Waynesboro

Waynesboro PD Search For Convicted Sex Offender

WAYNESBORO-Local police are asking for help from the public to find a Waynesboro man, wanted for questioning in a 2013 child pornography incident. Timothy Franklin Landes, 55, faces one felony count of knowingly and intentionally creating a videographic image of a minor. That comes from a 2013 incident where, according to Waynesboro Police Sgt. Brian Edwards, it’s claimed that Landes “filmed underage children and kept the video.” The investigation was triggered this month after a complaint was lodged, claiming that Landes had been involved in the incident.

While charges have been filed against him and he has been named as a suspect, Landes himself has not been arrested. The reason is that nobody has seen him since earlier this week. His family reported to Waynesboro officers the last time they saw Landes was on Tuesday and believed him to be possibly suicidal.

A look at criminal records in Augusta County shows that Landes was convicted in 2004 on 20 separate charges of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to a three year term in prison for each charge, all served concurrently. Despite being found guilty on those charges, Landes was not registered as an active sex offender because at the time in 2004, simple possession of child porn was not enough to be added to the list.

Anyone with information about Landes or his whereabouts is asked to call the Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1-(800)-322-2017 or the Waynesboro Police Department at (540)-942-6675. Information given to Crime Stoppers can be done anonymously and the caller could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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Stafford Man Tristan Wargas

Stafford: Hi-Tech Security Allows Homeowner to See Prowler

A North Stafford County homeowner’s high-tech security system alerted him that a prowler was at his house, sheriff’s office 1st Lt. Eric Quinn said.

While the resident was not at home, a motion detector alerted him by cell phone that someone was moving on the property. The homeowner was able to remote in to outside security cameras at the house and saw a man walking around the property along Greenleaf Terrace in the Rosehill Farms neighborhood about 12:45 p.m. April 27.

Sheriff’s office Deputy Adam Wolford was checking the back of the house when he heard a loud noise from the front of the house and saw someone running out of the front door. Wolford chased the man, but lost sight of him behind a neighboring house.

Wolford then heard a woman scream and followed the sound to the back of a neighboring house, Quinn said. A man was trying to get into that house.

Another chase followed and Wolford caught the man, who was taken into custody without incident.

Tristan Joseph Wargas, 33, of Woodbridge, was charged with one count of breaking and entering.

Master Detective Mark Steininger’s investigation into the incident connected Wargas to several other recent residential burglaries in the area, Quinn said. Additional charges against Wargas are coming.

At the time of Wargas’s arrest, he had several outstanding warrants out of Prince William County, including breaking and entering, and grand larceny. Those warrants were served along with the Stafford warrants, Quinn said.

Wargas is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

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Montclair Influenza Outbreak

Montclair: Influenza B Outbreak Hits Elementary School

Montclair: Henderson Elementary will be open for classes Friday but will postpone its popular “Spring Scoop” event due to an outbreak of Influenza B.

Spring Scoop is the Montclair school’s most well-attended event of the year. The early-evening fund-raiser opens the school to the community for make-your-own sundaes, classroom visits and other activities.

The school was planning an even bigger event this year to mark Henderson’s 30th anniversary.

But those plans were abruptly changed Thursday afternoon when tests by the Prince William County Health District confirmed that an outbreak of the flu—specifically Influenza B— is to blame for “a high rate of absences” at various grade levels throughout the week, according to Henderson Principal Suzanne Bevens, who sent out an alert to Henderson families.

The flu is highly contagious and especially risky for children with asthma and related conditions, the alert said.

Overnight disinfecting operations will allow classes to be held as usual on Friday.

“Unfortunately, the high number of people expected, and the short time available to conduct extra cleaning make unwise to a hold a big celebration and a confined area,” Bevens wrote.

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Murder Trial

Insanity Plea in Grace Murder Trial

A defense attorney for Steven Vander Briel told a judge Monday he intends to pursue an insanity defense when his client goes on trial next week on a murder charge in the death of a fellow University of Mary Washington student.

The “unique” approach will be the first insanity defense of his 35-year career, attorney Mark Gardner said as Briel sat quietly nearby in his tan jail jumpsuit.

Judge Gordon Willis denied the attorney’s request to tell potential jurors the fate of a defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity, which would depend on whether he responds to mental-health treatment.

The three-day trial is set to begin Monday.

