Charlottesville Woman Charged

Charlottesville Woman Charged after striking Pedestrian with Car

Charlottesville woman faces multiple charges after city police said her vehicle struck a pedestrian while she was driving intoxicated and that she later assaulted an officer at a hospital.

At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Charlottesville police responded to the 100 block of Seventh Street Northwest for a car crash. When officers arrived, they found a 1997 Honda Passport on its side and an injured male pedestrian who had been struck by the car.

While investigating the crash, the officers discovered the driver of the Honda — later identified as Emilie Sarah Williams, 30 — to be under the influence of alcohol, according to police. She was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as refusal to take a breath test.

Both Williams and the pedestrian were then transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the pedestrian suffered a broken leg and a laceration to the back of his head. Williams sustained minor injuries.

While at the hospital, police said, Williams also assaulted an officer. As a result, police also charged her with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, as well as causing serious bodily injury while driving under the influence.

Williams was still in the hospital as of Friday evening, according to police.

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Ashley Guindon

Line of Duty Death

The Prince William County Police Department is in deep mourning over the loss of Officer Ashley Guindon. Our sincere condolences go out to Ashley’s family and friends, as well as, our fellow officers and department staff. We are asking for thoughts and prayers as we monitor the conditions of the two officers who remain hospitalized. We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support we have received from our Prince William County community and from those across the nation and world. We continue to ask for that support as we move forward with making final arrangements to honor Ashley’s sacrifice.
On February 27 at 5:37PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15000 block of Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for an initial report of a domestic altercation. When officers arrived on scene, they approached the front door of the home and were confronted by a suspect, later identified as the accused. The accused was armed with a firearm and opened fire, striking three county police officers who sustained critical wounds. Additional officers arrived at the residence and the accused surrendered to police without further incident. Officers also provided life-saving first aid to the wounded officers until Fire & Rescue crews could get on scene. All three officers were flown to Fairfax INOVA Hospital where one of the officers, identified as Officer Ashley Guindon, died as a result of her injuries. After securing the suspect, officers conducted a search of the home and located an adult woman inside deceased from gunshot related injuries. An 11-year old boy was also inside the residence at the time of the incident and fled the home at some point during the encounter. The child was not injured and will be released to the custody of other family members. The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically. The wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused. The remaining two officers shot during the encounter remain hospitalized at this time. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged. More information will be released when available. This is Prince William County’s fourth line of duty death since the department’s inception in 1970 and only the second officer to be killed feloniously in the line of duty.
Arrested on February 27:
Ronald Williams HAMILTON, age 32, of 13051 Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with 1 count of captial murder of a police officer, 1 count of first degree murder, 2 counts of malicious wounding of a police officer, and 2 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Crystal Sheree HAMILTON, age 29, of Woodbridge

Fallen Officer:
Prince William County Police Officer Ashley GUINDON, age 28
Last evening was Officer Guindon’s first shift after being sworn-in as a police officer on February 26

Wounded Officers:
Prince William County Police Officer Jesse HEMPEN, age 31, an 8.5 year veteran of the police department
Prince William County Police Officer David MCKEOWN, age 33, a 10 year veteran of the police department
Posted and written by Prince William County 

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Waynesboro, Police, Jail, Arrest, Special Operations, Drugs

Waynesboro police make several more drug arrests

WAYNESBORO – Waynesboro Police made several drug arrests Friday night stemming from four different search warrants.

Members of the Special Operations Division, with the assistance of detectives, patrol officers, auxiliary officers and the department’s SWAT Team, conducted simultaneous raids to seize controlled substances and break up the narcotics distribution network in the city, a release said.

“With these cases combined and the recent flurry of drug related arrests in Waynesboro, it would be easy to assume that we are making significant gains in combatting the local drug problem,” said  Chief Mike Wilhelm in a release. “Unfortunately, that is a dangerous and incorrect assumption. Drug use is growing to unprecedented levels in and around Central Virginia.”

Officers executed a search warrant for methamphetamine and to locate Tamatha Renee Fitzgerald, 44, on Link Road, a release said. Fitzgerald was charged with distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Police found methamphetamine at the scene and also from a male suspect at the scene, a release said. Charges will be placed on the male subject after lab results confirm the type and quantity of the drug.

Police also seized a car from the male suspect, in connection with the distribution of narcotics.

On Port Republic Road, police detained two suspects while the residence was searched. Police recovered a small quantity of cocaine and marijuana, the release said. A resident at the scene admitted possession of the substances and charges will be placed once lab results confirm the type and quantity of the drug.

Police also detained four subjects on North Commerce Avenue while a residence was searched for marijuana. Numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and several grams of marijuana were found. Charges for possession of marijuana are pending against the renter of the residence, the release said.

