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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

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Feb. 27
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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In Circuit Court: guilty pleas, sentencing, indictments

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Nov. 28, 2013
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Three people pleaded guilty Thursday (Nov. 21) and Tuesday mornings (Nov. 26) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court; three were also sentenced during the busy week.
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Trials, hearings set for the too-fast and too-late

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Nov. 21, 2013
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“Why were you late?” was the common refrain in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 13), as Judge Jeffrey W. Parker asked three defendants the reasons for their tardiness to court. A fourth defendant, who was on time, pleaded guilty to eluding police.
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Drug charge leads to jail sentence

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Nov. 14, 2013
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In a brief session Thursday morning (Nov. 7), one Catlett resident was sentenced to jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Probation for 20-year-old in heroin case

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Oct. 24, 2013
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Two people were sentenced to probation Tuesday morning (Oct. 22) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Williams hospitalized; trial postponed

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Oct. 10, 2013

A Huntly man facing 22 felony charges was declared mentally unfit to stand trial at this time and committed to Western State Hospital in an effort to restore his competency Thursday morning (Oct. 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Jury finds Darnell not guilty of 2010 rape

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Sept. 26, 2013
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After two days of testimony and nearly three hours of deliberation, a 12-member jury found Jeffersonton resident Bascom Darnell Jr. not guilty of rape in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday afternoon (Sept. 21).
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Four plead guilty to drug, driving, other offenses

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Sept. 12, 2013
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Four defendants entered guilty pleas — and two were subsequently sentenced — to a variety of drug, driving and property-destruction charges last Thursday (Sept. 5) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court. Five others were indicted on 17 felony charges by a grand jury convened Monday (Sept. 9).
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Goff: Plea made punishment certain  

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Sept. 12, 2013

A response from Commonwealth's Attorney Art Goff to letters published last week that were critical of what the writers viewed as an unfairly light sentence in the case of Timothy Overton, who was originally charged with brandishing a firearm.
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Letter: ‘Do you feel safe at home?’

Recently I went to the ER at the Culpeper hospital, afraid that the swelling from a chipmunk bite (don’t ask!) might turn into something nasty. In the course of my intake, the nurse asked me if I “felt safe at home.” I was taken aback and asked why. She said it is now procedure...
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Embezzlement leads to six months in jail

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Aug. 29, 2013
Tammy Lynn Atkins is led to jail by Maj. John Arstino and Sheriff Connie C. Smith after her sentencing Tuesday in circuit court. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Tammy Lynn Atkins, accused of embezzling from the family of the ailing former mayor of Washington in 2011, was sentenced to six months in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Tuesday morning (Aug. 27).
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Firearm charge amended, man given probation

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Aug. 22, 2013
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A California man initially charged with assault and brandishing a firearm pleaded guilty to an amended charge of trespassing, over the victim’s objections, and was sentenced Thursday morning (Aug. 15) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Three drug offenders, three deals

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Aug. 15, 2013

Three defendants facing drug charges pleaded guilty in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Thursday, Aug. 1, with Judge Jeffrey W. Parker presiding.
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Competency at issue in Circuit Court cases

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Aug. 8, 2013

Competency was questioned in Rappahannock Circuit Court last Thursday (Aug. 1), where Judge Jeffrey W. Parker denied one motion and approved another in two highly publicized rape cases. The first case concerned a defendant’s competency to stand trial, and the second questioned a victim’s competency to testify in court.
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Crime and Courts for Aug. 1

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Aug. 1, 2013

DUI arrests On July 18, Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy B. Smoot encountered a vehicle operated by Phillip Keith Butler sitting at the intersection of Lee Highway and Viewtown Road. After further investigation, the 52-year-old Butler, of Washington, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence — his third offense within 10 years...
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Lenchick sentenced to 8 months in child abuse case

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July 25, 2013

Joseph Anthony Lenchick, half of the Castleton couple guilty of child abuse and cruelty charges, was sentenced to eight months in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Tuesday morning (July 23).
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Early’s tool theft leads to probation

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July 18, 2013

A former employee of Early’s Carpet, the Amissville flooring company, received a two-year probationary period for grand larceny involving the theft of a heat welder in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday afternoon (July 12).
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Huntly man faces assault, incest charges

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July 11, 2013
Huntly man faces assault, incest charges

A 48-year-old Huntly man was indicted on 22 felony counts of incest and aggravated sexual battery by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury Monday afternoon (July 8).
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18-year-old charged in assault

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June 27, 2013

Amissville resident Derek Rafael Frink was arrested June 5 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Ubben and charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count each of trespassing, strangulation and using profane, threatening or indecent language.
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Letter: ‘I have taken full responsibility’

I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to all my family members, therapist, friends, employers and supporters in this community during this difficult time. As all of you may know by reading the Rappahannock News on a weekly basis, I made some bad decisions, for which I have accepted full responsibility....
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Caretaker pleads guilty, bond revoked

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June 13, 2013

Tammy Lynn Atkins, the Washington woman hired to care for an ailing former mayor of Washington in 2011, pleaded guilty to six felony counts of embezzlement Thursday morning (June 6) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, and was led in tears from the courtroom to the county jail.
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