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Woman pleads guilty in rape case

Tina Hillsman

September 2, 2015

A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to raping an 8-year-old boy and committing two other sex-related offenses with the victim.

Father of shooting victim criticizes Goodlatte

September 1, 2015

The televised shooting deaths of Alison Parker and her colleague last week have launched her father on what he describes as a lifelong crusade against gun violence, a crusade that has led him to take an early swipe at U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke.

Defendants plead guilty in smuggling case

John Charles Taveras, left, sits beside his attorney David Downes during circuit court proceedings on Monday. Taveras pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge arising from a Sheriff's Office undercover investigation into the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes. Rich Cooley/Daily

August 31, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Two New York City men pleaded guilty Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to single charges of money laundering in a cigarette smuggling case.

Two more arrested in meth bust

August 31, 2015

Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more people on drug and gun charges stemming from the execution of a search warrant at a suspected methamphetamine laboratory near Mount Jackson.

Jury decides hospital not to blame for Smedley’s death

August 28, 2015

A medical malpractice lawsuit against Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health Systems ended Thursday night with a jury finding the defendants did not contribute to the death of John H. Smedley Sr. after a heart operation three years ago.

Jury clears hospital of malpractice in Smedley lawsuit

August 28, 2015

WINCHESTER –A medical malpractice lawsuit against Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health Systems ended Thursday night with a jury finding the defendants did not contribute to the death of John H. Smedley Sr. after a heart operation three years ago.

Hospital defends care of Smedley

August 26, 2015

The nurse caring for John H. Smedley Sr. at the time he began an abrupt descent toward death in Winchester Medical Center said he appeared to be progressing toward recovery when she left him to go to the restroom.

Valley Health, hospital named in suit

August 26, 2015

WINCHESTER – The widow of John H. Smedley Sr., longtime Commissioner of Revenue in Warren County, testified Tuesday in circuit court that she is still trying to learn what happened in Winchester Medical Center in the days before he was declared brain dead on Aug. 24, 2012.

Obscure jury power argued in cigarette case

August 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The words “jury nullification” are rarely uttered in open court, but they were bandied about recently as Shenandoah County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola and defense attorney David Downes continued their long-running string of clashes over a cigarette smuggling case set for trial on Aug. 31.

Man accused of shooting daughter out on bail

Allen Julian Whitehead Jr.

August 21, 2015

A town resident accused of shooting his daughter in the face is out on bail after a hearing on Thursday in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Heroin seller sentenced to 20 years

August 20, 2015

A former Mount Jackson man has been sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 20 years in prison on charges linked to his role in a non-fatal heroin overdose case.

Shooter sentenced to 10 years in homicide

Daniel Harvey

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK – All Harry Grant Nelson III wanted to do when he arrived at the home of Daniel Scott Harvey on March 31, 2014, was help a friend retrieve a cell phone.

New Market man pleads guilty to child rape

Robert Lee Good

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A New Market man is facing life imprisonment after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to raping an 8-year-old boy in a motel room.

Cigarette smuggler gets a month in jail

Harvey Luna

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to four charges related to the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to the New York City area.