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Stories By Alex Bridges

Defendants in police assault plead to lesser charges

Two Shenandoah County residents accused of assaulting police officers during a traffic stop in 2017 pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges. Nathaniel Di Arocho and April Marie Wright appeared with their attorneys in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where each stood charged with three felony ...

Man accused of hitting roommate with vehicle

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains in jail accused of running over his roommate and fleeing the scene. Christopher Todd Miller stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and failing to stop for a crash resulting in an injury. Miller, 53, of Strasburg, is scheduled to ...

Man gets suspended sentence for construction fraud

FRONT ROYAL – A Shenandoah County man has received suspended jail time for practicing as a builder without a license and failing to construct a project after taking money to do so. Retired Judge Lon Farris sentenced Joseph Roger Gathercoal in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday to five ...

Community honors Judge Hupp

WOODSTOCK – The community came out in force Thursday to honor Judge Dennis L. Hupp for his 26 years on the bench. Judge Bruce D. Albertson, chief judge of Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit, presided over a special session held in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court to commemorate Hupp’s ...

Veteran judge recalls major cases, weighs in on legal system

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp retired Aug. 1 after 26 years presiding over courts in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. But Hupp, 67, hasn’t completely hung up his robe just yet as he plans to serve as a substitute judge beginning in November. Hupp sat for an interview Friday in the ...

RSW inmates charged with fighting

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a ...

Judge sentences man in fifth domestic assault

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve time in jail for his fifth domestic-assault conviction. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Michael Alon Gilardi in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison with one year and three months suspended for committing ...

Court lets county claim $3.4 million

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County can expect to receive $3.4 million it can put toward the Sheriff’s Office new headquarters. The county continues to move quickly on the project, which is expected to cost roughly $8.7 million and also includes new space for the emergency communications center. ...

Storm expected to bring rain, flooding to area next week

Meteorologists say the Northern Shenandoah Valley can expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence early next week. The storm made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, around 7:15 a.m. Friday, weather reports indicate. The hurricane moved slowly west at approximately 3 miles per hour. ...

Woman accused of failing to register chat account as a sex offender

A Shenandoah County woman convicted of proposing sex with a juvenile recently failed to register with state police as a non-violent sex offender. Pamela Jane Graham appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where she stands charged with failing to register as a convicted ...

Man accused of abducting girlfriend at knifepoint

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on charges of abduction, domestic assault and appearing drunk in public. Clarida Wayne Yates, 44, of 1300 Rigglman Drive, Apt. A, Timberville, remains incarcerated at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. New Market police officer ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Shenandoah County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child. Judge Clark Ritchie issued a bench warrant in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for the arrest of Gary Michael Ladd, 42, of 6183 Zepp Road, Maurertown, on two charges of ...

Man accused of selling drugs from house

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man stands accused of dealing drugs from his home in town earlier this year. A grand jury indicted Jesse Charles Higgins in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of marijuana distribution and possession, manufacturing a controlled substance, two ...

Panel indicts man on sodomy charges

WOODSTOCK – A New York man stands accused of committing sex crimes against a child under 13 in Shenandoah County about eight years ago. A grand jury indicted Richard James Provenzano in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on three counts of forcible sodomy and one misdemeanor ...

County to take on more debt for projects

Shenandoah County can expect to spend more than $21 million to replace the public safety radio system and build a new home for the Sheriff’s Office and the communications department. Exactly how much the county spends to pay off the debt depends on the chosen financing option, but estimates ...

Arson suspect held without bond

A Front Royal woman accused of setting fire to a house and shed in town Saturday remains held in jail without bond. Rebecca Starr Melvin appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Beth Vaught and maliciously ...

Man found dead in river in Warren County

Authorities continue to investigate the possible drowning of a man found in the Shenandoah River in Warren County on Thursday. Warren County emergency dispatchers received a call at 6:13 p.m. for a missing 72-year-old man from 938 Misty Meadow Lane in the Bentonville area, according to a media ...

Court clerk asks for funds to boost staff

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk has asked the Board of Supervisors for money to boost staff to handle a high workload. Whether or not supervisors intend to grant Clerk Sarona Irvin’s request for roughly $30,000 remains uncertain. Previous boards have denied such ...

Board OKs $10.7 million contract to upgrade 911 system

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors moved forward Thursday on a $10.7 million project to replace the local emergency communications system.   The board voted 6-0 to authorize county officials to proceed and execute the contract that includes $9.17 million for the ...