacted so quickly. It's great to hear the children getting their parents involved.

Thank you for giving us peace of mind as we send our children to school.

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Larceny Investigation/Update

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying person(s) of interest in a larceny investigation.

On December 20th, 2018, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of larcenies from vehicles. A debit card, reported in the thefts, was subsequently used locally and in central Virginia.

Photos of those associated with fraudulent purchases have been obtained. Photos attached

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

Hope they get all of them!!🤬

Good photos

I've seen him at Dayton Walmart recently

🙏🙏🙏

I wonder if that is the same ppl who broke into my coworkers vehicles right before christmas. Over 2,000 in damage to their cars, money, credit cars, and christmas presents stolen..

This guy has been in the store a couple times

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As the New Year approaches and the celebrations begin this weekend, please be mindful to designate a driver if alcohol is a part of your event. The ACSO will have numerous check points and saturated patrols throughout the weekend and into the New Year. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. #drivesoberorgetpulledover ... See MoreSee Less

As the New Year approaches and the celebrations begin this weekend, please be mindful to designate a driver if alcohol is a part of your event.  The ACSO will have numerous check points and saturated patrols throughout the weekend and into the New Year.  DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. #drivesoberorgetpulledover

 

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Needs to be done more often and checking for children in carseats.

Thank you to all officers workin new year's eve to help ensure/encourage safe and sober driving and keeping us safe.

Glad to see this, as I have family out there just trying to get to and from work safely, good job!

Hope they get all the drunks out there off the roads!

Thank you Augusta County Sheriff's Office for your time and hard work

Thank you!!!

ASCO BE SAFE

Yeah, they read my license on 262 just off exit 220 around 10 tonight.

Good.

Ring in the new year ALIVE!!! Drink responsibly and have a great time!!

AAA has what is called a tipsy tow. They’ll tow your car home for free, no membership required. Lots of companies will. Please please get a ride. It’s not worth it.

If you drink and drive anytime your stupid

If you drink and drive this weekend your really stupid

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2 months ago

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

Credit Card Fraud

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a male who made fraudulent purchases with stolen credit card numbers
believed to have been obtained with a skimming device.

The stolen credit card numbers were later used locally to make several unauthorized purchases.

If anyone has any information about this investigation, please contact Investigator CA Taylor of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Credit Card Fraud 

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a male who made fraudulent purchases with stolen credit card numbers
believed to have been obtained with a skimming device.  

The stolen credit card numbers were later used locally to make several unauthorized purchases.

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

 

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If you set up a packet sniffer disguised as a WiFi hotspot and offer it up using the patrol vehicles you could technically sniff wireless traffic out of the air and cross reference specific information. Snapchat photos and usernames, perhaps texts. But you could also potentially capture information such as other wireless signals provided of course you know what your looking for. Perhaps you might pick up some useful information relating to the incident from other sources. Just my two cents. 🙂

Looks like he got stuff in his pants leg

Did he set up a Lil skimmer device at the Shell station in Verona?

Did this Lil perpetrator frequent the Rite Aid in Harrisonburg too? No, I still haven't forgotten!

How did he just use the numbers.

Sharing

That’s discrimination. Just because he’s got the merchandise in his hand n you got his picture doesn’t mean he done it. It could have just magically appeared there.

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Animal Cruelty Investigation-Update/Arrest

On December 27, 2018 Betty G. Hemp, 39, of Middlebrook, VA., was arrested and charged in connection to the six puppies that were found shot to death.

Hemp is charged with:

6 counts of animal cruelty 3.2-6570 (felony)
6 counts of illegal dumping 33.2-802 (misdemeanor)

She was processed and released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

No further information will be released at this time.
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Animal Cruelty Investigation-Update/Arrest

On December 27, 2018 Betty G. Hemp, 39, of Middlebrook, VA., was arrested and charged in connection to the six puppies that were found shot to death.

Hemp is charged with:

6 counts of animal cruelty 3.2-6570 (felony) 
6 counts of illegal dumping 33.2-802 (misdemeanor)

She was processed and released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

No further information will be released at this time.

 

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Jail time, a huge fine, no longer can own animals of any kind, and trash pickup duty. She needs all this. I make the motion!! Do I hear a second?

$2500.00 bond for 6 felonies?? Shoot her and make us all happy and save taxpayer money!

She breeds dogs.... please please take them away from her and prosecute to the full extend!!! Start holding these people accountable !!!!

Totally uncalled for! There are rescue groups who help!!

Breeds shitzus and beagles...need to have all taken away.

I don't understand why this slimeball didn't take those puppies to the pound in Lyndhurst. They can't turn away those dogs and they are good at re-homing them to other rescues. What a waste..

Someone should take her out and shoot her just like she did those puppy.

She breeds shitzu pups

I hope any other animals she owns were taken away from her!!!!!!!!!

I knew ACSD would catch whoever did this atrocious thing!

Everyone should contact Commonwealth Attorney Tim Martin and request he prosecute and ask for as much time in jail and fine as allowed.

If she could shoot 6 puppies, she could harm anyone! So very sad for the puppies; senseless!

Dear Augusta Co. Commonwealth Attorney.... please throw the damn book at her and charge her for every possible offense. And put her on that animal abusers list the GA passed last year FOR LIFE 😡😡😡😡

There is a special place in hell for her. I pray she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There are options!

Low life......hope you get your karma every day ! You aren't worth the air you breathe!!!!!!🤬🤬😡😡

Okay am I reading this right.. Is this one felony or 6 felony counts? Bc it should be 6 felony counts... Fry her a**

She should not have been allowed release

Released??!!!! Wtf!!!! Should b no bond for such cruelty!!!

I hope the judge sticks a good long sentence to her for this! She is sick! SICK! If she will do this to a puppy she will do it to a human!

MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF HER- PROSECUTE WITH MAX PENALTIES

Glad she was found and charged. Thank you to Augusta County Sheriff’s Office for the investigation.

I hope the assigned judge in this case ,will be fully aware that his community is watching and listening to "His" verdict,on this heartless POS..

She should be set on fire and destroyed

Someone would have taken those poor innocent puppies!! I WOULD HAVE!! I hope her sentencing is just as hard and permanent as her actions were!!

We need to call Commonwealth Office every day demanding justice!! Released on cheap, unsecured bond, only to go home where other animals reside??!! Call the office daily!! Wth??!!

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Here are the men and women of our ACSO family that will be working over Christmas to keep the county safe.  Enjoy this holiday time with family and friends. Remember to designate a driver if alcohol is a part of your holiday. Merry Christmas to ALL!!!Image attachment

 

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Merry Christmas from Goldsboro North Carolina.Be Safe

God Bless You All. Merry Christmas

Marry Christmas and happy new years be safe abd may god be with u

Merry Christmas thank you for all you do today and everyday..stay safe

Merry Christmas🎄🎋❤. Thanks for ALL y'all do at ACSO!

Thanks for your hard work

Thank you to everyone for helping keep our homes and roads safe. Be safe and Merry Christmas to uou all!☃️❄

Thank you for your protection. Merry Christmas Blessings upon All!!! 🙏🏾

Thanks for all y'all do to protect and serve our County! Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas ! Praying you all will be safe.

And a Merry Christmas to you all!!! Thank you for what you do ...We appreciate you all more then you will ever know

Merry christmas,be safe God bless

Thank you for your dedication and service. You are valued and appreciated. Merry Christmas to you all!!

Merry Christmas to you guys and gals!!! Stay safe out there!!!

Merry Christmas!!! Thank you all for all you do! Even when you feel unappreciated... YOU ARE MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW 🎄😉🎄😉

Thank you & Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all!!! Yall be safe out there

Merry Christmas to all of you and thank you for all that you do!

I live in Waynesboro but thank you for your service to AC.

Thank you all and be safe!

Thank you for all you do. Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas !!! Thank you so much for all you do!! 🎄💗

Merry Christmas, be safe out there !! Thank you for protecting us

Merry Christmas to all of you 🙏🙏🙏🙏 that you go home Safe at End of Shift

Merry Christmas and stay safe and warm!!

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Throughout today Deputies delivered bikes across Augusta County. This year it was an absolute success and 32 children were able to get bikes for Christmas. The bikes were made possible by WalMart Distribution Center in Mt Crawford. The helmets were purchased by numerous business owners. Thank you to everyone that made this Christmas special for these children. Merry Christmas to ALL. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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we have a wonderful sheriff that cares for our community.....Merry Christmas

Thank you to all of the deputies for making this Christmas extra special for my two children. They both are extremely excited about their new bikes. This also made my Christmas extra special when i got the phone call. Also thank you Wal-Mart distribution center and all the other businesses that made this happen. Thank you all, I hope you and your families have a very merry christmas!!!!

Thank you for all you do for our community.. the County is blessed to have you all!

Thank you all for taking your day to make so many children happy! Also a big thank you to Walmart Distribution and business owners!

What an awesome community we are part of.

What an awesome job!!! Thank you for all you do

What an awesome thing to do. Sheriff Smith you have done great things with that department and this community. Keep up the great work you have started.

Thank you for everything you do each day! Memories were made today !!!

Thank all of the ones who help with it’s the best thing a child would want Merry Christmas

Thanks to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. A great job you all did.May God Bless You All. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It was so nice of the inmates to contribute and put the bikes together.

What a wonderful thing for everyone

Yes they are awesome and we are so proud of our officers!!!

Absolutely great thing for the Holidays....well done!!

What a wonderful department! Thank you guys for everything you do in our community!

Thank you all so much God bless you all

God Bless you Deputies for delivery of bikes. You Guys are Great! Merry Christmas!

That's awesome Merry Christmas 🦌

Thank you to all of you who made this possible and put some happiness in a child's Christmas

Christmas Augusta County Sheriff's Office awesome job God Bless and have a safe holiday

Thank you all for everything u did yesterday and everyday

What an awesome amazing thing to do. Makes your heart smile for sure

Merry Christmas Augusta county sheriff's office great job

How happy those children must have been!!! Great job!!!!!

