Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 175 Polk Street, Montross, 22520 VA
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Phone: 804-493-8066
Fax: 804-493-8715
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Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office is located at 175 Polk Street, Montross, 22520 VA. The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office phone number is 804-493-8066.

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office News

*** Westmoreland Deputies Among Those Recognized *** On Friday, September 28, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Rappahannock Area Alcohol Safety Action Program (RAASAP) held their annual awards luncheon at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County. Eighteen law enforcement personnel representing ten agencies were recognized for their outstanding efforts in highway safety through enforcement of DUI legislation. I am extremely proud of Deputy Fogarty, Deputy Redel and Deputy Reynolds. Receiving this award illustrates their commitment to preventing injury and saving lives on our roadways. I commend them for their hard work. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff Left to right. Deputy Danny L. Reynolds, Deputy Brian L. Fogarty, Deputy Andrew J. Redel and Sgt. Danny A. Jones.

Part Time Animal Shelter Attendant Applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate; possess a valid Virginia drivers license; pass a background investigation; be a citizen of the United States; have computer experience; have the ability to receive, process animals; feeding and caring for animals; cleaning and maintaining the kennel; preparing and maintaining records and files. Communicates with the general public concerning adoption, release and redemption of animals. Preferred Qualifications: Certification in Animal Control Basic. Deadline for accepting applications is October 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. Applications can be obtained at the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office and/or at www.westcoso.us EOE

*** Female Resident Charged, Convicted and Sentenced In Overdose Death of Friend *** On Monday, September 17, 2018, Ms. Kali R. Provost, 29, of Oak Grove was sentenced to six years in federal court on her conviction in June of possession with the intent to distribute Oxymorphone. The charge and subsequent judicial proceedings originated from an overdose on September 06, 2017 which involved the death of Mr. John H. Hile in the 100th block of Popes Creek Avenue in Westmoreland County. The investigation, conducted by Master Detective William R. Lewko resulted in the case being adopted at the federal level. Once adopted, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assisted. Those individuals who engage in this type of criminal activity will be arrested and prosecuted. Being held accountable for ones actions as well as the consequences of those actions must be a priority. Further details are available in the Richmond Times Dispatch and Free Lance Star. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

Help Wanted Part-Time Dispatcher(s) Applicant must be familiar with county; must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate; possess a valid Virginia drivers license; pass a written and background investigation; have the ability to work when needed; attend and pass a two week mandated training; be a citizen of the United States; have knowledge of two-way communication system; computer experience; use of telephone; be able to communicate with the public; documentation of conversation and other duties as assigned. Deadline for accepting application is September 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. Applications can be obtained at the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office and/or at www.westcoso.us EOE

Help Wanted Full-Time Deputy Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a full time deputy position. Applicant must be at least 21 years old, possess a high school diploma or GED, be a citizen of the United States, pass physical and written examination, pass a background investigation, be able to work various shifts when needed, possess a valid Virginia operator's license and possess a valid training certificate from DCJS in law enforcement. Deadline for accepting applications will be September 28, 2018 @5 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office or on line at www.westcoso.us and returned prior to closing date. EOE

*** Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office Reaccredited *** After an in-depth three day assessment (May 21st -23rd), the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) reaccredited the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office on August 09, 2018. The sheriff's office was recognized on September 10, 2018 for receiving their fourth accreditation certification at the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting. DCJS Accreditation Program Manager and VLEPSC Commissioner, New Kent County Sheriff J.J. McLaughlin made the presentation. The Virginia Sheriffs' Association, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services make up the executive board of VLEPSC. Compliance with 190 established standards is the measure by which agencie are evaluated through the onsight assessment. I have had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a commissioner on VLEPSC since May 2011. Acquiring and maintaining accreditation is a team effort. Professionalism, accountability and transparency are integral parts of accreditation that assists in providing efficient and effective operations. It enhances the ability of the sheriff's office to deliver services and generates a partnership with the ciizens of Westmoreland County. I commend each member of the sheriff's office for their commitment and dedication to the accreditation process. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff Pictured Left to Right: Top Row - Mr. Larry Roberson, District 5, Mr. Russ Culver, District 2, Chairman Darryl E. Fisher, District 1, Vice Chairman W.W. Hynson, District 4 and Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson Tate, District 3; Bottom Row - Members of the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office to included New Kent County Sheriff J.J. McLaughlin and Accreditation Manager Derrick Mays

