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Man charged in abduction case

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities have arrested and charged a man with abduction as a result of an investigation that began when a woman reported that he had punched her in the face and would not let her leave his residence. The defendant, Mason Challis, 26, of 89 Chestnut Hill Drive, has been ...

Police say groggy suspect used heroin

STRASBURG – Town police arrested a Maryland man they described as under the influence of heroin while they investigated a report of a vehicle theft and credit card theft early Friday morning. The defendant, Justin Duran Laughlin, 25, was one of two people arrested during the investigation. ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Nov. 26 FEEDER: Bulls L&M 1, 400-499 lbs., $115.00-124.00; 500-599 lbs., $110.00-120.00; 600-699 lbs., $96.00-104.50; 700-799 lbs., $89.00-98.00. Bulls L&M 2, 300-399 lbs., $132.00; 400-499 lbs., $102.00-115.00; 500-599 lbs., $100.00-116.00; 600-699 ...

Board to hear fire station’s plea for help

The Conicville Volunteer Fire Department recently reiterated its demand that Shenandoah County assign paid responders to its station. Whether or not the Board of Supervisors finds the money needed to hire more firefighters remains uncertain as county officials head into budget-making season. ...

Valley Milk raided after probe

Federal authorities seized millions of pounds of products from Valley Milk Products’ plant in Strasburg as the result of an investigation over the summer that found poor sanitary practices and evidence of salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that the ...

Fire destroys two houses

STEPHENS CITY – A fire Wednesday night destroyed one house and another that was under construction. Frederick County fire and rescue officials said the fire started at 128 Trumpet Vine Drive, an unoccupied house that was under construction but only a few weeks away from ...

Strasburg FCCLA holds Chair-ity Auction

A Chair-ity Auction sponsored by the Strasburg Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is underway. Heather Hiserman, Strasburg High School's FCCLA adviser, said funds raised from the auction will benefit Abbi Copp, a Strasburg High School agriculture teacher and a 12-year ...

Town to consider rental inspection program

Front Royal could soon put rental properties and their owners under tighter scrutiny. The Planning Commission holds a public hearing tonight on a proposed ordinance intended to set up a rental-inspection program that would give the town more power over the condition of such ...

Tractor-trailers collide on I-81

A collision between two tractor-trailers Wednesday morning caused traffic issues on Interstate 81 just south of Mount Jackson, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The first tractor-trailer was a 2015 Volvo with a box trailer ...

Counties debate truck ban on road

Some Warren County leaders say too many tractor-trailers travel Reliance Road but Frederick County officials remain unconvinced. Members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation Committee met earlier this week to consider Warren County’s proposal to prohibit ...

Details emerge in domestic abuse cases

WOODSTOCK – New details emerged in Shenandoah County Circuit Court regarding a Maurertown man who has been charged with three counts of domestic assault in Virginia and a separate charge of domestic assault against another woman in Hardy County, West Virginia. The matter came up when the ...

Meth cooker sentenced to 3 years and 9 months

WOODSTOCK – A Mount Jackson man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail Wednesday for the manufacturing of a controlled substance, among other charges. Dustin Lee Wilfong appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court facing charges of the manufacturing of ...

Chase defendant deemed mentally unfit

WOODSTOCK – The ability of William Walter Grim Jr. to stand trial in the foreseeable future on charges linked to a harrowing police chase was thrown into doubt at a hearing Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to review his mental competency. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis ...

Shooting defendant pleads guilty

WOODSTOCK – A Mount Jackson man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to attempted first-degree murder of his father in a shooting incident that left the victim with a bullet that remains lodged in his face. The defendant, Brandon Michael Cline, 20, formerly of 6284 ...

Heroin deaths, overdoses increase

The last month of the year arrives with the number of non-fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioid drugs already well over twice the level for all of 2015. The death toll from overdoses is also running ahead of last year, but only slightly more so. The area encompassing Shenandoah, ...

Town planners back rental inspection program

FRONT ROYAL – A rental-inspection program for the town passed a first step Wednesday. The Planning Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance that would create a rental-inspection district in the downtown area as well as a maintenance code. The panel voted 6-0 to forward the proposal to Town ...

Head of parks to retire

Jim Northup, superintendent of Shenandoah National Park as well as Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Middletown, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 2. He served in those roles for just shy of four years, beginning his tenure in March 2013. His work with the ...

County goes after illegal dumping

People who dump prohibited items in Shenandoah County's trash compactors could expect to wind up in court. The Sheriff’s Office has charged 10 people with unlawful dumping in the past couple of months, according to the agency’s published reports. Major Scott Proctor said Tuesday that ...

Man accused of hindering firefighters

WOODSTOCK – A town resident accused of scuffling with police during a fire at his residence is facing charges related to the incident. The defendant, Ricardo James Gomes Jr., 25, spit on a Woodstock police officer and interfered with firefighters as they tried to extinguish a fire at his ...