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Storage Facility Burglaries/Arrest

On Sunday, April 5 at approximately 2303 hours, deputies were dispatched to Staunton Self Storage, located at 616 Lee Jackson Hwy, Staunton, for the report of a suspicious activity.

Deputies received information that several, possibly dozens, of break-ins had occurred over the weekend. Upon arrival, they located a small passenger car that was occupied by a man and woman.

A preliminary investigation revealed that several storage units had been tampered with. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle, Arthur Johnson and Jeanette Chambers, had allegedly broke into several storage units and stole assorted items, many of which they were still in possession of. Johnson and Chambers were arrested and jailed at Middle River on (7) counts of burglary.

In furtherance of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served at a motel in Greenville, VA. Deputies were able to recover additional stolen property.

Investigators are now working to identify all victims, and piece together a timeline for the rash of burglaries, including some that had been previously reported. Additional charges are likely.

If anyone has any information about this investigation, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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Storage Facility Burglaries/Arrest

On Sunday, April 5 at approximately 2303 hours, deputies were dispatched to Staunton Self Storage, located at 616 Lee Jackson Hwy, Staunton, for the report of a suspicious activity.

Deputies received information that several, possibly dozens, of break-ins had occurred over the weekend. Upon arrival, they located a small passenger car that was occupied by a man and woman.

A preliminary investigation revealed that several storage units had been tampered with. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle, Arthur Johnson and Jeanette Chambers, had allegedly broke into several storage units and stole assorted items, many of which they were still in possession of. Johnson and Chambers were arrested and jailed at Middle River on (7) counts of burglary.

In furtherance of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served at a motel in Greenville, VA. Deputies were able to recover additional stolen property.

Investigators are now working to identify all victims, and piece together a timeline for the rash of burglaries, including some that had been previously reported. Additional charges are likely.

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

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2nd time that's happened there I'm pretty sure 🤬🤬🤬

Wonderful job ACSO. Throw the book at them.

Thank you for getting them there is plenty of jobs out there don't waste our tax money on this trash

Glad they were caught with the goods. Good job!

Great job ! Augusta co.

She got the skunk eye

Great job! Augusta co.

Thanks ACSO these people need to get a job.

In the words of Sheriff Mike Chitwood, “scumbags.” Glad they are off the streets.

I had stuff stolen several years ago from a unit there.

Great job

Great work!!!!!!

AWESOME JOB

Thank you

Losers. !!!

Damn she got the stink eye.

Angie Turner

Ray Ray Davis

#ihateathief

Brandon Flint

Look like meth monsters

Lowlife losers

Trash

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7 - ALL I-81 SOUTHBOUND LANES BETWEEN EXITS 213 AND 205 TO CLOSE FOR TWO HOURS ON APRIL 7 FOR CRASH INVESTIGATION

STAUNTON – All Interstate 81 southbound lanes between exits 213 and 205 are scheduled to be closed from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, April 7, for Virginia State Police to investigate a recent crash in southern Augusta County.

I-81 southbound motorists will detour at exit 213A, take Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south into Rockbridge County, and then take Route 606 (Raphine Road) west to return to the interstate at exit 205.

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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TUESDAY, APRIL 7 - ALL I-81 SOUTHBOUND LANES BETWEEN EXITS 213 AND 205 TO CLOSE FOR TWO HOURS ON APRIL 7 FOR CRASH INVESTIGATION

STAUNTON – All Interstate 81 southbound lanes between exits 213 and 205 are scheduled to be closed from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, April 7, for Virginia State Police to investigate a recent crash in southern Augusta County.

 I-81 southbound motorists will detour at exit 213A, take Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south into Rockbridge County, and then take Route 606 (Raphine Road) west to return to the interstate at exit 205.

 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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Everyone should stay home anyway, right?

Is this a different crash from the one that happened ten days ago??

That was funny Greg

SAFETY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT ON ROUTE 254 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY STARTS APRIL 6

STAUNTON – A Virginia Department of Transportation safety-enhancement project is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, on Route 254 (Parkersburg Turnpike) in Augusta County. The project will take place along a 5.8-mile stretch of Route 254 between Route 612 (Frog Pond Road) and Route 42 (Buffalo Gap Highway). Improvements include shoulder widening, guardrail installations and new rumble strips on the edges of the roadway.

From April 6 through late May 2020, flaggers and pilot trucks will control traffic along Route 254 on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect potential delays during these work hours. All work is weather permitting.

In February 2020, VDOT awarded a $1,073,796.47 contract to S. L. Williamson Company Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Federal Highway Administration funds 90 percent of the design and construction of this project through the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Virginia 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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SAFETY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT ON ROUTE 254 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY STARTS APRIL 6

 STAUNTON – A Virginia Department of Transportation safety-enhancement project is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, on Route 254 (Parkersburg Turnpike) in Augusta County. The project will take place along a 5.8-mile stretch of Route 254 between Route 612 (Frog Pond Road) and Route 42 (Buffalo Gap Highway). Improvements include shoulder widening, guardrail installations and new rumble strips on the edges of the roadway.

From April 6 through late May 2020, flaggers and pilot trucks will control traffic along Route 254 on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect potential delays during these work hours. All work is weather permitting.

 In February 2020, VDOT awarded a $1,073,796.47 contract to S. L. Williamson Company Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Federal Highway Administration funds 90 percent of the design and construction of this project through the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

 Virginia 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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Jammie Bryant Jr.

Constance Miles Haggard, Cody L. Johnson, Tammy Grimm

Jessica Burns

Thank you Sweet Nana Cakes for the cookies, cupcakes, and rolls you prepared for the ACSO. We appreciate your kindness and hard work to make all the delicious treats. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Sweet Nana Cakes for the cookies, cupcakes, and rolls you prepared for the ACSO. We appreciate your kindness and hard work to make all the delicious treats.Image attachment

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You are so welcome. We are happy to do it! Thank you all for everything you do to keep our community safe

She’s the best.

Shooting/Arrest

On Saturday, April 4 at approximately 2147 hours, deputies were dispatched to the town of Craigsville for a shooting.

Deputies responded to Fordwick Trailer Park where they located a 14 year old female with a gunshot would to her hip. The victim was quickly transported from the scene and subsequently airlifted to UVA Medical Center where she remains.

The preliminary investigation revealed that several individuals were attending a party in the 200 block of Lehigh Rd. when an altercation broke out. A man allegedly discharged a handgun into the ground, as a warning shot, which resulted in the teen being struck. The teen was driven away from the scene and taken to Fordwick where first responders located her.

The alleged shooter, Cody S. Ingram, 26 of Craigsville, was arrested without incident. He was charged with reckless handling of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and released on a summons.

Another man, David J. Clifton III, 38 of Craigsville, was arrested for public intoxication.

The investigation is ongoing.

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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Prayers for the child. My big question though is why did the parents of this child allow her to go out? God bless our officers with all they do.

So much for social distancing and staying at home!

It’s a shame that they are making other people’s jobs harder. I don’t understand why people feel the need to have a party at a time like this. Thank you ACSO deputies for doing an awesome job!!!!

Shouldnt all attendees be fined or charged for that misdemeanor charge for not being at home in an essential area?!? On serious terms, a 14 year old was shot and I hope there is justice is served! Absolutely reckless, careless and avoidable situations this 14 year old was in...

I hope this girl completely recovers, and the shooter learns a valuable lesson and never does this again.

Some folks just have no common sense. So much for social distancing. Hope the girl makes a full recovery, glad it was not a worse outcome.

Way to Socially Distance yourself sounds like they dont care about making people and possibly killing someone we really need to pray for them!!!

Shouldn’t have been a party going on in the first place. This is sad

Prayers for everyone involved

Social Distancing at it's finest. 🙄

Prayers for a full recovery

Sending prayers

More than 10 people partying

Guns alcohol and minors 🙄

Prayers sent

Prayers

Hows the kid doing, recovering well?

Prayers for the girl

I'm wondering why a 14 yr old girl was with 26&38 year old males partying 🤷🏼‍♀️

Prayers

Y'all really are something.

I don't get when they were all drinking and they drove her from the place it took place to her home to call 911?? Isn't that intoxicated driving by all of them since everybody there was drunk??? Plus a child endangerment charge because of the fact she was moved from the scene location to another with a gunshot wound. She could have bleed to death or anything but no charges pressed for this??? We love and are praying for Nat and the whole situation because there is more than needs to be looked at and done than what has been!!!

I mean it was craigsville

Buddy Gorden

Tracie Knight Here is your update

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When Emmalyn & Harper Lockridge’s school fundraiser got cut short they decided they wanted to do a random act of kindness and send the remaining candy bars to the ACSO. Today Sergeant James Snyder made a visit to their house to pick them up while practicing social distancing. Thank you Emmalyn & Harper for your kind gesture. ... See MoreSee Less

When Emmalyn & Harper Lockridge’s school fundraiser got cut short they decided they wanted to do a random act of kindness and send the remaining candy bars to the ACSO. Today Sergeant James Snyder made a visit to their house to pick them up while practicing social distancing. Thank you Emmalyn & Harper for your kind gesture.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Awesome job parents!!!!! You’re doing it right!!!!!

Thank y’all so much for coming personally to our house since we can’t come to you all! It made these girls day ❤️

Awesomeness Muss Emmalyn and Miss Harper, such beautiful souls!!

Definitely an act of kindness

Awe absolutely love this ❤️ so sweet!

Aww 😍 what a proud moment Jennifer Lockridge how very thoughtful of those girls ♥️

Uncle Steve is proud of you girls !!😎😊😁

I would have loved a candy bar since I have to stay home!

aah that is so sweet. Thank you very much!

How sweet and thoughtful.

Awesome job Lockridge family!

Awesome!

Awesome!!

I love this!!

Awesome

So sweet of these girls! Jennifer Lockridge

Awwww!!!

Anita-Ricky Lockridge

Jennifer Lockridge 🥰

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The ACSO would like to thank Staunton Lowes 646 for their generous donation of germ-X and Nitrile Gloves.

Deputies pictured: Deputy Scott Smith & Corporal Josh Strickler
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The ACSO would like to thank Staunton Lowes 646 for their generous donation of germ-X and Nitrile Gloves. 

Deputies pictured: Deputy Scott Smith & Corporal Josh Strickler

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Thank you staunton lowes no how about donating face masks and protection to your employees

Thank you Lowes! Keeping small town law enforcement safe.

Thank you for your service, and prayers for your health and safety!

Stay safe Gentleman and thank you for your service!

Thanks for all you are doing! Stay safe and healthy!

Stay safe Scott you should be manning the doors

Awesome stay safe

Thank you Lowes

Stay safe!!!

Thank you very much

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Several pastors across the county have asked about church service(s) if the members of the church remain inside their vehicles. My initial thoughts are having a service online is the best option to protect everyone involved. I STRONGLY recommend following the order and staying home as much as possible while this virus continues to spread.

However, numerous churches have expressed their strong desire to have service for Easter at the church. I have been asked.......Can we have service in the parking lot if members remain inside their vehicles, a drive through church service? If your church decides to proceed with this type of event, please adhere the following:

1) Practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from other members at all times.

2) Stay inside or adjacent to your vehicle at all times.

3) Do not pass items from vehicle to vehicle (example: offering plates, attendance books, communion).

4) Be aware this is an air droplet and saliva transmitted virus.

Below is the Attorney General Mark Herring’s opinion regarding the law.

The Governor's allowance for religious services conducted in a drive-in/parking lot format is an exception to the 10 person limit so long as

1) There are no more than 10 persons in a vehicle (unless all are from the same household);

2) there is Social distancing between vehicles;

3) individuals remain in their vehicles; and

4) the church/religious organization has no more than 10 persons outside of vehicles.
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This has nothing to do with religious rights..it has to do with care and respect for others..something that Jesus wholeheartedly supports. He is risen and alive today whether we stay home or not. As a caregiver for my parents I have to live my life to protect theirs.

The virus cannot spread without a host. A host can have no symptoms or be ill. Make good choices & wash your hands. Healthcare workers are not your frontlines. The frontlines are you. Only the public controls the spread of this virus. Healthcare workers are your last defense.

You have an obligation to support “stay at home” orders Sheriff and not encourage this nonsense! Why are people not understanding how dangerous this is? Behavior like this is reckless and using God as an excuse is BS!

Thank you for supporting our religious rights! We have the best sheriffs department anyone could ask for!!!!

I want someone to explain to me how the governor is able to suspend constitutional rights. Genuine question, I wouldn't go to a church service now anyway with all this but I'd like to know.

