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Administrative offices will be closed Monday February 15, 2021 for President’s Day.

If you need to speak with an officer or animal control call Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext 0. If you have an Emergency dial 911.

If you have a payment you may drop off in front of Town Hall.
Town of Clifton Forge
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Administrative offices will be closed Monday February 15, 2021 for President’s Day. 

If you need to speak with an officer or animal control call Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext 0. If you have an Emergency dial 911. 

If you have a payment you may drop off in front of Town Hall. 
Town of Clifton Forge

Hazardous Road conditions.

Jefferson Avenue has been closed due to weather. Make plans to use alternate routes. Please use caution if you have to be out. Take your to time. Allow extra stopping time. Limit your travel and if possible stay home.

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Hazardous Road conditions. 

Jefferson Avenue has been closed due to weather. Make plans to use alternate routes. Please use caution if you have to be out. Take your to time. Allow extra stopping time. Limit your travel and if possible stay home. 

Town of Clifton Forge

In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Clifton Forge Police Department
Media Release
601 Main Street Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Contact: Investigator Ledford (540) 965-1770 ext. 1

January 17, 2021

Clifton Forge Multiple Robbery and Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Update
OFFICERS WITH THE CLIFTON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE TAKEN A MALE JUVENILE INTO CUSTODY STEMMING FROM FRIDAY NIGHTS MULTIPLE ROBBERY CASE. AFTER RECEIVING A TIP FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO DEVELOP A SUSPECT AND LINK HIM TO BOTH ROBBERIES AS WELL AS A STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED FROM THE 1300 BLOCK OF JEFFERSON AVE. OFFICERS WERE ALSO ABLE TO RECOVER THE VEHICLE TAKEN FROM ROSE AVE. AS WELL AS ANOTHER STOLEN VEHICLE TAKEN FROM BOTETOURT COUNTY. THE CLIFTON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RESIDENTS OF CLIFTON FORGE AND THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS ON THEIR ASSISTANCE AND DEDICATION TO BRINGING THIS MATTER TO A SWIFT RESOLUTION. THE CLIFTON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE COVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE IN THEIR ASSISTANCE OF THIS CASE.
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Great Job Clifton Forge Police! Thank you for your hard work!!

Good Job!! Thank you for your dedication and service!!

good job Thank you

Good job. Now hopefully the court system will do their job.

Thank you! Great job!

Dear Town of Clifton Forge, please also be transparent and include the information that a tually happened on McCormick Street and Rose Avenue... which the citizens need to know about? I will await a response but will inform everyone on the serious crimes that were committed that night and not mentioned, only pray that the town will include this in their response

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Thank all of you for your service and doing a real good job

Great job to all Law Enforcement! God bless🇺🇸

Glad they got the guy.

<3 Good Job <3

GOOD JOB CFPD

GOOD JOB

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Great job.

We know what really happened on Rose street, please inform everyone else what this ‘juvenile’ really did 🤝

Excellent

This idiot kissed his butt all the way to the slammer!

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Clifton Forge Police Department
Media Release
601 Main Street Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Contact: Investigator Ledford (540) 965-1770 ext. 1
January 16, 2021
Clifton Forge Multiple Robbery

Update

Here are pictures of the vehicle involved in last nights robbery on Rose avenue. If you locate this vehicle do not approach and contact 911 immediately. If you have any information on this vehicle or it’s whereabouts please contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department at (540) 965-1770 ext. 1 and ask to speak with Sgt. Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.



January 15, 2021
The Clifton Forge Police Department is actively investigating a multiple robbery case. The first incident occurred on McCormick Blvd. where a suspect broke into a vehicle and took possession of a firearm. The second incident occurred shortly after on Rose Ave. where the suspect used the stolen firearm to obtain a vehicle. Suspect then fled in a stolen 2003 silver Ford Escape VA registration 5523LM heading North on Route 606 towards Bath County. The suspect is described as black male, approximately 5’10”, age 20-25 wearing an orange sweatshirt and black pants. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, if located contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Dispatch Center (540) 965-1770 ext. 100. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.
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Clifton Forge Police Department
Media Release
601 Main Street Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Contact: Investigator Ledford (540) 965-1770 ext. 1
                               January 16, 2021
Clifton Forge Multiple Robbery

Update

Here are pictures of the vehicle involved in last nights robbery on Rose avenue.  If you locate this vehicle do not approach and contact 911 immediately. If you have any information on this vehicle or it’s whereabouts please contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department at (540) 965-1770 ext. 1 and ask to speak with Sgt. Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.  