Briel, a 31-year-old New Jersey native, is accused of tying up, strangling and killing Grace Mann on April 17, 2015, just a few months after moving into an off-campus house with her and two other women who were UMW students.

Briel attended Mary Washington from 2002–07, when he dropped out. He re-enrolled in the spring of 2015. The political science major and one-time member of the university’ rugby team was set to graduate the month after Mann’s killing.

Mann was a history and American studies major who was active in the Feminists United on Campus and People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities.

On the afternoon of the killing, Mann attended a PRISM-sponsored “Day of Silence” vigil, then went to the Washington Avenue house she shared with Briel to fix her hair before another campus activity, according to court records.

Her roommates returned to the home a short time later to find Briel leaving one of their rooms.

According to court records, he made odd statements to the roommates and said he and Mann had gotten into a fight.

The other roommates went into the room and discovered Mann bound with a belt and a sweater, a plastic bag over her head and plastic bags stuffed in her mouth, according to court records. Authorities determined that she died by asphyxiation.

Briel left the house, but was arrested along Fall Hill Avenue after a two-hour manhunt.

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Bullying

The Warning Signs of Bullying and Suicide

The Warning Signs of Bullying and Suicide Go Hand-in-Hand

Child Development magazine was one of the many to publish the results of a study that showed a link between bullying and suicide. It was shown that children who were bullied in school were at high risk of suffering from depression and also developing anti-social disorders that lead to isolation and in turn cause them to fall deeper into depression. It has also been reported time and time again that the number one cause of suicide is depression that goes untreated.

What to Look For

Looking for the warning signs of suicide goes hand-in-hand with also being aware of the signs of bullying since it plays such a big part in your child’s mental state and can increase the risk of suicide. By knowing what the warning signs are for both bullying and suicide you give yourself a better chance at spotting them early on and getting a child the help that they need before it’s too late.

The warning signs that your child is being bullied are:

  • Loss of interest in school or fear of going to school
  • Regular complaints of feeling sick with stomach aches or headaches
  • Appears to be anxious especially when asked about school
  • Problems sleeping
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Has very few or no friends
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Comes home from school with unexplained bruises or scrapes
  • Is missing money or belongings

The warning signs that your child may be suicidal:

  • Loss of interest in the things they used to enjoy
  • Appears to feel hopeless
  • A sad mood that lasts more than a day
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in their eating habits
  • Writing about death and dying
  • Talking about death
  • Mentioning suicide even in passing

As a parent or teacher you are in a position of being able to spot changes in behavior that could indicate a serious problem. Talking to a child that appears to be in distress is one of the best things that you can do. Your approach should be kind and caring, sympathetic and non-judgmental. If they mention problems with bullying, show them that you understand and that they’re not alone by sharing stories about when you were bullied in school. Remind them that they’re not alone and enforce to them that they’re not at fault for the bullying and that bullies often say or do mean things out of insecurity.

If you suspect that a child is on the verge of harming themselves or someone else then you will need to get some outside help from someone who is trained in dealing with suicide and crisis prevention, such as a doctor or police officer. It may seem a little extreme or harsh but suicide is a very serious matter and you don’t want to waste any time in getting the child the help they need.

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Lake Ridge Missing Woman

Lake Ridge Woman Still Missing

Ten days ago, Lizeth Yadira Lopez vanished in Lake Ridge, eastern Prince William County.

The 36-year-old Alexandria resident was last seen at the CVS store at 12890 Touchstone Circle in Lake Ridge. After that, police said they have reason to believe she returned to Pond Run Drive in the Dominion Lake Ridge apartments, where she had been that evening for work.

And that’s where the trail ends. Since 10 p.m. that night, there has been no known contact with Lopez, police said.

On Wednesday, police released surveillance video of her entering the CVS and renewed a plea for help in finding out what happened to her.

Here’s a timeline of the information police have released:

  • On April 19, Lopez’s family reported her missing.
  • On April 20, her car was found in the parking lot of Pond Run Drive, not far from Lake Ridge Park.
  • On April 22, Prince William, Fairfax and state police, along with canines and a helicopter, conducted an “extensive” search around Lake Ridge Park and the area where Lopez disappeared. Nothing was found.

Since April 17, there has been no use of any bank or credit cards or Lopez’s cell phone.

