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Runaway Juvenile

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

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

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

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

A photo is attached

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

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

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

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

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

A photo is attached

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

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Praying big!

Prayers for a safe return home!

Keleigh your church peeps love you!

Prayers and shared.

Prayers for safe return

Many prayers!!

Prayers she is found

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

Prayers that she is found and gets home safely.

Prayers , come home Keleigh. So many love you.

Praying she returns home safely

Oh Jen, I pray she is found soon!!

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

Sending prayers

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Prayers for safe return An everyone

Come home Keleigh! So many people love you and always will.

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Police impersonator/Arrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Well done! As always great job ACSO deputies!

Great job!

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

Thank you ACSO!

Thank you ACSO

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

Good job ACSO. VOTE SMITH ON THE 5TH.

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

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

Goonie ????

Annette Argenbright

Eden Floyd Brian Floyd

Andrea Saunders tag ben

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

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New Part-Time School Resource Officers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What an awesome addition to your department!

Congratulations Jim

Grateful to have you guys, Congrats!

Thank you sir's for your service to community!

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

Congrats Jim!

Congratulations Mike!

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

Two great men watching over our children makes me feel better. Thanks Sheriff Smith.

Congrats to ya both have a great year

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

Great gentlemen! Welcome!!

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

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

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations

Two wonderful men to have

We are grateful to have them!

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

Great fellas!

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

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

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

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So sorry for the loss of your loved one.Praying God will be with you at this time and the days to follow!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

So sorry to hear of your loss, A.C. Your daughter was a great student during our recent EMT class. She brought funny and excitement to the class and all her classmates. We will all miss Tammy.

Sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to her family and friends

Many thoughts and prayers. Tammy will be missed as a nurse, friend and coworker. Her smile, kindness and sense of humor always stood out. Hold to memories.

Losing one of our own really hits a deep spot for so many of us. While I did not know her personally, she was a colleague and peer. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

I am so sorry to hear of Tammy’s passing. R.I.P. prayers to her family

I am so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family

Prayers for your family

Oh, I am so sorry A. C.!! Prayers and hugs to you and your family!! 🙏🙏💕

So sorry A.C. You are in my prayers.

A.C., I’m so sorry for your loss. Tammy was loved by so many and will be so missed ❤️

Condolences to the family.

So sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

So sorry sending prayer !

Thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult time

So sorry for everyone’s loss, my thoughts and prayers for Tammy’s family and friends!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers 🙏. Your presence and sincere support for Tammy, her family, her CVFR family and friends was appreciated more than you know ❤️

Prayers for the family

Prayers for all of them.

Sending prayers to the Powers family at this difficult time.

Sending lots of love out to Tammy family as they lost a loved one

So sorry about the loss of your daughter AC and Juanita. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Also to her mother, I am so sorry.

We are saying prayers for you and your family AC.

Sending a hug and Thank you for your service. My heart sadden.

Thoughts and prayers.Tammy will truly be missed.

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The ACSO expresses our sincere condolences to Tim Martin and his family as they celebrated the life of his mother, Mary Eleanor Martin, today in Richmond. The Sheriff’s Office is praying for peace for you and your family. ... See MoreSee Less

The ACSO expresses our sincere condolences to Tim Martin and his family as they celebrated the life of his mother, Mary Eleanor Martin, today in Richmond. The Sheriff’s Office is praying for peace for you and your family.

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Prayers for Tim Martin and family, friends, and associates.. May God make His face to shine upon you during this time of great loss...

Prayers for all.

Prayers

Prayers going up

Prayers for all..

Prayers for the family

Sending prayers for the Martin family

Prayers

Prayers Tim

Prayers for everyone

Tim I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. I’m praying for peace and comfort for your family

Sending thoughts and prayers

Sorry Tim...prayers for you and your family!

Prayers for the loss of your Mother Tim

Prayers to you all

Sending prayers up for Tim Martin and his family

Prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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Home Invasion/Robbery

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion/robbery that occurred August 14th at approximately 10 P.M.

Deputies were dispatched to a fight on Mt. Sidney School Ln., Mount Sidney, VA. Upon arrival, they found a man bloodied from an assault.

Further investigation revealed that a man, woman, and infant child were inside their apartment when two armed and masked men entered. Once inside they directed the woman to the bathroom and took her cell phone. The male resident confronted the two and a physical confrontation ensued. The fight spilled into the hallway and continued. A neighbor heard the commotion and attempted to break up the fight; he was subsequently punched in the face by one of the assailants.

The two suspects, only described as being “light skinned”, fled the area in a black car.

The injured resident and his neighbor both received minor injuries. The woman and child were uninjured.

If anyone has any information about this case, please contact Investigator Ron Reid at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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I hope they are able to catch up with them 💓❤️

Bless their hearts! Prayers for the fam...that could've been a total different outcome.

Oh my goodness!! I am so sorry! Sending prayers!!

That's so awful! Hope everyone is ok. Will say a prayer for them. 😢

Prayers for all the ones involved...God bless and Lord please help the deputies find the mean and hateful crazy people....

This was at moms apartment building

This sheriff is doing more then the last one, i had someone enter my house across the street from the sheriff office I caught him and pinned him to the floor until they arrived. They gave him trespassing paperwork no other charges Because of he was a minor

I hope you catch them

KAY CAIN. KEEP YOUR DOORS LOCKED

So sad that these things happen

To bad he didn't have a gun. Someone breaks in to my home. They are not coming back out.

what in the tarnation? I hope they are found and locked up for life. People are crazy.

Will there be an increased ACSO presence in the Mt. Sidney area tonight?

So sad

Is this an isolated incident or should we be concerned

This is terrible 😢

Mount Sidney hoodlums!

Thats why i have a gun in my home u might come in but u will b carried out

What is this World coming Too

Unreal.

Go get em’ ACSO!!

Tommy Lilly - Mount Sidney 😳

This is why we shoot home Invaders. Makes it easier for LE to capture and identify them if they're dead.

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Riverheads Elementary School Principal John Matherly contacted Dr. Eric W. Bond, Division Superintendent for Augusta County Public Schools yesterday August 12, 2019, to pass on a very positive compliment on SRO Chris Pultz who serves the Riverheads School District. A parent called in to say "thank you" for having a School Resource Officer at Riverheads Elementary.

Deputy Pultz was out helping with the morning car rider duty; greeting students and helping them out of their cars. The parent felt that it was great for our students to experience a police officer interacting positively with their child, other students and parents. He also felt that his presence made our school feel less like a potential target.

We certainly appreciate this positive parental feedback and the small, but daily impact our SRO’s presence have on the community

Great work Deputy Pultz!
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Riverheads Elementary School Principal John Matherly contacted Dr. Eric W. Bond, Division Superintendent for Augusta County Public Schools yesterday August 12, 2019, to pass on a very positive compliment on SRO Chris Pultz who serves the Riverheads School District. A parent called in to say thank you for having a School Resource Officer at Riverheads Elementary. 

Deputy Pultz was out helping with the morning car rider duty; greeting students and helping them out of their cars. The parent felt that it was great for our students to experience a police officer interacting positively with their child, other students and parents. He also felt that his presence made our school feel less like a potential target.

We certainly appreciate this positive parental feedback and the small, but daily impact our SRO’s presence have on the community

Great work Deputy Pultz!

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Great job your awesomeness is appreciated!

Thank you!

He does a great job! So glad his efforts are recognized!

Thank you Deputy Pultz! We love seeing you in the morning.

Great job Chris!

Thank you for protecting our children!!! Well done:)

Thanks for protecting our precious children, and thanks for your hard work everyday.

The best out there! So happy to see his hard work get acknowledged! Congrats buddy!

I agree!! My child goes to Riverheads and seeing him there daily is very comforting!!!Thank you Deputy Pultz!!

Way to go Chris!!! Very proud of our Riverheads family!!!

Thank you for taking care of our kiddos!

These are the stories that should fill all FB and news media. Thank you Chris for your service and Donald Smith for posting positivity.

Thank you Officer Pultz for your service to Riverheads School, it’s greatly appreciated.

This is such positive work by Officers. Building relationships and creating safety zones are so important. THANKS!!!!

Thank you.

Thank you Deputy Pultz and Sheriff Smith for sharing this information.

Love all our SROs and appreciate the important role models they are for our children and community! Thanks Sheriff Donald Smith for supporting this program and providing encouragement, support and recognition to your team. ❤️

Thank you !

That was awesome. Thank you for watching over all the children at Riverheads Elementary. Deputy Pultz and Sheriff Smith for sharing it . It makes our kids feel safe .

Thank you !

You go Chris! Great job for the ACSO deputies!

Great job to him

Thank you

So glad he is there. Maleah says she feels safer seeing him in the mornings. Very friendly and carries a smile every morning.

Completely agree!! Love seeing this every morning! 💕

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POLICE PURSUIT AND COLLISION AFTER PURSUIT DISCONTINUED

On Friday, August 9, 2019, at 1953 HRS, an Augusta County Deputy on active patrol on Morris Mill Road near Apple Hill Estates observed a black 1998 Honda Civic heading west toward Frog Pond Road. The deputy clocked the vehicle at 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. As the deputy turned around on the vehicle to attempt a traffic stop, he noted smoke and skid marks on Frog Pond Road going toward Churchville Avenue. From approximately 1/2 mile away, the deputy could see the vehicle speeding away on Frog Pond Road. The Deputy activated his lights and sirens and observed that the vehicle turned onto Rt. 250/Churchville Avenue and had lost control and entered a ditch on the side of the road.

