Courts & Legal News

Fatal shooting case heading for grand jury

March 27th, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a woman with a stray bullet was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but the final outcome may still be a long way off.

Commission receives grant for study

March 27th, 2015

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission received a $7,500 grant from the commonwealth to study consumer spending habits and areas of growth for outdoor recreation businesses in area communities.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

March 26th, 2015

A woman already serving a prison sentence in one heroin overdose death has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge stemming from her role in supplying heroin to a second person who died from an overdose.

Judge dismisses claim against police chief

March 23rd, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed Strasburg police chief Timothy Sutherly as a defendant in a lawsuit by a former town officer who was fired over actions related to the execution of a search warrant in December 2009.

Man gets prison for making meth

Earl Rasberry III

March 19th, 2015

A Shenandoah County man must serve prison time for operating a mobile methamphetamine laboratory in his car.

Judge sentences woman in case

March 18th, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A woman must take a parenting class after pleading guilty to keeping children around during a drug deal.

Area woman convicted for harassing sex offender

March 13th, 2015

All she wanted to do, Delores Ann Harris told a jury Friday, was to protect herself and her granddaughter from a man who had been convicted 21 years ago of aggravated sexual battery, a man who has been on the state’s sex offender registry since 1997.

Justice, wisdom, compassion

Judge William H. Logan Jr. is retiring April 1 as judge of the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 6th, 2015

WOOSTOCK — Judge William H. Logan Jr.’s time on the bench in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is drawing to a close.

Area man sentenced for causing bodily injury

Reese Varney

March 5th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A man sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail sobbed and begged the judge to allow him to serve time in a mental health hospital instead of the jail.

Area man sentenced to 13 years

March 3rd, 2015

A Stephens City man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the death of man killed by a stray bullet fired by the defendant.

Judge orders murder defendant to mental hospital

Claude Shafer Jr.

February 27th, 2015

A judge Friday agreed to have accused murderer Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a defense attorney warned that the defendant’s mental condition was worsening “every day” in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail.

Cat death by arrow brings community service, fine

February 24th, 2015

WINCHESTER — A Middletown man was allowed to go free in Frederick County Circuit Court after he agreed to pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service for killing a neighbor’s pet cat with a bow and arrow.

Two arrested in burglary case

February 10th, 2015

Front Royal police have arrested two homeless men who are accused of burglarizing a small engine equipment store on Nov. 17.

Concealed gun permits fell in ’14

February 5th, 2015

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties recorded sharp drops in the number of concealed handgun permits issued by their clerks of circuit court in 2014.

Teacher pleads guilty to disability fraud

John Brishcar

February 4th, 2015

A Warren County Middle School teacher pleaded guilty in New Jersey Tuesday to bilking a state disability fund out of almost $249,000 while he was teaching in Front Royal and West Virginia.

Council member appealing convictions

Rich Orndorff

February 2nd, 2015

A General District Court judge sentenced Strasburg town council member Richard Allen Orndorff Jr. Monday to one year unsupervised probation after finding him guilty of drunk driving, but the case isn’t over yet.