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Shafer accepts plea deal

Claude Shafer Jr.

June 15, 2016

WOODSTOCK — Three years after the lethal stabbing of Phyllis Kline, 65, in her Edinburg home, Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. has accepted a plea bargain and submitted an Alford guilty plea of murder in the first degree.

Two sought for questioning in burglaries

June 2, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has identified two suspects who are being sought for questioning in a series of burglaries in Shenandoah County.

Couple’s arson linked to probate dispute

June 1, 2016

A couple involved in a protracted struggle for control of property where a barn burned to the ground pleaded guilty Wednesday to arson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Heroin, crack dealer sentenced to 12 1/2 years

June 1, 2016

The last of nine defendants charged in a conspiracy blamed for spreading staggering amounts of heroin and crack around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 12 ½ years in prison.

Hoover exits courtroom at 85

Shenandoah County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp, left, chats with court bailiff Buddy Hoover, 85, who worked his last day on Tuesday. Hoover has worked as bailiff for the past 22 1/2 years.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 31, 2016

Few people have seen the inside of a courtroom more than Buddy Hoover during his 22 ½ year career as a bailiff in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Clarke, Shenandoah top asset forfeiture counties

May 25, 2016

Money obtained from cash and the sale of personal property linked to criminal activity continued to flow into area police agencies in 2015, despite an interruption late in the year.

County man sentenced in child molesting case

Mark Darnell

May 25, 2016

Mark Edward Darnell insisted at a sentencing hearing Wednesday that he was no child molester, but Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp decided otherwise and ordered him to serve 4 ½ years in prison.

Bill would bring faster rural internet

Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg, right, speaks to reporters about House Bill 912 at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia on Tuesday. Also pictured are Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, and Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 24, 2016

Rural areas such as Clarke County may be seeing improved internet access soon if a bill signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday works as intended.

McAuliffe: Investigation a ‘shock’

Gov. Terry McAuliffe discusses House Bill 912 during a bill signing on Tuesday at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia. The bill will allow broadband cables to run along public highways to bring internet access to rural areas.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 24, 2016

In his first remarks since news broke that he was under federal investigation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday he is “fully confident” that donations to his campaign from a Chinese businessman were legal.

School bomb threat may have been one of many

May 24, 2016

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine whether a phony bomb threat received at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg was part of nationwide hoax that also victimized the school’s famous namesake in Connecticut.

Four boys charged in sex video case

May 23, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Four Woodstock area boys received juvenile petitions Monday charging them with sex offenses that authorities have linked to an incident involving the video recording of sexual intercourse and transmission of the video by cell phone and text messaging.

Drug court awarded United Way grant

May 20, 2016

Frederick County’s Drug Court, less than three months from taking its first case, got a boost Friday with the awarding of a $25,000 grant.

Cocaine dealer sentenced to 13 years

May 18, 2016

A Mount Jackson man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to drug charges stemming from a series of cocaine deals made with a confidential law enforcement informant.

Opioid bills pass House

May 17, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed 18 bills intended in various ways to dampen the effects of illegal opioid drug use in the nation’s communities, but funding remains uncertain.

Man convicted of attempted murder

Phillip Wilson

May 16, 2016

A town resident pleaded no contest Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to attempted murder and three related charges in a shooting that left the victim hospitalized for several weeks.