Man arrested on child pornography charges in Woodbridge

Raphael Alexander Camero, 35

A Woodbridge man is accused of possessing and sharing child pornography, according to Prince William police.

Raphael Alexander Camero, 35, of 11557 Hill Meade Lane, is charged with 10 counts of distributing child pornography and one count ofpossession of child pornography, police spokesperson Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.

Camero was arrested Sept. 26 by the Northern Virginia/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force following a two-month investigation.

Investigators determined Camero had allegedly downloaded multiple files of child pornography while using a computer at his home, Perok said. Investigators also said they found a video file of suspected child pornography during a search of Camero’s home.

Camero is being held without bond and his court date is Nov. 5.

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FBI offers $50,000 reward for arrest in stabbing death of Manassas trooper

The FBI is now offering a $50,000 reward for information in the death of a Virginia State Police trooper stabbed 45 times at his Manassas home more than three decades ago.

The FBI Washington Field Office, along with state police, Manassas police and the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney are seeking the public’s help to identify those responsible for the death of Johnny Rush Bowman.

The case remains open and is the only unsolved killing of a state trooper in Virginia history, according to an FBI news release.

According to accounts family members provided police, Bowman answered the door at his home near Patterson Place in Manassas around 4:15 a.m. Aug. 19, 1984. He struggled with the unknown attacker before he was stabbed to death.

His young daughter, wife, brother and sister-in-law were in the home at the time of the stabbing, and the killer or killers reportedly left behind sunglasses, a wig and a construction hard hat, the FBI noted in its release.

“For 34 years, Trooper Johnny Bowman’s daughter, parents, brother, friends and colleagues have had to endure his loss and not knowing who was responsible for taking his life,” said Capt.  Greg Kincaid of the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Fairfax. “That’s why still today, the Virginia State Police and our partnering agencies remain determined to solve this homicide and bring Johnny’s killer to justice.”

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No one has forgotten Bowman — not his family, his friends and certainly not law enforcement, said Matthew J. DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division.

“The public is our best weapon in solving this cold case and we are hoping that with the passage of time, and through a significant reward of $50,000, someone with information no matter how small or large will come forward and help us bring closure to the family and justice to Trooper Bowman,” DeSarno said.

Bowman’s daughter, Nikki Bowman, was 2 years old at the time of her father’s death. Now a member of the Manassas City Police Department, she said in a statement that she is “thankful to everybody that’s still pursuing the case and taking time to continue investigating.”

“Thirty-four years is a long time,” Nikki Bowman said. “And each year that passes, it gets a little more difficult.”

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Man arrested after shots fired in Manassas, car wreck in Haymarket

Warren Leon Corum, 38

A man suspected of firing a gun in the City of Manassas eventually wrecked his vehicle in Haymarket and was taken into custody after fleeing on foot Wednesday, according to Prince William police.

Officers were back at the scene Thursday morning to search for evidence in the case, police spokesperson Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.

Warren Leon Corum, 38, of the 2100 block of Mountain Road in Haymarket, faces several charges in both jurisdictions and is being held without bond.

Corum reportedly opened fire during an argument with a woman on the 9200 block of Niki Place around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Senior Officer Charles Sharp, a Manassas police spokesperson. The 46-year-old victim was not injured during the shooting.

Corum and his vehicle were located by Prince William police at Merchants View Square around 5:19 p.m., Perok said.

Corum allegedly fled in his vehicle onto James Madison Highway, striking two vehicles and a mailbox. His car was eventually disabled and he fled on foot, but a police dog found him.

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Charges in Manassas include discharge of a firearm into an occupied dwelling, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Charges in Prince William County include two counts of felony hit and run, one count of misdemeanor hit and run, one count of felony eluding, one count of driving under the influence – third offense in 10 years, one count of refusal, one count of possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of obstruction of justice and additional traffic charges.

Corum is expected in court Nov. 15, Perok said.

 

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Two teens in custody after Manassas shooting

 

Manassas police say two teenagers are in custody after shots were fired Friday evening in the Georgetown South neighborhood.

Officers were called to 9800 block of Maury Lane for a reported shooting around 5:30 p.m. and found a car and a house with damage, but no shooting victims, Manassas police Chief Douglas Keen said.

Officers soon learned the shooting involved a 15-year-old and 16-year-old who had been involved in an earlier altercation, said city police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Both were arrested later Friday night in the area of 7th Regiment and Hastings drives.

During the investigation, a juvenile arrived at a nearby emergency room with a wound to the head. Police found that the teen was wanted on “several charges” in Prince William and Manassas. He was detained, Keen said. It’s unclear if that teen was involved in the Maury Lane incident.

