Joe Beck is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on crime, public safety and courts news. |
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The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay boys to join its ranks had generated little feedback from the public at the local Scout offices as of Friday morning.
Almost one year has passed since Drexel Ross retired from the Army, but he's still living on a military base in a war-ravaged part of the world.
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.
A defamation lawsuit once decided in favor of Frederick County kennel owner Russell Lee Ebersole has been resurrected.
A letter from U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, to a top administrator at the Department of Commerce signals growing concern about planned furloughs of meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Sterling and elsewhere.
Virginia residents can be grateful this part of the country is much less vulnerable to the kind of devastating tornados that wreaked havoc in Oklahoma, but the state is not completely immune.
A school bus shooting incident in which a student managed to squeeze the trigger on a police officer's gun has led the Winchester Police Department to abandon new holsters acquired only about six months ago.
The father of a Strasburg High School student is disputing a decision by police and school officials to press charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery that grew out of a cafeteria food fight on May 7.
Strasburg police arrested a local woman Saturday night after a fight that sent her estranged husband to Winchester Medical Center with a stab wound.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be paying extra attention to seat belt enforcement as part of the national Click It Or Ticket campaign that began Monday and runs through June 2.
A $60 million lawsuit linked to a helicopter-airplane collision in which an Edinburg man died has been settled.
Crime statistics for 2012 show Strasburg to be a mostly safe place that is getting safer.
The trial of a Strasburg woman on drug charges linked to her alleged theft of thousands of dollars from a charitable trust fund reserved for a child's medical expenses is off for now.
A Winchester police officer whose gun discharged on a school bus Monday as he sat next to a special needs student is back on duty, department officials said Wednesday.
A fugitive described by the Warren County Sheriff's Office as armed and dangerous has turned himself in to law enforcement authorities in West Virginia, Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said Wednesday.
Tuesday was a day for bagpipers to play "Amazing Grace" and poetry readings from the podium as family and friends of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty gathered to honor their memory at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown.
A special prosecutor has been appointed to replace Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda M. Wiseley in the disorderly conduct case of a Strasburg man accused of bringing a board into an elementary school bearing the words "high powered rifle."
Law enforcement officials say they believe a man arrested early Sunday morning in Wythe County is the same suspect wanted in a burglary and car theft hours earlier in Woodstock.
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.
Martha Elena Gomez Torres and Carlos Alberto Morales-Luis spent more than decade trying to build decent lives for themselves and their three children in the United States, but the efforts all but ended Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.
A Luray man faces eight felony counts, including armed robbery and assault and battery against a law enforcement officer, stemming from two sets of crimes committed in Warren County in August 2011 and November 2012.
The Shenandoah County school bus driver charged with reckless driving after a crash in Mauertown is resigning after 14 years with the school system.
Heavy rain sweeping through the Northern Shenandoah Valley Wednesday raised river levels to near flood stage for the first time this year.
Shenandoah County sheriff's deputies arrested a New Market man Thursday and charged him with burglary and two other felonies after finding him after work hours in a plant where he used to work.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man, described as armed and dangerous, who is suspected of stealing a 9mm pistol.
Crooks can use pens as well as guns to steal, and no group is more vulnerable to unscrupulous plots to separate people from their money than the elderly.
The town of Strasburg has won what could be a final victory in a legal dispute with fired police officer Aaron Lewis.
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.
Warren County fire officials are increasingly worried about a rash of arsons this year involving juvenile suspects.
Front Royal police are searching for an 18-year-old town resident who escaped from custody as he was about to enter the jail around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Fire chiefs in Warren and Shenandoah counties said Thursday favorable weather helped tame wildfire season this year.
A volunteer firefighter with Warren County Fire and Rescue Services has been charged in General District Court with fraud and theft in a case involving gasoline purchases for his own car that authorities say he paid for with a department credit card.
Overcrowding at the Warren County Jail has Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron scrambling to find neighboring jurisdictions willing to house some of the inmates.
IIt takes more than a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent Rodney Sparks from selling groceries to customers enrolled in the Food Stamp program, recently renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr., charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and several related offenses, was involved in another confrontation with police Tuesday, according to his attorney and Warren County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp.
A case involving a man accused in the robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Front Royal almost two years ago is set to be presented to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Law enforcement officers from the Front Royal police and Warren County Sheriff's Office swept up 48 people as part of a massive drug enforcement operation throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley on Thursday.
Woodstock residents got an up close look at the world of police, fire and emergency medical services in their community Saturday.
Martinsburg city officials have been served notice by the family of Wayne Jones, the Stephens City man slain by Martinsburg police on March 13, that they intend to sue for $250 million.
PCP, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs flowed with regularity for 10 years from Barnett Southall Dillman Jr.'s parents' home in Bladensburg, Md., south to Front Royal.
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.
The effects of a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued 50 years ago on Monday that began with a poor drifter sentenced to five years in prison can still be seen everyday in area courtrooms.
A U.S. Forest Service ranger facing three gun-related charges won a round in a preliminary hearing Monday when a judge refused to certify the sole felony offense to a grand jury.
A Winchester judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a local attorney against his former wife's divorce attorney.
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.
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.