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Poe ‘bound & determined … to clear his name’ in EDA criminal, civil cases

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Donald Poe was returned to RSW Jail yesterday evening for his Wednesday bond hearing. While also still housed at RSW at 3 p.m., he too should soon be home and out of jail garb before long after being granted a $20,000 secured bond by Judge Bruce Albertson

During a brief five-minute recess following adjournment after Michelle Henry’s motions arguments were completed at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, 23 relatives and friends of Donald F. Poe filled the defense table side of Warren County Courthouse Circuit Courtroom B public seating area, spilling a couple of stragglers to the other side.

Poe’s long personal, family and business connections to the community were a focal point of defense counsel William Ashwell’s bond arguments on his client’s behalf. Judge Bruce D. Albertson didn’t have to look far to see evidence of those connections out in force.

Ashwell called his client “a 60-year resident of Warren County” – Poe is 60 years old – with family ties to the area dating back to the 1700’s in the Fauquier and Warren County area.

Poe’s attorney cited his work with his client for the last several months on the EDA civil litigation side of the legal equation. Poe is one of nine defendants named in the EDA civil suit filed March 26, as is his business partner Justin Appleton and their Earth Right Energy LLC solar panel installation company. The ERE trio’s involvement in the civil action, and Poe’s three criminal indictments, all appear related to ERE contracted work for or through the EDA and McDonald. Evidence provided on the civil side indicate some of that work accomplished, some cancelled, with reimbursements discussed and/or achieved according to ERE counsel.

Ashwell noted Poe’s presence for hearings and testimony throughout the civil litigation process, including the Special Grand Jury interview process that resulted in the three indictments against him.

“Other than the EDA involvement and the media attention this would be a fairly normal bond hearing,” Ashwell told the court.

Poe is charged on two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretense and one count of perjury.

Ashwell told Judge Albertson that Poe’s participation in preparing his own defense while incarcerated at the Prince William-Manassas Jail “was functionally impossible”. And prepare a defense, rather than flee the scene, is what his client is committed to, Ashwell said with emphasis.

“He is bound and determined more than any other client I’ve had to clear his name on these charges and on the civil case,” Poe’s attorney told the court.

Ashwell noted that Poe’s past criminal record and incarceration dated back to 1989-90 and that his record has been clean since his conviction and time served on those offenses. While not elaborated on during the hearing those legal issues dating back three decades related to non-opioid drugs and/or drug distribution.

Commonwealth’s counsel Bryan Layton said that while the perjury charge against Poe, believed to relate to his EDA Special Grand Jury testimony, gave him some concern that overall he could not dispute defense counsel’s assertions about Poe’s appearances and cooperation in the civil litigation process.

Consequently Judge Albertson granted Poe secured bond of $20,000.

According to the RSW Jail website Poe was no longer an inmate as of 5:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

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Front Royal man charged and arrested for offense against 14-year-old female

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On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Carlos F. Robinson, 21, of Front Royal, was charged and arrested for §18.2-63 Carnal knowledge of a child between thirteen and fifteen years of age. The incident occurred in the 400 Block of E. Criser Road in the month of June. The victim, a 14-year-old female, came forward in this matter after receiving medical attention. Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if more potential victims would be willing to come forward.

Carlos F. Robinson. Photo courtesy of RSW Regional Jail.

Mr. Robinson was arrested without incident and transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail where he went before the magistrate and was ordered to be held without bond. A court date for this offense is set for August 13, 2020, at 9:00 am, in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Further details regarding this matter cannot be released at this time due to the pending nature of the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208 or by email at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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Marys Shady Lane vehicle arson incident, two arrested and charged

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Photo courtesy of Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

On Monday, July 20, 2020, at approximately 12:17 am, the Warren County Fire and Rescue Services responded to Mary’s Shady Lane approximately one mile from Happy Creek Road for a reported motor vehicle fire.

Firefighters and Deputy’s from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene to find a passenger vehicle fully engulfed in flames and a fire spreading to a nearby field. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze and determined that no occupants were in or around the vehicle.

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an act of arson. Fire Investigators were joined by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in a joint investigation.

Ethan N. Potter (19 years of age), of Front Royal

As a result of the investigation, Mr. Ethan N. Potter (19 years of age), of Front Royal, and Mr. Nicholas A. Wright (21 years of age), of Front Royal, were both arrested and charged in connection with the fire incident. Both Potter and Wright have been charged with a single felony count of §18.2-81. Burning or destroying personal property, standing grain, etc. Mr. Wright was also charged with a single misdemeanor count of §18.2-460. Obstructing justice; resisting arrest; fleeing from a law enforcement officer. Both Potter and Wright appeared before a magistrate and were released on a secured bond.

Nicholas A. Wright (21 years of age), of Front Royal

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Stevens 540-635-4128.

