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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.

Culpeper Police Department Makes Multiple Drug Arrests, Seize Cocaine, Cash, Vehicle, Golf Cart, and Firearms

Press Release by Culpeper Police:

The Culpeper Police Department made three arrests Wednesday night, October 29 , 2014 after a three month long active investigation involving the sale of cocaine.

Officers from the Joint Street Crimes Unit, while being assisted by the Virginia State Police Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force, arrested three local individuals on Wednesday as a result of this investigation.

The three arrested are:

Thomas Cubbage Sr

Thomas Cubbage Sr

Thomas F. Cubbage, Sr., age 65, who resides on the 100 block of Wayland Road in Culpeper. He was charged with three felony counts of Distribution of Cocaine.

Roberto Chuc-Canul

Roberto Chuc-Canul

Roberto Chuc-Canul, age 35, of the 1000 block of Belle Avenue in Culpeper. He was charged with one felony count of Distribution of Cocaine.

Carolyn Cubbage

Carolyn Cubbage

Carolyn A. Cubbage, age 65, of the 100 block of Wayland Road in Culpeper. She was charged with two felony counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.

Mr. and Mrs. Cubbage were arrested at their residence located on the 100 block of Wayland Road Wednesday night without incident, while Mr. Chuc-Canul was arrested at the intersection of Main Street and Evans Street during a vehicle stop.

“The investigation was a result of numerous cocaine transactions over the past three months. However, this investigation has been on-going for over a year” states Lieutenant Tim Chilton.
When Mr. Chuc-Canul was arrested cocaine was seized with a street value of $1000 that was just purchased from Mr. Cubbage under police observation. Also, over a $1,000 in currency was seized from his person during the arrest.

When Mr. and Mrs. Cubbage were arrested at their residence, officers seized over $3000 in currency, a numerous amount of firearms, a 2010 Buick 4-door sedan, and a 2013 EZ-Go Golf Cart.
During this investigation, police have determined the Buick 4-door sedan was purchased by proceeds of cocaine transactions over the course of years and the EZ-Go Golf Cart was used during the commission of cocaine sales. Officers do not believe any of the firearms have been used during the commission of any of the cocaine transactions, however due to the nature of the offenses the guns were seized.

Mr. Cubbage and Mr. Chuc-Canul were held without bond at the Culpeper County Jail, while Mrs. Cubbage was held until a $3,000 bond was made.

“This is another prime example of law enforcement working countless man hours together as a team to rid our streets of drugs and weapons” states Chief Chris Jenkins.

This investigation is on-going as more charges are pending as well as the possibility of more property seizures. If anyone has any information about this investigation are encourage to call Lieutenant Tim Chilton of the Culpeper Police Department at (540) 829-5568.

CRIME PREVENTION GETS A BOOST WITH NEW SEE SOMETHING, SEND SOMETHING® MOBILE APP

See Something Send Something

See Something Send Something

Press release provided by Virginia State Police Public Relations Director

Virginia 3rd State in Nation to Launch Safety Mobile Application

RICHMOND, Va. – With the month of December being one of the busiest times of the year for the Commonwealth’s airports, highways, malls, restaurants, movie theatres, places of worship, and countless festive venues, Virginia residents are encouraged to keep their environments safe. Because suspicious activity can happen anywhere at any time, Virginians now have another means of helping safeguard themselves and their community, especially during the holiday season.

Today, the Virginia State Police launched the new crime prevention mobile application See Something, Send Something®. The reporting app enables suspicious, criminal activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Virginia State Police.

“The fundamentals of investigating and solving a crime haven’t changed,” said Major Rick A. Jenkins, Deputy Director of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, at the press conference held in Prince William County, Va., Friday to launch the app. “But, keeping the public engaged with us through the crime-solving, tip-sharing process has evolved and now so have we. This app is simply the 21st century version of the traditional telephone crime tip line or hotline.”

The application, which can be downloaded at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity. The service is already available in Pennsylvania and Louisiana. The app does not replace 911 and should not to be used for someone needing immediate police action or to report an emergency.

The photograph or information submitted by a citizen via the app goes to the Virginia State Police for review and analysis. If the tip is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation or incident, then it will be forwarded on to the investigating law enforcement agency. If the tip is unfounded, then the information provided, and the name and phone number of the tip’s provider, are permanently deleted. There is no archiving of tips or collection database.

The app provider, My Mobile Witness, uses patent-pending privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizens’ personal information. The system allows law enforcement to engage citizens without tracking one’s location or storing personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the Virginia State Police for analysis.

