Courts & Legal News

Man sentenced to life imprisonment in cab driver’s murder

FRONT ROYAL -- Clay Marshall Curtis, convicted of first-degree murder in the December 2014 shooting death of  Front Royal cab driver Simon Funk, was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. The sentence, imposed by Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr.,  upheld a verdict ...

Jury trial set in teen murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- A jury trial in the case involving the Gore teen accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in March was set on Monday for early 2018. The psychological evaluation for Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, which was ordered on June 28 to determine his mental competency at the time of the ...

Maurertown man pleads guilty by Alford to child sex charges

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted a plea agreement Friday that called for a Maurertown man to enter an Alford plea of  guilty to two amended child sex offenses. Dennis Lee Branham, 69, entered the plea to two counts of taking indecent liberties with children after he sexually ...

Man pleads guilty to child endangerment, DUI charges

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal man charged with child endangerment and DUI after driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated with his two young children as passengers pleaded guilty to related charges on Wednesday as part of a plea agreement. James Robert Eury, 44, was arrested on Father’s ...

Stephens City asks for jury trial in lawsuit

Stephens City is asking for a jury trial in its long-standing lawsuit against the Frederick County Sanitation Authority. The motion was filed recently in Frederick County Circuit Court. "Taking this dispute to court was never our preferred path but the town felt it had little choice, given ...

Bond denied, trial set in DUI maiming case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday denied a defense request for the reinstatement of bond in a case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist with an SUV in November 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, was allegedly driving under the influence on Nov. 9, ...

Front Royal man sentenced in DUI manslaughter case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Tuesday sentenced a local man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to involuntary DUI manslaughter after the vehicle’s passenger died in a February 2016 crash. Trevor Bryant Lee, 30, entered a plea agreement in May where he pleaded guilty to ...

Judge grants funds for video transcription in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier on Monday granted a defense motion for additional funds in the case involving the town man accused in the March shooting death of his stepfather. Public defenders Tim Coyne and Ryan Nuzzo, who represent David Glynn Hoyle, 33, filed a motion asking ...

Edinburg man sentenced to life imprisonment in rape case

WOODSTOCK -- Three months after a jury trial, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday upheld the jury’s recommendation and sentenced an Edinburg man to life imprisonment for the rape of a 16-year-old girl. Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, was found guilty of one of two counts of rape in ...

Man sentenced in home invasion case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday sentenced a local man to a youthful offender program after the defendant pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking and entering and larceny charges. Thomas Henry Caison, 20, was involved in the October home invasion of a Woodstock ...

Man pleads no contest to aggravated sexual battery

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier accepted a plea agreement on Tuesday in the case of a local man charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor. Jerry Raymond David, 76, pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in October 2014. Assistant Commonwealth’s ...

Two indicted in Walmart shoplifting, assault case

FRONT ROYAL -- A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man and a woman who were allegedly involved in a July shoplifting incident at Walmart. Robert Carl Shinaul Jr., 32, and Skylar Nicole Smith, 20, were each indicted on one count of shoplifting items worth over $200 after they allegedly pushed ...

Diner robber pleads guilty to conspiracy, indecent liberties charges

WOODSTOCK -- One of four co-conspirators in the attempted robbery in January of Ben’s Diner pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit robbery as part of a plea agreement. Andrew Bradley Shoemaker, 19, testified against Andrea Scalf, the getaway driver in the robbery scheme, and ...

Teens plead guilty to breaking and entering, popcorn theft

WOODSTOCK -- Two teens involved in a March break-in of a Shenandoah County residence pleaded guilty on Wednesday to related charges as part of a plea agreement. Devin Joseph Fitzgerald, 19, of Basye, and Michael Roy Dwyer Jr., 18, of Mount Jackson, were charged with breaking and entering, ...

Police and Court News

Man faces rape charges FRONT ROYAL -- Police have arrested a local man on two counts of rape. Brian Stephan Barclay, 20, is accused of having “consensual intercourse” with a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 13 and a 12-year-old girl on Aug. 20 in the Shenandoah Motel in Front Royal, Detective ...

Man acquitted of attempted sodomy, kidnapping charges

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp acquitted a Butner, North Carolina man on Friday of some of the charges related to an April incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper. After Friday’s bench trial, Refugio Zermeno-Camarena, 23, was convicted on one of ...

Burglary, home invasion co-defendants plead guilty

WOODSTOCK -- A pair of co-defendants in two burglary cases involving  a third defendant, Thomas Henry Caison, 20, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in separate plea agreements. Drago Lee Lockhart, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary after he went into a home on Lora ...

Man gets jail time for not updating sex offender registry

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced a local man Tuesday to serve some of a previously suspended sentence after the man failed to update his sex offender registration information. As part of a plea agreement, Mark Christopher Solares, 25, pleaded guilty to failing to update ...

Man pleads guilty to larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A Bentonville man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to larceny and breaking and entering charges as part of a plea agreement. The charges against Michael Jorge Meszaros, 22, stem from two incidents in February where he broke into two residences. He stole a Sony Playstation from one ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty to drug distribution

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to one of three counts of hydromorphone distribution as part of a plea agreement. Stuart Lee McClanahan, 45, pleaded to the charge stemming from an April 2016 incident where he sold two white pills of Dilaudid, an opioid pain medication, to a ...