Why take a chance - it's hard enough to go to a grocery store not knowing who you come into contact with. These people feel they are invincible - just like the church that held services on March 15 when almost every church in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro cancelled their services, and ended up with three cases and possibly a lot more..

I am a church going Christian but firmly believe that we need to follow guidelines and set good examples during this . If you allow this than its going to be “ gatherings” in parking lots to socialize etc etc . For Easter celebrating Christians it will not kill you to watch from home . The world will not end if you don’t physically gather this year . God gave us a spirit of timidity not stupidity. Be WISE !

Thank you to you and your team for all the hard work, and long hours you have put in. Not to mention the the risk involved. I just wanted to tell all of you thank you for everything. We are all praying for you and your deputies.

How about enforcing the law on court order visitation knowing that courts are closed. And Sheriff office says civil case cannot do anything. Great way for people to hold kids from families

If you truly have faith in our Lord then you know he cannot be contained within 4 walls, physically or metaphorically. God will hear you no matter where you are. You simply need to lift you head to the heavens on Easter Sunday and say thank you for sending us your son Jesus and thank you for your unending love for us all. He will hear you. That's what I plan to do. No wall or plaque can keep our love or his from getting through. Please remember that. Stay safe, continue to love one another from a distance but most importantly always keep the faith.🙏🏼

I'm staying home and putting the blood of the lamb on the outside of my door until the plague passes by. God can be worshipped anywhere and I'm sure he would understand why during this time.

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith, If a family that's been together throughout this stayed in their vehicle(s) & the pastor/preacher/clergy used something like the Midland two way radio system on a predetermined channel for the congregation to listen on would pretty safe. & would likely enlighten all who participated mood & spirit. Below is a Google image search result for the Midland two way radio I spoke about. www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&sxsrf=ALeKk01WtZtOIw0Jed4yGOnRhwsYBmuVrQ%3A1586098088787&source=hp...

Stay home folks... stay home, or, you might get to Heaven faster than you thought ❣️❣️❣️ BE SAFE‼️‼️‼️😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻😘😘

GOD'S Word says to respect our authorities. It also says to use wisdom!

So a family planning a funeral can’t have a service at a church at all or even a gathering at the cemetery with more than 10 people but we allow this? It’s ORDERS from the governor people to STAY HOME! 🤦🏼‍♀️

You are obviously correct, it has to come from the federal government

Y’all, why risk it? God is everywhere. Praise Him while you are safe at HOME

I heard a great comment from FLORIDA where they are giving very loosey goosey guidance to churches. Why just to churches? I am a believer but I can stay home. “Act like you have it and thank God that you don’t.” Stay home.

I have an idea sheriff Donald Smith, would Hulls Drive In be an option to allow churches , Pastors to use their facility for church? Maybe they could make a schedule and share the time slots with various churches that want to participate. The cars could use the radio/intercom thing and I'm sure most churches has a way to either record ahead of time and play the sermon or something to get it out to the people. People could park in every other space and stay in their vehicles.

From a bride who is supposed to have her wedding in June, stay home on Easter & watch church live. I would like this order to be lifted if people would just follow it. Follow the order. When has it been that adults can’t even follow directions anymore?? Having church in the parking lot simply just calls for people to get out and talk to each other. It’s not a good idea.

Opening a huge can of worms. I feel ya but other places to say why not us. If a winery brewery has lots of room then why not. We all have been stuck at home, don't pro long this. Internet services have been working just fine.

so if you have to remain six feet apart and no less than 10 people in a church why come they couldn't have service outside in a field if it's nice weather, you do not need a brick-and-mortar building to hear a sermon on the word of God, it sounds crazy and all that but this is going against the word of God, and restricting religion, not everyone has cell phones, and some don't even have internet. Just use the same things in a concert big speaker, and stage

The Governor advised people to do this... people need to do what’s best for them and stop judging! People know to stay in their cars and tune in to the station... again... even though I am no fan of the Governor of Va... he even advised it was ok! People do you and leave others alone...our community needs this! People are scared and searching for hope!

STAY HOME. PLEASE..........Watch a Sunday service on your TV............and be a lot safer.

I don’t get the desire to sit in a car in a parking lot to hear a sermon on the radio but I also don’t see how anyone is in danger if you are all in a sealed car. Seems like a lot of worry for nothing.

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Thank you to AccuTec Blades Inc. for providing pizza to the ACSO employees. We appreciate your kindness and support! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to AccuTec Blades Inc. for providing pizza to the ACSO employees.  We appreciate your kindness and support!

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Im glad my employer is doing what they can to help first responders and local businesses during this stressful time

On behalf of the ACSO, Fire and Rescue, and citizens throughout Augusta County, I would like to thank Smooth Athletics and those who donated the material for these masks. Smooth has stopped their day to day production of embroidering and screen printing to sew masks for first responders. Those of you within our community that donated the material, we are very grateful to you and our friends at Smooth for helping us to stay safe and healthy. Words cannot express how thankful we are to have so many helping hands throughout Augusta County. ... See MoreSee Less

On behalf of the ACSO, Fire and Rescue, and citizens throughout Augusta County, I would like to thank Smooth Athletics and those who donated the material for these masks.  Smooth has stopped their day to day production of embroidering and screen printing to sew masks for first responders.  Those of you within our community that donated the material, we are very grateful to you and our friends at Smooth for helping us to stay safe and healthy.  Words cannot express how thankful we are to have so many helping hands throughout Augusta County.Image attachment

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Such a great gesture! Well done! See what can happen when people cooperate and work together for the greater good!💕

Thank you Jason and Smooth Athletics!

Jason and Shannon - YOU ROCK!

Outstanding job!!!

Such a great person

That’s awesome!

They are awesome people

Wonderful!

Awesome!!!! Thank you

Smooth Atheletics are the BEST!

Wonderful

Awesome

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The ACSO would like to thank South River District Board of Supervisor Steven Morelli for bringing Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the deputies. He also was instrumental in getting hand sanitizer for first responders throughout the county. The ACSO truly appreciates your continued support. ... See MoreSee Less

The ACSO would like to thank South River District Board of Supervisor Steven Morelli for bringing Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the deputies.  He also was instrumental in getting hand sanitizer for first responders throughout the county.  The ACSO truly appreciates your continued support.Image attachment

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Great job, Steve!!

Thank you 🙏🏻

Great Guy

Thank You!

Steve Morelli your a good guy!!!

Way to go

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I-81 SOUTHBOUND CLOSED APRIL 2 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR CRASH INVESTIGATION

STAUNTON - Southbound Interstate 81 is scheduled to be closed from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 2, for Virginia State Police to investigate a recent crash in southern Augusta County.

I-81 southbound motorists will detour at exit 213A, take Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south into Rockbridge County, and then take Route 606 (Raphine Road) west to return to the interstate at exit 205.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.
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I-81 SOUTHBOUND CLOSED APRIL 2 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY FOR CRASH INVESTIGATION

STAUNTON - Southbound Interstate 81 is scheduled to be closed from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 2, for Virginia State Police to investigate a recent crash in southern Augusta County.

I-81 southbound motorists will detour at exit 213A, take Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south into Rockbridge County, and then take Route 606 (Raphine Road) west to return to the interstate at exit 205.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

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Definitely traffic was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was actually able to turn left on Rt. 11 South at 10:00 A.M. with very little wait time.

Tj Kidd

The ACSO would like to thank Mr. Ernest Smith for your generosity. Mr. Smith provided the ACSO with pizza and bottled water. We appreciate your support.

Deputies pictured: Deputy Wayne Surface, Deputy Steve Nuffer and Corporal Jeff Dietz
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The ACSO would like to thank Mr. Ernest Smith for your generosity.  Mr. Smith provided the ACSO with pizza and bottled water.  We appreciate your support.

Deputies pictured: Deputy Wayne Surface, Deputy Steve Nuffer and Corporal Jeff Dietz

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Prayers for all our deputies 💙

Your in violation of the crown by not being 6 feet away from each other.

Thank you Ernest!

Where are the subs?

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

The ACSO would like to thank Spring Hill Presbyterian Church - ECO for sewing masks for the deputies. Your appreciation, love, and kindness for our deputies is greatly appreciated. We are extremely thankful for you using your talents, time, and materials to help keep us safe. ... See MoreSee Less

The ACSO would like to thank Spring Hill Presbyterian Church - ECO for sewing masks for the deputies.  Your appreciation, love, and kindness for our deputies is greatly appreciated.  We are extremely thankful for you using your talents, time, and materials to help keep us safe.Image attachment

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Bridgwater rescue squad needs some if you guy's have extra

Thanks and God Bless you!!

GOD BLESS you all!!!

Oh how sweet...great people!!!

Yes GOD Bless all of u

Very nice!

MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL

Super group of people

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The Governor has issued a STAY AT HOME order. If the activity that you are trying to do is NOT essential, please remain at home. The Governor’s orders are clear and you can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor for not obeying these orders. I know this time is hard on our community so I wanted to give you clear direction by showing you what the law is:

Executive Order 53

44-146.17

1) It is a violation of EO 53 to participate in a public or private in-person gathering of 10 or more individuals.

2) It is a violation of EO 53 to fail to close public access to a recreational or entertainment business.

3) It is a violation of EO 53 to fail to close a dining or congregation area in a restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, tasting room, or farmers market.

4) It is a violation of EO 53 to fail to limit all in-person shopping at a brick and mortar retail business to no more than 10 patrons per establishment.

Executive Order 55

44-146.17

1) Institutions of higher education violate EO 55 by failing to cease all in-person classes and instruction or failing to cancel all gatherings of more than ten individuals.

2) One violates EO 55 by failing to cease a reservation for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at a privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.

3) One violates EO 55 at a public beach as defined in 10.1-705 of the Code of VA, by engaging in any activity other than fishing an exercise. Fishing and exercise still require the same social distancing precautions. All other activities on public beaches are prohibited. ​


Please take these orders seriously and know that we need everyone’s help during this difficult time to keep you, your families, and our community safe. I hope showing you the law will help you better understand the law and ease your fears.
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My freezer went bad so does say i can't go get a new one.We have frig that has some freezer space but u can't open the door without food dumping on the floor.

What about homeless people? What are they supposed to do?

I do not understand this order when many people continue in their daily activities and many have to continue working because if they do not do it they do not have to pay for their houses, services, etc etc, and without stopping saying with the fear of getting to their jobs and get contaminated and then take the virus home putting their children in danger. For this disease to stop there must be a total closure, companies, supermarkets and others, nothing it could be open at least for 2 weeks continue. That’s my opinion.

I drive from Stuarts Draft to Lexington daily to pick up my granddaughters. Then I drive them back. My daughter works for Lowes so essential job. I dont get out of my car. I wont have any type of documentation how do I prove I am not violating the order?

Good luck, governor does not have the power to make people stay home. I will do my part by staying away from older people and bigger groups but I have a family to look out for and will go to work as long as they are open. To many people are letting our government push us around.

I would suggest that anyone is pulled over by any law enforcement during these times. To record the interaction with the officer or hit the go live button on Facebook and live stream the interaction. That way everyone on your page can see what is going on.

People use common sense. If you don’t know what is necessities that you need it’s meds, groceries and things you need to survive. The law enforcement has a lot on their plate. Use common sense and let these officers do their jobs. I work at a gas station so I have no choice but to go to work. Everyone stay safe and thank you ACSO.

What about driving and staying in your vehicle just to seek views other than your four walls? I can't see how that would violate anything. Please let us all know.

I think fast food places and resteraunts that are carry out or delivery need to be addressed. Those people are still touching everything that is being handed out. They are using gloves to take money but not changing then with every person they take money from.

I'm confused with the physical activity/activity....A family walk is ok, but is a family walk to the river to fish ok? Or driving to a baseball field or soccer goals with just my family ok?

Last I checked there is a very important piece of paper that limits the power of the government that some of yall keep forgetting

So suddenly everyone is worried about their constitutional rights instead of their/their loved one's health?! If you're dead, your constitutional rights are worthless. Please get a grip and stop being so selfish.

People the stay at home order doesn't mean you can't go to work grocery stores or go for a walk or go get a Freezer . these are essentials .and to be honest where else is there to go.nearly everything has closed other then medical assistant.the grocery store gas stations banks and Truck driver's and thank God for them all . They're saying go to work store or take that walk and then go home avoid groups of people other then those you live with or going to check on loved ones . Stop over thinking this people it is easy to understand hard to except

Why only private owned campgrounds? Because VA will lose money. And ALL hotels,motels and Inns need to be closed.

Thank you for this. It’s much clearer than what the governor said love yesterday. People need clear instructions and penalties.

What is wrong with people read the news Tampa Florida arrested a minister for holding Sunday service leave sheriff smith alone he is doing his job.....

So Lowe’s will still be packed as usual!

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith The order specifically excludes essential businesses from the 10 person limit, so where does the item 4 you mention above (bricks and mortar limited to max 10 customers) come from? Are Kroger, Walmart etc limited to 10 customers? (Not how I read it, but seems to be what you are saying...)

The man literally said during his press conference that they aren't putting anyone in jail for this, and that it was okay to go golfing, fishing, etc. How is that a stay-at-home ORDER? The order is very loosely written, one of the stipulations is "outdoor activity, including exercise..." Now how exactly are you supposed to enforce that??

I see farmers markets are to be closed ?

It doesn't say anything in this about churches meeting. Some people don't believe that it includes church.

My father takes my son to work and picks up as he dose not drive he is a essential worker and has paper work will this paper work be enough for him doing this driving for my son ?

Farva is serious people, the crown has spoken and you will be forced to comply.

Maybe put some officers at Lowe’s because there’s people who clearly shouldn’t be there!!

Thank you for clarification of these rules.

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So what about the 6feet distance rules that the Governor was talking about, just curious 🤔

We so appreciated seeing them! My girl's were so happy! Thank you guy's so much for everything! Stay safe ❣

Officer Hildebrand was my school RO, nice to see him still with ACSO! Thanks Officer Hildebrand!

Thank you, Deputy Hildebrand and Ms. Hildebrand!

This is such a wonderful thing to do!

These parades are enjoyed by all. Thanks

Good job good people

Well Done ACSO !

Very sweet

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The Governor has issued a STAY AT HOME order. Please adhere to this order until it is rescinded by the Governor. We are working diligently to keep our community safe. I will be posting some of the laws that clearly defining these orders shortly. Please work with us during these difficult times as we continue to serve our community. If you know of a need that we at the ACSO can assist you with please let us know.

Effective Date of this Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective March 30, 2020, amends Amended Order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Order of Public Health Emergency One and Executive Order 53, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

TEMPORARY STAY AT HOME ORDER DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

To reinforce the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and in furtherance of Executive Orders 51 (March 12, 2020) and 53 (March 23, 2020) and by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia, I order the following:

1. All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and Executive Order 53. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers. Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:

a. Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;
b. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
c. Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member;
d. Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
e. Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements;
f. Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;
g. Traveling to and from an educational institution;
h. Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services; and
i. Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency.

2. All public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply:

a. To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53; or
b. To the gathering of family members living in the same residence

3. Institutions of higher education shall cease all in-person classes and instruction, and cancel all gatherings of more than ten individuals. For purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, institutions of higher education may continue to operate, provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.

4. Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.

5. Closure of all public beaches as defined in § 10.1-705 of the Code of Virginia for all activity, except exercising and fishing. Social distancing requirements must be followed.

6. All relevant state agencies shall to continue to work with all housing partners to execute strategies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Virginians experiencing homelessness during this pandemic and to assist Virginians in avoiding evictions or foreclosures.

7. As provided in Executive Order 53, nothing in this Order shall limit: (a) the provision of health care or medical services; (b) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; (c) the operations of the media; (d) law enforcement agencies; or (e) the operation of government.

Violation of paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Order shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date of this Executive Order

This Executive Order shall be effective March 30, 2020, amends Amended Order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Order of Public Health Emergency One and Executive Order 53, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.
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The Governor has issued a STAY AT HOME order.  Please adhere to this order until it is rescinded by the Governor.  We are working diligently to keep our community safe.  I will be posting some of the laws that clearly defining these orders shortly.  Please work with us during these difficult times as we continue to serve our community.  If you know of a need that we at the ACSO can assist you with please let us know.    

Effective Date of this Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective March 30, 2020, amends Amended Order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Order of Public Health Emergency One and Executive Order 53, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

TEMPORARY STAY AT HOME ORDER DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

To reinforce the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and in furtherance of Executive Orders 51 (March 12, 2020) and 53 (March 23, 2020) and by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia, I order the following:

1. All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and Executive Order 53. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers. Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:

a. Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;
b. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
c. Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member;
d. Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
e. Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements;
f. Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;
g. Traveling to and from an educational institution;
h. Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services; and
i. Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency.

2. All public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply:

a. To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53; or
b. To the gathering of family members living in the same residence

3. Institutions of higher education shall cease all in-person classes and instruction, and cancel all gatherings of more than ten individuals. For purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, institutions of higher education may continue to operate, provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.

4. Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.

5. Closure of all public beaches as defined in § 10.1-705 of the Code of Virginia for all activity, except exercising and fishing. Social distancing requirements must be followed.

6. All relevant state agencies shall to continue to work with all housing partners to execute strategies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Virginians experiencing homelessness during this pandemic and to assist Virginians in avoiding evictions or foreclosures.

7. As provided in Executive Order 53, nothing in this Order shall limit: (a) the provision of health care or medical services; (b) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; (c) the operations of the media; (d) law enforcement agencies; or (e) the operation of government.

Violation of paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Order shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date of this Executive Order

This Executive Order shall be effective March 30, 2020, amends Amended Order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Order of Public Health Emergency One and Executive Order 53, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

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I know we were legally able to go to clients homes to do hair with the one on one contact. Are we still able to do that?

Thank you for keeping us updated Sheriff Smith.

most companies can issue a travel letter for essential workers with address and company where you work

Just be smart people. This is for the benefit of all.

We do not adhere or listen to tyrants

"We the people the constitution is not a document for the govt To restrain the people. It is an instrument for the people to restrain. The govt "

I found gas for 1.29 a gallon but im not telling anybody where because i seen what yaw did with the toilet paper

People who are like "well I'm not listening to this blah blah" grow up!!! This is why the world sucks cause people think they can do just whatever I have a daughter to think of and my family dont u dare try and act like u rule the world this is to HELP everyone jesus what is wrong with yall we need to come together as one and do the right thing our president knows what he is doing this is why this virus is like wildfire because yall can't listen!!!

The Order said...starts April 1

Dang, the governor came out strong didn't he?!

It took 2 hrs me reporting our Family Truck Stolen...and when i was in touch w/a deputy .he was just getting out of Court.....WTF..

Businesses arent even listening to the 10.person rule..

Jerry Hubbard

This executive order is more for those of you who think you are invincible and can do anything you want, including infecting other people, than for those of us who are trying to do the right thing, stay at home or shelter in place, and not go anywhere we absolutely don't have to; work, grocery store, doctor, gas station, etc. This came about due to some ignorant, selfish, arrogant people who believe they can continue to gather together at bars, the beach, and any other social gathering, thinking they are impervious to the coronavirus or not caring if they do get it and pass it on to others, including their loved ones.

Wendy Holmes Ward

Is June 9th Republican Primary?

nothing new a democrat that just wants to copy every other one of his fellow tyrant's

Haley Raquel

Will it be okay to drive to the dumpsters in Greenville?

Just say your getting fresh air

Turkey hunting is still good to go.

Yeah anyway please open the gym

So it's impossible to enforce because if I claim to be going to get food all you can do is follow me to the store. I support police officers but enforcing restrictions of civil liberties from a tyrant isn't a solid move.

Peggy posts here should help!

Misty Leitch Grenz didn’t know if you had seen this yet?

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

Sergeant James Snyder and Deputy Jim Doyle took another drive around Stuarts Draft with Guy K. Stump Elementary School’s Bobcat Caravan today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank y’all for this. We have enjoyed the teacher parades so much. ❤️

Thank you both for making today so special! You made a difference to our students, teachers and the community! 🎶

Thank you so much for your many acts of service and kindness!

Thank you ALL so much for doing this! It brings so much joy to us all when you come around💙🖤💙 please stay safe out there!!

You and your Deputies are awesome 👏

Is anything like this planed for Crimora?

They rode up our street today. Thanks!

You guys are the best! Be safe out there!

Enjoyed seeing you all today.

So cool. Kids enjoyed. I did too

Jennifer Anderson Smith, Wendy Dale McCoy,

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IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerks Office

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s recommendations for social distancing, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will require an appointment for the following services:

• For those needing assistance with Civil Filings to include Complaints, Petitions, Divorce, Name Change, Restoration of Firearms, etc.
• Filing Concealed Handgun Permit(CHP) Applications – Applications must be completed prior to arrival and must include all four pages. Applications can be filled out online at: www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms.shtm. Renewal and replacement CHP Applications should be mailed to the office with a copy of a Driver’s License and the Current Permit with the $40.00 payment.
• Issuance of Marriage Licenses.
• Notary Qualification.
• Administering Oaths of Office.
• Recordation of Military Discharge Papers.
• Appointment of Ministers and Others to Perform Marriage Ceremonies.

Please note, we will continue to set appointments, as has been the practice in the past, for Probate and Estate Matters. Only the principal party and/or co-applicant will be allowed to enter the Clerk’s Office for any appointment. Please arrive at your scheduled time. Appointments will only be allowed to be rescheduled in advance.

• Court Costs and restitution payments will be accepted by mail or online only. Checks and money orders may be mailed to the Clerk’s Post Office address or payment may be made online at: www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/tickets.html. Balances may also be checked online.
• Call for information about how to obtain copies of documents, marriage licenses, deeds, etc.

Only those individuals appearing in their normal professional capacity who require access to the Clerk’s Office without an appointment will be allowed entrance. This would include professionals recording deeds, and attorneys representing clients with civil or criminal matters or filings. All professionals and attorneys are still encouraged to drop off items of business at the Main Entrance of the Courthouse rather than entering the building.

R. STEVEN LANDES, CLERK
Augusta County Circuit Court

ONLINE SITE REFERENCES:
www.co.augusta.va.us/government/circuit-court-clerk Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Webpage.
www.vacourts.gov/2020_0316_scv_order_declaration_of_judicial_emergency.pdf
www.courts.state.va.us Virginia’s Judicial System.
www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/tickets.html Pay Court Costs/Check Amounts Owed.
www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/tickets.html Circuit Court Case Status and Information.
www.courts.state.va.us/online/vjefs/home.html Virginia Judiciary E-Filing System (VJEFS).
www.courts.state.va.us/rmsweb/home.html Online access to Land records – SRA.
cisweb.courts.state.va.us/Ocra/login Officer of the Court Remote Access – OCRA.
www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms.shtm Virginia State Police - Concealed Handgun Permit Information.
simplifile.com Land Records E-Filing Vendor.
ccdeedcalc.courts.state.va.us Circuit Court Deed Fee Calculator.
www.vdh.virginia.gov/vital-records Virginia Department of Health - Division of Vital Records.
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So can you make a appointment for marriage licenses

What is the current status of The General District Court ?

Cindy Gregory

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Due to COVID-19, the lobby to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is closed to the general public. Only those wishing to speak to the magistrate will be allowed in the lobby, not to exceed 2 at a time. If the lobby is at capacity, you will be asked to wait outside, wait in your vehicle, or to return at a later time.

If you need to conduct business with the Sheriff’s Office, please adhere to the following tips:

-DELAY BUSINESS MATTERS THAT ARE NOT TIME SENSITIVE

-CALL AUGUSTA COUNTY ECC NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER (540.245.5501) FOR REPORTS THAT CAN BE HANDLED BY PHONE OR UTILIZE THE ONLINE REPORT PORTAL ON OUR WEBPAGE: www.co.augusta.va.us/government/sheriff/report-a-crime

-CALL (540.245.5333) OR EMAIL (SHERIFFFOIA@CO.AUGUSTA.VA.US) THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO REQUEST RECORDS, ETC.

-IF YOU NEED A REPORT, OUR CLERK CAN HAVE A DEPUTY DISPATCHED TO THE PARKING LOT TO MEET YOU.

We will still be accepting donations for the elderly. A box is located just inside the front door and can be left there.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times.

DONALD L.SMITH, SHERIFF
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Thank you, Sheriff Donald Smith, for the update. You and your staff be safe. God bless always.

I applaud you Sheriff for taking a stand on this. I too will be taking action on this for the Staunton Sheriff's Office. Thank you!!

Thank you sounds stupid but I wanted clarification on nesesity because vwhats a nesesity for some isn't for others especially when mental health is involved like OCD anxiety good to know

Not martial law just being safe and smart

One step closer to martial law

Praying you all stay Healthy!!

What about that dog killer?what about that human trafficker?

Thank you.

Yes ty

Thank you 🙏🏼 stay safe

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Today Sergeant James Snyder had the pleasure of leading members of our community through the Stuarts Draft Retirement Community and Christian Homes to bring a little joy during this difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less

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You all are amazing! Thank you so much for helping the people in our community stay in touch...from a distance of course. God Bless you all and be safe!❤🙏

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these citizen parades. Please folks keep doing this. We all need to smile and wave at each other.