Thank you for your service 😘❤️

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Merry Christmas ACSO and God Bless You.

Very nice. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for everything you do.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO Y'ALL, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING Y'ALL DO!!

Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas! Thank you for all you do for our county!

Merry Christmas. Thank you for keeping our county safe. Praying safety over each of you!

Merry Christmas, Augusta County team ❤️

Merry Christmas to all. Stay safe and thank you for all you do

Merry Christmas from Florida

Thank you for all your hard work Donald Smith and the other many officers. Many blessings to the entire force!

Merry Christmas & thanks for everything y’all do for the community. ♥️🎄♥️

And a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone there

Merry Christmas Wanna say Thank you to the huge officer who 4.5 years ago picked my very sick father up off my mommas couch and made him go to the ER...My daddy passed 6 months later of a brain tumor from lung cancer. But for this officer we may of not had that last 6 mths.

Merry Christmas to you and your people

Same you your department. Be safe and thanks to those working the holidays.

Merry Christmas & thank you for risking yall's lives to protect us, so we can live ours. Truly heros my friend!🚓🚔🚨☃❄🎄🤶🏻🎅🏻🙏🏻💞

Merry Christmas to the whole department. May God keep you safe

Merry Christmas and God Bless

Merry Christmas to everyone at ACSO and may the good Lord keep all of you safe this holiday season.

One more reason to be proud of our Deputies! Thanks for your service!!!

Merry Christmas and God's blessings to each and every one of you that protect us daily!

Merry Christmas from Natural Bridge Station!!Besafe Thank you all for risking your lives .God Bless🙏🎄🎄

Merry Christmas to all and your families! Be safe and thank you to each of you for keeping us safe!☃️❄

Awesome!!!! Thank you for your service and dedication!!! Merry Christmas to you all from a grateful citizen!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

Thank you, AOS officers you are fantastic; best in the State of Virginia

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!🎄🎉🎄

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We enjoyed attending the Craigsville parade tonight! Thanks for inviting us! Merry Christmas 🎄 ... See MoreSee Less

We enjoyed attending the Craigsville parade tonight! Thanks for inviting us! Merry Christmas 🎄Image attachment

 

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Thank you for coming!!! And all you do for our community and protection

Thanks for coming

Craig’s vile Parade

Animal Cruelty Investigation

On December 22, 2018, members of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Augusta County Animal Control were dispatched to the 200 Block of Troxel Gap Rd, Middlebrook, for the report of six (6) dogs that had been shot and killed.

Deputies discovered the deceased hounds, discarded over a steep embankment, with apparent gun shots wounds. Their estimated age was between four to six months.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to please contact Deputy C. R. Hartman with Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017
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Animal Cruelty Investigation

On December 22, 2018, members of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Augusta County Animal Control were dispatched to the 200 Block of Troxel Gap Rd, Middlebrook, for the report of six (6) dogs that had been shot and killed.

Deputies discovered the deceased hounds, discarded over a steep embankment, with apparent gun shots wounds. Their estimated age was between four to six months.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to please contact Deputy C. R. Hartman with Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017

 

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Those sweet babies were murdered! When you find the people responsible PLEASE ensure that they held are accountable for this evil act. People like this will continue to abuse until they are punished. Make an example out of them that shows that the Augusta community and the State of Virginia will not tolerate animal abuse.

God says to take care of animals. He also says "vengence is mine, I shall repay."

It’s about time these criminals get more then a slap on the wrist for animal cruelty.

People like this I could torture and not feel any remorse!!

What does one expect? When we as a country don't protect babies in the womb...for us to respect fur baby lives? All Lives Matter. :(

The trash that did this deserves the bullets I have and I wouldn't mind using them!

People get off too easy for abusing/killing animals and that's why it keeps happening...smh...

I was taught not to hate- but I hate humans.

EVIL 😡😡😡 If you didn't want these LIVING, BREATHING, BEINGS with FEELINGS & a full life ahead of them give them to someone who will LOVE them! This is so sick, makes my stomach turn!

Eye for an eye! And, some of this senseless crap would stop!!! Beyond sickened, angry and sad.

It is murder! Their lives mattered!!!! Dear God, help the police to find the person who did this horrific thing. In the Name of Jesus Christ I ask it, Lord!!!!! Help the police to lock the person up who did this and throw away the keys! Bring justice for these babies, Jesus!!!!!

I just don’t understand why they didn’t give them to rescue/SPCA ... tells me they are psychopaths... evil and cruel. If they are found, no mercy!!!

There's a special place in hell waiting for whoever did this!!!

This absolutely breaks my heart! If you don’t want your hounds, please call/PM me instead! Even if I can’t personally house them, I will do everything in my power to ensure they find good homes.

Why be so cruel? Those poor puppies didnt ask to be born. Maybe karna will turn on him and he will be shot one day!

I'd end up in jail if I ever met the person that did this. 😡😡😠 People make me sick. 😡

Probably the same person out here that was turned in for repeatedly driving drunk and starving his hunting dogs. I would bet money on it.

People like this deserve to be shot.

PLEASE get your pets fixed, even if they’re males!

It breaks my heart that someone could be so cold hearted to hurt little fur babies like that. The person that did this should be done the same way

I'm sure the person that did it is seeing it on here I think they need to be treated like they done the dogs it's very simple if you don't want them someone will take them

We do need strong laws for acts like this one. Most people that can do this would never turn the dogs over. That would take to much effort.

Someone knows who did this despicable act. Their conscience will eat them alive!!!

Omg I hope you catch them and lock them up a long time.

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Thank you Girl Scout Troop 331 for the cards, treats, and for stopping in to see us! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and enjoyed your visit!

Larceny Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a person of interest in a larceny investigation.

On December 20th, 2018, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of larcenies from vehicles. Through the investigation, an individual was discovered and photos of that individual were obtained. The person in question may be in the area of Augusta County, Albemarle County, or Charlottesville.

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

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a person of interest in a larceny investigation.

On December 20th, 2018, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of larcenies from vehicles. Through the investigation, an individual was discovered and photos of that individual were obtained. The person in question may be in the area of Augusta County, Albemarle County, or Charlottesville.

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

December 21, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

On October 31, 2018, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an apparent credit card fraud involving a county fleet fuel card that was assigned to Augusta County Fire Department Company 10 for an antique 1941 Fire Engine. The apparatus in question, a display truck, had been out of service and in a local repair shop since September of 2017.

The county fleet fuel card for this vehicle was used in Florida on October 29th, by an unknown subject (not Mr. Kelley). This transaction triggered an inquiry, and it was soon discovered that the gas card for the 1941 Fire truck, was being regularly used since the fall of 2017 at local gas stations. When the activity on the gas card was discovered, county officials notified the Sheriff’s Office, and an investigation commenced.

The investigation revealed that in excess of $4,000.00 dollars was charged to the fleet fuel card between the fall of 2017 and October 2018. Virtually all of the fuel transactions occurred in Augusta County and the City of Staunton. Those transactions were not authorized.
In order to further the investigation, Investigators followed up at several local gas stations and obtained video footage of the transactions and the suspect who was utilizing the fleet fuel card. The investigation revealed that former Augusta County Supervisor Terry Kelley Jr. was utilizing the card, and had been making fuel purchases for his personally owned vehicles with the county card that had been assigned to Company 10.

Kelley resigned from the Augusta County Board of Supervisors on Monday November 26th, and after the appointment of a special prosecutor, Kelley was indicted by an Augusta County Special Grand Jury on December 20, 2018 for the following:

(1) Count of Credit Card theft in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-192
(1) Count of Credit Card Fraud in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-195
(20) Counts of Credit Card Forgery in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-193

The outcome of this investigation will be a disappointment to the citizens of Augusta County.

"Augusta County is shocked and disappointed in the news that former board member Mr. Terry Lee Kelley Jr. is involved in the unauthorized use of one of the County’s fuel cards. We trust that the judicial process will ensure a complete resolution to this unfortunate situation,” said County Administrator Tim Fitzgerald
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December 21, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

On October 31, 2018, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an apparent credit card fraud involving a county fleet fuel card that was assigned to Augusta County Fire Department Company 10 for an antique 1941 Fire Engine. The apparatus in question, a display truck, had been out of service and in a local repair shop since September of 2017.

The county fleet fuel card for this vehicle was used in Florida on October 29th, by an unknown subject (not Mr. Kelley). This transaction triggered an inquiry, and it was soon discovered that the gas card for the 1941 Fire truck, was being regularly used since the fall of 2017 at local gas stations. When the activity on the gas card was discovered, county officials notified the Sheriff’s Office, and an investigation commenced.

The investigation revealed that in excess of $4,000.00 dollars was charged to the fleet fuel card between the fall of 2017 and October 2018. Virtually all of the fuel transactions occurred in Augusta County and the City of Staunton. Those transactions were not authorized.
In order to further the investigation, Investigators followed up at several local gas stations and obtained video footage of the transactions and the suspect who was utilizing the fleet fuel card. The investigation revealed that former Augusta County Supervisor Terry Kelley Jr. was utilizing the card, and had been making fuel purchases for his personally owned vehicles with the county card that had been assigned to Company 10.

Kelley resigned from the Augusta County Board of Supervisors on Monday November 26th, and after the appointment of a special prosecutor, Kelley was indicted by an Augusta County Special Grand Jury on December 20, 2018 for the following:

(1) Count of Credit Card theft in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-192
(1) Count of Credit Card Fraud in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-195
(20) Counts of Credit Card Forgery in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-193

The outcome of this investigation will be a disappointment to the citizens of Augusta County. 