A residence on North Delphine Avenue was searched for cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. Police detained two adults and two juveniles while the residence was searched. Charges for possession of marijuana will be placed against the renters of the residence, the release said.

“The problem will continue to plague the City of Waynesboro and our surrounding jurisdictions until we show leadership and develop a community strategy to shape effective solutions to our common problem,” Wilhelm said. “I am currently working closely with my fellow senior leaders in local law enforcement to develop a more effective regional effort and bring more assets to bear on this problem. I refuse to let our city become a mecca of drug use and our officers are dedicated to meeting this problem head on.”

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Heroine Bust- Operation Save a Life

In Virginia, more people die of heroin overdoses than in car crashes – an epidemic area law enforcement and mental health officials want to change.

In Northern Virginia, an effort at change resulted in a widespread regional heroin and opiate bust Wednesday — but with a twist.

Police and sheriff’s deputies from Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria, Herndon, Manassas, Manassas Park, Vienna and Virginia State Police this week obtained 74 arrest warrants for heroin and prescription drug fraud and distribution. They spread out during Wednesday’s storms to make the arrests.

But officers also brought along substance abuse counselors and police chaplains to offer help and spiritual guidance as “Operation Save a Life” got underway.

In Fairfax County, police offered many of those arrested an immediate opportunity to seek addiction treatment. Those who chose help were taken by Fastran bus to the Merrifield Crisis Response Center in Annandale for assessment. Five went into rehabilitation Wednesday night, officials said.

The program, called Diversion First, allows those arrested for simple heroin or opiate possession an opportunity to go into treatment and have their criminal charges dropped upon completion.

“One of our biggest messages today is that recovery is truly possible,” said Lyn Tomlinson, assistant deputy director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. “This operation was a true partnership we’d been planning for some time.”

In Fairfax, 38 people were charged or have warrants for their arrest; in Prince William 21; in Manassas three and in Loudoun 12.

Nick Yacoub, now a peer support specialist and recovery coach, said it was an arrest that finally led him to seek help for his drug addiction back in 2007.

Youcoub, a 30-year-old Great Falls resident, told his story at a Wednesday press conference about Operation Save a Life, saying “addicts aren’t bad people. We’re sick people trying to get well.”

Youcube said his addiction started at just 10 years old with the use of prescription drugs. By the time he was in his early 20s, he had been arrested several times. When he was picked up again in 2007, his probation officer recommended he get an evaluation from the Community Services Board.

“I’ve been clean and sober ever since,” he said. “Help is out there.”

Tomlinson said heroin-related deaths in Northern Virginia have been on the rise in the last few years. In Fairfax County, there were 14 fatal overdoses in 2014 and six last year. In 2014, heroin and opiate overdose deaths outpaced fatal car accidents across the state – a statistic that will likely be true again for last year, officials said.

And in Loudoun County on Wednesday night, there was another, said Sheriff Mike Chapman.

In addition to finding, arresting and offering help to drug users, area officials are also reaching out to friends and loved ones, offering opiate overdose training and resources for the life-saving drug Naloxone.

A statewide program, called Revive!, teaches anyone interested how to administer the opioid antagonist, which is the only way to stop an overdose.

Click here for more information on free training seminars.

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Know Someone Struggling with Addiction?

How Long Will Recovering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction Take?

Depending on the addiction kind and severity, you, a friend or a family member may need anything from a 30 day residential drug or alcohol rehabilitation program all the way up to a 4-month one. Certain drug types may allow for short-term outpatient programs while severe cases may require long-term treatment center care. Still, you can find a Charlottesville treatment clinic to fit just about any requirement. Use the listings we’ve included here to get started or call our help line advisors at 1-888-319-2606 to begin narrowing your search.

How Much Does a Rehab Treatment Center Cost and Is Insurance Accepted?

To estimate the price of rehab in Charlottesville, VA, you first have to decide on the amenities the center provides and its locale in relation to your own requirements. There’s quite a wide range in price for rehabilitation clinics. Many accept private insurance, so either check with your provider to see if the costs can be partially covered through your PPO or HMO, or dial our number, toll-free for a discreet insurance check.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia, Poppy, Seeds, Drugs, Jail, Arrest, Narcotics, Augusta County

Harrisonburg police say poppy seeds might be tied to drug use, local store restricts bulk sale

Steven Underhill, JMU, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Poppy, Seeds, Drugs,  Jail, Arrest, Narcotics, Augusta County

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. — Harrisonburg police said folks need to be on the lookout for “poppy tea,” which is made from common household products, including poppy seeds. They said it could be connected to the death of JMU student Steven Underhill.

His classmate Azriel Swift talked about how he felt when he heard the news of his death. “Just to hear something like that, you know it just throws you for a loop. I mean I had nightmares I mean going to bed you know that-just thinking about that, so it really stuck with me the whole day,” said Swift.

Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith said while poppy tea isn’t a big issue in Augusta county, it’s deadly because it’s potency can vary widely. “Each time that you use it and you consume it, it’s never the same,” said Smith. “Somebody may use it two or three times and be fine, but the fourth time it may kill them.”

While there are no restrictions on how much poppy seed a person can buy, at least one local grocer decided to take matters into his own hands. Gary Eavers owns the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. He said, “When we saw about the possibility about the student at JMU passed away and that being related- his death being related possibly to the use of poppy tea, it was kind of like the last straw.”

He’s no longer selling large quantities of poppy seeds at his store. “We don’t want to have any kind of a guilty conscience or to feel like we’ve contributed to someone’s addiction,” said Eavers.

Police are still awaiting the toxicology report in Underhill’s death.



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Kevin Quick

Kevin Quick Murder Case Day 17: Guilty on All Charges

After eight and a half hours of jury deliberations, jurors have found six people guilty of being in a gang and running a criminal conspiracy. That conspiracy included the murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain Kevin Wayne Quick and a string of armed robberies.

Four defendants – Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton and Travis Bell (aka Kweli Uhuru) – are guilty on charges related to kidnapping, murder, racketeering and robbery in connection to the death of the 45-year-old officer.

“This is a perfect example of what happens when law enforcement from a number of different agencies work together to solve problems in our community,” said Ron Huber, assistant United States Attorney.

Anthony Stokes and Halisi Uhuru (aka Gert Arthur Wright) are guilty of obstruction of justice and being in a racketeering conspiracy. For more on the charges each suspect faces, see the chart embedded below.

All of the defendants are members of the 99 Goon Syndikate.

The prosecution argued that some of the defendants took part in robberies around central Virginia in the fall of 2013. Some of the defendants kidnapped Quick from a parking lot in Albemarle County on January 31, 2014. They withdrew money from Quick’s bank account before taking him to a rural area of Goochland County and killing him.

Defense attorneys had argued that there is no criminal conspiracy, that the gang’s goals were to help the community, and that several of the prosecution’s witnesses were not credible.

“They took their brothers to prison. They took three other siblings, almost an entire family in this belief, and it’s just the wrong way to go. Crime does not pay,” said Rusty McGuire, special assistant United States Attorney.

The jury got the case around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and came back with its verdicts around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jurors heard from more than 50 witnesses, and saw more than 400 pieces of evidence over a period of about three weeks.

Judge Glen E. Conrad has not yet sent a date for sentencing, but it will likely be scheduled for sometime this summer.

A number of the defendants are expected to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

This article was written by NBC29, To see original article please click here.



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Narcotics Operation Combats Heroin Use Across Northern VA

Narcotics Operation-

On February 24, 2016, detectives from the Prince William County-Manassas City-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force joined law enforcement agencies from across the region in an aggressive campaign sought to combat heroin use and distribution in our area.

This latest regional effort, dubbed Operation “Save a Life”, officially began earlier this year and aimed at curbing the distribution and possession of heroin. Prince William County Police joined other agencies in this effort including Fairfax County Police, Manassas City Police, Manassas Park Police, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, Alexandria Police and Arlington Police. As a result of this operation, detectives from the joint Prince William County Task Force obtained warrants for 21 individuals, 9 of which are in custody.

The Prince William County-Manassas City-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force has conducted similar large scale operations over the last three years. These operations not only focused on the enforcement action to deter use but also an educational component about the narcotics and the opportunity for those arrested to seek help for their addictions. The past operations have resulted in a total of over 150 arrests and the execution of approximately 30 subsequent searches.

Prince William County Police, Manassas City Police, and Manassas Park Police remain committed to combating the growing heroin epidemic occurring across the country. Drug use and addiction is a nationwide problem and not specific to this region or Prince William County. These operations have shown that there are many faces of addiction and that anyone of any age, race, ethnicity, economic background, etc. can fall victim to narcotic use and abuse. The ages of those arrested in this recent operation ranged from as young as 17 up to age 60. The goal of these operations is to deter narcotic use and distribution in the region by taking the necessary enforcement action. As with past operations, when an arrest was made, those who wanted help for drug use or addiction were provided with the necessary resources and information.

We would like to continue to remind our community of the dangers in narcotic use and abuse. Drug addiction, especially resulting from heroin use and abuse, can escalate quickly resulting in overdoes or death. Some illegal drug use is also known to have a link to the abuse of prescription medications. Internet resources are available for those who wish to educate themselves on signs to look for and what these narcotics look like. If you or someone you know is suspected of having a drug addiction, it’s important to seek help immediately.


*See attached file for the names of the suspects arrested or still being sought in this operation.

