WOODSTOCK — A countywide communication system breakdown has stalled several court cases, including the one for the man accused of robbing a New Market bank in January.
On Friday morning, Amanda Strecky, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, told Judge Amy Tisinger that the reporting system failure has prevented the commonwealth from providing basic information to defense attorneys. Procedural steps such as proving discovery have been stalled because the commonwealth doesn’t have access to police reports, Strecky said.
George Wood, 50, of Waynesboro, appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday morning but his time with the judge was brief. Without a report, the commonwealth asked Tisinger to continue Wood’s appearance to April 3.
While Tisinger approved the motion to continue, Wood’s attorney asked that the court hold a bond hearing before then. Wood has been incarcerated since Jan. 28.
Tisinger set Wood’s bond hearing for Friday and further proceedings will take place on April 3.
Tisinger was told by Strecky that she has been speaking with New Market police and does anticipate the commonwealth bringing more charges against Wood.