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Beck_JosephP_8_11.jpg Joe Beck is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on crime, public safety and courts news.
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Man involved in domestic brawl sentenced to two years prison

A town resident was sentenced Tuesday to a total of two years in prison on charges stemming from what the prosecutor called a brawl with his ex-girlfriend and two of her family members.
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Man held without bail in armed burglary case

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg man was ordered held without bail Tuesday as he faces a felony charge of armed burglary and several misdemeanor counts stemming from what authorities say was his ex-girlfriend's fear that he would harm her.
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Town hall meeting focuses on heroin crisis

STRASBURG -- Jimmy Pullman was a drug addict who ran up an extensive criminal record in Warren, Frederick and other counties in the area before he found a way to recovery.
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Cause of Alms House fire undetermined so far

The fire that destroyed the historic Alms House remained under investigation Monday with the cause still undetermined.
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Life-saving heroin overdose antidote gets boost from FDA

In the grim war against heroin overdoses, the drug Narcan has stood out as a beacon of life-saving hope.
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Five more defendants emerge in heroin, crack case

Federal and local authorities have identified four more suspects linked to a man court documents describe as the largest heroin dealer in western Virginia.
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Judge dismisses landowner's challenge to county zoning

A lawsuit described by a federal magistrate judge as a "five-year struggle by Warren County to effect a clean up" of a landowner's property has ended in the county's favor.
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Charges dropped in abduction, beating case

The prosecution dropped three felony counts and a misdemeanor Wednesday in Warren County General District Court against a Linden man accused of holding another man against his will and beating him up repeatedly over several months.
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Mount Jackson fire station plans need more work

Plans for Mount Jackson's new fire station inched toward groundbreaking Tuesday after the town council unanimously approved the Rescue and Fire Department's rezoning application.
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Supervisors, sheriff clash over asset forfeiture spending

WOODSTOCK -- Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and several members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argued heatedly Tuesday over items Carter is proposing to purchase with asset forfeiture funds in fiscal year 2015.
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Preliminary hearing set in fatal Fort Valley shooting case

A Shenandoah County general district court judge set dates Monday for a bail hearing and a preliminary hearing in the voluntary manslaughter case of Daniel Scott Harvey.
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Town hall meetings to focus on heroin in Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley and several local law enforcement agencies are planning three town hall meetings at county schools to address the dangers of heroin.
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Sheriffs Office seizes eight guns in fatal shooting investigation

WOODSTOCK -- A search warrant inventory filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court lists eight firearms among the items recovered from the home of Daniel Scott Harvey after a fatal shooting Monday night.
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Defendant had earlier felony charge on same day as shooting

WOODSTOCK -- A Fort Valley man facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter stemming from a shooting Monday night at his home was released from custody hours earlier the same day after he was charged with a non-violent felony.
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Two meth dealers sentenced to prison

HARRISONBURG -- Two men, both illegal immigrants, were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to prison sentences for drug offenses linked to the sale of methamphetamine around Stephens City and Winchester.
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Sentencing postponed again for former SAAA chief

The sentencing of Helen Cockrell, former chief executive officer of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, on three felony counts of embezzlement was postponed for the fourth time last week.
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Medical examiner identifies Toms Brook fire victims

Authorities have confirmed William Dartnell, 81, and Kikuko Dischleit, 86, as the victims in an early morning fatal fire in Toms Brook on March 20.
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Scuffle with trooper brings four-month jail sentence

A Tennessee man has begun serving a four-month jail sentence after he was convicted Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court on charges stemming from an Aug. 1 scuffle with a state trooper along Interstate 66.
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Smuggling cases bring in big money

A trio of hearings Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court provided a glimpse of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office's participation in a series of vast but little known undercover operations targeting black market cigarette transactions along much of the East Coast.
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Three cigarette smuggling cases emerge in court

WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
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Murder charge dropped, but may be revived soon

The prosecution dropped a charge of first-degree murder against Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but Shafer remains in jail and may be indicted later in circuit court.
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Warren County to advertise 2 cent real estate tax increase

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to authorize the advertising of a budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 that would raise the real estate tax from 59 cents to 61 cents per $100.
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New Mount Jackson fire station nearing final votes

MOUNT JACKSON -- David Brinegar said he feels like he's stepping back in time each time he enters the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department station.
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Local officials tell Herring of heroin, mental health issues

WINCHESTER -- The spread of heroin and coping with mentally ill people adrift in society topped the list of worries local authorities brought before Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday in Winchester.
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Two die in Toms Brook house fire

TOMS BROOK -- An early morning fire at a house in Toms Brook took the life of two people inside, fire and rescue officials said Thursday.
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Accused heroin dealer appears in federal court after arrest

A Dumfries man accused of selling drugs with another man described in court records as the largest heroin and cocaine dealer in western Virginia made his initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.
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Democrats tap Fairfax supervisor as nominee in 10th District

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust of McLean is the apparent Democratic nominee for Congress in the 10th District after another Democrat widely expected to challenge him decided to forgo the race.
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Man faces six years in prison in child sex abuse case

FRONT ROYAL -- A Winchester man agreed Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to plead no contest to a charge of committing sodomy with a child less than 13 years old.
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PROGRESS 2014: Public safety officials move ahead on old, new challenges

Chief Richard E. Mabie of the Warren County Fire and Rescue Services spent a lot of time in 2013 trying to resurrect the defunct the Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department. Despite some improvements, the fire station on Howellsville Road remains far from where he would like it to be.
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Man held after stabbing of Front Royal woman

A Front Royal woman was hospitalized with life-threatening wounds after she was stabbed several times early Sunday morning.
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Man pleads guilty to two sex offenses in police online sting

A Woodstock man accused of soliciting sex with a boy online who turned out to be a police investigator was convicted and sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Judge rejects sleepwalking defense in domestic violence case

Marvin Lee Markley claimed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court Wednesday that he was sleepwalking when he broke his girlfriend's nose and ribs, but his unusual defense wasn't enough to prevent him from being convicted of unlawful wounding and domestic assault and battery.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

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.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

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.
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Billboards depicting fiery crash ask for Jeep Cherokee recall

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.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

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.
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Public defender reflects on 50th anniversary of landmark case

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.
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Progress 2013: New technology aids public safety workers

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.
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Keyser recalled as 'old southern sheriff'

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.









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