Crime & Courts

For sex with minor he met online: 10 years probation

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July 17
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A Baltimore man charged with carnal knowledge of a minor was placed on probation for 10 years in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday morning (July 14).
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Scammers continue to target REC members

Posing as representatives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), potential thieves have attempted to scam members by calling to demand immediate payment of bills.
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8 Va. fatalities during Fourth weekend

Preliminary reports indicate that eight people died in separate crashes during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday weekend, one more than were killed in traffic accidents over the 2013 four-day holiday weekend.
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Bragg sentenced to two years

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July 3
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A Strasburg man charged with sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery against a minor was sentenced to two years in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Tuesday morning (June 24).
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

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June 26
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As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
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Berry gets 52 months for sex crimes

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June 26
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In Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (June 19), a 42-year-old Amissville man was sentenced to 52 months in jail for committing various sexual offenses.
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Crime in Rappahannock and surrounding counties

Overall crime statistics for Rappahannock and surrounding counties in 2013, per the Virginia State Police's annual report.
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Bail bondsman’s story doesn’t convince jury

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June 19
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In a rare appellate-court trial for a misdemeanor assault, it took a seven-person Rappahannock County Circuit Court jury less than 20 minutes last Wednesday (June 11) to deliver a “not guilty” verdict in favor of an Amissville man accused of assault and battery last August.
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Two chases end in arrests

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June 12
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In separate incidents, police chased two drivers Saturday — one of them with an infant and toddler in his vehicle in Amissville, the other on a motorcycle traveling at speeds surpassing 120 mph.
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Murder suspect remains in legal limbo

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Fauquier Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Parker ordered the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office provide a doctor to mentally evaluate a woman accused of shooting her husband to death in 2011.
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DUI arrest, death

Joshua A. Mack, a 25-year-old Culpeper resident, was charged early Friday morning (May 30) with driving under the influence (DUI). The RCSO is also investigating the death of James A. "Bear" Bryant.
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Williams gets 20 years for sex crimes

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May 29
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A Huntly man charged with 22 counts of various sexual abuse crimes was sentenced to 20 years in jail — on three counts of intercourse with a child under 13 — Tuesday morning (May 27) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Editorial: Sex!

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May 29
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Headlines are meant to be attention-getting. They can also be misleading and sensational, as this one is — and as some readers thought last week’s front-page “heroin” headline was. Perhaps they have a point, but there are some larger ones to consider.
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Letter: False alarms?

As a regular reader and supporter of the Rappahannock News, I was surprised at the very large red-headlined article in the middle of the May 22 issue. I immediately read the (unusually long) article in its entirety. I kept waiting to see the data that drove the editors of the paper to create this...
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Letter: Think before you shoot

I am an Amissville resident of 20 years living on Hinsons Ford Road. Our family members hunt, target shoot and have always supported responsible gun ownership, use and safety. From time to time I have heard target practice and shooting near my property. However, the Sunday of Memorial weekend (May 25), I was shocked...
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Letter: Legalizing marijuana could help addicts

If Americans honestly want to lower heroin addiction rates as last week’s story suggests, they should end marijuana prohibition. An important reason to end marijuana prohibition that doesn’t get mentioned is because a ban increases hard drug addiction rates by putting citizens who choose to use the relatively safe plant into contact with people...
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Trials, ceiling repairs on the docket

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The sky — or at least the ceiling — was falling in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday afternoon (May 12), as a leaky air rooftop air conditioning unit caused part of the ceiling to collapse while court was in session.
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Assault arrest; vandalism reported

Amanda Michelle Deal, 31, of Sperryville, was arrested Sunday (May 4) by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Sgt. D.J. Stevens and charged with assault and battery on a family or household member.
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5 arrested in Madison drug raid

Madison residence where heroin and other drugs were seized.