Police are not saying what Lopez did for a living, only that her job took her to the Dominion Lake Ridge apartments before she vanished. Prince William police Sgt. Jonathan Perok said detectives have no reason to believe her disappearance was work-related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency line at 703-792-6500.

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Amelia

Amelia Sheriff’s Dept. “In God We Trust” Decals on Deputy Vehicles

AMELIA, VA (WWBT) –

Cruisers belonging to the Amelia Sheriff’s Office will now have the decal “In God We Trust” on all marked vehicles. The decal has fired up people on both sides of the controversy.

On social media, the Amelia County Sheriff’s office has received hundreds of shares and comments: both positive and negative. One man called the move, “Idiotic and unconstitutional.”

“The principles that this great nation were founded on are being attacked systematically,” said Sheriff Walker.

He agreed to talk about the decal by reading from his Facebook statement, but did not want to speak about the controversy.

“I feel it is refreshing in the age of political correctness to be able to stand for something that is of the utmost importance, not only to me personally, but how I run this department,” the Facebook post said.

The department is adding the decal to the cars to reaffirm the “connection, commitment, and support” one another in the line of duty.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” says Gary Booker who lives in Amelia. “The more people trust in God, I believe there would be less stuff going on.”

The department is adding the decal to the cars to reaffirm the “connection, commitment, and support” one another in the line of duty.

The Christ Family Outreach Church Men’s group is donating the money for the decals to be placed on the cars. Alan Sloan, the owner of Signs at Work, donated his time to make the decals.

We reached out to the ACLU of Virginia.  The organization points out this is a national motto and when neutral, does not violate the Constitution. However, if it’s based upon religious views, there are concerns.

“Would people in the community who don’t share those religious beliefs feel equally protected?” said Claire Gastanaga, executive director of ACLU of Virginia.

The organization wonders if this could have an impact on people who don’t share the same religious beliefs.

“Our concerns would be whether there were employees in the department who felt somehow that they are either compelled or expected to believe certain things and to share the sheriff’s personal beliefs,” said Gastanaga.

The sheriff says eventually all of the marked vehicles will have the saying, “In God We Trust.”

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Caroline Drugs

Caroline: Thousands in Drugs Seized, 2 Arrested

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) –

Authorities seized thousands of dollars in cocaine and heroin and arrested two in a pair of searches in Caroline in recent weeks.

Around $3,100 in heroin, along with an AK-47 and AR-15 and a 12 gauge shotgun were seized at a home in the Ladysmith area of the county on April 16, sheriffs said. Joshua Renner, 27, of Bridlewood Lane is being held without bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and other weapons and drug charges.

Caroline sheriffs and members of the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force also searched a home in the Campbell’s Creek subdivision on Friday, seizing $500 worth of cocaine and $3,000 in cash. John Frye, 40, of Ruther Glen faces a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

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John Frye

Courthouse:  Caroline General District Court

Case No:         GC16003739-00

Date & Time: May 4th, 2016 at 8:30 AM for Arraignment

Charge:           Manufacture / Etc. Controlled Substance

Joshua Renner

Courthouse:   Caroline General District Court

Case No:         GC16003392-00 & GC16003393-00

Date & Time:  June 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Charge:            Possess Gun W/ Sch I-II Drug

Manufacture / Etc. Controlled substance

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Murder Trial

Capital Murder Charges Move Forward in Officer Shooting

A judge on Tuesday found enough evidence to forward capital murders against a Woodbridge man accused of killing his wife and a Prince William County police officer in February to next month’s grand jury.

Ronald Hamilton, 32, is accused of shooting and killing his wife, 29-year-old Crystal Hamilton, at their home on Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, and then shooting three officers who responded to her 911 call for help, killing Officer Ashley Guindon and injuring officers Jesse Hempen and David McKeown.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Prince William General District Court Judge Robert Coleman ruled there is enough evidence to send six charges against Hamilton, including capital murder of police officer and first-degree murder charges, to grand jury in Prince William Circuit Court May 2. If the grand jury returns indictments, a trial date will then be set.

In court, officers who responded to the scene described what happened that day.

Officer Anthony Pharphan said he saw officers Guindon and McKeown in their patrol car shortly after he started his shift at 5 p.m. and sent them a computer message greeting Guindon, a newly sworn officer who was on her first shift.

About 40 minutes later, Pharphan heard a call on his radio from McKeown stating that he had been shot and needed assistance.

