news for Isle of Wight County! The Isle of Wight Sheriff's
Office received full accreditation today from the Virginia Law
Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. For the first
time in IOWSO history, the agency has been recognized for
exemplifying the highest standards of the law enforcement
profession. Two years of hard work behind us....and our plan is
to continue to meet and exceed those high standards.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ABDUCTION/ASSAULT SUSPECT IN ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY Please see the revised Wanted poster here. There are no changes to the suspect's description, but we have determined that the vehicle is NOT a white two-door but is a 1995-2001 SILVER Chevrolet Cavalier 2-door with a Virginia state inspection. Please call if you have any information. Click here to email your tip directly to investigators.
are proud to announce that Dep.
C.J. Griffin has been presented the Isle of Wight County
Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Quarter award for July -
September 2013. The award recipient is nominated by peers and is
honored for exceptional performance and professionalism.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office has concerns about the increasing number of vehicle crashes on the James River Bridge and urges you to slow down, especially when you are crossing the grid-deck on the span. VDOT is evaluating new measures to make crossing the span safer. In the meantime, please slow down on the James River Bridge. CLICK HERE to view news coverage of the most recent work on our part to help facilitate these changes.
July 2, 2013 just after 8:00 pm in the 14000 block of Waterworks
Road, a 70 year-old Isle of Wight woman was attacked by a rabid
fox which then attacked a sheriff’s deputy before being shot.
Sgt. Kimberly Epps and Dep. C.J. Griffin arrived at the home to respond to a complaint of a fox attacking a cat and then trying to bite through a door of the home. The deputies found no trace of the fox and advised the homeowner to call if she spotted it again.
They cleared the call but were still on scene when they heard loud screams from the back of the residence. They ran back to find that the homeowner, who had gone outside to move her car from the shed to the back door, had been attacked by the fox. It jumped into her lap when she opened the vehicle door to exit and was biting her.
She managed to fall out of the car as the deputies approached, and they both attempted to get the fox off her. Neither could get a clear shot to euthanize it. The fox then jumped from the victim onto Dep. Griffin, biting onto the handcuff case on his duty belt. He shook himself vigorously to make the fox fall off and was finally successful.
The fox ran far enough away that a fatal shot could be fired. The animal was sent to the lab and has tested positive for rabies. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where she had to undergo rabies treatment. All residents are asked to be extra cautious and never to approach any wildlife
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is currently taking applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Application, Background Investigative form, and Authorization for Release of Information form may be picked up Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, 17110 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight, VA 23397 or click here for an application. Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. at the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.
Applicants must be of good character, 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma and a valid Virginia license. Candidates must have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude. Ideal candidates will possess prior law enforcement experience and/or college level course work in Criminal Justice or a related field. Selected individuals will be required to undergo an oral interview and a comprehensive background investigation. Applicants are asked to bring a photocopy of their driver’s license and/or picture I.D.
Starting salary is $34,734.00. Salary is negotiable depending on certifications and qualifications.
Officers and staff from the IOWSO participated in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run yesterday in honor of the Special Olympics being held today and tomorrow. Since June 1st, officers from across the Commonwealth have run the Flame more than 1900 miles from every corner of the state. The Flame ultimately came to Richmond where the Summer Games are taking place.
|We are pleased to announce that the IWOC recipient of the 2013 Virginia Sheriff's Institute scholarship is Kiran Dulai of Windsor High School. Karen will be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Congratulations and best of luck!|
|Motorists who refuse to wear their
seat belts…BEWARE!. The 2013 national “Click it or Ticket”
seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off today. This
program is intended to help save lives by cracking down on
those who don’t buckle up.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing all traffic laws, especially seat belt and child safety seat laws.
Virginia’s seat belt use rate was 78.43% in 2011 and there is still much work to be done. According to seat belt surveys conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, the average seat belt use in Isle of Wight for 2012 was 74%.
While this year’s “Click it or Ticket” enforcement mobilization runs from May 20-June 2, motorists should know that deputies are out year-round enforcing traffic laws, including seat belt laws.
The Sheriff’s Office has received grant funds to fund extra deputies on the road to enforce traffic laws. We encourage everyone in the vehicle to buckle up every time, day and night.
At 2:43 p.m. today, Isle of Wight dispatch received a call from the Hampton Police Department about a bank robbery suspect fleeing the Peninsula on the James River Bridge (Rt. 17) with Hampton police units in pursuit. The robbery suspect entered Isle of Wight County, where Isle of Wight sheriff’s deputies and the Virginia State Police joined in surveillance. The suspect turned north onto Rt. 32 where sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop his vehicle. A short pursuit ensued and ended on Rt. 10 where the vehicle was stopped and the suspect taken into custody without incident. The suspect is in the custody of the Hampton Police Department.
We are proud to announce that Sheriff Marshall has been recognized by the Daily Press as the recipient of its first "Open Door Award," an honor given each month to a public official or organization in recognition of transparency, accountability, and public access."
