Each head represents 1 report made to SVSS. A total of 1,455 reports of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation were received by Shenandoah Valley Social Services between July 1, 2018- June 1, 2019.
Thank you to the Augusta County Sheriffs Office, Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse, and SVSS- APS unit for sponsoring this poignant display of the “Silent Epidemic” affecting our community. Abuse of older and vulnerable adults is just as prevalent as Child Abuse.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for part time School Resource Officers. Candidates must be 21 years of age, be a high school graduate or process a G.E.D., and able to pass entry level testing which includes but is not limited to: a general wellness physical and drug testing, physical fitness assessment and a background investigation.
The preferred candidate will be a DCJS certified law enforcement/retired law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The position will pay $15.00 hourly and work an average of 24 hours weekly. These positions do not have county benefits.
County applications and Personal History Questionnaire can be downloaded from our website at www.co.augusta.va.us. Completed county application and Personal History Questionnaire must be returned to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, 127 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482 by June 28, 2019.
Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Although you may not be contacted for an interview for this position, you are encouraged to apply for future openings. Equal Opportunity Employer. ... See MoreSee Less
As a Deputy Sheriff, I am so honored to have my community feel they need to defend us deputies so strongly. However, the part time positions Sheriff Smith is asking for are to supplement the all ready full time positions of our current and very valuable SRO’s. Because of budgeting, it is unfortunate the pay could not be more, especially since I had considered retiring and supplementing with this position myself. So just know, Sheriff Smith is hiring in addition to what we already have because our community needs to keep our most precious and important possessions safe. Thank you...
This is so sad.....is the County in that bad of shape? Our Resource Officers are worth far more than that - they are in place for a reason....in my opinion this is throwing a dog a bone. They are such an important part of EACH SCHOOL - for the safety of our students and teachers.
That's a pretty embarrassing pay, and no benefits, for someone tasked with keeping children safe in a government controlled gun free zone...
SRO’s are critically important and are just as much “law enforcement” as any other LEO. I don’t understand the differential in pay, hours, or benefits. Students are in schools 35 hours a day, plus there is benefit to SROs being involved in other school or division meetings after school hours. Resources are scarce, but this is so very important. It isn’t just about “protection,” it’s also (mostly) about relationship building and bridging connections between law enforcement and the community through the public schools. It sends a message to youth about police as helpers and resources and not just “who gets called when someone’s in trouble.” Children and families and the community benefit greatly by the presence of SROs. I’m grateful to those I have worked with. I am saddened to see the part-time/no benefits nature of this position advertisement; it perpetuates a false assumption that SROs aren’t “real cops.”
On June 1, 2019, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Child Protective Services, Shenandoah Valley Department of Social Services, and the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office began an investigation in regards to a sexual assault complaint involving a juvenile male victim and a 44-year-old Augusta County resident.
Investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office utilized the Valley Children’s Center in Staunton to conduct a forensic interview of the victim child, and a second juvenile victim, whose identity had been discovered during the course of the investigation.
On June 12, 2019, investigators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kristofer Neil Losh, 41 of Stuarts Draft, on four counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The Staunton Police Department and Child Protective Services assisted the ACSO with the investigation. Losh was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.
Losh was formerly employed by Augusta County Schools. Thus far, the investigation has not revealed that any sexual conduct occurred at the school or with students where Losh was employed. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is very concerned that other victims may be in the community based on Losh’s involvement with children.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone with information please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. Investigator Ron Reid is assigned to this case. ... See MoreSee Less
I spent 7 years in the kid co-host program with him on WKDW from 3rd-10th grade. I don't know the truth about these incidents, but from my own experience he was always very respectful. I never felt threatened and the radio experience is one of the reasons I just finished a degree in journalism. This doesn't condone the actions if it's true, but people should know he was a positive figure in a lot of people's lives whether through big brothers big sisters, kid co-host program, officiating spelling bees, the YMCA, teaching, MCing concerts at the park, and so much more
Prayers and healing for these innocent children who place their trust in adults . I hope and pray schools , after school programs , churches , youth clubs etc do their due diligence with background checks however , most importantly communicate to our youth boundaries and a safe place to tell , tell , tell !!!
He was a counselor at the Y camp. All parents received an email today
Amber Renee Rexrode 😡
The question is not IF there are predators nearby but WHERE.
Moms go to work to help pay the bills and our children are left as prey. 😡
Not guilting anyone....
Let’s hope we are teacher our kids the definition of the truth and that only the truth with facts! Let’s also hope our children trust us enough to tell us the entire truth and we handle it properly. Let us pay attention to warning sign from our children that give us clues to how they are feeling. If you are guilty sir let’s PRAY you get the maximum sentence for your crime and if not let’s hope the truth as by definition comes out.
Stephanie Hope Reeves Perry
I got a paper regarding this today when I picked the boys up from summer camp Laura Shifflett thankfully they’re not at the site he worked 😑
YMCA shirt, sad.
Heidi was a teacher a stump
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...think about it before youre so quick to judge, what if it was one of you accused and you didnt do anything but the whole world thought you did because the police dept posted it on facebook?! INVESTIGATING, NOT CONVICTED. No I don't know this man personally but just think about it for a minute before you light your torches.
Krissie Martin Kelsey Jean Brandi Wallace
Paula Michelle Brewer
Omgosh he has a YMCA shirt on too!!!!
Sally Rumbley Hayes
Seaton Underwood this mofo worked at our kids school
Theresa Hull Moore
Sandy Martin show Brittany he worked at the Y CAMP! Emily Witt
Throughout the week, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has been seeking Jimmy Dean Bolenbarker, 34, of Staunton. Local law enforcement, including the Staunton Police Department and the Virginia State Police, have been seeking Bolenbarker’s arrest since March of 2019.
This week’s incidents with Bolenbarker began with a vehicle pursuit on Monday, June 11th, which began in the Fishersville area of Augusta County and ended after Bolenbarker crashed the 2013 Ford he was driving and fled on foot in the Greenville/Cold Springs area of Augusta County. Bolenbarker eluded capture, and investigators received information that led them to a residence located at 19 Blacksmith Shop Road on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. During the incident on Tuesday, a search warrant was executed, and the residence was searched with negative results.
Investigators received additional information on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, that led members of the Skyline Task Force, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Staunton Police, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police back to the residence at 19 Blacksmith Shop Road on Wednesday, June 13, 2019 at 1330 HRS to execute a search warrant for the residence, and to capture Bolenbarker, who was believed to be hiding inside.
The residence was secured, and negotiators with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office attempted to contact Bolenbarker and get him to surrender. This standoff resulted in the activation of the Augusta County SWAT Team. SWAT was assisted by members of the Staunton Police Department with the agency’s tactical robot.
During the course of the standoff, chemical agents were introduced into the residence, a search was conducted by the SPD robot, and Augusta County K-9 units within the residence. At 1709 HRS, SWAT Team members, while searching the attic of the residence, contacted Bolenbarker concealed in the attic. Bolenbarker attempted to exit the house through an attic eave, but he was taken into custody without incident.
Bolenbarker was treated for exposure to chemical agents and was transported to the Middle River Regional Jail and incarcerated. The investigation is still ongoing, regarding the second suspect involved in Monday’s pursuit. Additional charges are pending for Obstruction of Justice for several suspects that helped conceal Bolenbarker from law enforcement.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and and I would like to thank the men and women of the Skyline Task Force, the Virginia State Police, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Staunton Police Department for their assistance in the capture of Bolenbarker.
The following twelve (12) felony warrants and eight (8) misdemeanor and Circuit Court Capias to Violate Probation were served on Bolenbarker.
Offense date Agency Charge
January 24, 2019 Staunton Police 18.2-250 (F) Possess Methamphetamine
January 24, 2019 Staunton Police 18.2-308.4 (F) Possess Firearm and narcotics
January 24, 2019 Staunton Police 18.2-248 (F) Distribution of Methamphetamine
January 24, 2019 Staunton Police 18.2-308.2 (F) Possess Firearm by Felon
March 21, 2019 Staunton Police 18.2-95 (F) Motor vehicle theft
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 18.2-108 (F) Receive stolen Motor vehicle
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-301 (M) Drive suspended
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-852 (M) Reckless Driving
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 18.2-96 (F) Steal motor vehicle plates
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-613 (M) Operate unregistered vehicle
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-707 (M) Operate uninsured vehicle
March 26, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-894 (F) Hit and run
March 28, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-250.1 (M) Possess Marijuana
March 28, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-250 (F) Possess Methylin
March 28, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-250 (F) Possess Focalin
March 28, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-250 (M) Possess Tramadol Hydrochloride
March 28, 2019 Virginia State Police 46.2-250 (M) Possess Clonazepam
June 27, 2018 Augusta County 18.2-250 (F) Possess Methamphetamine
June 6, 2018 Augusta Circuit Court 19.2-306 Violate Probation on a Felony
Only problem is our justice system makes these people worse after they spend time in jail/prison. They need to do something besides lock people away they need to do things to rehabilitate them so they can rejoin society and not end up back in jail.
I'm happy he was captured, it was very close to our home, too close for comfort
So, he wrecked a stolen (borrowed) car, left the scene and had drugs on him? He'll pay for this for the rest of his life. Our "justice" system is beyond a joke
Grate job glad he was caught from the list of charges a mile long hopefully he will be behind bars for a long time
Hopefully the pulls the time for his crimes. Not sentenced to 20 years and 18 year suspended.
and that’s just what they know of.....
I’m thinking that should be enough for folks not to have to worry about him again so don’t turn him loose.....use him as an example instead. Way too many second chances.
Thats one heck of a rap sheet for just a year.... lets hope this trip he dont get bail. we sure dont need that kind of trouble back on the streets.
Drugs are bad kids!!!
Remember this is someone's son. Prayers he gets treatment for his addictions Prison will not help him.
Great work ACSO deputies and other agencies involved with this!!!
Good job....sucks for whomever owns that residence.....its never pretty after a tear gas party. Everything is contaminated....but no serious injuries or deaths and thats what matters.
Good job done by all. Glad he was caught.
Got him! Good work
Didn’t he have a girl with him ?
Wow. Thank you, Augusta County Sheriff's Office, for your department's determined and successful efforts to take this man into custody.
Yesterday was tear canister with a criminal day🤣🤣🤣
Bye bye. Great Job Law by all.
Good job, ACSO!
Good job everyone!!!! Rack them charges, he put many peoples lives in danger he needs to pull his time for what seems to be a lengthy history of crimes
He had drugs on him he's gone for awhile, if he just murdered someone or molested a kid he'd a slap on the wrist
.Gosh Sheriff, how many eligible bachelor & bachelorettes did you disappoint by taking this catch off the single’s market? Y’all know how in some families they play fantasy football? In my family we play guess the street market value in terms of number of Golden Corral birthday dinner buffets, number of Avon bling & cosmetic orders, number of Caribbean Cruise & Smoky Mountain vacation packages, etc etc etc a husband &/or wife can offer seekers of ye men first.
I hope you will join us this Saturday for our Fraud Symposium. Everyone is invited to this very informative morning that educates and provides resources to the community on the myriad of frauds that the community faces on a daily basis.
Attendees will be offered resources to learn about:
Advance Fee Schemes Check Frauds Lottery Frauds Online Auctions Fraudulent Jobs Money Making Schemes Bogus Charities Wire Fraud IRS/Jury and other Frauds
The symposium will begin with a meet and greet with coffee, beverages and snacks provided.
From 9:30-11:30, members of the Sheriff's Office and other area professionals will present information that will help citizen's recognize, identify and prevent fraud and reduce their chances of becoming a victim. We will end with a question and answer period with the panel. ... See MoreSee Less
This is valuable information that the ACSO shares! I hope there is a bigger response because I guarantee it will help save someone from becoming a victim of these lazy and onry people who have nothing better to do than to rip innocent people off.....ok....don't get me started....but I hope people show up!
Ms. Meadow Moore was located in Waynesboro early this a.m.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Staunton home on June 10th, 2019 at approximately 1845 HRS. It’s believed she could be in Waynesboro, VA.
Meadow Marie Moore W/F AGE: 13 4’10” 130 lbs. HAIR/Brown EYES/Brown
LSW: black/dark navy blue tank top, maroon jeans, and white/tan shoes. She also had a green back pack.
She left the home on foot.
If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017. ... See MoreSee Less
Praying she is found safe and returns home. Shared!
Prayers for her return home
Prayers for safe return home
Prayers for a safe return
Prayers shared from Arkansas
So glad she has been found!
Shared TN Prayers
Praise God for finding her safe from harm and danger. Praying for her and her family. God can and will take care of this problem, but we have to let Him. You are very much loved Meadow, and will not stop praying for you.
Praying for her safe return
Prayers For Her Safety. God Bless And Protect.
Hope she is found safe
Has she been found? Kayla Baker if talked to her do she know where she is/was? For her safety tell someone so she can get help.
Any updates?? Any thing we can do to help??
She was missing but has been found safe
Place on truckers site...truckers found over 1000 missing children
Meadow if you are seeing this please come home so many people are looking for you and miss you! You’re so important too so many. Please make it home safe!
So they waited till school was out and ran away ?
Praying for her safe return!!!These kids have No Clue!!!! THE DANGERS OUT ON THE STREETS!!!!! Sad!!!!!
Meadow .. if you’re seeing any of this .. please contact someone. Let someone help you please. I’m always here to listen and help you figure things out 💜
Praying🙏🏼 Meadow, please contact family or friends quickly!
Oh Meadow. I hate this for you and your family. Please go home!
National Center For Missing and Endangered, Inc.
At approximately 1757 hours, members of the Skyline Drug Task Force and deputies with the Sheriff’s Office attempted to apprehend a wanted fugitive, listed as possibly being armed and dangerous, at a Fishersville gas station.
Jimmy D. Bolenbarker Jr. wanted on multiple felonies and misdemeanor charges, evaded capture and fled in a Ford Focus. Law enforcement officers pursued Bolenbarker toward Greenville where he crashed into a curb, but kept going. In the 500 block of Greenville School Rd., Bolenbarker lost control of the car a second time before fleeing on foot. An unidentified female, who had been a passenger in the car, then took control of the vehicle and drove it a short distance before she too fled on foot.