 

January 15, 2021
The Clifton Forge Police Department is actively investigating a multiple robbery case. The first incident occurred on McCormick Blvd. where a suspect broke into a vehicle and took possession of a firearm. The second incident occurred shortly after on Rose Ave. where the suspect used the stolen firearm to obtain a vehicle. Suspect then fled in a stolen 2003 silver Ford Escape VA registration 5523LM heading North on Route 606 towards Bath County. The suspect is described as black male, approximately 5’10”, age 20-25 wearing an orange sweatshirt and black pants. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, if located contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Dispatch Center (540) 965-1770 ext. 100. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.Image attachment

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Shannon Dawson. Said toward bath county. Heads up heading to work.

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Administrative offices will be closed on Monday January 18, 2021 in Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

If you have a payment you can drop it in the payment box in front of Town Hall.

If you need an officer or animal control contact Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext. 0.
Town of Clifton Forge
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Administrative offices will be closed on Monday January 18, 2021 in Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

If you have a payment you can drop it in the payment box in front of Town Hall. 

If you need an officer or animal control contact Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext. 0. 
Town of Clifton Forge

PRESS RELEASE: Multiple Robberies:
January 15, 2021

Clifton Forge Multiple Robbery
The Clifton Forge Police Department is actively investigating a multiple robbery case. The first
incident occurred on McCormick Blvd. where a suspect broke into a vehicle and took possession of a
firearm. The second incident occurred shortly after on Rose Ave. where the suspect used the stolen
firearm to obtain a vehicle. Suspect then fled in a stolen 2003 silver Ford Escape VA registration 5523LM
heading North on Route 606 towards Bath County. The suspect is described as black male,
approximately 5’10”, age 20-25 wearing an orange sweatshirt and black pants. The suspect is considered
armed and dangerous, if located contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department Emergency
Dispatch Center (540) 965-1770 ext. 100. If you have any information regarding this incident please
contact Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department
Town of Clifton Forge
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PRESS RELEASE: Multiple Robberies:
January 15, 2021

Clifton Forge Multiple Robbery
The Clifton Forge Police Department is actively investigating a multiple robbery case. The first
incident occurred on McCormick Blvd. where a suspect broke into a vehicle and took possession of a
firearm. The second incident occurred shortly after on Rose Ave. where the suspect used the stolen
firearm to obtain a vehicle. Suspect then fled in a stolen 2003 silver Ford Escape VA registration 5523LM
heading North on Route 606 towards Bath County. The suspect is described as black male,
approximately 5’10”, age 20-25 wearing an orange sweatshirt and black pants. The suspect is considered
armed and dangerous, if located contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department Emergency
Dispatch Center (540) 965-1770 ext. 100. If you have any information regarding this incident please
contact Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department
Town of Clifton Forge

PRESS RELEASE:
January 15, 2021

Clifton Forge Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Officers with the Clifton Forge Police Department have recently recovered a 2004 white GMC extended cab pick-up truck bearing a North Carolina tag. Vehicle was reported stolen out of the City of Roanoke earlier today. The vehicle was located in the 1300 block of Jefferson St. Witnesses in the area reported three male individuals leaving from the vehicle on foot. Anyone with any information involving this case is asked to contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department at (540) 965-1770 ext. 100 and ask to speak with Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.
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PRESS RELEASE:
January 15, 2021

Clifton Forge Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Officers with the Clifton Forge Police Department have recently recovered a 2004 white GMC extended cab pick-up truck bearing a North Carolina tag. Vehicle was reported stolen out of the City of Roanoke earlier today. The vehicle was located in the 1300 block of Jefferson St. Witnesses in the area reported three male individuals leaving from the vehicle on foot. Anyone with any information involving this case is asked to contact the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department at (540) 965-1770 ext. 100 and ask to speak with Sergeant Travis Ledford with the Clifton Forge Police Department.
Town of Clifton Forge

Press Release from the Office of Ann Gardner, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Alleghany County/City of Covington.

Commonwealth v. Marshall Meadows
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Press Release from the Office of Ann Gardner, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Alleghany County/City of Covington. 

Commonwealth v. Marshall Meadows

Town Offices will be closed on Friday January 1, 2021
For the New Year’s Day holiday. If you have a payment please leave it in the payment box in front of Town Hall.

If you need an officer please contact Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext. 0 and they will have an officer to respond.

