Stories By Alex Bridges

Man faces prison for attempted murder

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces  up to 10 years in prison for pointing a gun at his brother and threatening to kill him during an altercation in 2017. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 47, faces sentencing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on April 20 after Judge Dennis L. Hupp found him guilty of ...

RSW jail panel recommends pay hike for workers

  FRONT ROYAL – Regional jail workers could see a pay raise next fiscal year to help offset increased health insurance costs. The Finance and Personnel Committee of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority Board recommended Thursday that the facility include a ...

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the ...

Man charged with neglecting ailing mother

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say an Edinburg man neglected his mother who suffers from dementia. Robert Lee Wilson, 50, of 20 Lambert Villa, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult between Jan. 3-8 this year. Wilson was issued a summons last week to appear in ...

Hopefuls participate in Democrats forum

WINCHESTER – The seven people seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District showed unity Saturday against two people: President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock. Potential nominees participating in the forum held at James Wood Middle ...

Trump taps Cullen for U.S. Attorney post

President Donald Trump has nominated former federal prosecutor Thomas T. Cullen to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office serving the Western District of Virginia. The White House announced Trump’s endorsement of Cullen on Friday with the president’s intent to nominate “an eleventh wave of ...

Judge sentences last defendant in diner robbery attempt

WOODSTOCK – The last of several co-defendants charged in the attempted armed robbery of Ben’s Diner last year received a prison sentence Friday. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Leonard “Spoon” Garris Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to a total of four years of incarceration for ...

Four indicted in home invasion

A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted four people charged in a November home invasion of a town residence. Woodstock police charged Aaron Matthew Branham, Adrian Paige Brown, Philip Lee Runion and Brian Edward Shea with planning and executing the Nov. 24 incursion at a home in the ...

Fuel tax hike for area likely to face opposition

Drivers would pay more at the gas pumps under a bill making its way through the General Assembly. But the legislation to increase the fuel tax in  Western Virginia to help pay for projects such as Interstate 81 improvements already faces opposition in the House of Delegates, where the bill ...

Earmarks rule bans money for Interstate 81

A congressional prohibition on funding earmarks likely means no federal money will be available for specific improvements to Interstate 81 as some state legislators want. A group of state senators and delegates representing districts along the Interstate 81 corridor sent a letter dated Jan. 25 ...

Democrats set forum for 10th District candidates

Area Democrats plan to host a forum for the seven candidates seeking the party’s nod to run for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District in November. The Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee, the Clarke County Democratic Caucus and Indivisible Winchester have scheduled the free ...

I-81 bills advance: Senate votes to create plan, add fuel tax

State legislators support studies aimed at making Interstate 81 safer but funding any improvements remains uncertain. The state Senate voted 40-0 on Tuesday to direct the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and adopt an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan and to look at ways to ...

Police charge teen with peeping, recording video at tanning salon

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a Shenandoah County man recorded video of a naked woman through a peephole at a tanning salon last month. Woodstock police charged Eric Lee Fadely, 18, of Stuffel Rock Lane, Edinburg, with two counts of filming a non-consenting nude person and one count of peeping ...

Judge nixes ‘confession’ in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK – A judge ruled Friday that a teenager’s sexual battery case may move forward without the defendant’s recorded statements. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stands charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age ...

Judge sentences teen for taking gun to school

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Shenandoah County teenager convicted of carrying a loaded firearm into school and possessing child pornography to complete a youth-offender program. Nicholas A. Dawson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing ...

Babysitter accused of biting infant

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities claim a babysitter bit an infant in her care a year ago. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Katlyn Beth Morningstar this week on one count of abuse or neglect of a child while the parent, guardian or person responsible for the victim. Morningstar, ...

County to consider sealant plant for industrial park

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders plan to consider a permit for a pavement sealing business set to open near Mount Jackson. The Planning Commission recently recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit for a sealcoat mixing facility. The commission also ...

Domestic assault incident sends two to hospital

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities charged a Maurertown man Tuesday in a domestic assault incident that left one person with severe head injuries. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Phillip Houston Moore, 48, of 1760 Sugar Hill Road, Maurertown, and charged him ...

House OKs license plate but not laws curbing gun violence

Virginia legislators might not back laws that proponents say will curb gun violence but they do support license plates that push the same goal. The House of Delegates on Friday voted on a bill to authorize the issuance of special license plates for supporters of stopping gun violence. The ...