Joe Beck

Fatal shooting case heading for grand jury

March 27th, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a woman with a stray bullet was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but the final outcome may still be a long way off.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

March 26th, 2015

A woman already serving a prison sentence in one heroin overdose death has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge stemming from her role in supplying heroin to a second person who died from an overdose.

Community meetings aim to spread awareness of heroin problem

March 26th, 2015

Members of the public will get a chance to receive an update on the region’s deepening struggle to control the spread of heroin at a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Man charged with possessing guns

March 26th, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities arrested an Edinburg man Wednesday and charged him with possessing guns as a convicted felon.

Police investigating more heroin-related deaths

March 25th, 2015

Search warrant documents filed in Warren County Circuit Court disclose law enforcement investigations into recent fatalities that authorities believe to have been caused by heroin overdoses.

Body cameras take a hit in budget

March 25th, 2015

Shenandoah County law enforcement officials have praised body cameras since their introduction three years ago, but the devices are not faring well so far in the budgeting process for next fiscal year.

Judge dismisses claim against police chief

March 23rd, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed Strasburg police chief Timothy Sutherly as a defendant in a lawsuit by a former town officer who was fired over actions related to the execution of a search warrant in December 2009.

Area woman convicted for harassing sex offender

March 13th, 2015

All she wanted to do, Delores Ann Harris told a jury Friday, was to protect herself and her granddaughter from a man who had been convicted 21 years ago of aggravated sexual battery, a man who has been on the state’s sex offender registry since 1997.

Police: Meth labs scaling down size

DEA and drug task force members process the scene of the meth lab bust on Orkney Grade on Wednesday afternoon in Mount Jackson.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 12th, 2015

Methamphetamine operations are becoming smaller and more numerous in Page and Shenandoah counties, the head of the Northern Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Thursday.

Collins running against Berg in 29th District

Christopher Collins

March 12th, 2015

A criminal defense attorney and former member of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors has announced he is taking on Del. Mark Berg, R-Winchester, for the Republican nomination in the 29th House District.

Policeman’s son honors fallen father

March 12th, 2015

Tony Bernal’s father was a member of the Fairfax County Police Department who died on the road during a training accident in 2001.

Two arrested at suspected meth lab

A pair of Northwest Regional Drug Task Force agents wearing protective suits mark containers outside this home at 8275 Orkney Grade in Mount Jackson where a search warrant was served and a suspected active meth lab was seized Wednesday afternoon.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 11th, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities arrested two people at a suspected methamphetamine laboratory Wednesday afternoon near Mount Jackson.

Man injured in beating Saturday

John Potter III

March 11th, 2015

A Front Royal man was hospitalized Saturday night after he was beaten outside the Knotty Pine Restaurant and Lounge at 801 N. Royal Ave.

Changes ahead for area police

Woodstock Police Department partrolman Matt Rhodes uses a bar code scanner to label a package containing evidence inside the police department's property room. The department recently purchased an evidence management software system that labels and tracks each piece of evidence.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 10th, 2015

Several area police agencies are deep in the midst of leadership turnovers that promise to make 2015 a year of transition in law enforcement.

Justice, wisdom, compassion

Judge William H. Logan Jr. is retiring April 1 as judge of the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 6th, 2015

WOOSTOCK — Judge William H. Logan Jr.’s time on the bench in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is drawing to a close.

Commonwealth’s Attorney race taking shape

Chad Logan

March 6th, 2015

Shenandoah County appeared all but certain Friday to have a contested election for Commonwealth’s Attorney between incumbent Amanda Wiseley and Chad Logan, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Rockingham County.