Lottery tampering case goes to grand jury

Three felony counts of tampering with Virginia Lottery scratch-off tickets while she was employed at Hillsdale Country Store near Washington were certified to the grand jury in the case against Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, on Tuesday (May 19) in Rappahannock County District Court

The grand jury next convenes July 13. Tanweer was arrested March 19 and charged with 13 counts of tampering, but in an agreement with Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff, 10 of the counts were dropped by Judge J. Gregory Ashwell on Tuesday. Tanweer is free on $5,000 bond.

Amissville 29-year-old Kevin William Putnam pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and driving without a license. As part of an agreement, a felony charge — unauthorized use of a vehicle — was amended to a misdemeanor charge of improper driving, to which he also pleaded guilty. The charges stem from a traffic stop for not obeying a highway sign on Jan. 21 in the area of Moriah Lane in Amissville.

On the DWI charge, Ashwell sentenced Putnam to 90 days in jail, all suspended; enrollment in the state’s substance abuse education program, VASAP; 12 months of a restricted license; an ignition interlock device on his car; and a $250 fine plus court costs. For the charge of improper driving, Putnam was sentenced to 30 days in jail, all suspended; and ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs. For driving without a license, he was ordered to pay a $150 fine plus court costs. The original infraction of not obeying a traffic sign was dropped.

Angel Crawford of New York City was found guilty in absentia of possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic sign. Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Koglin testified that he pulled Crawford over Dec. 24 in Flint Hill for the traffic violation, but smelled marijuana. He found the drug in her car and field tested it to confirm that it was marijuana. For the two charges, Crawford was fined a total of $600 plus court costs.

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