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Posted on: November 1, 2019

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Report

PURCELLVILLE, Va. November 1, 2019 - 


10/25/19 11:06 a.m. 36000 Block Osburn Road Fraud


The complainant was advised by her account manager at Atlantic Union Bank that two payroll checks had been rerouted, forged and deposited in a bank in Rhode Island. The bank is investigating further at this time.

10/25/19 7:46 p.m. 600 W. Main Street DUI


Officers responded for a reported two car crash and discovered that the at-fault driver appeared to be intoxicated. After failing a battery of field sobriety tests, the subject was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence.

Arrested was: Joseph N. Cornwell, 44, of Berryville, VA

10/26/19 6.16 p.m. 21st and West Main Street DUI/ Possession of Marijuana


A stilt walker, scheduled to perform at the Halloween block party drove up to an officer working a security post and asked where he could park. The officer noted the dual odors of alcoholic beverage and marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Marijuana was discovered in the vehicle and the driver was arrested and charged with DUI and cited for possession of marijuana.

Arrested was Kevin Brown, 53, of Frederick, MD

10/27/19 4:49 a.m. 521 E. A Street DUI


Officers on patrol on A. Street observed a vehicle being driven erratically in a manner consistent with drunk driving. Upon stop and approach, officer noted the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver. The driver failed a battery of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

Arrested was: Joanne Broomer, 44, of Haymarket, Virginia

10/28/19 7:31 p.m. 800 block Maple Flats Terrace Noise Complaint


A resident complained about several juveniles playing basketball in the dark. Officers spoke to the kids and discovered that one of them was smoking a Juul vaping device. The juvenile turned in the device to the police and it was submitted for destruction.



10/29/19 10:45 a.m. 100 Block of Cornwell Lane Destruction of Property


The complainant reported that sometime during the period of October 15, 2019 and October 29, 2019, unknown person or persons removed an exterior fire extinguisher and discharged on the side of the building. There are no suspects at this time.

10/29/19 3:17 p.m. 10 Patrick Henry Circle Destruction of Property


The Director of Campus Security at Patrick Henry College reported that between the time period of October 24-29, a total of five stickers that appear to be related to the ideology of the group the “Patriot Front” were found on various exterior surfaces such as street signs, electrical boxes and flag poles. No one was seen placing the stickers and it is unknown when during the time frame in question, the stickers were placed. There was no contact with any students or staff. The stickers read, “Better Dead then Red”, “Reclaim America”, “America is not for sale” and “Patriot Front”.

10/29/19 11:03 p.m. 10 Patrick Henry Circle Suspicious Circumstances


Several students at Patrick Henry College reported hearing a man yell for help and pickup truck speed off campus. Officers broadcast a lookout based on a description provided by a witness. Officers checked the campus later and located a vehicle that matched the description and was registered to the original reporting party. Further investigation revealed that this appeared to be a prank at the expense of the original reporting party.

Officers also responded to the following complaints:

911 Hang up




Animal Complaint


Assist Fire/EMS


Automobile Crash


Check the Welfare


Civil Complaint


Disabled Vehicle




Domestic Disputes


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Parking Complaint-Enforcement


Reckless Driver


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Traffic Hazard


In addition, officers also conducted the following:

Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops


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