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Courts & Legal News

Man charged with child rape pleads to lesser crime

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of raping two girls in 2017 avoided a jury trial and potential life sentences Thursday by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Mike Edward Haymond stood charged in Warren County Circuit Court with four counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13. The ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Shenandoah County grand jury convened Wednesday and handed up indictments on the following people: • Eugene Bruce Eaton, 35, of 5336 Old Valley Pike, New Market, on one count of domestic assault, a third or subsequent offense • Eric Chester Parsons, 35, of 16557 Sherwood Ave., ...

Court: Teen accused in Edinburg stabbing ‘unrestorably incompetent’

WOODSTOCK – An Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her daughters in May 2017 cannot stand trial for his charges, a court has ruled. The Northwestern Community Services Board in Front Royal and a retained psychologist concluded through testing earlier this summer that Samual Jacob ...

Judge orders woman to repay welfare benefits in fraud case

FRONT ROYAL – A town woman must serve jail time and pay back thousands of dollars in welfare benefits she received through fraud. Nina Frances Haymond pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of submitting a false application for welfare benefits, welfare fraud ...

Man given jail time for drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A judge sentenced a Frederick County man to jail time Tuesday for cocaine possession and obstruction of justice. Jody Kenneth Barthlow, 43, of 1034 Filbert St., Stephens City, pleaded no contest to the two charges in Warren County Circuit Court. An agreement between Assistant ...

Man took photos of nude woman without consent

A Maryland man must serve jail time for illegally photographing a nude woman without her permission in 2017. Keith Allen Jones pleaded no contest Tuesday at an appeal hearing in Warren County Circuit Court to the charge of filming a non-consenting, nude person. The Class 1 misdemeanor carries ...

Man indicted in domestic incident

A Warren County man stands accused of assaulting a woman, holding her against her will and then throwing a dog during a domestic dispute. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Vincent Thomas Beatty, 26, of 368 Freeze Road, Linden, on Monday on one count each of abduction, ...

Man indicted on porn, evidence destruction charges

A grand jury indicted a Warren County man Monday who is accused of possessing child pornography and then trying to destroy evidence. Dorian Eugene Pitts stands charged with one count of possession of child pornography and three counts of a second or subsequent offense for the same crime, two ...

Man to serve jail time for domestic assault

FRONT ROYAL – A judge sentenced a Warren County man Monday to jail time for a third domestic assault. Michael Lynn McDonald Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he stood charged with a third or subsequent offense of assault and battery of a family or household member, ...

Judge delays ruling in animal cruelty case

A Shenandoah County judge recently delayed a ruling for a year on a Front Royal woman’s multiple charges of animal cruelty and neglect. Amanda Jean Riley, 38, of 138 W. 9th St., appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where she stood charged with seven counts each of ...

Judge dismisses coach’s animal cruelty charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed an animal cruelty charge against Strasburg High School head football coach Mark C. Roller on Friday. Roller, 47, of 1253 Country Brook Road, Toms Brook, stood charged with cruelty to animals for an incident authorities said occurred at Strasburg High School ...

Judge sentences man for dealing drugs, gives warning

WOODSTOCK – A man received prison time and a stern warning from a judge Friday for dealing drugs in Shenandoah County. Ryan Miller Knight appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stood charged with two felony counts of distributing or manufacturing methamphetamines and conspiracy ...

Man convicted in stabbing

A judge found a Frederick County man guilty this week of stabbing and wounding a person in Front Royal in February. Dennis Wayne Deaton appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to face a trial on charges of malicious wounding and stabbing or shooting in the commission of a ...

Man sentenced for possessing stolen camera

A Front Royal man must serve jail time for stealing a camera from a vehicle earlier this year. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Joshua Allen Cook in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years with one year and nine months suspended for one count of receiving stolen property on ...

Man held on drug, weapons charge

A Texas man remains in jail on weapons charges. Jason Cordry Conn, 42, of Garland, Texas, stands charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, two counts of carrying concealed weapons, a first offense of driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and refusing to take a blood or ...

Toms Brook man begins jail time on weapon charge

A Toms Brook man has begun serving a sentence of at least a month in jail on a charge of brandishing a firearm. In April, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Philip Quirici, 60, after Quirici approached two juveniles who had shot a goose at a quarry in Toms Brook. According to a ...

Woman arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

A Shenandoah County woman stands accused of possessing and dealing drugs near a child. Heather Stanley Jones, 41, of 130 Elizabeth Lane, Edinburg, remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia ...

Defendants in police assault plead to lesser charges

Two Shenandoah County residents accused of assaulting police officers during a traffic stop in 2017 pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges. Nathaniel Di Arocho and April Marie Wright appeared with their attorneys in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where each stood charged with three felony ...

Man accused of hitting roommate with vehicle

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains in jail accused of running over his roommate and fleeing the scene. Christopher Todd Miller stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and failing to stop for a crash resulting in an injury. Miller, 53, of Strasburg, is scheduled to ...

Man gets suspended sentence for construction fraud

FRONT ROYAL – A Shenandoah County man has received suspended jail time for practicing as a builder without a license and failing to construct a project after taking money to do so. Retired Judge Lon Farris sentenced Joseph Roger Gathercoal in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday to five ...