Courts & Legal News

Judge dismisses rape case over evidence issues

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County judge dismissed a man’s rape charge Tuesday after a prosecutor said the case ran into evidence problems. Shawn Isaiah Moses, 23, of Winchester, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Peter McDermott. A grand jury indicted Moses on Jan. ...

Grand jury indicts teen on gun theft, gang charges

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury recently indicted an area teenager on charges of participating in a street gang, breaking into a Warren County home and stealing two guns in May 2017. Kenyatta Chase Chandler, 18, remains in custody at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail while he ...

Lawsuit in area man’s death likely heading to trial

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled there is “disputed material fact' as to whether five Martinsburg, West Virginia police officers used excessive force when in 2013 they shot and killed a 50-year-old man once from Stephens City. In a 14-page opinion filed Monday, a ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah County

iThe following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections:   Marriage Licenses Kurt Alan Lewis, 35, of Strasburg, and Jamie Elizabeth Book, 32, of Strasburg. Bryker Emmett Hicks, 25, of Strasburg, and Candice Jae Shoultz, ...

Parties settle lawsuit over town man’s death

FRONT ROYAL – The family of a man who died after a vehicle crash in 2016 settled a lawsuit Thursday against the driver blamed for causing the collision. Judge Thomas Horne accepted the settlement agreement between the victim’s survivors and attorneys for the automobile insurance companies ...

Judge denies bond to man charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – A judge denied bond on Wednesday to a Strasburg man accused of threatening his wife and firing a gun in his house last month. Alfred Allen Minor appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Michael Araj for an appeal of a decision by a lower court judge that the ...

Middletown sued for denying proffer amendment

The developer of the Village at Middletown LC is suing the Middletown Town Council for denying a request to reduce a planned proffer for the subdivision. The lawsuit, filed in Frederick County Circuit Court by developer Dave Holliday, argues that Middletown, by accepting the higher initial ...

Judge drops charges in elder abuse case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge dismissed charges this week against a woman accused of neglecting an elderly Linden man as his caretaker and using his credit cards before he died in 2014. Angela Lee Nebel, 53, formerly of Luray, had been charged in Warren County Circuit Court with abuse of an ...

Judge puts off trial in VFW building arson, theft case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge has postponed next week’s jury trial for a woman charged with embezzling from a military veterans group then setting fire to its building in 2015. Leslie Rose Deavers appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday with her attorney David Downes. Deavers stands ...

Judge orders competency test for man accused of rape

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with committing sex crimes against two children must undergo evaluations to determine his competency to aid in his own defense and his mental state at the time of the alleged offenses. Mike Edward Haymond, 57, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for ...

Judge orders jail, treatment for woman in animal cruelty case

WOODSTOCK – A former New Market woman convicted on 10 counts of animal cruelty must serve two months in jail and undergo mental health treatment. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Nancy Ellen Jinkins in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday to 365 days in jail with 305 days suspended ...

Man accused of trying to run over officer remains in jail

FRONT ROYAL – A town man accused of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy after a motor vehicle crash remains in jail without bond. Michael Wayne Lewis II stands charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, a first offense of driving while intoxicated, felony eluding ...

Judge puts off plea in shooting case

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of shooting his daughter in the face in 2015 tried to enter into a plea deal Tuesday to avoid serving jail time. Allen J. Whitehead Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court poised to enter into a plea agreement reached between his attorney and the ...

Man accused of rape, trying to set victim on fire

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say a man attacked and raped a woman and then tried to wrap her up in a burning blanket at her Maurertown home over the weekend. Shane Wesley Sisk, 42, of no fixed address, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail ...

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 ...