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Woman may get up to 60 years for child’s death

November 20th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — A local woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-month old child she had been caring for at her apartment.

Jail employees face new rules on social media

November 20th, 2014

A committee of the Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren County Regional Jail Authority passed rules Thursday for jail employees to follow in using social media.

The provision bans employees from using the jail’s technology network, Internet connection and computers “unless the employee has the proper authority to access an official social media site for work related purposes.”

The regulations list Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn among the social media sites covered by the regulations.

The stated purpose of the regulations is to “accurately reflect (the) RSW jail image” when employees publish and participate in online conversations.

Douglas Stanley, chairman of the jail authority, said the rules are the product of a time when electronic communications allow anyone with a computer or cell phone to broadcast their thoughts to the rest of the world.

“In this day and age, it’s certainly something you need in place,” Stanley said.

The regulations limit what employees can publish online during their off hours.

The rules ban employees from using the RSW logo unless allowed to do so by the jail superintendent and forbid them from acting as a jail representative unless they have “proper authority to access an official social media site for work-related purposes.”

In writing online about jail related matters, employees are required to issue a disclaimer making clear the posting does not necessarily represent opinions of the jail.

The rules also subject employees to disciplinary action if their postings include ethnic slurs, obscenity “or any type of material not acceptable to the RSW Regional Jail workplace.”

Postings may not create conflict with co-workers, interfere with job performance or contain information deemed confidential or sensitive about the jail or individual employees.

A committee of the Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren County Regional Jail Authority Thursday passed rules for jail employees to follow in using social media.

Goodlatte among chief foes to reform

November 19th, 2014

Fierce resistance by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte to immigration reform, at least as it is conceived by President Obama, is a leading reason why the president is preparing an executive order to overcome his congressional opponents.

Police warm up to new coats

Woodstock police officer Stuart Leake shows off one of the department's new winter coats.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 19th, 2014

The new winter coats issued to Woodstock police at the end of last week came just in time to help officers fend off the arrival of wintry temperatures.

Plea expected in murder case

November 18th, 2014

A woman accused of killing a 20-month-old child in June 2013 will plead guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley announced Tuesday.

Defendant gets 17-year sentence

November 18th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL – Lakisha Henry urged mercy and leniency for her husband, the man who authorities say nearly stabbed her

Fire forces family from home

November 14th, 2014

Six people were evacuated and two injured in a house fire early Friday morning at 706 River Drive in Front Royal.

Two-vehicle crash follows traffic stop

Shadrick Crowder

November 12th, 2014

WINCHESTER — A local woman remained hospitalized Wednesday with injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Interstate 81 that

Long-lost grenade found, detonated

U.S. Army explosives experts last Friday detonated a live grenade that was found embedded between two large oak trees on abandoned property in Front Royal. Photo courtesy of Warren County Sheriffs Office

November 10th, 2014

U.S. Army explosive experts detonated a live grenade Friday that was found embedded between two large oak trees on abandoned

Heroin overdose defendant agrees to first offender program

November 6th, 2014

A woman who overdosed on heroin pleaded guilty or no contest Tuesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement that included participation in a first offender program and postponement of a final sentencing decision.

Sentence delivered for heroin deaths

November 6th, 2014

A woman convicted for her role in a pair of fatal heroin overdoses was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years on prison, less than half the sentence received by a co-defendant in the case last week.

Second psychiatric exam planned for defendant

November 5th, 2014

A Fort Valley man charged with voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death at his home will undergo a psychiatric examination to determine whether mental illness could be a factor in his defense.