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Courts & Legal News

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 ...

Judge puts off trial in VFW building arson, theft case

FRONT ROYAL – A judge has postponed next week’s jury trial for a woman charged with embezzling from a military veterans group then setting fire to its building in 2015. Leslie Rose Deavers appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday with her attorney David Downes. Deavers stands ...

Judge orders competency test for man accused of rape

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with committing sex crimes against two children must undergo evaluations to determine his competency to aid in his own defense and his mental state at the time of the alleged offenses. Mike Edward Haymond, 57, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for ...

Judge orders jail, treatment for woman in animal cruelty case

WOODSTOCK – A former New Market woman convicted on 10 counts of animal cruelty must serve two months in jail and undergo mental health treatment. Judge Amy Tisinger sentenced Nancy Ellen Jinkins in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday to 365 days in jail with 305 days suspended ...

Man accused of trying to run over officer remains in jail

FRONT ROYAL – A town man accused of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy after a motor vehicle crash remains in jail without bond. Michael Wayne Lewis II stands charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, a first offense of driving while intoxicated, felony eluding ...

Judge puts off plea in shooting case

FRONT ROYAL – A man accused of shooting his daughter in the face in 2015 tried to enter into a plea deal Tuesday to avoid serving jail time. Allen J. Whitehead Jr. appeared in Warren County Circuit Court poised to enter into a plea agreement reached between his attorney and the ...

Man accused of rape, trying to set victim on fire

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say a man attacked and raped a woman and then tried to wrap her up in a burning blanket at her Maurertown home over the weekend. Shane Wesley Sisk, 42, of no fixed address, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail ...

Man faces prison for attempted murder

WOODSTOCK – A town man faces  up to 10 years in prison for pointing a gun at his brother and threatening to kill him during an altercation in 2017. Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 47, faces sentencing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on April 20 after Judge Dennis L. Hupp found him guilty of ...

Court drops teen’s sexual battery charge

WOODSTOCK – A judge dismissed a teenager’s sexual battery case Wednesday after hearing that the victim recanted her story. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with his attorney Allison Neal to stand trial for one count of aggravated sexual battery of a ...

Strasburg man indicted on charges of child porn possession

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted a Strasburg man on dozens of counts of possessing child pornography. Caleb Andrew McKee, 27, of 496 Royal Ave., Strasburg, remains free on bond while charged with one count of possession of child pornography and 106 counts of the ...

Man charged with neglecting ailing mother

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities say an Edinburg man neglected his mother who suffers from dementia. Robert Lee Wilson, 50, of 20 Lambert Villa, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult between Jan. 3-8 this year. Wilson was issued a summons last week to appear in ...

Trump taps Cullen for U.S. Attorney post

President Donald Trump has nominated former federal prosecutor Thomas T. Cullen to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office serving the Western District of Virginia. The White House announced Trump’s endorsement of Cullen on Friday with the president’s intent to nominate “an eleventh wave of ...

Judge sentences last defendant in diner robbery attempt

WOODSTOCK – The last of several co-defendants charged in the attempted armed robbery of Ben’s Diner last year received a prison sentence Friday. Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Leonard “Spoon” Garris Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to a total of four years of incarceration for ...

Four indicted in home invasion

A Shenandoah County grand jury recently indicted four people charged in a November home invasion of a town residence. Woodstock police charged Aaron Matthew Branham, Adrian Paige Brown, Philip Lee Runion and Brian Edward Shea with planning and executing the Nov. 24 incursion at a home in the ...

Two plead guilty in child shooting case

Isaiah Marshall Davis, 26, and Destinie Rochelle Beach, both of Stephens City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to charges related to a September shooting of a 4-year-old girl by a 2-year-old boy. Davis pleaded guilty to child abuse causing serious injury and child ...

Police charge teen with peeping, recording video at tanning salon

WOODSTOCK – Authorities say a Shenandoah County man recorded video of a naked woman through a peephole at a tanning salon last month. Woodstock police charged Eric Lee Fadely, 18, of Stuffel Rock Lane, Edinburg, with two counts of filming a non-consenting nude person and one count of peeping ...

Judge nixes ‘confession’ in sexual battery case

WOODSTOCK – A judge ruled Friday that a teenager’s sexual battery case may move forward without the defendant’s recorded statements. Domingo Reynoso-Bautista, 18, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he stands charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age ...

Judge sentences teen for taking gun to school

WOODSTOCK – A judge sentenced a Shenandoah County teenager convicted of carrying a loaded firearm into school and possessing child pornography to complete a youth-offender program. Nicholas A. Dawson, 18, of Woodstock, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing ...