Joe Beck

Area man sentenced to 13 years

March 3rd, 2015

A Stephens City man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the death of man killed by a stray bullet fired by the defendant.

Gilbert: Ethics bill will restore trust in government

March 2nd, 2015

Former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s conviction on public corruption charges was the catalyst for the ethics bill that passed the General Assembly on Friday, but its stricter limits on gift giving don’t stop with state elected officials.

Money to burn

Bill Streett, deputy chief of training for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, stands outside the county's training facility off Landfill Road in Edinburg. The burn facility needs repairs  and the department  has been notified that it will be receiving $79,150 from the Virginia Fires Services Board, an amount more than half of the $140,000 projected for an overhaul of the burn building.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

The blackened masonry structure that rises out of the landscape on the outskirts of Edinburg has been the scene of many fires, all of them purely training exercises conducted by firefighters from Shenandoah County and other jurisdictions.

Judge orders murder defendant to mental hospital

Claude Shafer Jr.

February 27th, 2015

A judge Friday agreed to have accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a defense attorney warned that the defendant’s mental condition was worsening “every day” in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail.

Cat death by arrow brings community service, fine

February 24th, 2015

WINCHESTER — A Middletown man was allowed to go free in Frederick County Circuit Court after he agreed to pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service for killing a neighbor’s pet cat with a bow and arrow.

A valuable tool

Woodstock Police senior officer Tyrone Fields pulls a battery out of a docking station for their body cameras and batteries. Body cameras have aided the department as a technology and evidence tool for officers.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 23rd, 2015

The use of body cameras by the Woodstock police passed a milestone recently when the prosecution played video footage of murder defendant Nicole Dawn Miller at her sentencing hearing.

Middle East expert to lecture on region

Bert Englehardt, of Winchester, will present a series of lectures on contemporary Middle East issues and their direct effect on the average American beginning Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 20th, 2015

The Middle East and the Arabic language weren’t in fashion when Bert Englehardt of Winchester entered Georgetown University in the early 1950s.

Man arrested in molestation case

James Huff

February 19th, 2015

Strasburg police arrested a town resident Wednesday and charged him with several offenses linked to the molesting of a toddler about three years ago.

New Market woman faces charges

Bridget Knicely

February 17th, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities have charged a New Market woman with 10 drug and child mistreatment offenses arising from an investigation into suspected methamphetamine production.

No one injured in floor collapse

This home at 591 Warren Ave. in Front Royal was condemned Sunday after a floor collapsed.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 16th, 2015

A birthday party celebration ended abruptly Sunday afternoon when a floor inside a house at 509 Warren St. collapsed and fell into the basement.

Three plead guilty in heroin overdose cases

February 13th, 2015

Three more defendants have agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg in two cases involving heroin overdoses, one that took the life of the victim and another that resulted in serious injury.

Bohan starts campaign for Frederick County sheriff

February 12th, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — A school security officer and retired agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Thursday he is running for the Republican nomination for Frederick County sheriff.