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After violent crimes, sheriff’s office increases patrols at Yorktown waterfront

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols around the Yorktown waterfront after multiple crimes earlier this summer. (WYDaily/Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Wesley)
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is increasing patrols around the Yorktown waterfront after multiple crimes earlier this summer. (WYDaily/Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Wesley)

Those visiting the Yorktown waterfront may see more deputies during the day and night.

A shooting on May 28 and armed robbery on June 4 have prompted the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office to increase its presence around the waterfront, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

On May 28, the sheriff’s office responded to a shooting near the fishing pier on Water Street. Investigators believe a 29-year-old man was trying to buy marijuana from an 18- and 14-year-old. Both teens were arrested, and the sheriff’s office named the 18-year-old as John Arthur Walker IV, of Newport News.

One week later, the sheriff’s office responded to a late-night armed robbery in the overflow parking lot at the corner of Water and Reed streets. Four people took keys and a cellphone from the 22-year-old victim.

The increased patrols will be “seven days and seven nights a week,” Ward said, although authorities are not releasing the number of additional deputies who will patrol the area.

Multiple deputies will be on duty at all times, she said.

Ward said the sheriff’s office assigns extra deputies, such as school resource officers, to the Yorktown Beach and waterfront area during the summer anyway, but recent crimes caused officials to allocate even more staffing in the area.

“We always had people down there who work the beach during the summer time,” Ward said. “That’s not anything different. It’s just the increase in deputies is the only change.”

Deputies will be looking for “any type of violation” that’s occurring, such as people climbing on the rocks near the beach, people with dogs in restricted beach areas, drunken drivers and violent acts.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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