Keen said there are no outstanding suspects at the time and there is no “continued threat to the community.”

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Waynesboro

Police Searching for Missing Waynesboro Woman

Release from the Waynesboro Police Department:

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing adult female.

Melissa Torgenson who also goes by the name Melissa Robbins was first reported missing by her sister, who resides in California, to the Ventura County, CA. Sheriff’s Office on August 24th, 2016. Ventura County authorities notified the Waynesboro Police Department of this missing person on August 29th, 2016 due to her last known address being Waynesboro, VA.

The department immediately opened an investigation and entered Melissa into both state and national data bases as a missing person, however to date no contact has been made. In addition we have been able to contact known family members and it has been determined that none of these individuals has heard from Melissa since early July of this year by phone.

At this time there is no reason to suspect foul play, however the length of time Melissa has been without contact raises concerns for her wellbeing.

Melissa is 32 years of age, 5’7’, 170 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. The vehicle she was last known to be operating was a 2013 gray Honda Coupe bearing Virginia Tag VMB-8058.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Jamie Dunn at 540-942-6543.

Written by NBC29

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Charlottesville

Former United States Attorney for Virginia Upset With FBI Director

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) –

A former United States Attorney for Virginia has a serious issue with FBI Director James Comey’s reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Tim Heaphy is the former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. He is joining more than 100 bipartisan Department of Justice employees criticizing Comey.

Heaphy says reopening the investigation violates long-held precedent.

“It is imperative that prosecutors and agents only speak in court, with admissible evidence, you have awesome power of discretion when you’re in a position like Director Comey or like a prosecutor and you have to use that carefully, and if you put out into the public record, facts that you’re not prepared to prove in court, that to me is irresponsible,” said Heaphy.

Heaphy says Comey’s remarks break from Department of Justice policy to never release information regarding an investigation of a presidential candidate within 60 days of an election.

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UPDATED: Police release composite sketches of suspects in Falls Church area sexual assault

Fairfax County police have released composite sketches of the suspects in an abduction and sexual assault in the Falls Church area last week.

The incident happened on the 5800 block of Columbia Pike between 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and 2 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, Fairfax County police said in a news release.

Police said a 50-year-old woman went to a restaurant in that area that night and met two men who she left with in a mini-van similar to an older-model Honda Odyssey, headed toward Arlington.

While the three were in the van, the men displayed a handgun and sexually assaulted the woman, police said in the news release.

The suspects then took the victim’s phone and forced her out of the van somewhere along Route 50, near South Manchester Street, police said. The woman flagged down a passerby, who called police.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was evaluated and released, police said.

One suspect is described as Hispanic, about 30 years old, 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches tall and thin. The second suspect is described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with an athletic build.

The suspects were described as Hispanic; one was around 30 years old, 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a slim build. The other suspect was in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with an athletic build.

A police sketch artist worked the the victim to develop the composite sketches released Tuesday.

Detectives ask anyone who knows someone matching the description, has seen the person in their neighborhood or who has any information about the incident to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, email at www.crimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131.

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Clown Sighting

Sheriff Addresses Report of Clown Sighting in Augusta County

09/25/2016 Media Release from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office:

I have received numerous phone calls from the media requesting information on a clown sighting in Augusta County. I figured it would be easiest to distribute this information to everyone at the same time.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service regarding a clown sighting in the 100 block of River Bend Road in Fort Defiance. Deputies were dispatched to the area at 9:02 p.m. and were on location at 9:10 p.m., but were unable to locate any one dressed as clowns.

The call was placed by a citizen that was in the area fishing with his children. The male was approached by two separate vehicles leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles stopped to warn him that several people in the adjacent woodland area were dressed up as clowns. According to the caller, the people leaving the area were pretty upset over the clown sightings.

I would like to make the citizens of Augusta County aware of the VA Code Section 18.2-422 which prohibits a person over 16 years of age from wearing a mask, hood, or other device to cover or conceal the identity of the wearer. A violation of this code section is a Class 6 felony. A Class 6 felony is punishable by one to five years of incarceration and a fine of not more than $2500. Either or both may apply if convicted of this offense.

“This is a growing problem across the commonwealth. Please do NOT engage in this illegal behavior. Dressing as a clown and approaching people can result in someone getting seriously hurt. I strongly recommend not to engage in this behavior and want everyone to be aware of the Va. law which prohibits this behavior,” said Sheriff Donald Smith.