As the deputy approached, the driver of the Black Honda Civic re-entered the highway and fled towards the City of Staunton at speeds approaching 80 mph. The deputy was joined by another Augusta County unit and the pursuit entered the City of Staunton. After the driver of the Honda disregarded several stop signs in neighborhoods and wound up on West Beverley Street heading east at 50-60 mph, the deputy terminated due to the suspect running a red light, and his continued reckless operation.

The deputy deactivated his lights and siren, but observed that after taking a right turn on Hays Street from West Beverley Street, the suspect vehicle appeared to slow and appeared to be having mechanical issues. The deputy followed the vehicle at a safe distance without lights and siren activated and observed the Black Honda take a right on Montgomery Avenue, and then a left onto Lacey King Way.

When the deputy got to the intersection of Lacey King Way and Middlebrook Avenue, he observed that the Black Honda had struck a white 2005 Honda Civic that was traveling on Middlebrook Road. The deputy arrived on the scene as the suspect was attempting to exit his Honda and flee on foot, and the deputy attempted to apprehend him. After a physical struggle and an attempt at a Taser deployment, the suspect assaulted the deputy and fled on foot until he was engaged again by the deputy after a foot chase. The deputy was assisted in apprehending the suspect by a male who was a passenger in the white Honda Civic that the suspect had struck. After the arrival of an additional deputy, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as Johnathan Lee Coffey, 22 of Staunton, Virginia. Coffey and was transported to Augusta Health and treated and released for injuries he sustained in the crash.

Coffey was arrested and charged with:

Felony Eluding
Felony Assault on a Police Officer
Obstruction of Justice
Speeding
Driving while Revoked

Two passengers in the White Honda struck by Coffey, a 30 year old female Augusta County resident, and a 25 year old male, were transported to Augusta Health with minor injuries.

The Virginia State Police and the Staunton Police Department responded to assist in the pursuit and the Virginia State Police is handling the collision investigation.

Further charges against Coffey are pending.
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POLICE PURSUIT AND COLLISION AFTER PURSUIT DISCONTINUED

On Friday, August 9, 2019, at 1953 HRS, an Augusta County Deputy on active patrol on Morris Mill Road near Apple Hill Estates observed a black 1998 Honda Civic heading west toward Frog Pond Road. The deputy clocked the vehicle at 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. As the deputy turned around on the vehicle to attempt a traffic stop, he noted smoke and skid marks on Frog Pond Road going toward Churchville Avenue. From approximately 1/2 mile away, the deputy could see the vehicle speeding away on Frog Pond Road. The Deputy activated his lights and sirens and observed that the vehicle turned onto Rt. 250/Churchville Avenue and had lost control and entered a ditch on the side of the road.

As the deputy approached, the driver of the Black Honda Civic re-entered the highway and fled towards the City of Staunton at speeds approaching 80 mph. The deputy was joined by another Augusta County unit and the pursuit entered the City of Staunton. After the driver of the Honda disregarded several stop signs in neighborhoods and wound up on West Beverley Street heading east at 50-60 mph, the deputy terminated due to the suspect running a red light, and his continued reckless operation.

The deputy deactivated his lights and siren, but observed that after taking a right turn on Hays Street from West Beverley Street, the suspect vehicle appeared to slow and appeared to be having mechanical issues. The deputy followed the vehicle at a safe distance without lights and siren activated and observed the Black Honda take a right on Montgomery Avenue, and then a left onto Lacey King Way.

When the deputy got to the intersection of Lacey King Way and Middlebrook Avenue, he observed that the Black Honda had struck a white 2005 Honda Civic that was traveling on Middlebrook Road. The deputy arrived on the scene as the suspect was attempting to exit his Honda and flee on foot, and the deputy attempted to apprehend him. After a physical struggle and an attempt at a Taser deployment, the suspect assaulted the deputy and fled on foot until he was engaged again by the deputy after a foot chase. The deputy was assisted in apprehending the suspect by a male who was a passenger in the white Honda Civic that the suspect had struck. After the arrival of an additional deputy, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as Johnathan Lee Coffey, 22 of Staunton, Virginia. Coffey and was transported to Augusta Health and treated and released for injuries he sustained in the crash.

Coffey was arrested and charged with:

Felony Eluding
Felony Assault on a Police Officer
Obstruction of Justice
Speeding
Driving while Revoked

Two passengers in the White Honda struck by Coffey, a 30 year old female Augusta County resident, and a 25 year old male, were transported to Augusta Health with minor injuries.

The Virginia State Police and the Staunton Police Department responded to assist in the pursuit and the Virginia State Police is handling the collision investigation.

Further charges against Coffey are pending.

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What time of day or evening is he coming through

Good job ACSO! Prayers for anyone injured in the incident 🙏! Put him where he belongs!

Good Job by all! Keep up the good work.

Good job everyone!!👍🏼

Oh wow! Sounds like this was handled very well. I am amazed at the great job your department does every day.

Beside out work for a week and lost my car and everything I'm bless to be alive and that my two year old won't in the car with us

Great job...

Great job. Nice of the Staunton PD to chip in and assist.

Great job...

Great job! Now what about all the homicides in just the past year that have been covered up by your department and not released to the press?

Good job 👍👍👍👍👌

Great job ACSO

Good job

Awesome job.

Good job ACSO

Job well done by all involved in this incident!

Good job to all officers involved.

Pin a medal on the deputy and the passenger of the Honda! Job well done!

Has anyone ever looked up any of these people on the court's website? This boy was given 3 (THREE!!!) 5 year sentences in 12/2018 with 4 years of each suspended! He has a list of charges between Staunton and Augusta County almost as long as my arm....and he's 22? It's one thing for him to be arrested when he continuously breaks the law, quite another for him to be held accountable by the courts! This time, he put several others at risk while they were going about their daily lives, will be be out again to do the same in 6 months? Seems to me that our system needs an overhaul! Who is he going to have to kill, the little 3 year old asleep in the back seat of her momma's car on the way home from day care, in order for someone to see the destructive pattern this boy has set?

Went to school with that punk. Sweet, job well done Augusta county 👏🏼

OMG. I knew this boy the day he was born. His father has many charges against him, abused his mother, and his mother has drug charges, and has had many addictions. He had a badly influenced background and childhood. Instead of judging him....get him the help he deserves. His younger sister and brother were taken by the system and are now in foster homes.

What a POS!! Glad they got him! Great persistence on the officer's part! Sorry for those in the white Civic and the assaulted officer!

What a punk....good job Officers!!!

They never learn. Don't mess with the ACSO! They'll get you every time. Way to go ACSO!

I'm gonna pray for everyone who had such rude comments to say about a complete stranger they know nothing about you know nothing about where he's come from what he has been through or anyting else and I pray then nobody else making such nasty comments has to endure anybody in their family going through the same struggles! He may have put many lives in danger and that is not okay shame on him for that but shame on all of you adults who were on here bashing a 22 year old child when he has been through more than most children should ever have to go through! Everyone is so quick to judge and nobody is quick to lend a listening ear or a helping hand that's what's wrong with this world today if we had as many people helping other people who needed it instead of bashing them and gossiping this world would be a much better place

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2020 Decennial Census

A message from The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Department of Commerce, Office of Security on the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.

The United States Department of Commerce is preparing to conduct the 2020 United States Decennial Census. This activity will involve field data collection by members of the Census Bureau which is expected to last until October 11, 2019.

Census Bureau field staff will be knocking on doors in order to conduct the 2020 Decennial Census. Census Bureau field staff, both temporary staff, and permanent field representatives can be identified by:

• A laptop computer with a Census logo.
• A black canvas bag with a Census logo.
• A Census Bureau identification card.

The Census Security Office can be reached at (301) 763-1716 for assistance.
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2020 Decennial Census

A message from The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Department of Commerce, Office of Security on the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.

The United States Department of Commerce is preparing to conduct the 2020 United States Decennial Census. This activity will involve field data collection by members of the Census Bureau which is expected to last until October 11, 2019.

Census Bureau field staff will be knocking on doors in order to conduct the 2020 Decennial Census. Census Bureau field staff, both temporary staff, and permanent field representatives can be identified by:

• A laptop computer with a Census logo.
• A black canvas bag with a Census logo.
• A Census Bureau identification card.

The Census Security Office can be reached at (301) 763-1716 for assistance.

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They are not going door to door so why would this information be put out? Census is being done online, by phone or by mail.

Earlier today I saw two young men, one of them carrying what appeared from a distance to be a clipboard, approaching my neighbors' house. The neighbors were not at home; the men got into their car and went away. I expected them to come to my house next, so I turned out all the lights and hid where I could not be seen. They never came to my house. Census takers, maybe? I have not received any census form in the mail.

Sorry but i don’t open my door for any one unless I expect them. Every one of these items can be easily made so how you know it really them.

Thanks for the heads up

Leave it in the mailbox. My neighbor said they walked down her long country road, asked her if she lived there alone and left....never did go to anyone elses house in the neighborhood. Strange?

The emblem should be shown in photo; it's not clear even when I zoom in.

Needs to be stopped!! Totally unacceptable in today society!!!

What areas did they cover today? Our doorbell rang but I didn't answer it.

There will be a census “test” before the actual census....read here.... www.census.gov/2019censustest

The actual census does not begin until April 2020 and you have 3 ways to respond..... 2020census.gov/en

they bang on the door that is trespassing they should not be allowed to just show up where ever they want to

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Drug distribution/K-9 Assist

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight two recent drug seizures by K-9 Arko and his handler, Deputy Dylan Johnson.