Thank you! Thank you! My mother is a resident there. Much appreciated!

Blessings to the Sheriff’s office for doing this for the residents. My future residence!🌷

I think they did the same thru Mt. Torrey rd to Lyndhurst last week. Mom said you never heard so many horns blowing. This is great...bringing smiles

We have the BEST Sheriff Office.

Thank you so much for doing this!! My Mom, who is a resident there, was so excited to be able to watch this from her balcony. She and most of the residents have been cooped up inside so this was a great treat! 😊

You all brought lots of smiles to those who had been inside & alone for too long. THANK YOU!

James is the best!❤️

Wonderful wish we could have joined!

That is awesome. I bet they enjoyed the show with some of the classics.

My 6 year old grandson really enjoyed the cars.

What's really nice is that it's quiet enough these days that y'all have the TIME to do this!

We live in such a great place!

So glad we took part in this 👍💜

Great job guys

Thank you one and all who participated! The Hersheys

I enjoyed watching. Thanks for the fun

To bad your Mom ( my sis) wasn't here to see this !

Thank you for doing this.

Totally awesome

This is wonderful!!!

Loved seeing the older cars. Good turn out

I think they did the same thru Shenandoah-

Was Allen out on his balcony??

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This afternoon Sergeant James Snyder and Deputy Jim Doyle had the privilege of leading around teachers and staff from Stuarts Draft Middle School for their Cougar Caravan. ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon Sergeant James Snyder and Deputy Jim Doyle had the privilege of leading around teachers and staff from Stuarts Draft Middle School for their Cougar Caravan.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Thanks for coming out SDMS!!

We did this for our kids and our community, but it really helped my heart, too. We miss our students 😔💔. This helped us smile and bring smiles to everyone else. Thank you ACSO for keeping us safe and special thanks to Jodi Riley for getting the ball rolling and the awesome officers who helped ♥️♥️♥️

This was amazing! Seeing our kids, parents and even grandparents was heartwarming. I’m so thankful for our community and being able to focus on something happy! Seeing our kids waiting outside brought tears to my eyes more than once. Thank you to everyone who made this happen! 💕

Thank you James for leading us and Jim Doyle it was awesome 😎

This is great!!! Way to go teachers and Acso!!! These kids will remember this forever!!!

.I remember Sgt Snyder. He was that man I talked to in 7-11 in Draft... when I was working at Hollister through a temporary staff agency...& had concerns about my daughter’s safety. Glad to see he’s doing good things for that community.

My boys (who aren’t even in school) LOVED this! All the teachers were amazing and waved and yelled hello. We are so blessed with such an amazing community!!!

This was so great glad I got to see this today!!!!! My son was so happy to wave at his teachers, Be safe 🚓💖

Thank you ACSO for helping us connect with our students! God Bless and be safe!❤🚔

I’m so glad to see this ! Thank you so much for all you do county PD . Maybe Staunton Police can copy you !

Thank y’all so much! We loved seeing the teachers and my two year old just loved seeing Sargent James Glenn Snyder and Deputy Jim Doyle in their rides 😊

James Glenn Snyder I dont care what anyone says about you I still think your awesome! 🤣😂😆. I know if there help needed in our community you are always there, you to Ashley Nichole Snyder😘

Thank y’all so much!! We loved getting to see the teachers!! ❤️

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith thank you for allowing your department to participate. This allows teachers, kids, and parents a little happiness in these tough times.

Mount Solon next?

So thankful for y’all! This definitely brightened our day!!!

Thank you all. I hope the high school will do this too. My daughter is missing her teachers.

Thank you ACSO and a special blessing for James Glenn Snyder and Jim Doyle. This is what community does in tough times.

Thank yal so much for this it's great to know yal care so much about the kids

That was so awesome!! Thank you so very much!!

Thank you from Patton Farm Road!

James Glenn Snyder is a very good man I have known him since he was a little boys thank you James even if the kids didn’t enjoy it I really did

Glad the kids have something to smile about

Thank you so much!!

Thank you

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We serve a generous and supportive community!!

Thank you for your thoughts, words of encouragement, and donations of food; we sincerely appreciate it.

At this time we will have to respectfully decline any homemade goods (cakes, cookies, etc.). We will continue to accept canned goods, dry goods, and other items that we are collecting for the elderly of our community.

Again, here are the items that we would like:

1. Food
a. Canned food
b. Dry food
c. Bottled water
d. Bottled juice

2. Toiletries
a. Tooth brushes
b. Toothpaste
c. Bar soap
d. Shampoo
e. Deodorant

3. Paper products
a. Toilet paper
b. Paper towels
c. Tissue

4. Cleaning products
a. Soap
b. Laundry soap
c. Spray cleaners

Pictured below is what we have due to your generous donations and support. Please help spread the word in case someone in need doesn't have Facebook, but needs assistance so we can be sure to help them.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Donald L. Smith, Sheriff
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We serve a generous and supportive community!!

Thank you for your thoughts, words of encouragement, and donations of food; we sincerely appreciate it.

At this time we will have to respectfully decline any homemade goods (cakes, cookies, etc.). We will continue to accept canned goods, dry goods, and other items that we are collecting for the elderly of our community.

Again, here are the items that we would like:

1. Food 
a. Canned food
b. Dry food
c. Bottled water
d. Bottled juice

2. Toiletries
a. Tooth brushes
b. Toothpaste
c. Bar soap
d. Shampoo
e. Deodorant

3. Paper products 
a. Toilet paper
b. Paper towels
c. Tissue 

4. Cleaning products 
a. Soap
b. Laundry soap
c. Spray cleaners

Pictured below is what we have due to your generous donations and support.  Please help spread the word in case someone in need doesnt have Facebook, but needs assistance so we can be sure to help them.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Donald L. Smith, SheriffImage attachment

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What is the location to drop off donations?

If dominos gets delivered are you able to accept that? Serious question.

I know it's not much but I am willing to do drops to help get items to those that need them.

Don't forget their pets too

👃

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We just sent off the Stuarts Draft Elementary Cougar Paw Parade. Thank you to Deputy Mike Obenschain and Deputy Guy Williams for escorting them along their way. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you so much for guiding us safely today. It was truly a joy to see our families in these uncertain times. Thanks to the neighbors and drivers for their curtesy during the parade.❤️

Thank you Deputy Obenschain and Deputy Williams! You made our day so very special!!!!🤗

This is what separates a good police department from a great one. Our community coming together in a tough situation. Thank you Sheriff Smith for continuing to make us feel connected while being apart.

What a wonderful idea! I was told that even some of the adults cried! I don't blame them at all; if I had been there I would have cried, too. What a sweet thing to do!

This was amazing!! Thank you all for putting a smile on our kids faces!! It really made our day brighter!

Thank you for helping us see our SDES families! My heart is full!❤❤

My grandchildren, Bryce and Timberlyn were thrilled to see everyone. Thank You!!!❣️

Just saw them on Patton Farm. Great way to keep community engaged during this time!! Just 23 hours after last time you were here.

Whoo Hoo SDES! Had a great time subbing for you guys this year and will miss you. Students, everyone at SDES misses you and loves you💕!

It was a beautiful thing. Although one of my children is homeschooled and one is in highschool, we still enjoyed the parade! Thank you all for organizing this.

I wondered what all the honking and hoopla was in Augusta Farms area! Good that you guys are so community involved!

This was awesome!! Y'all and the staff at SDES rock!

Awww thank you all it was awesome what you all did!!

Thank y'all so much for taking the time to do this ❤❤

Yes! Thank you!!

AWESOME PARADE!!!

Thank you all

Just seen it on Brookmill road

Awwl did alot participate

I got some of it on video💕

Chris Pultz lets do it!

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Over the past few days, citizens have had questions about what they can and can’t do. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Governor’s Orders. We all need to continue to practice social distancing, limiting travel, and wash your hands often. I hope this list will help ease everyone’s minds. Stay safe and healthy and we will continue to provide information as we get it.

Frequently asked questions regarding executive order fifty-three

When does this order go into effect? What areas of the state are covered?

The order is in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

Will this order be changed?

Governor Northam, in consultation with State Health Commissioner Oliver, may adjust this order or issue new orders as needed, given the quickly-changing public health situation.

Can I leave my house?

Yes. However, Governor Northam is urging Virginians to limit all non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. If you choose to go to the park, for a walk, or exercise outside, please practice strict social distancing and keep six feet apart from others. All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.

Are you limiting interstate travel?

No. Our roads and highways will remain open to move essential personnel and critical supplies.

What about religious services? Can I still go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?

Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via “drive-through” worship. Places of worship that do conduct in- person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban.

Businesses

What businesses must close?

The following recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public:
• Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
• Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, and tattoo shops. According to this order, any other brick and mortar locations where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart must also close;
• Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities; and
• Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

What businesses are restricted in their operations?

Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets must close their dining and congregation areas, but they may remain open for delivery and take-out services.

Non-essential retail businesses must limit their operations to ten patrons or less with adequate social distancing. If they cannot limit their operations to 10 patrons or less with adequate social distancing, then they must close.

What are the non-essential retail businesses that are restricted in their operations?

Non-essential retail businesses are brick-and-mortar operations that consist of everything except the following:

• Grocery, pharmacy, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
• Medical supply retailers;
• Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
• Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers;
• Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
• Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
• Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
• Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
• Retail located within healthcare facilities;
• Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
• Pet and feed stores;
• Printing and office supply stores; and
• Laundromats and dry cleaners.

What should a business do if they are unclear on whether they are an essential or non-essential business?

Any business that is not explicitly set forth in the essential categories listed above should
limit operations to 10 patrons or less with adequate social distancing.

Are there restrictions for any other categories of business?

All other categories of business should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities while in operation.

The following sources provide workplace guidance for operations that remain open:

• CDC Guidance: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
• OSHA Guidance: www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
• Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Guidance: www.doli.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-Hazard- Alert.pdf

What happens if a business does not follow the closure or restriction requirements in Executive Order Fifty-Three?

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Do I still have to pay taxes?

Yes. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

The Virginia Department of Taxation has extended the due date of payment of Virginia individual and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
I have to lay off employees.

Will I be penalized when they apply for unemployment benefits?

Regional workforce teams have been activated to support employers that slow or cease operations. Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.
I work in a business that is considered essential.

Does the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people apply to my workplace?

No. For the purposes of this order, employment settings are not considered gatherings. However, all essential businesses must, to the extent possible, practice social distancing, increase sanitizing of common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If you are concerned your employer is not following these guidelines, please contact OSHA or the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

I am not a business sector explicitly listed in the Executive Order, but I believe that I am an essential businesses. What should I do?

Nothing in the Executive Order impacts business sectors that are not explicitly listed. The Executive Order only covers (1) recreation and entertainment businesses, (2) brick and mortar non-essential retail businesses, and (3) restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets.
Where feasible and practicable, workplaces should require telework. For operations where telework is not feasible, we strongly recommend adhering to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and applying the relevant workplace guidance from CDC, Occupational and Safety Health, and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
I am the owner of a golf course, marina, campground, or other source of outdoor recreation not explicitly listed in the Executive Order. What should I do?

Nothing in the executive order impacts outdoor recreation businesses that are not explicitly listed in the Executive Order. Where feasible and practicable, office workplaces should require telework. For operations where telework is not feasible, we strongly recommend adhering to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and applying the relevant workplace guidance from CDC, Occupational and Safety Health, and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Are farmer's markets able to operate under the Executive Order?

Yes, but they have to conduct business differently. They can provide pick-up, grab and go, delivery, CSAs, and online sales. However, they cannot include dining, on-site browsing, or congregating.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is actively working with partners to identify best practices and recommendations to assist farmers’ markets. If you are a vendor seeking assistance with other marketing opportunities because your operations have been impacted or if you have suggested best practices that could be shared with others, please contact vdacs.commissioner@vdacs.virginia.gov.

Does the prohibition on public and private gatherings of 10 or more individuals apply to my business?

No, the prohibition applies to social gatherings. Where feasible and practicable, workplaces should require telework. For operations where telework is not feasible, we strongly recommend adhering to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and applying the relevant workplace guidance from CDC, Occupational and Safety Health, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

I provide cosmetology services. Can I continue to serve my clients in their home, even though my salon will be closed during this emergency?

Yes, providers with a cosmetology license can provide one-on-one services in their clients’ homes during this 30 day period. Providers must, to the extent possible, practice social distancing and take health precautions, including washing your hands and sanitizing all tools. To protect yourself and your clients, stay home at the first sign of a cold or fever.
I provide personal care services for a medical or health care purpose. Do I have to close?
No. If your clients are seeking medical or healthcare treatment, your operations are not limited. We strongly recommend adhering to enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces and applying the relevant workplace guidance from CDC, Occupational and Safety Health, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Workers

My workplace is temporarily closed, and I do not have paid leave and will not receive a paycheck. What can I do?

