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December 30, 2019

Stray bullet hits Christmas tree in Brookside home

A .223-caliber shell went through a window in the 7300 block of Tucan Court.
Fauquier sheriff’s deputies charged five men with reckless handling of a firearm Saturday after a rifle shot hit a home in the Brookside subdivision northeast of Warrenton.

A homeowner in the 7300 block of Tucan Court reported the incident at 3:07 p.m. Dec. 28, according to Sgt. James Hartman.

“The caller reported he heard a noise in his living room and after further inspection discovered a stray bullet had pierced a window and struck a Christmas tree.

“Deputies retrieved what appeared to be a .223 caliber bullet from inside the residence,” Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release Monday afternoon. “The investigation lead to a residence in the 7700 block of Rogues Road. At that location, deputies discovered five adults who had been shooting a .223 AR-15 style rifle. The rifle and magazine were located during the investigation.” 

The deputies filed the misdemeanor charge against:

• Robert Lee Barr, 19, of Warrenton.

• Robert Lee Culler III, 19, of Warrenton.

• Travis Joseph Brown, 19, of Nokesville.

• Isaac Justin Brooks, 19, of The Plains.

• Trevor Joseph Dezutti, 20, of Sanford, N.C.

“The sheriff’s office responded to 167 calls for service this year involving the suspicious discharge of firearms,” Sgt. Hartman said. “While each of these calls for service is different in the details, this incident is a reminder of practicing safe recreational use of firearms. Know the local ordinances, applicable laws and know your backstop and beyond. The safety of everyone is paramount.”
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Post Washington · January 4, 2020 at 7:52 pm
For those of you who are truly interested in what is happening with gun legislation in Virginia:
Post Washington · January 2, 2020 at 10:47 pm
justice is not inevitable.
Post Washington · January 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm
In his year-end report, the chief justice argued that federal judges help educate the public through thoughtfully written explanations of their decisions. He also pointed to an array of online civic education resources for teens and adults and touted the individual efforts of federal judges, including retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics program.

Roberts began the annual report, in which he summarizes trends in case filings and appeals, with a brief history lesson. In the fall of 1787, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay got together to write, in Roberts’ words, “America’s greatest civics lesson ― the Federalist Papers.” Those 85 essays helped convince the public to support the new Constitution. But Jay, the future first chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote just five of them. Roberts noted that Jay was recovering from a nasty head injury at the time due to a riot that was unrelated to the new country’s foundation.

“It is sadly ironic that John Jay’s efforts to educate his fellow citizens about the Framers’ plan of government fell victim to a rock thrown by a rioter motivated by a rumor,” he wrote. “Happily, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay ultimately succeeded in convincing the public of the virtues of the principles embodied in the Constitution.”

Roberts concluded, “We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability. But we should also remember that justice is not inevitable.”
Post Washington · January 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm
we need to tweak our regulations in a continuous way. time goes by. we experience and we learn. nothing is cast in stone. as the world changes so do our democratically created and enforced laws. that's the beauty of elections, democracy and revered republics. please conservative people. surely, that is an acceptable observation from a progressive, liberal thinker. is it not?
DonkeyFarmer · January 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Farmbum- wasn't there already a law in place that prohibited the actions of these shooters? Seems like we already had regulation, rules, guidance and laws in place, that's why they were charged.
farmbum · January 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm
RGLJA - I stated - "This act is why we need regulations, rules, guidance and laws on gun ownership. And strict enforcement too."

Stop moaning about confiscation. Acts like this "tree shooting" are why proper regulation and enforcement is warranted.

Post Washington · January 2, 2020 at 12:22 pm
SD. vote. elections matter. triangulate the news. facebook is not a news source. facts are important. term limits don't work.

stop gerrymandering voting districts.


The Supreme Court 010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC allows corporations, nonprofits, and unions to spend an unlimited amount of money on elections and political issues without publicly disclosing the donors or other funding sources. Some conservatives, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), praised the decision as protecting corporations’ right to free speech.
Sonny Day · January 2, 2020 at 12:09 pm
Mr. Post- thank you for your illustrious response. However, I am not far right, own zero guns, and have no use for the Koch brothers or the NRA. I am a middle of the road type. I was responding to your post that Bloomberg and Soros were not involved in local elections.

