Courts & Legal News

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.

Release policy worries Goodlatte

July 24, 2015

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is asking the Justice Department for details on federal inmates convicted of violent crimes who may be eligible for release on Nov. 1 under a new policy allowing reductions in sentences for some federal drug offenders.

Some charges dropped in cigarette smuggling case

July 24, 2015

The prosecution dropped three cigarette-smuggling related offenses Friday against a New York City man, but Juan Pablo Encarnacion is still facing an imposing list of related charges.

Heroin ring supplier sentenced

Bill Metcalf, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms  special agent, speaks during a news conference at U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg  while U.S. Attorney Donald Wolthuis looks on after the sentencing Thursday morning of Matthew Santiago of New York.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 16, 2015

HARRISONBURG – The final chapter in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that brought enormous amounts of the drug to the northern Shenandoah Valley was written Thursday in federal court with the sentencing of Matthew Santiago to 10 years in prison.

Man arrested in church burglary

July 8, 2015

Law enforcement officials arrested a Front Royal man Monday and charged him with burglary and grand larceny stemming from a church break-in on May 28.

Man indicted in IHOP robbery

Brandon Williams

July 6, 2015

A man accused of beating a restaurant manager with a baseball bat and stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the business was indicted Monday by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury on charges of malicious wounding, and two counts of armed robbery.

Trial set in involuntary manslaughter case

July 1, 2015

The case of a man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a woman who died in a residence near where he had been target practicing has been scheduled for a jury trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Judge lets suit against assistant county attorney proceed

June 19, 2015

A federal judge in Alexandria has ruled that a lawsuit against Assistant Warren County Attorney Daniel Whitten can go forward, forcing Whitten to continue facing accusations of false imprisonment over the arrest of a Fairfax County attorney in a tax delinquency case.

Arson defendant battling for estate

June 18, 2015

One of the four defendants in an arson case in Shenandoah County Circuit Court is also a defendant in a courtroom battle over control of the property on which the fire occurred.

Man sentenced in fatal heroin case

June 18, 2015

A Stephens City man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 171/2 years in prison for selling heroin to a buyer who suffered a fatal overdose from the drug.

Woman pleads not guilty to child molesting charges

Tina Hillsman

June 17, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A New Market woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to eight sex offenses, including rape, that she is accused of committing against a child.

Ex-offenders face many legal barriers

June 10, 2015

Once a criminal, always a criminal or so it may seem for many who serve prison sentences and find their past continuing to haunt them long after they have served their time.