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Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
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Subpoenas seek information on undercover cigarette sting

A defense attorney in a cigarette trafficking case is seeking to subpoena undercover law enforcement officers and documents associated with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office anti-cigarette trafficking operations.
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List of charges against burglary suspect grows

WOODSTOCK - The list of charges against a man who authorities believe committed a string of burglaries last fall and early this year has grown to 27 after the latest grand jury indictments in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Heroin overdose suspected in Shenandoah County death

The head of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Tuesday that the death of a 28-year-old Lebanon Church man on Saturday was likely the 19th in the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year attributable to a heroin overdose.
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Holtzman donates $10,000 to McDonnell's legal defense fund

William Holtzman, CEO of Holtzman Oil Corp. in Mount Jackson, gave $10,000 in recent months to the legal defense fund of former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell in McDonnell's fight against federal corruption charges.
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Defense attorney describes futility of RSW jail visit

FRONT ROYAL -- A motion filed in Warren County Circuit Court a few days ago sheds light on mounting complaints from defense attorneys about what they describe as the failure of the newly opened Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on U.S. 340-522 to grant them adequate access to their clients.
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Strasburg man gets year in jail for attempted arson

A Strasburg man will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to two attempted arson-related counts Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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More indictments issued in cigarette smuggling cases

Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
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Front Royal man to serve time for child porn possession

FRONT ROYAL - A town man must serve three years for possessing child pornography and register as a sex offender.
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Grand jury to hear fatal shooting case

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County man's manslaughter case goes to a grand jury next week
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Judge sentences school bomb plotter

An Edinburg man must serve a lengthy probation with many restrictions for threatening to bomb a Shenandoah County school.
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Ex-coach charged in hazing avoids trial

WOODSTOCK -- A former Shenandoah County teacher charged in a student-related hazing incident avoided trial Tuesday by striking a deal with prosecutors.
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Front Royal man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal resident's felony charge of torturing an animal and causing death was reduced Tuesday in Warren County General District Court.
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Judge: Defense attorneys must disclose records in murder case

WOODSTOCK - Defense attorneys for accused murderer Claude Shafer cannot withhold background information about their client from the prosecution, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled in a hearing Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three arrested after Front Royal heroin bust

Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force arrested three men during a heroin bust at the home of two of the defendants on June 26, Front Royal police disclosed late Friday.
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Judge delays sentencing decision

WOODSTOCK -- The sentencing of an 18-year-old Edinburg man convicted on charges linking him to plans for a shooting and bombing rampage at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg remained unresolved after three hours of testimony Wednesday.
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Stephens City man faces child sex assault charges in New Jersey

A Stephens City man appeared in a Freehold, New Jersey, courtroom Tuesday on five counts linked to sexual assaults of two minors in that community.
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Man, woman accused in beating of Strasburg man

WOODSTOCK -- A man and a woman have been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in a June 25 incident that sent a Strasburg man to the hospital with a broken jaw and broken ribs.
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Wanted man turns himself in to Strasburg police

The Strasburg Police Department's Facebook page calls the arrest Wednesday of Jeremiah Lanham, 30, of Mauertown, the easiest ever made by the department.
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Vasectomy plea deal draws attention from national media

The case of an Edinburg man who agreed to undergo a vasectomy as a condition of probation has kept some people in the Shenandoah County court system answering inquiries from a variety of media outlets during the past week.
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Two more men facing cigarette trafficking charges

Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
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Three cigarette smuggling cases emerge in court

WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
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Taxi firm claims drivers used data to help competitor

A Front Royal taxicab company claims former drivers used customer data and intercepted calls for a competitor.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
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Nurse suspended following arrest

The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
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Judge rebukes attorney

HARRISONBURG -- The judge presiding over prominent Winchester attorney Paul Hampton Thomson's federal case has rebuked his defense lawyer for "unprofessional conduct."
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Woman indicted on sex abuse charges against 11-year-old boy

FRONT ROYAL --A local woman was indicted Monday on charges that she committed sexual acts with an 11-year-old boy in June.
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Fingerprints sought in post office theft

WOODSTOCK -- Search warrants have been executed in the last two weeks to obtain fingerprints of three men in connection with the suspected theft of items from the Toms Brook Post Office in August, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Man charged in stabbing amid dispute over drugs

NEW MARKET -- A resident of the Blue Ridge Inn is accused of stabbing a neighbor following a dispute regarding a drug transaction.
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Couple avoids jail time after torching car

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market couple played with fire but didn't get burned by having to spend any time behind bars for doing so.
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Washington man charged with abduction

WINCHESTER -- A Washington, D.C., man held his fiancee captive after assaulting her and another woman in Stephens City before fleeing to Warren County on Christmas Eve, authorities said Monday.
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City man pleads guilty to federal conspiracy charge

HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man recently convicted of running a check-fraud ring in the area in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a federal conspiracy charge, according to court documents.
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Man, 22, guilty of larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A White Post man who authorities said stole firearms from a relative's home in March, and later threatened to burn down the residence after he broke into it, must serve two months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to a larceny charge stemming from the incidents.
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Man charged with incest had just served time

WOODSTOCK -- A Mt. Jackson man recently charged with incest was released from incarceration only about a month before the sex crimes are thought to have first surfaced, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Town man nears plea agreement

FRONT ROYAL -- A plea agreement could be entered next month for a local man accused of committing or attempting numerous burglaries and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry earlier this year.
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City man charged after I-81 blowup

WINCHESTER -- State police charged a city man with three crimes Saturday afternoon after he got into a dispute in his car on Interstate 81, walked down the highway and assaulted a driver.
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Sentencing in sex crime delayed

WOODSTOCK -- Sentencing is on hold for a Strasburg man who has admitted to sexually assaulting two girls under 10 years of age until a psychologist who prepared a sex offender report on him can testify.
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More trouble for alleged bank robber

Loudoun County and Fairfax authorities have joined the Winchester Police Department in pressing charges against accused bank robber Benjamin Luzan Sebastian.

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