Courts & Legal News

Illegal meat, marijuana sting leads to guilty plea

January 19, 2017

WINCHESTER — A sting investigation organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries led to the guilty plea Thursday of a West Virginia man for the distribution of marijuana and the illegal sale of wild animal parts.

Man enters no contest plea in sex crime

January 19, 2017

An Elkwood man entered a plea of no contest in Frederick County Circuit Court on Friday in the aggravated sexual battery of a 5 year old.

Mental evaluation OK’d for robbery defendant

Micah John Macbeth

January 5, 2017

WINCHESTER — The attorney for a Stephens City man charged with robbing an area 7-Eleven requested a mental examination for his client in Frederick County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Motions filed before murder trial

January 3, 2017

FRONT ROYAL — Defense attorneys for a man accused of the first-degree murder of a local cab driver filed several motions Tuesday in the last hearing before the defendant’s April trial.

Year in Review: Heroin, murder cases weighed on courts in 2016

December 29, 2016

A few cases stand out every year among the thousands crowding onto state and federal court dockets in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Some are notable for their drama, others for important legal and social issues they raise and still others are memorable for the level of interest they generate in the community.

Former truancy officer accepts plea deal

December 29, 2016

A former truancy officer for Shenandoah County Public Schools accused of sending nude images of himself from a work computer will face a year of probation after pleading guilty to his charge.

Bestiality defendant pleads guilty

Jordan Elise Henderson

December 28, 2016

A woman accused of having sex with a dog and posting the video to the internet pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court earlier this month.

U.S. attorney for Virginia resigns

John P. Fishwick Jr.

December 27, 2016

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia announced his retirement Tuesday, effective at midnight Jan. 6, 2017.

New Market man accepts plea deal in assault case

Eric Thomas Nelson

December 21, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A New Market man accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Shenandoah Circuit Court of one year in jail – already served – for two counts of the assault and battery of a family member and one count of strangulation.

Construction fraud charges dismissed

December 18, 2016

A Shenandoah County grand jury opted not to indict a Front Royal man Thursday who was accused of failing to perform construction after receiving payment.

Man charged with soliciting minor granted bail

William Thomas Holiday III

December 16, 2016

WOODSTOCK — A Pennsylvania man charged with using a computer to commit a sexual offense with a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child younger than 15 was granted bail Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Maurertown man is indicted

Dennis Lee Branham

December 16, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury on Thursday indicted a Maurertown man charged with aggravated sexual battery of a 6-year-old.

Caison to appoint attorney

Thomas Henry Caison Jr.

December 15, 2016

WOODSTOCK — A Strasburg man appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday. Thomas Henry Caison, who was recently arrested by a Special Weapons and Tactics Team after being on the lam for a few weeks, said he would appoint his own attorney to represent him in court. He is facing several charges related to an October home invasion he has been accused of committing.

Man sentenced in dog’s death

December 8, 2016

A Strasburg man who pleaded no contest to torturing an animal and causing its death was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two months in jail.

Cigarette tax defendant sentenced

December 7, 2016

A New York City man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of selling thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes, the latest in a string of defendants snared by an elaborate undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff Office over several years.

Woman sentenced on drug charges

December 7, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A woman who was present at the time another individual overdosed on heroin was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to nine months in jail on narcotics-related offenses.