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Fire devastates Frederick County home

GORE -- A rural Frederick County home was destroyed by fire Wednesday night.
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City man pleads guilty to federal conspiracy charge

HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man recently convicted of running a check-fraud ring in the area in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a federal conspiracy charge, according to court documents.
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Woman's 911 call thwarts burglar

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County woman retreated to a bathroom Tuesday afternoon and called 911 after a man broke into her home with a crowbar, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
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Man, 22, guilty of larceny charges

FRONT ROYAL -- A White Post man who authorities said stole firearms from a relative's home in March, and later threatened to burn down the residence after he broke into it, must serve two months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to a larceny charge stemming from the incidents.
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Man charged with incest had just served time

WOODSTOCK -- A Mt. Jackson man recently charged with incest was released from incarceration only about a month before the sex crimes are thought to have first surfaced, according to Shenandoah County Circuit Court records.
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Town man nears plea agreement

FRONT ROYAL -- A plea agreement could be entered next month for a local man accused of committing or attempting numerous burglaries and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry earlier this year.
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City man charged after I-81 blowup

WINCHESTER -- State police charged a city man with three crimes Saturday afternoon after he got into a dispute in his car on Interstate 81, walked down the highway and assaulted a driver.
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Sentencing in sex crime delayed

WOODSTOCK -- Sentencing is on hold for a Strasburg man who has admitted to sexually assaulting two girls under 10 years of age until a psychologist who prepared a sex offender report on him can testify.
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Robber of Union Bank still at large

WINCHESTER -- Authorities have released a more detailed description of a car possibly involved in a Wednesday armed bank robbery in Frederick County.
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More trouble for alleged bank robber

Loudoun County and Fairfax authorities have joined the Winchester Police Department in pressing charges against accused bank robber Benjamin Luzan Sebastian.
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Defense says home search was illegal

WINCHESTER -- Authorities illegally searched the home of a man accused of killing his mother in February, according to the defendant's attorney.
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Sentencing delayed for convicted bank robber

WOODSTOCK -- Sentencing for a convicted bank robber was delayed on Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after questions were raised about sentencing guidelines and reports that he had again tried to harm himself.
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Man charged with abduction counts

WINCHESTER -- A Maryland man remained in jail Wednesday after he was accused of holding a woman from Hyattsville, Md., against her will in his vehicle for several hours Tuesday afternoon.
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Man remains in jail in 2008 killing

BERRYVILLE -- A Mexican man accused of murdering one person and trying to kill another in Clarke County in 2008 remains in jail without bond.
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Man accused of assault indicted

WINCHESTER -- Two Front Royal men accused of assaulting a city deputy after shoplifting from an Apple Blossom Mall department store were indicted Tuesday by a Winchester Circuit Court grand jury.
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Man in custody after fleeing crash

WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City man is in custody after fleeing the scene of an crash Monday evening that closed both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Stephenson. Ray Cullen Hackett, 25, turned himself in at the state police office in Kernstown on Tuesday, according to Sgt. F.L. Tyler.
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Man sentenced in 2008 murder plot

A man charged in an unsuccessful 2008 plot to kill since-slain Berryville Town Councilwoman Gail S. Smith pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge in the case.
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Man, 19, to serve time for sex crime

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man must serve jail time for committing a sex crime against a teen girl in March.
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City man pleads guilty to drug distribution charges

HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester-area man could serve at least five years in federal prison for plotting to deal 10 ounces of cocaine in the Winchester area in August.
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Man hit by truck remains critical

MT. JACKSON -- A local family was still clinging to hope Friday that, for the second time in two years, one of its members would not be lost because of suspected criminal wrongdoing.
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Residents to receive phones for 911 calls

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Sheriff's Office is joining a nationwide effort geared toward collecting discarded cell phones and restoring them for use by the elderly or others who need to dial 911 in a pinch.
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Child may have lived with dead pets

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a woman accused of trashing a city home and charged with leaving dead animals on the property kept a child in unsanitary conditions in the residence.
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Delivery holdups could be linked

WINCHESTER -- City police say a pizza delivery driver was robbed at knifepoint in the city Tuesday night, and the incident appears similar to one that occurred Sunday night.
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Jewelry seized in investigation

WINCHESTER -- Numerous pieces of jewelry were seized Tuesday from a Winchester home as part of an investigation by city and Frederick County authorities into recent burglaries.
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County seeking help on break-ins

FORT VALLEY -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on two break-in incidents at the Fort Valley Country Store.
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Man charged with two incest counts

MT. JACKSON -- A town man has been arrested and charged with two counts of incest.
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Stolen trailer held $63,000 in perfume

WINCHESTER -- Frederick County authorities accuse four men from Florida of stealing a trailer carrying $63,000 worth of perfume.
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Charges imminent for registered sex offender

WOODSTOCK -- New charges against a violent sex offender who is accused of recently having sex with two underage girls are expected this week.

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