Joe Beck

Panel explores domestic violence issues

August 26, 2016

WINCHESTER – The complexities of laws governing protective orders and concealed carrying of guns were among the topics that a roomful of lawmakers, psychologists, law enforcement officials and victim advocates discussed Friday at a roundtable symposium on domestic violence.

Deputies: Pedestrian had narrow escape on I-81

August 25, 2016

A West Virginia woman escaped injury but was charged with being drunk in public and walking on a controlled access highway after Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle Wednesday night on Interstate 81 near Strasburg.

Cocaine dealer sentenced to 12 years

Guillermo Nieves

August 22, 2016

A town resident was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges linked to cocaine dealing.

Transgender woman seeking name change

Attorney Alison W. Toepp, left, walks outside Shenandoah County Circuit Court in Woodstock with her client, Kendra Brill, right, during a civil proceeding Monday afternoon. Brill, who identifies herself as transgender, is trying to have her name changed.   Rich Cooley/Daily

August 22, 2016

A transgender woman testified Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court that she needed to have her name changed to accurately reflect her sexual identity.

Carter says fleeing driver should have been in jail

August 19, 2016

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said Friday the harrowing chase south on Interstate 81 two days earlier served as a stark reminder of the need for some mentally troubled individuals to be confined in a facility where they would be less of a threat to themselves and others.

Chief on leave with injury

Norman Shiflett

August 19, 2016

Police Chief Norman Shiflett has spent the last two months home on medical leave trying to overcome complications from a broken ankle he suffered almost a year ago.

Wild chase ends in Toms Brook man’s arrest

William Grim

August 18, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Law enforcement officials from Shenandoah County, New Market and several other jurisdictions chased a Toms Brook man south through a curtain of rain on Interstate 81 on Wednesday night before he was arrested in Augusta County on charges that included at least four counts of assault and battery on law enforcement and reckless driving.

Police: Threat against judge preceded chase

August 18, 2016

The tense, violent chase between law enforcement officials and William Walter Grim Jr. on Interstate 81 Wednesday was fueled by earlier charges in which Grim is alleged to have obstructed Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kevin Black and violated a protective order Black had issued against him.

Man accused of driving over neighbor

August 17, 2016

The case of a Front Royal man accused of running over one man with a truck and hitting another with a baseball bat was approved Wednesday for grand jury consideration.

FBI seeking serial bank robber

August 17, 2016

The FBI Wednesday offered a $15,000 reward for information contributing to the arrest and conviction of an unknown man believed to have been responsible for nine bank robberies in Winchester and areas farther north into West Virginia and Maryland.

Area drug court takes first two cases

August 16, 2016

The Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court made its debut Tuesday with two judges alternately warning and exhorting the first two participants to make the most of the opportunity before them.

Drug traffic label could bring more U.S. help

August 16, 2016

Local officials attempting to counter the effects of addiction have their sights set on being identified as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the federal government, a designation that could bring with it money to boost efforts in law enforcement, education and prevention.

Local teen charged in shooting at stadium

August 16, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – A 16-year-old town resident has been charged with three gun-related offenses for what police say was his role in a shooting incident at Bing Crosby Stadium around 9 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Boy charged with sodomy, abduction

August 12, 2016

A 14-year-old Strasburg boy has been charged with forcible sodomy and abduction in an incident involving another boy.

Heroin dealers in overdose case sentenced to prison

August 11, 2016

The first two of seven defendants in a drug ring that authorities believe distributed at least 1 ½ pounds of heroin around Front Royal were sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday to several years in prison each.

Police give tips for responding to mass shooting

August 10, 2016

The grim prospect of a mass casualty shooting like those that jolt the nation and the world with regularity drew about 30 people to the town hall Wednesday for advice about how to save lives in a nightmare scenario.

Judge rejects bail again for sexual assault defendant

August 10, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – The case against accused rapist Darrin William Murphy was put on hold Wednesday until late October after a judge agreed to a request by the prosecution for more time to review possible evidence against the defendant.