Courts & Legal News

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.

Crack ring defendant facing 10 year prison sentence

November 28th, 2014

One of two remaining defendants in what the prosecution describes as a massive conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in and around Winchester will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if a federal judge accepts a plea agreement that will be submnitted to him next week.

Woman may get up to 60 years for child’s death

November 20th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — A local woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-month old child she had been caring for at her apartment.

Plea expected in murder case

November 18th, 2014

A woman accused of killing a 20-month-old child in June 2013 will plead guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley announced Tuesday.

Defendant gets 17-year sentence

November 18th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL – Lakisha Henry urged mercy and leniency for her husband, the man who authorities say nearly stabbed her

Heroin overdose defendant agrees to first offender program

November 6th, 2014

A woman who overdosed on heroin pleaded guilty or no contest Tuesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement that included participation in a first offender program and postponement of a final sentencing decision.

Sentence delivered for heroin deaths

November 6th, 2014

A woman convicted for her role in a pair of fatal heroin overdoses was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years on prison, less than half the sentence received by a co-defendant in the case last week.

Second psychiatric exam planned for defendant

November 5th, 2014

A Fort Valley man charged with voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death at his home will undergo a psychiatric examination to determine whether mental illness could be a factor in his defense.

Warren County Middle School teacher indicted

November 3rd, 2014

A Warren County Middle County Middle School teacher is facing charges of theft by deception in New Jersey for allegedly defrauding the state for $245,130 of disability payments.

Local man gets 5-plus years

October 28th, 2014

A local man was sentenced Tuesday to five years and four months in prison for robbery of a business and several other offenses he said were linked to his drug addiction.

County close to selling cluttered property

October 27th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County and a homeowner’s association inched closer Monday to forcing a Linden resident to surrender her house and three acres of land as compensation for unpaid bills.

Homicide case defendant denied bond

October 27th, 2014

A Strasburg man charged in a shooting death at the town’s Ramada Inn was ordered held without bond in the RSW jail after an initial appearance Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Judge rejects 3 claims in exorcism sex abuse lawsuit

October 24th, 2014

Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp has dismissed three of four claims of legal wrongdoing against a Front Royal-based international Catholic organization in a lawsuit involving accusations of sexual molestation by a priest while performing exorcisms.