You may file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia
Employment Commission (VEC). To receive benefits, you must meet certain minimum requirements, including having sufficient past earnings and an immigration status that allows you to work. If VEC approves your claim, you will receive a weekly benefit payment that is dependent on your past earnings. The maximum benefit amount is $378 for up to 26 weeks. For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699.

My employer has cut my hours back due to the coronavirus. What can I do?

If your weekly earnings fall below what would be your weekly unemployment insurance
benefit, you may file a claim for partial Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699.
My employer closed temporarily and I did not receive my last paycheck. How do I get paid?
To file a nonpayment of wages claim, please visit the Virginia Department of Labor’s website at www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/payment-of-wage-english/.

Can I lose my job if I miss work because I’m sick with coronavirus?

If your employer is covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they may be required to provide you with up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. Leave from FMLA is awarded to individuals with a “serious” condition that is defined in the law as requiring inpatient care or three days continued treatment from a health care provider. The coronavirus does not necessarily present a “serious” condition, and the U.S. Department of Labor has not issued guidance on this. Please check back here for updated information.

Can I lose my job if I have to stay home to care for a family member that is seriously ill with coronavirus?

If you meet certain requirements, your employer must provide you with up to 12 weeks of job-protected time off to care for a parent, spouse, domestic partner, minor child, or adult dependent child with a serious health condition. These requirements include: 1) your employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of your worksite; 2) you have worked with the employer for at least a year; and 3) you worked at least 1250 hours in the year before you take time off.

The federal government is working on policies to help support sick and medical leave for all individuals affected by the coronavirus. Please check back here for updated information. The Federal Family Medical Leave Act enforces requirements for paid sick leave. Information and assistance can be obtained at (866) 487-9243.

Can my employer not pay me if I am sent home early from work or told not to come in for a scheduled shift?

Yes. A Virginia employer is only required to pay an employee for the work performed.
I work at an essential business, but I am concerned that they are not following health and safety guidelines. What do I do?

All essential retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If you are concerned your employer is not following these guidelines, please contact OSHA or the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
Additional information can be found in the Office of the Governor’s Frequently Asked Questions guide for Virginia workers, available here.

Children and families

My school or my child’s school is providing meal pick-ups. Is this still allowed?

Absolutely. All 132 Virginia school divisions have received waivers to provide food to their
communities. Call 2-1-1 or see here for a full list of meal locations. Are childcare centers still open?

Yes. Childcare centers are still open, but Governor Northam urges all parents who can stay home with their children to do so, to prioritize the children of parents working in essential sectors. Childcare centers that remain open must employ cleaning and social distancing requirements in keeping with Department of Social Services guidelines, here.

Can I still go to my routine, elective, or non-urgent medical appointments?

Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures should be cancelled or rescheduled. Non-urgent medical appointments should be cancelled or held via telehealth.

Can I still go out to get groceries or fill my prescriptions?

Yes. You may leave your home to get groceries or fill your prescriptions.
outdoor recreation

Can I still exercise? Take my family to the park for fresh air? Take a walk around the block?

Yes, as long as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who are not a part of your household. Gyms, fitness centers, indoor recreation centers and indoor sports facilities must close.

Does this order affect hiking? State Parks?

No, you may still go outside so long as you practice social distancing of six feet. Virginia State Parks have closed visitor centers, but trails and outdoor spaces are still open. For information on Virginia State Parks, please see here.

Pets

Can I walk my dog?

Yes, you can walk your dog. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Are dog parks closed?

Virginia localities are determining dog park closures based on the ability of visitors to follow safe social distancing guidelines. For information on your local dog park, please contact your local Mayor’s office.

Can I bring my pets to the vet if they are sick?

Veterinarians and pet hospitals will remain open, and you can bring your pets if they are sick or urgently need medical attention. If your pet has a non-urgent need or annual checkup, you should cancel the appointment.
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I’m wondering where the information came from about cosmetologists practicing out of their homes? I’m a Salon Consultant for Loreal and that is actually not allowed, stylists can lose their license for that.

Love how he is somehow able to magically able to infringe on constitutional rights in the name of public safety and people are imbecilic enough to roll with it. Also love how we get to keep paying taxes but taxpayer funded things like parks are closed without a vote by the people who fund them.

Where is the State Park link....here doesn't go there

So what happens when an employee can’t work due to being non-essential and that employee has insurance threw that company? Do they still keep it or loose it since there is no pay check to pay for Ins premiums?????

I'm wondering why liquor stores (ABC stores) are considered "essential"?

Heres the thing, no one listens to the 6ft rule. Specially not at stores like walmart and lowes etc. What we need to do is set a date and let people prepare for a 2 week shut down of all stores.

I went to.the bank drive through today with my spray bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol. The hardware store parking lot next door as well as Walmarts both had very full busy parking lots. Are people just stupid?

Can you provide hair cuts and cosmetology in our own home?

clear and concise. well done

Shouldnt u post what order 53 says first before answering questions about it...I have no idea what it is

Thank you for the update.

Are they shutting fishing lakes and ponds

Thank you for the information.

Kaitlin, here’s deeper into what we were talking about earlier

Rose Tolley

Mona Fitzgerald

Thank you for the information

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Community Help Needed

Emergency Medical Shortages due to COVID–19

The County, State and Federal agencies are facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Augusta County is asking the community for assistance in replenishing our dwindling supplies.

If anyone has medical/surgical masks, N95 masks, dust masks, protective gowns, tyvek suits or any type of PPE they think would be helpful. Other items needed include alcohol based (60% alcohol or more) hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes (like Clorox) and Clorox cleaners. A full list of approved cleaners can be found on the CDC web site.

Homemade face masks will also be acceptable, if you have the ability to sew and would like to make some a great resource for that is patchworkplus-quilting.com/facemasks.

Please contact Augusta County Fire-Rescue 540-245-5624x1, drop off location for any supplies will be at the Fire-Rescue Training Center located at 115 Dick Huff Lane, Verona VA 24482 on Monday’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanks for your support and understanding in these trying times. Please stay safe and look out for your neighbors.
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Sheriff, has anyone checked public schools for Germ-X which perhaps was left behind by staff? Same with the cleaning supplies and dispenser hand soap and masks in the clinic? It all needs collected and redistributed to county folks like yourself (and hospitals/clinics). Schools wont need it anyway for the foreseeable future.

What are the agencies that the supplies will go to? The PSA is ambiguous.

Rockingham Cooperative ACE Hardware - Stuarts Draft has some we can donate. Stop by and I’ll have them at the register for you.

Will the supplies go to fire rescue, or sherrifs dept., or all first responders?

We nurses can’t even get them...

Moonshine has a higher alcohol content that that sometimes. Ask the rednecks 😂🤣

Isnt listerine a pretty powerful punch for disinfectant?

Remember if you run out of germ-x, mouthwash also kills germs. And will leave your hands smelling better.

Visit Nine Line Apparel they are making ppe for first responders

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This evening Sergeant James Snyder had the pleasure of leading the Wilson Elementary School, Fishersville, VA Teachers Parade. They went through multiple neighborhoods honking and waving at students and their families. Thank you to all who made this a big success. ... See MoreSee Less

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This was the happiest my child’s been in over a week and a half! Wilson Elementary School is truly an amazing school filled with nothing but caring, kind, and compassionate staff. Thank you Sheriff Smith and your office for assisting with coordination. ❤️

This was such a wonderful thing they did for our community!! Thank you James!! I didn’t realize it was you leading everyone!!

Do the same for the seniors!

This is amazing super jealous wish riverheads would do this my child misses her teacher and friends she is in kindergarten and I dont think she really understands school being out but I kinda wish I would have gotten to see her graduate from kindergarten to 1st grade...and I'm so sorry to all the seniors who dont get to play sports for the last time and prom and such very sad but this is a great idea to the children very very sweet!

They must have changed routes or stopped before they made it through the whole route they didnt come down our road as listed we waited outside for 2 1/2 hrs and nothing my son was heart broken

SPD needs to do this for our children & the elderly people in this time to cheer everyone up ,to much bad with all this stuck in our homes & death around us appreciate our children

Thank you to all of the educators that made this happen! Having a grandson at Wilson Elementary School and being a retired teacher this brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of these men and women that truly love our children.

This was absolutely amazing...so great of these teachers and their escort.

This out pouring of love for these teachers to their students brought tears of joy to me. . God Bless you all for being so caring & kind is just the greatest love for what you do!

Thank you ACSO for escorting our amazing teachers!! The size of the caravan was truly a sight a see! I am so proud to be a part of the Wilson family! 🐝

Awesome job of teachers pulling together and organizing to show their love and concern for kids

We appreciated this so much. My kindergarten baby was so happy to see her teacher one more time.

Thank you for leading us, Sergeant Snyder!

It was wonderful! I know my son enjoyed it. Thank you ACSO and Wilson Elementary!

Thank you for making this happen in a safe way! Our kids loved it! They miss their teachers!

Where is Wilson elementary school.

This is fantastic!! Looking forward to serving y’all again when Waffe Inn reopens!!

Watched this in my neighborhood-my kids are out of high school but this was very emotional to watch- thank you to everyone that made this happen❤️

Awesome! Thank you James. Miss seeing you direct afternoon traffic at Wilson. Thanks ACSD!

Wonderful for teachers and students who didn’t know they should say goodbye for the school year

They came through mine and it was so great! What a way to encourage our community as well as children! Thanks!

Much love to Wilson Elementary teachers. Kids, they love you and miss you!

We were so blessed by this tonight. My kids LOVED it.

Thank you for helping make this happen!! Love ACSO and the Wilson staff and teachers!!

My senior need this as well, no prom, no walking for graduation!

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Our friends from Hershey Chocolate stopped by the ACSO today with candy for the deputies. We truly appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness during these trying times. Your visit made our ACSO family smile and we are extremely grateful. ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends from Hershey Chocolate stopped by the ACSO today with candy for the deputies.  We truly appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness during these trying times.  Your visit made our ACSO family smile and we are extremely grateful.

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Looks like I don’t have to bring y’all Fireballs for a while. But I don’t know if the candy from Hershey’s is as hot as my gift of Fireballs. It’s my tradition that has been brought to you for over five years.

Wow that's alot of candy! Thank you for all you do to protect us all!! Be safe and stay healthy ❤❤

I NEED CHOCOLATE!! Trying to teach a kindergartner, keep a senior on track, do my own classes & balance a house!! 😂😂😂

That okay Sheriff Smith..,Let them have there candy..,But tell your Officers,Come Friday morning,You will have them fall out at O-Dark 30 Friday morning,for one hour of PT..,😂

Wow that should have you bouncing off walls, LOL. Super sweet gesture

Wonder if they will spread it around?.EOC,rescuers

How sweet of them. Thank you. Thank you officers too for protecting evrryone.

Sugar lowers the immune response. Please consume it wisely.

Hope y’all enjoy the candy. Y’all deserve it.

Yay 👍😄 stay safe out there and thank you guys and gals

But yet they won't let the construction workers that are adding the addition on go in and buy candy anymore 😂😂😂

Such a nice treat!!!! I'd welcome a delivery too!!

Thank you guys for your service to our community.

Us seniors could use some chocolate to have on hand.

They can stop by my house too if they want!

Be Safe And Stay Health

Way to go Hershey!

That’s my mom in law!! ♥️

Love chocolate lol

That is real nice of that company!!

That is totally awesome 👍

So special!

Where our candy???

Hey I know those girls 🥰

Hershey please come see me

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***UPDATE****

Feck has been found safe and uninjured. He has been removed from the missing person's database.

Missing Person/Endangered

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was reportedly seen at an overlook on Afton Mountain on Monday, March 23rd at approximately 1700 hours.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of the Inn at Afton Monday afternoon after a third party reported a man, believed to be William M. Feck, had shot himself in the upper chest/arm (with a handgun) and drove South on the Blue Ridge Parkway in a white SUV.

Deputies were unable to locate Feck. A preliminary investigation revealed that family members have not spoken with Feck since March 21st.

William M. Feck
AGE: 33
W/M
HEIGHT: 5’3”
WEIGHT: 155 lbs
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Brown
Tattoos: Numerous including facial tattoos

LSW: dark colored jeans with a white belt, a yellow shirt, and an orange hat.

Feck has been entered into the missing person’s database as missing, endangered.

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

Feck has been found safe and uninjured. He has been removed from the missing persons database.

