18-year-old charged in assault

Amissville resident Derek Rafael Frink was arrested June 5 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Ubben and charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count each of trespassing, strangulation and using profane, threatening or indecent language.

According to documents on file in Rappahannock County District Court, Frink, 21, is accused of slamming a car seat back repeatedly into the head of his girlfriend, who told deputies that Frink also punched her, pushed her out of the truck and choked her until Frink’s mother, who was driving Estes home, stopped the truck and physically removed Frink’s hands from her throat. Frink is also accused of burning his girlfriend’s arm with a cigarette on May 31.

Frink is scheduled to appear in district court July 16.


On June 14, RCSO deputies held checking details at various locations throughout the county. As a result, several motorists were charged with driving under the influence (DUI), including 63-year-old Washington resident Daniel John Layton and 31-year-old Katherine Briner Mercer of Amissville (who was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath or blood test).

Other checkpoint charges included three misdemeanor driving with a suspended license charges – 27-year-old Brittany Chantel Booth of Calverton; Sperryville resident Jade Lamontagne, 20; and 28-year-old Rachael Marie Zancanella-Balik of Dale City.

On June 18, Deputy M. Dodson stopped a vehicle on Lee Highway after he observed it driving without its headlights turned on. Dodson arrested Alusine Adonis Amara, 35, of Lanham, Md., and charged him with DUI.

In circuit court

A jury trial in Rappahannock County Circuit Court for Jeffersonton resident Bascom Darnell Jr., who is accused of rape, was delayed last Thursday morning (June 20) at the request of defense counsel Amanda Zadrozny, after she said she’d received a new medical report just a few hours before the trial was to begin.

The 37-year-old Darnell is charged with raping a woman through threat or force, and had previously undergone a mental health evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial, as well as sanity at the time of the alleged offense in November 2010.

“Nobody hates to grant continuances more than me,” said Judge Jeffrey W. Parker, who eventually conceded a continuance was necessary in this case. Bascom’s new trial is set for Sept 19-20. Wednesday morning (June 26), Bascom was also granted a $25,000 bond.

In circuit court June 19, Woodbridge resident Paul Alexander White pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute (marijuana). White, 27, was directly indicted on that charge, as well as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, by a grand jury on March 11. White was originally scheduled for a jury trial but entered the plea before it began.

White’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9, at which time the DUI charge will also be dropped.