Pharphan said when he arrived, he saw McKeown lying outside the house, injured and appearing “lifeless” and Hempen lying in the driveway, “rocking back and forth and holding his leg.” He did not see Guindon at first, but later learned she was in the driveway, near Hempen, he said.

Pharphan said he saw a man, later identified as Hamilton, “poke his head out the front door” and quickly close it, before opening it again less than a minute later and surrendering. Officers handcuffed Hamilton while other officers, including Pharphan, searched the home for other people. Officers found Crystal Hamilton shot in an upstairs bedroom. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Joseph Medawar, supervisor for the police squad that included the injured officers, testified that he rushed from his office to the scene as soon as he heard the radio call about an officer needing assistance.

Medawar said he saw officers leading Hamilton away from the home and directed them to put him in the backseat of the nearest police cruiser.

Medawar then began talking to Hamilton in the cruiser, first asking him if any other people or weapons that could harm the officers were in the home.

Hamilton said that his wife was inside.

“I said, ‘Is she OK?’” Medawar testified. “He said, ‘No, she’s dead.’”

Hamilton also said that there was an AK-47 rifle in the foyer of the home. Police also recovered a handgun in the grass in front of the house, according to court testimony.

Medawar then read Hamilton his Miranda rights and asked him what happened, he said.

“He started crying and said, ‘I ruined my life,’” Medawar testified. “He asked me to get my gun out and shoot him.”

Medawar said he wouldn’t shoot Hamilton, but again asked him to tell him what happened, he said.

Medawar said Hamilton told him, “The officers were storming in so I shot them.”

Medawar said other officers then walked past the cruiser with Guindon, who they were taking to seek medical attention and Hamilton asked if the officers were OK. Medawar said he did not answer him.

Hamilton went on to say that he shot the officers with the AK-47, which he had owned for a while, Medawar said.

Medawar said he asked why he shot the officers.

“He said he didn’t know. He said he thinks he snapped and he might have PTSD,” Medawar testified, adding that Hamilton later said he was a combat veteran who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hamilton said he had not been diagnosed with PTSD, but told Medawar he thinks he has it.

According to his military service records, Hamilton served two yearlong deployments in Iraq. At the time of his arrest, Hamilton was active-duty Army staff sergeant who had been assigned to the Pentagon. He most recently worked as an information technology specialist with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Service Support Center.

Medawar said he also asked Hamilton why he shot his wife and he said “they were arguing.”

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed this month in Prince William Circuit Court, one of Crystal Hamilton’s friends told police that she had talked to her on Facebook the day of her death and “provided details of an ongoing argument between her and her husband, Ronald Hamilton.”

Medawar said that when he asked what had happened, Hamilton also commented that “the officers showed a lot of restraint.” Medawar asked if Hamilton was trying to “commit suicide by cop” and he said no, but he said “he thought they were going to shoot him.”

Soon after that, Hamilton was taken to the police station for further questioning, Medawar testified.

Medawar said he then went to Fairfax Inova hospital, where police officers soon learned that Guindon had died of her injuries. The other two officers were hospitalized and survived.

Earlier this month, on April 4, a Prince William Circuit Court grand jury indicted Hamilton on 10 other charges — two counts of capital murder, two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and four firearms charges. The two counts of capital murder that Hamilton has been indicted on allege that he killed two people within a three-year period and that he killed two people in the same act. Both charges refer to the deaths of Crystal Hamilton and Guindon.

Hamilton, who wore a dark blue suit and was surrounded by several guards during the hearing, spoke only once, to answer “yes” when the judge asked him to confirm he was ready to proceed with the preliminary hearing.

He will next appear in Prince William Circuit Court Thursday, when a trial date is scheduled to be set for the charges he has already been indicted on.

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Pursuit

Driver Arrested after Leading Deputies on Pursuit

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) –

The driver who led Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase through several counties Wednesday is under arrest and facing several charges.

According to authorities, deputies tried to stop a speeding driver along I-85 in the county but the driver fled, leading deputies on a chase that made its way through several counties, including Dinwiddie, Brunswick, and Mecklenburg.

Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office Major William Knott said the chase then went east on U.S. Route 58 and back into Brunswick, where the driver was eventually stopped and taken into custody.

The driver is still being processed by law enforcement and deputies say the driver is facing several charges, including driving on a suspended license.

The department added that something was found inside the car that will warrant another charge against the fleeing driver.

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