To help encourage Virginians to download and use the app, a 30-second public service announcement has been produced and is available for viewing/download at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

See Something, Send Something® Mobile App Fact Sheet

Who receives my tips? Tips are routed through a network of State Police organizations and state offices of homeland security and preparedness.

Will somebody send police? No. If you require immediate police action or other emergency services dial 911 or, to reach the Virginia State Police, dial #77 on your mobile phone.

Does the service work throughout the country? Yes, geo-tagged tips are routed to the appropriate participating law enforcement agency or intelligence center.

Does the App actively track me or my location? No. Photos and notes are geo-tagged only at the time of submission. The app does not actively track your location or movements.

Can I remain anonymous? All information associated with your tip submission will be protected and kept strictly confidential by law enforcement. If information you submit warrants additional investigation, it may be forwarded to the appropriate investigating agency on a need-to-know basis.

Will somebody contact me? The system allows citizens to act as additional eyes and ears in the fight against crime, suspicious activity, terrorism, etc. In rare instances, law enforcement may contact you for additional information if your tip is deemed of high value or connected to an ongoing investigation.

Why is the picture or note removed from my phone after I submit a tip? This is done to protect potential evidence and proper chain of custody. If you submit a tip of high value the appropriate the participating law enforcement agency retains the only copy.

Can I save pictures to my library before submitting a tip? Can I recover pictures or notes after they are sent? No. The app does not allow for a photo to be attached and sent.

Does Virginia allow an app user to receive alerts? Not at this time, but is a service being considered as a future possibility.

Is there a cost associated with using the service? While there is no charge to download or use the See Something, Send Something application for Iphone and Android users, standard data rates apply. Check with your carrier regarding data plans, options and rates.

Who is My Mobile Witness in the user agreement? My Mobile Witness is the exclusive provider of the patent-pending See Something, Send Something technology used by law enforcement.

Is my information given to third party advertisers, marketers or anyone other than law enforcement? My Mobile Witness does not and will not sell your information. It passes information onto law enforcement when and if you submit a tip. Your information is not retained in the My Mobile Witness database. Once routed to the appropriate law enforcement agency, your tip, name and number are immediately deleted from the provider’s server. The My Mobile Witness privacy policy is available online at www.mymobilewitness.com.

Virginia State Polic Advise Motorists to Pay Extra Attention Halloween Night

VSP arm patch

VSP arm patch

Tips Include Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

RICHMOND – It’s not the costumes or decorations that should frighten you this Halloween, but impaired drivers, who are the real “scare” on the road. Virginia State Police reminds everyone, if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, then don’t drink and drive. Halloween night is considered one of the deadliest nights of the year because of impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) were the result of a drunk driving-related crash.

Keep your holiday safe. If you’re planning a party Halloween night, remember:
Before the party starts, plan a safe way home;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact Virginia State Police by dialing #77 on your cell phone.

Neighborhood Safety


If you haven’t done so already, parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry to identify the relevant addresses of convicted sex offenders possibly living or working in their neighborhoods. This enables adults and guardians to make informed decisions on what residences/businesses to approach for trick-or-treating.

Halloween night, the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Investigative Unit will be working with the Virginia Department of Corrections Probation and Parole to check on supervised sex offenders.

If the convicted sex offender is on supervision – which means restrictions have been placed on them as they relate to probation/parole and not state law – then they may not be permitted to participate in trick-or-treat activities (i.e. porch lights must be turned off; not permitted to open the door to trick-or-treaters, etc.). This restriction only applies if that offender’s conditions of probation/parole prohibit contact with children.

If the convicted sex offender is not on supervision, then they are entitled to participate in trick-or-treat and other Halloween activities. This does apply to convicted sex offenders featured on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. The only exceptions relate to Code of Virginia 18.2-370.5, which restricts an offender’s access to school property.

Trick-or-Treat Pedestrian/Driver Safety

Drivers need to slow down and remain alert in residential areas and parking lots for children. Slowing down, eliminating any distraction inside your vehicle, and anticipating heavy pedestrian traffic are critical to avoiding serious injury or death to a young child or teen.

Children have a greater chance of being hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Popular trick-or-treating hours are typically between 5:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council recommend the following safety tips for parents and their trick-or-treaters:

· Use flashlights and glowsticks to remain visible
· Stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
· Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
· Remind children to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street and walking among vehicles in a parking lot.
· Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
· Wear clothing that is bright and flame retardant.
· Fasten reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility
· Consider using non-toxic face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.)
· Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
· Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
· Have children get in and out of vehicles on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
· Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious activity

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