Augusta County is shocked and disappointed in the news that former board member Mr. Terry Lee Kelley Jr. is involved in the unauthorized use of one of the County’s fuel cards. We trust that the judicial process will ensure a complete resolution to this unfortunate situation,” said County Administrator Tim Fitzgerald

 

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I'm in no way condoning this, make no mistake about that. Over a year of misuse and NOBODY balanced the books or NOBOBY saw activity on this card. Sounds to me like there are more people or persons that need to be held accountable. Tim Fitzgerald, the engine was out of service for quite sometime and that card should have been deactivated if it was for only that engine, more people involved in this than just one.

And this is from the Department where he was President and was in favor of closing.

My prayers are with his family. I will always support MR. Kelley!! He’s my next door neighbor for 15 years..

Everyone worries about DC, they forget about what goes on in their own back yard.

I served on federal grand jury for a year and the process takes time. We worked in cases that sometimes had been investigated for one or two years. They may have known about this for a while but need to investigate how far reaching the mis-use is, call in special investigators, make their case and track the extent of the fraud, convene a special grand jury (maybe out of the district), etc. Just because the arrest happened a year later does not mean it wasn’t on the radar. I am also a state employee - and believe me — big brother is always watching - as it should be!!!!

Sheriff Donald smith will taken care of the problem if it comes across him!

Karma is a dish best served cold. Once a fellow homeschool family we knew that sure acted differently when no one was watching, most definitely NOT professional or Christian. My friends had a sat their wheelchair bound daughter in a handicapped row and he very nastily made her move. I've had nothing for him since.

Finding it hard to believe it was that easy to get by with, those cards are set to the vehicle needed truck number and odometer readings and if I'm not mistaken you could only purchase diesel Fuel on them least that was the way I remember it, there was another card on vehicle should you need Fuel for chainsaws and extraction equipment

Cant imagine why you would ever think u wont get caught...humiliate ur family and friends...every thing is audited every year...God people. THINK!!!

Wonder why we only post when the big shots do anything wrong?!?!?!?!?!🤔 A year ago I had a girl (ex family member-Chrissy Cowan) come into my home and stole my pain pills after I had surgery, admitted to me doing so and she sold them on the streets!! Almost a year later she finally pleaded guilty and was charged (year drug classes-no license for 6 months-100 hours community service-fines-supervised probation for a year) but yet suspended drivers license and she’s out here driving around like she is allowed🤔

Our wonderful, upstanding, board of supervisors. 👏👏

Oh my goodness. How shameful!

More corruption in Augusta Co.😂 Imagine that!!

Once again I ask this question who is in charge of FIRE /EMS in Augusta County --No one is/was watching the cookie jar-the DOC took our gas cards away from officers years ago --we had to sign to receive one and turn ina receipt at the end of shift

and this one § 18.2-112.1

So sad people now a days cannot be trusted

You are100% right! There should have been several individuals walk out that door at middle river jail!

You are 100% right about that! There should have been a group walk out that door with him!

Glad he's been stopped!

It’s everywhere, not just on the streets.it all depends on your position and who you know in the system!

PROBATION is what he'll get...

Who can you trust?

Surprised? Not in the least....

Dont he live in bel air be side peewee

Way around this: fuel card assigned to 1 vehicle each where the card won't work without inputting current odometer reading. If Aug County is stupid enough to hand out cards without needed proof of mileage then you can bet that this fraud is being pulled elsewhere in the county.

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Thank you to all the kids who participated in our Donuts with a Deputy Coloring contest! What great artists we have here in Augusta County. With the help of a couple of Deputies and some Wilson High School facility, we made the difficult choice of winners. This week we were finally able to catch up with all of our coloring contest winners to deliver their prizes. Our winners are as follows:

1-2 years - Vada Snyder
3-4 years - Ruthie Amos
5-6 years - Landon Battaglia
7-8 years - Liam Snyder
9-10 years - Bailey Tyler
11-12 years - Katrina Hamilton

Congratulations to each one of you and we hope you enjoy your prizes.
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Rebekah Read Amos

Awesome job to all the kids.

You guys are great with all the kids. Thank you for all you do.

This was so sweet! Ruthie was super excited 💕

Congratulations to each winner

Sgt Snyder should have been in the picture with his kids.

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Abduction Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched for the report of missing juvenile, a 15 year old female, at 1941 hours on the 15th of December, 2018.

As deputies took that report, additional information was received that suggested the juvenile had been abducted in Crimora, VA., and released in Rockingham County.

Deputies launched an investigation and summoned the assistance of an investigator, who determined that the abduction did not occur. The investigation is ongoing in an effort to determine the events that led up to the reported abduction.

No further information is being released at this time.

If anyone has any information about this investigation, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540- 245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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job's hard enough without false claims

Sad..People don't put there energy to productive things in life..

Thank you Beverley Manor Middle School FCCLA for the cookies you brought to the ACSO for the deputies today. That was very thoughtful and much appreciated! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Beverley Manor Middle School FCCLA for the cookies you brought to the ACSO for the deputies today. That was very thoughtful and much appreciated!

 

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Thank you all for the tour, they had such a great time!!

That is so wonderful, wish I could of gone this year! Good job FCCLA! As always you guy's make me proud!

Sweeten them up...thanks to all... that was sweet

For the second year in a row, deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office had the privilege to escort 3 tractor/trailer’s, hauling wreath’s for “Wreaths across America”, through a portion of Augusta County. Corporal J. Dietz and Deputy L. Snyder, members of the Sheriff’s Office civil division, provided the escort.

(Taken from a release prepared by Wal Mart)

About Wreaths across America
Wreaths across America began in 2008 as a part of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co. Today, it is a monumental initiative, with partners like Walmart, Civil Air Patrol, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., and other veterans’ groups participating, not to mention the tens of thousands of private citizens who sponsor wreaths for the wreath-laying ceremonies. For more information, visit: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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God Bless You All

GREAT JOB WELL DONE

David Herring They're on their way 🌲

That is beautiful I can’t express in words how fantastic it is. Thank you A C S O for sharing this with us.

God Bless you all!!

Kay I have a friend Ken Duncan that is delivering the wreaths to Arlington on Friday. Ken has been delivering wreaths ever since they started. He is a driver for Walmart and lives in Maine. There are 16 truck loads being delivered to VA’s, hospitals veterans cemeteries etc up and down the east coast and out west. It is a honor for these drivers chosen to do this each year.

Great! I have one being placed on a former co-workers site at Arlington

Thank you ACSO....God Bless!!!

Good bless

You suck 100 percent

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I wanted to share a message that was sent into me last week. After researching, I found out this was Deputy Scott Smith.

Good morning, I wanted to pass on my thanks to one of the ACSO deputies. On Tuesday, 12/4 at about 5:30 pm my car broke down on Lee Jackson Hwy near Frontier Dr. The deputy was there almost immediately, directed traffic around my car, helped me push my car to the shoulder, called a tow truck for me, and stayed to ensure my safety until I was towed. Unfortunately, I didn't get his name. I hope that you can identify him from radio logs, pass on my thanks, and let his supervisor know that he's doing a great job. It's good to know that fine folks like him are out on the road to protect and serve. John Vanden Berghe, Springfield, VA.
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I wanted to share a message that was sent into me last week. After researching, I found out this was Deputy Scott Smith.

Good morning, I wanted to pass on my thanks to one of the ACSO deputies. On Tuesday, 12/4 at about 5:30 pm my car broke down on Lee Jackson Hwy near Frontier Dr. The deputy was there almost immediately, directed traffic around my car, helped me push my car to the shoulder, called a tow truck for me, and stayed to ensure my safety until I was towed. Unfortunately, I didnt get his name. I hope that you can identify him from radio logs, pass on my thanks, and let his supervisor know that hes doing a great job. Its good to know that fine folks like him are out on the road to protect and serve. John Vanden Berghe, Springfield, VA.

 

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What an amazing job done in Augusta County Sir. Congratulations on the great job against drug trafficking and the safety of the county.

Scott Smith has been a fine young man as long as I’ve known him. Good job Buddy!

Scott Smith was my daughters vo-tech teacher. He is our neighbor and a friend of our family We are proud to call him our friend! Wonderful person!!

So proud of you Scott! Thankful for good guys like you!

Great guy!!

Great work Scott

That's awesome!! He is very genuine when it comes to helping others. Great quality for a policeman. Way to go Scott!

So proud of our sheriff and all our Augusta County deputies!

That’s my dude!!

Fine job well done

Good job Scott!👍

A great job our Deputies do every day. Nice work, well done.

Way to go Scott! “Just doin my job, I’m the highway patrol!”-Junior Brown

Good job, Scottalonus!!!

Fantastic person!!

Scott really is a good guy! This is wonderful to see!

Love this man! He was an awesome teacher and leader! Scott Smith ❤️

Great job...proud of our sheriffs dept!!!!

Great man. Very glad I got to work with him back in the day. Go Scott

ACSO can always be responsibly. They always do a fantastic job. Scott Smith especially can be accountable; find job accomplished.

that's amazing this county has a great force of men and women

Scott Smith was an instructor of mine for a little bit, he truly is a beautiful soul. The world is a lot better of a place with him in it

I'm not surprised. It seems we have a lot of outstanding deputies.

Nice to hear about good news for a change. Thanks Scott.

Great job. Keep up the great work.

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COURTS CLOSED:

Both Augusta General District and Juvenile District courts are closed Monday, 12/10/18. All cases will be rescheduled.
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Thanks for the information

The roads throughout the county are becoming snow covered. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time to get to your destination. As always stay safe, and if you need us call.

Also, please be mindful of pets and elderly and stay off the roads if you can or give plenty of room for the snow plows to do their job. Here is the latest forecast that I am getting:

WINTER STRM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7A THIS MORNING TO

MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

* WHAT Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches expected, with highest amounts in the southern portions of the county.

* WHERE Augusta County.

* WHEN From 7A this morning to midnight tonight.

* ADDL DETAILS Plan on snow covered and slippery roads.

