Courts & Legal News

Bus incident case goes to court

February 11, 2016

Six boys facing prosecution for offenses stemming from an incident on a school bus carrying members of the Strasburg High School boys’ basketball team appeared in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday.

Bail set for man accused of aiding terrorism

Colt Hardic

February 10, 2016

A bond of $10,000 was set Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a man accused of making phone calls that involved harassment of employees and patrons in a Mount Jackson restaurant and disruption of air travel and other activities at government facilities.

Man convicted on child molestation counts

Mark Darnell

February 9, 2016

A Mount Jackson man is facing up to 30 years in prison after entering Alford pleas of guilty Tuesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of taking indecent liberties with children.

Rape case set for trial

Dale Baldwin

February 4, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – A 2 ½-year-old rape case was set Thursday for a trial in Warren County Çircuit Court at 9 a.m. April 29.

Man indicted on attempted murder

Phillip Wilson

February 1, 2016

A Warren County grand jury Monday indicted a local man on attempted second-degree murder and several related charges linked to a shooting that left the victim with a serious gunshot wound.

Hupp denies bail for accused child molester

Richard Keller

January 27, 2016

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man charged with five counts related to child molestation was returned to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Wednesday after Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied the man’s request for bond.

Judge rebuffs death penalty challenge

Claude Shafer Jr.

January 26, 2016

A Shenandoah County Circuit Court judge Tuesday rejected an attempt by defense attorneys to overturn the state’s death penalty as it pertains to murders in which the victim was also robbed.

Judge questions rule on religious publications

January 15, 2016

A federal judge said during a hearing Friday that she was troubled by part of a rule at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester that allows inmates more access to religious than non-religious publications.

Man sentenced in women’s abduction

Richard Maiorano

December 16, 2015

A former resident of an assisted living facility in New Market was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to more than three years in prison for what the prosecution depicted as a night of terror for two victims held at knifepoint by the defendant, Richard Louis Maiorano.

Man sentenced to seven years in stabbing

Maximino Miranda

December 15, 2015

A man who fled to Mexico after police sought him in a stabbing case was sentenced Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to seven years in prison.

Salahi loses short-term rental appeal

December 11, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Warren County landowner of a Circuit Court judge’s ruling upholding a decision to deny him a permit for short-term tourist rentals.

Crime commission scraps asset forfeiture bill

December 9, 2015

The authority of law enforcement agencies in Virginia to cash in assets seized as a result of criminal investigations, even if the suspects have not been convicted, remains unchallenged after a vote by the Virginia State Crime Commission.

Trials set in untaxed cigarettes cases

December 8, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A nearly two-year struggle over the legality of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office’s elaborate attempts to nab out-of-state purchasers of untaxed cigarettes lurched toward a pair of jury trials Tuesday after a judge rejected several defense motions.

Five indicted in motel robbery

Lloyd Heimerling

December 7, 2015

A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted five defendants in a robbery and beating case that left the victim with serious injuries.

Transition quiet for same-sex marriage licenses

December 4, 2015

The issuance of same sex marriage licenses has gone smoothly in area jurisdictions and throughout the state since the U.S. Supreme Court scrapped Virginia’s ban on gay and lesbian unions.

Robbery suspect has case certified

Denise Miller

December 2, 2015

The last of five defendants accused of robbing a motel guest has had her case certified for possible indictment by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury.