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Feds, Fairfax break up stolen-motorcycle ring

November 2, 2009 by · Comments Off on Feds, Fairfax break up stolen-motorcycle ring 

Federal customs officers say they have rolled up a motorcycle theft ring that stole bikes from Maryland and Virginia and smuggled them overseas.

Agents at the Port of Baltimore were alerted by Fairfax County police investigating an auto theft ring who said a shipping container bound for Bolivia might contain stolen motorcycles.

The agents used a database to find a container still in the seaport that matched the description offered by the police in Virginia.

Federal agents pulled the container from the ship, opened it and found four salvage cars or sport utility vehicles. Salvage vehicles are vehicles usually purchased at auction for their parts value.

Inside the salvage cars were boxes containing disassembled motorcycles — a 2009 Harley-Davidson Night Train and a 2007 Kawasaki ZX660J.

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Memorial Benefit Ride & BBQ – Franklin, VA – July 18, 2009

July 13, 2009 by · Comments Off on Memorial Benefit Ride & BBQ – Franklin, VA – July 18, 2009 

In Franklin, VA, July 18 (next Sat) there will be a fund raising event for the family of the late Sargent Gary Falls. He was a much loved member of this little town, and he died before he was due to retire on JULY 1, 2009. The event is to be held at the Franklin Police Station….$15 a rider, $10 passenger and $7 meals for non-riders. BBQ, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Rolls and a bunch of policemen and women cooking it. His family is in dire need and this is to benefit his family. This little community will not be the same without his kind, understanding and southern gentlemanly ways. A policeman or not, he was just a great, all around person. Airborne Division, Vietnam Vet, DARE officer…Loved by all in this little town.

Any questions please contact the Franklin Police Department on Pretlow Road. His family needs and appreciates any help you can give them.

With more motorcycles on the road, keep safety in mind

July 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

State Police say the number of motorcycle accidents in our area is on the rise. You may remember two deadly accidents that happened last Friday. State Police say 59-year-old Ralph Carroll, Sr. was killed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle on Route 220 in Henry County.

Then there was a second deadly motorcycle accident on the same day, which shut down part of Interstate 81. State Police say a motorcycle rider was merging on I-81 from I-77 in Wytheville, when it ran off the road and crashed.

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Five injured in Deerfield accident

May 31, 2009 by · Comments Off on Five injured in Deerfield accident 

Five people were injured, at least two of them seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident near Deerfield Saturday afternoon, according to the Virginia State Police.

Trooper Timothy Simmons said a 1997 Toyota Tacoma driven by Sean Stanton, 33, of Monterey, was driving on Route 250 westbound Saturday around 2 p.m. when he came into a curve, ran off the right side of the road, and while overcorrecting his vehicle, collided into three motorcycles heading eastbound.

Doug Morris, fire chief of the Deerfield Valley Volunteer Fire Department, which along with Virginia State Police responded to the incident, said the accident took place about 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of Route 629 not far from Shenandoah Mountain near the Highland County-Augusta County line.

The lead motorcycle in the group had a male driver and a female passenger, and the two motorcycles following that one were driven by females, Simmons said.

“They all were injured and a couple of them had serious injuries,” Simmons said.

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A motorcycle ride to remember

May 11, 2009 by · Comments Off on A motorcycle ride to remember 

CHESTERFIELD — Three years ago, Chesterfield County police officer Gary J. Buro, 34, made the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in the line of duty. Yesterday, about 100 fellow law enforcement officers, friends and supporters sat on their motor bikes and rode 90 miles through Virginia to launch the first annual Gary J. Buro Memorial Foundation Poker Run.

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Police step up interstate patrols

March 12, 2009 by · Comments Off on Police step up interstate patrols 

Commuters driving into and out of the rest of Hampton Roads and the Peninsula should use extra care during the next couple of days, as the Virginia State Police have announced stepped-up enforcement along area interstate highways.

The effort represents the next phase of Operation Air, Land and Speed, whose purpose, according to a VSP press release, is “to save lives by preventing traffic fatalities and reminding drivers to buckle up and slow down through high visibility and strict enforcement.”

This will be the second time the enforcement campaign has targeted I-64, I-264, -464 and I-664 in the Hampton Roads area. A similar effort in July yielded 3,303 violations during a two-day period. According to the state police, there were 1,684 speeders stopped, 298 reckless drivers cited, five impaired drivers arrested and 189 seat belt violations written up. The project also resulted in 21 drug or felony arrests.

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State trooper injured when motorcycle hits car on shoulder

February 10, 2009 by · Comments Off on State trooper injured when motorcycle hits car on shoulder 

HAMPTON – A Virginia State Police trooper was injured this morning in a collision with a college student who was running late for a class and attempted to drive on the shoulder of Interstate 64.

Trooper Becky Curl, a 10-year state police veteran, was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. There was no immediate information on her injuries, but police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Cotten said the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Just after 9 a.m., Curl was riding her motorcycle eastbound on the right shoulder of I-64, with lights and sirens on, responding to an accident near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

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Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Event

October 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Event 

Virginia State Police and Roanoke City Police will be conducting a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event for automobile and motorcycle owners who would like to have their vehicles protected against theft on Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Target parking lot at Valley View Mall in Roanoke.

This free service is part of the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Program. VIN numbers will be permanently etched on the vehicle or motorcycle. Having VIN numbers marked on the vehicles steers thieves away. VIN etching takes away any potential profit thieves may make. VIN etching is simple, fast, safe and won’t mar the look of the vehicle or motorcycle. In addition to the etching, officers will be on hand to educate vehicle and motorcycle owners on how to prevent auto theft in their communities.

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