We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year from the Clifton Forge Police Department.
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Town Offices will be closed on Friday January 1, 2021
For the New Year’s Day holiday. If you have a payment please leave it in the payment box in front of Town Hall.

If you need an officer please contact Dispatch at 540-965-1770 ext. 0 and they will have an officer to respond. 

We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year from the Clifton Forge Police Department.

We would like to say thank you to Mott & Bill Atherholt for the tray of goodies.

Thank you to Darlene Shelton for the gifts.

Thank you to the 42 Deli for providing lunch to the Department today.

We appreciate you all for your thoughtfulness and kind words.
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The Police Department Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday December 24 & Friday December 25, 2020 for the Christmas Holiday.

If you need assistance please contact Dispatch at 965-1770 ext. 0.

We wish you all a safe Merry Christmas from all of us.
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The Police Department Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday December 24 & Friday December 25, 2020 for the Christmas Holiday. 

If you need assistance please contact Dispatch at 965-1770 ext. 0. 

We wish you all a safe Merry Christmas from all of us.

We would like to thank the Weese family for your gifts for our officers. We appreciate you all for thinking of us. We hope you have A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ...

We would like to thank the Weese family for your  gifts for our officers. We appreciate you all for thinking of us. We hope you have A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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That was very thoughtful!! Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas!!

Very nice gift for our law enforcement. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

So thoughtful. Thank you Weese family. May you have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!

Very nice!

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With the potential for a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain being forecasted throughout the day, traveling conditions will most likely be hazardous.
We would encourage you to DRIVE SLOW IN THE SNOW! If you must drive at all during these hazards.
--Slow Down
--Don't Brake suddenly or hard
--Leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you
Please consider staying off the roadways during these hazardous conditions unless its absolutely necessary to travel. Stay Safe everyone!

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Congratulations to our 142nd Basic Law Enforcement recruits!

Please help us welcome the new officers to our Department. Left to right, Officer McKee, Officer Bowman and Officer Murillo.

Town of Clifton Forge
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Congratulations to our 142nd Basic Law Enforcement recruits!

Please help us welcome the new officers to our Department. Left to right, Officer McKee, Officer Bowman and Officer Murillo.

Town of Clifton Forge
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Congratulations to our 142nd Basic Law Enforcement recruits!

Please help us welcome the new officers to our Department. Left to right, Officer McKee, Officer Bowman and Officer Murillo.

Town of Clifton Forge

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Welcome officers and thank you for serving our town.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping Clifton Forge a safe place to live, work, and enjoy.

Congratulations!!

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Be safe Grasshoppers

Congrats

At some time in your career here...... You WILL get a call from me to unlock my car.. 😁

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Please don't give me any tickets.

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Congratulations and welcome.

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The Administrative offices will be closed today Thursday November 26, 2020 and November 27, 2020 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you need to make a payment please leave it in the payment drop box out front of The Town Hall.

If you need assistance please contact Dispatch at 965-1770 ext 0.

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Clifton Forge Police Department. May you have a Blessed Day. ...

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Clifton Forge Police Department. May you have a Blessed Day.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy thanksgiving 🍁

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Thank you to all the men and women who served for our country. We thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. We are forever grateful. ...

Thank you to all the men and women who served for our country. We thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. We are forever grateful.

Congratulations Officer Urban on your completion of Field Training Officer (FTO).This group completed a 4-day Field Training Officer class yesterday. ...

Congratulations Officer Urban on your completion of Field Training Officer (FTO).

Thank you to all the men and women who serve and protect our communities. ...

Thank you to all the men and women who serve and protect our communities.

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Thanks for all that you do!

Thank you !

Thank you for your service!

Thank you all!

Thank you

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Thank you 😊

Thank you

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Sgt. Ledford and Ofc. Lewis playing ball with the kids. This is what it's all about. Thank you guys for making those kids day.

Video courtesy of Amanda Weinger. Thank you for sharing.
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These guys are a GREAT example of GREAT OFFICERS inside ALLEGHANY COUNTY....

Great job guys.

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New automated Phone system for the Clifton Forge Police Department.

When you call in to 863-2513 you have the following options to choose from:

If it is an Emergency please hang up and dial 911 or press 1.
If you need to speak to an officer, please press 2.
If you need animal control, please press 3.
For administrative, please press 0.

Thank you.
Clifton Forge Police Department
Town of Clifton Forge
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New automated Phone system for the Clifton Forge Police Department.