Travel will be dangerous. Temperatures will remain well below freezing Sunday night, so any untreated surfaces will remain snow covered and slippery.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
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Ok Dr Bond. Call it.

Hit Costco Friday. I can stay in for more than a week if need be! LOL Love my Outback, but distrust many drivers on the poor roads. Going nowhere soon!

got my trucks parked, 3 dogs in the house, getting ready for a nap in a pile of warm furry dogs while the husband slaves over the stove doing some fried chicken... LET IT SNOW... Christmas season in Dixie, LOVE IT

Thanks for posting this.❄️

Thanks for posting this - but UGH! Is it Spring yet??

The rds are getting slick because its a heavy wet snow

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2 months ago

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

I thought I would share this in case anyone recognizes these recently found dogs.Help! These pups have found themselves lost over the last couple of days. Please share so that we can get these poor pooches back home in time for the holidays. Information on each dog is available underneath each picture. All of these dogs are at Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center. We are located at 1001 Mt. Torrey Rd., Lyndhurst, VA and will be here until 4pm today. Please contact us at (540) 943-5142 if you see your lost pup or recognize one. ... See MoreSee Less

We had a busy, but fun evening at the Stuart’s Draft and New Hope Christmas parades this evening. It always puts us in the Christmas spirit to see all of the people enjoying and participating in these parades. Here are some pictures of both. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Loved seeing you all carrying the flag. God bless you!

New Hope parade was awesome!!

Beckie Fitzgerald

Thank you all for always caring our flag

Great parade, really cold! I love this flag and what it stands for! Thank you!

Great job ACSO👏👏👏

Great job, ACSO. Thank you for your service. You do a fantastic job as usual.

We appreciate your service!

You all are the best!!

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Deputy Davis and I got to once again patrol Reality Town at Fort Defiance High School yesterday. Reality Town is a great learning experience for the young adults to learn all about budgeting and the “reality” of life. We always enjoy participating in this event each semester. Deputy Davis writes the tickets and the offenders have to come to me to be judged. They either have a fine or can do community service by wearing a rabbit head around the gym and save their money. Thanks Sheba Lane for including us in this great learning experience! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great job getting involved with the kids...👏👏👏👏

The students will learn a lot from this experience...great job!

Roth enjoyed the event even though he got a speeding ticket doing like 800 in a 25 mph zone and had to wear the bunny head.

I think that’s an AWESOME idea.

UPDATE — Mr Fretwell has been located. Thank you to everyone for sharing.

MISSING PERSON

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Steven Lemuel Fretwell
White male
5'9"
160 lbs
Brown hair
Blue eyes

Last seen 11/26/2018 at 21:00. He told his family he was headed to work and never has returned. He is a type 1 diabetic.

Last wearing blue jeans,boots,blue tee shirt,baseball cap.

Left in a red/maroon 2DR Mazda Car unsure of a tag.

If you have any information about this missing person, 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 Fretwell has been located. Thank you to everyone for sharing. 

MISSING PERSON 

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Steven Lemuel Fretwell
White male
59
160 lbs
Brown hair
Blue eyes

Last seen 11/26/2018 at 21:00. He told his family he was headed to work and never has returned. He is a type 1 diabetic.

Last wearing blue jeans,boots,blue tee shirt,baseball cap.

Left in a red/maroon 2DR Mazda Car unsure of a tag.

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

 

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Mr Fretwell has been located. Thank you for sharing.

So very happy you, Sheriff Donald Smith, found him.

Asking God to guide him home and prayers for the family

Thanks for letting us know he is safe.

Called his wk. Was told they never had an employee by that name.

Did he make it to work? What area, SD, Staunton, Waynesboro.

Just read he was possibly found - can anyone confirm?

Sherando, VA Howardsville Tpke

oh my goodness

🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Mellisa Fretwell. Stephanie Hensley

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3 months ago

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

The ACSO sends our condolences to the Raphine Volunteer Fire Department for David Allen Fiske. Thank you for your many years of service to Augusta County as a first responder and fireman. Prayers sent for all of you and his family.

Raphine Volunteer Fire Company
It was a great pleasure and honor to serve along side of you, rest easy, we will take it from here.
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Prayers

🙏🙏🙏🙏

Prayers

Prayers for his family !!!!

Sending prayers

Condolences for friends and family

Prayers for the family

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for his family, friends, and the community. ❤

So sorry . Prayers.

Sending Prayers🙏🙏🙏

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UPDATE: the winter weather advisory has been cancelled.

I just wanted to pass on the possible precipitation heading our way. Please prepare accordingly for holiday travel and stay safe. I will try to keep everyone updated throughout the weekend as updates are available.

WEATHER ALERT

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3A TO NOON SATURDAY

* WHAT Freezing rain and sleet expected. Total glaze ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected.

* WHERE Augusta and surrounding counties.

* WHEN From 3A to noon Saturday.

* ADDL DETAILS Freezing rain and sleet on cold road surfaces will result in slippery travel. Motorists should use caution if they will be driving late tonight and Saturday morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
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It’s really nice having a sheriff out here caring enough to take the time to post these for Augusta Co residents!!

Sheriff Donald. I find that unacceptable. I pulled my time in cold and darkness last week but thank you anyway.

Thanks for sharing be safe

Thank You

Thank you!!

Thank you for keeping us updated. You guys be safe out there!

Thank you

Thanks for posting

Commenting to follow for current conditions

Thanks Sheriff Donald L Smith

Thank you

Thanks, be safe Augusta County

Thank you so much it’s nice to have a sheriff out here who looks out for everyone be safe

Thank you for posting. I'll be traveling with my daughter to get back to Va

Thank you!

Appreciate the information. U guys b safe also

Thank you

Thank you for sharing the information

Thanks for the update!

Thank you for passing that on...hope you all had a great thanksgiving...

Thankful to Sheriff Donald Smith for passing the forecast alone!

Thank You

Thank you sir. Came back early to avoid any icy problems!

Thanks for the update.

Thank you for informing area residents of the impending weather!😊

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We enjoyed starting this Thanksgiving off by participating in the 7th annual Turkey Trot 5K hosted by the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center. This center works closely with us and CPS to provide support for victims of child abuse. We are very thankful to be able to participate in such a worthwhile event.

Deputy Wes Hill came in 18th with an impressive time of 24.24 minutes.
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Loved having you guys join us for the important fundraiser for the CAC! Thanks for your continued support in helping us work hard to combat child abuse in our community!

Ok Donald Smith, Wes came in 18th but what position did you come on. Asking for a friend. Lol

Great job guys and girls!!

. Wow. You people are just top notch priceless. Soooooo concerned about the children in your community. I know you & all your pals & bosses just are so aware & concerned of the dangers posed to our children’s lives.

The ACSO family will be working hard during the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping event to keep you safe. Please be mindful of the tips we have shared in this video, and if you drink, please do not drive. We hope you enjoy our video and the bloopers at the end. Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from the ACSO! #thanksgivingsafety ... See MoreSee Less

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YALL. OUR SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS THE BEST. PLEASE BE SAFE.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of ACSO and their families. Stay safe and thanks for all you do to keep us safe.

Happy Thanksgiving yo you all! Stay safe out there!

🙏🙏🙏🙏 for all to come home Safe to their Families at end of the day

Happy Thanksgiving... be safe out there. Don't drink and drive!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and be safe.

Thanks. You ALL stay safe also.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and your family's as well and be safe

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 Thanks for keeping us safe 🙏🏻

You all stay safe out there! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the ACSO! Thank you for your service to our community!

HAPPY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY'S AT ACSO

Thank you! ♥️

Happy thanksgiving to you all and be safe!

Stay safe ACSO and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!😊

You guys ROCK....Happy Thanksgiving to the ACSO!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and your family ACSO. Be safe

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UPDATE: SHELTER

Kate Collins Shelter closed at 5pm.
No shelters will be opened tonight
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The shelters were not be utilized.

That's a shame cause there are still people without power we are going on 77 + hrs with none

People must use the shelters in order to keep them open

It’s because school opens tomorrow is all

Suks !!!!!!!!

Wow I can’t believe how rude and hateful some ppl are. I wish those of you that keep complaining would work hrs straight through for days outside in the freezing weather with the ice and sleet hitting you. Yeah I get it that ur house is cold but it still holds a lil heat and cuts from the cold air blowing at you. Ppl don’t give a crap about others anymore. I am so tired of ppl downing the electric companies if they think they can do better then maybe they should go work for them. And the others that say oh I hope they learn from this we don’t know how much weather is gonna come or what the damage will be. We had many many trees fall due to all the ice. This is a big area with many country roads as well. Plus they have to work in little sections so they don’t cause a power surge and cause more problems.

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UPDATE: SHELTERS

THE SHELTER AT STUARTS DRAFT HIGH SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY AT NOON 11/18/18

KATE COLLINS MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE OPENED UNTIL OTHERWISED ANNOUNCED. ADDRESS OF 1625 IVY ST. WAYNESBORO, VA 22980.
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So does that mean school will be out tomorrow?

Thank you for letting us know

Update: 11/17/18 at 9:50 PM- Shelters are still open

PRESS RELEASE – JOINT EMERGENCY SHELTERS
NOVEMBER 16, 2018

JOINT EMERGENCY SHELTERS WITH AUGUSTA COUNTY’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND CITY OF WAYNESBORO’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. HAVE BEEN OPENED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER AND POWER OUTAGES:

· EMERGENCY SHELTER IN AUGUSTA COUNTY AT THE STUARTS DRAFT HIGH SCHOOL
ADDRESS OF 1028 AUGUSTA FARMS ROAD, STUARTS DRAFT, VA. 24477

· EMERGENCY SHELTER IN WAYNESBORO AT THE KATE COLLINS MIDDLE SCHOOL
ADDRESS OF 1625 IVY ST. WAYNESBORO, VA 22980

CITIZENS THAT ARE CONSIDERING UTILIZING THE SHELTERS WILL NEED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: SLEEPING BAGS,
BLANKETS, PILLOWS, TOWELS, PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS, BABY FORMULA, DIAPERS, MEDICATIONS AND PHONE CHARGERS.
SLEEPING COTS ARE AVAILABLE THERE. (PETS, WEAPONS AND ALCOHOL ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE SHELTERS).

