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Courts & Legal News

Judge orders mental exam for man charged with child neglect, abuse

WOODSTOCK – A Prince William County man charged with child abuse, who also refused to eat or drink while in a hospital, must undergo mental evaluations. Bryan Jared Reyes-Rivera appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday with one of his attorneys, Alison Neal. Reyes-Rivera, 26, ...

Grand jury indicts man in stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury has indicted a Frederick County man accused of stabbing a person in town in February. Dennis Wayne Deaton, 53, of 8950 Valley Pike, Middletown, stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and shooting or stabbing in the commission of a felony. The ...

Sex offender indicted in assault on child

FRONT ROYAL – A registered sex offender remains held in the regional jail without bond while accused of committing crimes against a child in October. A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Justice Morgan Henry, 38, of 1319 W. Strasburg Road, this week on one count each of ...

Former Strasburg Fire Department member drops appeal

WOODSTOCK — One of the four former members of the Strasburg Fire Department who was found guilty last month for contributing to the delinquency of a minor has dropped his appeal. On Tuesday, Andrew Key spoke with his attorney, William Bassler, and decided not to continue appealing his ...

Court drops asset forfeiture case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge has dismissed an attempt by the prosecution to take possession of money seized from a man after law enforcement officials concluded that the money was linked to drug trafficking. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael M. Fleming filed a civil case against Jason ...

Man receives prison time for welfare fraud

FRONT ROYAL – A Fort Valley man faces prison time for committing welfare fraud. John D. Creekmore Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday with his attorney David N. Crump Jr. Creekmore stood charged with two counts of making false statements on an application for public ...

Courthouse Notes: Warren County

The following information is from the Warren County Circuit Court: Real estate over $25,000 MADA LC to Graziella Adrianifahanana, 125 Katie Lane, Middletown, $310,000. Blue Ridge Construction of Front Royal Inc. to Tyler D. Siever and Melissa A. Siever, Lower Valley subdivision, 175 ...

Police charge two in man’s robbery

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused two Shenandoah County residents of robbing a man at a bank in town last month. Dakota W. Miller, 20, of 206 Shenandoah Ave., Edinburg, stands charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Krystal K. Clowser, 35, of 24940 Old Valley Pike, Maurertown, ...

Man faces jail for stealing from Alzheimer’s patient

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces prison time for withdrawing money from the bank account of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2016. Robert Lee Hitt, 47, of 1286 Ox Road, recently pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of obtaining more than $200 from Deanna Fravel ...

Police charge town man with dealing drugs

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities arrested a town man Thursday accused of dealing drugs to confidential informants last year. Police charged Wayne Russell Henry, 60, of 527 Frederick Ave., on four counts of distribution of schedule I or II drugs. Henry remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren ...

Judge sentences conspirators in heroin ring

A dozen defendants have received federal prison terms for their roles in a heroin distribution ring that connected Baltimore to Front Royal. The 12 people sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg were convicted of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin from Baltimore to ...

Couple’s robbery charges go to grand jury

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury will hear a case next month involving a couple charged with robbing two people at gunpoint in Strasburg on March 21. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie, in Halifax County, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on ...

Mexican man faces deportation after conviction

WOODSTOCK – A Mexican national faces possible deportation after he pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a girl in Shenandoah County several years ago. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Eduardo Fernandez in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to five years in prison with four years and three ...

Man sentenced for attempted stabbing

WOODSTOCK – A U.S. military veteran received no jail time Friday for trying to stab family members during a domestic incident in Shenandoah County in January. Jonathan Paul Bailey pleaded guilty  in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of attempted malicious wounding. An ...

Judge sentences three for roles in heroin ring

A Front Royal man must serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in an area heroin-distribution ring. Chief Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Adrian Darnell Edwards in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Monday to 190 months or 15 years and 10 months for conspiring with ...

Veteran charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a former U.S. military member tried to stab several family members during a domestic incident in January. A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted Jonathan Paul Bailey on Wednesday on three counts of attempting malicious wounding and one charge of child ...

Four sentenced in Fire Department cases

WOODSTOCK — One current and three former members of the Strasburg Fire Department, including the former fire chief and current member Dale King, were sentenced to jail Thursday for periods varying from one to three months following their convictions on misdemeanor charges of contributing to ...

Judge sentences two for plot to attack woman last year

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman and a teenage boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to their roles in a plot that left a victim with serious injuries last year. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Breaunna Anderson Hinkle to five years in prison with one year and six months suspended for malicious ...

Judge keeps murder trial in county for now

FRONT ROYAL – The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding another must stay in Warren County for now. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a hearing on motions filed by his attorney, Jason Ransom. Ritchie, 28, ...

Attorney seeks to move child murder case out of area

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with killing his girlfriend’s young son and injuring the boy’s twin wants a judge to move his trial out of Warren County. Chad Andrew Ritchie stands charged with second-degree murder for the death of Tabitha Rose Zimmerman’s 22-month-old son. Ritchie, 28, ...