Stories By Briahnna Brown

Judge, attorneys react to killer’s commuted sentence

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to commute the death sentence of convicted killer William Joseph Burns to life imprisonment without parole is both supported and opposed by those involved in the case. Burns, of Wardensville, West Virginia, was convicted in 2000 of the 1998 rape and murder of ...

Jury trial set in murder case

A September jury trial has been set in the case involving a Front Royal man accused in the shooting death of his stepfather in March 2017. David Glynn Hoyle Jr., 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hoyle is ...

Hearing set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

WOODSTOCK -- A hearing has been set for Jan. 11 for the six Strasburg firefighters charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Misdemeanor arrest warrants were issued on Dec. 28 for: Nathan Scott Hirschberg, 26, of Winchester; Andrew Steven Key, 24, of Strasburg; Dale Ray King, ...

Man arrested on firearm charges on New Year’s Eve

A Browntown man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing multiple shots at midnight on New Year's Eve in Star Tannery. One of the bullets entered a nearby residence. Michael Priola, 26, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling after he allegedly ...

Six arrested on misdemeanor charge

Six people were charged over the weekend with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with an investigation involving Strasburg volunteer firefighters, according to state police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler. In an email Monday, Tyler stated that those arrested on the misdemeanor ...

Law enforcement, cab companies gear up for New Year’s

While people are preparing to ring in the new year with drinks and parties, law enforcement is asking the public to practice safe driving during the holiday. In Shenandoah County, the Sheriff’s Office will have additional units on the road through a grant from the Virginia Department of ...

Year in Review: Murder, violent offenses top crime, court issues in 2017

Murder and violent crimes against others were two of the more prominent crime issues seen in the area outside of the drug crisis. There were two murders in Front Royal and one in Warren County outside of the town limits in 2017. This year also saw the conviction of multiple murder cases from ...

Front Royal man arrested in church burglaries

The Front Royal Police Department arrested a local man on Thursday after an investigation into multiple church burglaries in town. William Roy Foster, 53, allegedly broke into St. John’s Catholic Church on Main Street on Dec. 6 and Dec. 11, a news release from the Front Royal Police ...

Man pleads guilty to copper theft

WOODSTOCK -- A Stanley man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three theft-related charges after stealing $3,400 worth of copper earlier this year. Phillip Samuel Hyre, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy to sell stolen property as part of a plea agreement. ...

Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier denied a defense motion on Wednesday to suppress evidence in the case involving a local man accused in the March shooting death of his stepfather. Defense attorneys for David Glynn Hoyle, Jr., 32, filed a motion asking the judge to prohibit ...

Pet of the Week: Nahla is all bark and no bite

WINCHESTER -- Nahla, an 8-year-old pitbull-mix, might scare shelter’s visitors with her loud bark, but she couldn’t be more of a sweetheart, caretakers say. She walked around the lobby of the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter with a green squeaky ball in her mouth, ready to go ...

Gore teen pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder, sentenced to 16 years

FRONT ROYAL -- The Gore teen charged in the March stabbing death of his girlfriend pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday. Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, was sentenced to serve 16 years imprisonment as part of the plea agreement entered on Tuesday evening, which was just below the ...

Pedestrian death still under investigation

The death of a Front Royal man after he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Friday night is still under investigation, police said Monday. Calum A. Turner, 27, was struck at the intersection of South Street and Commerce Avenue in Front Royal at around 6:30 p.m., the Front Royal Police ...

Front Royal teen arrested on child porn charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local teen was arrested Friday after a search warrant executed on his home led to the discovery of child pornography. Shawn Mathew Williams, 19, of the 200 block of Sagar Drive, allegedly told investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office that he had child ...

Bench trial set in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK -- A January bench trial was set on Friday for a local teen charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl in June, and was indicted on the charge in October. Through an interpreter, ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine

WOODSTOCK -- A local man pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine after he set up a drug transaction for a confidential informant. Sirreginald Benton, 41, was in contact with the informant about buying cocaine from Benton at a Woodstock residence, Commonwealth’s ...

Timberville man arrested on grand larceny charges

A Timberville man was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation into multiple break-ins at a Mount Jackson residence. Sgt. Robert Poe with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said James Calvin Funkhouser, 42, broke into an unoccupied residence in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount ...

Winchester man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

WOODSTOCK -- A Winchester man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to cocaine distribution as an accommodation after being present during a February drug transaction. Bryan Romero, 24, was accompanying Alexander Seal on a cocaine transaction with a confidential informant during the transaction, ...

Mount Jackson man pleads guilty to escaping legal custody

WOODSTOCK -- A Mount Jackson man who was accused of holding a woman at knifepoint in September pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fleeing from law enforcement after his arrest. The domestic violence charges involving Wesley Adam Lear, 32, were dismissed in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic ...