Courts & Legal News

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.

Mount Jackson man indicted for auto theft

Donald Fox III

June 8, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Donald Fox III, 19, of Mount Jackson, on Friday on three counts of auto theft and one count of failure to report an accident stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Sentencing depicts dealer’s role in heroin ring

June 3, 2015

Ronnie Maurice Jones introduced scores of Woodstock residents to heroin during the first six months of 2013, enough time for him to create what a federal prosecutor called “a tsunami of misery” in the town.

Woodstock ready for Community Safety Day

May 29, 2015

The Woodstock Police Department and a long list of other agencies and private organizations are preparing to welcome the rest of the town to the 4th annual Community Safety Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

Judge makes cigarette investigation documents public

May 28, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Sealed documents containing information about an undercover investigation mounted by the Shenandoah County’s Sheriff’s Office into cigarette smuggling will be made public under a ruling by a Circuit Court judge Thursday.

Jail authority meets about Page County

May 28, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority met Thursday and discussed a request by Page County to join the regional jail near Front Royal.

Mental exam ordered for arson defendant

Tanya Smoot

May 27, 2015

A woman facing four counts of arson will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine her sanity at the time of the alleged offenses and whether she is competent to stand trial.

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.