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Courts & Legal News

Authorities arrest man accused in 2000 rape case

WOODSTOCK – A Nebraska man stands charged with raping a teen girl in Shenandoah County more than 17 years ago. Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley has accused Santiago Raymundo-Rafael of raping a minor child on Jan. 3, 2000. Wiseley makes the accusation in an ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah County

The following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections:   Marriage Licenses Mitchell Lee Markley Sr., 56, of Basye, and Teresa Lynn Brooks, 52, of Basye. Christopher Michael Barrett, 45, of Mount Jackson, and Melissa ...

Man once committed accused of having gun

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of having a firearm despite an order committing him to treatment – the second time in four years – remains free on bond. Kurt M. Jankowski, 33, of 997 Wilderness Road, Linden, stands charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having ...

Man gets probation for choking girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man received a suspended jail sentence Monday for strangling his girlfriend last June. Aaron Dwayne Pugh, 41, of 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of ...

Man gets jail time for hurting infant

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man must serve jail time for severely injuring an infant in Mount Jackson in September. Judge Dennis L. Hupp found Hirving Ayala, 24, of Penn Laird, Virginia, guilty on one count of felony child abuse, failing to provide medical attention to an injured child ...

Fifth member in Strasburg Fire Department case found guilty

WOODSTOCK — Another former member of the Strasburg Fire Department has been found guilty by a judge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In a bench trial on Thursday, Judge William Logan convicted Bradly Markin and sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 70 of those days suspended. ...

Strasburg woman charged with dealing drugs

STRASBURG – A town woman charged with bigamy now stands accused of dealing heroin from her home. Virginia Stephanie Perry remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after her arrest Tuesday on charges of manufacturing controlled substances, possession of drugs, possession ...

Judge orders mental exam for man charged with child neglect, abuse

WOODSTOCK – A Prince William County man charged with child abuse, who also refused to eat or drink while in a hospital, must undergo mental evaluations. Bryan Jared Reyes-Rivera appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday with one of his attorneys, Alison Neal. Reyes-Rivera, 26, ...

Grand jury indicts man in stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury has indicted a Frederick County man accused of stabbing a person in town in February. Dennis Wayne Deaton, 53, of 8950 Valley Pike, Middletown, stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and shooting or stabbing in the commission of a felony. The ...

Sex offender indicted in assault on child

FRONT ROYAL – A registered sex offender remains held in the regional jail without bond while accused of committing crimes against a child in October. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Justice Morgan Henry, 38, of 1319 W. Strasburg Road, this week on one count each of ...

Former Strasburg Fire Department member drops appeal

WOODSTOCK — One of the four former members of the Strasburg Fire Department who was found guilty last month for contributing to the delinquency of a minor has dropped his appeal. On Tuesday, Andrew Key spoke with his attorney, William Bassler, and decided not to continue appealing his ...

Court drops asset forfeiture case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge has dismissed an attempt by the prosecution to take possession of money seized from a man after law enforcement officials concluded that the money was linked to drug trafficking. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael M. Fleming filed a civil case against Jason ...

Man receives prison time for welfare fraud

FRONT ROYAL – A Fort Valley man faces prison time for committing welfare fraud. John D. Creekmore Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday with his attorney David N. Crump Jr. Creekmore stood charged with two counts of making false statements on an application for public ...

Courthouse Notes: Warren County

The following information is from the Warren County Circuit Court: Real estate over $25,000 MADA LC to Graziella Adrianifahanana, 125 Katie Lane, Middletown, $310,000. Blue Ridge Construction of Front Royal Inc. to Tyler D. Siever and Melissa A. Siever, Lower Valley subdivision, 175 ...

Police charge two in man’s robbery

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused two Shenandoah County residents of robbing a man at a bank in town last month. Dakota W. Miller, 20, of 206 Shenandoah Ave., Edinburg, stands charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Krystal K. Clowser, 35, of 24940 Old Valley Pike, Maurertown, ...

Man faces jail for stealing from Alzheimer’s patient

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces prison time for withdrawing money from the bank account of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2016. Robert Lee Hitt, 47, of 1286 Ox Road, recently pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of obtaining more than $200 from Deanna Fravel ...

Police charge town man with dealing drugs

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities arrested a town man Thursday accused of dealing drugs to confidential informants last year. Police charged Wayne Russell Henry, 60, of 527 Frederick Ave., on four counts of distribution of schedule I or II drugs. Henry remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren ...

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 ...