*** Sheriff's Office Receives Traffic Safety Award *** The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police awarded the recipients of the 2018 Virginia Law Enforcement Traffic Challenge awards on September 11, 2018. The program promotes professionalism in traffic safety through utilizing best practices and programs. The sheriff's office received the second place award in the Sheriff 1: 1- 50 Deputies category. Awards are based on components that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program. Those elements are policies, training, problem identification, enforcement, planning and education/public information. Pictured left to right: Mr. Rick Clark, DMV: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Deputy Danny L. Reynolds, Sergeant Dillon W. Jackson and Chief Doug Goodman, Ashland Police Department

** First Lady Pamela Northam Visits County Schools ** As part of her Back to School Tour, First Lady Pamela Northam visited Cople Elementary School and Washington District Elementary School on September 11, 2018. During her visit, First Lady Northam read to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. She also delivered books and school supplies. First Lady Northam also took the time to meet with faculty and staff as well as taking a tour of each school. Pictured Below: First Lady Pamela Northam and SRO Deputy William B. England, III

**** American Legion Presents Certificate **** Commander James Harrison, Sons of the American Legion and Mrs. L.J. Brady, American Legion Member, presented Sheriff C.O. Balderson with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of American Legion Post 148 Colonial Beach, VA. Many American Legion members attended the presentation during the September 10, 2018 Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors meeting. I want to thank the American Legion for all of their support of law enforcement and the sheriff's office. I also want to commend them for their efforts on behalf of our veterans and their families as well as our community, specifically the youth. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

*** Seventh Individual Arrested in Operation "Strike Out" *** Ms. Lisa M. Aries, 35, Hague was arrested without incident on Friday, August 31, 2018 as part of Operation "Strike Out". She is charged with one count of possession of a Cannabimimetic Agent namely Spice, Ms. Aries received No Bond and her first court appearance is Tuesday, September 04, 2018.

*** Early Morning Operation Nets Six *** On Thursday, August 30, 2018, six individuals were arrested without incident on various drug charges. Operation "Strike Out" was conducted by Narcotics Detectives with the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Tri-County Drug Task Force. Northumberland and Richmond County Sheriff's Offices assisted as well as personnel from the Northern Neck Regional Jail. Those arrested to include charges are: Amy L. Brann, 47, Hague, two counts of distribution and two counts of conspire to distribute a schedule III controlled substance namely Suboxone and one count of distribution of an imitation substance, Personal Recognizance Bond Valerie A. Campbell, 53, Hague, two counts of distribution and two counts of conspire to distribute a schedule III controlled substance namely Suboxone, No Bond Jonathan M. Lewis, 29, Hague, one count of distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance namely Marijuana, Personal Recognizance Bond Kilvant'e S. Newton, 22, Montross, two counts of distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (one count namely Cocaine and other count namely Marijuana), No Bond Edmund A. Smith, Jr., 44, Colonial Beach, one count of distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance (3rd or subsequent offense) namely Cocaine, No Bond Terrell J. Thompson, 28, Hague, two counts of distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance namely Marijuana, Personal Recognizance Bond First court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday, September 04, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District and Friday, September 07, 2018 in Westmoreland County Circuit Court.

***** Deputy Graduates From Academy ***** On Friday, August 17, 2018, Deputy Phillip G. Cusick from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office graduated the 146th Law Enforcement Basic at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Deputy Cusick was among the 20 graduates representing eight law enforcement agencies. The nineteen weeks of training consists of both classroom instruction and practical exercises to include daily physical fitness. Subjects include Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, Drug Interdiction, Courts & Judicial Procdess, Police Professionalism and DUI/DUID. Deputy Cusick will be an asset to our community and I am proud to have him as a member of the sheriff's office. C.O Balderson, Sheriff

*** Sheriff's Office Provides Active Shooter Training *** On July 27th & 28th, the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office conducted Active Shooter Training at Montross Middle School. The two day training consists of both classroom and practical exercises to enhance the skills and techniques necessary to handle an active shooter situation. I want to thank the Westmoreland County Public School System for all of their support as well the volunteers who participated with law enforcement personnel. C.O Balderson, Sheriff

