Courts & Legal News

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.

Judge dismisses claim against police chief

March 23, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed Strasburg police chief Timothy Sutherly as a defendant in a lawsuit by a former town officer who was fired over actions related to the execution of a search warrant in December 2009.

Man gets prison for making meth

Earl Rasberry III

March 19, 2015

A Shenandoah County man must serve prison time for operating a mobile methamphetamine laboratory in his car.

Judge sentences woman in case

March 18, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A woman must take a parenting class after pleading guilty to keeping children around during a drug deal.

Area woman convicted for harassing sex offender

March 13, 2015

All she wanted to do, Delores Ann Harris told a jury Friday, was to protect herself and her granddaughter from a man who had been convicted 21 years ago of aggravated sexual battery, a man who has been on the state’s sex offender registry since 1997.

Justice, wisdom, compassion

Judge William H. Logan Jr. is retiring April 1 as judge of the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 6, 2015

WOOSTOCK — Judge William H. Logan Jr.’s time on the bench in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is drawing to a close.

Area man sentenced for causing bodily injury

Reese Varney

March 5, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A man sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail sobbed and begged the judge to allow him to serve time in a mental health hospital instead of the jail.