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Courts & Legal News

Domestic assault incident sends two to hospital

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities charged a Maurertown man Tuesday in a domestic assault incident that left one person with severe head injuries. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Phillip Houston Moore, 48, of 1760 Sugar Hill Road, Maurertown, and charged him ...

House to consider asset forfeiture bill

Virginia could change how and when law enforcement agencies receive money from assets seized during criminal investigations. A House of Delegates committee this week endorsed legislation that would require a court to find a defendant guilty of a crime before he or she could lose assets taken ...

Man faces hearing on rape charge

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man charged with rape remains in jail awaiting his next court hearing. Michael Jacob Simmons, 25, of Senedo Road, Mount Jackson, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal on charges of rape and object sexual ...

Judge grants bond in former RSW guard case

WOODSTOCK – A former Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail corrections officer was granted a $2,500 secured bond Friday. Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, appeared for a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court on a charge of attempted carnal knowledge of an inmate. ...

RSW inmate said she felt intimidated by guard

WOODSTOCK – A Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate felt intimidated by a guard who repeatedly attempted to have intercourse with her, the criminal complaint against the guard alleges. According to the complaint, former RSW corrections officer Joseph Daniel Demarino Jr., 51, of ...

Judge sentences couple for making meth in 2013

WOODSTOCK – A New York couple has received suspended prison sentences for running a methamphetamine laboratory in Shenandoah County in 2013. Wayne Allen Shillingburg and Valerie Ann Hall, of Millport, New York, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday for sentencing. Each ...

Man gets two life sentences for rapes

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Fort Valley man Monday to serve two life sentences and 10 years in prison for raping a child in 2016. James Allen Lutz appeared for his sentencing hearing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday. A jury convicted Lutz, 34, on two counts of rape of a child ...

Driver with children clocked at 102 mph on I-81

WOODSTOCK – A Georgia woman accused of driving 102 mph on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County with children in her car entered a plea deal Wednesday to avoid jail time. Tonice K. Eden pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to committing one count each of reckless ...

Fifth person charged in jail escape

A fifth person has been charged in relation to the escape of an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brad Pugh said that police have arrested James Huber Jay in connection with the Jan. 17 escape of Matthew Perry Michael. On ...

Jury acquits man accused of child sex abuse

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County jury acquitted Wednesday a Winchester man accused of sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend’s daughter almost six years ago. The jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court found Gemayel L. Farmer, 33, not guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving ...

Preliminary hearings set for prisoner escape cases

FRONT ROYAL — A preliminary hearing has been set for the cases of three people who were allegedly involved in the escape of a prisoner from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren  Regional Jail. During a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Dale Houff scheduled a hearing date — 2 p.m. March 21 — for ...

Town man gets suspended time for assault on girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A judge on Monday sentenced a town man to assaulting and strangling his girlfriend in May. Casey E. Jenkins, 27, of 117 W. 8th St., appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to committing assault and battery on a family member and strangulation. Judge ...

Driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist

A Strasburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking a bicyclist while driving under the influence in 2016. Ernest Linwood Tharpe III appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to the charge of driving while intoxicated and maiming another individual. ...

Defendants in heroin ring enter guilty pleas

Defendants charged with participating in a heroin ring based in Front Royal and Baltimore pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday. Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg showed that Nicole Renea McNall, Sheldon Berry and Brittani ...

Judge, attorneys react to killer’s commuted sentence

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to commute the death sentence of convicted killer William Joseph Burns to life imprisonment without parole is both supported and opposed by those involved in the case. Burns, of Wardensville, West Virginia, was convicted in 2000 of the 1998 rape and murder of ...

Jury trial set in murder case

A September jury trial has been set in the case involving a Front Royal man accused in the shooting death of his stepfather in March 2017. David Glynn Hoyle Jr., 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hoyle is ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah

The following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections: Marriage licenses • Ollie Joe Lawler, 51, Woodstock and Ronna Marie Sheipe, 51, Martinsburg West Virginia • Anthony Dale George, Jr., 55, Stuart, Florida and Debra Joy Aquino, ...

Year in Review: Murder, violent offenses top crime, court issues in 2017

Murder and violent crimes against others were two of the more prominent crime issues seen in the area outside of the drug crisis. There were two murders in Front Royal and one in Warren County outside of the town limits in 2017. This year also saw the conviction of multiple murder cases from ...

Man pleads guilty to copper theft

WOODSTOCK -- A Stanley man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three theft-related charges after stealing $3,400 worth of copper earlier this year. Phillip Samuel Hyre, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy to sell stolen property as part of a plea agreement. ...

Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in murder case

FRONT ROYAL -- Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier denied a defense motion on Wednesday to suppress evidence in the case involving a local man accused in the March shooting death of his stepfather. Defense attorneys for David Glynn Hoyle, Jr., 32, filed a motion asking the judge to prohibit ...