Westmoreland County Arson Suspect In Custody: Man Linked to Pamplin Teen A King George man is now behind bars after being apprehended by the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office early Friday (July 20) in the county. Juan Benavidez III, 19, was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond. The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office has charged him with felony count of arson of a vehicle. The incident remains under investigation and the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office is working with the Virginia State Police to locate a 19-year-old Pamplin woman who has been reported missing. State Police issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert Thursday (July 19) for Megan Lorraine Metzger. Ms. Metzger is a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'5 and weighs 150 lbs. She has a 5-inch scar on her right arm. The incident involving Benavidez began Thursday (July 19) at approximately 10:52 a.m., when King George County Sheriff's Office alerted the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office to be on the look out for a suspect vehicle allegedly headed to Westmoreland County possibly on Route 3. The suspect vehicle, a white, 2004, Mazda 4 door, was located a short time later on Leedstown Road near Twiford. The vehicle had been set on fire and was completely destroyed. The burned vehicle is registered to a family member of Ms. Metger. The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, then began working to locate Ms.Metger. Anyone with information or recalls seeing a white, 2004, Mazda 4 door in Spotsylvania, King George or Westmoreland Counties is encouraged to call 911 or Westmoreland County Master Detective Jones at 804-493-8066 or Virginia State Police in reference to the the missing person case at 804-553-3445

Update The suspect was arrested by Westmoreland County Sheriffs Office personnel at approximately 1 a.m. We would like to thank the community and our law enforcement partners for the assistance given. More information will be provided at a later date as this investigation continues. On July 19, 2018, (Thursday),at approximately 10:52 a.m., units responded to the Oak Grove area in reference to a vehicle traveling into our county on Route 3. The vehicle was alleged to have been involved in a missing person case in another jurisdiction that had not yet been reported. Once in the area units observed smoke and located the vehicle on fire on Leedstown Road near Twiford. With further investigation the driver was identified. Warrants have been obtained for Juan Benavidez III, 19, of King George, Virginia for Arson of a vehicle (Photo Below). The incident remains under investigaiton. If you have any information as to his location or in reference to this investigation, please contact Master Detective Jones at 804-493-8066. Thank you to the Virginia State Police, King George Sheriff's Office, Virginia Conservation Police and Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office for all of the assistance provided.

*** Father & Son Arrested For Property Crimes *** On Monday, June 25, 2018, Mr. John R. B. Owens, 50, and Mr. Bevan W. Owens, 22, was arrested without incident for multiple property crimes in Westmoreland Shores Subdivision in Westmoreland County. Both were charged with four counts of larceny with intent to sell or distribute and one count of grand larceny. Stolen property included lawn equipment, hand and power tools as well as chainsaws. Bevan Owens had his first court appearance on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District Court. He received a $2,000 Secured Bond. John Owens is scheduled for his first court appearance on July 10, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District Court. He received a $5,000 Unsecured Bond pending his court appearance. Investigation continues.

***** D.A.R.E. Students Graduate ***** On Friday, May 25, 2018, family and friends gathered at Cople Elementary School to celebrate with 5th grade students during their commencement from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program. Sixty five students completed the ten week instruction taught by SRO Deputy William B. England, III. The program emphasizes valuable life skills, character development and making responsible decisions as well as drug abuse awareness and prevention. I am extremely proud and thrilled for the accomplishments of the D.A.R.E. graduates. I hope they continue to apply what they have learned throughout their life experiences. I also want to thank the faculty/staff at Cople as well as family and friends for their support of this most important initiative. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

***** Deputies Graduate From Academy ***** On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, three deputies from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office graduated from the 145th Law Enforcement Basic at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Deputies Chad M. Conn, Christopher A. Gilkerson and Abbey L. Perkins were among the 35 graduates representing fifteen law enforcement agencies. The nineteen weeks of training consists of both classroom instruction and practical exercises to include daily physical fitness. Subjects include Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, Drug Interdiction, Courts & Judicial Process, Police Professionalism and DUI/DUID. I am proud to have all three deputies join the sheriff's office. It was excited to attend their graduation and I am thrilled to have them join our team. They will be a great addition to our community. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff Pictured Left to Right: Deputy Christopher A. Gilkerson, Sheriff C.O. Balderson, Deputy Abbey L. Perkins, and Deputy Chad M. Conn

