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Beck_JosephP_8_11.jpg Joe Beck is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on crime, public safety and courts news.
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New Market doctor's license suspended over accusations

The Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a New Market doctor over accusations he had an improper relationship with a female patient.
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Senate hopefuls stump at Hob Nob

MIDDLETOWN -- Barbecue dinners, political speeches and a straw poll formed the main attractions for slightly more than 400 people who attended the 15th annual Hob Nob in the Valley Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College.
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House candidates take chance to make their case to electorate

Local political activists got a chance Friday to hear Del. Barbara Comstock and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust take turns explaining which of them would be the best choice to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna.
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Armed robbery suspects sought

The Warren County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects who took $356 and a cell phone from a man who reported they beat and robbed him at knifepoint Sunday.
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Woman, child injured in domestic dispute

STRASBURG -- A local man is facing several felony charges stemming from what police describe as a fight with his girlfriend that left her with cuts requiring 30 stitches.
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Man charged with malicious bodily injury, hit and run driving

A New Market man has been charged with drunk driving, malicious bodily injury, felony hit and run and drunk driving in connection with a collision Friday between his three-wheeled motorcycle, a pedestrian and a car.
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Brawl leaves 2 injured, 3 jailed

Three men went to jail and two were hospitalized with facial fractures as a result of a brawl at a residence in the 300 block of Coal Mine Road on Friday night.
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Man pleads guilty to eight drug offenses

A town resident faces what could be a long prison sentence after pleading guilty Tuesday to eight drug offenses, the majority of them involving heroin, in Warren County Circuit Court.
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Police conduct seizure at stores

WOODSTOCK -- Authorities in Shenandoah County executed search warrants in late August at five convenience stores and seized thousands of items that law enforcement officials believe to be connected to the illegal drug trade.
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Three injured in stabbing incident

Three Strasburg residents were taken to Winchester Medical Center early Sunday morning after being injured in what police say was a family fight during which the father stabbed his stepson and wife.
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Gilbert: McDonnell case may fuel more ethics reform

A new round of ethics reform legislation may spring from the downfall of former Gov. Bob McDonnell on federal corruption charges, Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, said Friday.
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Same suspect sought as bank is robbed again

A man who authorities believe held up the United Bank at 199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester on July 28 appears to have robbed the same bank again Friday morning, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
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Kota cleared for duty

Kota, the celebrity police dog, captured hearts around the world with his heroism earlier this year.
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Former pastor gets six years in prison in molestation case

The former pastor of a church in Shenandoah County has been sentenced in Page County to six years in prison on child molestation charges.
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Heroin defendant sentenced to five years in prison

A man who took up selling heroin after moving to Front Royal from Delaware several years ago was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court.
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Bear eludes traps, game official sees little hope of capture

A black bear that attacked a Staunton man almost two weeks ago in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County, West Virginia is still at large and likely to remain that way for the rest of her life, the state's black bear project leader said Tuesday.
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Motorist helps stricken snake bite victim

The man lying on the ground in a parking pull-off on Remount Road looked like he was in trouble when Sharyn Doffermire of Front Royal drove past him at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Jail board tackles too pure rainwater issue

The Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail Authority Thursday approved a fix for an unlikely problem: rainwater collected on the roof of the building is too pure.
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Heroin overdose deaths surge past total for 2013

WOODSTOCK -- The number of deaths in the area attributed to heroin overdoses this year has exceeded the total for 2013, law enforcement officials told the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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Vandalism blamed on fortuneteller dispute

Front Royal police are investigating vandalism against two storefronts Sunday night or Monday morning, a crime that both store operators are blaming on a bitter dispute over the town's fortunetelling ordinance.
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Victim hopes for bear's survival

Steven Krichbaum is a survivor, bloodied but unbowed by a bear attack Thursday that forced him to spend several days in Winchester Medical Center.
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Ten arrested, charged in two drug busts

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah and Warren counties rounded up a total of 10 people Thursday and Friday in two separate drug busts involving possession of heroin and other drugs.
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State official: Bear will be put down if captured

The bear that attacked a man in Hardy County, West Virginia will be put down if game managers can trap it, a state expert on black bears said Friday.
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Bear attack wounds man, his dog

A bear attack Thursday sent a man visiting the George Washington National Forest to Winchester Medical Center with serious wounds.
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Military transfer program helps equip local law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties have been among many across the nation that have acquired surplus military equipment through a controversial Department of Defense program.
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Former theater owner pleads guilty to bilking couple

A former owner of the Strasburg Home Theater has pleaded guilty in Fauquier County to obtaining money by false pretenses in a scheme connected to his efforts to buy the theater.
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Foust talks education, immigration, job creation

WINCHESTER -- John Foust, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 10th District, spent about an hour Monday fielding questions on topics ranging from immigration to U.S. foreign policy and economic development.
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Search warrant executed at residence familar to police

Strasburg police executed a search warrant Aug. 7 at a residence identified in court documents as the scene of five police or emergency rescue squad dispatches involving drug or bath salts use in the last year.
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Shooting simulator trains Front Royal police for real life threats

FRONT ROYAL -- No decision a police officer makes is fraught with more life and death consequences than the moment when he must choose to fire or not fire a gun aimed at a suspect.
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Hearing sheds light on cigarette case

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office piled on dozens of charges without justification against two New York City men in an undercover anti-cigarette smuggling operation involving transactions totaling $10 million, the attorney for the two defendants said Wednesday in circuit court.
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Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
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More indictments issued in cigarette smuggling cases

Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
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Two more men facing cigarette trafficking charges

Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
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Smuggling cases bring in big money

A trio of hearings Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court provided a glimpse of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office's participation in a series of vast but little known undercover operations targeting black market cigarette transactions along much of the East Coast.
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Three cigarette smuggling cases emerge in court

WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
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Man pleads guilty to two sex offenses in police online sting

A Woodstock man accused of soliciting sex with a boy online who turned out to be a police investigator was convicted and sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Judge rejects sleepwalking defense in domestic violence case

Marvin Lee Markley claimed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court Wednesday that he was sleepwalking when he broke his girlfriend's nose and ribs, but his unusual defense wasn't enough to prevent him from being convicted of unlawful wounding and domestic assault and battery.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Billboards depicting fiery crash ask for Jeep Cherokee recall

Jenelle Embrey shows no sign of letting up on her efforts to get the federal government to recall some Jeep Cherokees, and she is paying for a trio of billboards to prove it.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
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Progress 2013: New technology aids public safety workers

The gunshots that took the life of a Woodstock man as he struggled with law enforcement officers on the night of July 20 proved to be an unlikely catalyst for technological change among several police agencies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
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Keyser recalled as 'old southern sheriff'

Former Warren County Sheriff Gary Turner Keyser, remembered by colleagues as one of the last of the old-time small town sheriffs, died Saturday at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.










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