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Crime

Prison time in machete attack case

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com BERRYVILLE -- A Maryland man received prison time for using a machete to attack a man at Watermelon Park in August. Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. sentenced Jose Oscar Gonzalez-Mendoza, 29, of Silver Spring, in Clarke County Circuit Court on Monday to serve ...

Councilwoman’s brother indicted in murder scheme

Police: 2008 plot to kill her involved releasing venomous snakes in her home By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com BERRYVILLE -- The brother of slain Councilwoman Gail Smith has again been indicted for soliciting her murder. Meanwhile, a search warrant in relation to the case was issued for a ...

Man charged in mace assault

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A Warren County man faces up to 50 years in prison after being charged with breaking and entering and malicious wounding with a caustic substance, mace. Michael Shane Kidwell, 35, of 1186 Poor House Road, Front Royal, has been charged with ...

Man charged with rape, brandishing machete

Authorities say suspect threatened girlfriend with blade after domestic assault By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Stephens City man raped his girlfriend Sunday, then threatened her with a machete hours later, according to authorities. Samuel Garcia, 32, of 100 Nature ...

Theft of speakers from car probed

TOMS BROOK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of speakers from a car parked in the 800 block of Creek Road. A 1997 Acura Integra was broken into overnight June 22-23, and two 12-inch Kenwood speakers, as well as a wallet, were taken, Capt. Tom Hodges said. The ...

Alligator for sale leads to charges

Police: Man broke game, gun laws By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Authorities accuse a West Virginia man of trying to sell an alligator he advertised on Craigslist to a law enforcement officer. Justin Allen Brannon, 20, of High View, also stands charged with four counts ...

Probation for perfume heist perpetrators

Four Fla. men faced one count each of grand larceny for Nov. 21 trailer theft By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Four men from Florida accused of stealing a trailer full of perfume in November received suspended prison terms after pleading guilty to lesser charges ...

Suspected jewel thief wanted in area cases

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com BERRYVILLE -- A city man remains under investigation for a string of recent burglaries in the area while free on bond for possession of stolen jewels and a gun charge in Winchester. Francis P. MacDonald Jr., 21, of the 400 block of Virginia Avenue, ...

Woman faces murder charges

Police say she gave husband, another man lethal doses of fentanyl By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County woman has been charged with murder for supplying lethal doses of drugs to her husband and another man in October, authorities say. A grand jury on ...

Police: Offender entered chatroom

WINCHESTER -- A Manassas man convicted of Internet sex crimes in Frederick County in 2009 violated probation by entering an online chatroom, authorities said Thursday. Thomas Ciskanik recently served nearly two years in the regional jail for using a computer to commit crimes involving children ...

Woman’s death under investigation

MIDDLETOWN -- Town police are investigating Saturday's death of a 28-year-old woman. Sarah Rachael Christovich, of South Main Street, was found unresponsive in her residence by police and rescue workers dispatched to the scene early Saturday, taken to Winchester Medical Center and later ...

Man arrested for trespassing

Shenandoah County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Baltimore man for allegedly trespassing at his ex-girlfriend's home. Fausto Nahum Navarro Jr., 22, took a cab from Baltimore to see the woman, Capt. Tom Hodges said. She called the police on June 27 to say he'd come to her home, Hodges said, ...

Crack cases still in court

Woman fighting 'cruel' sentence in 'Blockbuster' By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- Nearly five years after they began, court proceedings in the "Operation Blockbuster" case continue. Dozens of people were indicted in September 2006 in the case dealing with the crack trade in ...

Copper taken from home

STRASBURG -- Hundreds of dollars worth of copper was reported stolen from outside a home in the 400 block of Millner Road. Twelve 20-foot long pieces of copper were removed between May 27 and June 24, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Hodges said. He said the copper's estimated value is ...

Where did suspect go after festival?

SteveStock organizer says Boyce left hours before collision By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County man involved in a crash that killed a family of four Sunday morning attended an overnight festival, but left hours before the deadly incident, an event ...

Jail inmate’s lawsuit over strip-search thrown out

Complaint of examination in dirty bathroom dismissed By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com HARRISONBURG -- A U.S. District Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by an inmate against the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Judge Samuel G. Wilson declared the suit frivolous as he ...

U.S. 11 crash suspect had prior charge pending

Man had 0.27 percent BAC at time of crash, remains hospitalized By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man had an underage possession of alcohol charge pending in court when police say he caused a crash that killed four members of a family Sunday morning. A ...

*Suspect in fatal crash moved to regional jail

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- The Frederick County man charged in a motor-vehicle crash that killed four members of a family Sunday morning is now in custody at the region jail. Steven A. Boyce, 20, of 221 Hawk Trail, Shawneeland, arrived at the Northwestern Regional ...

‘A loving family’

Relatives share memories of four killed in Sunday morning crash By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com STEPHENSON -- Photographs show Amanda Roe with her husband, Mark, and their two sons, Caleb and Tyler -- all smiling. But on Tuesday afternoon Amanda Roe's mother, Brenda Simkhovitch, ...

Bentonville store owner charged in counterfeiting investigation

By Ben Orcutt -- borcutt@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- A Dallas Cowboys hat and a purse sporting a Louis Vuitton label provided the ammunition for an investigation that led to last week's arrest of a Bentonville store owner. The owner of the Foodway Supermarket, Manish B. Desai, 44, of 25335 ...