On August 02, 2019 at around 1:00am, an ACSO Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle that exhibited multiple equipment violations on RT 612 near New Hope. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, a K9 Deputy arrived on scene to provide assistance. After conducting a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle, the K9 made a positive alert to narcotics inside the vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine was found along with a handgun. Stephen Trussell Simmon Hinkle of Crimora was charged with:

-possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine
-possession of a firearm while in possession of a con-trolled substance

On August 05, 2019 at around 7:30pm, an ACSO Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle that exhibited an equipment violation on ST HWY 262. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, a K9 was deployed. After conducting a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle, the K9 made a positive alert to narcotics inside the vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle approximately 2-3 grams of methamphetamine was found along with approximately $500 in cash, digital scales, and paraphernalia. James Edward Lee Hull of Rockingham County was charged with:

-possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine

The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to combating the drug use and trade in our community and makes a collective effort, at every level, to do so. Patrol/K-9, school resource officers, and task force members work daily to rid the area of drugs, one case at a time.

While we don’t showcase every arrest made, please know that we recognize the drug problem in our community and we are working hard everyday to fight it. We are aware that drugs interfere with a communities ability to grow and prospect.

K-9 Arko and Deputy Johnson began their work together in May 2019, as did a second new team of K-9 Rico and his handler, Deputy Reynolds.
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Drug distribution/K-9 Assist

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight two recent drug seizures by K-9 Arko and his handler, Deputy Dylan Johnson.

On August 02, 2019 at around 1:00am, an ACSO Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle that exhibited multiple equipment violations on RT 612 near New Hope. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, a K9 Deputy arrived on scene to provide assistance. After conducting a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle, the K9 made a positive alert to narcotics inside the vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine was found along with a handgun. Stephen Trussell Simmon Hinkle of Crimora was charged with:

-possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine
-possession of a firearm while in possession of a con-trolled substance

On August 05, 2019 at around 7:30pm, an ACSO Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle that exhibited an equipment violation on ST HWY 262. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, a K9 was deployed. After conducting a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle, the K9 made a positive alert to narcotics inside the vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle approximately 2-3 grams of methamphetamine was found along with approximately $500 in cash, digital scales, and paraphernalia. James Edward Lee Hull of Rockingham County was charged with:

-possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine

The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to combating the drug use and trade in our community and makes a collective effort, at every level, to do so. Patrol/K-9, school resource officers, and task force members work daily to rid the area of drugs, one case at a time.

While we don’t showcase every arrest made, please know that we recognize the drug problem in our community and we are working hard everyday to fight it. We are aware that drugs interfere with a communities ability to grow and prospect.

K-9 Arko and Deputy Johnson began their work together in May 2019, as did a second new team of K-9 Rico and his handler, Deputy Reynolds.Image attachment

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Good job!!! Thank you, our brave officers. Praying every day for your safety.

Great Job First Responders 👍👆👌

Awesome keep up the good work, prayers continue for all to stay safe and prayers for those addicted to clean up and get their lives on a good road to success

Great job sir ! Please keep up the good work !!!!!!! Thank you for your service !!! B

Thank you so much

Great job keep it up!

Thank you for your service and prayers for safety

Great job!!! Stay safe

Awesome job on this and thank you for keeping our streets safe

Great job to everyone involved. Thanks so much for everything that you do for our community.

Thank You

Great work.

Great Job Deputy Johnson & K9 Arko! 👏🏻

Great job🐾👮🏻‍♂️

Thank you so much..great work to our k9s too. for helping get that poison off the streets... much love and many prayers to all dealing with addiction and to the families of the addicts ..... #10yearsclean

Thank you for the hard work!

Great job in keeping our streets clean and those terrible drugs away from our neighborhood

Great job guys !!!

Awesome work guys!! And a special thanks to the K-9’s for their hard work. We appreciate all you do ACSO.

Great Job

I hope Arko got a steak dinner. What a good doggie!! ❤️❤️❤️

Great job!..

Great job

Great job

Great job

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Larceny/Fraud Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male and female in the attached photos.

Their identities are being sought as part of an ongoing larceny/fraud investigation that was launched in June 2019.

At the time of the report, the two individuals were travelling in a dark colored pickup.

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If anyone has any information about these individuals, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017. Please reference case # 2019-0001952.
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Larceny/Fraud Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male and female in the attached photos.

Their identities are being sought as part of an ongoing larceny/fraud investigation that was launched in June 2019.

At the time of the report, the two individuals were travelling in a dark colored pickup.

Photos attached

If anyone has any information about these individuals, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017. Please reference case # 2019-0001952.Image attachment

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I seen2 ugly men. Which one is the woman???

Deputies receive awards for the quick action in Waynesboro's Attempted Capital Murder of Law Enforcement incident.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was proud to award Supervisor Commendation Ribbons to several deputies who responded to assist the Waynesboro Police Department on Tuesday, July 9th at 0014 HRS, when WPD officers were fired upon by a fleeing suspect. Numerous Augusta County deputies responded to the city to assist in the ground search for the suspect, and Augusta County K-9 Arko was deployed in the search.

Ultimately at 00:44 HRS, an Augusta deputy, assisted by Waynesboro officers, initiated a felony traffic stop on the suspect vehicle on Bradley Lane and Eastside Highway in Dooms, and the suspect was apprehended without further incident.

We are extremely proud of these deputies and thankful that we could assist our brother agency, the Waynesboro Police Department during this critical incident. It was a blessing that no law enforcement officers were struck by gunfire and that the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Supervisor Commendation Ribbons were awarded to:

Sergeant Jonathan Sholes
Deputy Joseph Gale
K-9 Deputy Dylan Johnson
Deputy Derek Hartman
Deputy Kahwan Veney
Deputy Trevor Rexrode
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Deputies receive awards for the quick action in Waynesboros Attempted Capital Murder of Law Enforcement incident.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was proud to award Supervisor Commendation Ribbons to several deputies who responded to assist the Waynesboro Police Department on Tuesday, July 9th at 0014 HRS, when WPD officers were fired upon by a fleeing suspect. Numerous Augusta County deputies responded to the city to assist in the ground search for the suspect, and Augusta County K-9 Arko was deployed in the search.

Ultimately at 00:44 HRS, an Augusta deputy, assisted by Waynesboro officers, initiated a felony traffic stop on the suspect vehicle on Bradley Lane and Eastside Highway in Dooms, and the suspect was apprehended without further incident.

We are extremely proud of these deputies and thankful that we could assist our brother agency, the Waynesboro Police Department during this critical incident. It was a blessing that no law enforcement officers were struck by gunfire and that the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Supervisor Commendation Ribbons were awarded to:

Sergeant Jonathan Sholes
Deputy Joseph Gale
K-9 Deputy Dylan Johnson
Deputy Derek Hartman
Deputy Kahwan Veney
Deputy Trevor Rexrode

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Great jbo to all involved..thank you for putting your life on the line every day to protect and serve...congratulations to ACSO

Congratulations to our outstanding ACSO officers. You are true heroes in my book and deserve a lot of praise for the way al our local agencies work together.

Great Job to all involved.

Congratulations...well deserved

Very proud to serve with such upstanding and awesome folks. Blessings.

Congratulations and good job

Wonderful Trevor!!!!!!

Congratulations

Job Well Done. Thank you for your continued service to this community.

Congratulations to all and Arko to

Thank you for your unselfish service gentleman. It takes special people to go forward in the face of danger.

Great job to all deputies! This shows what kind of leadership they are under. Couldn’t be more proud of the ACSO deputies! Smith on the 5th!!!!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations

Great job fellas!!! Proud of you guys!!!

Great job” Arko” 🐾🐾

Congratulations To all, I really like officer Hartman, best wishes to you guys and prayers that your kept safe while out protecting our county day and night!

Congratulations

Good Job !!!

Great job

Outstanding

Good Job!!

Great job fellas!

Great job

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2 weeks ago

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

I just wanted to take a moment to send our condolences to the Rockingham County Sheriff's office and the family and friends of Raven Morgan on your loss. Your brothers and sisters here at the ACSO are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of Raven Morgan who passed away last night unexpectedly. Raven had been a highly valued member of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. We will never forget her friendly and compassionate demeanor, dedicated service and contagious smile that we were blessed to have with us over the past six years at our Office. Please keep Raven’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as well as her extended family here at RCSO during this extremely difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less

I just wanted to take a moment to send our condolences to the Rockingham County Sheriffs office and the family and friends of Raven Morgan on your loss.  Your brothers and sisters here at the ACSO are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

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Praying peace and comfort upon this family & friends during this time

Sending Prayers For Her Family And Friends

🙏🙏🙏Sending Prayers For Them All

Prayers to all the family, friends, and co-workers.

So sorry to her family and friends for their loss. Praying for them all.

Prayers are with all the family members and sheriffs officers and staff

Prayers for all.

Prayers thought your difficult Times

Sending prayers to you all.

Prayers for all of you.

Prayers for everyone

Prayers

Prayers

PRAYERS

Mi más sentidas condolencias a su familia y camarada

Prayers

Praying!

🙏🙏🙏

💔🙏🙏💔

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

R..I.P RAVEN....

🙏🙏 going up.

Praying peace and comfort upon this family and friends during this time

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2 weeks ago

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

National Night Out was a huge success last night. It was so great to see so many in the community come out and interact with all of the first responders. Here are some pictures from our booth. I hope everyone had a great first day of school. ... See MoreSee Less

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I have lived in Augusta County 47 years and Staunton 21 years before that and Donald Smith is the first sheriff that I remember being really involved in community wide activities!

Donald- I have told you this before and I will tell you again: I am so proud of how much you have excelled in your position! Knowing you since SMS, this has always been your dream and you are definitely living it! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Linda- you raised him right and I know you are one overly proud mama! 😎😀

The neighborhood of Bridgeport is having a block party this Friday 5-7 in celebration of national night out. We would like to invite the ACSO out to meet some of our neighbors if they are able. You can PM me for details if you are able and thanks for all you do!

Great seeing you all last night !!

Looks like everyone had fun! What a great event! 😊

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Back to School 2019

It is hard to believe the summer slipped by so quickly!
Augusta County Public Schools will be back in session on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We here at the Sheriff’s Office want to take a moment to wish everyone a great first day tomorrow as they head back to school!

We would encourage the parents of older students to have a chat with them and remind them to assist the school staff by keeping an “extra eye out” for new or younger students, and assisting the younger kids to get where they need to go!

Remind your older student to remember their “first day” at a new school, and encourage them to be a mentor to those younger than them.

For students driving to school, please drive safely and responsibly.

Don’t get caught up in the excitement of the first day while talking on your phone and DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE. Also, remember to buckle up!

For the rest of us who travel the myriad of roads and highways in Augusta County, and will be out on the road tomorrow, please remember, school is back in session!

Back to School Driving Safety Tips

• Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
• When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
• Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
• Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
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Back to School 2019

It is hard to believe the summer slipped by so quickly!
Augusta County Public Schools will be back in session on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We here at the Sheriff’s Office want to take a moment to wish everyone a great first day tomorrow as they head back to school!

We would encourage the parents of older students to have a chat with them and remind them to assist the school staff by keeping an “extra eye out” for new or younger students, and assisting the younger kids to get where they need to go! 

Remind your older student to remember their “first day” at a new school, and encourage them to be a mentor to those younger than them.

For students driving to school, please drive safely and responsibly. 

Don’t get caught up in the excitement of the first day while talking on your phone and DONT TEXT AND DRIVE. Also, remember to buckle up!

For the rest of us who travel the myriad of roads and highways in Augusta County, and will be out on the road tomorrow, please remember, school is back in session!

Back to School Driving Safety Tips

• Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
• When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
• Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
• Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.Image attachment

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Thank you

Thanks for sharing this and encouraging others to be on the best lookout So helpful

Thank you Sheriff Smith for this post of great information that is needed just before the first day of school

Thank you for posting this!

Please keep our Children/Schools/Staff/Community safe!

Thanks for all that you do to keep our community safe. Donald Smith is the best sheriff for Augusta County so please re-elect are people Sheriff. Thanks Donald to you and your staff for all that you all do to keep our community safe.

donald smith you are a true community asset I love your communications on this page and the news and I hope the people of Augusta county do the right thing and reelect you as sheriff

Teach kids road safety and how to cross the street, like it was done when "I" was 4, and you won't HAVE danger zones anymore.

Remember: Augusta Farms Road is 30 mph!!!!!

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National Night Out in the valley is coming up tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We will be joining other area law enforcement officers and first responders at the Target Store which is located at 811 Town Center Drive in Waynesboro. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Target parking lot.
National Night Out enhances the relationship between the community and law enforcement and provides a great opportunity to bring police, first responders and the community together under positive circumstances.

Please join us tomorrow evening. We look forward to seeing you there!
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National Night Out in the valley is coming up tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We will be joining other area law enforcement officers and first responders at the Target Store which is located at 811 Town Center Drive in Waynesboro. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Target parking lot.
National Night Out enhances the relationship between the community and law enforcement and provides a great opportunity to bring police, first responders and the community together under positive circumstances.

Please join us tomorrow evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

The ACSO enjoyed seeing everyone at the Augusta County Fair this week. Thanks for stopping by our booth and meeting the deputies. We love being a part of these community events. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good pictures, of a dominant sheriffs department... Be safe folks and thank you all !!!

Great bunch of guys...thanks ACSO for all you do. 💙💙💙

Sheriff Donald Smith is definitely the best for re-election in November 2019

POLICE IMPERSONATOR INVESTIGATION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On Wednesday, July 31st the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 60-year-old male Augusta County resident who had seen the new media coverage on the Police Impersonator cases that are currently being investigated by the August County Sheriff’s Office.

The male relayed that previously on Sunday July 28, 2019 at approximately 1830 HRS, he was in the area of Grand Caverns, traveling on Harriston Road/Eastside Highway (RT 340) when a dark blue, possibly 2 door, Honda Accord rode up on his bumper and initiated red and blue lights coming from its “grill area”. The victim pulled into a gas station and observed that the vehicle continued driving fast, passing him, and made a turn onto Weyers Cave Road in Grottoes. The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male in his early 20`s.

The victim did not grow suspicious of the incident until seeing the recent media releases.

Vehicle Description:
Dark Blue
Possible Honda 2 door
Operated by a white male in his 20’s

The investigation into these impersonation cases is continuing and anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact Sgt. Steve Cason with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.
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People like this make it hard on volunteer firefighters and emts, and makes them look bad for the ones who are responding to a emergency in their personal vehicle, or on the way to the station to respond on a emergency. Hope they find the people who are doing this. Also we seen a 2 door grey car parked in the wood on no trespassing property off of 340 near Patterson Mill Road on Sunday evening, but when we came back through 30 mins later they were gone

So, does this mean there's more than one impersonator out there roaming the highway? Vehicle descriptions vary significantly ... but his time on the road is limited... maybe he'll get his criminal justice degree while he's in jail.

If any vehicle attempts to pull me over it better be marked because I’m not going to stop for it. This is why unmarked police shouldn’t be allowed

This fool is gonna roll up on the wrong guy with a bad attitude who had a worse day at church softball. He's gonna follow this wannabe all over the countryside and wear his noggin out with that softball bat and leave him slobbering on his shirt in a ditch somewhere in downtown Verona...

I should apologize for my earlier comment. I shouldn't make light of this potentially dangerous situation and I certainly would never recommend anyone taking matters like these into their own hands. Stuff like this occurs all over the country and sometimes ends tragically. So please, enjoy it for the comic relief, but do take this seriously. I echo Sheriff Smith's posting, should you encounter this situation that just doesn't feel right, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY and ONLY 911. (I've seen other posts that have other numbers they say to call. They are false. The only number in this area is 911 for emergencies such as this.) Get a description of the vehicle, a license plate number if you can, location and direction of travel. Let them do the rest. That's what we pay them to do, and they do it pretty well I must add. 👍🏻👮🏻‍♀️

Please update when the impersonator is found

hope yall burn him a new one when caught

😂

Maybe it should be more than a misdemeanor.

He gonna find his dumb self at the end of the barrel of a pissed off woman will be interesting hope he picks me LMAO

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POLICE IMPERSONATOR INVESTIGATION CONTINUATION

On Monday, July 29, 2019, at 1638 HRS, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a third incident involving a report of a police impersonator.

An 18-year-old female Augusta County resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office stating that at approximately 1500 HRS, she was at the intersection of Churchville Avenue and Spring Hill Road in the City of Staunton when she observed a dark-colored sedan (either blue or black) following her abnormally closely. Near the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Rt. 262, the vehicle activated a blue flashing emergency light that was located in the windshield above the driver seat of the sedan.

The suspect vehicle continued following the victim down Spring Hill Rd. onto Rt. 262 and turned to follow her east towards Commerce Road/RT-11 in very close proximity to her car. The victim did not believe that this vehicle was a legitimate law enforcement vehicle and did not stop.

When the victim arrived at the intersection of Rt. 262 and Commerce Road, the suspect vehicle deactivated its blue light, but the suspect continued to follow the victim north on Lee Highway into Augusta County, ultimately passing the victim on Lee Highway in Verona and continuing northbound.

The victim turned into the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and later came in to report the incident.

In this case, the victim correctly did not stop for the impersonator and she proceeded to a safe area.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to urge the community to immediately contact 911 if you believe that you are being contacted by a police impersonator, or if you suspect that an “unmarked police car” that is trying to pull you over is not legitimate. The 911 Dispatch Center can quickly verify
the legitimacy of a traffic stop, and direct responding units to intercept any impersonator as the event occurs.

The investigation into these impersonation cases is continuing and anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact Sgt. Steve Cason with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.
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Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing hope you catch this person soon

This happened to my brother the other evening! My dad an him where in separate vehicles! My brother was in front of my dad the speed limit was 55 my brother was doing 55 my dad was behind doing 45 due to the car behind him lights! They where in a passing zone the car never passed my dad once the two way ended the car turned on the light! (One light on the right hand side blue an white) suv dark! My dad started to pull over the suv passed my dad an got behind my brother! My brother pulled over not thinking about the lights! The guy had on a brown fishing shirt, an shorts! My brother said he was talking fast and couldn’t get a name, asked for his an his girlfriends license walked to the suv an came right back didn’t run anything, luckily my dad turned around an came back the (cop said he was feeling uncomfortable) he left! Please make sure if your not 100%sure it’s a cop call 911

As if you hard working deputies don't have enough to do already. Prayers this person is caught soon.

Amen !!

I hope they catch them soon

I have said this so many times an unmarked police vehicle should never do a traffic stop this would alleviate this problem every single time. The only one doing traffic violation or ticketing should be marked vehicles because allowing unmarked police cars for this opens the door for some freak to do god-knows-what and before someone seriously gets hurt we need to stop using unmarked vehicles for a simple traffic violation

So those who choose to not pull over for an unmarked car because of all this, I assume will not face ramifications for calling and confirming first?

Since it's now a law we cannot use our phones while driving how are we supposed to call 911? And if it is an impersonator I wouldn't feel safe stopping anywhere to make the call if they were still following me.

Unmarked cars are not the issue. Good officers know to wait to make stops only in well lit areas. They also understand Where someone might be nervous and want to check with the local dispatch before stopping

Wouldn't it have been smarter to call the law so they knew where u and this person was so they could stop this guy.

I seen a car that was dark in color with a lot of antennas on 262 going at a high rate of speed like a newer Dodge Challenger

Let's get this pervert before he harms someone. Let's help our sheriff and police departments out on this one.

If the lights are not on the outside of the vehicle, if its not clearly marked, im not stopping. ill slow , activate my flashers, and drive to a public venue such as a gas station before i pull in and pull over. ill also have the tag number of the vehicle before i stop,

#Shared #KennyJarelsCommunityOutreachAdvocate

Wow

Please everyone pay attention. If you are not sure. Dial 911 and report the incident. They can tell you if they have a vehicle in that area. Do not stop.

OR! Just a thought: Have police cars marked really well as police cars so no one with a blue blinking light can impersonate a cop car.

A .45 would have changed the impersonators attitude in my opinion 🤷‍♂️

Im waiting for him to try it with it will be his last time doing it

This is another reason that unmarked cars shouldn't be used. By ANYONE.

No one is getting a license plate number?

Why aren't people getting a license number?

Unmarked should not exist.

Uncalled for

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POLICE IMPERSONATOR INVESTIGATION

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a second report of a police impersonator in the Eastside Highway area, that was received on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 2145 hours. A female Augusta County resident reported that on Friday night she was traveling north on Eastside Highway when a large, dark-colored sedan activated a blue flashing light and attempted to pull her over.

The female contacted the Augusta County Emergency Communications Center to verify the legitimacy of the “traffic stop” and was notified that no law enforcement members from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office or Virginia State Police were attempting to make a traffic stop in the area of Eastside Highway.

The female reported the impersonator followed her for approximately five minutes before the suspect continued past her on Eastside Highway heading north. Converging legitimate deputies were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle is described only as a large, dark-colored sedan, with a cheap, or low powered blue flashing light.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.
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I travel through here regularly. What is the appropriate protocol should I ever need to verify that I am dealing with legitimate law efforcement? Call 911, or another number?

Hope y’all are forgiving when the public isn’t so quick to pull over.

Is this that bad of an issue here? I see this type of post frequently in the area. 😳

Think we should be comfortable knowing where our blinker lights are located on the dash. ...and what number is to be called? Thanks

Police should be in only highly visible police vehicles! This could be really dangerous

Yal should check out the guy that was caught in elkton a few years ago doing the same thing and make sure hes still staying on the straight n narrow. I heard he got out of jail not that long ago. Could b hes up to his old tricks

I have this number for the ECC-(540)245-5500. It this accurate? Thanks

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UNIFIED HOSTILE INCIDENT TRAINING PROGRAM

Over the past year, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department have been working together on a Unified Hostile Incident Action Guide and Hostile Incident response training that will enable first responders to work together in the successful evacuation of patients from potential “hot zones” at mass casualty or active shooter events. This cooperative effort began under retired Fire Chief Carson Holloway and was immediately continued and finalized by Fire Chief Dave Nichols.

In recent months, deputies and First Responders from the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department, have trained together to prepare for these incidents and to develop a framework for operations, and real-world training for a unified response to incidents with weapons and/or potential mass casualty incidents. By working together as a team, this training will allow teams of deputies and Fire Rescue personnel operate together to evacuate casualties in a tactical situation.

As part of this Unified Hostile Incident Training and Response program, the Sheriff’s Office is proud to present the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department with eight (8) bullet-resistant vests, for use by members of the ACFR Department during high-risk operations.

Sheriff Donald Smith, Fire Rescue Chief Dave Nichols, along with Augusta County SWAT Team Commander Christopher Kite and members of the ACFR, were all on hand at Company 11/ Preston L. Yancey Fire Department on July 24, 2019, for the vest turnover.

I pray that we never need the protection these vests will provide the members of the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department, but if we are called to respond, our joint training and these vests will be invaluable.

Fire-Rescue Chief Nichols commented: “We recognize the efforts of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office to ensure a coordinated all-hazards response approach to protect the citizens of Augusta County. It takes the combined efforts of our emergency services partners to prepare for an event no one ever wants to respond to.”
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UNIFIED HOSTILE INCIDENT TRAINING PROGRAM

Over the past year, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department have been working together on a Unified Hostile Incident Action Guide and Hostile Incident response training that will enable first responders to work together in the successful evacuation of patients from potential “hot zones” at mass casualty or active shooter events. This cooperative effort began under retired Fire Chief Carson Holloway and was immediately continued and finalized by Fire Chief Dave Nichols.

In recent months, deputies and First Responders from the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department, have trained together to prepare for these incidents and to develop a framework for operations, and real-world training for a unified response to incidents with weapons and/or potential mass casualty incidents. By working together as a team, this training will allow teams of deputies and Fire Rescue personnel operate together to evacuate casualties in a tactical situation.

As part of this Unified Hostile Incident Training and Response program, the Sheriff’s Office is proud to present the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department with eight (8) bullet-resistant vests, for use by members of the ACFR Department during high-risk operations.

Sheriff Donald Smith, Fire Rescue Chief Dave Nichols, along with Augusta County SWAT Team Commander Christopher Kite and members of the ACFR, were all on hand at Company 11/ Preston L. Yancey Fire Department on July 24, 2019, for the vest turnover.

I pray that we never need the protection these vests will provide the members of the Augusta County Fire & Rescue Department, but if we are called to respond, our joint training and these vests will be invaluable.

Fire-Rescue Chief Nichols commented: “We recognize the efforts of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office to ensure a coordinated all-hazards response approach to protect the citizens of Augusta County. It takes the combined efforts of our emergency services partners to prepare for an event no one ever wants to respond to.”Image attachment

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You continue to impress me with the advances you have made in Augusta County. This is just another example of how lucky our community is to have you on our side. The whole Augusta County EMS should be commended for going the extra mile. I pray we never need you guys and gals to use those skills but it helps me sleep at night knowing you can and will if ever needed. Bravo!! Also, I am impressed with your posts to inform the public on training and other situations in the community. It helps us stay informed but also cuts out any speculation and false information from flooding the community. These are just some of the reasons your re-election sign is standing on my property. You have my vote and my husbands! Keep up the good work! 👏

Thank you for unifying first responders in our area to ensure the highest quality of training and our safety while providing the best possible care for there citizens of Augusta County.

What an awesome program to have. Great job Sheriff Smith and all first responders and deputies!!!!

Thanks to all involved! Especially sheriff Smith! #Smithonthe5th

fantastic - moved down here 20 years ago after spending 20 years in EMS/Fire in western PA - pray that all responders don't have to use the training but so happy that it has been provided 👏🙏👮‍♀️👮‍♂️👩‍🚒👨‍🚒

.What a coincidence Mr. Sheriff Smith...my son, Bryan & I were just talking over the telephone last night about how much I adored Carson even if “things” weren’t always terrific all the time in the interpersonal emergency responder realm.

As a big fan of the SWAT team already, this is awesome to read of more operations!

Kevin Williams

What level armor plates do they have ? Is it enough to stop rifle rounds ?

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POLICE IMPERSONATOR INVESTIGATION

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a police impersonator that was received on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 1420 HRS. An 18-year old male Augusta County resident reported that on Sunday he was traveling southbound on Eastside Highway on a moped when a silver 2 door automobile got behind him and flashed a blue light at him.

The suspect operating the silver 2 door told the male to “pull over” and the victim observed that the impersonator was signaling him with a blue light flashing in his hand and was yelling and pointing for him to pull over. The moped rider pulled into the Crimora Dollar Store, and the suspect in the silver 2 door passed the victim and continued south towards Waynesboro.

The vehicle operated by the impersonator is only described as a silver 2 door passenger car.

The suspect is described as a heavy set white male with dark hair.

Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.
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Pray you catch them

Morgan Staton

Isn’t that’s crazy someone else should have seen at that time of day

Amber Hurley

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UPDATE: Ms. Shiflett has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Staunton home on Saturday, July 20, at approximately 2230 HRS.

Madison Nicole Shiflett
W/F
AGE: 17
5’9”
140 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel
LSW: black tank top and blue shorts.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office
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UPDATE:  Ms. Shiflett has been located and is safe.

Runaway Juvenile

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen at her Staunton home on Saturday, July 20, at approximately 2230 HRS.

Madison Nicole Shiflett
W/F
AGE: 17
5’9”
140 lbs.
HAIR/Brown
EYES/Hazel
LSW: black tank top and blue shorts.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this runaway juvenile, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office

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Prayers for this prescious childs safety. Sometimes home is not the safest place.

Praying for her safe return home

We pray for a safe and speedy recovery!

Prayers that she is found safe and gets whatever kind of help she needs

Praying for safe return 🙏🏻🙏🏻

My question is what has happened to this girl that makes her keep wanting to run away. Seems to me our systems have failed her and something needs to be done before we read of her passing😥

Hope your found safe

Is she beloved to be in the Tennessee area

for everyone that keeps trying to make fun of her situation and saying again? Yes again. Again she hasn’t received the help she has needed yet, and that is sad . Y’all do not know what she goes through. It’s honestly sad she still hasn’t gotten the right amount of help. if you’ve talked down on this girl or anyone like this you’re a horrible person.

As a kid who ran away 15 times in a year, nobody listened to me then. And I see nothing has changed. Home life, in her eyes, may be worse than anything else she could face in the real world. Hope she is found and given the attention to her situation that is needed.

🙏🏻🙏🏻 for her safety and help is given where needed

Hope she's safe

Runs away a lot hope she’s found safe

My daughter was on social media talking to her today

Has the family been talked to if she fun’s frequently ?

This is like her 10th time running away

Maddie whats going on with u

Jeremy Shiflett

Miranda Ervin Lori Hicklin

Chris Parker you know this young lady?

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The ACSO had a very busy, but fun day yesterday. We attended 3 events during the day and 1 event in the evening.

Thank you Churchville Fire and Rescue for inviting us to participate in Churchville Health Day, Farm Bureau for inviting us to Ag Safety Day. We also participated in a back to school event at Staples in Staunton. Pictured with Sheriff Smith at Staples is Kylie Garcia who will be 10 on Wednesday. Happy Birthday Kylie!

Thank you Stuart’s Draft Diamondbacks for inviting us out another year to participate in your game opening. We always look forward to this night every year as we carry the flag during the national anthem.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and was able to make it through the heat wave.
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Thank you ACSO for coming out and supporting us at our health fair and thank you for supporting the community !!

Thank you so much for being there yesterday for us and for being such a great support for your community!

Was great seeing you guys. Thanks for all you do

Great job ACSO! Thank you for supporting your community!

And thank u Ronda Clark for singing the natl anthem

the kind of busy you dont mind, kudos

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

The ACSO had a very busy, but fun day yesterday. We attended 3 events during the day and 1 event in the evening.

Thank you Churchville Fire and Rescue for inviting us to participate in Churchville Health Day, Farm Bureau for inviting us to Ag Safety Day. We also participated in a back to school event at Staples in Staunton. Pictured with Sheriff Smith at Staples is Kylie Garcia who will be 10 on Wednesday. Happy Birthday Kylie!

Thank you Stuart’s Draft Diamondbacks for inviting us out another year to participate in your game opening. We always look forward to this night every year as we carry the flag during the national anthem.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and was able to make it through the heat wave.
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Larceny Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the man in the attached photos. His identity is being sought in regards to a larceny that was reported in Fishersville, VA on June 8th, 2019.

Photos attached

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

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the man in the attached photos. His identity is being sought in regards to a larceny that was reported in Fishersville, VA on June 8th, 2019.

Photos attached

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

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Tell him not to steal clothes from the petite section.

Looks like someone from Western State lol. He definitely shouldn’t be to hard to find.

To bad he didn’t steal a shirt that fit.....

Is that a hospital bracelet? Clue maybe?

Here a thought check the camera on the bus he was on to see where his last stop was 🤦

Looks like he had a hospital bracelet on?

He's always over at hardee's and the bus hub

Shouldn’t be too hard to identify with all those tattoos!

Be on the lookout for a white male, 50’s, bald, tattoos and a tank top 2 sizes to small

He shouldn't be hard to spot lol

Hint his frickin tatoos should give ya a clue

Karl Magenhofer

Homer L Fisher

Should have stolen a bigger shirt lol

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UPDATE: Mr. Gonzalez has been located.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Waynesboro home on July 15 between 0700 and 0800.

Jose R. Gonzalez W/M
AGE: 53
5’5”
160 lbs.
HAIR/Black
EYES/Brown
LSW: blue jeans, brown shirt, white hat and black shoes.

Gonzalez left the home on foot and never returned.

A photo is attached

If anyone has any information about this missing person, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540- 245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
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UPDATE: Mr. Gonzalez has been located.

Missing Person

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing man who was last seen at his Waynesboro home on July 15 between 0700 and 0800.

Jose R. Gonzalez W/M
AGE: 53
5’5”
160 lbs.
HAIR/Black
EYES/Brown
LSW: blue jeans, brown shirt, white hat and black shoes.

Gonzalez left the home on foot and never returned.

A photo is attached

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

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Prayers for his safe return.

Location of his home??

Shared and following since Sunday, July 21, 2019 National Center For Missing and Endangered, Inc.

Could ICE have gotten him? Would they notify you if so?

Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith any updates?

Praying 🙏 for his safe return home

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As we approach the hottest weekend of the year, I wanted to remind everyone to be careful this weekend as you venture outside. Please be sure your pets have plenty of water and shade. Also, check on your neighbors who don't have air conditioning and the elderly to make sure they are o.k.

Here are the signs and symptoms of heat stroke to look out for:

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Fainting may be the first sign.

Other symptoms may include:

Throbbing headache
Dizziness and light-headedness
Lack of sweating despite the heat
Red, hot, and dry skin
Muscle weakness or cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
Rapid, shallow breathing
Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Seizures
Unconsciousness

If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

(www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1)
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As we approach the hottest weekend of the year, I wanted to remind everyone to be careful this weekend as you venture outside. Please be sure your pets have plenty of water and shade.  Also, check on your neighbors who dont have air conditioning and the elderly to make sure they are o.k.

Here are the signs and symptoms of heat stroke to look out for:

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fainting may be the first sign.

Other symptoms may include:

Throbbing headache
Dizziness and light-headedness
Lack of sweating despite the heat
Red, hot, and dry skin
Muscle weakness or cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
Rapid, shallow breathing
Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Seizures
Unconsciousness

If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

(https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1)

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Thank you for sharing. You all take care as well!

Good advice....Thank you sweet baby jesus for bottled water.

Thank You. You all stay safe also

Remember don't drink ice cold water when you are really hot.

Last week, 3 of our Deputies at the ACSO attended the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center camp with over 400 children from Augusta, Rockingham, Allegheny, Bath and Highland counties. They had a fun week interacting with the children while attending the many classes with them. The children learned valuable skills throughout the week that ranged from pillow making, cooking, first aide, kayaking, to sports, rilflery, archery and craft activities. Pictured below is the Augusta County 4H attendees and our own Deputy Leslie Snyder, Deputy Chris Pultz, and Deputy Bob Hildebrand. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, 3 of our Deputies at the ACSO attended the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center camp with over 400 children from Augusta, Rockingham, Allegheny, Bath and Highland counties. They had a fun week interacting with the children while attending the many classes with them. The children learned valuable skills throughout the week that ranged from pillow making, cooking, first aide, kayaking, to sports, rilflery, archery and craft activities. Pictured below is the Augusta County 4H attendees and our own Deputy Leslie Snyder, Deputy Chris Pultz, and Deputy Bob Hildebrand.

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Conner...Thanks for the talks. Especially when the time came to

Sheriff Smith and his force are doing a great job.

Wow that’s great!!

make that call about Mike

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

Numerous deputies from the ACSO assisted our brother agency, Waynesboro Police Department. Thank God none of the officers were harmed by this suspect. Great job done by our local law enforcement agencies.Update: July 17, 2019

After further investigation the Waynesboro Police Department obtained additional warrants against the suspect in this case, Guy Carlyle Venable Jr.

In addition to the charges already placed he has been charged with Attempted Capitol Murder of a Police Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Schedule II Drugs. The new warrants were served on Mr. Venable at Middle River Regional Jail where he remains held without bail.

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July 9, 2019

A fugitive has been taken into custody after shooting at police trying to arrest him early this morning near downtown Waynesboro.

Shortly after midnight today a Waynesboro Officer observed Guy Carlyle Venable Jr., 29, of Waynesboro walking on W. Main Street near the Quality Inn parking lot. The officer knew Venable was wanted on outstanding warrants and attempted to stop him, however the suspect fled on foot. As the officer called for back-up, he engaged in a foot pursuit through the motel parking lot and down the stairs between the buildings when he observed that Venable had a firearm in his right hand. The suspect continued running through the motel parking lot crossing into the Ace Hardware parking lot, and then crossed Alexander Lane. At this point, another officer drove his patrol vehicle down Alexander Lane to assist the pursuing officer as the suspect, now beside the former Animal Hospital, fired two shots at the officers who then lost sight of him.

Officers did not discharge any weapons.

A few minutes later a witness notified police that the man they had been chasing was picked up by a vehicle. Armed with a description of the vehicle and the suspect, Waynesboro and Augusta County Officers located the vehicle and executed a traffic stop on Bradley Lane in Dooms. Venable was positively identified and taken into custody by Augusta County Deputies who then turned him over to Waynesboro Authorities.

Mr. Venable has been charged with the following offenses and is being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

1. Two counts of Shooting at an Occupied Motor Vehicle
2. Use of Firearm in Commission of a Felony
3. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Violent Felon
4. Brandish a Firearm at or Near a School
5. Two Counts Fail to Appear in Court, Virginia Beach and Staunton, respectively.

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Numerous deputies from the ACSO assisted our brother agency, Waynesboro Police Department.  Thank God none of the officers were harmed by this suspect.  Great job done by our local law enforcement agencies.

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Great job!!!

Good job!

Good work guys

Great job

Great job taking a dangerous person off the streets

Teamwork!!!

Dont forget the individual that stepped in, and added in his arrest. Good job community member and officers involved..

👏👏👏👏👏

ACAB.

Doug Bennett

Martin Lucas Smith i told you he was no good.

Vernon Walker Cortney Small Wow!

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We are proud of our own, Cpl. Jeff Dietz, AKA Scott Jackson, for officiating the Happy Birthday USA celebration at Gypsy Hill Park. Pictured below is Jeff with two of the original Statler Brothers, Don and Harold Reid. ... See MoreSee Less

We are proud of our own, Cpl. Jeff Dietz, AKA  Scott Jackson, for officiating the Happy Birthday USA celebration at Gypsy Hill Park. Pictured below is Jeff with two of the original Statler Brothers, Don and Harold Reid.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Great job Jeff/Scott

Missed it this year, but heard it was fantastic.