When you call in to 863-2513 you have the following options to choose from:

If it is an Emergency please hang up and dial 911 or press 1.
If you need to speak to an officer, please press 2.
If you need animal control, please press 3.
For administrative, please press 0.

Thank you.
Clifton Forge Police Department
Town of Clifton Forge

Never Forget

A time to remember those who died, those who served, and those who carry on.
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Never Forget

A time to remember those who died, those who served, and those who carry on.

We hope you had a Happy Labor Day! ...

We hope you had a Happy Labor Day!

****UPDATE**** The kitten was not claimed. Being transported to the Animal Shelter now. Must contact Shelter to claim if yours.

White kitten found in the area of Bath St Clifton Forge. We have it at the Police Department. If it’s yours please claim it. We will keep it here until 1:00 pm. Then we will transport it to the Animal Shelter.

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****UPDATE**** The kitten was not claimed. Being transported to the Animal Shelter now. Must contact Shelter to claim if yours. 

White kitten found in the area of Bath St Clifton Forge. We have it at the Police Department. If it’s yours please claim it. We will keep it here until  1:00 pm. Then we will transport it to the Animal Shelter. 

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He’s so precious. Wish I had seen this earlier.

What about all the stray cats that poop in my yard?! They need to be taken to the shelter too.

Omg its is so darlingly adorable

Beautiful!!!

Which animal shelter will it be available for adoption at?

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Happy 4th of July. Independence Day. Thank
You to all who serve for our Freedom. We hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July.
From the Clifton Forge Police Department.
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Happy 4th of July. Independence Day. Thank
You to all who serve for our Freedom. We hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July. 
From the Clifton Forge Police Department.

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Thank you for keeping us safe! Happy 4th🇺🇸

To Clifton Forge and The Police Department.

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Temporary Road Closure in Clifton Forge - Attention Motorist & Pedestrians.

A waterline construction project has been scheduled and will temporarily close A Street from July 2, 2020 to July 17, 2020. The closure is scheduled for 16 days, but is subject to change due to weather, material supplies, and /or delays with construction.

Verge Street will remain open and accessible via Route 220. Motorist entering Town from Iron Gate will be detoured thru Cliftondale Park onto Main Street until construction is completed. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Area Law Enforcement Provides Unified Statement on Recent Events in our Country

(June 1, 2020) Alleghany Highlands, Virginia, In an effort to promote unity and express our solidarity with the communities we serve and protect, area law enforcement wishes to provide the following statement to our citizens and businesses within the Highlands.

We as public safety officials recognize that this is a time in which our Country is faced with yet, another incident where the confidence in law enforcement is further shaken. Once again a human life was lost unnecessarily.

The Alleghany County and City of Covington Sheriff’s Office, City of Covington Police Department and the Town of Clifton Forge’s Police Department, would like to reinforce one of the most basic and primary beliefs we share in our profession and efforts, which is the preservation of life and liberty for ALL, as well as inclusion of ALL in our society.

This concept is the foundation of what policing is built on, to not only foster trust in the communities we serve, but to promote transparency and accountability within our departments. As your area law officials we strive daily to maintain the trust of our citizens. Central to this trust is carrying out our duties and responsibilities in a lawful and reasonable manner, in the name of community safety. We will continue to mandate the highest quality training in policing.

Recent incidents such as the one in Minneapolis this past week, only reinforces our need to remain focused on our mission and to strive for excellence in professional and compassionate policing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Highlands.

We stand united as your area law enforcement officials in extending our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Floyd. We pray the people of Minneapolis and for those across the Country that are suffering through these unsettling events, it is our hope that we all attain peace and justice in our communities.

Our departments remain committed to protecting ALL in the Highlands.
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Area Law Enforcement Provides Unified Statement on Recent Events in our Country

(June 1, 2020) Alleghany Highlands, Virginia, In an effort to promote unity and express our solidarity with the communities we serve and protect, area law enforcement wishes to provide the following statement to our citizens and businesses within the Highlands.

We as public safety officials recognize that this is a time in which our Country is faced with yet, another incident where the confidence in law enforcement is further shaken. Once again a human life was lost unnecessarily.

The Alleghany County and City of Covington Sheriff’s Office, City of Covington Police Department and the Town of Clifton Forge’s Police Department, would like to reinforce one of the most basic and primary beliefs we share in our profession and efforts, which is the preservation of life and liberty for ALL, as well as inclusion of ALL in our society.

