Courts & Legal News

Judge sentences conspirators in heroin ring

A dozen defendants have received federal prison terms for their roles in a heroin distribution ring that connected Baltimore to Front Royal. The 12 people sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg were convicted of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin from Baltimore to ...

Couple’s robbery charges go to grand jury

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury will hear a case next month involving a couple charged with robbing two people at gunpoint in Strasburg on March 21. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie, in Halifax County, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on ...

Mexican man faces deportation after conviction

WOODSTOCK – A Mexican national faces possible deportation after he pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a girl in Shenandoah County several years ago. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Eduardo Fernandez in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison with four years and three ...

Man sentenced for attempted stabbing

WOODSTOCK – A U.S. military veteran received no jail time Friday for trying to stab family members during a domestic incident in Shenandoah County in January. Jonathan Paul Bailey pleaded guilty  in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of attempted malicious wounding. An ...

Judge sentences three for roles in heroin ring

A Front Royal man must serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in an area heroin-distribution ring. Chief Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Adrian Darnell Edwards in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Monday to 190 months or 15 years and 10 months for conspiring with ...

Veteran charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a former U.S. military member tried to stab several family members during a domestic incident in January. A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Jonathan Paul Bailey on Wednesday on three counts of attempting malicious wounding and one charge of child ...

Four sentenced in Fire Department cases

WOODSTOCK — One current and three former members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including the former fire chief and current member Dale King, were sentenced to jail Thursday for periods varying from one to three months following their convictions on misdemeanor charges of contributing to ...

Judge sentences two for plot to attack woman last year

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman and a teenage boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to their roles in a plot that left a victim with serious injuries last year. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Breaunna Anderson Hinkle to five years in prison with one year and six months suspended for malicious ...

Judge keeps murder trial in county for now

FRONT ROYAL – The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding another must stay in Warren County for now. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a hearing on motions filed by his attorney, Jason Ransom. Ritchie, 28, ...

Attorney seeks to move child murder case out of area

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with killing his girlfriend’s young son and injuring the boy’s twin wants a judge to move his trial out of Warren County. Chad Andrew Ritchie stands charged with second-degree murder for the death of Tabitha Rose Zimmerman’s 22-month-old son. Ritchie, 28, ...

Man to serve prison time for having sex with minors

FRONT ROYAL – A 20-year-old man must serve 10 years in prison for having sex with underage girls. Brian Stephan Barclay pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of rape of a girl under 13 years old and carnal knowledge of a different underage girl without force. ...

Man who shot daughter avoids prison

FRONT ROYAL – A plea deal reached Monday allows a man accused of shooting his daughter in the face in 2015 to avoid prison time and felony convictions. Allen J. Whitehead Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court  where he entered Alford pleas of guilt to misdemeanor charges of assault ...

Man charged with drug possession in overdose

FRONT ROYAL – Police charged a town man with drug possession after officers responded to an overdose at his home last week. Michael A. Craig Sr., 32, of 624 Massanutten Ave., remains held on bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on two counts of possession of a controlled ...

Authorities accuse two of taking car from impound

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities arrested two people over the weekend suspected of leaving drugs in a car they later took from an impound lot without permission. Ashton Beck Burroughs, 32, and England Marie Holley, 28, of no fixed address in New Market, made their first appearance ...

Staunton police nab Strasburg robbery suspects

Staunton police picked up two suspects Wednesday afternoon wanted in an armed robbery in Strasburg that occurred earlier that morning. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and his wife Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie,  remain held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail in Augusta County. ...

Former Marine ordered to register as sex offender for soliciting minor

WOODSTOCK – A former U.S. Marine must register as a sex offender and pay a fine but serve no jail time after a jury found him guilty of soliciting an underage girl he met in an online dating site in 2016. Timothy Ducharme, 23, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, appeared for a sentencing hearing in ...

In Brief

Coach accused of kicking dog WOODSTOCK – Strasburg High School head football coach Mark Christopher Roller is accused of kicking a dog at the school earlier this month. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy Coltin Manich charged Roller, 47, of 1252 Country Brook Road, Toms Brook, with one ...

Man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man found guilty Friday of committing animal cruelty must receive mental health treatment and not keep any pets. Cassidy Devon Loiselle, 36, of Fort Valley, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where he stood charged with five misdemeanor ...

Affidavit: Defendant smuggled drugs into court

WOODSTOCK – A man charged in a 2011 string of burglaries is accused of smuggling drugs into a Shenandoah County court while in law enforcement custody last week. Peter Nicholas Zimmerman, 41, of West Virginia, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on March 7. A county grand jury ...

Woman gives up horses after summer incident

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County woman recently gave up custody of three horses to an equine rescue group after a judge convicted her of animal cruelty. Denise A. Jensen appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on March 4 to appeal a lower court judge’s ruling that found her guilty of ...