House-arrest inmate charged with attempted murder

Victim in Apple Mountain Road stabbing identified as suspect’s wife

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

On August 14, 2012 at 5:47 p.m. the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call advising of a stabbing in progress at the school bus stop, pull-off area at the entrance to the Apple Mountain Subdivision on Apple Mountain Road. When deputies arrived on scene they found bystanders treating a white female who had multiple stab wounds.

In a WCSO press release the following day, the female victim was identified as Lakisha Henry, 33 years of age, with the last known address of 90 Rambo Court, Linden, VA. Deputies also located the suspect, identified as Ricky Brian Henry, white male, 32, and the husband of the victim, who was subdued by bystanders at the scene.

Lakisha Henry was treated at the scene by medical personnel. She was then transferred by helicopter to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax where she was still in Intensive Care, listed in critical condition the day after the attack. Mrs. Henry suffered numerous stab wounds to her entire body, the WCSO press release reported.

Initial information received by this reporter indicated the victim was putting children into a van at the Apple Mountain Road bus stop/pull over at the time she was attacked by her husband; and that Ricky Henry was subdued at the scene by three males present at the time of the attack.

Ricky Henry was taken into custody by the deputies on scene “without incident,” the Aug. 15 press release reported. Ricky Henry’s “last known address” was also reported as 90 Rambo Court, Linden, VA.

According to Sheriff Daniel McEathron, Henry was serving a sentence on drug related charges and was in the Warren County Jail’s Work Release Home Electronic Monitoring Program at the time of the attack. It was not immediately clear if either or both the assailant and victim were currently utilizing the Rambo Court home address at the time of the attack.

Ricky Henry was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital and was treated for minor injuries he suffered during the incident. Henry was released from the hospital and transported to the Warren County Jail where he was served two arrest warrants: one for attempted first degree murder and the other for aggravated malicious wounding of Lakisha Henry.

Ricky Henry is being held without bond on both charges and his next court date is set for August 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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Published in: on August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm  Comments (13)  

Stabbing suspect was on home-monitored work release

Was Apple Mountain Road attack random or case of domestic violence?

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stabbing incident in the Linden area of Warren County on August 14, 2012 at approximately 5:47 p.m. The victim was severely injured and flown to a trauma center due to the extent of the injuries.

Initial information received by this paper from sources close to the scene indicated the incident occurred on Apple Mountain Road at the school bus stop-pull off area just north of the I-66 overpass. While unverified at this time, the victim was said to be a female, who was putting children into a van at the time she was attacked. The victim was aided by witnesses at the scene, according to sources.

A suspect was apprehended at the scene and is currently in the Warren County Jail. According to Sheriff Daniel McEathron, the suspect is Ricky Brian Henry, a 32-year-old white male. Henry was serving a sentence on drug related charges and was in the Warren County Jail’s Work Release Home Electronic Monitoring Program.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and no further details are available.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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Photo of officer assault suspect

Clyde Eugene Burrell, Jr

Full story: http://goo.gl/l6gfZ

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(UPDATED) Suspect charged with attempted capital murder of police officer after vicious attack – FRPD

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

Suspect Clyde Burrell Jr. charged with attempted capital murder

[This is a breaking news story. The original story is here: http://goo.gl/Sd8bW ]

Officer was responding to report of white male exposing himself to motorists

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

About 1 p.m., Sunday, July 29, the Front Royal Police Department issued a press release detailing the attack on Sgt. Bryan Courtney 19 hours earlier near the intersection of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue. Captain Mark Werner said that despite the severity of Sgt. Courtney’s injuries, it was hoped he could be released from Warren Memorial Hospital later on Sunday, just a day after what could have been a fatal attack but for the arrival of a second officer and the assistance of citizens in subduing the suspect and aiding Officer Courtney at the scene.

According to FRPD the suspect, 33-year-old Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. is 5-foot-11, 288 pounds with an extensive criminal rap sheet.