This concept is the foundation of what policing is built on, to not only foster trust in the communities we serve, but to promote transparency and accountability within our departments. As your area law officials we strive daily to maintain the trust of our citizens. Central to this trust is carrying out our duties and responsibilities in a lawful and reasonable manner, in the name of community safety. We will continue to mandate the highest quality training in policing.

Recent incidents such as the one in Minneapolis this past week, only reinforces our need to remain focused on our mission and to strive for excellence in professional and compassionate policing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Highlands.

We stand united as your area law enforcement officials in extending our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Floyd. We pray the people of Minneapolis and for those across the Country that are suffering through these unsettling events, it is our hope that we all attain peace and justice in our communities.

Our departments remain committed to protecting ALL in the Highlands.
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Huge thanks to our local lawy enforcement agencies for all you do.. Prayers for your safety as you go about your day protecting and serving.. Bless each and every one of you..

Thank you all!! We support our Law Enforcement!! Blue Lives matter!! Prayers for all!!

Thank all Law Enforcement for their service, dedication to Alleghany County, Town of Clifton Forge, City of Covington and sacrifice that all of you make to keep us safe.

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Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 220 to Main Street while we have the road milled this evening and during the installation of the waterline starting tomorrow and likely through Wednesday. ...

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have served for our Freedom. Past, Present and Future. We appreciate you and your families. ...

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have served for our Freedom. Past, Present and Future. We appreciate you and your families.

LIVING WITH BLACK BEARS

Black bears and human populations commonly coexist in many parts of North America. Black bears occur throughout most of the Commonwealth, and residential areas of Virginia are encroaching into forested lands and habitats commonly used by wildlife as human populations are also growing and spreading across most areas of Virginia.

Where Are the Bears?

While the highest concentration of bears occurs in the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains and around the Great Dismal Swamp, bears can be seen just about anywhere in Virginia. According to data from recreational sightings, hunter harvest, road kills, and VDGIF field staff, bears occur in at least 92 of Virginia’s 98 counties and cities.

Black bears capture human admiration and interest like few other wildlife species. Citizens, communities, local governments, and VDGIF share the responsibility in preventing problems and keeping bears wild.

Many people enjoy the opportunity to see bears in the wild. However, when human-related foods become available to bears, problems may occur. Residents and visitors to Virginia can minimize negative interactions with bears by following some simple guidelines.

Residential Bear Problems

Bears are highly adaptable, intelligent animals and may learn to associate human dwellings with food. Bears are attracted to residential areas by the smell of foods people commonly put out around their homes. In reality, most problems caused by bears are really “people problems”. It is up to humans to change their own behaviors to avoid conflicts.

The most common food attractants are bird feeders, garbage, and pet food, but grills, livestock feeds, compost, and beehives can also attract bears.

Residential bear problems may occur at any time of year, but are more common when natural food supplies are limited, usually in the spring or in years when natural nut and berry production is low.

Most common bear problems have simple solutions. Typical problems involve turned-over garbage containers, trash littered across the yard, damaged birdfeeders, or bears coming onto porches to eat pet food or get into coolers. However, bears that learn to associate food with people can cause property damage in their search for food around houses.

If addressed promptly, problems are often quickly resolved. After a few failed attempts to find food around homes, bears will usually leave the area in search of their natural wild foods.

If problems are ignored, property damage not only can get worse, but bears may lose their distrust of humans and come to rely solely on unnatural foods. Habituated bears can pose public safety concerns and in some unfortunate circumstances may have to be killed. The responsibility to prevent this from happening belongs to everybody.

You Can Keep Bears Wild

Black bears have a natural distrust of humans, are shy, and usually avoid people. However, bears may be attracted to food sources in residential areas.

Remove the bird feeders. It is best not to put out food for birds from April–November. Instead, plant native seed-bearing plants or use water features to attract birds to your home.

Secure your garbage. Store garbage indoors, in a shed or garage, or in a bear-proof container. Put garbage out on the morning of pickup, not the night before, or take it to the dump frequently.

Pick up pet food. Feed pets only what they will eat in a single feeding or feed them indoors. Remove all uneaten food. Do not leave food out overnight.

Do not put meat scraps in the compost pile. Keep compost away from house.

Pick up and remove ripe fruit from fruit trees and surrounding grounds.

Clean the grill often. Do not dump drippings in your yard. Run the grill an extra 5 minutes to burn off grease.

Install electric fencing to protect beehives, dumpsters, gardens, compost piles, or other potential food sources.

