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Sheriff’s Report for Oct. 27

Last Friday (Oct. 21), Dodson attempted to stop a vehicle on Zachary Taylor Highway for a traffic violation, which drove off. The driver, Gary Lee Allison, 39, of Front Royal, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and…

In a case in which the defendant was accused of filing a false insurance claim with the Virginia Farm Bureau for a zero-turn mower he never owned, Delmas Dean Dotson, 48, of Huntly, pleaded guilty in Rappahannock County Circuit Court…

Last Wednesday (Sept. 10), while conducting a checking detail on Lee Highway, Deputy Christopher. Koglin arrested Julian Maurice McDowell, 21, of Culpeper.

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith, right, congratulates (from left) deputies Taylor Yowell, Brandon Smoot, Robbie Fincham and Christopher Koglin, the four winners from the RCSO awards ceremony held last month at the courthouse. Yowell won Correctional Officer of the…
Deputies get a ‘stay-here’ raise

The Rappahannock County’s supervisors voted unanimously last Wednesday (Sept. 5) to increase the salaries of patrol deputies at the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) and help stem the tide of deputies leaving to work in other counties.
With power knocked out, volunteer power kicks in

Though surely neighbors aided neighbors throughout the huge swath of mid-Atlantic infrastructure that had its plug pulled Friday, the stories of what happened in Rappahannock County during and after the storm prove that coping is one of this county’s top…
Sheriff’s Office hires chief deputy, 3 others

After Scott Jenkins left the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) to take over as the sheriff of Culpeper County this January, the former second-in-command to Sheriff Connie Smith has hired four full-time RCSO employees to work for the Culpeper County…

Forty-eight-year-old arborist James Carlton Benkelman of Amissville pleaded guilty to 11 charges of possessing and reproducing child pornography in circuit court Monday (Feb. 13), and will likely be sentenced to 101 years in prison. The former Rappahannock Lakes resident, described…
Peyton Farms manhunt

Read the complete story here, in our eEdition. Though the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office has made no public statements yet about the case, deputies — assisted by at least one helicopter — were searching early Saturday for one or more…
Four charged in series of break-ins

Three Amissville residents and a fourth former Rappahannock County man face multiple felony charges that authorities say stem from a series of break-ins of equipment, firearms and cash dating to 2009 and 2010 in the county.
Photo: Somebody’s watching you

Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Sisk watches the radar display — it ought to say 25 or less — on a recent morning in Sperryville, part of Sheriff Connie Smith’s stepped-up patrols directed at speeders in Sperryville, Flint Hill, Washington,…
Crime and Courts for Feb. 17

A Castleton man on a motorcycle was charged with eluding police last Friday evening (Feb. 11) – after a brief high-speed chase from Sperryville south on U.S. 522 through Woodville, where authorities said the man gave up and pulled over.
Photos: Sheriff’s promotions and transitions

At the courthouse earlier this week, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office held a promotion ceremony and a small party for (front row, from left) James Anthony “Tony” Sisk, the county school resource officer since 2008, who was promoted to lieutenant;…