The press release states:

“Chief Richard H. Furr has announced the arrest of Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. white male 33 years of age, of what was reported as a 600 block West 11th Street address in Front Royal, Virginia. Burrell has been charged with one count of Attempted Capital Murder of Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney. One count, maliciously causing bodily injury to Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney and two counts of assault and battery to Sergeant Bryan Courtney and Detective Jason Lethcoe knowing that such persons were law enforcement officers.

“On July 28, at 6:36 p.m. the Front Royal Police Department received a call from a citizen that a white male subject was in the area of North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself to passing motorists. Officers responded to the area and began a search for this subject at 6:42 p.m. Sergeant Courtney radioed that he may have the subject in the area of 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. As Sergeant Courtney exited his vehicle Clyde E. Burrell Jr. viciously attacked Sergeant Courtney. During the attack Burrell slammed Sergeant Courtney’s head into the pavement multiple times and raked his fingers through Sergeant Courtney’s eyes. As Sergeant Courtney continued to fight for his life Burrell gained control of Sergeant Courtney’s expandable baton and commenced to beat Sergeant Courtney striking him in his face, arms and the back of his head.

“Sergeant Courtney was able to get on his back with Burrell on his chest and grab the expandable baton, as he and Burrell were struggling for control of the baton Burrell ripped the baton from Sergeant Courtney’s hands. As Burrell drew back the baton to strike Sergeant Courtney, Detective Jason Lethcoe arrived on the scene and was able to tackle Burrell getting him off of Sergeant Courtney. Detective Jason Lethcoe then had to fight Clyde Burrell.

“During the struggle a citizen came to the aid of Detective Lethcoe and helped in gaining control of Burrell which allowed Detective Lethcoe to get Burrell into handcuffs. Two other citizens then came to the aid of Sergeant Courtney rendering first aid. Corporal David Fogle arrived on scene and immediately transported Sergeant Courtney to Warren Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Bryan Courtney was hospitalized for his injuries and Detective Lethcoe was treated and released. Clyde E. Burrell Jr. was held with no bond a court date has not been set in this matter at the time of this release.

“Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jason Ryman at the Criminal Investigation Division of the Front Royal Police Department at 540-636-2208 or the Front Royal Police Department Dispatch Center at 540-635-2111.”

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

[Updated to correct address and to add background on the subject.]

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FRPD officer assaulted at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave.

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

[This story has been updated: http://goo.gl/WV6lx]

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

A Front Royal police officer is hospitalized with what are described as non-life threatening but serious injuries after being assaulted while responding to a call at 1420 North Shenandoah Avenue around 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28.

According to FRPD Captain Mark Werner, Sgt. Bryan Courtney was investigating reports of a male subject walking in the area of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself in the vicinity of nearby motels. Courtney apparently confronted a suspect in the vicinity of the parking lot of the ear, nose and throat clinic of Dr. Timberlake’s practice at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. when he was attacked by what was described as a white male in his mid 30s.

A second FRPD officer, Jason Lethcoe, responded to the scene as the attack was underway and was able to pull the assailant off his fellow officer. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and is being held at Warren County Jail. According to Werner, officers received some assistance at the scene from citizens passing by.

Additional details on the circumstance of the assault and the identity of the suspect is expected from FRPD later Saturday night or early Sunday. This report will be updated as information becomes available.

FRPD Chief Richard Furr texted a response to our initial inquiries from Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was with his injured officer late Saturday evening.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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State Police still seek motive in Va. Tech murder-suicide

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is continuing its efforts to identify a motive in the murder-suicide that occurred Dec. 8, 2011, on the Virginia Tech campus. State police investigators worked through the weekend and on into this week interviewing family, friends and acquaintances of Ross T. Ashley, 22, in order to piece together his movements and actions leading up to the murder of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

Despite investigators’ non-stop pursuit of this case, there still remains no prior connection or contact between Ashley and Officer Crouse. The Virginia State Police High-Tech Crimes Unit has been extensively reviewing Officer Crouse’s in-car camera video and surveillance video from on and off the campus. State police have secured surveillance video that does place Ashley at a local retail store in the Town of Blacksburg on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 7).