Don’t store food, freezers, refrigerators, or trash on porches.

Use harassment techniques in conjunction with removing the attractant to get the bear to move off your property. Paintballs are a great tool for hazing. They are nonlethal, won’t harm the bear if shot at the rump, but are painful enough to get the bear moving away from homes.

Talk to your neighbors. Make sure your neighbors and community administrators are aware of the ways to prevent bears from causing problems.

Learn about black bears!

Your Role

You can help manage the Commonwealth’s black bear population by keeping your property clear of food attractants and communicating with your neighbors to resolve community bear concerns.

Know the facts.

Learning about bears will prevent negative interactions and dispel unfounded fears. Distinguishing nervous behaviors (like huffing or jaw popping) from inquisitive ones (like standing up to get a good whiff of something interesting) can help make encounters positive.

Prevention and cooperation.

You can help manage the bear population by keeping your property clear of food attractants and communicating with your neighbors to resolve community bear concerns. It is illegal to deliberately or inadvertently feed bears.

Deliberate & Inadvertant Feeding of Bears is Illegal

It shall be unlawful for any person as defined in § 1-230 (Code of Virginia) to place, distribute, or allow the placement of food, minerals, carrion, trash, or similar substances to feed or attract bear. Nor, upon notification by department personnel, shall any person continue to place, distribute, or allow the placement of any food, mineral, carrion, trash, or similar substances for any purpose if the placement of these materials results in the presence of bear.

Respect the bear’s space.

If you see a bear, enjoy watching from a distance. If you come into close contact, back away slowly and remember that bears have a natural distrust of humans and will run when given a safe escape route. If it is up a tree, leave it alone. Keep people and pets away from the tree to allow the bear to leave your property.

Let the bear know it is not welcome.

Often a bear in your yard is just passing through and, if it finds no food, will simply move on. Don’t allow the bear to feel comfortable in your yard. After ensuring the bear has an escape route, make lots of noise to encourage it to leave. Remove any non-natural foods that attracted the bear.

Report unresolved problems or damage.

If you experience a bear problem after taking appropriate steps of prevention, you may seek additional assistance by contacting VDGIF.

VDGIF’s Role

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has established bear guidelines that promote public safety, protect property, and conserve bear populations. Whenever possible, VDGIF’s approach to managing problem bears encourages the coexistence of bears and humans. The specific response to bear issues is determined by public concerns and safety, type and extent of damage, black bear biology, animal welfare, and available control methods.

When you call VDGIF, an employee will discuss the problem with you. In most cases, a telephone call will be all that is necessary to find successful solutions (usually the removal of attractants). At times, a VDGIF employee may visit your property to discuss additional options.

VDGIF Regional Offices

Things to Remember in Bear Country

If You Encounter a Bear at Home:

There are no definite rules about what to do if you meet a bear. In almost all cases, the bear will detect you first and leave the area. Unprovoked bear attacks are very rare, and have never been documented in Virginia. If you do meet a bear here are some suggestions:

Stay calm. If you see a bear and it has not seen you, calmly leave the area. As you move away, make noise to let the bear discover your presence.

Stop. Back away slowly while facing the bear.

Give the bear plenty of room to escape. Bears rarely attack people unless they feel cornered or provoked.

Do not run or make any sudden movements. Running could prompt the bear to give chase, and you cannot outrun a bear. If on a trail, step off the trail and slowly leave the area.

If there is a bear in your yard and it approaches you, make yourself look big and make loud noises. Remain at a safe distance and throw rocks to make the bear feel unwelcome.

If there is a bear in your house prop open all doors to the outside and get out of the way of the exit. Never close a bear into a room. Make noises and yell at bear to leave the house. Don’t approach the bear but make sure it knows it is violating your territory.

If you surprise a bear speak softly. This may reassure the bear that you mean it no harm.

Fight back. If a black bear attacks you, fight back. Black bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, binoculars and even their bare hands.

If You Encounter a Bear While Camping:

Do not store food, garbage, or toiletries in your tent!

Keep your camp clean.

Store your food safely. Use bear-proof containers. Metal ammunition cans ($10-20) and Bear Canisters (approximately $50-60) are easily packed and transported.

Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells.

Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.

Burn all grease off grills and camp stoves.

Wipe table and clean eating area thoroughly.

Store food and coolers suspended from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and four feet out from the tree trunk.

Dispose of garbage properly. Secure it with your food and then pack it out.

Do not burn or bury the garbage.