THE SHELTERS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL OTHERWISE ANNOUNCED.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS FOR UPDATES.
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Thank you for letting us know

UPDATE ON WINTER STORM: I wanted to give everyone an update on what I know at this point with the winter storm.

This morning, most roads are in good shape. There are still secondary roads with icy spots. VDOT is working hard to get these all cleared.

There are still a lot of people without power and a large amount of downed trees and power lines in the area. In many areas, traffic lights are out due to the power outages.

Please use extreme caution when traveling. If you see a power line down, turn around. Do not attempt to cross or get near a power line.

Due to the amount of damage, I would plan on not having power completely restored in all areas until sometime over the late weekend. There is a shelter open at Stuarts Draft High School and this will remain open until there is no need or power is restored.
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THAT'S MY DONALD

Thank you for keeping the community updated.

Thanks

Thanks

Thank you for keeping us informed.

Stay safe!

Thanks

Thank you!

Thanks for the update

Thank you!

Thanks

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Or if you are trying to heat your house or apartment with your gas kitchen stove please be careful or Don't even take the chance find somewhere to go. Be safe

Thank you Sheriff Donald Smith. Sad that every year so many die because of It.

November 15, 2018 AT 10:00 PM

COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS OPENED AN EMERGENCY SHELTER AT THE STUARTS DRAFT HIGH SCHOOL

ADDRESS OF 1028 AUGUSTA FARMS ROAD, STUART DRAFT, VA. DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER AND POWER OUTAGES.

CITIZENS THAT ARE CONSIDERING UTILIZING THE SHELTER WILL NEED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: SLEEPING BAGS, BLANKETS, PILLOWS, TOWELS, PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS, BABY FORMULA, DIAPERS, MEDICATIONS AND PHONE CHARGERS.

SLEEPING COTS ARE AVAILABLE THERE.

WEAPONS AND ALCOHOL ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE SHELTER.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY TUNED TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS FOR UPDATES ABOUT THE STORM.
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Heather Huffman if you know anyone who may need

Thank you for sharing.♥️

Are pets allowed?

Georgia Gregory

How long will this be open?

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Ty

Thank you for letting us know

Thank you

Shared... thank you

Scared for you safety. I know you were raised smart and you married smart I have complete confidence in what ever you do. I wish you and your family could be tellaported to Illinois. Good luck.

Are pets allowed

They need to make a location for people to bring their pets. Or provide portable heaters temporarily to those who won't leave theirs,

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Larcenies in Fishersville Area (It is unknown, at this time, if the Lyndhurst and Fishersville cases are related)

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with a series of larcenies from vehicles, burglaries to storage sheds, the theft of an ATV, and the theft of a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck that is silver in color and bearing Virginia plate UXX-3778.

These crimes occurred in several residential neighborhoods in Fishersville, including Mallory Circle and Wesleigh Manor during the overnight hours of Tuesday November 13th into Wednesday morning on November 14th.

The investigation into these incidents continue and anyone with information on these crimes are requested to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017
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Iwent to see my sister to charge my phones and I saw two boys in there mid 20 running down the hill from her house on wipperwoo rd off greenwau in Waynesboro the got into a small white car I had a white hoodie on and the other had a maroon hoodie on and jeans at the bottom of the hill they where running when my car came up over the hill look suspiius

Thanks for informing us

Disgusting Rogues.

Larceny Investigation/ Lyndhurst (It is unknown, at this time, if the Lyndhurst and Fishersville cases are related)

Beginning November 11th, and in the days following, The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of larcenies from unlocked vehicles, sheds/outbuildings located between the 2400 and 2900 block of Mount Torrey Road in Lyndhurst.

According to the reports received, only vehicles and buildings that were left unsecured or unlocked were targeted.

Items taken include: money, a firearm, musical instruments, electronics, clothing items, and other miscellaneous items.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office urges you to lock your vehicles, outbuildings, and residences to reduce the likelihood of being victimized.

If anyone has any information about these thefts, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Keep an eye out John

GIVEAWAY - We have two tickets to this Saturday’s All American Indoor Music Festival at Augusta Expo. *Please only enter if you are able to pick up the tickets at our office and attend on Saturday November 17th* To enter, comment with what your favorite event to attend at Augusta Expo is.

Winner will be selected at random on Thursday November 15th at 6pm.
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GIVEAWAY - We have two tickets to this Saturday’s All American Indoor Music Festival at Augusta Expo. *Please only enter if you are able to pick up the tickets at our office and attend on Saturday November 17th* To enter, comment with what your favorite event to attend at Augusta Expo is. 

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Angie Lawson - you are the winner! Please pm us for pick up arrangements! Congratulations!

How do I enter?

Sent a pm..

The craft show, the sports show in February and my father loves this music festival, especially Rhonda Vincent...would love to win tickets to take him!!

Monster trucks and Truck show

I would love to win these! Been sick most of the year and haven't been able to do much! Thank you!

I love the hunting and fishing show they do

The Augusta County Fair!

Liked and Shared I love going to the big yard sale good luck everyone

Thanks for the opportunity to win. My favorite event to attend is the monster truck show because my daughter loves it. Thanks for hosting donuts with a deputy my daughter loved it. Good luck to everyone.

Craft show and the rodeo.

Monster truck show

Yard sales and craft sales are the Best , would Love To WIN TICKETS

My wife and I like the craft show and the variety of vendors at the fair each year. Big fan of Blue Grass music

Love the Food Truck Battle because it helps so many children.

Too many great events to choose from to pick just one. Thanks for all you do for the community!

Love the fair...hubby and I need a date night Donald Smith...

Relay For Life

Truck pulls!

The gun shows!

Monthly yard sale

the ffa animal shows

Gun show !!! 🖐🖐🖐

Aimee Leigh Wilson Baker

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With rifle season starting on Saturday, I wanted to share with you some hunting safety tips to keep in mind:

Hunting Safety Tips for Hunters
• Follow firearm safety practices with these four rules:
o Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
o Only point at what you plan to shoot.
o Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
o Before shooting, clearly identify your target and what is beyond.

• Plan for the weather. Hunters can be at risk for hypothermia in cold, wet conditions, but also in temperatures as high as 50 degrees. Dress in warm layers, avoiding moisture-retaining cotton and remembering a water-repelling outer layer. Before setting out, check the weather report to make sure you won't be caught off guard by other inclement weather.

• Alert someone of your plans. Never head out on a hunting trip or hiking without letting a friend or relative know where you'll be and when you expect to return.

• Keep in communication. Take a fully charged cell phone with you. It might not work if you head deep into the woods, but it might become your link to survival.

• Pack a small survival kit or first aid kit. Chances are you will be far from help on your hunting expedition. Take some basic first aid and survival gear with you. Pack some water and snacks.

Safety Tips for Non-Hunters near a Hunting Area
• Wear the right clothing. Avoid colors and patterns that blend into your surroundings, including whites, blacks, browns, earth tones, animal patterns and camouflage. Bright orange, red or green clothing is best–especially for vests and hats.
• Make some noise. This includes talking loudly (to yourself or a companion), whistling or singing–especially if you hear a shot nearby. Once hunters have acknowledged your location, show courtesy by reducing excessive noise that might scare away animals.
• Keep pets safe, too. Don't let dog’s off-leash in an area that allows hunting–especially if they like to chase deer.
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With rifle season starting on Saturday, I wanted to share with you some hunting safety tips to keep in mind:

Hunting Safety Tips for Hunters
• Follow firearm safety practices with these four rules: 
o Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
o Only point at what you plan to shoot.
o Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
o Before shooting, clearly identify your target and what is beyond.

• Plan for the weather. Hunters can be at risk for hypothermia in cold, wet conditions, but also in temperatures as high as 50 degrees. Dress in warm layers, avoiding moisture-retaining cotton and remembering a water-repelling outer layer. Before setting out, check the weather report to make sure you wont be caught off guard by other inclement weather.

• Alert someone of your plans. Never head out on a hunting trip or hiking without letting a friend or relative know where youll be and when you expect to return.

• Keep in communication. Take a fully charged cell phone with you. It might not work if you head deep into the woods, but it might become your link to survival.

• Pack a small survival kit or first aid kit. Chances are you will be far from help on your hunting expedition. Take some basic first aid and survival gear with you. Pack some water and snacks.

Safety Tips for Non-Hunters near a Hunting Area
• Wear the right clothing. Avoid colors and patterns that blend into your surroundings, including whites, blacks, browns, earth tones, animal patterns and camouflage. Bright orange, red or green clothing is best–especially for vests and hats.
• Make some noise. This includes talking loudly (to yourself or a companion), whistling or singing–especially if you hear a shot nearby. Once hunters have acknowledged your location, show courtesy by reducing excessive noise that might scare away animals.
• Keep pets safe, too. Dont let dog’s off-leash in an area that allows hunting–especially if they like to chase deer.

3 months ago

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

The 3rd annual Donuts with a Deputy event was hosted this past Saturday at Wilson Elementary School. Approximately 450 were in attendance to interact with Deputies and Animal Control Officers over donuts and coffee. Children and adults were given a scavenger hunt designed to learn a special fact about each deputy present. A coloring contest was held for the children, which will be judged by the ACSO, and winners will receive a nice prize, which will be specially delivered. Deputies held a K-9 demonstration, which was enjoyed by all in attendance. We were able to give away many door prizes, provide food, drinks, and special prizes due to the generosity of business owners, corporations, and community members. This event was made possible through their contributions and willingness to support the community and the ACSO.

