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Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three During Traffic Stops

JShellington

JShellington

Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office arrested two this week for eluding.

At about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Deputy Charles Burgoon initiated a traffic stop for defective equipment on a white minivan on northbound James Madison Highway at Brandy Road. When the vehicle stopped, the driver- later identified as Johnathan B. Shellington, 27, of Catlett- fled from the vehicle and into a field. Deputy Jonathan Kerns, K9 Karma, and Corporal Charles Wheeler responded to assist in searching for Shellington. Culpeper Police Department assisted by setting up a perimeter. CCSO units tracked Shellington through a briar patch and across a creek and located him under a school bus in a VDOT storage lot about a quarter-mile from the minivan. Burgoon arrested Shellington for eluding and found him to be wanted by Fauquier County for three probation violations on original robbery, breaking and entering, and malicious wounding charges. Shellington is held without bond at Culpeper County Jail.

TShellington

TShellington

A passenger, Tina M. Shellington, 30, of Catlett, was arrested for obstruction of justice for providing false information to law enforcement about Mr. Shellington’s identity. She was released from Culpeper County Jail with a $1500 secured bond.

Leavell

Leavell

At about 8:44 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Deputy Joshua Haught initiated a traffic stop for defective equipment on a green and silver Dodge pickup on northbound James Madison Highway, about 0.5 mile north of Braggs Corner Road. The vehicle continued in the right lane at about 40 mph, and Haught called a pursuit at Brandy Road. The vehicle accelerated to about 80 mph, passing vehicles in the left lane, into Fauquier County, and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit. The vehicle turned on Route 28, came back into Bealeton, and pulled into a long driveway on Collins Lane, where the driver- later identified as Rodney D. Leavell, 29, of Culpeper- fled from the vehicle. Fauquier deputies apprehended Leavell as he tried to run into a bar. He was transported to Culpeper magistrate’s office and held without bond at Culpeper County Jail on Haught’s driving revoked and Felony eluding charges, Fauquier County’s Felony and misdemeanor eluding and driving revoked warrants, and an outstanding CPD probation violation warrant for an original DUI charge.

Culpeper Police Department Investigate Early Morning Armed Bank Robbery

Back of suspect in bank robbery

Back of suspect in bank robbery

On January 6th, 2015 at approximately 9:05am the Culpeper Police Department responded to SunTrust Bank located at 633 Meadowbrook Shopping Center for an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Moments prior to patrol units arriving, one male suspect exited the bank and left the immediate area on foot. The male suspect is described as a male, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored coat, blue jeans, white and black/grey shoes, pink or red socks, and covering his face with a ski type mask with just the eyes showing. He was also wearing a black “hoodie” type sweatshirt underneath his coat. The suspect was also carrying a black tote or shoulder bag as well.

Front view of bank robbery suspect

Front view of bank robbery suspect

The suspect entered the bank and approached an employee and demanded money while displaying a handgun. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and appears to have left the immediate area on foot. It is undetermined at this time if the suspect fled to a waiting vehicle.

Officers and deputies from the Culpeper Police Department, the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police immediately set up a perimeter in the area of the bank upon arrival.

Detectives from the Culpeper Police Department arrived on the scene to conduct the investigation and process the crime scene, along with the immediate areas around the bank. The F.B.I. also responded to the scene to assist in the preliminary investigation and will continue their assistance in this investigation.

Bottom half of bank robbery suspect

Bottom half of bank robbery suspect

Bank surveillance cameras were able to capture video of the suspect in the bank. Detectives are in process of going over numerous pieces of evidence at this time, to include this surveillance evidence.

There were no injuries to the employees of the bank and there were no customers inside the bank at the time of the crime. Mark Nowacki, director of the Culpeper Crime Victim/Witness Program and trained in Crisis Response through the Department of Criminal Justice Services, responded to the scene as well and provided assistance to the bank employees.

“We would like to thank Sheriff Jenkins and his deputies, along with the Virginia State Police and our federal partners with the F.B.I. Field Office in Charlottesville for their immediate assistance in this investigation. Also a big thank you goes out to the news media for getting digital photos of the suspect out on social media in a swift manner and to our Crime Victim/Witness Program for responding,” states Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

The Culpeper Police Department is asking for any citizen who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the past few days at the SunTrust Bank or who was in the immediate area of Meadowbrook Shopping Center from 8:00am – 9:30am where the bank is located to contact Detective Luke Altman at (540) 829-5507 or email any tip to laltman@culpeperva.gov

“We asking our residents that if you see anything that may have not seemed significant at the time, but after this crime has occurred, now seems to be out of place or suspicious to please contact us. Again, every lead no matter how small is important to helping us solving this case,” states Lieutenant Andrew Terrill.

Again, if anyone has any information on this case or can possibly identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Luke Altman. Or you can always remain anonymous by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at (540) 727-0300. No matter if you contact the Culpeper Police Department directly or if you contact Culpeper Crime Solvers and an arrest is made based upon your information, a cash reward will be given.

This case will remain an active, on-going investigation until it’s solved.

Culpeper Sheriff’s Office Increases DUI Enforcement

dui (free clip art)

dui (free clip art)

Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

The holiday season is here, and as Culpeper residents prepare for Christmas and New Year’s festivities with family and friends, Sheriff Scott Jenkins reminds travelers to designate a sober driver when their holiday activities include drinking alcohol.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is increasing DUI enforcement activity with additional deputies patrolling the roads, sobriety checkpoints, and saturation patrols up to the New Year. CCSO uses DMV grant funds for the extra manpower. The funds are federal flow-through funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be used for overtime for traffic enforcement, some of which will be used this holiday season.

NHTSA reported 830 people killed in December 2012 in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving, but on Christmas Day 2012, the percentage jumped to 36. In the 2012 holiday season, 40% of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record.

Sheriff Jenkins has a few helpful tips for holiday drivers:

– Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk- or worse, the risk of having a crash.

– If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

– If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

In summary, it’s a choice: are you drinking or are you driving?

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office tripled its DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013 compared to the two previous years.

Donnell Easter Arrested

Donell D Easter Jr

Donell D Easter Jr


Press release by Culpeper Sheriff’s Department:

Donell D. Easter, the fifth suspect in the fatal stabbing of Corey D. Clanagan, was arrested December 5, 2014.

Culpeper County detectives, assisted by Spotsylvania detectives and U.S. Marshals, contacted family members, friends, girlfriends, and known gang associates of Easter throughout the day. At about 5:00 PM, Easter reported to the Spotsylvania County magistrate’s office to turn himself in for the outstanding warrant for Felony murder/lynching by mob.

Easter is held without bond at Culpeper County Jail.

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