Sleep away from food areas. Move some distance away from your cooking area or food-storage site.

Store toiletries with your food; the smell of toiletries may attract bears. Scents and use of perfume or cologne is sometimes an attractant to bears.

A Bear Outside Your Tent:

If you hear a bear or other animal outside your tent make sure it is aware that there is a human inside by using a firm monotone voice. Turn on a flashlight or lantern. If the bear enters the tent fight back and yell. Many bears have been driven off this way.

If You Encounter a Bear While Hiking:

Hiking at dawn or dusk may increase your chances of meeting a bear.

Use extra caution in places where hearing or visibility is limited, such as brushy areas, near streams, where trails round a bend and on windy days.

Reduce your chances of surprising a bear on the trail by making noise, talking or singing.

Make sure children are close to you or within your sight at all times.

Leave your dog at home or have it on a leash.

Shared Responsibility

VDGIF will not trap or relocate a bear that is eating from your trash or birdfeeder. It is your responsibility to remove the attractants from your property once a bear discovers the food source. If needed, we can help you identify the attractant so it can be removed and offer advice for deterring bears from your property. Call the Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 1-855-571-9003.

Common Black Bear Myths

Myth: A bear standing on its hind legs is about to charge or attack.

Fact: A bear stands on its hind legs to get a better view and smell of the surroundings. This is not an aggressive posture, just a way to determine who or what piqued its interest.

Myth: Bears are dangerous predators.

Fact: Although classified as carnivores, black bears are omnivores, and opportunistic feeders. This means that they eat both plants and animals. Over 80% of their diets consist of vegetation, fruit, and nuts. The remainder includes mostly insects and larva, carrion, fish, and occasionally small mammals.

Myth: One of the most dangerous encounters is getting between a mother black bear and her cubs.

Fact: Because black bears can tree their cubs, it is rare for them to injure a person in that situation. Black bear cubs are great at climbing and will be sent up a tree if the mother bear feels nervous about a situation. The mother bear will either run off to lead the danger away or stay close by until the perceived threat passes. Just like with any young animals you never want to try to get near them. If you see a mother bear and cubs give them some space, be quiet, and retreat slowly.

Myth: Bears are unpredictable.

Fact: Bears use body language and vocalizations to show their intentions. Learning about bear behavior can be beneficial to people who travel in bear country. The website www.bear.org has a terrific video on interpreting behaviors in bears called “Nervous Behavior”.

Myth: Bears have poor eyesight.

Fact: Bears see in color and have good vision similar to humans

Myth: Shooting or relocating a bear that has been attracted to your property because of a food source will solve the problem.

Fact: Removing a bear and not the attractant will only create a newly available habitat niche so another bear can move right back in, creating a vicious cycle of killing.

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There is a bear getting in Kroger trash can

Thank you for sharing this important information... No one want's to see a bear hurt or killed over someone's lack of knowledge or stupidity! I 💙 black bears 😊

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On behalf of the Clifton Forge Police Department we would like to take this opportunity to Congratulate what would have been graduation day for the seniors of Alleghany High School. You were born into this world in the shadows of 9-11 and graduate during a pandemic. You are STRONG. You are HOPE. Congratulations Class of 2020! Feel free to post a picture of your 2020 graduates in the comments below.
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On behalf of the Clifton Forge Police Department we would like to take this opportunity to Congratulate what would have been graduation day  for the seniors of Alleghany High School. You were born into this world in the shadows of 9-11 and graduate during a pandemic. You are STRONG. You are HOPE. Congratulations Class of 2020! Feel free to post a picture of your 2020 graduates in the comments below. 
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Congratulations to all the AHS graduates!

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Rabies Clinic has been scheduled. Please share.
June 15, 2020 1-4 pm at the Clifton Forge Fire Department. The cost is $10.00.
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Rabies Clinic has been scheduled. Please share. 
June 15, 2020 1-4 pm at the Clifton Forge Fire Department. The cost is $10.00. 
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Kenneth Staples in custody.

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Thank you for a job well done.

Let there be justice serve .

Who called in the well being check...could they not also be a suspect. Just asking?