The event was an absolute success for our community and the ACSO, and it could not have been possible without the support of the entire community.

Also, a special thank you to the individual that dropped off several hand-made trucks for door prizes. We did not get your name, but we had several little boys who were very appreciative to win them.

Below is a list of all of our many sponsors. We couldn’t have done this without you. The ACSO wants you to be recognized for making this event possible and a huge success! Your willingness to fund this event changes lives and allows the community to interact with deputies and learn about their duties throughout our community first hand. Thank you!

7-11 Fishersville
Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Augusta Expo
Augusta Realty Group LTD
B&B Bows
Blue Ridge Lumber Co.
Bob’s Barber Shop & Salon
Bradley’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling
Brite Bus Transit Service
Business Financials
Buttercups & Lattes
Cheryl and Lyle Houser
Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic
D&L Donuts
Danone (Former White Wave)
Dr. Mark A. Hammock, DDS
Eavers Tire Pros – Fishersville
F&M Bank
Food Lion – Fishersville
Jenny Campbell – Pampered Chef
Kline May Realty
Martins – Staunton & Waynesboro
McKee Foods
Michael Ballew – Embrace Home Loans
Michelle Fix – J. G. Wentworth Home Lending
Monica Stickley – Sunny Days
Munsey Medical Clinic
Neighborhood Market – Walmart
New Chang Xing
Pufferbellies
Rockingham Coop – Ace Hardware – Stuarts Draft
Shamrock Farms
Sharp Shopper
Shenandoah Valley Home Health
Smooth Athletics
Sweet Nana Cakes
Sweeter with a Cookie
Take Out 250
The Cheese Shop
Village Garden Center
Virginia Regional Transit
Walmart – Staunton & Waynesboro
Walmart Distribution
Wilson Elementary School
Xpress LubeThe 3rd annual Donuts with a Deputy event was hosted this past Saturday at Wilson Elementary School. Approximately 450 were in attendance to interact with Deputies and Animal Control Officers over donuts and coffee. Children and adults were given a scavenger hunt designed to learn a special fact about each deputy present. A coloring contest was held for the children, which will be judged by the ACSO, and winners will receive a nice prize, which will be specially delivered. Deputies held a K-9 demonstration, which was enjoyed by all in attendance. We were able to give away many door prizes, provide food, drinks, and special prizes due to the generosity of business owners, corporations, and community members. This event was made possible through their contributions and willingness to support the community and the ACSO. The event was an absolute success for our community and the ACSO, and it could not have been possible without the support of the entire community. Also, a special thank you to the individual that dropped off several hand-made trucks for door prizes. We did not get your name, but we had several little boys who were very appreciative to win them. Below is a list of all of our many sponsors. We couldn’t have done this without you. The ACSO wants you to be recognized for making this event possible and a huge success! Your willingness to fund this event changes lives and allows the community to interact with deputies and learn about their duties throughout our community first hand. Thank you! 7-11 Fishersville Atlantic Coast Pipeline Augusta Expo Augusta Realty Group LTD B&B Bows Blue Ridge Lumber Co. Bob’s Barber Shop & Salon Bradley’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling Brite Bus Transit Service Business Financials Buttercups & Lattes Cheryl and Lyle Houser Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic D&L Donuts Danone (Former White Wave) Dr. Mark A. Hammock, DDS Eavers Tire Pros – Fishersville F&M Bank Food Lion – Fishersville Jenny Campbell – Pampered Chef Kline May Realty Martins – Staunton & Waynesboro McKee Foods Michael Ballew – Embrace Home Loans Michelle Fix – J. G. Wentworth Home Lending Monica Stickley – Sunny Days Munsey Medical Clinic Neighborhood Market – Walmart New Chang Xing Pufferbellies Rockingham Coop – Ace Hardware – Stuarts Draft Shamrock Farms Sharp Shopper Shenandoah Valley Home Health Smooth Athletics Sweet Nana Cakes Sweeter with a Cookie Take Out 250 The Cheese Shop Village Garden Center Virginia Regional Transit Walmart – Staunton & Waynesboro Walmart Distribution Wilson Elementary School Xpress Lube
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ACSO is amazing!

I love that the community and law enforcement officers are interacting!

Simply amazing turnout. Great job ACSO....

What an awesome morning! There are really no words for all the support this county gives to the ACSO. Thank each and every sponsor for making everything so special. No place in the world better to live! Thank you Donald and all your staff for the caring you have for each person in this county. I truly feel you are only a phone call away.

What an awesome Sheriff and Deputies

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Robbery

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery.

At approximately 1030, on 11/10/18, a 24 year old female reported being attacked in the 2600 block of East Side Hwy., Crimora, VA. as she was walking.

The woman was knocked unconscious during the attack and, upon waking, determined that cash and a debit card were missing from her wallet.

The woman sought medical attention and was diagnosed with facial fractures. She has since been released from the hospital.

If anyone observed this incident, or has any information, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Rachael Brianne be careful!

Teresa Lynn Blackwell

This place is getting crazy.

The girl is not ok in being released either,she must undergo surgeries now to fix her facial injuries.

Anything about the car crash on dice's Spring Road on Saturday

What about all the break in going on on mt torrey rd last night are cars were ram sacked building Beijing into

Andrew N Kristen May...

Someone in the store saw her with cash. Check cameras if there were any and see who was in the store right before the attack.

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Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing!

Look who I found Darby-Ryan Deming it’s ur brother in the video

Thank you for sharing!

My daughter really enjoyed this. Thank you for all the sponsors for the donations and the officers for doing this.

It was an awesome demonstration. I learned a lot today. Thank you guys!

The Academy award goes to Dylan Johnson for his perfect Criminal scream. Excellent job Officers. The family and I couldn't make it because I have been sick. Hope to make the next one.

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3 months ago

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

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Glorious. You guys are awesome.

Thank you guys for doing this. My 4yo was thrilled and excited to meet the "police" deputies. He definitely didn't grasp the understanding of the scavenger hunt but enjoyed getting autographs :) from everyone. He says, "it was funner than seeing the firemen".

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Thank you all for coming out and getting to know the community...thank you all for protecting us...ACSO ROCKS!!!!!

👍

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Y’all are an awesome team!🇺🇸

😂

👍

👍

proud of my nephew....tallest on the right!

You guys are awesome, is there not any patrolling to do... Sheriff Smith you guys are are the best .....

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Loved it!

😂

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I would like to take a moment to thank all of our Nation’s veterans for their service this Veteran’s Day. Most of our families have members who have served in our Nations Armed Forces, and our family at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is no different. Many of our members have served and continue to serve.

Deputy Dylan Hudnall is one of our members who is currently on active duty and serving overseas. Several of our deputies like Paul Bird and Bill Mikolay currently serve in the Reserves or National Guard.

I would like to thank those of you that have served and are still actively serving the United States. Our freedom should never be taken for granted and those of you the have sacrificed so much are to be commended for your service. #veteransday #supportourtroops
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"Thank you" ACSO for recognizing those who served.

Thank yall

I love this sir! Thank you

Happy Veterans Day! Thanks for your service from one Augusta County service member to many others! It is great to see so many of you all recognize for your service, past and present! Stay Blessed!!

Thank you for recognizing these Officers! No one understands their courage and sacrifice quite like another Military family member. Simply Amazing 🇺🇸

Thanks to all who have served or are serving!! Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated. We live in this wonderful free country because of your service!! Thank you!!🇺🇸🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸

Thank you for all that have served and continue to serve.. and thank you ACSO for recognizing these heroes and appreciating them!!

Thank you to all who have served our wonderful country and now continue to serve this county! I appreciate you more than words can say.

Thank you to all who choose to serve others every day. We appreciate you and pray for you daily. Thanks for sharing.

It was so nice that some of your officers came to our Veterans Day program yesterday at SDMS 🇺🇸♥️

Thanks to all our Veterans

To all that serve have served and those that sacrificed their bodies and lives...thank you!!!

Thanks to all of our service members and their families. God Bless.

Thanks to all who served. My dad was a veteran of WW II.

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3 months ago

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

I would like to introduce the five newest members of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office to the community.

From front left: Deputy Caleb Hartman, Deputy Michael Stogdale, back left: Deputy Gary Taylor II, Deputy Derek Hartman, and Deputy Cody Stroop.

These five deputies graduated this afternoon from the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy after completing an extensive 18-week course in Basic Law Enforcement. These five deputies have been extremely committed, dedicated, and eager to learn.

Welcome to the ACSO! I hope all of you have a very rewarding and meaningful career here with our agency. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Augusta County for their willingness to support these 5 new deputies. The addition of these new deputies will certainly benefit our entire community. Again thanks for all the continued support and being engaged with the ACSO and the community needs.
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I would like to introduce the five newest members of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office to the community.
 
From front left: Deputy Caleb Hartman, Deputy Michael Stogdale, back left: Deputy Gary Taylor II, Deputy Derek Hartman, and Deputy Cody Stroop. 
 
These five deputies graduated this afternoon from the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy after completing an extensive 18-week course in Basic Law Enforcement. These five deputies have been extremely committed, dedicated, and eager to learn. 
 
Welcome to the ACSO! I hope all of you have a very rewarding and meaningful career here with our agency. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Augusta County for their willingness to support these 5 new deputies. The addition of these new deputies will certainly benefit our entire community. Again thanks for all the continued support and being engaged with the ACSO and the community needs.Image attachment

 

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Congratulations happy for you to join such a great organization..ACSO ROCKS!!!

Congratulations guys. Best of luck to you all.

Congratulations !!!God Bless.

Congratulations!

Congratulations guy's. Be Safe.Watch you six.

Congratulations, so proud of you!

Congratulations hope your journey is a successful one be safe.

Congratulations everyone!!

