Crime statistics released by the Virginia State Police earlier this week reveal that Rappahannock’s crime rate stayed low throughout the pandemic, despite a nearly threefold increase in larceny (from 9 incidents in 2019 to 24 in 2020).
Torney Van Acker, vice chair of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority and champion of the county park’s International Dark Sky designation, is facing a Class I misdemeanor charge after he allegedly trespassed on property owned by the park’s neighbors, Leslie and Jeremy Proper.
Last Tuesday, May 25, Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeanette Irby heard oral arguments in the criminal case against John Cappiali, an Amissville contractor who has been engaged in a series of disputes with local government officials for nearly five years.
The Rappahannock County Circuit Court Grand Jury returned 17 true bills of indictment to four individuals on Monday, May 10. The bulk of the indictments went to Keith Allen Alther, 40, of Rixeyville, who faces charges of assault on law enforcement, attempted malicious wounding of law enforcement, resisting arrest with force and disorderly conduct. Alther was arrested last November after wielding a knife and attacking a Rappahannock County sheriff’s deputy at Quickie Mart on Lee Highway. Alther sliced the officer’s pants.
Much of Monday’s Rappahannock County Circuit Court proceedings centered around Isaac Ivan Ruiz Regalado, 32, of Flint Hill. Ruiz Regalado, who was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, appeared in court to plead guilty and receive sentencing.
Rappahannock County is blessed with one of the lowest serious crime rates in Virginia. So what worries Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton? “When you ask about crime in the county, one of my biggest concerns is drugs,” Compton said. “You know, 20 years ago, probably the biggest drug you had to worry about was marijuana. But now you have heroin and meth. And they are more and more potent.
At the tender age of seven, Connie Compton was already riding around in a patrol car. Not one of the cruisers you see on the roads of Rappahannock County, but a little blue pedal police car.
Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Douglas Fleming oversaw a number of cases last week as Rappahannock County Circuit Court convened on Monday and Thursday.
The General Assembly’s decision to make Virginia the 15th state to legalize small quantities of recreational marijuana has drawn mixed reactions. While some see the bill as a progressive move in the right direction, others see it as the first step down a slippery slope.
(The Center Square) – A person will be able to legally possess small amounts of marijuana within Virginia in less than three months after legislation narrowly passed the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Audry Nicole Rhodes, 21, of Castleton, faced her review hearing for a probation violation at Rappahannock County Circuit Court on Monday. Rhodes’ court-appointed supervisor, Warrenton-based Probation Officer Myra Fields, testified that Rhodes, a mother of two, admitted to using substances, failed to report, and was charged again in Alexandria when her second child was born with methamphetamine and opiates in its system.
Republican lawmakers in Virginia are not happy that the commonwealth is poised to become the first state in the South to repeal the death penalty. Though the Democratic majority was able to approve a pair of bills on Monday that would end capital punishment in Virginia, most Republicans in b…
RICHMOND — Virginia will become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty after two bills passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly on Monday.
According to Superintendent Russell Gilkison, roughly a third of the staff at Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail have elected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But those 400 or so inmates are still waiting. “We’re working with the local health department and Warren County’s emergency manager to figure out how the vaccinations are going to occur and when they’re going to occur,” Gilkison said. “Unfortunately I think there’s some accessibility [issues] to deal with.”
RICHMOND — Jillian Floyd hasn’t seen her son in a year. She is one of many Virginia prisoners experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia’s correctional institutions, where thousands of incarcerated people have tested positive for the coronavirus since March and more than 50 who died also…
With apologies to poet T.S. Eliot, the two cases llama farmer Marian Bragg brought against the county’s Board of Supervisors ended “Not with a bang but a whimper” after a short, subdued discussion concluded with a five-to-zero vote to settle both cases.
It was a busy day during the most recent session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court. In addition to the grand jury taking up 24 felony cases, over a dozen other defendants appeared before Judge James E. Plowman, one man requesting probation despite nearly two dozen charges, many alcohol related, from 2014 to 2020.
That would be the same John M. Dowd who almost 40 years ago was hired as chief defense lawyer in one of Rappahannock County’s most sensational murder trials ever. “Dowd is one of my scariest memories,” 95-year-old Rappahannock landowner Patricia “Pat” Saltonstall recalled this week.
Anyone who has recently purchased gasoline from Hillsdale Grocery on Route 211 is urged to monitor their bank accounts for suspicious activity, according to a press release issued yesterday by the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office. Immediately contact your banking institution if you notic…
Newly elected Republican Rep. Bob Good hasn’t even found his way around the hallowed halls of Congress and already one of the largest newspapers in Virginia’s 5th congressional district is demanding his resignation for helping to “strike the matches” that ignited last week’s insurrection against the United States.
The Rappahannock County Grand Jury on Monday handed down true bills of indictment for five defendants with a total of 24 charges among them. Leading the pack was Lawrence “Junior” Wood Jr., of Amissville, with 19 charges of larceny by check, forging checks, uttering—another form of forgery — obtaining money falsely, committing construction fraud, and passing bad checks.
Update: Beeler told a WUSA-TV reporter that "he was supposed to be working security for the inauguration and that he forgot to take the gun and ammo out of his truck before reporting to work near the Capitol.":
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the death of United States Capitol Police Officer and Northern Virginia resident Brian D. Sicknick.
Christopher Wright, an inmate of over five years at Coffeewood, contacted a Capital News Service reporter by phone. He said the facility was doing a good job until they took in transfer prisoners from Buckingham Correctional at the end of September.
In a motion to file an amended complaint in Rappahannock County Circuit Court on November 18, local real estate agent Heidi Lesinski was dropped from a negligence lawsuit naming her and several other realtors. In July 2017, Charles Roth, the plaintiff in the suit, sustained injuries while looking at a property on Aileen Road in Flint Hill.
William McKinley Boston, 34, of Warrenton was indicted for possessing ammunition as a convicted felon and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. If found guilty of the charges, Boston could be incarcerated for one to six years.
Keith Allen Alther, a 39-year-old Rixeyville man, was arrested Monday afternoon after he attempted to stab a Rappahannock County Sheriff’s deputy with a knife at Quicke Mart on Lee Highway, fortunately only slicing the officer’s pants.
New information obtained by the Rappahannock News adds detail to how Thighe Kavanagh obtained the firearm that was used in a malicious wounding on July 24, 2019, when a child was shot at a Tiger Valley residence outside Washington.
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up the agenda this month for the special session that began Aug. 18. Legislators introduced over 50 police and criminal justice reform bills during the session.
On May 24, 2019, Kavanagh and his father, long time Washington resident Edmund Kavanagh, entered the Rural King in Front Royal with the intention to buy a gun. Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Investigator Jim Jones told the Rappahannock News during a court recess on Tuesday that Thighe had completed the gun purchase application, but his father purchased the gun.
Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton said her office has received more reports of stolen and vandalized signs this year than in previous election years. “We see ‘Biden’ on the Trump signs and ‘Trump’ on the Biden signs,” Compton said. “It’s pretty equal across the two political parties.”
Treasurer Debra Knick said this week, it is safe to assume the county has already paid $50,000-plus in outside attorneys’ fees to defend itself in the FOIA-related case.
Lawrence “Junior” Wood Jr., of Amissville, is scheduled to be sentenced next Tuesday for his 58th alleged criminal violation in Rappahannock County alone.
Benjamin Allen Temple, former principal of the Rappahannock County Elementary School, has been acquitted in Hanover County Circuit Court of serious charges stemming from an incident last September at King’s Dominion.