Williams hospitalized; trial postponed

A Huntly man facing 22 felony charges was declared mentally unfit to stand trial and committed to Western State Hospital in an effort to restore his competency Thursday morning (Oct. 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

After undergoing a competency exam in August, 48-year-old Ray Anthony Williams was declared not competent to undergo trial at this point in time. Williams is charged with 22 counts of rape, aggravated sexual battery and incest involving his underage daughter — some of which date as far back as 2007.

Thursday morning, Judge Herman A. Whisenant, in agreement with both Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff and Williams’ defense counsel Amanda Zadrozny, agreed to suspend Williams’ impending trial until he has been declared competent to stand trial.

In court on Aug. 1, Zadrozny said Williams was determined to be mentally retarded during a parental evaluation conducted by Fauquier County Social Services two years ago. That same day, Goff said the evaluation conducted in Fauquier declared that Williams had an IQ of 64, maturity issues and had problems grasping the gravity of losing his children.

Whisenant gave no timeframe for when Williams might be ready to stand trial, but, at Zadrozny’s request, ordered an evaluation on his progress, if any, every six months. Williams’ case is due back in court on April 3, 2014.

Guilty pleas

Also in court Thursday morning, 32-year-old Joshua Michael Lam of Harrisonburg pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

Summarizing evidence for the court, Goff said Capt. J.C. Welch of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) observed Lam turn onto U.S. 522 at Massies Corner at 3:24 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2012. Welch watched as Lam, driving a blue pickup truck, ran both passenger-side tires off the side of the road, and subsequently pulled him over.

Lam admitted he was driving on a suspended license; Goff said Welch noticed Lam acting suspiciously — “pacing back and forth nervously” — and asked permission to search his truck. That search revealed a black case with a syringe and spoon with residue on it, which was later determined to be methamphetamine.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5.

Flint Hill resident Dawn Schimke, 43, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving. Schimke was previously charged with DWI (her first offense) and refusing a breathalyzer test; as part of a plea agreement, the refusal to submit charge was dropped.

Schimke was previously found guilty of DWI in district court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail (all suspended) and had her license suspended for 12 months. Schimke, who pleaded not guilty at her initial hearing, appealed the decision to circuit court.

Whisenant sentenced her to six months in jail (all suspended) and one year of unsupervised probation, suspended her license for six months, and ordered her to pay a $2,500 fine ($2,000 suspended) and complete the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP).

Sperryville resident Tessa Rose Adams pleaded guilty to violating probation she was placed on following a 2010 possession charge (oxycodone). The 32-year-old said she had paid $740 of her $861.50 in court costs, but had only completed nine of her assigned 100 hours of community service.

“I just need another chance,” said Adams.

Whisenant elected to give her that chance, sentencing her to two years in jail (all suspended) and two years of supervised probation. He also ordered Adams to pay her remaining $363 in court costs (which including the fees for her current court appearance), within five days, something Adams assured him she could do easily.

DUI arrest

Last Thursday evening (Oct. 3), RCSO Deputy C. Koglin attempted to stop a motorcycle near Court Lane for alleged reckless driving. The sheriff’s office said Charles Matthew Sanford of Marshall refused to stop, and eventually lost control and crashed after trying to make a left turn. The 26-year-old was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer (the last a felony).