🙏God be with you and your families 24/7. Thank ACSO for all that you do 👍

Congratulations.

I must be getting old! Some of these guys look like kids in school! Congratulations

Welcome

Congratulations to each of you!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations and many thanks to all of you.

Welcome all yoi fine new deputies. May god protect you as you protect us.

Prayers to St Michael to keep them safe!

Doesn’t get any better than ACSO.

Good job, Hartman! Stay safe, brother.

Congratulations

keep up the good work be safe

Congratulations gentlemen! Watch your "six" and may God always be with you!

Welcome to a great bunch of officers .

Well done Hartman! Well done!

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Investigator Connor Tobin graduated from the Department of Forensic Science Academy this morning. Over the past 9 weeks, he has learned to properly recognize, document, collect, and preserve items of physical evidence found at a crime scenes for laboratory examination.

The ACSO would like to acknowledge the sacrifice and commitment Connor’s family made while he attended this extensive training. Congratulations Investigator Tobin, and please know that you are an asset to the ACSO and the citizens of Augusta County.
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Excellent to know. Keep up the great work ACSO and keep the praise for your amazing staff coming Sheriff Donald L. Smith. Nice to see the public recognition of all these brave Officers. We appreciate it all Sir.

So very proud of Connor, his wife, Erin Mungovan Tobin, and their two boys!!!!! What an accomplishment!! Congratulations!!!

. Don’t know if it matters but Angela Brooks Cash has been using her allotted days, minutes, hours & seconds Good ol Boys to (occasionally) attempt to recruit known young (age ranges 18-28) computer gurus to consider applying their focus of concentration to joining law enforcement’s cybercrime forensic team as a career choice. Congratulations Inv. Tobin on achieving a level of professional achievement that others’ {sic me} could not. 🔎📎🔗

Congratulations

Congratulations Connor. I know this is a very important accomplishment in your career. I am sure it’s been a sacrifice to be away from your family, but it’s one you will not regret. I have always thought you were a great investigator, but this will only make you better at what you do.

Congratulations Tobin!

Congrats

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations!

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We’ve been hard at work getting things ready for Donuts with a Deputy this Saturday. Today we picked up creamer, milk & iced coffee. Make sure to join us 9am-11am at Wilson Elementary School.

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We’ve been hard at work getting things ready for Donuts with a Deputy this Saturday. Today we picked up creamer, milk & iced coffee. Make sure to join us 9am-11am at Wilson Elementary School.

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Is transportation provided?

Can I bring my 4 pound puppy?

I was there getting a load for tomorrow & the drivers kept blocking her in till I told her there was a back way out of there to get to route 11 hope yall have a great turn out

I am sure there will be a great turnout!!!! Why not you'll do a lot for the county!!!!

Or Croissants with a Cop :) (had to post it)

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

UPDATE: He has been located .

Rockingham County, North Carolina Sheriff's Deputies are seeking assistance in locating DYLAN LEE REAVIS,19, (PICTURED HERE) last seen on 11/3/2018 when he left his North Carolina Residence. Information was received through social media that REAVIS was seen in Augusta County near Stump Elementary earlier today. Anyone who has information on DYLAN LEE REAVIS or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Rockingham County, NC Sheriff's Office at 336-634-3232 or Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.UPDATE --> 11/13/2018 @ 2:50 pm Dylan Reavis has been located and he is safe. MISSING PERSON: [Posted on 11/5/2018 @ 2:29 p.m.] Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies are seeking the whereabouts of DYLAN LEE REAVIS,19, (PICTURED HERE) LAST SEEN AT 347 MAGNOLIA DR. REIDSVILLE, NC 27320 on Saturday 11/3/2018 AROUND 1am WHEN HE LEFT THE RESIDENCE WALKING. DYLAN LEE REAVIS was reported as MISSING earlier today. Anyone who sees DYLAN LEE REAVIS or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office at 336-634-3232 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.
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UPDATE:  He has been located .

Rockingham County, North Carolina Sheriffs Deputies are seeking assistance in locating DYLAN LEE REAVIS,19, (PICTURED HERE) last seen on 11/3/2018 when he left his North Carolina Residence.  Information was received through social media that REAVIS was seen in Augusta County near Stump Elementary earlier today.  Anyone who has information on DYLAN LEE REAVIS or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Rockingham County, NC Sheriffs Office at 336-634-3232 or Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.

 

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But he was spotted in Augusta Co near Stump Elementary in Draft.

This is rockingham North Carolina

He has ties to Draft, so I’m sure he’s still close by.

Prayers for a safe return.

Prayers he is found Safe

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Parental Abduction/Arrest

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 0645, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Greenbrier Ln., Stuarts Draft, regarding a 1 year old child that had been taken by his mother from a third party. The complainant indicated that the parent, Caitlyn Hearn, was prohibited from having contact with the child.

Further investigation revealed that Hearn was the subject of a protective order, issued by the court, and was prohibited from having any contact with the child. Prior to calling 911, the complainant reported that Hearn arrived on Greenbrier Ln., was involved in an argument with the caller, and then fled with the child
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Hours later Hearn was located in Stuarts Draft and arrested, with the assistance of the US Marshall Service, without incident. The child was found, unharmed, in the City of Waynesboro.

Hearn was charged with:
-Abduction
-Violation of a protective order
-Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
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Parental Abduction/Arrest

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 0645, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Greenbrier Ln., Stuarts Draft, regarding a 1 year old child that had been taken by his mother from a third party. The complainant indicated that the parent, Caitlyn Hearn, was prohibited from having contact with the child.

Further investigation revealed that Hearn was the subject of a protective order, issued by the court, and was prohibited from having any contact with the child. Prior to calling 911, the complainant reported that Hearn arrived on Greenbrier Ln., was involved in an argument with the caller, and then fled with the child
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Hours later Hearn was located in Stuarts Draft and arrested, with the assistance of the US Marshall Service, without incident. The child was found, unharmed, in the City of Waynesboro.

Hearn was charged with:
-Abduction
-Violation of a protective order
-Contributing to the delinquency of a minor

 

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This is my cousin and yes she needs help she got around the wrong crowd of people and I hope for her sake she gets help abd stays clean

Haven’t seen her in a long time.. really sad to see she’s going through this right now. Hope things work out so she can get her kid one day.. she’s a really nice person, everyone goes through a storm from time to time. Try not to judge before you know everything.

Happy child is safe! Hoping this mother can get her life straight An the help she needs. Prayers 🙏🏻☝️

I didnt know u knew her

That meth habit though......

Oh my, last I saw her she was trying to get her life back on track but it’s been a year or so. Smh

Haley Carter Mongold

Glad the child is safe.

Thank the lord the child was found safe and unharmed. and i pray this mother can get her life turned around

Well she blew that probably good for the child

If they have her in custody and keep her and she is truely an addict I hope and pray they watch her closely for withdraw. That can be deadly. I pray for her and her family. It is heartbreaking watching someone you love be addicted. You feel so helpless and the programs for recovery are not that great. Especially around here.🙏🙏🙏

Thank God they found the child!

What in the hell is on her neck???

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Love the involvement with the kids

Thank you

Don’t miss your chance to win this Yeti Tundra 65 on Saturday at Donuts with a Deputy. 9-11am at Wilson Elementary School.

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Don’t miss your chance to win this Yeti Tundra 65 on Saturday at Donuts with a Deputy. 9-11am at Wilson Elementary School.   

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Just won one. !!!

Sandy Wilkins

I wanted to share a post that was sent in to me. After researching this, I found out that this was Deputy Scott Smith and 1st Sgt. Chris Kite that he is referring to in this message. Great job guys!

MESSAGE:

Dear Sheriff Smith,

On Monday, 17 September I apparently encountered at least two Augusta County Sheriffs Deputies. I'm not familiar with road names, having just moved to this area, but I was in the Spring Hill area walking down the road. An unknown subject in an older green SUV struck me knocking me to the ground. I suppose I struck my head, was punch drunk, and a slight concussion.

The details are fuzzy, but one of your deputies found me, called for help, and stayed with me to take care of me. I know that another deputy also responded. I don't remember much about the entire incident, but I'm pretty sure my sugar dropped to a very dangerous level. The young man went to his car, got some candy and gave it to me. I've had a low blood sugar before. I felt like that Monday, the time before my blood sugar was 30. In my mind, had that deputy not gave me that candy I might have died.

I'm not sure if your department has an awards program, but these guys truly deserve an award.

As a 28 year retired federal law enforcement officer, these guys are my heroes! They went above the call to "protect and serve" me in my time of need, and credit them with saving my life.

I don't know their names, can't describe them, but will find out. I will look them up and personally thank them when I'm able. Please make an example of their exemplary service in saving a retired disabled Veteran and retired police officer! These guy's exemplified what law enforcement officers should be!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Jim Hottle
USDVA Police (Retired)
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I wanted to share a post that was sent in to me.  After researching this, I found out that this was Deputy Scott Smith and 1st Sgt. Chris Kite that he is referring to in this message.  Great job guys!

MESSAGE:

Dear Sheriff Smith,

On Monday, 17 September I apparently encountered at least two Augusta County Sheriffs Deputies. Im not familiar with road names, having just moved to this area, but I was in the Spring Hill area walking down the road. An unknown subject in an older green SUV struck me knocking me to the ground. I suppose I struck my head, was punch drunk, and a slight concussion.

The details are fuzzy, but one of your deputies found me, called for help, and stayed with me to take care of me. I know that another deputy also responded. I dont remember much about the entire incident, but Im pretty sure my sugar dropped to a very dangerous level. The young man went to his car, got some candy and gave it to me.  Ive had a low blood sugar before. I felt like that Monday, the time before my blood sugar was 30. In my mind, had that deputy not gave me that candy I might have died.

Im not sure if your department has an awards program, but these guys truly deserve an award. 

As a 28 year retired federal law enforcement officer, these guys are my heroes! They went above the call to protect and serve me in my time of need, and credit them with saving my life.

