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Courts & Legal News

Rape conviction appeal moves forward

WOODSTOCK – A man convicted of rape in Shenandoah County last summer recently appealed his case to the Virginia Court of Appeals. An appellate court judge on Friday granted Patrick J. Wakeman’s petition for an appeal that allows the case to move forward. J. Lloyd Snook filed a petition ...

Judge jails man for stealing quarters

WOODSTOCK – A Mississippi man must serve jail time for stealing hundreds of dollars in quarters from Shenandoah County coin laundry businesses. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Mark Anthony Prindell Palang in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday to 15 years in prison for three counts of ...

Dog attack leads to suspended jail term

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County woman received a suspended jail sentence Friday after her dog attacked and bit a jogger in October. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Carey Rose Bailey, 45, of 1503 Helsley Road, Edinburg, in Shenandoah County General District Court to 12 months in jail for ...

County responds to Dollar General rezoning lawsuit

WOODSTOCK – Attorneys for Shenandoah County have asked a judge to dismiss a resident’s lawsuit over the rezoning for a new Dollar General store. Attorneys with the Salem law firm Guynn & Waddell PC filed a response in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a complaint that ...

Sex offender returns to prison for probation violation

WOODSTOCK – A convicted sex offender who served time for crimes committed in 2003 must go back to prison for violating the terms of his probation. Lester Roy Hodson appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Friday for a hearing on a probation violation. An agreement reached between ...

Man tests positive for alcohol at court hearing

WOODSTOCK – A judge revoked a Shenandoah County man’s bond Wednesday for testing positive for alcohol in court. A grand jury indicted Kevin Lee Robinson in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on a felony count of driving after having been declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor driving ...

Judge delays sentencing in man’s assault, drug cases

WOODSTOCK – A judge has put off sentencing for a man accused of possessing illegal drugs and of spitting on a police officer. Carl O. Mesembe pleaded no contest in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to possession of methamphetamine. The court delayed adjudication of the case for ...

Felon arrested in gun sting

WOODSTOCK – Authorities charged a convicted felon from Maryland with possession of six firearms after he bought them during a sting operation. William Anthony Mayo, 45, of Temple Hills, Maryland, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his next appearance in Shenandoah County ...

Man sentenced in iPad theft scheme

FRONT ROYAL – A Maryland man must serve jail time for trying to sell iPads fraudulently in Warren County. Aaron Lavon Coley, 20, of Windsor, pleaded guilty Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to committing one count each of possession of cocaine, falsely identifying himself to a law ...

Judge sets December trial in child’s death

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of killing his girlfriend’s young child and wounding the victim's twin brother faces trial in December. Chad Andrew Ritchie appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for a hearing on motions ahead of his trial on charges of second-degree ...

Prosecutor seeks cash seized from defendant

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities want to claim more than $5,000 taken from a Frederick County man charged with dealing marijuana and other offenses. A grand jury indicted James Atwell Judy Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 9 on charges of driving after having been ...

Man gets jail time for stealing from Alzheimer’s patient

WOODSTOCK – A town man has received a 3-month jail sentence for taking advantage of and stealing money from an Alzheimer’s patient in 2016. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Robert Lee Hitt in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to six years in prison for committing two counts of ...

Couple in illegal cigarette case owes thousands to court

WOODSTOCK – A New York couple convicted in 2016 for selling untaxed cigarettes in Shenandoah County could take decades to pay off their debt to the court. Abelis and Ronald Vasconcelos appeared for a show-cause hearing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to determine the status ...

New trial dates set for appeals of former Strasburg firefighters

WOODSTOCK — New dates have been set for the appeals of former Strasburg Fire Department members Dale King and Nathan Hirschberg. Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp continued both cases Wednesday. The two bench trials will instead occur at 9 a.m. July 23. During the proceedings, Hupp said that he was ...

Authorities arrest man accused in 2000 rape case

WOODSTOCK – A Nebraska man stands charged with raping a teen girl in Shenandoah County more than 17 years ago. Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley has accused Santiago Raymundo-Rafael of raping a minor child on Jan. 3, 2000. Wiseley makes the accusation in an ...

Courthouse Notes: Shenandoah County

The following information is from the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and Department of Building Inspections:   Marriage Licenses Mitchell Lee Markley Sr., 56, of Basye, and Teresa Lynn Brooks, 52, of Basye. Christopher Michael Barrett, 45, of Mount Jackson, and Melissa ...

Man once committed accused of having gun

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of having a firearm despite an order committing him to treatment – the second time in four years – remains free on bond. Kurt M. Jankowski, 33, of 997 Wilderness Road, Linden, stands charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having ...

Man gets probation for choking girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man received a suspended jail sentence Monday for strangling his girlfriend last June. Aaron Dwayne Pugh, 41, of 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of ...

Man gets jail time for hurting infant

WOODSTOCK – A Rockingham County man must serve jail time for severely injuring an infant in Mount Jackson in September. Judge Dennis L. Hupp found Hirving Ayala, 24, of Penn Laird, Virginia, guilty on one count of felony child abuse, failing to provide medical attention to an injured child ...

Fifth member in Strasburg Fire Department case found guilty

WOODSTOCK — Another former member of the Strasburg Fire Department has been found guilty by a judge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In a bench trial on Thursday, Judge William Logan convicted Bradly Markin and sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 70 of those days suspended. ...