Press Releases

Four Legged Fridays

Today the Page County Sheriff’s Office is featuring Bonita as our Four Legged Friday pet. Deputy Lisa Bashford has selected this wonderful animal as our Four Legged Friday pet. Bonita is a 5 year old female Blue Tick Hound. You may visit the Page County Animal Shelter at 1261 Goodrich Rd. 22851. Their hours of operation are 8-4 Mon-Fri, 9-12 Sat, closed Sun, closed 12-...1 daily for lunch. They may be contacted at 540-778-2101.

Mention that you have seen this pet on Four Legged Fridays and the shelter will waive the adoption fee. You will be required to complete an adoption/background application. The deposit for spaying and neutering can’t be waived because this isn’t a sheltering fee.

This animal will be located at the Page County Shelter until it has been adopted or rescued.



From the Sheriff's Desk

There is currently a 35 acre fire burning in the Grind Stone Mtn. in the Jollet area of Page County.


State, Local and Federal assets are working to contain the fire and hope to have it under control in the next 24 hours.  Smoke and fire eqipment may cause delays in the area.  No residences are in danger at this time.


The unseen dangers of Methamphetamine

Many of those making Methamphetamine disposed of the containers used to mix and manufacture the drug by throwing them out the window or on public or private property.  These containers, as well as the leftover by-products of the manufacturing process, can cause injury or death.  They can explode if moved and the chemicals re-mix.  They can release toxic gases or the poisons remnants can cause injury if touched.

Please be aware of the risk when picking up trash along the road, cleaning up your or, cleaning public play areas and parks. The makers of the drugs do not care about the danger of what they dispose of, they do not care about you.

If you see anything you feel is suspicious please call your local police.

The below attachment is from the Drug Enforcement Administration and I hope you find it helpful.

Stay vigilant and safe.

Thank you,

John B. Thomas, Sheriff


Five Common Scams on Social Networking Sites

Below are five common scams on social networking sites, as reported recently by security company Symantec:

Chain Letters You’ve likely seen this one before – the dreaded chain letter has returned. It may appear in the form of, “Retweet this and Bill Gates will donate $5 million to charity!” Chances are, Bill Gates doesn’t need to post a chain letter to get a list of users or like-minded donors. Many well-meaning people pass these fake claims onto others. Break the chain and let the person who sent it to you know it’s likely to be a scam.

Cash Grabs By their very nature, social media sites make it easy for us to stay in touch with friends, while reaching out to meet new ones. But how well do you really know these new acquaintances? That person with the attractive profile picture who just “friended” you and suddenly needs money is probably a thief looking for easy cash. Think twice before sending any money or even corresponding with this person. Sometimes an email comes from a “friend” who lost their wallet and needs you to send money right away. While this might be true, be wary as computers infected with malware often take a user’s contact list and send a bogus email to everyone on it. If you aren’t sure, call your friend and make sure to run an anti-virus program on your own computer.

Hidden Charges “What type of STAR WARS character are you? Find out with our quiz! All of your friends have taken it!” Many users get duped by a seemingly-innocuous link like this. After you enter your name and phone number, you’ll not only find out that you are more Yoda than Darth Vader, you’ve also just unwittingly subscribed to service that charges $9.95 a month. These bait-and-switch scams tend to thrive on social sites.

Phishing Requests The ever-popular phishing requests have become prevalent on social networking sites. You might get a message on your wall that says “Somebody just put up these pictures of you! Check ‘em out here!” If you click on the enclosed link, it will take you to your Twitter or Facebook login page. Stop! Once you enter your account information, a cyber criminal now has your password, along with total control of your account. Both the email and landing page were fake.

Hidden URLs Beware of blindly clicking on shortened URLs. You’ll see them everywhere on Twitter, but you never know where you’re going to go since the URL (“Uniform Resource Locator,” the Web address) hides the full location. Clicking on such a link could direct you to your intended site, or it could be one that installs all sorts of malware on your computer. URL shorteners can be useful but be aware of their potential pitfalls and make sure you have real-time protection against spyware and viruses.


Contact Information

Mark Dofflemyer, Administrative Assistant
(540) 743-1162
(540) 743-1252 (fax)

Four Legged Friday-Bonita