Crime & Courts

Court rules in favor of town and Inn

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Rock Mills attorney David Konick does not have standing to pursue his March lawsuit against the town and The Inn at Little Washington, according to a written ruling this week by Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker.
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Burglary investigation brings two arrests

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Culpeper men this week and charged them with grand larceny in connection with a burglary last month at Lee Orchards.
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Letter: Don’t let the town give public property away

At its meeting next Monday night (May 11), the Washington Town Council is scheduled to consider measures to vacate and convey public property — for free — to a private business, The Inn at Little Washington. The town property in question is the Middle Street “stub” adjacent to the building housing the Post Office...
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Deal found competent to stand trial for murder

Judy Kay Deal was found to be competent but that matter of where she will remain until her murder trial in late August has yet to be determined.
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Sides argue Konick’s ‘standing’ in lawsuit against town

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April 30

At the close of an hour-long hearing in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday morning, at which lawyers for the town of Washington and the Inn at Little Washington argued against lawyer David Konick’s “standing” to legally bring suit against both of them, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker took the matter home (the legal term being...
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Marijuana, false ID charges bring jail time

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April 30

In district court April 21, 23-year-old Cory Patrick Rinker of Bristow was found guilty by Judge J. Gregory Ashwell of possessing marijuana and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 24 days suspended and the rest to be served weekends.
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Konick: No vendetta, just violations

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April 23

In a response to the Inn at Little Washington and owner Patrick O’Connell’s attempt the week before to quash attorney David Konick’s lawsuit, Konick said this week that the Inn's claims about his motivations for bringing suit are “absolutely false.”
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Alleged abuser released on $50K bond

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April 23

Eric Alvin Phillips, the 29-year-old Flint Hill resident who was chief of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department last year, appeared in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last April 16 to seek his release on bond from RSW Regional Jail.
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District Court report

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April 16

DWI, possession of marijuana, and other misdemeanors topped the docket in District Court on April 7 and 14. Actions on April 7 included: Michael Joseph McKiernan of Castleton, Richard Wayne Gallihugh, Jr. of Castleton, and Richard Wayne Bates, Jr. of Catlett were arraigned on first offenses of driving under the influence. Their cases were...
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Letter: The Inn’s ‘desperate’ distraction

The article under the front-page banner headline in your paper last Thursday (April 9) seems to be the result of behavior that harks back to an old saying dating at least to the early 20th century: “If the facts are against you, hammer the law. If the law is against you, hammer the facts....
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Lawsuit is ‘homophobe’ vendetta, Inn attorney says

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April 9
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Inn at Little Washington's attorney characterizes lawsuit initiator Konick as a "homophobe with a vendetta" against O'Connell; meanwhile Konick files another suit, specifically alleging conflict-of-interest violations by O'Connell.
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Herring told mental health, drugs top police concerns

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April 2
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks with the region’s law enforcement officers Monday in Front Royal.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring heard from law enforcement officials in the region Monday in Front Royal that one of their biggest worries — in addition to drugs — is in dealing effectively with prisoners who require mental-health evaluations and treatment.
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Council meets to hire counsel

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April 2

The Washington Town Council has scheduled a special meeting, ostensibly to hire a lawyer to defend the town in a lawsuit alleging the town broke laws for its 2013 town-square beautification project.
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Town beautification gets uglier

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March 26
A photo in the Dec. 13, 1962 Rappahannock News touted the “facelift” being given to the corner of Main and Middle streets, after Trinity Episcopal Church (far left) had purchased the lot and was tearing down several buildings to build a parking lot.

Efforts made two years ago to beautify the “town square” of Washington have landed the town, and its chief tourist attraction, in court. A lawsuit filed Friday also alleges that Inn at Little Washington owner and town council member Patrick O'Connell violated conflict-of-interest laws.
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Scammers hit local victim, are (mostly) foiled

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March 26
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A Woodville resident came forward this week to say she was conned earlier this month out of a large sum of money by the operators of a telephone scam in which callers posed as agents of the IRS and Treasury Department.
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Narcotics, probation offenses spell jail time

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March 26

An Amissville woman who pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone and a Washington man who violated his probation both receive jail time in Circuit Court.
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Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering

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March 26

Authorities arrested Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, described by police as a member of the family that operates the Hillsdale Country Store on U.S. 211 near Washington. She is charged with lottery tampering, a felony.
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Former fire chief jailed on sexual abuse charge

