Joe Beck is a senior reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily. He reports on crime, public safety and courts news. |
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WOODSTOCK - The list of charges against a man who authorities believe committed a string of burglaries last fall and early this year has grown to 27 after the latest grand jury indictments in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's rejection of a call for creation of a statewide task force on heroin shows the governor is "really going to miss the boat" in addressing the spread of the drug, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, said Wednesday.
One of the Middletown police department's cruisers has been off the road since July 12 as a result of damage from a collision with a civilian vehicle.
The head of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Tuesday that the death of a 28-year-old Lebanon Church man on Saturday was likely the 19th in the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year attributable to a heroin overdose.
William Holtzman, CEO of Holtzman Oil Corp. in Mount Jackson, gave $10,000 in recent months to the legal defense fund of former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell in McDonnell's fight against federal corruption charges.
FRONT ROYAL -- A motion filed in Warren County Circuit Court a few days ago sheds light on mounting complaints from defense attorneys about what they describe as the failure of the newly opened Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on U.S. 340-522 to grant them adequate access to their clients.
The importance of women voters to Democratic hopes in the fall congressional elections was on display Friday in Winchester with the opening of a field office for10th District candidate John Foust.
A Strasburg man will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to two attempted arson-related counts Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
The Meem's Bottom Bridge has received its share of punishing blows during its long history, so it was no surprise to state road officials when it took another hit Sunday, this one from a tractor trailer that failed to squeeze in under the bridge roof.
A Middletown man is facing a felony charge of torturing an animal and causing its death following his indictment by a grand jury Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court.
Wayne Sealock's memories of the annual Front Royal Volunteer Fire Company's annual fireman's parade go back a long way.
The last of seven defendants arrested in connection with a prostitution sting conducted by local law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday in Shenenandoah County General District Court.
WOODSTOCK - Defense attorneys for accused murderer Claude Shafer cannot withhold background information about their client from the prosecution, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled in a hearing Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force arrested three men during a heroin bust at the home of two of the defendants on June 26, Front Royal police disclosed late Friday.
A Stephens City man appeared in a Freehold, New Jersey, courtroom Tuesday on five counts linked to sexual assaults of two minors in that community.
WOODSTOCK -- A man and a woman have been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in a June 25 incident that sent a Strasburg man to the hospital with a broken jaw and broken ribs.
The Strasburg Police Department's Facebook page calls the arrest Wednesday of Jeremiah Lanham, 30, of Mauertown, the easiest ever made by the department.
Front Royal firefighters were kept busy late Sunday night and early Monday morning with a pair of fires that broke out within a few hours of each other.
The case of an Edinburg man who agreed to undergo a vasectomy as a condition of probation has kept some people in the Shenandoah County court system answering inquiries from a variety of media outlets during the past week.
A preliminary hearing for an accused arsonist was delayed for about three hours Friday as staff at the newly opened regional jail struggled with a case of mistaken identity while transporting the defendant.
FRONT ROYAL -- The years long legal battle between Warren County and resident Julia Souter churns on with Souter's neighbors teaming up with the county to threaten her with loss of her property over money they contend she owes them.
WOODSTOCK -- A Quicksburg woman has been sentenced to three years in prison on drug charges stemming from an incident in which authorities found a syringe filled with heroin inside her vagina while she was serving a jail sentence.
LURAY -- A former pastor in Luray and Shenandoah County has pleaded guilty to six counts in a child molestation case in Page County Circuit Court.
A search warrant affidavit filed in Warren County Circuit Court describes an incident June 7 in which a child found went to the aid of his mother after finding her unresponsive in their Front Royal home.
Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.