Joe Beck

Heroin deaths declining this year

July 2, 2015

The death toll from heroin overdoses in the area fell sharply during the first half of the year, despite few signs that the flow of the drug into the region is slackening or that fewer heroin-related crimes are being committed.

Trial set in involuntary manslaughter case

July 1, 2015

The case of a man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a woman who died in a residence near where he had been target practicing has been scheduled for a jury trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Assault suspect found dead in West Virginia

June 30, 2015

A Stephens City man wanted in the assault of a woman in Frederick County was found dead in a vehicle authorities believe was stolen from her, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday

Edinburg police count down to the end

June 30, 2015

The last minute of the last shift for the Edinburg Police Department was scheduled to fall at 10 p.m. Tuesday when officer Terry Polk pulled up to police headquarters for the final time in a squad car bearing the town’s name.

Woman accused of threatening to burn down house

June 29, 2015

A 74-year-old Toms Brook woman was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to burn down someone’s house, larceny and interfering with the property rights of another person.

Man charged with gun offenses in dispute

June 29, 2015

A Timberville man was charged Wednesday with two gun-related offenses after an incident reported June 19 in the 400 block of Senedo Road in Shenandoah County.

ATF unleashes bomb sniffing dogs

Robert Landis, special agent K-9 handler with the ATF, releases his Labrador retriever "Jam"during a field demonstration Friday morning at the ATF Training Center in Front Royal. "Jam" graduated Friday from the Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) Course Graduation, in which the dog operates off the leash of the handler for safety reasons. "Jam" was named after fallen agent Johnny A. Masengale, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992 from an explosion.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

A sleek black dog equipped with a well-trained nose for explosives, guns and shell casings takes off through a mountain top pasture after his handler releases him, dashing straight for a sedan parked about 100 yards away.

Memorial scheduled for Sheriff’s Office dog

June 26, 2015

A memorial service for K-9 Rex of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, 1251 Susan Ave., Woodstock.

Two men accused of vehicle break-ins

June 24, 2015

Warren County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Front Royal men Wednesday afternoon after linking them to three nearby vehicle break-ins at the Morgan Ford Low Water Bridge.

McAuliffe’s plan draws mixed reaction

A Confederate flag flies outside Cedar Creek Mercantile in Middletown as a car passes along Valley Pike on June 23.    Rich Cooley/Daily

June 23, 2015

Reactions from local lawmakers to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s intention to remove the Confederate battle flag from a state license plate were hard to come by Tuesday.

Judge lets suit against assistant county attorney proceed

June 19, 2015

A federal judge in Alexandria has ruled that a lawsuit against Assistant Warren County Attorney Daniel Whitten can go forward, forcing Whitten to continue facing accusations of false imprisonment over the arrest of a Fairfax County attorney in a tax delinquency case.

Arson defendant battling for estate

June 18, 2015

One of the four defendants in an arson case in Shenandoah County Circuit Court is also a defendant in a courtroom battle over control of the property on which the fire occurred.

Man sentenced in fatal heroin case

June 18, 2015

A Stephens City man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 171/2 years in prison for selling heroin to a buyer who suffered a fatal overdose from the drug.

Woman pleads not guilty to child molesting charges

Tina Hillsman

June 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A New Market woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to eight sex offenses, including rape, that she is accused of committing against a child.

State delivers on RSW build reimbursement

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren  Regional Jail is shown here upon its completion last July.  Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 16, 2015

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail got a major boost toward paying off its construction cost Tuesday with the announcement that the state has delivered almost $34 million in reimbursement to the counties.