Missing Person/Endangered

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was reportedly seen at an overlook on  Afton Mountain on Monday, March 23rd at approximately 1700 hours.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of the Inn at Afton Monday afternoon after a third party reported a man, believed to be William M. Feck, had shot himself in the upper chest/arm (with a handgun) and drove South on the Blue Ridge Parkway in a white SUV.

Deputies were unable to locate Feck. A preliminary investigation revealed that family members have not spoken with Feck since March 21st.

William M. Feck
AGE: 33
W/M
HEIGHT: 5’3”
WEIGHT: 155 lbs
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Brown
Tattoos: Numerous including facial tattoos

LSW: dark colored jeans with a white belt, a yellow shirt, and an orange hat.

Feck has been entered into the missing person’s database as missing, endangered.
 
 If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of this missing man, please contact Investigator CJ Taylor of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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Dear Lord, please be with this young man and protect him from possible detrimental wounds. With your love, warmth, and grace surrounding him, he will find comfort and the will to seek medical attention. Please help those looking for this young man, to find him, so that his family can surround him in their live and be comforted by you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen. 🙏🙏🙏

I hope y'all checked to make sure he didn't drive off the mountain somewhere. Prayers he is found.🙏

Praying for this young man and his family

Found safe and uninjured

Prayers hes ok and found soon

Let’s everyone help find him

Prayers they find him

Prayers

Prayers

Prayers

PRAYERS

Boi,I just talked to you a few days ago man...😔🙏🙏🙏

5 foot tall, got tattoos lol

We have shared this and are following not only at NCME but with VDEM.

Tony Fitch

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Tracy Sowards-Huffman

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Helping Our Community

Over the past few weeks, we have all seen unprecedented times throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. I think it’s important that we pull together as a community and take care of those most vulnerable to this virus, our elderly population. I’ve had numerous churches, organizations, and even the radio station wanting to help our community. Therefore, the ACSO would like community assistance to help collect the following items for distribution to elderly community member in need:

In order to get this helping hand in motion, we need donations. These items can be dropped off at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 127 Lee Highway, Verona, Virginia 22980 Attention: Sgt. Joshua Graves.

Items we desire to collect for distribution to the elderly are:

1. Food
a. Canned food
b. Dry food
c. Bottled water
d. Bottled juice

2. Toiletries
a. Tooth brushes
b. Toothpaste
c. Bar soap
d. Shampoo
e. Deodorant

3. Paper products
a. Toilet paper
b. Paper towels
c. Tissue

4. Cleaning products
a. Soap
b. Laundry soap
c. Spray cleaners

In order to identify needy citizens and get the elderly the items they need, while still protecting their identity, you can contact us via our Tips email at tips@co.augusta.va.us or you can contact Sgt. Joshua Graves at (540) 245-5333.

We will need to know the elderly recipients
Name
Address
Phone
Specific Items/Services needed

Additionally, you can contact us if you would be available to assist in delivering items to local area residents in Augusta County, or if you would like to help in other ways.
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Helping Our Community

Over the past few weeks, we have all seen unprecedented times throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. I think it’s important that we pull together as a community and take care of those most vulnerable to this virus, our elderly population. I’ve had numerous churches, organizations, and even the radio station wanting to help our community. Therefore, the ACSO would like community assistance to help collect the following items for distribution to elderly community member in need:

In order to get this helping hand in motion, we need donations. These items can be dropped off at the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 127 Lee Highway, Verona, Virginia 22980 Attention: Sgt. Joshua Graves.

Items we desire to collect for distribution to the elderly are:

1. Food 
a. Canned food
b. Dry food
c. Bottled water
d. Bottled juice

2. Toiletries
a. Tooth brushes
b. Toothpaste
c. Bar soap
d. Shampoo
e. Deodorant

3. Paper products 
a. Toilet paper
b. Paper towels
c. Tissue 

4. Cleaning products 
a. Soap
b. Laundry soap
c. Spray cleaners

In order to identify needy citizens and get the elderly the items they need, while still protecting their identity, you can contact us via our Tips email at tips@co.augusta.va.us or you can contact Sgt. Joshua Graves at (540) 245-5333.

We will need to know the elderly recipients
Name 
Address 
Phone 
Specific Items/Services needed

Additionally, you can contact us if you would be available to assist in delivering items to local area residents in Augusta County, or if you would like to help in other ways.

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Will you have a fridge set up for. Milk, eggs, and perishables

Can we have prime deliver to the address listed?

ACSO, you are such a blessing to all. Thank you and God bless all of you with good health and safety. Always in my prayers.

We have the Best Augusta County Sheriff's Office!! Thank You & May God Bless You All.

It’s not just the elderly that need help. There are lots of immunosuppressed members in the community in the same situation.

ACSO..THANKS FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY 💙💙

So awesome. God bless you all❤

Are Diapers Needed? If so, need to know Size & Company the person needs

Thank you

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Helping Our Community

Over the past few weeks, we have all seen unprecedented times throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. I think it’s important that we pull together as a community and take care of those most vulnerable to this virus, our elderly population. I’ve had numerous churches, organizations, and even the radio station wanting to help our community. Therefore, the ACSO would like community assistance to help identify the following:

1) Those in the community who are unable to get supplies. (We prefer to keep this information confidential to protect the privacy of our citizens). Please use the following email: tips@co.augusta.va.us

2) What supplies do they need?
(Medications, toilet paper, food)

Once we can establish the need in our community, we then can answer the questions of how you can help, and collectively come together. We must protect this vulnerable population and assist if we are able. Please expect additional updates on this initiative as we determine the need in our community.
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Helping Our Community
 
Over the past few weeks, we have all seen unprecedented times throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I think it’s important that we pull together as a community and take care of those most vulnerable to this virus, our elderly population.  I’ve had numerous churches, organizations, and even the radio station wanting to help our community.  Therefore, the ACSO would like community assistance to help identify the following:
 
1) Those in the community who are unable to get supplies.  (We prefer to keep this information confidential to protect the privacy of our citizens). Please use the following email:  tips@co.augusta.va.us
 
2) What supplies do they need?
(Medications, toilet paper, food)
 
Once we can establish the need in our community, we then can answer the questions of how you can help, and collectively come together.  We must protect this vulnerable population and assist if we are able.  Please expect additional updates on this initiative as we determine the need in our community.

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Thank you for posting this. Please let me know if I can help. I will go get groceries, pick up meds, etc

This is awesome. Thank you so much for helping hold us together as a caring community. I also would be able to help with delivery or picking up items.

We are so blessed to have a Sheriff that cares for his community. For all the wonderful ACSO officers thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Pls keep this updated (Awesome job!!) So those of us who are able can help 🤗

I love this idea! Thank you. I would also like to be on the “helper” list.

Great idea, a community coming together for each others needs and safety!

love our sheriff he is always looking out for everyone........

This is wonderful. GOD Bless you all!

SHERIFF SMITH is awesome.

Well done; great initiative!

Same here great group uv people thanks for tails line uv Duty

Would do what I can.

This is wonderful a lot of the elderly have no one.

Great idea

Would love to help!

Please contact me via Facebook for any administrative assistant duties I can assist with, or any other way I can help our community.

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From The Sheriff’s Desk

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While details about the source and spreading of the infection are still being researched, we do know that it can be spread person-to-person, and symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. As most citizens are aware, 2019-nCoV is impacting many aspects of our daily lives.

The men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office want the citizens of Augusta County to know that as we work to serve them, we will be following current best practices, and certain day to day functions at the Sheriff’s Office will temporarily change.

• Our Ride-Along Program and the fingerprinting of citizens for employment are suspended.

• Deputies and employees will refrain from shaking hands or making any physical contact with the citizens they encounter. Deputies are also utilizing social distancing (remaining at least 6 feet away from others) during citizen contacts.

• All deputies have been issued personal protective equipment (gloves, eye protection, masks, and Tyvek suits) and they may utilize these protections in the field when required.

• When you contact 911, you may be asked screening questions by a dispatcher or they may inquire to determine if someone is ill, has a fever, or is currently experiencing respiratory problems.

• Non-Emergency calls may be handled by phone, and citizens are encouraged to use the Sheriff’s Office online reporting system that is present on our official webpage for matters that are not emergent. www.co.augusta.va.us/government/sheriff

As always, we will respond to emergencies of all kinds in person, but you may notice slight changes or a difference in a standard citizen contact due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

The men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office are proud to serve our community and we are committed to maintaining excellent law enforcement service to the citizens of Augusta County as we all deal with the myriad of changes that have been brought about by this virus. Please know that these procedural changes are for your safety, as well as ours so we don’t spread the virus.

Your safety and security, as well as the health and safety of our employees, are very important to me, and as a community, we will work through this crisis together. I will be providing additional guidance as well as resources for the elderly in the near future.

Sheriff Donald Smith
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From The Sheriff’s Desk

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While details about the source and spreading of the infection are still being researched, we do know that it can be spread person-to-person, and symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. As most citizens are aware, 2019-nCoV is impacting many aspects of our daily lives. 

The men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office want the citizens of Augusta County to know that as we work to serve them, we will be following current best practices, and certain day to day functions at the Sheriff’s Office will temporarily change.

• Our Ride-Along Program and the fingerprinting of citizens for employment are suspended.

• Deputies and employees will refrain from shaking hands or making any physical contact with the citizens they encounter. Deputies are also utilizing social distancing (remaining at least 6 feet away from others) during citizen contacts.

• All deputies have been issued personal protective equipment (gloves, eye protection, masks, and Tyvek suits) and they may utilize these protections in the field when required.

• When you contact 911, you may be asked screening questions by a dispatcher or they may inquire to determine if someone is ill, has a fever, or is currently experiencing respiratory problems.

• Non-Emergency calls may be handled by phone, and citizens are encouraged to use the Sheriff’s Office online reporting system that is present on our official webpage for matters that are not emergent.  https://www.co.augusta.va.us/government/sheriff

As always, we will respond to emergencies of all kinds in person, but you may notice slight changes or a difference in a standard citizen contact due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

The men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office are proud to serve our community and we are committed to maintaining excellent law enforcement service to the citizens of Augusta County as we all deal with the myriad of changes that have been brought about by this virus.  Please know that these procedural changes are for your safety, as well as ours so we don’t spread the virus.

Your safety and security, as well as the health and safety of our employees, are very important to me, and as a community, we will work through this crisis together.  I will be providing additional guidance as well as resources for the elderly in the near future.

Sheriff Donald Smith

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Just another hazard for our wonderful law enforcement officers of Augusta county... thank you so very much for all that you do in keeping us safe.... y'all be safe !!!

You are doing an awesome job! Stay safe ACSO deputies!!!

Definitely appreciate ACSO actions

Thank you Sheriff for staying on top of it. You and your deputies are loved and respected. Please continue to lead them and keep them safe and healthy.

You all need to protect yourselves and family also. Stay safe.

Thanks for sharing this information with us l am a little concerned about the old people and ill. But there will be ways for help Thanks to you and your staff for caring Keep Safe Friends

Thank you, we are the frontline and in this together

Thank you all for all you do! We are grateful.

Stay safe!!! Thx

Thank you for all you do!

Stay safe out there.

Thank you

Stay safe!

Thank YouAll

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Augusta Health has opened the Waynesboro COVID-19 Assessment Center to see, evaluate, treat and educate patients who are currently experiencing the signs and symptoms associated with respiratory disease and COVID-19: fever, shortness of breath and cough. The Waynesboro location is a Respiratory Assessment Center.

Augusta Health COVID-19 screening center

• 201 Lew Dewitt Blvd A, Waynesboro, VA 22980
• Hours 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All patients seeking evaluation and treatment for respiratory symptoms should go to the Waynesboro Urgent Care only. Patients seeking care for other urgent conditions such as sprains and deep cuts should go to one of Augusta Health’s other Urgent Care Centers in Stuarts Draft, Staunton and Weyers Cave or the Convenient Care Center in Crozet. The Waynesboro COVID-19 Assessment Center will work in tandem with Augusta Health’s COVID Care call center.

Augusta Health COVID-19 call center

• COVID Care Call Center 540-332-5122
• Hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Patients should consider contacting Augusta Health’s to first to ask a nurse’s advice about seeking care, and if the Waynesboro COVID-19 Assessment Center is the most appropriate place to seek care
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So wait till they can’t breathe to go get tested? And then wait an additional 4 days for results ...What about people with health issues that could potentially go down hill very quickly?

A friend of mine was supposed to get her result today in Draft and they told her the results won't be back until week. You can die and be buried before you know what the hell you have.

Thank you Sherriff Smith and Augusta Health.

