Courts & Legal News

Anti-drug group hires an executive director

November 30, 2015

The Winchester Police Department’s community relations and crime prevention specialist has been hired to lead the planning for a drug court focused on getting addicts into treatment and finding alternatives to jailing them.

Sign thief writes apology, pays up

November 26, 2015

The letter arrived at the Warren County Administrator’s office Tuesday, one day after the the writer pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to stealing 34 road signs.

Victim links shooting to argument

Phillip Wilson

November 25, 2015

Town police have filed a charge of malicious wounding against a Front Royal man after interviewing the victim in the hospital where he was recovering from a gunshot wound suffered on Nov. 1.

Judge rejects plea deal for cocaine defendant

November 19, 2015

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp has rejected a plea agreement for a Texas man who authorities say was carrying more than four pounds of cocaine in his car when a state trooper pulled him over for a traffic stop.

Child molester gets four years in prison

November 18, 2015

An Edinburg man will spend four years in prison for committing aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with an 8-year-old girl.

Murder trial postponed

November 16, 2015

A two-day jury trial scheduled for a man charged with second-degree murder in a shooting at the Ramada Inn in Strasburg was postponed Monday until mid-March.

Jail, prison news publication still talking

November 13, 2015

The supervisor of the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester said Friday he is still confident of reaching an out of court resolution to a federal lawsuit challenging a decision to ban mailed publications from the facility.

Capital murder trial set for 2017

Claude Shafer Jr.

November 6, 2015

A trial for accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. loomed far in the future Friday after one of his defense attorneys warned that the case may be “derailed” by issues linked to Shafer’s intellectual disability and access to medication for mental health afflictions.

Man sentenced to 35 years in child sex case

Robert Lee Good

November 6, 2015

A New Market man was sentenced Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 35 years in prison after Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected his bid to withdraw an earlier guilty plea to being a second degree principal in the rape of a child.

Wiseley defeats Logan

November 4, 2015

Incumbent Amanda McDonald Wiseley and Republican Chad Logan were locked in a tight race Tuesday for commonwealth’s attorney in Shenandoah County,

Whistleblower lawsuit against hospital dismissed

October 27, 2015

A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by a former ultrasound technician who said she was a victim of a retaliatory firing has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski.

Murder defendant balks at plea deal

October 26, 2015

WOODSTOCK – An anticipated plea deal in the case of accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. collapsed Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court when Shafer rejected it moments from what would have been a conviction for first-degree murder committed during a burglary.

Drone dispute reaches courtroom

Greg Harold operates a drone off Timber Ridge Drive in Front Royal on Thursday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 25, 2015

On Aug. 10, Greg Harold launched a drone helicopter from his driveway high into the sky, over his neighbors’ property and into uncharted legal territory.

Fraud defendant makes first court appearance

Barbara Ann Stickley

October 23, 2015

Barbara Stickley made an initial court appearance Friday on three credit-card related fraud charges involving an Edinburg woman who died Oct. 16 in a residential fire hours before Stickley was charged.

Search warrant says $23,000 stolen from fire victim

Barbara Ann Stickley

October 22, 2015

Law enforcement officials believe that a woman who died in a fatal fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 16 lost about $23,000 from her checking account to a caretaker who is facing three counts related to credit card fraud.

Murder defendant’s medication at RSW still unresolved

Claude Shafer Jr.

October 16, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The mental health of accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. continued to hover over his death penalty case Friday as Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp scheduled a hearing to determine what kind of medication Shafer should be receiving at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.