The .40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun used in both shootings was legally purchased by Ashley from a licensed, Virginia gun dealer. He purchased the weapon in January 2011. (For more information on Virginia law pertaining to the purchase of a handgun, go to http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm )

*Timeline (Please note that times are approximate)*

12/7/11 – 11:25 a.m. – At gunpoint, Ashley steals a 2011 white Mercedes SUV from Gilbert Real Estate in the 600 block of Calhoun Street in the City of Radford.

12/7/11 – 12:11 p.m. – City of Radford Police issue multi-state teletype message to law enforcement for a “Be on the Lookout” for the stolen Mercedes SUV.

12/7/11 – Later that afternoon, surveillance video places Ashley inside a Town of Blacksburg retailer. This video was not discovered by investigators until Thursday Dec. 8 – when they were conducting their investigation into the murder-suicide.

12/8/11 – 9:30 a.m. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) notifies Blacksburg Police of an abandoned vehicle parked on a gravel drive near the VTTI complex. Police immediately respond, confirm the vehicle is the stolen Mercedes SUV and notify Radford Police.

12/8/11 – 12:15 p.m. –Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse has stopped a car in the Coliseum parking lot along Washington Street near the intersection of Spring Road. Officer Crouse is seated inside his unmarked patrol car when Ashley approaches the officer and fatally shoots him. Ashley then flees on foot from the scene.

12/8/11 – 12:45 p.m. – As law enforcement search the campus for the shooting suspect, a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff spots a male pedestrian walking by himself in the “Cage” parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. As the deputy drives towards the man, he momentarily loses sight of him. When the deputy finally reaches the subject, the man is on the ground and deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

12/8/11 5:20 p.m. – Outside of the Greenhouses, police recover a backpack containing a wool cap and pullover worn by Ashley at the time of Officer Crouse’s shooting. At this stage of the investigation, state police investigators have found no connection between Ashley and a handwritten message on the wall of one of the Greenhouses.

The Virginia State Police, with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement, have executed search warrants during the course of the investigation. Because this is still an ongoing investigation, the warrants remain sealed at this time.

Virginia State Police has been assisted during the course of this active investigation by the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford City police departments, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and Secret Service.

Feds bust alleged cigarette trafficking ring

Defendants Allegedly Acquired More Than $33 Million in Contraband Cigarettes

From a release:

A Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg has indicted dozens of individuals for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes, money laundering and a variety of related charges.

The defendants were charged by the grand jury in four separate indictments returned under seal on February 17, 2011, August 3, 2011 and October 6, 2011. Those indictments were unsealed earlier this week following the arrest and initial court appearances by the defendants.

The charges are the result of a three-year investigation by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Western District of Virginia and the District of South Carolina, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the indictments, the defendants acquired untaxed cigarettes in the Western District of Virginia and transported them for distribution in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. Members of the conspiracy are accused of buying more than $33 million in contraband cigarettes from undercover federal agents during the life of the conspiracy.

The Grand Jury has charged the following individuals:

February 17, 2011:

Bach Tuyet Tran, 58, of Winchester, Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes; 44 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes; 36 counts of money laundering-promotion; 19 counts of money launder- promotion, concealment and avoiding reporting requirement; and 41 counts of money laundering-transactions greater than $10,000.

August 3, 2011:

Cheng Zeng, 27, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarette and launder money; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; and 22 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes.

Mushtaq Ahmad, 34, Strasburg, Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes and launder money; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; and three counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes.

August 3, 2011:

Mohammad Syed Lone Kashmiri, 47, of Berryville, Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes and launder money; 98 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes; 98 counts of money laundering-promotion; and 14 counts of money laundering-spending.

Farhat Jabeen Lone Kashmiree, 49, of Berryville, Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes and launder money; 98 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes; 98 counts of money laundering-promotion; and 14 counts of money laundering-spending.

Farman Ali, 36, of Berryville, Va., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes and launder money; 98 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes; 98 counts of money laundering-promotion; and 14 counts of money laundering-spending.

Malik Ashfir, 43, Bay Shore, N.Y., was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes and launder money; 98 counts of purchasing and receiving contraband cigarettes; 98 counts of money laundering-promotion; and 14 counts of money laundering-spending.

October 6, 2011:

Anjay Patel, 35, of Spatanburg, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; trafficking in contraband cigarettes; and money laundering charges.

Joseph Emmanuel, 38, of Mauldin, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; conspiracy to dispose of cigarettes and not pay federal tax; conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit state tax stamps; trafficking in counterfeit cigarettes; sale or receipt of stolen goods; and money laundering charges.

Viresh Patel, 42, of Moore, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; trafficking in contraband cigarettes; and money laundering charges.

Purvinkumar Patel, 32, of Spartanburg, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; trafficking in contraband cigarettes; and money laundering charges.

Preston McCurley, 26, place of residence not available, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; conspiracy to dispose of cigarettes and not pay federal tax; conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit state tax stamps; trafficking in counterfeit cigarettes; sale or receipt of stolen goods; and money laundering charges.

Chris Moneyhan, 36, of Spartanburg, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes; conspiracy to commit money laundering; trafficking in contraband cigarettes; and money laundering charges.

Shilpaben Patel, 43, of Spartanburg, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Boss Ramsey, 30, of Cowpens, S.C., was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Phil White, age and place of residence unavailable, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeb Terrien and Ronald Huber of the Western District of Virginia and are prosecuting the case for the United States with substantial assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Two accused of stealing copper from foreclosed home

Front Royal police responded to a reported breaking and entering in progress on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at approximately 11:58 am at a residence located in the 1300 block of Queens Highway.

Officers were advised that subjects were stealing copper out of a foreclosed home. Upon arrival, the officers located a vehicle, matching the description given, a short distance from the residence and stopped it. The officers observed several pieces of copper tubing in the bed of the pickup truck that had been cut. Two subjects in the pickup truck were detained and subsequently each was charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny.

The subjects were identified as 18 year old Norman Frederick Kerns, 3rd of John Marshall Highway, Front Royal and 26 year old Ryan Jonathan Moore of South Royal Avenue, Front Royal. Both subjects were being held without bond pending their appearances in the Warren County General District Court.

From a release.

Published in: on November 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm  Comments (1)  

No fun Halloween for teen ‘slingshot’ vandals

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

In a press release, perhaps ironically issued on Halloween, Oct. 31st, the Front Royal Police announced charges in the Oct. 13 vandalism spree that left about 70 town homes and vehicles damaged. That press release states in its entirety:

“The Front Royal Police have obtained numerous charges in relation to a vandalism spree which occurred in the town on the evening of Oct. 13. Multiple misdemeanor charges and seven felony charges were obtained against each of the two juveniles who were identified and confessed to the crimes.

“The Front Royal Police Department has worked with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Warren County Juvenile Intake Office, the victims, the juveniles, and their parents to come to a possible resolution to this senseless crime. They will be facing over $20,000 in restitution involved in this vandalism spree and the juveniles will have to face many of the charges in court,” stated Richard H. Furr, Chief of Police.

“Good police work by the members of the Front Royal Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division brought this case to a close quickly, but not before approximately 70 different incidents of vandalism had occurred. This was a senseless crime that not only caused lots of people time and money, but also made many people fearful in the safety of their homes,” added Furr. “The juveniles will be appearing before the Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to answer to these charges.”

Since the court hearings are likely to be closed while the cases are being treated as juvenile offenses, no date for those hearings was given.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

Published in: on November 1, 2011 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Illinois man facing life in jail for recording police (Video)

The unbelievable case of Michael Allison, an Illinois mechanic facing multiple felony counts for recording on-duty police is analyzed by attorney Thomas H. Sayre, Lynchburg Times political writer Emily Williams and newspaper publisher Dan McDermott.

It is another disturbing example of police using wiretap laws to stop citizens from using camera phones to record their behavior.

Other topics include:

– Netflix losing some content
– U.S. car sales up. Signal for rosier future?

Published in: on September 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Comments (3)  
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