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Courts & Legal News

Man convicted of sex crimes against child

A Warren County man accused of committing sex crimes against a child last year entered a plea deal Tuesday to avoid a life sentence. Justice Morgan Henry appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he stood charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and ...

Overdose victim pleads to drug charge

FRONT ROYAL – A town man who overdosed on heroin in January received jail time this week for drug possession. James Edward Loveless, 37, of Viscose Ave., Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday. A grand jury handed up an indictment that day charging Loveless with ...

Man pleads to drug charge after overdose

FRONT ROYAL – A man who overdosed on drugs in April faces sentencing for a possession charge. Christopher David Senter pleaded no contest in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to one count of possession of a schedule I or II substance. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. accepted Senter’s plea ...

Strasburg man indicted on rape charge

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted a Strasburg man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl earlier this year. The grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Kyle Mason Hitchner, 22, of 319 Pendleton Lane, Strasburg, on one count of rape. Hitchner remains free on ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Warren County grand jury handed up indictments this week. The following were indicted: • Robert A. Binnix, 43, of 2607 Fairground Road, Front Royal, on one count of embezzlement from the Front Royal Little League between April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 • Laura Elizabeth Donavan, ...

Grand jury indicts man charges with sexual assault, strangulation

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury indicted a Warren County man this week on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting and choking a woman in September. Basil John Chuppa, 40, of 497 Catlett Mountain Road, Front Royal, remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of ...

Woman gets jail time for thefts

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman accused of selling stolen property, including a gun in 2017, must serve more than a year in jail time. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Melissa Dawn Bosley in Shenandoah County on Wednesday to 12 months in jail for buying a firearm while the subject of a ...

Testing delays prompt court to dismiss drug charges

WOODSTOCK – Delays at a state laboratory prompted Shenandoah County prosecutors to drop drug charges against a Strasburg woman Wednesday. Judge Clark A. Ritchie granted a motion by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Austin Hovermale in Circuit Court to dismiss charges against Virginia S. ...

Man charged with stealing truck, possessing sawed-off rifle

Authorities arrested a Shenandoah County man Friday who is accused of stealing a roofing-company vehicle and possessing a sawed-off rifle. Timothy Lynn McClanahan, 27, of 927 S. Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, was charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and possession of ...

Two arrests made in attempted robbery, assault

Two men were arrested Friday evening on charges related to a robbery at the Front Royal skate park earlier in the month. Corey Smith, 19, of Stephens City, was charged with malicious wounding, robbery and brandishing a firearm. Connor Keane, 19, of Mount Jackson, was also charged with ...

Strasburg Board of Zoning Appeals decision upheld in circuit court case

WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County judge upheld a decision from Strasburg's Board of Zoning Appeals that found a fence of a Strasburg resident in violation of the town's regulations. Under Virginia law, there is a high threshold for overturning a decision by a town Board of Zoning Appeals. ...

Convicted drug dealer gets short sentence

WOODSTOCK – A man convicted of dealing cocaine in Shenandoah County received a reduced jail sentence for helping authorities investigate a robbery. Ricardo James Gomes Jr. pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to charges of assault and battery of a law enforcement ...

Drug dealing nets mostly suspended prison time

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman has received prison time for dealing drugs in the area. Ashley Marie Rush, 34, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to six counts of manufacturing a controlled substance and four counts of possession of drugs. ...

Judge sends man to prison for destroying ex-girlfriend’s property

WOODSTOCK – A man must serve prison time for breaking into and destroying properties owned by an ex-girlfriend in 2016. Judge Clark A. Ritchie sentenced Edward Lee Roadcap Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to 39 years in a state penitentiary and 12 months in jail with all ...

Woman connected to pursuit enters plea

WOODSTOCK – A woman received suspended jail time Monday for her role in an incident in Strasburg earlier this year that involved a man tossing a child into a creek during a police chase. Kristia Ann Leitma, 27, of Haymarket, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where she ...

Second man sentenced for taking property from ill woman

A second Shenandoah County man received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday for stealing from a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. Judge Clark Ritchie sentenced Robert Carroll in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two years in a state penitentiary for felony petit larceny for taking a garden ...

Man jailed for domestic assault

A Warren County man has received jail time for assaulting a woman at a Front Royal hotel in July. Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. sentenced Freddie Lee Kendricks Jr. in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday to three years in prison for committing one felony count of domestic assault – a third or ...

Man receives prison time for dealing drugs

A Shenandoah County man must serve prison time for dealing drugs last year. Jeffrey Craig Mays appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday where he stood charged with two counts of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled ...

Man charged with child rape pleads to lesser crime

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of raping two girls in 2017 avoided a jury trial and potential life sentences Thursday by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Mike Edward Haymond stood charged in Warren County Circuit Court with four counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13. The ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

A Shenandoah County grand jury convened Wednesday and handed up indictments on the following people: • Eugene Bruce Eaton, 35, of 5336 Old Valley Pike, New Market, on one count of domestic assault, a third or subsequent offense • Eric Chester Parsons, 35, of 16557 Sherwood Ave., ...