Crime

Body found at Martin’s parking lot

WINCHESTER -- A badly decomposed body, believed to be that of a man, was found inside of a car in a Frederick County grocery store parking lot Monday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office received a call at 12:27 p.m. to respond to the Martin's at 200 N. Rivendell Court in the Sunnyside area after a ...

Police ID man shot on Friday

Victim in stable condition after leading authorities on manhunt By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities have identified the man wounded in a shooting incident involving a law enforcement officer that led to a manhunt Friday night in Frederick County. Jose Coperlino ...

Man indicted on sex charges

Police say he faked having cancer, lured boys into Strasburg apartment By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- A Strasburg man accused of luring two boys to his apartment under the guise that he had cancer and then committing sex acts against them was indicted on 16 charges ...

Town police seek stabbing suspect

Daily Staff Report STRASBURG -- Strasburg police are looking for three men involved in the Friday afternoon stabbing of a 21-year-old town man. Chief Tim Sutherly said the man and a young woman were walking down Branch Street at about 2 p.m. when the victim said he yelled at a driver to slow ...

W.Va. man nabbed in sex predator sting

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a West Virginia man is under investigation as part of an undercover operation targeting online sexual predators. An affidavit filed for a search warrant in Frederick County Circuit Court on Friday states a man identified as Robert Fuss III, of Hedgesville, engaged ...

SU attack nets prison term

Stephens City man to serve 3-1⁄2 years for his role in May 2010 mob assault By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City man received prison time for his role in a mob attack on two men near Shenandoah University last May. Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. sentenced ...

Coin thieves ordered to serve

Sentences for four range from 3 to 21 months By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com NEW MARKET -- Four Texans -- including a mother and son -- have been sentenced to time behind bars for their roles in stealing valuable coins from an elderly New Market man. Anthony Benson, 21, and his ...

Suspect wounded, then leads officers on 90-minute manhunt

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A man suffered a gunshot wound as he avoided arrest by undercover officers in Frederick County on Friday evening, according to authorities. Emergency workers took the unidentified man, who appeared to be bleeding from his abdomen, by ...

$4,300 in iPods taken from Target

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities say the theft of several iPods in a robbery at Target on Tuesday in the city appears similar to other incidents in Northern Virginia. A suspect still at large took several iPods valued at approximately $4,300 from the Target ...

City man charged in coin, jewelry heist

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com Rings, watches among the nearly $75,000 worth of items reported missing from home WINCHESTER -- Authorities accuse a city man of having thousands of dollars worth of coins and jewelry reported stolen from a Winchester home last week. Investigators ...

Automobile parts reported stolen

Daily Staff Report WOODSTOCK -- Parts were reported stolen from a car parked at a storage facility lot on May 23. A front bumper and bracket were removed from a 2002 Subaru parked at the facility in the 18000 block of Old Valley Pike, and cooling system parts were taken, Shenandoah County ...

Police: Man got license with alias

Daily Staff Report NEW MARKET -- A town man recently was arrested on two counts of identity theft. Samuel Lee Wissler, 46, of 1490 New Market Depot Road, was arrested on May 25, the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said. Maj. Scott Proctor said a deputy discovered in December that ...

Domestic dispute leads to charges

Daily Staff Report EDINBURG -- A Strasburg man was arrested after he was accused of pushing a woman while she held a newborn. Jamil Honesty Roberts, 32, of 367 Branch St., was arrested Friday and charged with felony child neglect and assault and battery of a family member. Shenandoah County ...

School burglary charges pending

Daily Staff Reports FRONT ROYAL -- Charges are pending against seven juveniles as a result of a May 16 vandalism incident at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School, according to authorities. On the morning of May 16, a school employee notified the Warren County Sheriff's Office the school ...

Cash, saw stolen from residence

Daily Staff Report EDINBURG -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of an undisclosed amount of cash and a saw from the 15000 block of Senedo Road. A Black and Decker saw, valued at around $100, and the money were taken from the home sometime between May 18 and ...

Officers train for victims’ information program

Daily Staff Report FRONT ROYAL -- Front Royal police officers will participate in training for a new program for crime victims. The program is called Victim Information and Notification Everyday, according to a news release from Police Chief Richard H. Furr. Some patrol officers ...

Police plan 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy

Daily Staff Report FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal Police Department is accepting names for next year's Citizen's Police Academy. The department recently held a graduation ceremony for this year's participants in the 11-week course. According to a news release from Police Chief Richard H. ...

Woman pleads guilty to robbery

Girard, 31, admits to Rite-Aid holdup, firearm charges By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- A town woman pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to robbing the Woodstock Rite-Aid at gunpoint in December. Leah Taite Girard, 31, of 508 S. Water St., ...

Couple cleared of charges in sex case

Inconsistencies found in account of 8-year-old boy who said he was forced to watch the pair have intercourse By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- A man and woman from New Market have been cleared of charges they forced an 8-year-old boy to watch them have intercourse. In ...

Negligence suit lands in U.S. District Court

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A man's lawsuit accuses a tractor-trailer driver of negligence for hitting him in the parking lot of a Clear Brook truck stop in 2008. Michael D. Beatty filed a complaint in Frederick County Circuit Court on July 22 against Carolina Tank ...