Tractor assault on truck leads to charges against brothers

A long-standing feud between brothers over property apparently came to a head Saturday in Amissville, according to court records, and resulted in both being charged with assault -– and one of them being also charged with a felony for allegedly attacking the other’s pickup truck with his tractor.

According to warrants on file in Rappahannock General District Court, Jeremiah J. “Jack” Atkins, 62, of Amissville, was charged with assault and battery and felony destruction of property. His brother Levi Atkins, 64, is charged with assault. The charges stem from the domestic dispute that broke out after the younger Atkins, according to the warrant filed by Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Stevens, took a hay fork to Levi Atkins’ truck shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Neighbors said the two men have been at odds for years over family property. Both were charged on Sunday and released on their own recognizance; an arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 28.

Other assault arrests
Two other assault arrests were made in Amissville on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Jeannie M. Jenkins of Amissville was charged by Sgt. Mark Currance with assaulting Diane Simonson, her daughter-in-law. James Edward Williams Jr., 51, of Hinsons Ford Lane, was charged by Deputy Gary Jenkins with assaulting a female family or household member. Both were released on their own recognizance.

Churches broken into
The Sheriff’s Office says three Amissville-area churches were broken into sometime Saturday night.
As part of a regular check the county’s more than 40 churches and many businesses, Lt. Roger Jenkins first noticed a door open at Bethel Baptist Church at about midnight. Further investigation revealed that the door to the pastor’s office had been forced open, and a camera and other items were missing, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Checks by Jenkins of other churches nearby turned up similar break-ins, though no apparent thefts, at the Amissville Full Gospel Church and the Forest Grove Schoolhouse, which is used by the Forest Grove Baptist Church.
The incidents are under investigation.

Drunk driving charge
Wiliam Howard Nelson Jr. of Jeffersonton was charged with driving under the influence Saturday after Lt. Roger Jenkins observed him driving south on U.S. 522 from Flint Hill, crossing the center line and failing to dim bright lights for oncoming traffic, the Sheriff’s Office said. After a field sobriety test, they said, Nelson was arrested; he was released Sunday on his own recognizance. A hearing was scheduled for Feb. 2.

About Staff/Contributed 5503 Articles
The Rappahannock News welcomes contributions from any and all members of the community. Email news and photos to or call us at 540-675-3338.