Joe Beck

Drug court nears opening

July 28, 2016

The first drug treatment court in the northern Shenandoah Valley will get down to cases within a matter of few weeks, opening the way for a new approach in how the criminal justice system deals with drug offenders.

Man shot by homeowner charged with burglary

July 25, 2016

A man seriously wounded during an alleged home invasion Thursday morning in Winchester has been released from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and charged with burglary.

Judge rejects bail for arson defendant

July 22, 2016

A man accused of committing arson at the Woodstock Wal-Mart remained held without bond in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after an appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday.

Beating case sent to grand jury

July 22, 2016

A case involving a one-sided fight that sent a man to the hospital with a pair of black eyes and other severe facial bruises was passed to a grand jury for consideration Friday after a judge downgraded a charge of malicious wounding to unlawful wounding.

Man critical following gunshot wounds

July 21, 2016

A 26-year-old man remained in critical condition Thursday at Winchester Medical Center with two gunshots wounds that authorities say were inflicted after he forcibly entered another person’s home.

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.