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Stories By Alex Bridges

Utilities restore power to area hit by early snow storm

An early wintry storm that hit the region Thursday knocked out power for many residents, caused traffic-clogging crashes and prompted schools to close. The National Weather Service office in Sterling reported on Friday that snowfall amounts in the Northern Shenandoah Valley ranged from 2 ...

Man pleads not guilty to causing fatal 2016 crash

A man accused of causing a crash in Shenandoah County that killed a 4-year-old girl two years ago faces trial in March. Greg Lee Peters appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp arraigned him on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, ...

Court hits roadblock in stabbing case

WOODSTOCK – The fate of an Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 remains uncertain. Samual Jacob Homer appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday via video conferencing from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Homer, 19, stands ...

Man convicted of sex crimes against child

A Warren County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child last year entered a plea deal Tuesday to avoid a life sentence. Justice Morgan Henry appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he stood charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and ...

Overdose victim pleads to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A town man who overdosed on heroin in January received jail time this week for drug possession. James Edward Loveless, 37, of Viscose Ave., Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday. A grand jury handed up an indictment that day charging Loveless with ...

Man pleads to drug charge after overdose

FRONT ROYAL – A man who overdosed on drugs in April faces sentencing for a possession charge. Christopher David Senter pleaded no contest in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to one count of possession of a schedule I or II substance. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. accepted Senter’s plea ...

Strasburg man indicted on rape charge

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted a Strasburg man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl earlier this year. The grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Kyle Mason Hitchner, 22, of 319 Pendleton Lane, Strasburg, on one count of rape. Hitchner remains free on ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Warren County grand jury handed up indictments this week. The following were indicted: • Robert A. Binnix, 43, of 2607 Fairground Road, Front Royal, on one count of embezzlement from the Front Royal Little League between April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 • Laura Elizabeth Donavan, ...

Grand jury indicts man charges with sexual assault, strangulation

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury indicted a Warren County man this week on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting and choking a woman in September. Basil John Chuppa, 40, of 497 Catlett Mountain Road, Front Royal, remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of ...

Cline preps for Democrat-led House

Del. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, won Tuesday’s election for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District but knows he will encounter a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Cline, who defeated his Democratic Party challenger Jennifer Lewis, of Waynesboro, by roughly 20 percent, ...

Voters pick Cline, Wexton, Kaine

Republican  Del. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, defeated Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Cline will take the seat held by long-time U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who chose not to run for another ...

County to revisit smaller lot sizes for homes

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could take a different approach to let developers put more houses on smaller lots. County Planner Jill Jefferson presented a proposal to the Planning Commission last week that, if approved by the Board of Supervisors, could allow developments to occur on smaller ...

Attorney alerts board to loophole in proposed tax break rules

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders nearly left a loophole in a proposed change to the local real estate tax break for senior citizens and disabled residents. County Attorney Jason Ham told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting last week that he and staff members continue to draft the ...

Panel recommends denial of impound lot permit

WOODSTOCK – A towing company hoping to run an impound lot near Toms Brook faced a setback this week. The Shenandoah County Planning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors deny a special-use permit to JPG Towing to operate an impound lot at 2155 Mt. Olive Road near ...

County to re-bid for new trash collection site

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders decided Thursday to try again at bidding out a new trash collection site after offers came in higher than estimates. The county has, for at least two years, anticipated that it would need to close the waste collection facility at 3355 John Marshall ...

Registered voter numbers fluctuate

Virginia’s Department of Elections purged hundreds of area voters in the past two years while registrars added people to the rolls. Data provided by the department through a Freedom of Information Act request show the agency canceled registrations for the deceased, those who moved out of ...

Edinburg man gets probation for taking guns, tools

WOODSTOCK – A plea deal allows a Shenandoah County man accused of stealing guns and other items to avoid jail time. Judge Clark A. Ritchie convicted Paul Wayne Shell in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday of three counts of possession of stolen property and misdemeanor obtaining ...

Woman gets jail time for thefts

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman accused of selling stolen property, including a gun in 2017, must serve more than a year in jail time. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Melissa Dawn Bosley in Shenandoah County on Wednesday to 12 months in jail for buying a firearm while the subject of a ...

Residents oppose impound lot

TOMS BROOK – More than two dozen Shenandoah County residents oppose a towing company's proposed impound lot in their neighborhood. The Shenandoah County Planning Commission meets tonight to consider a request from JPG Towing for a special-use permit to operate an impound lot on Mt. Olive ...

Testing delays prompt court to dismiss drug charges

WOODSTOCK – Delays at a state laboratory prompted Shenandoah County prosecutors to drop drug charges against a Strasburg woman Wednesday. Judge Clark A. Ritchie granted a motion by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Austin Hovermale in Circuit Court to dismiss charges against Virginia S. ...