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Updated Press Release for 907 Jefferson Avenue Suspicious Death.
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Updated Press Release for 907 Jefferson Avenue Suspicious Death.
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Last night at approximately 9:41 p.m. the Clifton Forge Police Department received a report of a vehicle taken from a residence on Venus Way in the Town of Clifton Forge. Approximately an hour later the vehicle was located returning back to the area. As officers attempted to stop the vehicle the driver fled from officers on foot. A short time later the driver, Jason Via 39 of Clifton Forge, was taken into custody. The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police K-9 Teams aided in the apprehension of Via.
Via is being held in the Alleghany Regional Jail without bond. He has been charged with felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor possession of schedule III narcotic, elude from law enforcement and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Via was also served on outstanding warrants out of Albemarle County.
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Brian Loudermilk

Yes , they all did a great job last night. But post is wrong about them getting him into custody" a short time later". It took 1/2 the night to locate him. But the guys did a great job, I'm just glad it's over. Thanks to all that was out last night. 🙂

Thank you so much all of you are really great police officers but please stay safe and thank you again

Great job!! Thank you and please stay safe!!

Great job. Thank you for your dedicated service. Stay safe at there at all times.

I never really think about crime here. I've always felt safe. I appreciate you guys checking on me at work!! Stay safe

Good job

Good job

Good job

Good job guys

Mary Lou Farrell r u in clifton

Good hope he rots in jail he ain't nothing but trash ....throw him under the 🚌..where he belongs..

Jim Nicely

Way to go...stay safe!

I heard it all on the scanner but fell asleep before they caught him

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Message from LewisGale Health System:

To Our Community Partners,

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues, we are making preparations across the LewisGale Health System to ensure we are ready to take care of our community. One of those strategies is the consolidation and conservation of resources throughout the health system which allows us to shift physicians, clinical caregivers, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to our other facilities while we manage the COVID-19 health care crisis.

To that end, on Monday, April 20 at 7 a.m. we will temporarily suspend ICU services at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. Individual patient care plans have been developed to ensure care coordination including transfer to LewisGale Medical Center or discharge.

All other services at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany remain open to care for our community.

In addition, as we’ve learned from regional and national experts that it may be beneficial to centralize the care for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are on a ventilator and waiting for test results, LewisGale Health System will now cohort these patients at LewisGale Medical Center. By cohorting COVID-19 patients, we are able to better protect our caregivers by facilitating allocation and deployment of PPE and better protect our patients by managing the use of essential medical equipment like ventilators.

Thank you for all you do as a partner in serving our community.


Sincerely,

Will
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Did a worker from our hospital text positive for covid-19 I’m confused

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Latest update from the Highlands COVID-19 ...

#Virginia Senior Alert CANCELLED: Missing #Augusta County Man has been safely LOCATED.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Donald L. Smith is looking for Mr. Gino Antoni Bartone, 74. He was last seen driving a white 2017 Toyota 4-door pickup truck with Virginia plates: UVC 9282.

Mr. Bartone is a white male with grey eyes and white, balding hair. He is 5'8 in height and weighs 155 lbs. He was last seen wearing dark blue pants with a light blue shirt and brown shoes. He was last seen Tuesday (April 14) at 12 p.m. on Lee Jackson Highway in Staunton, Virginia

Mr. Bartone suffers from a severe cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and safety, as determined by the Augusta County VA Sheriff's Office. He has been medically diagnosed with Sundowner's Syndrome/dementia and does not have his prescribed medicine with him.

Please call 911 or contact the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at (540) 245-5333 or go to www.vasenioralert.com

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Be a public health hero and stay at home to protect your community! Staying home slows the spread of COVID-19.

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Do your best to follow all six of these steps to stop the spread!

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The Clifton Forge Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. During this global pandemic people need to reflect on family, friends and faith, each in their own way. May your basket be full of joy, peace and happiness today and always. Have faith that together we will get through this. Have a safe and a Happy Easter weekend. ...

The Clifton Forge Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. During this global pandemic people need to reflect on family, friends and faith, each in their own way. May your basket be full of joy, peace and happiness today and always. Have faith that together we will get through this. Have a safe and a Happy Easter weekend.

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Happy Easter to all of your staff and family!

May the Lord watch over you and the family of our Policemen ,and all of our FIRST RESPONDERS

Happy Easter to all of you!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of your staff and family

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Clifton Forge Police Department would like to thank the Day family for their donation of this beautiful sign. It is great when people take time out of their busy and hectic lives to show their gratitude for the job that we do. It is much appreciated. ...

Clifton Forge Police Department would like to thank the Day family for their donation of this beautiful sign. It is great when people take time out of their busy and hectic lives to show their gratitude for the job that we do. It is much appreciated.

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So glad you like it!!

Gorgeous!

Nice job Angel Day!

Gorgeous!

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