You should actually put your emotions aside and read what I wrote. "So sad money has become more important to politicians in both parties than the people they represent." Since they removed regulations on lobbyist spending in the 90's, politicians have quit caring about their voters to focus on filling their wallets with money.

I am only interested in keeping the USA a free, constitutional republic. Have no interest in it becoming a country dependent on a government running everything. Socialism has its place in providing things an individual cannot; like fire and police services, a military, and many other things. To become totally dependent on a government leads to the rich, ruling elitist class getting wealthier while the masses struggle to survive. If we all are going to get 3 houses and drive a $170k car like Bernie Sanders, bring it on. Unfortunately you have to look no further than the old Soviet Union or Venezuela now to see the reality and its problems. Maybe everyone will be happy if we become like Communist China, where you will be forced to work in factory for 14 hours a day at $1.00/hour and a bowl of rice. If not willing or able to do that you will arrested and never seen again. Total socialism has its downsides.

I want to see total reforms in legislatures, both national and state. Term limits are a must. Elected officials should not be allowed to exempt themselves from any laws passed. The only people that can contribute to political campaigns are voters from their precincts, not millionaires or groups from other places. Maybe then those elected would return to being representatives, not leaders as they now presume.

Perhaps you can explain why this recent gun issue is only focusing on the law abiding citizens. The Texas church and the Denny's shooters were convicted felons who did not obtain their weapons through legal means. If public safety is the concern; how come there is no talk of removing phones from driver's hands and stricter enforcement of traffic laws? I have read there were 20+ deaths on our state roads over the holiday season alone, yet not a mention by this governor or incoming legislature. Are they focusing only on guns for safety, or are there other reasons for removing weapons.

Perhaps when it is all over we can continue this conversation while we are waiting in line for a bowl of soup from our new government.
jollyjake · January 2, 2020 at 9:08 am
How terrible! So sad to hear an innocent person was killed by gross negligence.

I had a similar experience years ago in Fauquier (Thankfully no one died), someone was target practicing without a proper back stop. They were quite far away, but the rounds started to come onto our property and then hit the pool that my wife and I were in. Thankfully the police were able to locate these folks and stop them.

With that said, people do stupid things... This particular event may or may not drive the need for new laws. We don't know enough to say! These young men may not have been the owner of the gun, it may have been owned by a parent. So then the parent(s) might share in the fault for not properly securing the firearm? Possibly? We'll find out.

I believe that many folks who say "we need stricter gun laws" aren't aware of the ones that are ALREADY on the books. 😊 We have gun laws. And the existing/new gun laws won't stop people from doing bad/stupid things, but that will stop the responsible law-abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves as illustrated here:
RGLJA · January 2, 2020 at 8:20 am
@farmbum We already have "regulations, rules, guidance and laws on gun ownership". The idiots who discharged that weapon were charged, and they should pay the price for such reckless behavior. I'm all for punishing lawbreakers, but that is not a good argument for confiscating guns from law abiding citizens.
farmbum · January 2, 2020 at 7:47 am
The real issue here is stupidity on the part of the gun owners.

Acts like "discharge", HAH, that sounds so benign. This act is why we need regulations, rules, guidance and laws on gun ownership. And strict enforcement too.
Post Washington · January 2, 2020 at 1:47 am
Sonny Day. Wow. You are a far right funny bunny. Does the term 'Koch brothers' ring a bell? Elections matter. We progressives are doing what the NRA had been doing for years until they became impotent from the inside out. Watch out with the news sources you are quoting. uncoverdc is one of those dubious helterskelter forehead tattoo organizations pointing out illicit child porn activity at pizza joints. the other articles? they were spot on! spoke to how the average joe is tired of you idiots running the show. thank you.
DonkeyFarmer · January 1, 2020 at 8:04 pm
Silli with another Silly post. You suspect many gun owners don't care about the rules? You suspect wrong Silly. How many of the tens of thousands of legal gun owners in this County have discharged negligently?