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Waynesboro, Police Officer, Guilty, Jail, Prison, Convicted, Murder, Crime

Kevin Quick murder: Suspects found guilty on all counts

ROANOKE – Just over two years after Waynesboro reserve police officer Kevin Quick was murdered, the suspects in his death faced the jury’s verdict. On Wednesday, that jury came back with a verdict of guilty on all counts for the six defendants.

Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton and Kweli Uhuru, also known as Travis Bell, were all found guilty of taking part in Quick’s murder. Gert Wright III aka Halisi Uhuru (no relation to Kweli Uhuru) and Anthony Stokes were found guilty of obstruction of justice and racketeering.

Those were just some of the charges in what turned out to be a complex case. All total, the group faced 35 different charges, linked not just to Quick’s death, but also a series of robberies that took place around Louisa County in the same time period.

Quick left his mother’s home in Afton about 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2014, traveling to the apartment in Albemarle County where his daughter and her mother, Yadi Weaver, lived. Once he made it to the apartment complex parking lot, Quick was kidnapped and then later killed.

His vehicle was found in Louisa County and on Feb. 6, his body was found in the woods along the boundary of Fluvanna and Goochland counties.

Quick’s family declined to speak to the media after the verdict was read, other than to say they were glad justice had been served.

Waynesboro Police Chief Mike Wilhelm hoped the verdict would help the family heal.

“It is our sincere hope that today’s jury verdict will finally allow the friends and family of Kevin Quick to begin healing from this tragic loss,” Wilhelm said. “We would also like express our gratitude to the prosecution and investigative teams as well as the members of the jury for the sacrifices they made to bring this case to justice.”

Prosecutors meanwhile were also happy with the result, although a bit surprised that it came so soon.

“I’m glad we could do this for the Quick family,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Huber said. “I didn’t expect it to be so (soon) but this sends a message to the community that this stuff will not be tolerated.”

The case was turned over to the jury around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and just over 24 hours later, they came back with the verdict.

Rusty McGuire, Louisa County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, who also served as a special prosecutor in the case, thanked the different law enforcement agencies, from the Waynesboro Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Charlottesville City Police Department, Albemarle County police to the Virginia State Police, among others, who collected evidence and worked on the case. All total, he estimated that 10,000 work hours were spent putting the case together. More than just the murder, he pointed to the various robberies that the defendants were all found guilty of, that happened in his area.

“You’ve all learned a lot about Louisa County (through this),” McGuire said. “We are a very small, rural county that this gang terrorized for five months.”

Next comes the sentencing phase of the case. In Virginia, when a defendant is found guilty, a pre-sentencing report is developed over the course of a two to three month period. That goes over the defendant’s life, including his family history, education, criminal record and medical history. A sentencing recommendation is also made, based on that information.

Brian McGinn, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said that under the guidelines, Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton and Kewli Uhuru all face mandatory life sentences. Typically, a judge would decide between the life sentence and death, but before leaving office, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ruled that the death penalty could not be considered in this case.

“The others will face up to 40 years in prison,” McGinn said, speaking of Halisi Uhuru and Anthony Stokes.

Now that the verdict has been read, the defendants will no longer be kept together, as each will have their own sentencing hearing. An exact date for those hearings has not been set, with Judge Conrad telling the courtroom it would be sometime this summer, possibly late July.

Until then, all of the defendants will go back to prison, awaiting the judge’s decision.



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Fishersville, Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, Guilty, Conviction, Jail, Crime

Fishersville child molestor gets 35 years

STAUNTON – A Fishersville man has pleaded guilty to sodomizing a young girl, resulting in a 35-year prison term.

In December 2014 an investigation was launched against Aaron Rhodes, 31, after the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Bedford County alerted the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office that he was downloading child pornography.

​Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Timothy Martin said after investigators seized Rhodes’ computer, more than a thousand images of child porn were discovered, resulting in 27 child porn charges. Authorities also found a photo of Rhodes receiving oral sex from a girl under the age of five, Martin said, and he was charged with forcible sodomy.

In a plea agreement with the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Rhodes pleaded guilty to the single charge of forcible sodomy, resulting in a 60-year prison term with 25 years suspended, giving him 35 years to serve.

“Aaron Rhodes won’t see the light of day until he’s in his late 60s,” Martin said Tuesday. “And I want that to be the message other child predators receive when they think about committing this type of crime in Augusta County.”

Prior to his arrest, Rhodes was a technician at BMW of Charlottesville, authorities said.

Rhodes’ guilty plea resulted in the child porn charges not being prosecuted, and he also avoided a jury trial slated for March 8. Rhodes was convicted Feb. 11 in Augusta County Circuit Court, records show.

He has been held at Middle River Regional Jail since his arrest more than a year ago and will be transferred to the Virginia Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.



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