Courts & Legal News

Teen granted bond in malicious bodily injury case

WOODSTOCK -- A teen accused of orchestrating a malicious assault in September was granted bond on Friday. Colby Brian Mumaw, 16, of Mount Jackson, is accused of setting up an ex-girlfriend to be assaulted by Breaunna Dawn Anderson-Hinkle, 19, who allegedly attacked the girl and caused ...

Woodstock man sentenced in rape case

WOODSTOCK -- After entering an Alford plea of guilty in June to a rape charge, a local man was sentenced on Friday to 15 years imprisonment. Hector Vicente Pelico, also known as Jacinto Vicente Pelico, 30, was charged with raping an 11-year-old girl in February 2016. He maintains his ...

Man pleads guilty to stealing attorney’s car

WOODSTOCK -- A local man pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing local defense attorney Brad Pollack’s car in June. Joseph Brice, 39, took Pollack’s car to a car wash in Front Royal and abandoned the car in Woodstock a few days later, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola explained. ...

Getaway driver sentenced in attempted diner robbery

WOODSTOCK -- The local woman who had been found guilty for her role in the robbery attempt of Ben’s Diner in town was sentenced to serve five years imprisonment on Friday. Andrea Kristin Scalf, 44, was found guilty in June of being the getaway driver in the January attempted armed robbery ...

Former Marine found guilty of child porn solicitation

WOODSTOCK -- A jury on Wednesday found a former Marine guilty of soliciting sexually explicit photos from a 15-year-old girl in April 2016 and recommended he be fined $2,500 subject to formal approval at a sentencing hearing scheduled for early next year. The jury, which deliberated for an ...

Edinburg teen found incompetent to stand trial for stabbing charges

WOODSTOCK -- The Edinburg teen accused in the May 18 stabbing of a mother and her two young daughters in a park was found incompetent to stand trial on Wednesday. Samual Jacob Homer, 18, was charged with three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of attempted first-degree ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to attempted sodomy, abduction

WOODSTOCK -- A local man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sodomy and abduction as part of a plea agreement. Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 42, attacked a woman in her home in May after an argument, said Kyle Powers, a special prosecutor from Augusta County who handled this case. ...

Jury trial set in DUI maiming case

WOODSTOCK -- A new jury trial in the case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist in November 2016 was set on Wednesday. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, planned to enter a plea agreement on Nov. 6, but Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected the agreement because he felt there ...

Judge grants funds for expert witness in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey granted a defense motion on Tuesday for funds to hire an expert witness in the case involving a Gore teen accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in March. Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, was indicted in June on a second-degree murder charge ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty to heroin distribution

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to heroin and imitation heroin distribution charges as part of a plea agreement. Japeth Daniel Chunn, 27, sold imitation heroin to a confidential informant for $60 on March 2, 2016 in Front Royal, and sold actual heroin to the same informant ...

Front Royal man found guilty of heroin possession with intent to distribute

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was found guilty after a bench trial Monday of heroin possession with intent to distribute. A confidential informant asked Nathan Cole Robinson, 34, to drive to Baltimore and purchase heroin for her, the informant testified during Monday’s trial. The informant ...

Front Royal man pleads guilty to heroin possession with intent to distribute

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to heroin possession with the intent to distribute, the charge stemming from a March traffic stop. Brian William Schmidt, Jr., 26, met with a confidential informant on March 15 to travel to Baltimore together and buy heroin, Assistant ...

Man pleads guilty to breaking and entering charges

FRONT ROYAL -- An Annandale man pleaded guilty on Monday to two breaking and entering charges as part of a plea agreement. Charlie Montano, 21, was charged with breaking into a home and breaking into a vehicle in the early morning hours of Aug. 23, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna ...

Preliminary hearing set in child’s death

FRONT ROYAL -- A December preliminary hearing has been set for the local man and woman charged in the death of a 22-month-old boy. Chad Andrew Ritchie, 28, is accused of fatally assaulting the victim on Nov. 8 while the child’s mother, Tabitha Rose Zimmerman, 28, was away from their Blue ...

Edinburg woman enters Alford plea in drug case

WOODSTOCK -- An Edinburg woman entered an Alford guilty plea Wednesday to drug and child endangerment charges stemming from a February 2016 methamphetamine bust at her home. An Alford plea allows Becky Ann Pirkheim, 36, to maintain her innocence while acknowledging that it is in her best ...

Bench trial set in attempted murder case

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday set a bench trial for Jan. 19 in the case of a local man accused of trying to shoot his brother in the head. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 46, was indicted in September on attempted second-degree murder and brandishing a ...

Caretaker sentenced in murder case

WINCHESTER -- Circuit Judge N. Randolph Bryant sentenced a Berryville woman on Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison after she entered an Alford guilty plea to killing a woman in her care. The sentencing hearing for Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins, 57, began on Monday in Frederick County Circuit ...

Judge delays sentencing in caretaker murder case

WINCHESTER -- After hearing a full day of testimony from the prosecution and defense on Monday, Circuit Judge N. Randolph Bryant decided to wait until today to deliver the sentence for the Berryville woman who entered an Alford plea plea of guilty in May to killing a woman in her ...

Judge rejects plea agreement in DUI maiming case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected a plea agreement on Monday in a DUI maiming case involving a Strasburg man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his SUV in November 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III, 35, planned to plead guilty on Monday to a reckless driving charge that was ...

Prosecution drops burglary charges against West Virginia man

WOODSTOCK -- The prosecution on Monday dropped the charges against a Martinsburg, West Virginia, man accused in multiple Shenandoah County burglaries. Terry Wayne Siford, 41, was facing 27 burglary-related charges stemming from a string of home invasions from 2013 and 2014. He was arrested ...