The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an education in law enforcement or criminal justice. Isle of Wight County is one of the jurisdictions in which this scholarship is available, and a primary requirement is that the recipient must attend a Virginia college or university.
The application deadline is May 1, 2013, and instructions and the application are available on the VSI website: www.vasheriffsinstitute.org
In October 2012, Isle of Wight Sheriff’s
investigators reopened a case involving the death of a four-month-old
infant, Ivy Rose Flamini, in the Rushmere area of Smithfield. As a
result of that investigation, information was presented to an Isle of
Wight Grand Jury in January 2013. The grand jury returned indictments
charging the mother and her then-boyfriend with felony child abuse and
The boyfriend, Colten Butler, age 28, of the 500 block of Marina Drive, Surry, was arrested and
charged on 1/20/13. The mother, Alicia Anna Flamini, age 24, of the 6000 block of Dockside Drive, Smithfield, was arrested and charged on 2/4/13.
The investigation had been reopened after the Department of Social Services alerted the Sheriff’s Office to concerns with another child that belongs to both suspects.
Flamini has been released on bond and Butler is still in custody at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
On January 22 2013, Sheriff Marshall sat on a panel to discuss school safety. We know that there is countywide concern over this matter. The existing county budget doesn’t allow for full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) in all nine schools, yet we are doing all we can to maintain a presence at every school, every day. There were 579 visits to the schools without full-time SROs from the first day of school until the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. We will continue to patrol our schools as we are fully committed to the students there, both ours and yours
In recent years, the
rising value of scrap metals has caused the number of metal thefts to
an alarming rate. Thieves target wiring and fixtures in unoccupied homes, external HVAC systems,
unattended vehicles, and farm equipment – any items made of metal that can be stolen and sold for
quick cash at a scrap metal processing facility.
These scrap metal burglaries have created a problem for law enforcement agencies as it is difficult to
solve such crimes when the sold-for-scrap items are not described in detail. Virginia State Code requires
scrap metal dealers to report their purchases to local law enforcement, but the dealers are not required
to thoroughly describe the items purchased. For instance, one Isle of Wight County dealer described a
fully functional air conditioning unit as “scrap metal” while a fully functional 1-1/2 ton farm trailer was
described as “scrap metal,” too. In most dealer reports, every item is listed as simply “scrap metal” no
matter what it is. Thus it is nearly impossible for law enforcement to compare reports of stolen metals
to the reports of metals purchased by the scrap yards. Though the existing law was formulated to aid
the solving of scrap metal theft, it is not adequate when the dealers are not required to provide detailed
reports of their purchases.
Delegate Rick Morris has responded to
the concerns of law enforcement officials and has proposed House
Bill 1323 which will require timely reporting from the scrap
metal dealers as well as a more detailed description of the
items they purchase. Law enforcement will have the opportunity
to compare reports of stolen property versus sold-for-scrap
property before the latter is destroyed in the recycling
After a host of preliminary meetings and local discussions, Sheriff Mark Marshall and Delegate Rick Morris teamed up on January 17th to provide pertinent testimony in support of HB1323 before the
General Assembly’s Commerce Committee.
In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, we all
as parents, friends, and neighbors find ourselves more keenly aware of the need for safety
measures in our children’s lives, most especially within their schools. During this week we have
full-time deputy presence in every school in the county, and will continue to stay there for an
undetermined amount of time.
Currently the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office has three full-time school resource officers at our
county high schools and middle schools throughout the school day. We no longer have full-time
deputies in the elementary schools as those officers are now on the road each day supplementing
the protection of our homes, businesses, and playgrounds where security systems are lacking or
It is important to note that our patrol deputies perform routine school checks of all the county
schools, with an emphasis on the elementary schools that do not have school resource officers.
Since school opened in September, deputies have made almost 400 of these school checks. A
deputy performing this task does not just drive by the building; he/she goes into the school,
checks in with the office, and walks through the hallways.
Our existing county budget cannot sustain a full-time deputy in each school. However, we will
continue to observe the events in Connecticut and analyze any applicability to our own county
schools. The safety and security of our children in any setting is of paramount importance to this
-Sheriff Mark A. Marshall
The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division is
seeking an individual to perform protective
service work in the enforcement of ordinances regulated to the keeping of animals within the county.
Duties include enforcing animal control laws, responding to emergency calls, and investigating
complaints. Requires knowledge of handling animals and the ability to successfully complete animal
control certification and basic law enforcement academy. Click Here for more details.
The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division is
seeking an individual to perform protective
The Sheriff’s Office
accepts walk-ins for
processing. Processing of walk-in finger print applicants occur
only on Tuesday and Fridays between 9:00 A.M. – 4:00
P.M. You must present a current state issued photo ID when
fingerprints are obtained. Depending on the number of applicants
on a given day finger print processing can take from 15 minutes to
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office has a new look. Sheriff Mark A. Marshall has approved new uniforms which consist of a tan shirt with navy blue epaulets and navy blue pants with a black strip down each leg. Each uniform is custom fitted for a professional appearance.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is involved in many community events. Please check back for upcoming events that the Sheriff's Office will be attending
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