Additional charges are pending.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Bolenbarker Jr, or know the identity of the unknown female, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017. ... See MoreSee Less
Embarrassing to read this from up here in Alaska, but damn a Task Force and Deputy Officers (note plural both of these so at least 2 cop cars and min 4 officers) Botch an apprehension, Botch a high speed pursuit, Botch a suspect fleeing on foot, Botch a pursuit of a damaged car and Finally O Yeah Botch a chick suspect fleeing on foot....All I can say is ouch for you guys and give this advice...You better roll up your windows and lock your doors because you have NO Police Protection
Hot persuit Greenville area now.....these the ones???? Residents beware??
I’m just wondering if it’s normal protocol to try and Apprehend an “Armed and Dangerous” felon at a Busy Gas station?.....seems things could have went a lot worse.
I don’t condone any laws being broke but just in case y’all aren’t counting
That's the cops for you
Run jimbo run lmfao
So in defense for the police I will say this! I’m sure none of YOU have EVER had that job before or responsibility and get out here and try to protect people and the community for the little bit of salary they make. Secondly if it wasn’t for these criminals out here who break the law these police wouldn’t have to chase these individuals anyway. You know they do ride alongs. Hurry up and sign up and put your life on the line. Maybe all of you who are so concerned and giving your oh so positive comments should put together a volunteer search team and see what you can do. Great Job August County Sheriffs office and thank you for all you do to protect those who live in that area.
Meth heads run real fast I guess. A real augusta County Bonnie and Clyde story.
Someday the mountain might get em but the law never will. Meting their way, the only way they know how.
Now thats just a little bit more than the law can allow.
This guy was in new hope stealing cars also . I hope they catch him and throw away the key.
From what I heard he is hiding in a house in Greenville police trying to get him out
That’s methed up.
People like that have been in trouble many of times with the law, go to court gets slapped on the wrist. Or even patted on the back and let right back out.. I say lock em up for about 10 years
Dude was just banging my baby momma not long ago while her "fiance" was locked up 😂😂😂 That's so methed up 🤦♂️🤦♂️
Wow..still at large? B&t Bank lobby closed today because of this. Scary hes got to be desperate at this point
so, from Fishersville, to south of Greenville, in a ford Focus, and the LE couldnt catch or stop him? tire spikes,? road blocks?
My question is why didn't the cops that were in pursuit do a PIT maneuver? They came flying past me on Indian Ridge Rd 2 cruisers within a cars length of them. Would of been a perfect place to do it, no other cars, houses, pedestrians to risk getting hurt or damaged. Driver definitely looked like he was enjoying himself running from the xops.
So who is the female? Not the missing 15yo?
And they couldn't chase after him on foot? Wow lol good ol Augusta county boys.
This here kids is why we don’t do drugs.
If they would have canine unit they could have sent them out after them on foot. Boom! End of pursuit.
This character put a lot of lives in jeopardy today.... attempted murder on multiple counts should adorn his charge sheet.
They’ve always said you can’t catch a crackhead 🤣🤣🤣
You mean to tell me he was not caught and is out there some where!!!
Kimberly wonder if this is the connection to that missing person??
We would like to congratulate Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Harper on completing the 82nd Basic Communications Officer course at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy on June 6th, 2018. The Basic Public Safety Communications Course consists of 1 week of training and results in certification by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
I wanted to share a thank you that was received from Georgia Fasnacht. She wanted to thank Deputy Scott Smith for his help on June 3, 2019 when her vehicle broke down on Greenville Avenue and Driscoll Road. She wanted the Sheriff’s Office to know that she appreciated a deputy standing by with her while she was stranded. Ms. Fashacht wanted to let us know that Deputy Smith was very professional and kind. She said it made her feel better that he stayed with her until help came. Great Job! ... See MoreSee Less
After today’s Annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, the Special Olympics Area 5 participants came back to the Sheriff’s office for some food and fellowship. They also received certificates for their participation in this great event. It was a good day! ... See MoreSee Less
The ACSO along with District 12 Probation and Special Olympics Va Area 5 participated in the Annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run today. It was a great event! This torch travels 1900 miles over 8 days involving over 300 law enforcement agencies. Today, our part of the run started at Rowe’s Restaurant in Staunton and ended at Willy’s Ice Cream in Waynesboro. A special thank you to the Preston Yancey Fire Department for the refreshing water from your truck! ... See MoreSee Less
PORTION OF ROUTE 762 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY TO CLOSE FOR BRIDGE WORK
STAUNTON – In Augusta County the Thorny Branch Creek bridge on Route 762 (Grind Stone Road) will close for bridge work beginning on June 10 with scheduled completion on July 19. This location is in the Mount Solon area. Crews will be replacing the bridge deck and fixing sediment build up and erosion around the bridge abutments.
Motorists can use the following detour:
Route 762 westbound traffic will detour north onto Route 727 (Wolf Ridge Road) and then south on to Route 731 (Emmanuel Church Road) and rejoin Route 762.
Route 762 eastbound traffic will detour north onto Route 731 and then south onto Route 727 and rejoin Route 762.
All work is weather permitting.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org. ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATE: Zoey Painter is safe and has been located. Thanks to everyone that provided information.
On Monday, June 3, 2019, at 2144 HRS, Deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Whippoorwill Way, Waynesboro, for a report of a missing juvenile. Zoey Elaine Painter, 14 was last seen at home at approximately 6:00 pm.
Painter is described as a: White/Female 14 years of age HGT/5’5” WGT/122lbs Blonde hair/blue eyes
She was last seen wearing tan jeans and a long sleeve black shirt.
Anyone with information on this missing juvenile is requested to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333. ... See MoreSee Less
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who have died while in service in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
I along with all the men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office salute the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation, and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, and our roads and highways will begin to see increased travel. We want to remind all to drive sober, buckle up and drive safely. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Craigsville Truck and Tractor Pull for allowing us to participate in the opening ceremony this evening. It was a pleasure to also have Craigsville Chief of Police, Corey Wood, join us along with Craigsville Fire Department and Rescue. ... See MoreSee Less
On May 21, 2019 at 2356 HRS, a Patrol Deputy with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Ford Expedition (rental vehicle), bearing Ontario license plates, on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 225. The deputy subsequently made contact with the driver Kahtan Seidi, 28, a resident of Clifton, New Jersey.
During the course of the encounter, the deputy observed a large amount of cigarettes inside Seidi’s vehicle, partially covered in the passenger seat. The deputy also observed that the entire passenger compartment of the SUV was full of cases and cartons of cigarettes. Investigation revealed that Seidi was on the way to New York City with a load of contraband cigarettes.
Seidi was charged with a single felony count of § 58.1-1017.1. Possession with intent to distribute tax-paid, contraband cigarettes.
Fifteen hundred and fifty five (1,555) cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized.
Cigarettes in New York City garner $13.00 per pack, making this intercepted load of contraband’s street value in NYC $202,150.00
That moment you realize that most laws are for revenue generation rather than safety.
Thank you officer. My dog was shot by a Newport cigarette
So you literally robbed a guy of $200k worth of merchandise, and you want a pat on the back? GDIAF.
