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Courts & Legal News

Judge keeps murder trial in county for now

FRONT ROYAL – The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding another must stay in Warren County for now. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a hearing on motions filed by his attorney, Jason Ransom. Ritchie, 28, ...

Attorney seeks to move child murder case out of area

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with killing his girlfriend’s young son and injuring the boy’s twin wants a judge to move his trial out of Warren County. Chad Andrew Ritchie stands charged with second-degree murder for the death of Tabitha Rose Zimmerman’s 22-month-old son. Ritchie, 28, ...

Man to serve prison time for having sex with minors

FRONT ROYAL – A 20-year-old man must serve 10 years in prison for having sex with underage girls. Brian Stephan Barclay pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of rape of a girl under 13 years old and carnal knowledge of a different underage girl without force. ...

Man who shot daughter avoids prison

FRONT ROYAL – A plea deal reached Monday allows a man accused of shooting his daughter in the face in 2015 to avoid prison time and felony convictions. Allen J. Whitehead Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court  where he entered Alford pleas of guilt to misdemeanor charges of assault ...

Man charged with drug possession in overdose

FRONT ROYAL – Police charged a town man with drug possession after officers responded to an overdose at his home last week. Michael A. Craig Sr., 32, of 624 Massanutten Ave., remains held on bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on two counts of possession of a controlled ...

Authorities accuse two of taking car from impound

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities arrested two people over the weekend suspected of leaving drugs in a car they later took from an impound lot without permission. Ashton Beck Burroughs, 32, and England Marie Holley, 28, of no fixed address in New Market, made their first appearance ...

Staunton police nab Strasburg robbery suspects

Staunton police picked up two suspects Wednesday afternoon wanted in an armed robbery in Strasburg that occurred earlier that morning. Richard Dale Culley, 29, and his wife Tammy Ann Culley, 28, both of Nathalie,  remain held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail in Augusta County. ...

Former Marine ordered to register as sex offender for soliciting minor

WOODSTOCK – A former U.S. Marine must register as a sex offender and pay a fine but serve no jail time after a jury found him guilty of soliciting an underage girl he met in an online dating site in 2016. Timothy Ducharme, 23, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, appeared for a sentencing hearing in ...

In Brief

Coach accused of kicking dog WOODSTOCK – Strasburg High School head football coach Mark Christopher Roller is accused of kicking a dog at the school earlier this month. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy Coltin Manich charged Roller, 47, of 1252 Country Brook Road, Toms Brook, with one ...

Man pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man found guilty Friday of committing animal cruelty must receive mental health treatment and not keep any pets. Cassidy Devon Loiselle, 36, of Fort Valley, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court where he stood charged with five misdemeanor ...

Affidavit: Defendant smuggled drugs into court

WOODSTOCK – A man charged in a 2011 string of burglaries is accused of smuggling drugs into a Shenandoah County court while in law enforcement custody last week. Peter Nicholas Zimmerman, 41, of West Virginia, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on March 7. A county grand jury ...

Woman gives up horses after summer incident

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County woman recently gave up custody of three horses to an equine rescue group after a judge convicted her of animal cruelty. Denise A. Jensen appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on March 4 to appeal a lower court judge’s ruling that found her guilty of ...

Judge dismisses rape case over evidence issues

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County judge dismissed a man’s rape charge Tuesday after a prosecutor said the case ran into evidence problems. Shawn Isaiah Moses, 23, of Winchester, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Peter McDermott. A grand jury indicted Moses on Jan. ...

Grand jury indicts teen on gun theft, gang charges

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury recently indicted an area teenager on charges of participating in a street gang, breaking into a Warren County home and stealing two guns in May 2017. Kenyatta Chase Chandler, 18, remains in custody at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail while he ...

Lawsuit in area man’s death likely heading to trial

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled there is “disputed material fact' as to whether five Martinsburg, West Virginia police officers used excessive force when in 2013 they shot and killed a 50-year-old man once from Stephens City. In a 14-page opinion filed Monday, a ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah County

iThe following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections:   Marriage Licenses Kurt Alan Lewis, 35, of Strasburg, and Jamie Elizabeth Book, 32, of Strasburg. Bryker Emmett Hicks, 25, of Strasburg, and Candice Jae Shoultz, ...

Parties settle lawsuit over town man’s death

FRONT ROYAL – The family of a man who died after a vehicle crash in 2016 settled a lawsuit Thursday against the driver blamed for causing the collision. Judge Thomas Horne accepted the settlement agreement between the victim’s survivors and attorneys for the automobile insurance companies ...

Judge denies bond to man charged in domestic incident

WOODSTOCK – A judge denied bond on Wednesday to a Strasburg man accused of threatening his wife and firing a gun in his house last month. Alfred Allen Minor appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Michael Araj for an appeal of a decision by a lower court judge that the ...

Middletown sued for denying proffer amendment

The developer of the Village at Middletown LC is suing the Middletown Town Council for denying a request to reduce a planned proffer for the subdivision. The lawsuit, filed in Frederick County Circuit Court by developer Dave Holliday, argues that Middletown, by accepting the higher initial ...

Judge drops charges in elder abuse case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge dismissed charges this week against a woman accused of neglecting an elderly Linden man as his caretaker and using his credit cards before he died in 2014. Angela Lee Nebel, 53, formerly of Luray, had been charged in Warren County Circuit Court with abuse of an ...