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Bradley likely to appeal conviction

WOODSTOCK -- Jody Lynn Bradley will likely appeal his second-degree murder conviction, his defense attorney, Gene Hart, said late last week.
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Presgraves pleads guilty to racketeering

HARRISONBURG -- Disgraced former Page County Sheriff Daniel W. "Danny" Presgraves stood before U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad Friday morning and pleaded guilty to racketeering.
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Presgraves set to enter guilty plea today

HARRISONBURG -- Former Page County Sheriff Daniel W. "Danny" Presgraves is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in U.S. District Court this morning.
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Disbanded squad hopes to sit down with town, county

STRASBURG -- Representatives of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad want to sit down with town and county officials to work on a plan for providing emergency medical services in northern Shenandoah County.
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Hold-out juror defends stance

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Circuit Court juror who held out last week for a lighter sentence for murderer Jody Lynn Bradley said Wednesday that no jurors were coerced into recommending his fate.
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Embezzlement trial postponed

WOODSTOCK -- The joint jury trial of two women accused of embezzling funds from the New Market Rescue Squad is now set to take place Nov. 4 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Murderer's children, ex-wife outraged over light sentence

STRASBURG -- Not only is Jody Lynn Bradley a murderer, he's also a hypocrite. Those are the charges his daughter and his ex-wife leveled against Bradley, convicted last week by a Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury of second-degree murder. They are outraged the jury recommended he only serve nine years in prison for shooting to death Brendon Manning Barker, 16, plus three years on a gun charge.
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Slater found incompetent to stand trial

WINCHESTER -- Justin Shane Slater is incompetent to stand trial for the June slayings of his brother and ex-girlfriend, a doctor has found.
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*Doctor says Slater incompetent to stand trial

(10:40 a.m.) WINCHESTER -- Justin Shane Slater is incompetent to stand trial for the June murders of his brother and ex-girlfriend, a doctor has found.
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Some jurors feel sentence too light

WOODSTOCK -- Two members of the Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury that recommended on Thursday that Jody Lynn Bradley serve nine years in prison for murdering a 16-year-old boy said Friday that his sentence was too light. One of the jurors claimed another "blackmailed" the rest of the panel into a decision they didn't want to make.
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Bob Wooten: Murder is not a fair response to youth

Being young and foolish is far too often a fatal combination.
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Jody Lynn Bradley found guilty in shooting death of 16-year-old

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury recommended Thursday night that Jody Lynn Bradley serve nine years in prison for murdering his daughter's boyfriend.
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Jury deliberations will resume today

WOODSTOCK -- Jurors will resume deliberating the fate of confessed killer Jody Lynn Bradley when they return to Shenandoah County Circuit Court this morning.
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Daughter says she didn't believe father would carry out his threats

WOODSTOCK -- Murder suspect Jody Lynn Bradley had threatened to shoot 16-year-old Brendon Manning Barker many times before he actually pulled the trigger, the defendant's daughter testified Tuesday, the first day of his trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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SU hands out diplomas to 260

WINCHESTER -- Black robes with long hoods usually aren't the most comfortable attire for an outdoor event in August. But Shenandoah University's graduating class of 2009 didn't seem to mind the heat at all.
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Prosecutors argue for third-party testimony

HARRISONBURG -- A cockfighting pit owner who may have testified against former Page County Sheriff Daniel W. "Danny" Presgraves has died, but prosecutors plan to introduce the substance of Presgraves' conversation with the deceased man through a third person, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
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Disbanded group submits proposal to resume service

STRASBURG -- A proposal from the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, which wants to resume its service, is now making its way from the agency's attorney to county officials, squad leaders said this week.
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Hard Times: Economists say economic recovery is on the horizon

vec2_8.6.09.jpg WINCHESTER -- The pundits may say the recession is easing and a recovery is on the horizon, but try telling that to the dozens of jobless residents who line up daily for assistance at the local Virginia Employment Commission office.
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Judge orders evaluation of Slater before murder trial

WINCHESTER -- A judge has ordered Justin Shane Slater to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial on several charges, including capital murder.
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Hard Times: Area businesses have hope in hard times

consignment_shop7.23.9.jpg STRASBURG -- The golden arches at the town's scenic northern gateway are a little harder to spot these days, tucked away in a gas station-convenience store just off the busy interstate.

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