Contraband... Cigarettes.... Say it again. More slowly. Now go sit in the corner and think about all the wrong decisions you've made in your pitiful politician life
TAXATION IS THEFT.
Imagine thinking this matters 😂
Meanwhile 2 kilos of coke drove by while they had this car pulled over but y’all are doing great, keep up the good work
Redcoats gotta redcoat.
Taxation is Theft.
Taxation is theft
What a stupid thing to brag about. Great job Virginia, keeping us safe from those Newport’s. What a waste of time and money.
Thank the lord you guys saved us from a plant stuffed in to thin paper rolls. Disaster averted 😂😂
Why is this news? Who cares about a guy trying to make a buck selling CIGARETTES. Do something real and stop the real drugs from pouring out of our county.
Who was the victim?
Thank you government for treating us like 15 year old highschool kids
Yeah. Really using the taxpayers dollars well. Don’t worry about the actual crimes that involve victims....
I'm just doing my job.- Nazi's
I'm just doing my job- Police
That'll stop all those teenagers from smoking for sure this time!! MuH tAx ReVeNuE!!!
Thank you for stopping these dangerous cigarette smugglers instead of actually doing something useful for society. Bless 🙏
Thank you for removing those assault tobaccos from our dangerous streets.
What is the supposed lost tax revenue attributed to those cigarettes? And what was the cost in manpower, equipment, and liability spent on this operation? And how many violent crimes occurred during those hours and what was the police response times and solve rates for those? You might wanna remove “protect and serve” from your motto.
What is the exact number of cigarettes I can have in my possession before it becomes "conspiracy" or "smuggling" or "contraband"? If that guy purchased those cigarettes legally, you ain't got nothing but illegal search and seizure. This poor guy came down to stock up on smokes. No more illegal than the duty free shop at the airport. The California justice system wouldn't even prosecute this bs. Way to go Augusta co. I'd bet a paycheck 3 DUI's passed this "cigarette stop" unscathed. Smh
"Made contact?" What was the probable cause for pulling him over in the first place? Unless there was a suspicion of an actual crime that could clearly be articulated by the officer, then the original stop was unlawful and a responsible judge will throw the case out.
PS - having Ontario plates is not a crime.
Everyone will sleep safer tonight.
Taxation is theft. The government wants to tax everything, and if they can’t, it’s illegal. Wow.
As the 2019 National Police Week has come to an end, I want to once again thank everyone in the community that provided dinners, drinks, goodies, and just dropped by or expressed support in some way to the ACSO. We can' t express enough how much we appreciate your support and we are very thankful to have you participate in last week's tribute in such a special way.
A special thank you to Ashley Snyder, who coordinated the meals so that each shift working could be fed the entire week. This took a lot of hard work and countless hours organizing and preparing for last week and we truly appreciate everything she does for us all the year through. Also, thank you to Lorna Port with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for helping coordinate meals for the deputy's at the courts so that they could be fed all week also. ... See MoreSee Less
We appreciate KAM Motorsports inviting us out to participate in their tribute to National Armed Services Day during the 4th Annual Spring Truck and Tractor Pull this past Saturday at Augusta Expo. Here are some pictures from the tribute. ... See MoreSee Less
On Friday, May 17, 2019, at 2152 HRS, Augusta County deputies responded to a residential alarm in the 1700 block of Balsley Road. Upon the arrival of responding patrol deputies, a subject fled on foot from the residence into a wooded area. It was soon discovered the suspect(s) had forced entry to the home via a window. The deputy on the scene called for assistance from an ACSO K-9 deputy.
K9 Arko was deployed and was able to track one of the suspects, Dallas Wayne Warren, 21, to a nearby home where he again fled on foot, but was quickly taken into custody by deputies. The investigation continued and deputies later arrested a 2nd suspect Dallas Warren’s 48-year-old father, Brian Allen Warren.
I am proud of the teamwork displayed in this apprehension between Patrol Deputies and our K-9 unit. K-9 Arko was able to track the suspect for approximately a mile, where he surrendered and was taken into custody by perimeter deputies.
Charged in the incident were:
Dallas Wayne Warren, 21
1 Count Breaking and Entering 1 Count Fleeing from Law Enforcement
We pulled together this Saturday to honor Lt. Murphy and finish out Police Week. We would like to thank our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as all branches of the military at home and abroad that protect our nation. Thanks to everyone that powered through this hero workout. It was an awesome time and great to have everyone together. #LtMurphy2019 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to Eavers BP for lunch yesterday, Meghan Hemp for providing dinner last night, and Adult Protective Services for the goodies.
Also, thank you to the General District Court Clerks and Circuit Courts Clerks for providing lunch on Thursday at the courts and all those that helped make sure our deputies at the courts were fed this week.
We would like to again thank several businesses and the community for the outpouring of support this week. The meals and goodies has been greatly appreciated by all of us here at the ACSO.
Thank you to Henry Funeral Home for lunch Thursday, Church on the Hill for dinner Thursday, Through the Fire Catering for lunch yesterday, and the Augusta County Board of Supervisors for dinner last night. Also, thank you to Craigsville IGA, F&M Bank, and The Station in Craigsville who donated drinks to the office for our meals.
We feel so blessed to have such support from all of you! Thank you again! ... See MoreSee Less
On Friday, May 10, 2019, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office was once again proud to host the bicyclists and support teams for Law Enforcement United (LEU). The mission of Law Enforcement United is to honor the service and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and remember the survivors left behind.
The group of riders took a brief break on their bicycle trip to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office to hydrate and enjoy some snacks.
While at the Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement United presented the Sheriff's Office a flag and case honoring Augusta County Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 23, 1941.
On Monday, May 6, 2019, an incident occurred at Stuarts Draft Elementary School. The incident was initially handled by school administrators as the preliminary information received suggested the incident was non-criminal. That evening, the school resource officer and an administrator from the school spoke about the incident and on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, a criminal investigation was launched, and additional measures were taken by the school division as a result of new information learned subsequent to the incident and initial interactions.
Sheriff Smith remains in close contact with the School Board regarding these allegations. Immediately following the incident, the small blade was confiscated and the involved students were evaluated by school administrators. At no time after the presence of the weapon was known to school administrators was there any reason to believe there was an ongoing or broader threat to the safety of any students or staff that would have warranted a lock-down or alarm to parents or the broader community.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigating deputy, the school’s resource officer, and a member of the Augusta County CWA’s Office met with an intake officer from the Department of Juvenile Justice and presented the investigative summary. A criminal petition was obtained and the matter will be handled by the Augusta County Juvenile Court. “All juvenile proceedings are closed to the public and confidential in nature, therefore no further information regarding this case will be released,” said Sheriff Donald Smith.
The Sheriff and the School Board continue to cooperate and work together to address and investigate threats and claims of violence of any kind on school property. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s assault with a deadly weapon I would think this is so horrible
This is such a sad situation all around! The victim is a sweet child and never should have had to endure all of the heartache and pain from the bullying.
