Courts & Legal News

Meeting set for video review

Tim Carter

May 4, 2016

Shenandoah County school officials and the Sheriff’s Office have agreed on the details for showing a videotape of Strasburg High School students committing acts on a school bus that led to the filing of criminal charges against them.

Judge adds to manslaughter sentence

May 3, 2016

A woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a fatal traffic accident has received a final, additional sentence after a jury recommended last week that she serve six months in jail and pay a $500 fine.

Judge OKs School Board viewing of videotape

Tim Carter

April 29, 2016

A judge ruled Friday that Shenandoah County School Board members should be allowed to view a videotape that Sheriff Timothy C. Carter had been withholding from them on grounds that it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation and a legal requirement to protect the identity of juveniles.

School, law enforcement officials clash

Jeremy Raley

April 27, 2016

Shenandoah County’s top law enforcement and school officials faced off against each other Wednesday in a courtroom drama sparked by a lawsuit filed by the School Board against Sheriff Timothy C. Carter.

Defendant says she doesn’t remember crash

April 26, 2016

Brooke Nicole Spindle, on trial for a charge of involuntary manslaughter, told a Circuit Court jury Tuesday that she had no memory of the fatal crash that took the life of her friend Holly Anne Smedley, 25, more than two years ago.

School board pressures Carter on bus videotape

April 21, 2016

The rift between the Shenandoah County School Board and Sheriff Timothy C. Carter widened Thursday as the two sides exchanged harsh words over a videotape the school officials are seeking from the sheriff.

Suspended student seeks reinstatement

Cory Clinedinst, a junior at Strasburg High School, and his mother Sheila Clinedinst look at his laptop screen at their home on Friday. Cory, a member of the school’s varsity basketball team, has been suspended from school since February and has been taking classes online.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 19, 2016

Cory Clinedinst spends his days at home in front of a computer screen studying, completing assignments and taking tests while his classmates at Strasburg High School begin to wind down the academic year a few blocks away.

Students sentenced in bus incident

April 15, 2016

Seven Strasburg High School students charged with misdemeanor assault or battery by mob pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday and were sentenced to 25 hours community service, The Northern Virginia Daily has learned.

Attorneys mum on bus hearing

April 14, 2016

WOODSTOCK – More than 20 students from Strasburg High School and a few school officials filled the benches outside a courtroom Thursday where a hearing was held for seven defendants facing charges linked to an incident on a school bus carrying members of the boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams.

Heroin dealer sentenced to 25 years

April 8, 2016

A Maryland man linked to six drug overdoses, three of them fatal, has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 25 years in prison.

Judge orders more community service for former SAAA head

April 7, 2016

The former head of a non-profit agency was ordered Thursday to perform 700 hours of community service after a judge ruled that her earlier stint with an animal welfare charity had fallen short of complying with a sentence imposed for three counts of embezzlement.

Board demands sheriff turn over video

Timothy C. Carter

April 6, 2016

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board has filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Timothy C. Carter demanding that Carter let board members view a videotape of possible student misconduct on a bus carrying members of the boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams at Strasburg High School.

Attorney arrested in tax case loses lawsuit

April 4, 2016

A federal judge Monday tossed out a lawsuit by a Vienna attorney against Assistant Warren County Attorney Dan Whitten in a ruling that found “no evidence” that Whitten intentionally broke any laws linked to the arrest of the plaintiff, Michael R. Ryu.

Shooting defendant says trial deadline has passed

April 1, 2016

WOODSTOCK — The fate of the prosecution’s case against Shawn Jason Nicely will remain undetermined for at least a few more weeks after a hearing Friday on a motion by the defense to dismiss the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Four sentenced in motel robbery

Lloyd Heimerling

March 22, 2016

Four of five defendants charged in the beating and robbery of a New Market man were convicted and sentenced – two of them to several years in prison – Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court.