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Stories By Alex Bridges

Rape conviction appeal moves forward

WOODSTOCK – A man convicted of rape in Shenandoah County last summer recently appealed his case to the Virginia Court of Appeals. An appellate court judge on Friday granted Patrick J. Wakeman’s petition for an appeal that allows the case to move forward. J. Lloyd Snook filed a petition ...

Judge jails man for stealing quarters

WOODSTOCK – A Mississippi man must serve jail time for stealing hundreds of dollars in quarters from Shenandoah County coin laundry businesses. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Mark Anthony Prindell Palang in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday to 15 years in prison for three counts of ...

Dog attack leads to suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman received a suspended jail sentence Friday after her dog attacked and bit a jogger in October. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Carey Rose Bailey, 45, of 1503 Helsley Road, Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court to 12 months in jail for ...

County responds to Dollar General rezoning lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – Attorneys for Shenandoah County have asked a judge to dismiss a resident’s lawsuit over the rezoning for a new Dollar General store. Attorneys with the Salem law firm Guynn & Waddell PC filed a response in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a complaint that ...

Truck crash sends driver to hospital

A Shenandoah County man suffered injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Maurertown on Monday morning. A 1978 GMC truck driven by Cornelio Juarez, 44, of Maurertown, crashed at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Zion Church Road, just south of Black Bear Road in Maurertown, according to information ...

Sex offender returns to prison for probation violation

WOODSTOCK – A convicted sex offender who served time for crimes committed in 2003 must go back to prison for violating the terms of his probation. Lester Roy Hodson appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday for a hearing on a probation violation. An agreement reached between ...

Man tests positive for alcohol at court hearing

WOODSTOCK – A judge revoked a Shenandoah County man’s bond Wednesday for testing positive for alcohol in court. A grand jury indicted Kevin Lee Robinson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on a felony count of driving after having been declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor driving ...

Judge delays sentencing in man’s assault, drug cases

WOODSTOCK – A judge has put off sentencing for a man accused of possessing illegal drugs and of spitting on a police officer. Carl O. Mesembe pleaded no contest in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to possession of methamphetamine. The court delayed adjudication of the case for ...

Stewart sees strong support from valley voters

Voters in the Northern Shenandoah Valley helped Corey A. Stewart win the Republican Party primary over his two opponents Tuesday. Unofficial results from the region provided by the Department of Elections show that Stewart handily defeated Nick J. Freitas and E.W. Jackson while on his way to ...

Lewis faces Cline for Goodlatte’s seat

Democrat Jennifer Lynn Lewis of Waynesboro is squaring off against state Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Amherst, for the U.S. House District 6 seat in November. Lewis handily won the Democratic Party primary Tuesday against her three opponents. Republican delegates voted for Cline in a May 19 ...

Mount Jackson Town Council to consider utility rate hikes

Mount Jackson leaders plan to adopt the town’s next budget and set utility tax rates tonight. Town Council holds its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal office. The council is expected to vote to adopt the fiscal 2019 budget along with rates on taxes and utilities. The proposed ...

Felon arrested in gun sting

WOODSTOCK – Authorities charged a convicted felon from Maryland with possession of six firearms after he bought them during a sting operation. William Anthony Mayo, 45, of Temple Hills, Maryland, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his next appearance in Shenandoah County ...

County to revive work on fire, rescue plan

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders hope a facilitator at a modest price can revive efforts to improve local emergency response services. The Board of Supervisors could consider a proposal to hire a facilitator for $9,500 who would hold meetings with representatives from paid and volunteer ...

Sheriff’s Office to cover Toms Brook

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office now officially covers Toms Brook, even though the agency has already been serving the town for years. The Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to approve law enforcement services agreements between the Sheriff’s Office and the county’s ...

County looks at land for trash collection site

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County could buy land for a new trash and recycling collection site for the Strasburg area. The Board of Supervisors today plans to consider a request to purchase approximately 1.7 acres on Powhatan Road for $40,000 from the J.S. King Family Limited Partnership. The ...

County to consider debt for landfill equipment

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County would need to borrow almost $400,000 to buy heavy equipment used at the landfill in Edinburg. The Board of Supervisors plans to hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. today on a resolution to authorize the county to borrow up $420,147 to finance the purchase of two ...

Area delegate loses bid for congressional race

Craft distillery owner Denver Riggleman has replaced  Thomas Garrett as the Republican Party candidate in the race for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in November. Republicans chose Riggleman from nearly a dozen people who expressed an interest in seeking the party’s nomination, ...

Man sentenced in iPad theft scheme

FRONT ROYAL – A Maryland man must serve jail time for trying to sell iPads fraudulently in Warren County. Aaron Lavon Coley, 20, of Windsor, pleaded guilty Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to committing one count each of possession of cocaine, falsely identifying himself to a law ...

Supervisor’s rezoning request moving forward

MOUNT JACKSON – A Shenandoah County supervisor’s rezoning request for land he owns appears headed for quick approval once the town annexes the property. The Mount Jackson Planning Commission held a public hearing on an application by District 5 Supervisor Dennis Morris and his wife Doris ...

Judge sets December trial in child’s death

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding the victim's twin brother faces trial in December. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for a hearing on motions ahead of his trial on charges of second-degree ...