*** Senator Warner Visits Sheriff's Office *** United States Senator Mark Warner visited the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 11, 2018. Senator Warner stopped by to recognize the efforts and sacrifices of law enforcement personnel in conjunction with National Police Week which runs from May 13 - May 19, 2018. Senator Warner toured the sheriff's office and discussed the complex issues relating to law enforcement. He also brought dinner for the deputies and dispatchers in attendance. We appreciate Senator Warner taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with us as well as showing his support for law enforcement and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. C.O Balderson, Sheriff

*** Detectives Receive Recognition *** On Tuesday, May 01, 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through the United States Department of Justice presented Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office Master Detective William R. Lewko and Master Detective Donald R. Jones with Certificates of Appreciation for the combined efforts demonstrated in federal investigations and prosecutions of heroin distribution cases. The recognition of all recipients illustrates their outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement. I am extremely proud of Master Detective Lewko and Master Detective Jones. The numerous hours of unwavering, dedicated and committed investigations to curtail illegal narcotics from our communities is to be commended. They not only show the resolve to thoroughly investigate, but also passion in fulfilling their duties to be the professionals that they truly are. Hats off to both of them for their exceptional efforts and hard work. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

*** Robbery Suspect Arrested * Robbery Suspect Arrested *** On April 27, 2018, Mr. Andrew O. Brooks, 27, was arrested on charges stemming from the robbery of the Kinsale Handy Store. He is charged with one count of Robbery, one count of Making Threat to Bomb, Burn, Damage or Destroy Building, two counts of Grand Larceny and one count of Driving While Suspended - 3rd or Subsequent Offense. Mr. Brooks is being held on No Bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. He had his first court appearance on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District Court. Investigation continues.

** UPDATE: Individual Charged With Additional Sex Crimes ** On April 30, 2018, Mr. Matthew S. Morgan was charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery - Victim Less Than 13 Years Old and one count of Sodomy - Victim Less Than 13 Years Old. He is being held in Northern Neck Regional Jail on No Bond and is scheduled for his first court appearance on these additional charges on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District Court. Mr. Morgan was arrested on April 10, 2018 and is awaiting trial on a previous charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery - Victim Less Than 13 Years.

** UPDATE: Subject Charged on Additional Property Crimes ** On April 30, 2018, Mr. Donald E. Abbott, Jr. was charged with an additional count each of Breaking & Entering and Grand Larceny. Mr. Abbott is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail on No Bond. His first court appearance on the new charges is schedule for Tuesday,, May 01, 2018 in Westmoreland County General District Court. Mr. Abbott was charged in March 2018 and is awaiting trial on two counts of Breaking & Entering and two counts of Grand Larceny.

*** Utility Terrain Vehicle Added To Fleet *** The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office has obtained an Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) to its inventory. The 2018 Polaris Ranger 570-4 to include all lights, equipment and signage was acquired through a Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Grant and donations from county residents and businesses. The UTV will be implemented for sheriff's office operations such as search and rescue, drug eradication, training and special events, etc. Additionally, the UTV can be utilized to assist other agencies within the county as well as regionally. I am extremely grateful and excited to have the UTV as part of our Special Operations Vehicle fleet. Its many uses will be a tremendous asset moving forward. Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses that made donations. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. C.O. Balderson, Sheriff

*** State Police Colonel Makes Visit To Montross *** On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Colonel Gary T. Settle, newly appointed Superintendent of the Virginia State Police and First Division Captain Steve Chumley joined local law enforcement officials for a Regional Law Enforcement Command Meeting at the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office. The meeting focused on matters related to law enforcement as well as reaffirming the commitment to work together in order to better serve our respective communities. Scheduling this meeting and coming together as law enforcement professionals was a priority to not only welcome Colonel Settle, but to keep an open line of communication and dialogue concerning law enforcement issues and operations. We must continuously work as partners in order to handle the complex issues we face today. A special thank you to all that attended. C.O Balderson, Sheriff