Joe Beck

Campground owner challenging VDOT land condemnation

April 24, 2015

Lawyers representing the Virginia Department of Transportation and an 88-year-old woman clashed Friday in a jury trial challenging the amount of money she would receive in an eminent domain case involving a campground she has run for 24 years.

Police describe emotional confession in arson case

Tanya Smoot

April 23, 2015

Documents filed in Warren County General District Court state that a woman charged with four arsons at two residences on Osage Street confessed to the offenses under police questioning after the latest fire on April 10.

Heroin conspiracy leader gets 18 years

April 22, 2015

A leader in what law enforcement officials have described as a “massive” heroin dealing operation was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 18 years in prison.

Arrest made in arsons

Tanya Smoot

April 22, 2015

A five-month investigation into four arson fires at two neighboring Front Royal residences ended Monday with the arrest of a town woman who lived in one of them.

Authorities say two co-workers overdosed on Spice

Marcus Ambers

April 21, 2015

Shenandoah County authorities are citing synthetic marijuana as the cause of a double drug overdose that sent two co-workers at George’s Chicken near Edinburg to the hospital last week.

Report faults lawmakers on transparency

April 21, 2015

A report from a group of non-profit lobbying organizations has criticized the 2015 General Assembly for what it describes as shortcomings in giving notice of meetings, debating all bills and recording votes.

Girl testifies against accused molester

April 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A 10-year-old girl spent almost 90 minutes Friday giving emotionally wrenching testimony against John Wesley Davison, the man accused of molesting her an undetermined number of times.

Gilbert pleased with bill’s passage

April 17, 2015

The final passage of a heavily debated ethics reform bill in the General Assembly left its author, Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, in a good mood Friday.

Lawsuit dismissed; Salahi plans appeal

April 16, 2015

Tareq Salahi, who once crashed a White House state dinner, vowed Thursday to keep battling Warren County in the courts after a judge dismissed a lawsuit Salahi filed against the Board of Supervisors.

Police investigating cuts found on man

April 16, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Town police are continuing to investigate the circumstances under which a man found bleeding on East Main Street on Thursday had been cut several times.

Defendant in fatal shooting indicted

April 15, 2015

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a woman at a residence near Mount Jackson.

Cigarette smuggling case set for hearing

April 15, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp said Wednesday he intends to close the next hearing of a criminal case involving two defendants facing cigarette smuggling charges and evidence deemed by Sheriff Timothy C. Carter too sensitive to be heard in open court.

Fires destroy, damage two residences

April 14, 2015

A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a residence in the 1800 block of North Royal Avenue in Front Royal and forced two occupants to flee the structure.

Sinkhole shuts down part of I-81

Lawrence Combs, a foreman for Carroll Construction Company,  of Winchester, coats a section of pavement with tar to prepare for a layer of asphalt in the final stages of repairing a sinkhole in the northbound lane of Interstate 81 south of the Woodstock exit on Monday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 13, 2015

A sinkhole estimated at 15 or 16 feet deep closed one or both lanes of northbound traffic on Interstate 81 south of Woodstock on Sunday and Monday and caused a traffic jam of up to 11 miles.

TVs stolen in Edinburg burglary

April 10, 2015

The theft of six televisions taken during a residential burglary in the Edinburg area remained under investigation Friday by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Two face pot, child endangerment charges

April 10, 2015

A Front Royal couple faces drug and related felony child endangerment charges after town police executed a search warrant at the defendants’ residence early Sunday.

Lawyer suing county for arrest

April 9, 2015

A Vienna attorney is suing two Warren County officials for what he calls false arrest and malicious prosecution and violation of his constitutional protections against unreasonable arrest.

Lack of patient information blamed for slow prisoner transfers

Claude Shafer Jr.

April 9, 2015

State officials say delays in gathering background information on prisoners such as accused murderer Claude Shafer Jr. are a likely cause for the slow pace in fulfilling orders to transfer them to hospitals for treatment of mental disorders.