Courts & Legal News

Man accepts plea deal in heroin death case

Michael Dane Carter

August 26, 2016

WINCHESTER – A man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to distribute heroin in connection with an investigation of a June 2015 heroin overdose death in Frederick County.

Deputies: Pedestrian had narrow escape on I-81

August 25, 2016

A West Virginia woman escaped injury but was charged with being drunk in public and walking on a controlled access highway after Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle Wednesday night on Interstate 81 near Strasburg.

Attorney appointed for man charged in chase

William Grim

August 24, 2016

WOODSTOCK – William Walter Grim Jr. appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday for the first time since authorities arrested him last week and charged him with numerous offenses linked to a southbound chase on Interstate 81 that ended near Staunton.

Transgender woman seeking name change

Attorney Alison W. Toepp, left, walks outside Shenandoah County Circuit Court in Woodstock with her client, Kendra Brill, right, during a civil proceeding Monday afternoon. Brill, who identifies herself as transgender, is trying to have her name changed.   Rich Cooley/Daily

August 22, 2016

A transgender woman testified Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court that she needed to have her name changed to accurately reflect her sexual identity.

Chief on leave with injury

Norman Shiflett

August 19, 2016

Police Chief Norman Shiflett has spent the last two months home on medical leave trying to overcome complications from a broken ankle he suffered almost a year ago.

Man convicted in child porn case

August 18, 2016

A three-day jury trial for a Stephens City man accused of possessing child pornography ended Thursday evening with his conviction and sentencing in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Jury to deliberate on child porn case

August 18, 2016

WINCHESTER – After two days of hearing and viewing evidence, jurors serving in the trial of a Stephens City man accused of possessing child pornography will deliberate on a verdict today in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Man accused of driving over neighbor

August 17, 2016

The case of a Front Royal man accused of running over one man with a truck and hitting another with a baseball bat was approved Wednesday for grand jury consideration.

Jury trial starts in child porn case

August 17, 2016

The jury trial for a Stephens City man accused of possessing child pornography began in Frederick County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Area drug court takes first two cases

August 16, 2016

The Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court made its debut Tuesday with two judges alternately warning and exhorting the first two participants to make the most of the opportunity before them.

Man gets 12 years in heroin case

August 16, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and violation of parole accepted a 12-year prison sentence.

Heroin dealers in overdose case sentenced to prison

August 11, 2016

The first two of seven defendants in a drug ring that authorities believe distributed at least 1 ½ pounds of heroin around Front Royal were sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday to several years in prison each.

Judge rejects bail again for sexual assault defendant

August 10, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – The case against accused rapist Darrin William Murphy was put on hold Wednesday until late October after a judge agreed to a request by the prosecution for more time to review possible evidence against the defendant.

New York man accepts plea for cigarette trafficking

August 10, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A New York man pleaded guilty to counts of money laundering and the possession of untaxed cigarettes in Shenandoah Circuit Court on Wednesday and will have to pay the state $10,000 in restitution charges.

Appeals court backs dismissal

Shawn Nicely

August 8, 2016

A three-judge panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp’s dismissal of a case in which a Mount Jackson man was accused of fatally shooting a woman inside a house while he was target practicing several hundred feet away.

Deputy exits job, accused of assault, battery

Thomas Miller

August 5, 2016

A deputy with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has left the agency on the same day he was arrested and charged with two counts related to a domestic violence incident.