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Mental health expert appointed for defendant in murder case

WOODSTOCK -- A capital murder case against Nicole Dawn Miller continued to churn toward a mid-January trial date Wednesday with Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp approving the appointment of a mental health expert to help in Miller's defense.
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Area police planning National Night Out

Area police departments are gearing up for the 31st National Night Out, a crime prevention initiative scheduled for Tuesday evening.
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Last member of heroin distribution ring sentenced to two years

The last of seven defendants in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of heroin around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison and five years of probation.
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Attempted voluntary manslaughter charge dropped, likely to return

WOODSTOCK -- The prosecution dropped a charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter Monday against a New Market man accused in court documents of driving his car at a sheriff's deputy in an attempt to run him over.
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Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.
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Man sought in Frederick County bank robbery

A man robbed the United Bank at 199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester on Monday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
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Subpoenas seek information on undercover cigarette sting

A defense attorney in a cigarette trafficking case is seeking to subpoena undercover law enforcement officers and documents associated with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office anti-cigarette trafficking operations.
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List of charges against burglary suspect grows

WOODSTOCK - The list of charges against a man who authorities believe committed a string of burglaries last fall and early this year has grown to 27 after the latest grand jury indictments in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Wolf disappointed in McAuliffe's stance on heroin

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's rejection of a call for creation of a statewide task force on heroin shows the governor is "really going to miss the boat" in addressing the spread of the drug, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, said Wednesday.
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Two arrested on drug charges

A routine traffic stop on July 16 led to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute against the driver and the passenger.
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Heroin overdose suspected in Shenandoah County death

The head of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force said Tuesday that the death of a 28-year-old Lebanon Church man on Saturday was likely the 19th in the Northern Shenandoah Valley this year attributable to a heroin overdose.
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Police investigating motorcycle theft

Front Royal police are investigating the theft of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from a home in the 200 block of Cloud Street.
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Defense attorney describes futility of RSW jail visit

FRONT ROYAL -- A motion filed in Warren County Circuit Court a few days ago sheds light on mounting complaints from defense attorneys about what they describe as the failure of the newly opened Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on U.S. 340-522 to grant them adequate access to their clients.
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Strasburg man gets year in jail for attempted arson

A Strasburg man will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to two attempted arson-related counts Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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More indictments issued in cigarette smuggling cases

Law enforcement's efforts to crack down on the smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia to other states continued Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the grand jury indictments of three more men from other states.
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Man accused of killing cat with bow and arrow

A Middletown man is facing a felony charge of torturing an animal and causing its death following his indictment by a grand jury Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court.
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New Market man accused of trying to run over deputy

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market man remains in jail after authorities say he tried to run over a sheriff's deputy Saturday.
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Judge: Defense attorneys must disclose records in murder case

WOODSTOCK - Defense attorneys for accused murderer Claude Shafer cannot withhold background information about their client from the prosecution, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled in a hearing Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three arrested after Front Royal heroin bust

Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force arrested three men during a heroin bust at the home of two of the defendants on June 26, Front Royal police disclosed late Friday.
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Judge delays sentencing decision

WOODSTOCK -- The sentencing of an 18-year-old Edinburg man convicted on charges linking him to plans for a shooting and bombing rampage at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg remained unresolved after three hours of testimony Wednesday.
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Stephens City man faces child sex assault charges in New Jersey

A Stephens City man appeared in a Freehold, New Jersey, courtroom Tuesday on five counts linked to sexual assaults of two minors in that community.
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Man, woman accused in beating of Strasburg man

WOODSTOCK -- A man and a woman have been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in a June 25 incident that sent a Strasburg man to the hospital with a broken jaw and broken ribs.
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Wanted man turns himself in to Strasburg police

The Strasburg Police Department's Facebook page calls the arrest Wednesday of Jeremiah Lanham, 30, of Mauertown, the easiest ever made by the department.
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Two more men facing cigarette trafficking charges

Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court Friday, both on charges of selling, transporting, receiving or possessing 500 or more packages of improperly stamped cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes on them.
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Supervisors, sheriff clash over asset forfeiture spending

WOODSTOCK -- Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and several members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors argued heatedly Tuesday over items Carter is proposing to purchase with asset forfeiture funds in fiscal year 2015.
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Three cigarette smuggling cases emerge in court

WOODSTOCK -- Hearings in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Thursday on three cases involving defendants facing a long list of charges linked to cigarette smuggling shed new light on an extensive investigation mounted by the county Sheriff's Office against illicit cigarette sales.
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Defendant contests charges after videotaping police while armed

Andrew Charles Studds insists he wasn't doing anything wrong when he videotaped Front Royal police while carrying a holstered gun on his right hip as they conducted traffic stops a few weeks ago.
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Excessive force cited as reason for officer's dismissal

Former Strasburg police officer Aaron H. Lewis lost his job over accusations that he used excessive force against a suspect in a drug case, falsification of records and violation of safety rules without a threat to life, according to documents in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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Three sentenced for roles in Winchester crack dealing ring

A man described in court documents as the leader and enforcer of an extensive crack cocaine ring in Winchester was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to life imprisonment.
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New Market police looking for home invasion suspect

New Market police are searching for a man who took an undisclosed amount of money during a home invasion in the 9600 block of John Sevier Road early Monday morning.
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Winchester police investigate infant's hospitalization

City police are investigating the circumstances that led to a young baby being taken to Winchester Medical Center on Wednesday.
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Nurse suspended following arrest

The Virginia Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse from Winchester.
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Police: Gun fired in self-defense

A Berryville police officer fired his service weapon in self-defense when a town man attacked him with a metal pipe on April 20, state police said Friday.
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Woman indicted on sex abuse charges against 11-year-old boy

FRONT ROYAL --A local woman was indicted Monday on charges that she committed sexual acts with an 11-year-old boy in June.
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Fingerprints sought in post office theft

WOODSTOCK -- Search warrants have been executed in the last two weeks to obtain fingerprints of three men in connection with the suspected theft of items from the Toms Brook Post Office in August, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Man charged in stabbing amid dispute over drugs

NEW MARKET -- A resident of the Blue Ridge Inn is accused of stabbing a neighbor following a dispute regarding a drug transaction.
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Woman, 76, hurt in two-car crash

STRASBURG -- A town woman was taken to Winchester Medical Center following a crash Tuesday afternoon on North Massanutten Street.
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Neighborhood watch meeting set

WOODSTOCK -- Police Chief Bryan Hutcheson will host his second neighborhood watch meeting in January.
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Couple avoids jail time after torching car

WOODSTOCK -- A New Market couple played with fire but didn't get burned by having to spend any time behind bars for doing so.
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Washington man charged with abduction

WINCHESTER -- A Washington, D.C., man held his fiancee captive after assaulting her and another woman in Stephens City before fleeing to Warren County on Christmas Eve, authorities said Monday.

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