Courts & Legal News

Man faces prison for attempted murder

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces  up to 10 years in prison for pointing a gun at his brother and threatening to kill him during an altercation in 2017. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 47, faces sentencing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on April 20 after Judge Dennis L. Hupp found him guilty of ...

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the ...

Man charged with neglecting ailing mother

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say an Edinburg man neglected his mother who suffers from dementia. Robert Lee Wilson, 50, of 20 Lambert Villa, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult between Jan. 3-8 this year. Wilson was issued a summons last week to appear in ...

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 ...