But I also want to add that as a mother, a lover of children, and someone who works with children I feel sympathy for the child who did this because clearly something is wrong. Major red flags. Possibly mental health, a victim of abuse, or unstable home life. We don’t know this child’s life, I hope that CPS can also get involved and help figure out The WHY behind a young child doing such thing. And maybe I’m completely wrong about the child’s life/reasoning because i dont know him or his family but I feel BOTH children in this situation need prayers and support.
Thank you Sheriff Smith. Allows my wife and I to feel better about the entire situation.
Thank you for this update! I’m glad to hear that it sounds like justice is being appropriately served.
I love it when people comment on a situation and have no idea what they are talking about. They sit and pass judgment from behind the protection of their phone screens. Thank you ACSO for the update.
People its about the parents. Why was weapon where the child could get. Where did child learn that behavior.
The school administration mishandled the situation. I suspect that it was incompetence due to shock. I'm sure this was the first time the school had a knife attack. That's no excuse to not call the resource officer
The child who did this needs help. Juvenile mental health care in our area is pitifully inadequate. The courts will sort out the consequences but it is unlikely that this will be the last time we hear about him and the law. I truly hope he gets the help he needs
Believe the school needs to be under investigation as well. This might be the worst case so far but not the only. And if I take a knife to work with the intent of cutting someone that would be considered criminal
And what about the administrators that ignored the cries for help from the mother of the bullied child???? Why are they not being held accountable for not protecting the child? 😡
That child knew what he was doing and should be expelled. Bullying and bringing a weapon to school is beyond uncalled for.
I am beyond disgusted with this. How can they say this was not premeditated? The kid brought a razor to school. He knew what he was planning to do. He shouldve been expelled immediately because correct me if im wrong but isnt that considered a weapon?? What is the point in having a no bullying policy if this kid kept pickin on someone then cuts then yet immediate punishment was not placed? You have a child that does not want to go to school in fear of what may happen next to him. Here he is thinking that the administrators and officers will protect him and instead its being swept under a rug. This incident right here has made me question our augusta county. Im so glad all 3 of my kids are no longer in school.
“Small blade”? In an elementary school? Initially “non-criminal “? Time to enforce a NO tolerance of bullying. This child was bullied for months before he was slashed with a razor blade...in school!! 😡😡😡 I am very glad the Sheriff’s department is involved and they will do what they can. But this incident began with a failure at the school level and someone needs to be held accountable
Sheriff Donald Smith, this is your Late as hell response, to try and save face. This incident did warrant a lockdown, because this was premeditated. The Principal Mrs. Tina Bowersox, had no idea if the student had another weapon in his possession or if the student had an intent to harm someone else. The Administration DID NOT handle this incident in a timely fashion. The Resource Officer did not know about the incident until 9pm that night. Mrs. Bowersox took it upon herself, to impose her own inappropriate personal biases. You sir, have made your own personal biases, by trying to demean the incident. Saying "small blade" and "non-criminal". So in your comments you have already became judge & jury.
Dana Brown go to D.C. and get you a good lawyer, because this case is already tainted and discriminatory.
He planned this. He was already bullying and harassing the poor child and no one stepped up. It's sad that this should have been prevented had it been taken seriously when the mother addressed the school the first time. NO tolerance is ser in place for a reason and they need to act on it.
Small blade really???? They can do as much damage as a big blade!!!! He should have been expelled permanently with no questions asked!!! And as for the school administration they all should be fired for the Way they handled this matter
He needs some time in juvenile detention..
How can children learn if they fear for their safety
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!
Something needs to be done!!! This is Elementary School!!! Next Middle and High School!!! Gotta NIP IT!!! NO BULLYING!!!
Glad to see something being done but it probably won’t be enough
Thank you to D&L DONUTS of Staunton for the donuts that you delivered this morning to show Law Enforcement Appreciation. Your generousity and continued support are greatly appreciated!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day and Night
The 2019 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing all traffic laws, especially seat belt laws, around the clock.
Virginia’s seat belt use rate in 2017 was 85%, far below the national rate of 88.5% (NHTSA). Last year, 843 people died due to crashes on Virginia roadways. 308 of them were unrestrained at the time of the crash (DMV).
Seat belt use is just too important to ignore. We want to stress that always buckling up works. Our goal is to save more lives, so the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing ALL traffic laws, including seat belt use, around the clock.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 - June 2, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing traffic laws, including seat belt laws, year-round. ... See MoreSee Less
Chase Short right!! What is Augusta County Sheriffs going to pull bikes over and give seat belt tickets now?
They dont say nothing about people dieing who had a seatbelt on but if they didn't have a seatbelt they would of live the seatbelt law is a bunch of crap that they just make money on
Thank you for keeping me and my kids safe!
Yeah, seat belts take lives, too. I know at least 2 people who were killed by their seatbelt and my uncle lived only because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt! It should be a choice.
I agree seatbelts save lives however if your over the age of 18 it should be a choice not a law when’s the last time someone killed someone because they didn’t fasten there seatbelt?If they wanna save lives then outlaw cigs ,alcohol etc.
Honestly think the seatbelt law should be a persons choice and not forced. I was told if I had been wearing one in my car accident, I’d be dead. So seatbelts don’t always save your life, sometimes they can be what causes the end of it.
I personally don't think it would feel good to be thrown through a windshield or out of a window, that'd be why I wear my seatbelt. It honestly shouldn't have to be a law, but there is a lack of common sense in our society so we have to make laws to protect the less fortunate.
Call it what it really is - annual police fundraiser.
Why dont schools have money? Supostly all the money from the lottery goes to education..if that's true they should have lots of funds..
Terrible campaign. Seat belt laws are only in place due to insurance company lobby and added revenue. I wear my sealt belt however it should be a choice. There are much bigger crimes that need the officers time in the valley
While so many are quick to criticize this campaign, the truth is that SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES! Being a member of a Volunteer Fire Dept I have seen the results of both wrecks with and without the use of seatbelts and those who were wearing a seatbelt were not injured nearly as bad as those who were not.
Seatbelts are nice but have you ever been on a motorcycle 🏍
What are the seat belt laws...is it a primary offense?.... can they pull you over just for not wearing a seat belt ?
OH REALLY, THEN WHY DONT SCHOOL BUSSES HAVE THEM. LETS START THERE
4yr olds ride buses to pre k with no proper restraints yet its a law they have to be in car seats or booster seats til a certain age or height ...fix that during this event our kids are priorities also.
Lets be honest, you just want money.
i NEVER use a belt -none of their bussiness
Does that include enforcing S 18.2-324 (depositing debris in the roadway)
I once again would like to thank some special people in our community for taking the time to serve meals to the ACSO yesterday and today.
We thank you Sarah Blackwell with Old Dominion Realty and Cindy Lowe for lunch yesterday. Wayne Howard with That’s a Wrap who gave us extra food that we were able to share with Waynesboro Police Department. Take Out 250 for lunch today. New Directions Center Inc for the goodies you dropped off today, and Nate Wilson with Farmers Insurance for dinner tonight.
The outpouring of community support this week is greatly appreciated by all of us at the ACSO. ... See MoreSee Less
The ACSO was extremely thankful to be invited to the memorial dinner served by Crossroads Baptist Church this evening. The food was awesome and the hospitality and fellowship was even better. A special thank you to Senator Emmett Hanger for coming out to support our local law enforcement and having dinner with us.
Spending time with our local law enforcement community this week as we remember the fallen makes us even more thankful for one another. #NeverForgotten ... See MoreSee Less
I would like to take a moment to thank those that have donated meals for our office yesterday and today. It was greatly appreciated!
Thank you to Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Chick-fil-A in Staunton and community members who have donated drinks, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Shannon Boyle of Smooth Athletics, Emerson & Briscoe, Wayne Howard of That’s a Wrap and Creative Wonders Learning Center for allowing him to cook the meal in their kitchen, and Rachel Johnson & Family for providing the meals. They were delicious.
We were also glad to have some of the Troopers with the Virginia State police stop by and eat with us. ... See MoreSee Less
National Police Week 2019 will begin on Sunday, May 12th and ends on Saturday, May 18th. The ACSO family join together with communities across the United States to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
At the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., the names of 371 officers killed in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in our nation's capital. These 371 officers include 158 officers who were killed during 2018, plus 213 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
Throughout this week, the community has come together to show their support for the men and women behind the badge that protect Augusta County on a daily basis. As your Sheriff, I would like to recognize the staff at the ACSO, as well as their families for their strong work ethic, dedication, sacrifice, and loyalty to our community. ... See MoreSee Less
The ASCO had a very successful and busy morning at the 2019 Kids Matter Day held at Gypsy Hill Park. We enjoyed interacting with the children and their families. We handed out hundreds of balloons, anti-bullying t-shirts, and school supplies. Our K-9 Division conducted numerous demonstrations. I think fun was had by all. Thank you to those who came out to this event today! #kidsmatter... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Deputy Pultz for receiving the Village Award from Riverheads High School. The award was presented at the Augusta County School Board meeting tonight! Thank you Deputy Pultz for your continued work and support to the youth of Augusta County! ... See MoreSee Less
The ACSO is thinking of our brothers and sisters of the VSP and the Dowell family as Trooper Lucas Dowell’s portrait was dedicated today. We will hold the line from here; rest easy brother. #WeNeverForgetToday the entire #VSP family remembers the valor, service and sacrifice of Trooper Lucas B. Dowell in 2019. His official Department portrait was unveiled and dedicated for placement in the Virginia State Police Col. C.W. Woodson Memorial Gallery. #WeNeverForget #valorservicepride ... See MoreSee Less
On May 7th, at approximately 3 pm, a deputy was clearing up from a traffic stop when a man stopped to report a “robbery” in progress that was occurring down the road.
The deputy followed the complainant until such time as the man pulled over to report that the suspect(s) had just passed them. A license plate was provided.
The deputy located the suspect vehicle in the 2700 block of Lee Hwy and made contact with the occupants, Tyler Beierle and Lisa Higgins. Further investigation ensued before both were taken into custody and charged with burglary and grand larceny. Items stolen from the burglary were found in the car and subsequently returned to the owner.
We appreciate the citizen's help that saw what was happening and took action. You are to be commended. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank goodness for caring citizens and a police department working together!!
Good job to all!
Thank you citizen for doing your part!
We need to continue watching out for each other. Thanks for doing this.
Thank you citizen who reported the event quickly
Great job to the citizen and deputy! Team work!
Love the team work between the citizens of Augusta County and the deputies who serve this county!!!!
The way we stop this...neighbor looking out for neighbor....good job everyone!!!!!
Way to go on both the gentleman who was watching out for his community and the officer involved being there at the right time.
A Sheriff's department involved with the community, equals a community being more involved with the Sheriff's department. GOOD JOB on both sides.
I think Lowe’s May want their shirt back..😂
I think its kinda sad!!! Yeah i got arrested...i have not been convicted or found guilty of anything!!! & it seems like the ACSO is already holding me!!! I missed the guilty verdict & sentencing!!!! What????
SO GET ALL YOUR INFO B4 U RUN YOUR MOUTH. OR JUST ASK ME!!!!
I guess Lowes isn't paying him enough!
Oh okay I see it now yea definately the one ,joy joy
If this guy works/worked at Lowe's I'm sure he's leaving there with more than a shirt and a shotty reputation....
Kids that run, are usually running from pain and troubles they face, added on top of that a young growing mind, not able to identify why they hurt, then effectly communicate to someone who is gonna listen, instead of be upset, about how they put us through hell worrying. I'm praying for this young man. I dont know him or any details, but I'll be praying for his safety and for the unrest and worry and heart of him and family.
The hurt and pain they cause loved ones.
The eyebrow looks like part is shaved. This indicates a gang.
They don’t care!!! We are still missing Anibal Pacheco no contact no one as seen him!! I hope they find this young man as well
I shoot competitively and am a member of the competitive shooting community. I can assure you, a single purchase of 4,000 rounds of ammunition is not even the slightest bit uncommon or worrisome.
This notion that a person who did nothing illegal should be investigated and denied due process is horrifying. Do we seek to strip a person of their driver's license because they buy a car that can reach speeds over a hundred miles per hour when most speed limits are 70mph or less? Do we seek to destroy a person's character and label them an alcoholic or drunken wife beater because they buy a few bottles of wine or cases of beer?
I have had as much as 800/1000 rounds of Shotgun shells in my Truck for Trap Shooting at my local Gun Club. I figured the uneducated and Gun hater's would freak out on this.
Why would you have that in the car? Why would you need that much? Sounds suspicious..
Serious 3-gun competitors shoot pistol, rifle and shotgun every day. Four thousand rounds is NOT uncommon amongst those that know. #TMYK. Too bad some sticky fingered trash took what doesn’t belong to him/her.
4000 thousand rounds...red flag 🚩🚩
Can we investigate why people repeat the same stupid comments of the people before them. Read the ENTIRE thread before you comment.
Anyone commenting on the amount of ammo being "too much" is like a moth to a bug light.
Because he can
Laughing because 4k rounds isn't as much as people think especially when you're at the range a lot. 😂
Why was so much ammo in the vehicle??
Ok reading the dumb comments about being "too much" ammo is getting old. There is no such thing as too much ammo. Why's it in his vehicle? A. Maybe he just bought it and didn't take it in B. Maybe he's a competition shooter C. Maybe he's going to the range. Geeeez.
Why would you leave ammunition in your car? Not smart at all
Haven't people learned yet that you have to lock your vehicle.
Don’t even know how to respond to this 🤔
Imagine a fireman’s nightmare when the car started exploding. 🤬
I hope you are investigating why the hell anyone would have over 4,000 rounds of ammunition in their vehicle as well as the fact that it was stolen...
Does anyone even realize how 4000 rounds is not alot of ammo if you competition shoot or Target practice?!
Why does anyone need that much ammo??
It had to be somebody that knew they were in there.
Praise the Lord that this individual did not have any guns in the car. Smdh. Be more responsible!
I would like to commend Deputy Eddie Trott (ACSO), Sgt. Zullig (Waynesboro PD), and Detective Dean (Waynesboro PD) for a job well done.
