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New video system up and running

Woodstock attorney Bradley Pollack describes himself as the biggest opponent of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, but the jail's newly installed video conferencing system made a good first impression on him.
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Man accused of injuring father

Woodstock man was returned to jail and ordered held without bond after he appeared Wednesday in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on a charge of malicious wounding.
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Violence against girl, inmates brings almost 20 years in prison

A Front Royal man has been sentenced to 19 years and 10 months in prison for offenses involving rape, fights in the jail and probation violations.
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Two charged in armed robbery case

Two people have been jailed in Fauquier County after authorities linked them to an armed robbery on Sept. 7 on Milldale Road in Warren County.
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Woman, child injured in domestic dispute

STRASBURG -- A local man is facing several felony charges stemming from what police describe as a fight with his girlfriend that left her with cuts requiring 30 stitches.
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Legislators list their preferred candidates for vacant judgeships

Legislators from the 26th Judicial Circuit in the Northern Shenandoah Valley announced their support Tuesday for five attorneys to fill judgeships from the area when lawmakers meet later this month.
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Brawl leaves 2 injured, 3 jailed

Three men went to jail and two were hospitalized with facial fractures as a result of a brawl at a residence in the 300 block of Coal Mine Road on Friday night.
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Man pleads guilty to eight drug offenses

A town resident faces what could be a long prison sentence after pleading guilty Tuesday to eight drug offenses, the majority of them involving heroin, in Warren County Circuit Court.
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Three injured in stabbing incident

Three Strasburg residents were taken to Winchester Medical Center early Sunday morning after being injured in what police say was a family fight during which the father stabbed his stepson and wife.
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Gilbert: McDonnell case may fuel more ethics reform

A new round of ethics reform legislation may spring from the downfall of former Gov. Bob McDonnell on federal corruption charges, Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, said Friday.
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Same suspect sought as bank is robbed again

A man who authorities believe held up the United Bank at 199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester on July 28 appears to have robbed the same bank again Friday morning, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
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Former pastor gets six years in prison in molestation case

The former pastor of a church in Shenandoah County has been sentenced in Page County to six years in prison on child molestation charges.
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Heroin defendant sentenced to five years in prison

A man who took up selling heroin after moving to Front Royal from Delaware several years ago was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court.
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Three area residents sentenced in heroin cases

HARRISONBURG -- Law enforcement's spotlight shone harshly Wednesday in U.S. District Court as one Stephens City man and a couple from Strasburg were sentenced to long stays in prison for using and selling heroin in the area.
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Heroin overdose deaths surge past total for 2013

WOODSTOCK -- The number of deaths in the area attributed to heroin overdoses this year has exceeded the total for 2013, law enforcement officials told the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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Ten arrested, charged in two drug busts

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah and Warren counties rounded up a total of 10 people Thursday and Friday in two separate drug busts involving possession of heroin and other drugs.
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Former theater owner pleads guilty to bilking couple

A former owner of the Strasburg Home Theater has pleaded guilty in Fauquier County to obtaining money by false pretenses in a scheme connected to his efforts to buy the theater.
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Hearing sheds light on cigarette case

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office piled on dozens of charges without justification against two New York City men in an undercover anti-cigarette smuggling operation involving transactions totaling $10 million, the attorney for the two defendants said Wednesday in circuit court.
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Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
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Taxi firm claims drivers used data to help competitor

A Front Royal taxicab company claims former drivers used customer data and intercepted calls for a competitor.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
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Nurse suspended following arrest

The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
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Judge rebukes attorney

HARRISONBURG -- The judge presiding over prominent Winchester attorney Paul Hampton Thomson's federal case has rebuked his defense lawyer for "unprofessional conduct."
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Woman indicted on sex abuse charges against 11-year-old boy

FRONT ROYAL --A local woman was indicted Monday on charges that she committed sexual acts with an 11-year-old boy in June.
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Fingerprints sought in post office theft

WOODSTOCK -- Search warrants have been executed in the last two weeks to obtain fingerprints of three men in connection with the suspected theft of items from the Toms Brook Post Office in August, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Man charged in stabbing amid dispute over drugs

NEW MARKET -- A resident of the Blue Ridge Inn is accused of stabbing a neighbor following a dispute regarding a drug transaction.
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Couple avoids jail time after torching car

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market couple played with fire but didn't get burned by having to spend any time behind bars for doing so.
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Washington man charged with abduction

WINCHESTER -- A Washington, D.C., man held his fiancee captive after assaulting her and another woman in Stephens City before fleeing to Warren County on Christmas Eve, authorities said Monday.
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City man pleads guilty to federal conspiracy charge

HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man recently convicted of running a check-fraud ring in the area in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a federal conspiracy charge, according to court documents.
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Man, 22, guilty of larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A White Post man who authorities said stole firearms from a relative's home in March, and later threatened to burn down the residence after he broke into it, must serve two months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to a larceny charge stemming from the incidents.
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Man charged with incest had just served time

WOODSTOCK -- A Mt. Jackson man recently charged with incest was released from incarceration only about a month before the sex crimes are thought to have first surfaced, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Town man nears plea agreement

FRONT ROYAL -- A plea agreement could be entered next month for a local man accused of committing or attempting numerous burglaries and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry earlier this year.
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City man charged after I-81 blowup

WINCHESTER -- State police charged a city man with three crimes Saturday afternoon after he got into a dispute in his car on Interstate 81, walked down the highway and assaulted a driver.
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Sentencing in sex crime delayed

WOODSTOCK -- Sentencing is on hold for a Strasburg man who has admitted to sexually assaulting two girls under 10 years of age until a psychologist who prepared a sex offender report on him can testify.
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More trouble for alleged bank robber

Loudoun County and Fairfax authorities have joined the Winchester Police Department in pressing charges against accused bank robber Benjamin Luzan Sebastian.
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Defense says home search was illegal

WINCHESTER -- Authorities illegally searched the home of a man accused of killing his mother in February, according to the defendant's attorney.
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Sentencing delayed for convicted bank robber

WOODSTOCK -- Sentencing for a convicted bank robber was delayed on Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after questions were raised about sentencing guidelines and reports that he had again tried to harm himself.
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Man charged with abduction counts

WINCHESTER -- A Maryland man remained in jail Wednesday after he was accused of holding a woman from Hyattsville, Md., against her will in his vehicle for several hours Tuesday afternoon.

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