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Stories By Alex Bridges

Dog alerts woman, children to house fire

STRASBURG – A woman and three young children escaped a house fire south of town Friday afternoon, thanks to a family dog. Multiple fire and rescue agencies responded to a report of a structure fire on Copp Road near Strasburg shortly before 3 p.m. Travis Painter, a firefighter at the scene ...

County authorities arrest rape suspect

Authorities in Shenandoah County on Thursday arrested a man wanted on a rape charge in Fairfax County. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant on Charles Wesely James Johnson for Fairfax County on a charge of sexual assault against a victim by force, threat or ...

Florida man sentenced in shoplifting

WOODSTOCK – A Florida man who shoplifted from the Wal-Mart in town in April and fled to the store roof had been wanted for violating probation related to a 2013 manslaughter conviction. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Bradley Jon Broberg, 27, of Boynton Beach, Florida, in Shenandoah County ...

Hearing to focus on ATF dog training facility

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee turns its attention Monday to the possibility of relocating a federal facility in Front Royal that trains dogs to find bombs and explosives. The panel, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, plans to hold a field hearing on the ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury in Shenandoah County handed down indictments Wednesday charging most individuals with drug crimes. The grand jury indicted the following people: Omar Maradiaga-Mejia, 22, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on one count of possession of heroin. Derek Edward Miller, ...

Judge convicts man on drug, child endangerment charges

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man faces prison time for making methamphetamine around children in 2016. Kevin Manly Powers pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to committing one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, child ...

Man gets jail time for shooting gun, threatening wife

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a firearm and threatening his wife during a domestic dispute in February. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Alfred A. Minor, 60, of Strasburg, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison, all time suspended, ...

Hot coals blamed in truck fire

A Shenandoah County fire official has determined that a grill filled with hot coals in the back of a pickup truck started a blaze that destroyed the vehicle Sunday. A Maurertown man, his girlfriend and their two small children were traveling in a 2018 Ford F350 through Strasburg around 7 p.m., ...

Man jailed for breaking woman’s arm with baseball bat

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve jail time for breaking a woman’s arm with a baseball bat during a fight last year. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Sherwood Maurice Brown, 58, of Rebel Ridge Road, Woodstock, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Tuesday to seven years in ...

Court drops vandalism charges against woman

WOODSTOCK – A long-standing feud between Shenandoah County residents bubbled up in Circuit Court on Tuesday. Authorities accused Catherine Elizabeth Rec of damaging three vehicles owned by neighbors on July 6, 2017. Rec appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with her attorney Victoria ...

Landowner cites high taxes in rezoning bid

A Mount Jackson property owner who pushed a possible “mega site” for industrial development now wants to put the land back into farm use. Robert Whitehurst Jr. recently submitted an application to the town to rezone 136 acres he owns in the corporate limits from industrial to ...

Man accused of rape, arson to ask to move trial

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of raping a woman and trying to wrap her up in a burning blanket wants a judge to move his trial. Shane Wesley Sisk remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of rape, forcible sodomy, object penetration, domestic ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury has indicted a town man on wounding and drug charges stemming from an April 8 robbery. Austin Richard Arocho, 20, of West 15th Street, Front Royal, remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. A grand jury indicted Arocho in Circuit ...

Judge convicts Baltimore man of dealing heroin, cocaine

FRONT ROYAL – A Maryland man must serve jail time for dealing heroin and cocaine in Warren County in 2016. Laquan Davontae Royster pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Thursday to committing one count of distribution of heroin and two counts of distribution of cocaine in August ...

Woman charged with dealing heroin in county

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused a Shenandoah County woman of dealing heroin multiple times over the past few months. Tiffany Bowman Lopez appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with six counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of conspiracy to ...

Man sentenced for letting child roam

FRONT ROYAL – A town man sentenced Monday to jail time for leaving a young child outside unattended in 2017 also remains on the hook for an expert witness hired to help his case. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Roger Lee Walls III in Warren County Circuit Court to 12 months in jail ...

Vehicle strikes bicyclists near Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – A motor vehicle struck two bicyclists on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Saturday, sending both riders to hospitals. Virginia State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Jesse Fox, 29, of Front Royal, spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Monday. The incident ...

Woman gets jail time in wounding

FRONT ROYAL – A town woman accused of unlawful wounding avoided a jury trial this week by pleading guilty to a lesser crime. Cassandra Elise Durham, 26, with a last known address of 339½ Kendrick Lane, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for trial on a charge of unlawful ...

Man gets jail time for growing marijuana in 2015

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve jail time for growing marijuana at his home near Edinburg in 2015. Judge John McGrath sentenced Brian Lee Fadeley in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to five years in prison with all but 7 months suspended for manufacturing marijuana ...

Shenandoah County accepts property from sheriff

Shenandoah County leaders agreed this week to take six acres from the Sheriff’s Office once used in its undercover operations. However, the Board of Supervisors does not yet have any plans for the property near Mount Jackson, according to County Administrator Mary T. Price. Assistant County ...