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Mental exam ordered for arson defendant

Tanya Smoot

May 27, 2015

A woman facing four counts of arson will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine her sanity at the time of the alleged offenses and whether she is competent to stand trial.

Drug detection dog’s death still a mystery

Canine handler Deputy Victor Green,  is shown with Rex, the county's drug sniffing dog last July.  Rex died unexpectedly recently. Rich Cooley/Daily file

May 19, 2015

The cause of death for Rex, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office’s drug detection dog, remains undetermined after the agency Tuesday released the results of an autopsy conducted by the state veterinarian.

Deputy cleared in man’s shooting death

May 19, 2015

Video and audio recordings were the key evidence in a prosecutor’s decision that a fatal shooting by a Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy was justifiable self-defense.

Police: Text messages linked defendants to robbery

May 18, 2015

Court documents show Warren County authorities used cell phone communications between two IHOP employees to link them to a robbery that sent an assistant restaurant manager to the hospital on May 11.

Seat belt law crackdown begins

May 18, 2015

Several area law enforcement agencies launched their participation Monday in the annual Click It or Ticket It national seat belt enforcement campaign.

Eager for action

Zane Smith, 34, of Baltimore, a member of the 18th Virginia Calvary, checks his Civil War Enfield rifle outside his tent at New Market Battlefield Park on Friday afternoon. The New Market Battle Reenactment is this weekend. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

The roar of cannons and the crack of rifle fire call out over the years to Civil War re-enactors like those gathered at the New Market Battlefield State Historic Park this weekend.

Second man charged in IHOP robbery

May 15, 2015

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a second defendant in a robbery early Monday that left the assistant manager of the IHOP restaurant in Front Royal with a fracture to the face, concussion, and cuts, bruises and scrapes.

Strasburg, police threatened with lawsuit

May 14, 2015

STRASBURG – Town officials had little to say Thursday about an attorney’s letter accusing several police officers of violating the civil rights of a man described by a special prosecutor as mentally challenged.

Special prosecutor: Officers’ conduct ‘shameful’

May 13, 2015

STRASBURG – A special prosecutor’s investigation into accusations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of a mentally challenged man by three members of the Strasburg Police Department has cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing while lambasting their behavior.

Saluting those who have fallen

Law enforcement officers salute during the 12th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held Wednesday morning at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 13, 2015

The shadow of recent violence that has taken the lives of police and civilians hung over law enforcement officials who gathered Wednesday at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy to honor those died doing their duty.

Man facing charges for assault

Corbyn Rush

May 11, 2015

A Maurertown man is facing three counts of assault and battery on law enforcement officers stemming from an incident Sunday in which authorities say he threatened them with a knife, and they subdued him with a Taser discharge.