Timber theft jail term begins

In Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday (Nov. 10), Miriam White, 52, was remanded to jail after losing an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court of the verdict in her 2012 conviction. The former Sperryville tenant of James William “Bill” Fletcher III was sentenced to eight months in jail for four counts of grand larceny. On Sept. 20, 2012, a jury convicted White of the charges for cutting and selling timber on Fletcher’s property without his permission.

Also on Monday, a circuit court grand jury took action on four cases:

• Charles G. Boyd was indicted on a charge of embezzlement. No details were available for the direct indictment.   

• Delmas Dean Dotson, 48, of Huntly was indicted for public records forgery. He was arrested June 28 and charged with five felonies: impersonating a notary public, two counts of forging public records, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery of a public office seal, as well as one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime.

• Prince Louis Marshall, Jr., 57, of Amissville, charged Sept. 10 with driving a motor vehicle after being declared a habitual offender, a felony, was also indicted.

• Shalonda Latay Clanagan, 20, of Washington, was indicted on two charges of grand larceny. On Nov. 4, she was also found guilty in Rappahannock County District Court of identity theft, giving conflicting testimony and driving without a license. She was sentenced to 270 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended, 12 months supervised probation and a total of $450 in fines. Two counts of identity theft with intent to obtain goods or services worth more than $200 were dismissed.

Clanagan was originally charged Aug. 21 after she allegedly obtained the checking account information of a local charity — for which she was performing court-mandated community service as part of a sentence on an embezzlement conviction in Fauquier County in April.

In district court: gun, theft charges

Faced with a felony charge of having a gun on school property, Brandon Blosser, 19, of Washington, Va., pleaded guilty Nov. 4 to a misdemeanor charge in Rappahannock County District Court. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 76 days suspended and 12 months of supervised probation. On Sept. 23, Mike Tupper, principal of Rappahannock County High School, reported seeing Blosser and a juvenile sitting in the truck Blosser was driving, with a rifle between them. According to the criminal complaint on file, Blosser admitted to Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy C.M. Currence that he did have a gun on school property.

Washington residents Joshua Leigh Whitehurst, 35, and Christina Karen Dean, 30, pleaded guilty to trespassing and petty larceny. Each was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended. Dean was also sentenced to 12 months supervised probation.

On Sept. 7, Whitehurst and Dean were arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation by RCSO Deputy Chris Ubben. Both subjects were charged with burglary and grand larceny. According to the complaint on file in the district court, Dean and Whitehurst illegally entered a home at 65 Old Massies Corner Rd. on Sept. 1 and took several pieces of china, a typewriter and a vase.

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Writer, consultant, actor, director, recovering stand-up comic, Patty covers the county’s courts and other topics of interest for Rappahannock News. She lives with her grape-growing husband Bill Freitag in Flint Hill.