Jeff did a amazing job

Yay Jeff!!! I knew all those years on the radio would come in handy!!!

Way to go Jeff!

Great choice!!

Awesome💙

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We wish the West Augusta 8U All Stars baseball district champs luck as they head to Arlington to play in the state tournament this weekend! We will be thinking about you and wish you safe travels. Way to represent Augusta County! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck everyone

Good luck and be safe traveling

Good luck bring home the trophy

Good Luck! ⚾️🤞

What a great way to kick off this 4th of July! We enjoyed walking in the parade this morning at Gypsy Hill Park. A special thank you to Charlie Obaugh for his support and for allowing us to use his flag to carry through the parade. Happy 4th of July everyone! #hbaparade2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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Loved the flag and appreciate all you do for our county.

Happy An safe 4th to all of you all An God Bless You All stay safe

Love the way the Augusta County Sheriffs Department participates in so many community events!

We LOVE that y'all carry that beautiful American flag! Thank you!

So proud of You all! Thank you!!

I just love it when you guys carry the flag... Thank You!

This ACSO MAKES ME SO PROUD!!!

Happy 4th to you all

Keep August County safe. Keep Donald Smith as Sheriff

Way to go !!!

Y’all look good

Happy 4th of July to you all!

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As we start this holiday weekend, please enjoy with family and friends, but remember to drive safely, don’t drink and drive, and please be mindful of pets. Many have anxiety around loud noises, especially fireworks. ... See MoreSee Less

As we start this holiday weekend, please enjoy with family and friends, but remember to drive safely, don’t drink and drive, and please be mindful of pets. Many have anxiety around loud noises, especially fireworks.

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Happy 4th ACSO..FOR THOSE OUT WORKING STAY SAFE AND MAY GOD LOOK OVER YOU ALL

Thanks to you and your department for the sacrifices you make to keep us safe. Happy 4th to all!!!

We’ve been dealing with illegal fireworks for a week. I called again tonight. They upset my livestock. Nothing has been done. Ridiculous you aren’t monitoring this better.

Same to you too! Keep our Veterans in mind too, many of them do not like to hear these loud fireworks either.

Same to you and your Family.

It would be really nice if we could get some Patrol down here in Hershberger subdivision in Weyers Cave right now with the amount of illegal fireworks being set off somebody's going to get hurt or a house is going to get burnt down

Happy 4th to you and your family and stay safe

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THE CHILL IS ON!!!!
Operation Chill is on again this summer.
Augusta County Sheriff's Office deputies will "ticket" youngsters that they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior with a Free Slurpee coupon. We would like to thank 7-Eleven for allowing us to celebrate the 24th anniversary of "Operation Chill" and the opportunity to reduce crime and enhance relations with our youth.
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THE CHILL IS ON!!!! 
Operation Chill is on again this summer. 
Augusta County Sheriffs Office deputies will ticket youngsters that they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior with a Free Slurpee coupon.  We would like to thank 7-Eleven for allowing us to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Operation Chill and the opportunity to reduce crime and enhance relations with our youth.

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great program

Way to go ACSO!!!! Great for the community!

Had a deputy my work this morning and he gave my niece and son one for being good. Thank you officer Chandler

My boys were recipients of Operation Chill today! Thanks to the friendly officers who rewarded my 4 boys! They certainly enjoyed their Slurpee! ❤️

That is AWESOME.

My daughter and I were playing in our front yard one day a couple years ago and a deputy stoped and gave her one she was so excited!!

Good initiative. Good luck finding any kids outside

I like that idea, and the kids will hopefully learn a valuable lesson about good deeds and helping others.

Awesome

Great idea

But props to all you parents with well behaved kids🤣👌

Well that takes ours out of the loop🤣🤣🤣🤣

Angie Berry Tyler Berry Lexi Berry

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We enjoyed participating in the Churchville Fireman's parade once again last night. We love getting out in the community and supporting our local fire and rescue! ... See MoreSee Less

Augusta County Reserve Deputy Program

Our first group of new Reserve Deputies have completed their initial training. They and their families were honored at a special dinner held on June 1, 2019. During the ceremony, each Reserve Deputy was presented their badge and officially “pinned”.

The Reserves were sworn in on June 5, 2019, by Augusta County Intrem Circuit Court Clerk, the Honorable Gina R. Coffey, at the Sheriff’s Office, and are now in field training. Augusta County Reserve Deputies have already become a welcome presence at community events, parades, and on patrol with Augusta County Deputies. The additional deputies are an extreme boost to manpower efforts for the Sheriff’s Office and the community. The ACSO is extremely excited to have these men and women as part of our staff. Please join me in welcoming the following (pictured from left to right):

Major Brian Jenkins, Reserve Deputy Joel Effinger, Reserve Deputy Mitchell Sprouse, Reserve Deputy Jack Kerr, Reserve Deputy Daniel Parks, Reserve Deputy Lauren Harris, Sheriff Donald Smith, Reserve Deputy Zachariah Knowles, Reserve Deputy Matthew Mader, Reserve Deputy Aaron Martin, Reserve Deputy Adam Purcell, Sgt. Josh Graves. Not pictured are Reserve Deputy Stephen Nuffer and Reserve Deputy Robert Gilbert.
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Augusta County Reserve Deputy Program
 
Our first group of new Reserve Deputies have completed their initial training.  They and their families were honored at a special dinner held on June 1, 2019. During the ceremony, each Reserve Deputy was presented their badge and officially “pinned”.

The Reserves were sworn in on June 5, 2019, by Augusta County Intrem Circuit Court Clerk, the Honorable Gina R. Coffey, at the Sheriff’s Office, and are now in field training. Augusta County Reserve Deputies have already become a welcome presence at community events, parades, and on patrol with Augusta County Deputies.  The additional deputies are an extreme boost to manpower efforts for the Sheriff’s Office and the community. The ACSO is extremely excited to have these men and women as part of our staff. Please join me in welcoming the following (pictured from left to right): 

Major Brian Jenkins, Reserve Deputy Joel Effinger, Reserve Deputy Mitchell Sprouse, Reserve Deputy Jack Kerr, Reserve Deputy Daniel Parks, Reserve Deputy Lauren Harris, Sheriff Donald Smith, Reserve Deputy Zachariah Knowles, Reserve Deputy Matthew Mader, Reserve Deputy Aaron Martin, Reserve Deputy Adam Purcell, Sgt. Josh Graves.  Not pictured are Reserve Deputy Stephen Nuffer and Reserve Deputy Robert Gilbert.

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Daniel Parks is one scary dude. You need to have him Patrol Craigsville! LOL 😂

Congratulations

Best of luck to all new reserve deputies. Never take your eyes off traffic.

Amazing group here, great having you all on board!

Congratulations to each of you and my God protect all our law enforcement when on duty!

Congratulations

Congratulations to the new recruits.

Congrats and be safe out there!

Congratulations to all! This is such a great program, and will be a benefit to all citizens in Augusta! Thank you!

Congratulations best of luck.

Now our county will be more protected!

Congratulations! I’m sure you’re all do a fine job!

Congratulations!!

Congratulations

Congratulations. That’s how I got my start.

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

How does someone apply to be a reserve deputy?

Congrats and be safe

Congratulations

Congratulations may God watch over all of you

Awesome! Congratulations to you all!

Congratulations to each of you!!

Congratulations Lauren Harris

Congratulations to all.

Congratulations and thank you for your service to Augusta County!

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Attempted Armed Robbery/Arrest

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 1605 HRS, Deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown situation involving a weapon at a residence in the 200 block of New Hope and Crimora Road. The initial 911 call resulted in the response of numerous deputies, and once on scene, several individuals, who were attempting to drive away from the scene, were detained in the driveway of the residence.

Investigation revealed that a 26-year-old male who was residing at the location in a camper was reporting that he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery. The victim reported that several suspects were banging on the door to his camper, demanding money and that a firearm was displayed. During the course of the incident, a baseball bat was utilized by one of the suspects to break a window out on the camper. The male victim was not injured during the incident.

Deputies subsequently arrested the following three (3) individuals who were detained, when law enforcement first arrived.

A weapon was not recovered.

Dale Raymond Gangaware III, 51 of Staunton City was charged with:
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-308.2 – Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of property

Archie Deshawn Hardy, 23 of Augusta County was charged with:
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of property

Joseph Allen Henderson, 39 of Augusta County was charged with:
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of property
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Attempted Armed Robbery/Arrest

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 1605 HRS, Deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown situation involving a weapon at a residence in the 200 block of New Hope and Crimora Road. The initial 911 call resulted in the response of numerous deputies, and once on scene, several individuals, who were attempting to drive away from the scene, were detained in the driveway of the residence.

Investigation revealed that a 26-year-old male who was residing at the location in a camper was reporting that he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery. The victim reported that several suspects were banging on the door to his camper, demanding money and that a firearm was displayed. During the course of the incident, a baseball bat was utilized by one of the suspects to break a window out on the camper. The male victim was not injured during the incident.

Deputies subsequently arrested the following three (3) individuals who were detained, when law enforcement first arrived.

A weapon was not recovered.

Dale Raymond Gangaware III, 51 of Staunton City was charged with: 
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-308.2 – Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of property

Archie Deshawn Hardy, 23 of Augusta County was charged with: 
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of property

Joseph Allen Henderson, 39 of Augusta County was charged with: 
One (1) count of 18.2-26/18.2-58 – Attempted Robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-53.1 – Use, attempt to use, or display a firearm while committing or attempting to commit robbery.
One (1) count of 18.2-137 – Destruction of propertyImage attachmentImage attachment

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Thank you for your quick efforts to protect one of our citizens.

