Courts & Legal News

Deputy cleared in man’s shooting death

May 19, 2015

Video and audio recordings were the key evidence in a prosecutor’s decision that a fatal shooting by a Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy was justifiable self-defense.

Strasburg, police threatened with lawsuit

May 14, 2015

STRASBURG – Town officials had little to say Thursday about an attorney’s letter accusing several police officers of violating the civil rights of a man described by a special prosecutor as mentally challenged.

Man facing charges for assault

Corbyn Rush

May 11, 2015

A Maurertown man is facing three counts of assault and battery on law enforcement officers stemming from an incident Sunday in which authorities say he threatened them with a knife, and they subdued him with a Taser discharge.

Shafer Jr. transferred to mental facility

Claude Shafer Jr.

May 5, 2015

The transfer of Claude Delmus Shafer Jr. from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail to Central State Hospital in Petersburg has been completed more than two months after Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp ordered it.

Campground owner challenging VDOT land condemnation

April 24, 2015

Lawyers representing the Virginia Department of Transportation and an 88-year-old woman clashed Friday in a jury trial challenging the amount of money she would receive in an eminent domain case involving a campground she has run for 24 years.

Heroin conspiracy leader gets 18 years

April 22, 2015

A leader in what law enforcement officials have described as a “massive” heroin dealing operation was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 18 years in prison.

Girl testifies against accused molester

April 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A 10-year-old girl spent almost 90 minutes Friday giving emotionally wrenching testimony against John Wesley Davison, the man accused of molesting her an undetermined number of times.

Gilbert pleased with bill’s passage

April 17, 2015

The final passage of a heavily debated ethics reform bill in the General Assembly left its author, Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, in a good mood Friday.

Lawsuit dismissed; Salahi plans appeal

April 16, 2015

Tareq Salahi, who once crashed a White House state dinner, vowed Thursday to keep battling Warren County in the courts after a judge dismissed a lawsuit Salahi filed against the Board of Supervisors.

Defendant in fatal shooting indicted

April 15, 2015

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a woman at a residence near Mount Jackson.

Cigarette smuggling case set for hearing

April 15, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp said Wednesday he intends to close the next hearing of a criminal case involving two defendants facing cigarette smuggling charges and evidence deemed by Sheriff Timothy C. Carter too sensitive to be heard in open court.

Lawyer suing county for arrest

April 9, 2015

A Vienna attorney is suing two Warren County officials for what he calls false arrest and malicious prosecution and violation of his constitutional protections against unreasonable arrest.

Lack of patient information blamed for slow prisoner transfers

Claude Shafer Jr.

April 9, 2015

State officials say delays in gathering background information on prisoners such as accused murderer Claude Shafer Jr. are a likely cause for the slow pace in fulfilling orders to transfer them to hospitals for treatment of mental disorders.

Defendant ordered to hospital still in jail

Claude Shafer Jr.

April 3, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A month after a judge ordered accused murderer Claude Shafer Jr. transferred from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail to a hospital for treatment of mental illness, Shafer remains in jail.

Orndorff pleads guilty to drunk driving

April 1, 2015

Strasburg town council member Richard Orndorff will pay a $250 fine after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to drunk driving.

Report: Accused murderer mentally incompetent

Claude Shafer Jr.

April 1, 2015

Claude Shafer Jr., charged with capital murder in the death of an Edinburg woman, is mentally unfit to participate in a trial until he undergoes treatment to remedy his affliction, a mental health examiner has concluded.

Fatal shooting case heading for grand jury

March 27, 2015

The case against a Mount Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a woman with a stray bullet was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court, but the final outcome may still be a long way off.

Commission receives grant for study

March 27, 2015

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission received a $7,500 grant from the commonwealth to study consumer spending habits and areas of growth for outdoor recreation businesses in area communities.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

March 26, 2015

A woman already serving a prison sentence in one heroin overdose death has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge stemming from her role in supplying heroin to a second person who died from an overdose.