Courts & Legal News

Strasburg fire captain convicted of drunken driving

September 3, 2015

WINCHESTER – The operations captain of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department pleaded guilty Thursday to drunk driving in a case that several department members have cited as evidence of mismanagement of personnel by the department’s hierarchy.

Woman pleads guilty in rape case

Tina Hillsman

September 2, 2015

A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to raping an 8-year-old boy and committing two other sex-related offenses with the victim.

Defendants plead guilty in smuggling case

John Charles Taveras, left, sits beside his attorney David Downes during circuit court proceedings on Monday. Taveras pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge arising from a Sheriff's Office undercover investigation into the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes. Rich Cooley/Daily

August 31, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Two New York City men pleaded guilty Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to single charges of money laundering in a cigarette smuggling case.

Obscure jury power argued in cigarette case

August 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The words “jury nullification” are rarely uttered in open court, but they were bandied about recently as Shenandoah County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola and defense attorney David Downes continued their long-running string of clashes over a cigarette smuggling case set for trial on Aug. 31.

Man accused of shooting daughter out on bail

Allen Julian Whitehead Jr.

August 21, 2015

A town resident accused of shooting his daughter in the face is out on bail after a hearing on Thursday in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Heroin seller sentenced to 20 years

August 20, 2015

A former Mount Jackson man has been sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 20 years in prison on charges linked to his role in a non-fatal heroin overdose case.

Shooter sentenced to 10 years in homicide

Daniel Harvey

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK – All Harry Grant Nelson III wanted to do when he arrived at the home of Daniel Scott Harvey on March 31, 2014, was help a friend retrieve a cell phone.

New Market man pleads guilty to child rape

Robert Lee Good

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A New Market man is facing life imprisonment after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to raping an 8-year-old boy in a motel room.

Cigarette smuggler gets a month in jail

Harvey Luna

August 19, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to four charges related to the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to the New York City area.

Bestiality defendant appears in court

August 14, 2015

A woman accused of committing a sex crime with a dog made her first appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday.

Sheriff denies record request

August 4, 2015

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and defense attorney David Downes are clashing again over attempts by Downes to obtain information about an undercover investigation into cigarette smuggling.

Molester to serve 15 years

John Wesley Davison

July 31, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The sex crimes of John Wesley Davison committed against a 10-year-old girl, the daughter of a woman he was living with at the time, brought him a sentence of 15 years in prison Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Vehicle thief sentenced on handgun theft charge

Donald Fox III

July 31, 2015

A Fort Valley man pleaded guilty Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of vehicle theft, all of them on the same day, but it was a gun theft several months earlier that landed Donald Fox III in bigger trouble.

Campground owner wins ruling over VDOT

Gloria Marcon stands beneath the new highway bridge on U.S. 340 that towers over her Gooney Creek Campground. Joe Beck/Daily

July 30, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – A campground owner who is challenging the Virginia Department of Transportation over its valuation of her land won a round Thursday in circuit court when a judge nullified an earlier jury verdict that fell short of the compensation she sought from the agency.

Digital evidence mounting up in arson case

July 29, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson couple charged with arson has been slowed by what the prosecutor on Wednesday called a “voluminous” amount of digital evidence that must be provided to defense attorneys for their evaluation.