I am thankful for all that is done by our law enforcement everyday and putting their lives at risk to make everyone safe. Yesterday my son was traveling on 612 when the officers were responding to the scene and he was almost hit head on by one of the officers. Please everyone be careful.

Amen

Great work ! Nobody hurt. Trash put away for a while. Thanks Sheriff

Just think folks.... They will now suffer for what they've done. Air conditioning. 3 hot meals. TV. IPad's. Limitless hot water and electricity. Programs. Treatment. Medical services. And in the end; officers will be the oppressors and at fault. The story only begins with the arrest. It goes on. Great job ACSO. Thanks for all you do.

How did you three get here in your life. It certainly wasn't Mama's plan for you and God had such a good plan for your lives. It's not too late you are still above ground. Give your lives to Jesus Christ He can rehabilitate you.

There s a motley Crew no offense to the band ....

Now that’s what I call a trio of trash .

Can someone tell me what kind of car they were in??

I’m just wondering how can u charge someone with a firearm if they didn’t find a firearm?

Bill Goldberg is looking rough here lately.

Haven’t we seen them before on a poster

Fine lookin bunch of criminals

Amber Bennett mayb this one is the one you saw smh

Amber Elizabeth this was it

Losers

Chasity Love Williams smh

Toads

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The 2019 Adventure Race program is sponsored by the Harrisonburg Police Foundation which consists of 2 events that provide challenges and attractions for people of all skill levels. Including:

• 5K timed obstacle race
• Challenging SWAT course

The ACSO entered a four member team that ran both events. Special thanks to Deputy Luke Bryant, Deputy Wes Hill, Adam Bryant, and Shelley Miller. You represented our ACSO family well. Great job !
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Great job

Way to go guys!!!

2 months ago

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

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The ACSO had a great evening at the 2019 Augusta County Relay for Life. We always look forward to participating in this event for such an important cause. Safety Pup had a great time too! ... See MoreSee Less

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We enjoyed your participation at the Grottoes Parade. Super friendly an out going. Way to go ACSO

Love that you all participate in local events like you do...way to go ACSO!!!

And just where were you James Glenn Snyder and Ashley Nichole Snyder 🤔

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On behalf of the Augusta County Sheriffs Office, we would like to wish a Happy Fathers Day to everyone. We hope you enjoy your day!

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day to all.

Happy Father's Day to you and the staff

Happy Father’s Day to all

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy fathers day to ya'll. Thanks for all ya'll do for us. God bless you all!

Happy Father’s Day dad 😒 (if you see this)

Happy Father's day to you all as well.

Happy Father's Day to all!! 😊

Happy Father's Day to you all

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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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.

Speak up, Speak Out and Report!
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This is such a horrible act. Thanks for bringing awareness 💙

Thank you for bringing awareness

Thank you

The best APS team and the best Sheriff's office looking after our most vulnerable adults!!!!

Doug Miller

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Investigation/Arrest:

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.
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Investigation/Arrest:

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.

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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 !!!

People whoever they are that prey on innocent children deserve to be punished. So thankful for Augusta County Sheriff’s Office for arresting this individual and saving our children Job well done. Just hope the system stands by them and the evidence and that it’s not all for nothing. Conviction is so important and his removal from our area.

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.

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

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....

He was a counselor at the Y camp. All parents received an email today

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.

And wearing a YMCA shirt 😖

So glad my son don't go to stump anymore

The one article said this from 2009, 2015, 2016, I wonder if it was more than just one child 😢

Omgosh he has a YMCA shirt on too!!!!

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.

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i hope they get him in Prison

Chris Neil W K D W morning jock. I'm with that other person who posted up there. You authority people better get your case right with facts and proof. You did just kill this guy if not.

Look at the shirt nice

Please tell me he wasn’t a teacher

He was at stump elementary

He is innocent until proven guilty.

He didn’t just wake up at age 41 and decide to rape kids ... Sadly there are probably more .

Angela Forbes do u know?

Stephanie Hope Reeves Perry

Oh boy seen that face around town

Kristin Brady

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Jimmy Dean Bolenbarker arrest

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

June 10, 2019 Augusta County 46.2-817 (F) Eluding

June 10, 2019 Augusta County 46.2-301 (M) Drive suspended
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Jimmy Dean Bolenbarker arrest

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

June 10, 2019 Augusta County 46.2-817 (F) Eluding

June 10, 2019 Augusta County 46.2-301 (M) Drive suspended

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I'm happy he was captured, it was very close to our home, too close for comfort

Great work ACSO deputies and other agencies involved with this!!!

Grate job glad he was caught from the list of charges a mile long hopefully he will be behind bars for a long time

Wow. Thank you, Augusta County Sheriff's Office, for your department's determined and successful efforts to take this man into custody.

Good job, ACSO!

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

Bye bye. Great Job Law by all.

And a good time was had by all!

Remember this is someone's son. Prayers he gets treatment for his addictions Prison will not help him.

.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’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.

Good job done by all. Glad he was caught.

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.

Got him! Good work

Yesterday was tear canister with a criminal day🤣🤣🤣

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.

Hopefully the pulls the time for his crimes. Not sentenced to 20 years and 18 year suspended.

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.

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

and that’s just what they know of.....

Any on the girl that got away yet?

Drugs are bad kids!!!

Didn’t he have a girl with him ?

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

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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.
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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 Sheriffs Office and other area professionals will present information that will help citizens 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.

********UPDATE*******

Ms. Meadow Moore was located in Waynesboro early this a.m.

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 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.
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********UPDATE*******

Ms. Meadow Moore was located in Waynesboro early this a.m.

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 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.

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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.

Thank God she is found.

Prayers answered!

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!

Prayers for safe return home

Prayers for a safe return

This is my family members daughter please if anyone knows anything please contact. Ty for prayers and concerns

Prayers For Her Safety. God Bless And Protect.

Prayers shared from Arkansas

Prayers for her return home

Praying for her safe return

Praying she is found safe and returns home. Shared!

So glad she has been found!

Shared TN Prayers

PLEASE SHARE, Praying 🙏 for her safe return

Praying🙏🏼 Meadow, please contact family or friends quickly!

Oh Meadow. I hate this for you and your family. Please go home!

Little Lady. where ever you are, PLEASE call your family. If there are any issues, they can be fixed.. Please call someone, family, friends, police, they are worried and want you home. Reach out to someone. You are precious.....

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.

Happy that she is safe!!!!! <3 Many were not that lucky 🙁

Hope she is found safe

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 💜

She was missing but has been found safe

Praying for her safe return!!!These kids have No Clue!!!! THE DANGERS OUT ON THE STREETS!!!!! Sad!!!!!

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Reminder: Don’t forget to vote today in the primary election!

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I definitely did vote in the primary election today.

On my way! 🇺🇸

Wanted Felon-Pursuit

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.
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Wanted Felon-Pursuit 

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.

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Hoping to hear updates!

We love you SKYLINE!! Make us proud now guys! 🇪🇪

Any updates ????? ACSO ———????!!

This character put a lot of lives in jeopardy today.... attempted murder on multiple counts should adorn his charge sheet.

This guy was in new hope stealing cars also . I hope they catch him and throw away the key.

so, from Fishersville, to south of Greenville, in a ford Focus, and the LE couldnt catch or stop him? tire spikes,? road blocks?

Any updates????

If they would have canine unit they could have sent them out after them on foot. Boom! End of pursuit.

I thought the girl is the missing kid

Any updates

Wow..still at large? B&t Bank lobby closed today because of this. Scary hes got to be desperate at this point

He will eventually be caught they always do. One way or another he screw up. Better enjoy his freedom now while he can.

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.

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

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 Jimmy 2 ACSO 0 BRATF 0

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.

Hot persuit Greenville area now.....these the ones???? Residents beware??

From what I heard he is hiding in a house in Greenville police trying to get him out

I thought they were both caught

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.

You mean to tell me he was not caught and is out there some where!!!

That's the cops for you

I bet hes somewhere around Indian ridge rd by now

Run jimbo run lmfao

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2 months ago

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

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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.

Congratulations Angela, we are proud of you!
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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.

Congratulations Angela, we are proud of you!Image attachment

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Congratulations

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congratulations well done

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Congratulations Angela!!!!

Congratulations Gf..Great job

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Way to go lady !!!

Congratulations Angela Harper

Awesome job, Angela!

Congratulations Angela Harper!

Congratulations Angela!

Congratulations Angela Harper!!

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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

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!

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Wonderful job Deputy Smith!

Great job Deputy Smith!!

So proud of you and how you always go that extra mile to help the citizens! 💙

Great job Brother!! You are an awesome person and Officer! Keep up the great work!

Great job but not surprised as you are awesome!

Great job Deputy!!!

Wonderful job Scott Smith!!!!!

Scott is the consummate law enforcement professional. Also a humble kind individual.

Great job Scott.

Adoption papers in the works! Seriously though super work and a great officer!

Great job

Thank you Sir.

Tiffani Miller this is the officer that helped us the night we hit the deer..he was so nice, and helpful , I’m not surprised at all to see him Being praised.

Very good hearted officer and teacher!

Not surprised! He’s a wonderful man!!

Great guy thanks Scott and all if ACSO

Great job! If more people acted in this manner the world would be a better place!

ACSO ROCKS..KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK !!!

Great guy know him from being a resource officer at Lee High School in Staunton.

Awesome brother

Thank you!!!

This man deserves a raise. He is the best!

Awesome!!!!

Look at that cheesy grin! Good job though buddy

I’ve had the pleasure knowing Deputy Smith for years. Class act

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3 months ago

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

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