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Members of the Staunton Police Department and Augusta County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an investigation at the Walmart. They observed a wanted subject unrelated to the investigation sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot. As officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle the woman driving it accelerated, striking two officers, and leading deputies and Virginia State Police troopers on a 17-mile pursuit. The driver of the vehicle and the wanted subject were both taken into custody.


K9 Cara died after falling from a bridge while assisting the Skyline Drug Task Force by conducting an article search along Old White Bridge Road in Augusta County.

A handgun and narcotics were later recovered.

K9 Cara was requested to search for a gun that officers believed had been thrown from the vehicle. As she searched for the she fell from a bridge to the ground approximately 50 feet below. She suffered a broken back as a result of the fall, and it was determined the best course of action was to humanely euthanize her.

K9 Cara had served with the Staunton City Sheriff’s Office for two years and was a certified explosives-detection dog.

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Jim Piwowarczyk
Jim Piwowarczyk is an investigative journalist and co-founder of Wisconsin Right Now. Married with 3 kids, a chocolate lab, and a german shepherd. Jim served as a police officer in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. His career started as a police officer in Milwaukee County in 1994 as a patrol officer, until he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2003 where he worked until he left in 2009 to pursue business aspirations. Jim Piwowarczyk was a field training officer, evidence technician & hostage negotiator and conducted many drug investigations. Jim continued to work part-time for an area police department. Jim is avid real estate investor, and small business owner & developer. Jim has coached youth football and basketball. Jim is also an avid fisherman and hunter.

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