On April 22, officers from the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office seized 1,200 doses of heroin from a house in Madison County.
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Bragg sentencing for molesting sons postponed

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April 24
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The sentencing of a Strasburg man charged with aggravated sexual battery against a minor was delayed by the defendant’s health issues last Thursday (April 17) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Baltimore man pleads guilty to having sex with 14-year-old

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April 10
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A man charged with having consensual sex with a minor between pleaded guilty last Thursday morning (April 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court and will be sentenced in July. The rest of the docket consisted of a number of probation violations and several other miscellaneous charges.
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Flint Hill woman charged in Springfield robbery

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Fairfax County Police say a 32-year-old Flint Hill woman robbed a McDonald’s in Springfield just before midnight on March 31.
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RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one

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April 10
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After a school employee reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking behind Rappahannock County Elementary School just before the school day ended Tuesday, the school and sheriff’s office put the school in lockdown mode for most of an hour while deputies searched the grounds.
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Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea

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April 3
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Driving offenses took center stage during a quick session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday morning (March 28), as one defendant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and another was granted a restricted permit.
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Drug, alcohol-related guilty pleas, sentences

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March 13
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Guilty pleas were entered and sentences were handed down on a variety of charges Monday afternoon (March 10) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Editorial: Misplaced priorities?

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March 13
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For budgetary and personnel reasons, the RCSO no longer participates in the State-Police-sponsored Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gangs Task Force — despite the fact that illicit drug use in rural areas is on the rise.
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Less than half of felonies come to trial

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March 6
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According to statistics from the Virginia Circuit Court’s caseload reporting system, since 2010, more than half the felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court are resolved by guilty pleas prior to any kind of trial.
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Area drug activity up sharply in 2013, task force says

Marijuana seized in a Blue Ridge Task Force raid last year.

In 2013, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force seized more than $1.2 million in illegal narcotics and initiated 265 investigations involving drugs, gangs and other criminal activity. Seizures of heroin and marijuana also increased dramatically in 2013.
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Sheriff says FBI investigated, cleared her

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith was investigated and cleared by the FBI earlier this year.

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith was the subject of an investigation last fall by the FBI, the sheriff confirmed this week.
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Williams pleads guilty to sex charges

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Feb. 27
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A Huntly man charged with 22 counts of various sexual abuse crimes pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 25) to three counts of intercourse with a child under 13 in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Berry pleads guilty to sexual assaults

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Feb. 13
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It was a busy week in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, as four people either pleaded or were sentenced, including an Amissville man charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
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Two arrests and a spate of thefts

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A Culpeper man and Boston woman were charged this week with grand larceny in one of what the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office says has been a recent string of thefts of equipment, tools and other items over the last month.
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Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing sons

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Jan. 30
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A Strasburg man charged with aggravated sexual battery against a minor pleaded guilty Tuesday morning (Jan. 28) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Virginia lawmakers introduce anti-human trafficking bills

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Virginia General Assembly members have introduced multiple anti-human trafficking bills for the current legislative session.
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House kills bill limiting overdose prosecution

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Legislation protecting Virginians reporting drug overdoses was introduced earlier this month after years of lobbying by a Virginia Commonwealth University student organization, but the bill will have to wait to be heard during next year’s General Assembly.
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Five sentenced for drunkenness, driving, drug offenses

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Jan. 16
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The first circuit court session of 2014 was a busy one, as Monday (Jan. 13) saw five people sentenced on a variety of charges, ranging from violating probation to public swearing and intoxication.
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The year ahead: old bridges, new jail, emergency-response costs

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Dec. 26, 2013

Among the issues county officials expect to tackle in 2014 is taking a closer look at the long-term viability and funding of Rappahannock County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies, as well replacing three county bridges and closing the jail.
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Gun pointed; deal reached; case dismissed

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Dec. 26, 2013
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A misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm, placed this summer against a 56-year-old Culpeper man who’d claimed he was defending himself and his mother from a possible attack, was dismissed Thursday (Dec. 19) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Drug, theft charges lead to suspended jail terms

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Dec. 12, 2013
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Drug-related charges swept through Rappahannock County Circuit Court Thursday morning (Dec. 5), as three of the morning session’s cases dealt directly with them.
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