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Culpeper Police Department Participates in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Press release by Culpeper Town Police:

Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking the same huge risk.

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Major Chris. B. Settle along with DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office encourages everyone on the road to wear their seat belts during every trip, day and night.

Virginia law requires all front seat occupants of motor vehicles be restrained, and any passenger from birth to 18 years old be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat or seat belt. Virginia law also requires that rear-facing child restraint devices be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. “It’s the law in Virginia to wear your seat belt and make sure children are in a car seat, and doing so will save your life during a crash,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Click it or ticket logo

Click it or ticket logo

Law enforcement officers across Virginia and the nation will be out in full force during the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, May 18 through May 31, looking for seat belt violators. “Not only do you risk getting a ticket, but by not wearing your seat belt, you risk severe injury and even death,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Virginia’s statewide seat belt use rate was 77.3 percent in 2014, 79.7 percent in 2013 and 78.4 percent in 2012. Last year in Virginia, 52 percent of all traffic fatalities, or 256 deaths, were unrestrained drivers and passengers. Also, 154 (60 percent) of the unrestrained deaths were people ages 21 to 50, and 65 percent were males. Of the 198 unbelted driver fatalities, 40 (20 percent) had been drinking. Almost half of the unrestrained fatalities in 2014 occurred at night, between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Locally, Culpeper experienced 236 vehicle crashes in 2014. Many of these were during daylight hours. A local survey of drivers conducted in 2015 showed that 77 percent of drivers were utilizing seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts really do save lives. From 2008 to 2012, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. And in 2012 in the United States, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.

Juvenile Charged with Burglary in Culpeper

Culpeper Town Police patch

Culpeper Town Police patch

Press release from Culpeper Police:

Due to the age of the suspect, name and photograph are witheld.

On May 12, 2015, five homes in the 800 Block of Gallows Court in Culpeper were burglarized during daytime hours. There was no one home during each of these entries. Random items were removed during these events. There were no injuries that resulted from any of these incidents.

All of these houses had forced entry to gain access to the home’s interior. Extensive damage was done during entry, totaling in the hundreds of dollars. The suspect was able to spend time looking through the homes, prior to taking anything. Items taken from the houses include cash, electronics, and food.

Officer P. Siebel responded to the scene of three homes in the Gallows Court area at approximately 7:30 in the evening to begin the investigation. Master Police Officer Detective Richard Brooking, with the Criminal Investigations Section of the Culpeper Police Department, was called to the homes to process the scenes and collect evidence. Officers canvassed the area and interviewed witnesses. These interviews led to the development of a suspect.

The suspect, a 14 year old male, was interviewed and cooperated with the investigation. Based on the investigation, two additional homes were found to have been burglarized.

Detectives from the Culpeper Police Department executed a search warrant in the 800 Block of Gallows Court. This search warrant resulted in the recovery of several items that had been reported stolen during the burglaries.

Detectives have obtained several petitions for the juvenile. These include five counts of breaking and entering and two counts of grand larceny.

“Thanks to the citizens for being observant to their surroundings and communicating information to the officers on scene. Their observations led to the development of the suspect,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

This investigation is still active and ongoing.

Anyone with additional information involving this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Richard Brooking at 540-829-5504 or to remain anonymous Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300.

Culpeper Man Dies After Altercation with Culpeper Police

Culpeper Town Police patch

Culpeper Town Police patch

Press release from Culpeper Police Department:

Culpeper Police Department Involved in Incident Leading to Use of Force

On March 29, 2015, shortly before 8:00pm a Culpeper Police Department Patrol Officer was on routine patrol in the Cottontail Drive and Belle Avenue area of Culpeper when two males were observed walking in the street.

One of the males, later identified as Dominick R. Wise, age 30, of the 15000 block of Rixeyville Road in Culpeper, was observed by the officer to be intoxicated and acting erratically by walking in circles in the middle of street.

As the officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street, Mr. Wise walked away from the officer. The officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street again, and Mr. Wise fled on foot down the middle of Belle Avenue.

The officer called for other police officers to respond and assist in the area of Belle Avenue. Additional officers confronted the subject in the area of Belle Avenue adjacent to Culpeper Commons Apartments and attempted to place Mr. Wise into custody.

Mr. Wise at this point was non-compliant with officer’s commands and actively resisted arrest by swinging and kicking at officers. Conductive Energy Devices were deployed in attempts to subdue Mr. Wise, however the Conductive Energy Device had a limited effect. As additional officers arrived, they were able to apprehend and secure Mr. Wise by getting him in handcuffs. A knife was recovered lying underneath Mr. Wise during the altercation.

As a matter of policy, Officers on scene immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services to check on Mr. Wise who at the time was conscious and breathing. Culpeper Volunteer Rescue Squad, who was already in the area responding to a drug overdose call in the Belle Court Apartment area, responded to the scene at Culpeper Commons. Once they arrived, Mr. Wise became unresponsive and CPR was immediately administered. Mr. Wise was taken to UVA-Culpeper Hospital and later airlifted to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.

Mr. Wise died at UVA Hospital late Monday morning. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

An officer of the Culpeper Police Department was also treated at UVA-Culpeper Hospital with contusions and swelling of his face and also a broken nose. He has since been released. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Investigations from Division 2 was contacted on Sunday night, shortly after the incident, at the request of the Culpeper Police Department, will be handling the investigation into this matter.

The Culpeper Police Department will be conducting a separate Administrative Investigation into this incident, as required by department policy. “The Culpeper Police Department would like to send our condolences to the Wise family. Any loss of life of a loved one, no matter the circumstance, is always tragic and very much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wise family as they mourn their loss” states Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Any further questions related to this investigation will be handled by the Virginia State Police.

Upcoming School Division Events (March 27, 2015 – April 10, 2015)

education news (free clip art)

education news (free clip art)

Press release from Culpeper County Public High Schools:

· Friday, March 27, 2015 – Eastern View High School, All County Elementary Choir, Auditorium/Forum, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

· Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Eastern View High School, All Virginia Elementary Chorus, Auditorium/Forum, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

· Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Culpeper County High School, Blue Devil Backers Vendor Fair and Spring Fling, Cafeteria, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

· Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Culpeper County Public Schools, Culpeper County Art Teachers are hosting the 13th Annual Art Show, Exhibits from all Elementary/Middle Schools (Pre-K – 8th Grade), State Theater, 305 S. Main Street, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Eastern View High School, Spring Spotlight on the Arts, State Theater, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – A. G. Richardson Elementary School, PTO Meeting, Conference Room, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Sycamore Park Elementary School, Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, Gym, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Yowell Elementary School, PTC Meeting, Art Room, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Culpeper County High School, Blue Devil Backers Meeting, Library, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

· Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Eastern View High School, PTO Meeting, Main Conference Room, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

· Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Emerald Hill Elementary School, PTO Meeting, Room Location TBD, 3:00 p.m.

· Friday, April 3, 2015 – No School for Students – Teacher Workday (At-Home).

· Monday-Friday, April 6–10, 2015 – No School for Students and Staff, Spring Break.

· Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – Culpeper County School Board, Board of Supervisors Budget Work Session, County Administration Office, 302 N. Main Street, 2:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – Culpeper County School Board, VSBA Central Region Spring Forum, Fluvanna County High School, 5:00 p.m.

· Friday, April 10, 2015 – Culpeper County School Board, 2015 State of the Community, Country Club of Culpeper, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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