Courts & Legal News

Woman pleads guilty to larceny, felony eluding

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, as part of a plea agreement, including grand larceny and felony eluding police. In January, Keri Jo Baker, 19, broke into a locked room in a residential building with an accomplice and stole multiple items from the ...

Former deputy indicted on attempted sodomy charge

WOODSTOCK -- A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former deputy of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office on charges including attempted sodomy and kidnapping. Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 42, of Woodstock, is accused of attacking a woman in May in her home when he had been having mental health ...

Judge allows body camera footage in malicious wounding case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier agreed Tuesday to allow the prosecution to show body camera footage during the scheduled trial of a local man accused of maliciously harming a woman in February. Paul Michael Sullivan, 36, has been charged with malicious wounding after he allegedly ...

Woman pleads guilty to prison drug delivery

FRONT ROYAL -- A local woman pleaded guilty Monday to being one of four involved in a plot to deliver drugs to a prisoner in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Jennifer Lynn Mauck entered a plea agreement after the grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted her on the ...

Jury trial set for father accused of shooting daughter

FRONT ROYAL -- A new jury trial has been set in the case against a local man accused of shooting his daughter in the face in August 2015. A jury trial had been set for July 31-Aug 2 in the case against Allen Julian Whitehead Jr., 55, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden and Whitehead’s ...

Man pleads guilty to officer assault in I-81 chase

WOODSTOCK -- As part of a plea agreement, a Washington, D.C., man pleaded guilty on Friday to a long list of charges stemming from a police chase in April 2016. Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 32, was originally charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer when he almost hit ...

Sentencing postponed in getaway driver’s case

WOODSTOCK -- The sentencing hearing in the case against the local woman found guilty in the attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner was postponed Friday after her attorney was allowed to withdraw from the case. Andrea Kristin Scalf, 44, was found guilty in June on conspiracy to commit robbery, ...

Woodstock man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted a plea agreement Wednesday in the cocaine distribution case against a local man and sentenced the defendant to more than a year in prison. Wilberto Valentin-Ibarrondo, 29, pleaded guilty to five of the 11 cocaine distribution charges he was ...

Bond denied in attempted murder case

WOODSTOCK – A bond appeal from Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for a local man accused of attempted murder was denied Wednesday in circuit court. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 45, is accused of trying to shoot one of his brothers in the head with a pistol on June 10 at ...

Funds for psych expert granted in Edinburg stabbing case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp granted a defense motion on Wednesday for funds to hire a psychological expert in the case against the Edinburg man accused of stabbing a mother and her two daughters in a park. Samual Jacob Homer, 18, was indicted on July 12 on two counts of attempted ...

Judge denies furlough in child sex case

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied a furlough request on Wednesday for a Fort Valley man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. James Allen Lutz did not appear in court Wednesday, but his attorney, David Downes, argued in favor of allowing Lutz a few hours to attend ...

Front Royal man sentenced in gun larceny case

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was sentenced to over a decade of active prison time Tuesday after pleading guilty to obtaining money under false pretenses and larceny charges in late March. Michael Paul Addison, 32, defrauded the Front Royal Federal Credit Union in August 2015. He also stole two ...

Judge grants funds for psychological expert in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier granted a defense motion on Tuesday for funding to hire a psychological expert who will analyze the evidence in the case against a Front Royal man accused in the March shooting death of his stepfather. David Glynn Hoyle, 33, was indicted in early ...

Front Royal man found guilty of heroin distribution

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was found guilty of heroin distribution after a Monday morning bench trial before Circuit Judge James Lang. James Anthony Rawlings, 22, sold heroin to a confidential informant on Dec. 18, 2015 for $150, the informant and officers in the Northwest Regional Drug Task ...

Man sentenced in drug distribution case

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man was sentenced on Monday on the two heroin distribution charges he pleaded guilty to in May. Charles Jeremy Henson, 32, sold heroin to a confidential informant in March 2016 within 1,000 feet of a school, a park and a library, and was charged with both heroin ...

Man pleads guilty to larceny, gun charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Monday to a variety of gun, drug and larceny charges as part of a plea agreement. Tony William Hatfield Jr., 27, sold buprenorphine and naloxone -- drugs found in Suboxone, a narcotic pain reliever typically used as a heroin substitute for ...

Man pleads guilty to long list of larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to several charges related to a heroin-fueled burglary spree in Warren County in early 2016. Andrew Scott Polk, 25,  was sentenced to 90 years imprisonment, and will serve 13 years and nine months of that time in prison. He must also ...

Woman pleads guilty to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL -- A Kingwood, West Virginia, woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute as part of a plea agreement. Donna Denise Hardwick, 32, was at a Front Royal 7-Eleven on John Marshall Highway in January when authorities received a call about ...

Teacher pleads no contest to child sex charges

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier on Monday accepted a plea agreement in the case against a former Skyline High School teacher charged with having sexual relationships with his students. Steven Roger Bretsch, 33, of Haymarket, pleaded no contest to two counts of taking indecent ...

Stabbing case against Edinburg woman dismissed

WOODSTOCK -- The malicious wounding charge against an Edinburg woman who was accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend was dismissed Friday during a bench trial. Tammy Lynn Gnegy, 25, was charged with stabbing Phillip Runion on Nov. 16. When Runion took the witness stand to testify, he ...