Grand larceny case goes to grand jury

In Rappahannock County District Court Tuesday (July 7), the case of Christopher W. Sutphin, 22, of Culpeper, charged with grand larceny, was certified to the grand jury. Sutphin and Garth Q. Lotane, 26, also of Culpeper, were charged in connection with a burglary and theft in early April at a workshop building in the 13000 block of Lee Highway.

Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Shawn Walters said the thieves took power tools and a new welder worth about $4,000. Walters’ investigation led to the welder, recovered in Culpeper after an unsuspecting citizen bought it for $200 and registered the serial number in a nationwide database, which identified it as stolen. The welder was returned to the owners, said Sheriff Connie C. Smith. Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff dropped the charge against Lotane for lack of evidence.

Jacob Thomas Dart, 22, of Flint Hill, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, all suspended; 12 months of supervised probation; and must enroll in the state’s VASAP alcohol education program. For 12 months, his license is restricted to use to and from work and VASAP meetings, and his vehicle must be fitted with an ignition interlock device.

Ronald Edward Johnson Jr., 40, of Culpeper, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 10 months suspended, 12 months of supervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $250. As part of the plea agreement, charges of tampering with a public utility and damaging a telephone line or wire were dropped.

Pamela Denise Lang, 41, of Marshall, pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent to .20 percent, and driving with a revoked or suspended license. For the DWI charge, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but five days suspended, to be served on weekends; and 12 months’ suspension of her license. For the second charge, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, all suspended, plus another 90-day suspension of her license. As part of a plea agreement, charges of drinking while driving with an open container in the vehicle and failure to display Virginia registration were dropped.

Miguel Montana Lorenzo-Day, 20, of Sperryville, pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with all suspended and 12 months of unsupervised probation; and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Destiny Leigh Proudfoot, 18, of Rixeyville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all suspended; 12 months of supervised probation; and must enroll in the state’s VASAP alcohol education program. For six months, her license is restricted to use to and from work and VASAP meetings.

Nathan Raymond Burke, 43, of Washington, was arraigned on charges of failure to stop after an accident and a second incidence of DWI. On July 1, Burke was arrested by RCSO Deputy Chris Ubben as a result of Burke’s reportedly striking a dog that was being walked by its owner along Hunters Road and failing to stop. The case is continued to Aug. 11.

Shelly Renee Collette, 37, of Winchester, was arraigned on a charge of failure to appear in court on June 6 to face charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license, and a traffic infraction. Her case is continued to Sept. 15.

Kevin Jonathan Lemen, 27, of Boston, was arraigned on two charges of misdemeanor assault. His case is continued to Aug. 11.

Hector Gustavo Sandoval, 47, of Stevensburg, was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges of driving after being declared a habitual offender. His case is continued to Aug. 18.

Sheriff’s report

On June 26, Deputy M. Dodson encountered Levin Marshall, 25, of Washington, on Gay Street. Marshall was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana.

On June 30, Dodson encountered a vehicle at the intersection of Mount Salem Avenue and Porter Street. As a result, the driver Christine Renee Fertig, 45, of Amissville, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

 

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