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Bomb threat, shooting and two thefts kept Sheriff’s Office busy

Two suspects are in custody, being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail, and will appear before the Westmoreland General District Court for two very different charges.

Thefts
The Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office is investigating two thefts in Westmoreland County, both occurring between the evening of March 8 and the early morning of March 9.

Grants Hill Baptist Church, located at 3208 Grants Hill Church Road in Leedstown, was broken into  through a side door. A television and a safe were reported stolen. No contact was made with the perpetrator(s).

During the same time frame, the Three Sister Convenience Store, located at 473 Cople Hwy. in Montross, was broken into through a side store window. An undisclosed amount of alcohol, cigarettes and money from the cash register were reported stolen. Again, no contact was made with the perpetrator(s).

Bomb threat
On March 10, at approximately 2:26 p.m., Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to report a bomb threat made from an employee at Rite Aid, located on Kings Hwy. in Montross.

Upon arrival, law enforcement evacuated both the Rite Aid and the Art of Coffee buildings, and cleared the parking lot of all vehicles to secure the location.

The Virginia State Police assisted with a search of the establishment using a K-9 trained to detect explosives. The K-9 found the establishment to be clear — no explosive devices or materials were found.
It was learned that the store’s manager, Charles F. Castle, age 44, a resident of Richmond County, had indicated to another employee that there was an explosive device in the building.

Castle has been charged with “Communicate, knowing that the same to be false, of a bomb burning destruction or damage to a place of assembly, building or structure, or means of transportation,” a class-five felony. A class-five felony conviction could result in anywhere from one to 10 years in prison, or up to 12 months in jail, and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

Castle was being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail until his first appearance on Tuesday, March 12, in the Westmoreland General District Court.

The incident is still under investigation, and police still have no motive or reason for the threat.

Shooting
On March 10, at approximately 6:22 p.m., Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office received a call to report shots fired in the Hague area, on Cabin Run Road.

Upon arrival to the scene, sheriff’s deputies learned that 57-year old Stanley Day had been shot in his left leg, above the knee. Stanley named 54-year-old John R. Greene Jr. as the shooter.

Both men, residents of Hague, knew each other, but no reason was given for the altercation between them.
Day was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Greene was arrested without incident, and is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond until his appearance in Westmoreland General District Court on Tuesday, March 12.

Greene has been charged with malicious wounding, a class-two felony, which can result in imprisonment for life, or for any term not less than 20 years, and possibly a fine of not more than $100,000.

The incident is still under investigation, according to Sheriff C.O. Balderson, and other charges may be pending.

Sheriff C.O. Balderson is asking anyone with information about these crimes to please contact Detective Donald Jones or Detective Jay Mitchell at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office (804) 493-8066, or use the website www.westcoso.us. Information can also be called in to the 411 Tip System.
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