I dont know their names, cant describe them, but will find out. I will look them up and personally thank them when Im able. Please make an example of their exemplary service in saving a retired disabled Veteran and retired police officer! These guys exemplified what law enforcement officers should be! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Jim Hottle
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Awesome job guys.

These are the kind of cop stories that don't get shared enough, that need to be shared more. Thank you Mr. Renee'andChris Kite!!!! 💙

Yay Scott Smith this is awesome! Hope y'all are doing well!

So proud of my LEO family. Great job Scott Smith and Renee'andChris Kite!

Keep up the great work!👍

Awesome! Thank you for your service and quick thinking to help the man. God Bless You All!!!

God Bless and continue to keep you wonderful guys safe

Glad to have y’all serving us, Proud of you, your what makes this country great. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe.

Thank you for serving our community.

Many things can be taught in the academy, but the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputies seem to, in most cases, always go the extra mile to care for the people in this county. That comes from the heart. Way to go guys.

Thanks guys for your service.

So glad for our ACSO, keep up the great work. But most of all stay safe 👮🏼‍♂️👮🏼‍♂️👮🏼‍♂️

Very proud of our deputies!!!

All the interaction I have had with our deputies have been good.

Glad you seam to be doing better. God Bless the deputies

Awesome thank,you for your service

That’s so nice, these deputies work hard for us every day and deserve a lot of credit. Thank you all.

Good job Scott Smith! Proud of you. And your fellow officers!

Congrats to these great guys!!!

These are truly our local hero's, good work.

Thank you for your carring and commitment to helping us.

Whoot Whoot!!!! Nothing better than knowing there are people out there who will be there when you need it!!

Great job guys. Great ACSO that we now have.

There are some awesome guys at the sheriffs office and since Donald Smith has become sheriff things get done great job to all of you

What a blessing they showed 😊

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Deputy Wells and K9 Turbo will be at Donuts with a Deputy next Saturday, November 10 to do a K9 demonstration. At 10am we will have everyone interested in watching move to a designated area to see. Deputy Wells will also be there before and after for you to ask your questions to him about being a K9 handler.

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Deputy Wells and K9 Turbo will be at Donuts with a Deputy next Saturday, November 10 to do a K9 demonstration. At 10am we will have everyone interested in watching move to a designated area to see. Deputy Wells will also be there before and after for you to ask your questions to him about being a K9 handler.

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I had the privilege again this morning to attend and participate in the Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk at Gypsy Hill Park. Suicide is something that we in law enforcement have to witness way to often. Attending this walk reminds us all that there are resources out there for everyone whether you are having thoughts yourself or lost a loved one. There are local support groups, one on one counselors, and hotlines so you can reach a person to talk to. Every year that I attend this is event, I am humbled to see the amount of people that come together in this area to support such a worthwhile cause. #stopsuicide ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I didn’t know anything about this or I may have come. I’ve had a few experiences with suicide and support anything working to prevent it.

Thank you for being there and for participating in the bead ceremony. It meant a lot to those of us standing on that stage!

Thank you for always showing your support and participating. I know for me it means a lot to me when I see Augusta County Sheriff’s office is present.

. Hope I live to see the day I witness some successful survivor testimonials directly resulting from donated private & corporate sponsorship funds for the community initiatives purportedly held for the express purpose of prevention, assistance, & folllow through instead of too frequently being compelled to donate to go fund me accounts for private citizens for the declared purpose of funeral or unexpected medical expenses.

Thank you for joining us yesterday and for taking part in our bead ceremony! It is truly appreciated!

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Thank you Buffalo Gap for recognizing the military, first responders, and law enforcement. You are a special high school!

Thank you all for your service and for being there.

Great job thank you it was very impressive. And y'all got the team pumped up for the game awesome job.

Great job guys

Impressive!

Thank you for your service to our community ans all who serve. May God bless you all.

Very Impressive

Great... Buffalo Gap to honor the police

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Thanks the ACSD for showing the kids good last night,and letting them know these guys are there for them anytime,something that is so important in this day and time

See, there's still good people out there.

Great community relations!

Enjoyed Halloween at Springhill Church with my family!

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Thank y’all so much for coming out and supporting our church and the community of Churchville. — Glossbrenner UMC

It was great my kids had a blast. Reely Blessed for you all.

This set up was wonderful and much appreciated! My son had a great time. Thank you for all who helped!

My kids really enjoyed seeing you all.

This was such a great event for the kids. Thank you Glossbrenner and all the others who participated!!! Love our little town!

Thank you for all you do for our communities! The kids did enjoy seeing you all!

Thank you for being there for the kids in our community!

Thank you Deputies for doing this in our Town , I am so proud to say I love our Augusta County Deputies and all they do for us !!!

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Today the ACSO was dispatched to the 700 Block of Augusta Farm Road in the Stuarts Draft area for a report of someone impersonating a deputy. The caller reported a white male, 5’10”, 160-175 pounds, wearing dark blue jeans, a navy blue shirt, and a full police gun belt equipped with a gun, baton, and Taser came to her door and identified himself as Deputy Jones with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. He said that he was there to do a welfare check on a crying child and that he needed to see the child. The caller said that the male flashed his wallet but she did not see a badge. She refused to let him see the child and the man left in a red car. The caller could not provide a tag but reported seeing a car seat in the suspect vehicle.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office does not have a deputy employed with the last name Jones. We do not have a call to that residence for a child welfare check nor did we receive a call to do a welfare check on the said child.

If someone comes to your door and identifies themself as a law enforcement officer and you have concerns ask them to wait a moment and call 911 immediately . The 911 dispatcher will be able to inform you if the deputy at your residence is legitimate.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call the ACSO at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-332-2017.
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Today the ACSO was dispatched to the 700 Block of Augusta Farm Road in the Stuarts Draft area for a report of someone impersonating a deputy. The caller reported a white male, 5’10”, 160-175 pounds, wearing dark blue jeans, a navy blue shirt, and a full police gun belt equipped with a gun, baton, and Taser came to her door and identified himself as Deputy Jones with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. He said that he was there to do a welfare check on a crying child and that he needed to see the child. The caller said that the male flashed his wallet but she did not see a badge. She refused to let him see the child and the man left in a red car. The caller could not provide a tag but reported seeing a car seat in the suspect vehicle. 

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office does not have a deputy employed with the last name Jones. We do not have a call to that residence for a child welfare check nor did we receive a call to do a welfare check on the said child.

If someone comes to your door and identifies themself as a law enforcement officer and you have concerns ask them to wait a moment and call 911 immediately . The 911 dispatcher will be able to inform you if the deputy at your residence is legitimate. 

If you have any information regarding this incident please call the ACSO at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-332-2017.

 

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WHSV - TV 3 WVIR NBC29 News Virginian

The News Leader

And you wonder w why a woman alone won't stop in middle of a bridge when blue lights come on from an unmarked car

The problem is...The punishment for these types of crimes is NOT SEVERE ENOUGH

As well as keeping the doors locked, STAY with your children when they play in the yard. A fenced in yard doesn't guarantee a child's safety. Maybe we should all install those doorbell cameras.....

I don't have kids, but crap like this is why I carry a gun at all times.

Hes messed up....and how did he know there was a baby in the house?????

Comes to my house he will get shot

It seems they were watching this household otherwise they wouldnt have known about a child there. Which makes this even scarier to think that this could happen here ..in a place where we used to feel safe...thank you Donald Smith for all you do

Praise God the woman that open the door no harm came to her. Anyone that has kids should also take caution and make sure doors and Windows are secure. I hope pray that a break in case will happen.

I've told my 17 year old if she gets pulled over at night not to stop till she gets to a well lit place and call 911 to make sure its legit.

Geez hard to tell what the story will be when the news leader reports it.

Great Job mom!!! You did the right thing

Augusta County has been having this problem for years. Used to be a dude pulling women over for “speeding.”

What is wrong with people?

Good they she stayed calm

Seriously? In blue jeans. Sounds like some people need to start leaving a baseball bat beside their front door.

Jennifer this happened 2day right beside Brandis house. 😥

We lived on Augusta court, didn’t we? Can’t remember the #.

Theresa Bowling isn’t your daughter in this area too!?!?

You can do this when you're pulled over as well, right?

What type of car?

Wow thanks Cory I shared it with Beverly, that's where she lives

This is very scary, sad evil world we live in, can’t trust anyone anymore. Can’t even feel safe going to get groceries to feed ya family much less anything else! People need help!

Wondering if that wasn't a dad sending his friend to grab his kid from its mom. Stuff like that does happen unfortunately. Hope the guy is caught and anyone else who is behind the incident.

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I thought I would share this message that was sent in yesterday:

Sir I just wanted to let you know what an awesome Deputy you have (Dillon Johnson). He came to West Waynesboro Church of Christ to do Trunk a Treat with his family. Unfortunately it rained and he had to bring it inside. Him and his family was such a pleasure to be around. They had already done several Church’s before ours but they all kept the spirit going! It was an honor to us that they all came! He was such a good sport taking pictures with us too! I’m telling you we all had some good laughs not at him but with him! Thanks Deputy Johnson for being you!

Barb Mabry
Barbara Mabry

You have a great group of men and women working for you sir! We are Proud of what they all do!
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I thought I would share this message that was sent in yesterday:

Sir I just wanted to let you know what an awesome Deputy you have (Dillon Johnson).  He came to West Waynesboro Church of Christ to do Trunk a Treat with his family.  Unfortunately it rained and he had to bring it inside.  Him and his family was such a pleasure to be around.  They had already done several Church’s before ours but they all kept the spirit going!  It was an honor to us that they all came!  He was such a good  sport taking pictures with us too!  I’m telling you we all had some good laughs not at him but with him!  Thanks  Deputy Johnson for being you! 

Barb Mabry
Barbara Mabry

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