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Courts & Legal News

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 ...

Community honors Judge Hupp

WOODSTOCK – The community came out in force Thursday to honor Judge Dennis L. Hupp for his 26 years on the bench. Judge Bruce D. Albertson, chief judge of Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit, presided over a special session held in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court to commemorate Hupp’s ...

Warren County supervisor sues EDA director

Tom Sayre, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Jennifer McDonald, the executive director for the Warren County Economic Development Association. In the suit, Sayre accuses McDonald of planting his phone number at a crime scene at her ...

Veteran judge recalls major cases, weighs in on legal system

WOODSTOCK – Judge Dennis L. Hupp retired Aug. 1 after 26 years presiding over courts in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. But Hupp, 67, hasn’t completely hung up his robe just yet as he plans to serve as a substitute judge beginning in November. Hupp sat for an interview Friday in the ...

RSW inmates charged with fighting

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month. David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a ...

Judge sentences man in fifth domestic assault

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve time in jail for his fifth domestic-assault conviction. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Michael Alon Gilardi in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to two years in prison with one year and three months suspended for committing ...

Court lets county claim $3.4 million

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County can expect to receive $3.4 million it can put toward the Sheriff’s Office new headquarters. The county continues to move quickly on the project, which is expected to cost roughly $8.7 million and also includes new space for the emergency communications center. ...

Woman accused of failing to register chat account as a sex offender

A Shenandoah County woman convicted of proposing sex with a juvenile recently failed to register with state police as a non-violent sex offender. Pamela Jane Graham appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where she stands charged with failing to register as a convicted ...

Man accused of abducting girlfriend at knifepoint

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a man Wednesday on charges of abduction, domestic assault and appearing drunk in public. Clarida Wayne Yates, 44, of 1300 Rigglman Drive, Apt. A, Timberville, remains incarcerated at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. New Market police officer ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Shenandoah County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child. Judge Clark Ritchie issued a bench warrant in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for the arrest of Gary Michael Ladd, 42, of 6183 Zepp Road, Maurertown, on two charges of ...

Man accused of selling drugs from house

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man stands accused of dealing drugs from his home in town earlier this year. A grand jury indicted Jesse Charles Higgins in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of marijuana distribution and possession, manufacturing a controlled substance, two ...

Panel indicts man on sodomy charges

WOODSTOCK – A New York man stands accused of committing sex crimes against a child under 13 in Shenandoah County about eight years ago. A grand jury indicted Richard James Provenzano in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on three counts of forcible sodomy and one misdemeanor ...

Arson suspect held without bond

A Front Royal woman accused of setting fire to a house and shed in town Saturday remains held in jail without bond. Rebecca Starr Melvin appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Beth Vaught and maliciously ...

Court clerk asks for funds to boost staff

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Circuit Court clerk has asked the Board of Supervisors for money to boost staff to handle a high workload. Whether or not supervisors intend to grant Clerk Sarona Irvin’s request for roughly $30,000 remains uncertain. Previous boards have denied such ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury indicted an Arlington man this week on charges accusing him of rape and trying to avoid arrest. Baterdene Batjargal remains incarcerated at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on one count each of rape, forging a public document and ...

Man pleads to trying to destroy drugs in search

FRONT ROYAL – A town man pleaded guilty Monday to drug and obstruction charges that occurred during a response to an overdose call at his home in March. Michael Antonio Craig Sr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court with his attorney Howard Manheimer for a scheduled hearing to appoint ...

Woman sentenced to probation in drug case

FRONT ROYAL – A pregnant woman received probation and a suspended prison sentence Monday for her role in a 2016 drug case. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Catherine R. Catherman in Warren County Circuit Court to five years in the state penitentiary with all time suspended for ...

Judge sentences defendants in drug cases

WOODSTOCK – A handful of people received punishments for drug possession and other charges in Shenandoah County this week. Judge Clark A. Ritchie accepted guilty pleas and handed down sentences to the following defendants in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday: Joshua Roman Miller, ...

Toms Brook Man charged with exposure

Authorities say a Shenandoah County man exposed himself to children in July. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Todd Sterling Heise, 53, of 176 Jessica Place, Toms Brook, on Thursday and charged him with one count of exposing himself to a child under 15 years old. Sheriff’s ...