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Front Royal woman charged in assault of 2-year-old in her care

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Candice L. McCartney. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Candice L. McCartney, 28, of Front Royal, was charged with § 40.1-103 Cruelty and Injuries to Children and § 18.2-57.2 Assault and Battery Against a Family Member. The victim is a 2-year-old child who was in McCartney’s care when the alleged incident occurred. The alleged assault occurred in the 300 block of Ritenour Street on July 13, 2020. A forensic examination of the child was conducted by Winchester Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

McCartney was arrested without incident and transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail where she went before the magistrate and was held on a secure bond. A court date for this offense is set for August 13, 2020, at 9:00 am, in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Further details regarding this matter cannot be released at this time due to the pending nature of the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208 or by email at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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Two Dinwiddie, VA men arrested; firearms, felony assault, outstanding warrants & more

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On Sunday, June 28th at approximately 02:21 AM, Deputy C. Clatterbuck, and Deputy R. Burleson conducted a traffic stop on Fort Valley Road in the area of the Shenandoah County line. During the stop, it was found that the driver of the vehicle was wanted out of another jurisdiction.

Another vehicle arrived at the scene that was traveling with the vehicle on the traffic stop. While Clatterbuck was interacting with the second vehicle, Clatterbuck heard a series of gunshots in the woods near him. After a few minutes, Clatterbuck heard a second round of gunshots in the woods closer to him. After investigation, it was found that the gunshots came from a male occupant of the second vehicle.

Dakota M. Davis, 20, of Dinwiddie, VA. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

The male occupant, identified as Dakota M. Davis, 20, of Dinwiddie, VA, was taken into custody a short time later without incident. Davis was charged with 4.1-305 Underage Possession of Alcohol, 18.2-460 Obstruction of Justice, 18.2-56.1 Reckless Handling of a Firearm, 18.2-57 Felony Assault of LEO X2, and 18.2-388 Public Intoxication.

Michael C. Scites, 38, of Dinwiddie, VA. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

The male driver, identified as Michael C. Scites, 38, of Dinwiddie, VA, was taken into custody without incident. Scites was charged with 46.2-301 Driving Suspended/Revoked 3rd or subsequent offense, 18.2-250.1 possession of marijuana, and served with his outstanding warrants out of Henrico County.

Both Davis and Scites were held without bond and are currently at RSW Regional Jail. Warren County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Front Royal Police Department, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office we would like to thank these agencies for their assistance.

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Virginia Beach man arrested on charge of transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure or kill U.S. Senator

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Dylan Stephen Jayne, 37, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint and charged with one count of transmitting a threat via interstate commerce by leaving a voicemail message and threatening to kill a United States Senator. Photo courtesy of Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

A Virginia man, who allegedly transmitted a threat via interstate commerce to kill a United States Senator, was arrested yesterday in Virginia Beach on a federal criminal complaint. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund made the announcement today following the defendant’s initial court appearance this afternoon.

Dylan Stephen Jayne, 37, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint and charged with one count of transmitting a threat via interstate commerce by leaving a voicemail message and threatening to kill a United States Senator.

According to court documents, on the morning of September 2, 2019, Jayne called the Abingdon office of United States Senator Mark Warner and threatened to kill the Senator regarding Jayne’s perceived lack of receiving Social Security payments.

The investigation of this matter is being conducted by the United States Capitol Police, and the Burlington, Vermont Police Department. The Virginia Beach Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the apprehension of the suspect. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst is prosecuting the case for the United States.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Two Frederick County residents charged in Bealton murder investigation

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On Sunday, June 21, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office announced two additional arrests in the suspicious death investigation of a woman found deceased in Bealton on June 18. As previously reported, on Saturday, June 20, Melody Dawn Glascock, 54, was arrested by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on charges of 1st Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice, concealing evidence of a felony. Glascock was initially being held without bond in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren (RSW) Regional Jail.

Now lead investigative agency Fauquier County has announced that two Stephens City residents have been arrested by Frederick County authorities on charges related to the Bealton murder investigation.

James Samuel Embrey III, 20, and Maria Dawn Embrey, 40, have been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder and are being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

James Samuel Embrey III, 20

Maria Dawn Embrey, 40

The Fauquier Sheriff’s release states that “It is alleged that Melody Dawn Glascock conspired with both James Embrey and Maria Embrey to commit the murder of Kelly Marie Gray,” the release states.

Previously the deceased Bealton individual had only been identified as a 40-year-old woman with severe trauma to her abdomen area. The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office report on the response to Gray’s residence states, “On Thursday, June 18, 2020, deputies responded to Gray’s apartment where she was found by a family member suffering from severe trauma to the torso. The homicide investigation quickly revealed suspects.”

Melody Dawn Glascock

It was also announced that Glascock was transferred over the weekend to the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center in Warrenton, where she remains incarcerated without bond. She now faces a third charge, conspiracy to commit murder.

UPDATE: Fauquier Sheriff ties Warren murder arrest to Bealton investigation

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