If your goal is just to post a rant as usual you have succeeded, but you are not going to bring anyone around to your side with insulting snide remarks like that.
LoveFauquier · January 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Rogues Road
Robert Lee #1
Robert Lee #2

Who needs Faulkner when you've got Fauquier. Peace, all
Silii · January 1, 2020 at 2:30 pm
This could have killed someone. Clearly the perps don't know or care about the rules as I suspect many gun owners don't.
Sonny Day · January 1, 2020 at 10:35 am
Mr. Post- if you question Bloomberg and Soros funding politics in Virginia, you need to read your newspaper. The corruption and incompetence on Capitol Hill in DC has become stunning, but they don't have nothing compared to the mess in Richmond. So sad money has become more important to politicians in both parties than the people they represent.
All this money on keeping the public safe from law abiding gun owners, but not a dime spent on getting phones out of driver's hands; a real safety concern in this state. It does make one wonder why they are focusing on removing guns.
Post Washington · December 31, 2019 at 8:54 pm
i mean all the people i talk to here in Warrenton never bring up Soros or Bloomberg. What's the relevance people are asking me? I don't know. Go ask Plumbone I say. Where is Plumbone they ask? He is some 400 pound guy sitting on a bed? Maybe. I don't know. Maybe. I don't know. They know, though.
Post Washington · December 31, 2019 at 8:50 pm
hey plum! tell me one true (true, reliable, incontrovertible, verifiable) fact about Mr. Soros; that you know. And, what does Mr. Soros or Mr. Bloomberg have to do with soybeans grown in Fauquier county?
Plumbone · December 31, 2019 at 12:34 pm
Are you people serious? The way I read this story is 5 young men who have no firearm safety training out indiscriminately shooting it in an area where it should never have been fired.Period. The NRA offers gun safety, as far as Republicans being finished in Faquier...I doubt it but we'll see, Soros and Bloomberg did pretty well in Fairfax County this year.
Post Washington · December 31, 2019 at 11:18 am
none of the people who talk to me, and i talk to a lot of people, A LOTTA FOLKS, don't mention and are not worried about gangs and 'Isis followers' in Fauquier county. never comes to mind. just saying.
Truepat · December 31, 2019 at 6:21 am
What I find interesting is how the left obviously believe the gangs and Isis followers will see them other than victims and infidels.... Not.....
Jennie · December 31, 2019 at 1:18 am
As a Woman, I am happy about standing up for our Constitutional Rights in Fauquier County (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) & Ella82) Don't let a bunch of immature, idiotic boys sour you to law abiding responsible gun owners who far out number these a-holes. I am extremely happy that no one was killed and these boys should be prosecuted. · December 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm
Welcome to gun sanctuary Fauquier county.
Post Washington · December 30, 2019 at 7:57 pm
all my peeps are calling me! telling me I'm right! they hate Republican politicians who are out of step with the will of the local American people. i don't know. maybe they are right. just that people keep saying Republicans are dead in the water. i don't know. seems like it. people keep talking. emailing. calling. instagraming. chan4. saying Republicans and lying evangelicals are going to get voted out. i don't know. they know, though.
Post Washington · December 30, 2019 at 7:52 pm
beginning of the end of the repub domination in this voting district. mark my words. you guys who did not run against anybody last election. oh lordy. here we come!
Post Washington · December 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm
aw shucks! let them there boys go. this be a 2A county house of the lord! people shoouuudnt a had a christmas tree in that thar house. BS! makes me mad. them xmas trees. all my friends calling me and saying 'yer right'. get them xmas trees outta this county or they gonna get shot. thank you BOS!
jim goodwin · December 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm
What are the odds of two "Robert Lee"s in a group of rec. shooters?

Seriously, people. Be careful. It's the few stupid people that jeopardize the freedoms millions.
ella82 · December 30, 2019 at 4:44 pm
What's wrong with them there police? Them boys was just funning. We all have our second amendment rights, don't we?
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