Joe Beck

23 arrested on 105 drug charges

March 3, 2017

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County arrested 23 people and filed 105 drug-related charges against them Friday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted slightly more than a year.

Year in Review: Use of force, heroin top police issues in 2016

December 31, 2016

The national debate over when and how police should use force in fighting crime reached area departments in 2016, although they were largely spared the protest and political turmoil that have rocked larger communities elsewhere.

Year in Review: Heroin, murder cases weighed on courts in 2016

December 29, 2016

A few cases stand out every year among the thousands crowding onto state and federal court dockets in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Some are notable for their drama, others for important legal and social issues they raise and still others are memorable for the level of interest they generate in the community.

Woman facing animal mistreatment charges

December 11, 2016

The discovery of a townhouse in Woodstock filled with cats and high levels of ammonia led Friday to one of the residents being charged with 10 counts related to mistreatment of animals.

Corps of Engineers changes command

December 8, 2016

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered Thursday at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District to mark a change of command.

Man sentenced in dog’s death

December 8, 2016

A Strasburg man who pleaded no contest to torturing an animal and causing its death was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two months in jail.

Cigarette tax defendant sentenced

December 7, 2016

A New York City man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of selling thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes, the latest in a string of defendants snared by an elaborate undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff Office over several years.

Woman sentenced on drug charges

December 7, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A woman who was present at the time another individual overdosed on heroin was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to nine months in jail on narcotics-related offenses.

Murder defendant wants trial moved

December 6, 2016

Attorneys for accused murderer Clay Marshall Curtis are asking that his trial scheduled for April be moved elsewhere, citing adverse pre-trial publicity.

Man accused of attacking girlfriend

December 6, 2016

A man accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious was determined to be eligible for a court-appointed attorney Tuesday.

Two Central teens face charges

December 2, 2016

Two students at Central High School in Woodstock were arrested Friday and charged with offenses related to what Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter as “credible information regarding threats against students and staff at Central High School.”

Man charged in abduction case

December 2, 2016

Authorities have arrested and charged a man with abduction as a result of an investigation that began when a woman reported that he had punched her in the face and would not let her leave his residence.

Police say groggy suspect used heroin

December 2, 2016

Town police arrested a Maryland man whom they described as under the influence of heroin while they investigated a report of a vehicle theft and credit card theft early Friday morning.

Fire destroys two houses

December 1, 2016

A fire Wednesday night destroyed one house and another that was under construction.

Heroin deaths, overdoses increase

November 30, 2016

The last month of the year arrives with the number of non-fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioid drugs already well over twice the level for all of 2015.