On Tuesday April 28, 2019 Deputy Trott was traveling through the City of Waynesboro and observed a female sitting on the edge of a bridge overlooking the railroad tracks. Deputy Trott began a conversation with the female and determined that she was considering jumping from the bridge. Deputy Trott requested the Waynesboro Police Department to respond. Two Waynesboro Police Department Detectives Sgt. Zullig, and Detective Dean responded to the scene. In a joint effort the team was able to remove the female from a deadly situation and provide her with help.
So glad somebody shared that with the public. WE never hear the good things the police dept. does and I would like to hear more of it. Congratulations for a job well done. I am afraid so many people see so many bad things on TV that officers do like shooting innocent people they are going to be scared of the Great Officers we have around here and I for one do not want them to be. Our Officers Need to be Loved and Appreciated.
Great job Eddie, Zullig and Dean
Eddie is always willing to help not only in his job but to family and friends! Great job
Always great to read about "ole" friends and school mates being a HERO...Awesome job Eddie. Thank you Eddie and Waynesboro officers for your service.
Great job trott dean and zullig. What a great job all you guys and gals do
The training is paying off!
How come you try to get me to jump!?
Great job Eddie and good for you in working hand and hand with Waynesboro Police Department. Good things happen when departments work together for the common good!
PROUD OF YOU GUYS . JOB WELL DONE
Way to go Eddie!! Awesome job guys!!
My son and Husband witnessed this and flagged this police man down.Thank goodness this story ended positively.
Also this is National Prayer Day: Officers are one of the many Occupations around here that we should be praying for Everyday. They have a Dangerous Job and I for one know it. Thank You Everyone. One Nurses and Physicians are also of those Occupations as I was and are often Threatened. Nowdays may professions are in danger. Even store clerks. God keep them safe.
Three letters. C. I. T. job well done everyone!! Blue Ridge CIT is beyond proud.
Thanks to all of you for your service. I am so proud of the ACSO.
Eddie! You rock! Great work and proud to call you friend!
Great job Eddie! Thank you for your compassion and making the difference. 💖🙏🏼
Proud for you and your family, Eddie.
Job well done Eddie! So proud of you!!! Thank you for what you do every day!
Eddie has always had a great and caring personality. Thank you Deputy Trott!
Way to b at the right place at the right time!! 🙏💗😇
Way to go! If anyone could talk someone off a bridge you could! Awesome job!!
Awesome job to all 3 of you.
Praise God for putting you at the right place at the right time. God Bless you for a job well done
Thank you for being understanding in a stressful situation. I hope she gets the help needed .
Thanks Eddie for a great job serving the community .
5 year old Peyton Dennis was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a condition in which a tumor is located in the middle of the brain stem.
Peyton is a huge fan of police, firefighters and cowboys. Augusta County Sheriff’s Office participated with Staunton Police Department, Virginia State Police, Swoope Fire Department, and Staunton Fire Department on sending our best wishes to Peyton and his family. All the local first responders are pulling for you Peyton. ... See MoreSee Less
Over the next few days, the Augusta County Republican Firehouse primaries will be taking place. Today is the 25th House District Primary. Please go to the Government Center and exercise your right to vote. I have had many phone calls and text messages regarding the form at the door requiring folks to vote straight Republican in November.
Let me be clear, NO political party has the right or control to dictate how or who you vote for. As your sheriff, I have a duty to protect your Constitutional Rights. Therefore, let me make it clear to everyone that the party may have bi-laws in place for you to sign their form, but in no way should you let them control how you vote. DO NOT allow the form to shy you away from voting in these primaries. A party telling you that you have to vote straight Republican in November is in no way enforceable or what the Founding Fathers of the United States intended. GO VOTE!!!! Vote for the candidate you choose and don’t allow a party affiliation or a form to pressure your decision. ... See MoreSee Less
This is great! I'd like to shake the hand of whomever posted that. With all-due respect Sheriff Smith--that form is the best public service announcement anyone could give the people of this area! Would you beleive, there is an ABUNDANCE of 'Democratic' voters whom put our new governor into office and yet had NO idea that he brought about the new abortion laws which implies essentially the "murder" of new born babies?! Would you beleive it, sir? Last thing this area needs is to get a new Sheriff due to ignorance of voters as to who and just what they are putting into an official position. I am only upset that I was not able to see this form first-hand! Good luck to everyone in the election!
Would have been nice to have this info printed in the local newspaper a few days ago. as well as who the candidates are. Too late now - darned if I'm driving to Verona (50 miles) to vote now and then again on Monday? What genius thought this up?.
I will vote for a candidate; not a party. I have always voted conservative, but I will never let someone else dictate my vote.
I fill that at one time the two parties was right for the country but not so much this day and time to many vote for the party and not the one running for office I"am starting to fill like if there was just one party America party than people would vote for the person and not the party and than they would work for what best for the people and country,counties,districts and so on
People's Sheriff. Looking out for everyone's right. Letting people know there rights and helping the concerned ones. Good job!!
We NEED civics taught in school again. The election held today was to nominate the Republican candidate for the 25th House District. The general election to be held in November. It was a Republican Party function. It was NOT open to the general public. The Party has a right to ask participants to commit to supporting the nominee in the general election, just as the Democrat Party would expect in the selection of their nominees.
Since this had NOTHING to do with the Sheriff’s election in November, nor is he a member of the Republican Party, I am not sure why the sheriff felt he needed to inject his thoughts into a Party activity.
If the Sheriff’s Office received questions regarding Party rules, the appropriate reply would have been,”That is a Republican Party function, and I have nothing to do with the organization. “.
As a fellow republican, I question the legality of this document.
Thanks so much for your honesty and for letting us know the facts. Forever the Peoples Sheriff🇱🇷
That's why Sheriff Smith has my Vote he doesn't just represent one group of Citizen in Augusta county but all Citizens.
Isn't this Facebook account supposed to be used for official government business. While everyone has freedom of speech and can express what they what... maybe a better outlet is on ones own political Facebook account. But while I'm here, if anyone would like to understand how the political parties work, because it seems whoever is keeping up with the Sheriff's Official Facebook page does not, please come to our next meeting which is held the third Tuesday of every month. That way everyone will learn what is allowed and what isn't when it comes to party politics. If you want to be a Independent...be a independent...if you want to cater to the Democrats...so be it...but don't disrespect 73 percent of the Augusta County Voters and trash Donald Trump's base and supporters..... which are Republican!!!
Yes! I totally agree. Well said!
Political parties and law enforcement should be separated by facts NOT ideas.
This EXACTLY why I vote for Candidates not PARTIES
Thank you Sheriff Smith.
They would not let you vote without filling this out.
Well I'm a bit confused, because the date on this document states April 29, 2019, which is this coming Monday. Please clarify if this document refers to today's voting or some meeting scheduled for Monday. Thank you, Sheriff Smith!
I agree Sheriff.
Well said Sheriff.
This is outrageous.
I'm glad to see that sanity rules back on the home front.
On 04/25/19, Jerry Marcus Kesterson II, 37, of Staunton, was arrested in connection with the string of burglaries that were committed in Stuarts Draft approximately one week ago. He was also charged (04/24/19) in connection with a 2018 commercial burglary at Shenandoah Acres Resort. The investigation into the burglaries is ongoing. If you have any information, please contact investigator Tobin with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. Kesterson is being held at MRRJ.
Charges: (4) counts of break and entering, (1) count of grand larceny, and (3) counts of misdemeanor larceny.
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is committed to not only protecting and serving the citizens, but also prosecuting individuals involved in criminal activity. Bringing these cases to a close is extremely beneficial to our community. ... See MoreSee Less
Was there only one person who broke into the places? I thought that two people were suspected. Glad he was caught.
He’s wearing ladies 👠 shoes
Did the. Locate some gun scopes and fishing lures.
VOTE 4 Donald Smith
Somebody snitched cause there's NO way y'all could identify him thru that other pic!
Great job ACSO!!!!!
Off w/his hands. God I hate a thief.
Great job. Well done!!
Another one bites the dust....Good work guys.......
Good job guys🙌🏽
Way to go ACSO!!!👏
Great job ACSO
Good job! Glad they caught him.
Way to go ACSO. Glad he was caught.
Glad they got him..
Great job... but how did you find him
YESSSSS! Great job guys!
Thank you ACSO! Great job!
. Web(internet)ster’s incomplete edition dictionary of local crime where you live terms. Commercial Burglary: “I seen it advertised on TV & in the newspaper & in those bulk mail advertising flyers & I wanted it but I didn’t have no money to pay for it so I stoled it.”
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Department is seeking service oriented individuals to work in the records department, which operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This position requires the ability to work a rotating shift schedule to include evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and be on call as needed. Qualified persons with an interest in working for a progressive Sheriff’s Office that values teamwork and high quality performance are encouraged to apply. Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally the ideal candidate will be able to use a personal computer, have excellent customer service skills, work effectively under stressful situations, establish work priorities, make sound decisions in accordance with departmental policy and procedures, and possess outstanding verbal communication skills and the ability to maintain a Virginia driver’s license.
Starting salary is $30,482 with fringe benefit package of VRS retirement and life insurance, health insurance, PTO leave program. Applications and Personal History Questionnaire can be downloaded from our website at www.co.augusta.va.us. Applications and completed Personal History Questionnaire need to be returned to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department, 127 Lee Highway, Verona, VA by May 10, 2019. Equal Opportunity Employer. ... See MoreSee Less
The Deputy of the Year Ribbon is hereby awarded for outstanding performance as a Deputy Sheriff in and for the County of August during the 2018 calendar year. Your work ethic, professionalism, skills, and abilities are a great credit to yourself and the entire Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
Your actions throughout 2018 are an example to others and exemplify the best that the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has to offer. Congratulations to the 2018 Deputy of the Year
Thank you to those who came out to our first Fraud Symposium this past Saturday. We hope those that missed this will come to our next one, which is on June 15th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors Meeting room at the Government Center in Verona.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Awareness Month is April 19-May 12, 2019. Please see below some Pedestrian Safety Tools when out and about. Next week, we will post some Bicycle Safety Tools to keep in mind. ... See MoreSee Less
On 4/23/19, members of the Skyline Drug Task Force arrested Dustin Griffin, a 36 year old male from Staunton on an outstanding Skyline warrant for distribution of methamphetamine. During the arrest, Griffin fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by members of the Task Force. A search of Griffin’s person revealed US Currency, methamphetamine and more suspected narcotics. Griffin was served the original distribution warrant as well as charged with a second distribution of methamphetamine (felony), escape by force (felony) and misdemeanor damage property. Griffin is being held at MRRJ without bond.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time and further charges are possible.
The Skyline Drug Task Force is composed of investigators from Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Nelson County Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Filed Office. ... See MoreSee Less
Prayers going up. Hope he gets the help he needs. Sometimes it take family and friends and more to support those of us who fall by the wayside. People should never judge. That is only for God and the court. Much love and encouragment for all of you.
Nikki- Prayers for you and family. I’ve walked your shoes with a loved one. It’s hard but not impossible. My loved one is clean almost 2 years.
To those of you with negativity, sharing, liking, etc. You might want to take a good look at your own family tree before casting stones at others. This could be your son, your brother, your grandson, or friend. One never knows what your friend or neighbor may be experiencing. For those of you with open minds, forgiveness and prayer- we thank you. Each and everyone of us makes mistakes. Some of us more than others. Not everyone is a cold hearted criminal. This individual would literally give each one of you the shirt off his back- even you shamers. So for the sake of these individuals and their families perhaps you can pray for their recovery and future- God Bless.
Thanks! Great job!
Yay!! Great Job!!
Sad i never knew it he was one of the nicest people would have helped anyone at anytime. Prayers for him and family
Proud of you guys. No.1
Prayers for him and his family
Good job for getting another one off of the streets the drugs has caused so many heart aches and so many families with out loved ones children brothers sisters they need to get them put them were they belong
People can say what they want but every family has some how been affected. I don't know this individual but I know that dead, hopeless look on his face from seeing it so many times on the faces of people I know and love. Let's pray for them none of us are perfect.
Thanks to the Augusta Co. Task Force and Augusta Co Sheriff Dept.
The ACSO would like to recognize all the Administrative Assistants on this special day. The admin support staff at the ACSO performs vital roles daily that are crucial to our operations. To all the support staff at the ACSO, we appreciate you and want you to know you are special to us. Your dedication to Augusta County, the ACSO, and to the admin staff is greatly appreciated ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for asking us to participate in this video Craigsville Elementary School. I think it turned out great and wanted to share with the rest of Augusta County. Good luck to all students taking SOLS this week!
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site at the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday April 27th between 10am and 2pm.
Citizens or Augusta County are also reminded that we have a collection receptacle that is located in our lobby that is available at any time. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sheriff’s Medal (Life Saving) is hereby awarded for outstanding performance during the lifesaving of a 52-year-old Augusta County resident who attempted suicide on Lee Highway in Mt. Sidney, Virginia on July 19th, 2018. During a welfare check on a mentally disturbed female, you found the victim unconscious and with what appeared to be a white powdery substance on her chest. You called for rescue and administered NARCAN to the female, which improved the females breathing, and contributed greatly to her life being saved.
Your actions reflect great credit upon the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
1SG Douglas Cole – Sheriff’s Medal
The Sheriff’s Medal (Life Saving) (2nd Award) is Hereby awarded for outstanding performance during the lifesaving of a 27-year-old Augusta County resident on Waldrop Road in Swoope, Virginia which occurred on December 4th, 2018. Upon arrival, you located a male who had overdosed on Hydrocodone and Klonipin after writing a suicide note. Upon administering the first dose of NARCAN the males breathing improved slightly. Thinking on your feet, you administered the second dose of NARCAN and the male was able to sit up on his own. A suicide averted.
Your actions reflect great credit upon the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Trevor Foote – Sheriff’s Medal (2nd Award)
The Sheriff’s Medal (Life Saving) (3rd Award) is hereby awarded for outstanding performance during the lifesaving of a 53-year-old Augusta County resident on Old Greenville Road in Staunton, Virginia which occurred on May 29th, 2018. On that date, you responded and performed CPR on the victim until relieved by Fire Rescue. Your fast response and successful resuscitation of the victim enabled him to arrive in the emergency room with a pulse and breathing on his own.
Your actions reflect great credit upon the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.