Courts & Legal News

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.

Woman gets 50-year sentence for child’s murder

Nicole D. Miller

January 23rd, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp Friday sentenced Nicole Dawn Miller to 50 years in prison for the first-degree murder of a 20-month-old boy she was caring for in a local apartment.

Locals see little impact from rules

January 21st, 2015

Local law enforcement officials said Wednesday they foresee little impact on their departments from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last week that he was ending part of the U.S. Justice Department’s asset forfeiture program.

Sheriff’s Office accused of tax avoidance

December 23rd, 2014

A recently unsealed court document shows the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office paid no taxes on cigarettes obtained for use in an undercover operation aimed at out of state cigarette smugglers.

Jail bans inbound Christmas cards after discoveries

December 22nd, 2014

Holiday greeting cards have been banned from Rappahannock Warren and Shenandoah regional jail since the staff discovered some that contained more than words of glad tidings and good cheer.

Child custody dispute drawn into murder case

December 12th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — An attorney told a judge Friday that the homicide of Simon Funk Jr. was the result of an aborted multiple murder plot in which her client and her client’s family were the intended victims.

Prisoner program slated to expand

December 8th, 2014

WHITE POST– Despite the closing of the White Post Diversion Center last month, the Fathers-in-Training rehabilitation program is set to expand, according to Bobby Hudnall, the program’s director and senior pastor at Life in the Word Church of Jesus Christ.

Man indicted on two counts of malicious wounding

December 8th, 2014

A grand jury has handed up two indictments of malicious wounding against a Woodstock man accused by authorities of injuring a family member in a domestic violence incident.