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Virginia State Police Program Rewards Auto Theft Prevention

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program honored the 2015-2016 HEAT Awards recipients at the annual conferences of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association in Tysons Corner on Sept. 13 and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke on Sept. 19.

The HEAT Awards program is an annual competition open to all Virginia law enforcement entities and employees who work in auto theft enforcement and prevention. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following four categories: enforcement, intelligence gathering, prevention and recovery.

“Stolen cars are sometimes used to commit more serious offenses,” said Virginia State Police First Sgt. Steve Hall, HEAT program coordinator. “It’s important that we acknowledge some of the work that’s being done to prevent auto theft.”

Auto thefts in Virginia have declined 62 percent since 1992, but there was a 7.2 percent increase from 2014-2015.

“It’s a reminder as to why auto theft prevention is important,” Hall said. “Even though the overall numbers are down and it may not seem like an issue, if you wake up tomorrow and your car is gone, that’s going to be a pretty big issue to you.”

The complete list of HEAT Awards recipients is below. To learn more about HEAT Awards, visit HEATreward.com/resources/default.aspx.

VIRGINIA SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Individual Officer Award Winner
Detective James Harris, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Christopher Adams, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Chris James, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office

Individual Officer Award Finalist
Deputy Michael Robinson, Warren County Sheriff’s Office

Agency Award Winner
Sheriff Steve Draper, Martinsville Sheriff’s Office
Laura Hopkins, Martinsville Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Mark Amos, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Sarah Altman, TRIAD Coordinator, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
First Sergeant Timothy Bryner, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office
Captain James Bibens, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Agency Award Finalist
Sheriff B.J. Roberts, Hampton Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Alonzo Cherry, Hampton Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Raleigh H. Isaacs, Sr., Suffolk Sheriff’s Office
Katie Jones, Suffolk Sheriff’s Office

Certificates
Individual Officer
Deputy John Kcraget, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Tim Allen, Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office
Lauren Dunne, Community Relations Specialist, Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff J.J. “Joe” McLaughlin, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Deputy Eric Quarles, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Keith Dunagan, Wythe County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Wayne Kirby, Wythe County Sheriff’s Office

VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE CONFERENCE

Individual Officer Award Winner
Detective Matthew Fitzer, Henrico County Division of Police
Detective Christopher Gordon, Henrico County Division of Police
Detective Philip Weddle, Salem Police Department

Individual Officer Award Finalist
Officer Nathaniel Whitenack, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department
Detective Todd Cheyney, Salem Police Department
Officer William Jenkins, Henrico County Division of Police

Agency Award Winner
Chief Tommy Galbreath, Drakes Branch Police Department
Detective Yarbrough, Henrico County Division of Police
Chief Mike Crawley, Salem Police Department
Detective Philip Weddle, Salem Police Department

Certificates
Individual Officer
Officer Brad Helmick, Henrico County Division of Police
Officer Samuel Inge, Henrico County Division of Police
Officer Jason Shilling, Salem Police Department
Officer Adam Bowser, Salem Police Department
Officer Brandon Fretwell, Salem Police Department
Officer Ben Taylor, Salem Police Department
Senior Officer Mike Warren, Salem Police Department
Officer Raybert Howell, Roanoke City Police Department
Sergeant James Price, Roanoke City Police Department
Officer Dario Tomasevic, Roanoke City Police Department
Sergeant Damon Washington, Arlington County Police Department
Chief Jay Farr, Arlington County Police Department

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The HEAT program was established in 1992 to educate citizens and law enforcement about theft of vehicles and vehicle parts. HEAT supports local and state law enforcement through various auto theft prevention efforts. For more information, visit HEATreward.com. Visit Virginia State Police online at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

 

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Updated: Man Charged with Murder in Fatal Woodbridge Shooting

A Woodbridge man was charged with murder after a fatal shooting Friday night.

Police responded to the 3200 block of Wyndale Court in Woodbridge at 8:44 p.m. Friday to investigate a shooting, Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus said in a news release.

When officers arrived, they located a victim suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body and attempted to provide first aid.

The victim, later identified as Francin Jose Solano Campo, 23, of Woodbridge, was taken to an area hospital where he died of his injuries, police said.

Police identified the suspect in the shooting as Juan Manuel Polanco.

Police said Campo and Polanco knew each other and were involved in an argument that escalated.

During the argument, police said, Polanco, brandished a handgun and shot Campo in the upper body.

Polanco, 27, of D Street in Woodbridge, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond and has a court date on Nov. 21.

This is Prince William County’s 17th homicide of the year.

Article written by InsideNova

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