#1: do not panic.

Jennifer Mesenbrink

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Stabbing/Arrest

On 03/19/2020 @ 2037 hours, deputies were dispatched to Maine Cir., Staunton, for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a 55 year old man with a non-life threatening stab wound to the abdomen.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Bryan Scott Fitzgerald, 24 of Staunton, went to his neighbor’s home armed with a weapon. He was allegedly confrontational and produced the weapon, later determined to be a screwdriver, before stabbing the victim in the side.

The victim went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. A screwdriver was recovered.

Deputies quickly located and detained Fitzgerald. He was arrested for one count of malicious wounding and transported to Middle River Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.
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Stabbing/Arrest

On 03/19/2020 @ 2037 hours, deputies were dispatched to Maine Cir., Staunton, for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a 55 year old man with a non-life threatening stab wound to the abdomen.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Bryan Scott Fitzgerald, 24 of Staunton, went to his neighbor’s home armed with a weapon. He was allegedly confrontational and produced the weapon, later determined to be a screwdriver, before stabbing the victim in the side.

The victim went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. A screwdriver was recovered.

Deputies quickly located and detained Fitzgerald. He was arrested for one count of malicious wounding and transported to Middle River Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

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I've met Bryan and Destiny once. Both are friendly, easy going, free spirited. I liked them. I don't know what went wrong. I could only see and hear tidbits. Certainly, prayers for Bryan.

Thank you for getting this guy off the streets!

Was he trying to rob the other man? That's the question. Stay on your toes Augusta county. Only the beginning of degenerates within the current chaos.

Great, now they going to come for our screwdrivers!

Now the Left is going to try to ban our assault screwdrivers!

Was the screwdriver full semi automatic??

Was it a Phillips head or flat blade ?

No way. Someone got hurt and there wasnt any guns involved. Impossible.

How about taking witnesses from both sides into account before reporting

Glad he is in jail

Lía Crucet wtf is wrong with people from our school

Bruh b are you serious? Come on man smh

Mouth.

Square head

Anthony Graham

Did they recover the black box

dam

Teresa Ervin

Austin Herring

Sarah Elizabeth Doyle

What?!?!? No gun involved??? Wow. People can kill each other without guns.

You have this story wrong this man is my husband and he had a gun held to his face! The gun was pointed to the back of my head when I took him back inside and the man fired the gun into the air!

Give me a either flat or Phillips ,'ll will be more than glad to stab his a-- --.

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HOTEL STANDOFF AND ARREST

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 1339 HRS, deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hampton Inn, located at 15 Four Square Lane, Fishersville, VA, 22939, for a report of a guest that appeared to be acting irrationally and was harassing hotel employees. Staff at the hotel called 911 to have the man removed from the premises.

Deputies made contact with a male, identified as Joshua Lee Peterman, 33, of Alexandria, Virginia. As deputies attempted to speak with Peterman, he retreated into a third floor hotel room and barricaded himself inside the room. Patrol deputies attempted to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the incident. However, after several hours of Peterman refusing to cooperate, the Augusta County S.W.A.T. Team and Negotiations Unit responded to assist. Deputies obtained a search warrant to enter Peterman’s room to facilitate his arrest.

After continued attempts to resolve the incident and negotiate a peaceful resolution proved unfruitful, a small amount of OC spray was introduced into the room. At 4:45pm, the room was entered by S.W.A.T., and Peterman was taken into custody.

There were no injuries to Peterman or any of the deputies involved in this incident.

I am thankful that our Patrol, S.W.A.T and Negotiations Unit utilized all of their training and experience to successfully end this three-hour standoff without any injuries to the offender or our deputies. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Augusta County Fire and Rescue and Animal Control for their teamwork throughout this incident.

Peterman was charged with one count of § 18.2-119 trespass after having been forbidden to do so, and one count of § 18.2-460 obstructing justice. Peterman is currently being held at the Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

No mugshot will be released at this time as the suspect is uncooperative.
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HOTEL STANDOFF AND ARREST
 
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 1339 HRS, deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hampton Inn, located at 15 Four Square Lane, Fishersville, VA, 22939, for a report of a guest that appeared to be acting irrationally and was harassing hotel employees. Staff at the hotel called 911 to have the man removed from the premises.
 
Deputies made contact with a male, identified as Joshua Lee Peterman, 33, of Alexandria, Virginia. As deputies attempted to speak with Peterman, he retreated into a third floor hotel room and barricaded himself inside the room. Patrol deputies attempted to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the incident.  However, after several hours of Peterman refusing to cooperate, the Augusta County S.W.A.T. Team and Negotiations Unit responded to assist. Deputies obtained a search warrant to enter Peterman’s room to facilitate his arrest.
 
After continued attempts to resolve the incident and negotiate a peaceful resolution proved unfruitful, a small amount of OC spray was introduced into the room.  At 4:45pm, the room was entered by S.W.A.T., and Peterman was taken into custody.
 
There were no injuries to Peterman or any of the deputies involved in this incident.  

I am thankful that our Patrol, S.W.A.T and Negotiations Unit utilized all of their training and experience to successfully end this three-hour standoff without any injuries to the offender or our deputies.  I would also like to acknowledge and thank Augusta County Fire and Rescue and Animal Control for their teamwork throughout this incident.
 
Peterman was charged with one count of § 18.2-119 trespass after having been forbidden to do so, and one count of § 18.2-460 obstructing justice.  Peterman is currently being held at the Middle River Regional Jail without bond.
 
No mugshot will be released at this time as the suspect is uncooperative.

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Thank you for a Great job Augusta County Officers. Thank God for you and the safety of all involved.

Great job deputies! Thank you for being professional and great representatives of our county and L.E.O everywhere!

That's a big deal for Augusta county, it's rare we even hear things like this happening, especially at a place like a hotel. What an absolute outstanding job from all those who helped. I'm glad that there were no injuries to any bystanders, staff, or uniformed personnel.

Great Job everyone working as a team ! I sure hope they test him for the virus

Another job well done!! Thanks ACSO Deputies!!!!

Another great job by August County’s finest. I have great respect for our law enforcement officers!

Awesome job Augusta County Sheriff's Office and bringing that perp to justice!

Great job,for keeping everyone safe ❤️👮‍♂️🇺🇸

Awesome Job Augusta County, Thank for protecting us and Hampton's Staff.

As always your officers are 100% doing their best for our safety. Huge thanks to all involved

Sounds like they did a great job! Well done and thank you.

Thank you all for your difficult and dangerous work.

Good Job! Thank you for your service!

Great job to everyone that was involved. Training pays off!

Thank God for our police force and protect them from harm.

Great job to all who helped!!

Thanks for you,again, doing another great. God bless the men in uniform.

Howd he trespass if he paid for a room 🤔

Great effort by all, thankful for our Sheriff's Dept and their strong presence throughout our community!

Great job as always!!

Thanks, good job! At least no one was injured!

Great job guys... so thankful that no one got hurt

thank you for all the professionalism shown

Good job getting him peacefully

Great job guys!!

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CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT ANNOUNCES COURTHOUSE ACCESS LIMITATIONS

STAUNTON – Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes today announced that per a Circuit Court Order issued on Friday, March 13, access to the Augusta County Courthouse will be limited.

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be screening individuals
entering the Courthouse.

“The Augusta County Circuit Court and the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office want to do
everything we can to protect the public who need to do business at, and our staff who work at the Augusta County
Courthouse,” Landes said. “For those who do not need to enter the Courthouse we encourage citizens to go online
to access services where possible.”

Beginning today Sheriff’s Deputies will be asking visitors if they have traveled overseas in the past 30
days, do they currently have or recently have they had a fever, are they currently feeling ill, and have they been ill
in the past 21 days. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you will be asked not to enter the Courthouse, but
to complete a short form regarding your request, and the proper staff person will contact you by telephone or
email.

More information about the online services available for the public at the Augusta County Circuit Court
Clerk’s Office can be found online at www.co.augusta.va.us/government/circuitcourt-clerk.

The Clerk serves as the recorder of deeds, probate judge, issues marriage licenses and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal cases. The Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes.
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Thank you for keeping us safe!

Lisa Miller Morrell

Effective immediately and by Order of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Augusta County Courthouse will be suspending its normal operation to the public for all non-essential and non-emergency cases from March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020 or until further Order of the Court.

Staunton & Augusta Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court:

Staunton and Augusta J&DR Court will run as scheduled on March 17, 2020 as all cases being heard are considered essential and emergency cases. Starting March 18, 2020, all none emergency case will be continued. If you have any questions regarding your case please call the court in advance.

Augusta County General District Court:

Anyone that has a traffic or civil case in Augusta County General District Court between these times will either receive a notice in the mail or summons as to when their case will be heard. Criminal trials currently remain as scheduled unless continued by the Court. Considering concern for public safety, efforts are being made to continue as many criminal trials as possible and to notify those involved of any such continuances. Before going to the Court, please call and see if your case is continued or not.

The General District Clerks Office will be open and have staff available to take calls. If you need to make a payment on a fine, you will be able to do so over the phone or by mail. Bond hearings, advisements and civil commitments will be conducted via video conferencing. Attorneys that need to be a part of these proceedings will be allowed into the courthouse to represent their clients. For any questions about protective orders that need to be obtained, please call the Clerks Office for more information.

Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk:

The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office also will be open and have staff available to take calls. If you need to make a payment on a fine, you will be able to do so over the phone or by mail. Attorneys are encouraged to E-File any civil cases they may have, but if unable, will be allowed into the courthouse in order to file those civil cases.

Augusta County Circuit Court:

All non-essential and non-emergency cases in the Circuit Court will be continued to a later date. Notices will be sent out or summons will be issued to notify people as to when their case will be heard. However, criminal trials currently remain as scheduled unless continued by the Court. Considering concern for public safety, efforts are being made to continue as many criminal trials as possible and to notify those involved of any such continuances. Before going to the Court, please call and see if your case is continued or not.

Bond hearings and advisements will be conducted via video conferencing. Attorneys that need to be a part of these proceedings will be allowed into the courthouse to represent their clients.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be open during this time.

Anyone that comes to the Augusta Courthouse displaying signs of sickness such as coughing, sneezing, fever, shortness of breath or appear to be visibly sick, will not be allowed to enter.

If you have any questions regarding your case please contact the court clerk’s office:

Circuit Court ​​​​540-245-5321
General District​​​​540-245-5300
Juvenile and Domestic Relations​​540-245-5306

Sincerely,
Sheriff Donald Smith
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Will the courts still be conducting legal business such as home loan closings?

Misty McCray this is augusta co let me find rockingham

Sandy Martin

Amy Carlison

Gail Smith

Samantha Johnson

KL Divine

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***UPDATE***

Swearingen has been located

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Waynesboro home on March 15, 2020 at approximately 1100 HRS.

Suzy Faith Swearingen
W/F
AGE: 17
5’5”
100 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel

LSW: royal blue Nike hoodie, cream colored sweatshirt (with peace symbol surrounded by flowers), and jeans. Has a golden doodle puppy with her.

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

Swearingen has been located

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Waynesboro home on March 15, 2020 at approximately 1100 HRS.

Suzy Faith Swearingen
W/F
AGE: 17
5’5”
100 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel

LSW: royal blue Nike hoodie, cream colored sweatshirt (with peace symbol surrounded by flowers), and jeans. Has a golden doodle puppy with her.

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

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A lot of those who know her and her family seen to think this is uncharacteristic of the young lady. My question is, what makes the Sheriff's department think she's a runaway vs a possible abduction? I'm not saying it is or isn't, I'm just curious as to how the process goes.

Praying for Suzy's safe return and for her family.

Lord I pray Suzie please keep her safe an bring her home to her family who loves her very much also praying for her family at this very scary time..

🙏🙏🙏Thank God they Found her!

Prayers for family

Praying for the family

She’s safe at home now!

This does not sound like something the Susie I know would do. Prayers for all.

Prayers

Great! 😊

Thank you God ..

She is in our prayers

Prayers

Shared

🙏🙏🙏

Prayers for the family 🙏🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Prayers for the family 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be temporarily suspending the voluntary fingerprinting of citizen’s for job applications, employment and other non-criminal justice related reasons.

We plan on re-instituting this service on April 1, 2020

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I wanted to share this Press Release from Middle River Regional Jail - March 12, 2020

The Middle River Regional Jail is concerned for the health and safety of staff, inmates and the public. Operating a clean facility is a source of pride for staff and inmates; however, increased disinfectant cleaning was implemented for common use surfaces several weeks ago. Further, in response to the growing concern with the spread of the Coronavirus and in light of Governor Northam’s declaration of a State of Emergency (March 12, 2020), operations at MRRJ have been modified.