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March 12

The 29-year-old Flint Hill resident who last year was chief of the Flint Hill fire department remains in RSW Jail without bond, charged with sexually abusing a juvenile and abduction with intent to defile, and the driver who caused and fled a four-car crash in Woodville last October pleads guilty.
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DWI charges bring guilty pleas

In Rappahannock County District Court this week, several drivers accused of drunk driving pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge J. Gregory Ashwell.
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Post office embezzlement plea, sentences for assault, eluding police

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Feb. 26

Several people were sentenced recently in Rappahannock County Circuit Court for serious crimes, including assaulting a police officer, eluding police and grand larceny, and another defendant pleaded guilty to embezzlement.
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Jail term for DUI, leaving the scene

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Feb. 19

A sentence for DUI, and arrests for assault, burglary and grand larceny in Rappahannock County.
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Probation violations dominate docket

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Feb. 12

Probation violations lead to jail time Feb. 5 and 9 in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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In court: firearms, oxycodone, probation violations

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Jan. 29

Serious crimes carrying serious sentences topped the agenda in Circuit Court on Tuesday (Jan 27). Jeremy Dylan Newcamp, 19, of Castleton, pleaded guilty to one count each of assault and battery, grand larceny and entering a structure with the intent to commit larceny, as well as unlawfully possessing a firearm. Sentencing guidelines for the...
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Panel kills marijuana decriminalization bill

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The Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would make simple marijuana possession a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.

A senator from Northern Virginia is urging the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession, as about 20 other states have done.
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The county in court

The county government — or, more specifically, attorneys for the school board and supervisors whose fees are paid by government liability insurance policies — has been spending more than the usual amount of time in circuit court these last few past months.
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Lawmakers seek to curb heroin overdose epidemic

Carolyn Weems, who lost a daughter to heroin, speaks at a heroin overdose legislation conference in Richmond Tuesday.

Attorney General Mark Herring and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are seeking passage of four bills addressing the heroin and prescription painkiller abuse epidemic in Virginia, including one that would hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths.
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Ethics is a key issue for 2015 assembly

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With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session.
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School board declines cell tower lease

Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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The road leads to indictments for four

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Jan. 15

Four people were indicted by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury Monday (Jan. 12), all for driving-related offenses.
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Panel rejects bill to expand hate crimes law

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A Senate committee on Wednesday voted along party lines to defeat a bill to include sexual orientation and gender identification in the state’s definition of hate crimes.
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School Board pressed on cell details

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A Sperryville resident files a civil action (to be heard Jan. 12) to force the county school board to respond to a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all its cell tower-related communications. Update: The school board asks for 7 more days and $400.
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Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.
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U.Va. president seeks leniency for McDonnell

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University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is among the more than 400 letter writers urging a federal judge to be lenient Tuesday in sentencing former Gov. Bob McDonnell for corruption.
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Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Police chased a man in a pickup truck this morning from Flint Hill into the center of the county's commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and continued across a lawn and straight into a house.
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Guilty pleas, DUIs, drug charges

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Dec. 11, 2014

In a case in which the defendant was accused of filing a false insurance claim with the Virginia Farm Bureau for a zero-turn mower he never owned, Delmas Dean Dotson, 48, of Huntly, pleaded guilty in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to three felonies last Thursday (Dec. 4): forgery of a public office seal, impersonating...
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Elder financial abuse a growing problem

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Nov. 27, 2014
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With the high incidence of financial scams directed at senior citizens in the region, Aging Together in Rappahannock held a roundtable discussion recently to discuss elder financial abuse.
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Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding

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Nov. 27, 2014
The cab driven by Allante Strother after it was towed from the accident scene in December 2013.

Last December, 24-year-old Allante Tobias Strother of Culpeper crashed a taxicab after he was chased at high speed by a deputy. This December he'll be in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony eluding of a police officer.
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Sheriff’s Report for Nov. 20

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Nov. 20, 2014

Drug, DUI arrests As a result of a traffic stop Nov. 12 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy W. Ubben at Sperryville Pike and Johnson Farm Lane, Michael Edward Jackson, 40, of Haywood, Va., was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession with intent to distribute.   That same day, Deputy M. Dodson responded to...
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Timber theft jail term begins

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Nov. 13, 2014

Her Virginia Supreme Court appeal unsuccessful, a former tenant of of a Sperryville property begins serving her eight months in jail after she was convicted in 2012 of stealing timber.
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