Courts & Legal News

Trump taps Cullen for U.S. Attorney post

President Donald Trump has nominated former federal prosecutor Thomas T. Cullen to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office serving the Western District of Virginia. The White House announced Trump’s endorsement of Cullen on Friday with the president’s intent to nominate “an eleventh wave of ...

Judge sentences last defendant in diner robbery attempt

WOODSTOCK – The last of several co-defendants charged in the attempted armed robbery of Ben’s Diner last year received a prison sentence Friday. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Leonard “Spoon” Garris Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to a total of four years of incarceration for ...

Four indicted in home invasion

A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted four people charged in a November home invasion of a town residence. Woodstock police charged Aaron Matthew Branham, Adrian Paige Brown, Philip Lee Runion and Brian Edward Shea with planning and executing the Nov. 24 incursion at a home in the ...

Two plead guilty in child shooting case

Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and Destinie Rochelle Beach, both of Stephens City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to charges related to a September shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy. Davis pleaded guilty to child abuse causing serious injury and child ...

Police charge teen with peeping, recording video at tanning salon

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a Shenandoah County man recorded video of a naked woman through a peephole at a tanning salon last month. Woodstock police charged Eric Lee Fadely, 18, of Stuffel Rock Lane, Edinburg, with two counts of filming a non-consenting nude person and one count of peeping ...

Judge nixes ‘confession’ in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK – A judge ruled Friday that a teenager’s sexual battery case may move forward without the defendant’s recorded statements. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stands charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age ...

Judge sentences teen for taking gun to school

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Shenandoah County teenager convicted of carrying a loaded firearm into school and possessing child pornography to complete a youth-offender program. Nicholas A. Dawson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing ...

Babysitter accused of biting infant

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities claim a babysitter bit an infant in her care a year ago. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Katlyn Beth Morningstar this week on one count of abuse or neglect of a child while the parent, guardian or person responsible for the victim. Morningstar, ...

Domestic assault incident sends two to hospital

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities charged a Maurertown man Tuesday in a domestic assault incident that left one person with severe head injuries. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Phillip Houston Moore, 48, of 1760 Sugar Hill Road, Maurertown, and charged him ...

House to consider asset forfeiture bill

Virginia could change how and when law enforcement agencies receive money from assets seized during criminal investigations. A House of Delegates committee this week endorsed legislation that would require a court to find a defendant guilty of a crime before he or she could lose assets taken ...

Man faces hearing on rape charge

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man charged with rape remains in jail awaiting his next court hearing. Michael Jacob Simmons, 25, of Senedo Road, Mount Jackson, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal on charges of rape and object sexual ...

Judge grants bond in former RSW guard case

WOODSTOCK – A former Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail corrections officer was granted a $2,500 secured bond Friday. Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, appeared for a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court on a charge of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate. ...

RSW inmate said she felt intimidated by guard

WOODSTOCK – A Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate felt intimidated by a guard who repeatedly attempted to have intercourse with her, the criminal complaint against the guard alleges. According to the complaint, former RSW corrections officer Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, of ...

Judge sentences couple for making meth in 2013

WOODSTOCK – A New York couple has received suspended prison sentences for running a methamphetamine laboratory in Shenandoah County in 2013. Wayne Allen Shillingburg and Valerie Ann Hall, of Millport, New York, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday for sentencing. Each ...

Man gets two life sentences for rapes

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Fort Valley man Monday to serve two life sentences and 10 years in prison for raping a child in 2016. James Allen Lutz appeared for his sentencing hearing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday. A jury convicted Lutz, 34, on two counts of rape of a child ...

Driver with children clocked at 102 mph on I-81

WOODSTOCK – A Georgia woman accused of driving 102 mph on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County with children in her car entered a plea deal Wednesday to avoid jail time. Tonice K. Eden pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to committing one count each of reckless ...

Fifth person charged in jail escape

A fifth person has been charged in relation to the escape of an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brad Pugh said that police have arrested James Huber Jay in connection with the Jan. 17 escape of Matthew Perry Michael. On ...

Jury acquits man accused of child sex abuse

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County jury acquitted Wednesday a Winchester man accused of sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend’s daughter almost six years ago. The jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court found Gemayel L. Farmer, 33, not guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving ...

Preliminary hearings set for prisoner escape cases

FRONT ROYAL — A preliminary hearing has been set for the cases of three people who were allegedly involved in the escape of a prisoner from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren  Regional Jail. During a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Dale Houff scheduled a hearing date — 2 p.m. March 21 — for ...

Town man gets suspended time for assault on girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A judge on Monday sentenced a town man to assaulting and strangling his girlfriend in May. Casey E. Jenkins, 27, of 117 W. 8th St., appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to committing assault and battery on a family member and strangulation. Judge ...