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Courts & Legal News

More charges filed against woman accused of aiding man who fled police

A Prince William County woman faces more charges related to the Aug. 13 pursuit of a wanted man in Strasburg who threw their child into a creek while running from police. Kristi Ann Leitma, 27, of 2906 Martin Terrace, Haymarket, appeared Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court ...

Third person sentenced in home invasion

WOODSTOCK – A third co-defendant pleaded guilty Wednesday to playing a role in a November home invasion. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Philip L. Runion in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison with nine years and six months suspended for one count of stealing more than $5 ...

Attorney withdraws in VFW arson, theft case

FRONT ROYAL – A lawyer withdrew this week from representing a woman accused of stealing from a local veterans group and  setting fire to its headquarters. Leslie Ann Deavers stands charged with one count of embezzling more than $200 from the Front Royal chapter of the Veterans of Foreign ...

Grand jury indicts man on wounding charge

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury indicted a Kentucky man this week in the wounding of a woman in June. Shawn Paul Holbrook, 39, of West Van Lear, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, on one count of malicious wounding. A judge in Warren ...

Police charge man from pursuit with wrecking house

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of throwing his child into a creek while running from police last week now stands charged with destroying the house where he hid. Kyle Steven Sunday remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of child endangerment, attempted ...

Man who threatened judge, hurt deputy sentenced

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man suffering from dementia must serve prison time for threatening a judge and striking a Sheriff’s Office deputy with a vehicle before fleeing arrest in 2016. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced William Walter Grim Jr., 62, in Shenandoah County Circuit Court ...

Woman pleads to gun, drug charges

WOODSTOCK – A woman convicted of drug and gun charges in Shenandoah County faces sentencing on more offenses in Warren County. Merranda Sue Ward pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to possession of a controlled substance, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury recently handed up indictments in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. The panel indicted Adam Richard Lamma, 20, of 6367 Railroad St., Mount Jackson, in the court on Wednesday charging him with felony eluding law enforcement, distribution of marijuana, possession of ...

Mount Jackson man indicted on child sex charges

A Mount Jackson man has been indicted on several sex crime-related charges involving a victim under the age of 13. On Wednesday, a grand jury returned a true bill of indictment finding that there was enough evidence to support prosecuting Levi Ryan, 20, on 10 child sex charges. The ...

Former R-MA counselor sues school for discrimination

A former counselor for Randolph-Macon Academy claims the school fired her in 2016 after she complained of sexual discrimination by officials and overtime violations. Jumanah Khader claims in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg  that Randolph-Macon Academy violated her ...

Man indicted on abduction, strangulation charges

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a Rockingham County man Wednesday on charges of abduction and strangulation. Daniel Scott Sherman, 32, of 20241 Crab Run Road, Bergton, stands charged in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on one count each of abduction, strangulation, domestic assault and ...

Grand jury indicts man accused of forcing girl into sex act

WOODSTOCK – Authorities have accused a town man of forcing a child to commit a sex act on him at a party in April. A grand jury indicted Brandon Christopher Watson-Kaufman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count each of committing forcible sodomy and taking indecent ...

Man facing drug charges may avoid jail

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man charged with drug crimes can avoid jail if he completes a year of probation. A grand jury indicted Clayton Chaz Cary in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count each of possession of oxycodone, methamphetamine and heroin. The same day, ...

Man awaiting trial on drug charges when he fled police with child

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of tossing his child into a creek during a foot pursuit in Strasburg on Monday had been free on bond for 2 1/2 years while awaiting trial in Warren County on charges of heroin distribution. Kyle Steven Sunday, 28, of Haymarket, remains incarcerated without bond at ...

Police: Man threw child in creek during pursuit

STRASBURG – Town police have accused a Prince William County man of throwing his small child in a creek as he fled to avoid arrest. Kyle Steven Sunday, 28, of 2906 Martin Terrace, Haymarket, remains incarcerated on charges of abuse and neglect of a child, attempted malicious wounding of a ...

Man held on gun, abduction charges after standoff

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man accused of holding a person hostage in Mount Jackson and then fleeing law enforcement before keeping authorities at bay for hours over the weekend remains in jail without bond. David Wayne Bressette, 31, of 168 Lee Jackson Court, Apt. 6, Broadway, appeared ...

Defense attorney, prosecutor spar over expert’s qualifications

A Shenandoah County man serving a life sentence argues that the trial judge erred by allowing a jury to consider testimony by an unqualified expert witness. A jury found Patrick Wakeman guilty on one count of rape at the end of a three-day trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 3, ...

County man given suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man already on probation for drug possession charges has received more suspended jail time for additional crimes. Judge Burke McCahill sentenced Steven Wayne Coleman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison on each of two counts ...

Man accused of carrying gun with drugs, fleeing arrest

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains jailed on charges that he possessed drugs with a gun and tried to avoid arrest. Javon Eugene Cook appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Thursday where he stands charged with possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, ...

Woman faces prison for making meth near children

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of making methamphetamine near children at her home in 2016. Bridget L. Knicely appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where she entered guilty pleas to one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession ...