Courts & Legal News
Meeting set for video review
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
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
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.
Woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter
April 27, 2016
A Circuit Court jury Wednesday convicted Brooke Nicole Spindle of involuntary manslaughter in the traffic death of her friend Holly Anne Smedley, 25.
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.
Trial opens in involuntary manslaughter case
April 25, 2016
Three people were riding in a pickup truck on Browntown Road on Jan. 25, 2014, but only two of them survived a crash in which alcohol played a part.
Defendant acquitted in child molestation case
April 22, 2016
WOODSTOCK – A Circuit Court jury Friday acquitted a man accused of molesting a young girl at a residence in Mount Jackson in early 2014.
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.
Prosecutor: An ‘avalanche’ of heroin reached Front Royal
April 21, 2016
A heroin network in Front Royal that law enforcement officials blame for spawning more than 25 dealers and customers came into focus at a sentencing hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Suspended student seeks reinstatement
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
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.
Last defendant sentenced in Front Royal motel robbery
March 28, 2016
The fifth of five defendants charged in the beating and robbery of a New Market man was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to two years in prison.
Four sentenced in motel robbery
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.