Effective March 9, 2020 all inmates leaving MRRJ for court or other appointments began having their temperature taken
before departing the facility.

Effective March 12, 2020 the following additional steps were implemented:
1. All staff, contractors, and visitors that require entrance to the secure perimeter of MRRJ will be required to have their
temperature taken. Any individual with a temperature 100 degrees or more will be denied entry.
2. All inmates to include work release inmates have had their temperature taken prior to departing the facility. Any
inmate with a temperature 100 degrees or more will not be permitted to depart the facility, will be segregated and
examined by medical staff. Medical staff will consult with the on-call physician if indicated.
3. All inmates returning to MRRJ will have their temperature taken prior to returning to the general population of the
facility. Any inmate with a temperature 100 degrees or more will not be permitted to return to the general
population, will be segregated and examined by medical staff. Medical staff will consult with the on-call physician if
indicated.
4. Every new arrestee processed had the following questions added to the intake interview.
a. Have you traveled outside the United States in the last 21 days?
b. Have you been exposed to anyone that has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus?
c. Have you experienced a cough in the last 21 days?
d. Have you experienced a temperature of 100 or higher degrees in the last 21 days?
e. Have you experienced trouble breathing in the last 21 days?
f. Any inmate responding yes to any of the questions will be placed in a single cell in Intake until further
screened by Medical Staff.
5. Work Release programs have been reduced (no weekend work).
6. Inmate workforce crews (crews under the supervision of jail staff that work in the community) have been reduced.
7. Program staff are discussing with volunteers, that work with inmates, these new protocols. Where indicated,
programs lead by volunteers are being suspended.

Effective March 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm family visitation is suspended until further notice. Inmates can maintain contact with family through email, telephone (debit and collect call) and writing letters.

MRRJ will continue to monitor guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and make changes to operations as this guidance indicates.
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If the inmates are depending on the dr or nurses to take care of them it will be a lot of dead inmates they have the worse facility to handle anything of this magnitude they can’t even handle someone with high blood pressure

Are the same policies in place at SVJC next door?

How about suspending charges for phone calls since they cannot have visitors? Some of these folks depend on friends a d family for money to make phone calls. Friends and family may not be able to work at moment.

Do you know how long before temperatures go up and other symptoms show that a person is contagious?

Lmfao my natural body temperature is 101.6 i go under 100 and i feel so cold

Good job!! Thanks

Thank you

Prisoners get better medical attention in jail than I do going to work 🤣😂 might need to check .myself in for a short stay

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Stabbing/Arrest

At 0021 hours, March 13, 2020, deputies responded to the 600 block of Jefferson Hwy, Staunton, for the report of a stabbing.

The reporting party identified the alleged offender as William M. Pearson, Jr., 57 of Staunton, and reported his description and direction of travel; he left on foot. Responding deputies located Pearson in the area and quickly detained him.

The investigation revealed that Pearson was involved in a verbal altercation with a man. The incident escalated and resulted in Pearson stabbing the man in the torso before he allegedly punctured the tires on the caller’s vehicle.

The victim, a man in his 50’s, was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Pearson was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, felony destruction of property, and tampering with a vehicle. He is being held in MRRJ without bond.

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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Stabbing/Arrest

At 0021 hours, March 13, 2020, deputies responded to the 600 block of Jefferson Hwy, Staunton, for the report of a stabbing.

The reporting party identified the alleged offender as William M. Pearson, Jr., 57 of Staunton, and reported his description and direction of travel; he left on foot. Responding deputies located Pearson in the area and quickly detained him.

The investigation revealed that Pearson was involved in a verbal altercation with a man. The incident escalated and resulted in Pearson stabbing the man in the torso before he allegedly punctured the tires on the caller’s vehicle.

The victim, a man in his 50’s, was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Pearson was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, felony destruction of property, and tampering with a vehicle. He is being held in MRRJ without bond.

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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Bro. Needed. A fifty. Bad. Glad they. Got him

4 weeks ago

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

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Thank you and God bless!!❤

Thank you all for your service and sacrifices!!

Thank you Sheriff Smith for all you and your Deputies do for us.

Thank's for all y'all do to keep us safe

Thanks to all the officers

Thank y’all for all you do

Thank you all for your dedication and service

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Fraud Suspect

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with locating and identifying a fraud suspect. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black Nike hat, a grey Nike sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The man may be traveling in a white car (unknown make or model).

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

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with locating and identifying a fraud suspect. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black Nike hat, a grey Nike sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The man may be traveling in a white car (unknown make or model).

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

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Great photo of you. They will be coming for you

Great photo.

Dude ACSD will get you!!!

Perfect picture, won't be long until they get you.

HOPE YOU GET HIM

Tired of these scum bags getting away with this crap

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***UPDATE***

Wagner has been safely found.

Missing Person/Disability

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Fishersville home, an assisted living facility, on March 11, 2020 at approximately 1600 HRS. The man is prescribed medications for a medical condition, though it is reported he doesn’t take them as prescribed.

Douglas Andrew Wagner
W/M
AGE: 49
5’11”
183 lbs.
HAIR/White “shaggy”. Usually has a goatee.
EYES/Blue
LSW: jeans and a black shirt, and a jacket

He left the home on foot. Wagner commonly walks around Fishersville and also frequents Staunton and Waynesboro via the bus.

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

Wagner has been safely found.

Missing Person/Disability

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Fishersville home, an assisted living facility, on March 11, 2020 at approximately 1600 HRS. The man is prescribed medications for a medical condition, though it is reported he doesn’t take them as prescribed.

Douglas Andrew Wagner
W/M
AGE: 49
5’11”
183 lbs.
HAIR/White “shaggy”. Usually has a goatee.
EYES/Blue
LSW: jeans and a black shirt, and a jacket

He left the home on foot. Wagner commonly walks around Fishersville and also frequents Staunton and Waynesboro via the bus.

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

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Yay. Glad he is found and safe

Doug I hope your safe🙏

PRAYERS

Super... glad found❣️

***UPDATE***

Jenkins has been located and is safe.

Missing Person - Endangered

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing/endangered Mt. Sidney man who was last seen on Wednesday, March 4th, at approximately 2111 hours.

Ronnie A. Jenkins, Jr.
W/M
AGE: 36
5’10”
200 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Blue
TATTOOS: “Serenity” on left forearm

LSW: grey knit cap, dark colored Carhart hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes

Jenkins is operating a gray 2008 Kia Sorento, VA license: WSN-8084.

Jenkins is alleged to have made statements of self-harm and is required to take medication for a health condition; he is known to regularly carry a handgun. Jenkins has ties to Culpeper and Orange Counties.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Jenkins, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Connor Tobin at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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***UPDATE***

Jenkins has been located and is safe. 

Missing Person - Endangered

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing/endangered Mt. Sidney man who was last seen on Wednesday, March 4th, at approximately 2111 hours.

Ronnie A. Jenkins, Jr.
W/M
AGE: 36
5’10”
200 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Blue
TATTOOS: “Serenity” on left forearm

LSW: grey knit cap, dark colored Carhart hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes

Jenkins is operating a gray 2008 Kia Sorento, VA license: WSN-8084.

Jenkins is alleged to have made statements of self-harm and is required to take medication for a health condition; he is known to regularly carry a handgun. Jenkins has ties to Culpeper and Orange Counties.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Jenkins, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Connor Tobin at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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He is a really good man I worked next to him for almost three years. I really do hope Sgt.Jenkins is found safe.

Hope he is found safe. Use to work with him at FCCW.

We have shared and are following this missing case.

Prayers for a safe return and help needed

Praying for his safe return

Thank God he is safe.

Ronnie does have suicidal tendencies he often makes posts on fb I pray he is found safe

Praying for a safe return..

Prayers he is found safe .

Glad your safe buddy

I worked with him, he's good people I'm praying for him

I am pray he is found safe

Praying he is found

Hope he is found safe

Prayers that everything turns out ok.

Please report to police out to do harm take it seriosly

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***UPDATE*** 2nd Arrest

Sidney R. Woodard, 56 of Crimora, was arrested (03/05) for one count of malicious wounding after being treated and released, for non-life threatening stab wounds, from the University of Virginia Medical Center. Woodard is alleged to have struck a man with a bat before being stabbed. He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

Aggravated Assault/Arrest

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to McGuslin Ln., Crimora, on Monday afternoon, 03/02/2020 @ 1416 hours, regarding a stabbing.

Upon arrival, deputies and investigators found a 38 year old man who reported being struck with a baseball bat; his injuries were non-life threatening.

A second man, identified as David Frazier, had wounds to his hand and admitted to stabbing a third man who had left the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the three men were together when a man began assaulting the 38 year old victim with a baseball bat. The victim is alleged to have overpowered his attacker, when Frazier allegedly attacked the man with a knife.

Frazier, 59 of Crimora, was arrested at the scene without incident and charged with one count of malicious wounding. He was jailed at MRRJ and is being held without bond.

The man Frazier allegedly stabbed was identified and later located at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life threatening stab wounds. Knives and a bat were recovered.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

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

No further information is being released at this time.
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***UPDATE***  2nd Arrest

Sidney R. Woodard, 56 of Crimora, was arrested (03/05) for one count of malicious wounding after being treated and released, for non-life threatening stab wounds, from the University of Virginia Medical Center. Woodard is alleged to have struck a man with a bat before being stabbed. He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

Aggravated Assault/Arrest

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to McGuslin Ln., Crimora, on Monday afternoon, 03/02/2020 @ 1416 hours, regarding a stabbing.

Upon arrival, deputies and investigators found a 38 year old man who reported being struck with a baseball bat; his injuries were non-life threatening.

A second man, identified as David Frazier, had wounds to his hand and admitted to stabbing a third man who had left the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the three men were together when a man began assaulting the 38 year old victim with a baseball bat. The victim is alleged to have overpowered his attacker, when Frazier allegedly attacked the man with a knife.

Frazier, 59 of Crimora, was arrested at the scene without incident and charged with one count of malicious wounding.  He was jailed at MRRJ and is being held without bond.

The man Frazier allegedly stabbed was identified and later located at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life threatening stab wounds. Knives and a bat were recovered. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

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

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.Ummmmmmmmm......numerous reasons to have icky feelings pretty frequently about the health of the community. Cannot wait until I can afford to move far, far away. Good luck to those who do well here & prosper tho.

I'm not really sure why he would be the first arrested unless it was out of convenience and that he wasn't hurt? From the story, it sounds like he was helping to protect his friend. I'm thinking the guy at UVA needs to be arrested. Smh, were they all drunk?

Thank you and please be safe

What is it about Crimora?

Crime-mora.

Frankie Riggleman thats what happened yesterday

Leon McCourt

Tamala Shorter Lori Dawn Bryant

Yall its anywhere not just crimora... you live a very sheltered life if you believe it's only in crimora 🤣

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Larceny Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with two larceny cases.

On 02/25/2020, deputies responded to Construction Ln., Fishersville, for the report of two past thefts from the same business.

Video surveillance shows that on 02/21/2020 @ 0500 hours, a light colored conversion van, occupied by at least two people, accesses the property. A storage building was entered and several batteries were reportedly stolen.

Days later, 02/25/2020 @ 0200 hours, video footage captured a dark colored pickup truck on the property; a large spool of fiber optic cable, valued at approximately $1,500 was stolen.

If you have any information about these thefts, please contact Investigator CJ Taylor of 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 two larceny cases.

On 02/25/2020, deputies responded to Construction Ln., Fishersville, for the report of two past thefts from the same business.

Video surveillance shows that on 02/21/2020 @ 0500 hours, a light colored conversion van, occupied by at least two people, accesses the property. A storage building was entered and several batteries were reportedly stolen.

Days later, 02/25/2020 @ 0200 hours, video footage captured a dark colored pickup truck on the property; a large spool of fiber optic cable, valued at approximately $1,500 was stolen.

If you have any information about these thefts, please contact Investigator CJ Taylor of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.Image attachment

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Someone knew what and where to go for those items, inside job maybe !!!!

HOPE FULLY YOULL CATCH THEM

Where is Construction Lane?

BOOBY TRAP YOUR STORAGE

Morons probably thought it was copper!

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Update - she has been found safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Fort Defiance home at approximately 0900 HRS.

Toni A. Mawyer
W/F
AGE: 17
5’4”
130 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Green

She is believed to be in Waynesboro, VA.

If anyone has 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 - she has been found safe. 

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Fort Defiance home at approximately 0900 HRS.

Toni A. Mawyer
W/F
AGE: 17
5’4”
130 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Green

She is believed to be in Waynesboro, VA.

If anyone has 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.