Crime & Courts

Back in court: Latest Lee DWI charge goes to grand jury

Lee’s attorney, Frank Reynolds, explained before court that the two DWI 2nd offenses were in different jurisdictions, and because neither had yet been adjudicated they both stood as second offenses. But that status did not last long. Minutes later, District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell signed off on an agreement that sends one of the DWI offenses to the grand jury for indictment as a third offense on March 11. […]

Movies

Brendan Martyn shines in student film

Brendan and his long-time film partner Tyler Spaid, another USC student, won top awards for best performance and best director in the school’s Campus Movie Fest competition, beating out 200 other entries. Brendan and Tyler will attend the national competition in Atlanta in May. […]

Politics/Government

Hampton Supervisor John Lesinski not seeking reelection

“At this time, I have chosen to focus my future energies on volunteer opportunities in Rappahannock County and on my board appointed positions with the Commonwealth of Virginia and will not seek re-election this November on the Board of Supervisors as the representative of the Hampton District,” reads Lesinski’s Feb. 24, 2019 letter delivered to the Rappahannock News. […]

Crime & Courts

Wrongful death settlement in 2015 Chester Gap killing

After the criminal proceeding in Rappahannock County, Brittney’s mother, Tina, sued Williams in Warren County Circuit Court, charging wrongful death. A wrongful death suit is a civil proceeding usually brought by the victim’s surviving family members seeking compensation for such things as lost wages, lost companionship, or funeral expenses. […]

Crime & Courts

Rappahannock Circuit Judge Jeffrey Parker to retire

Parker has presided over some of Rappahannock’s highest profile and most controversial cases, including suits arising out of plans made in 2013 by the town of Washington, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Inn at Little Washington to beautify the Washington town square at the intersection where Main Street meets Middle Street in front of the Inn. […]

Crime & Courts

Four indicted for booze, meth, guns and larceny

According to the criminal complaint filed Sept. 7, 2018, Virginia State Trooper C. C Burgoon saw two vehicles on Route 522 traveling at 35 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The vehicles seemed to be traveling together. When he activated his lights and siren, the two vehicles pulled into the Hillsdale Country Store on Route 211. […]

Politics/Government

Lawsuits consuming county’s time, energy and money

Despite several members of the public asking for civility of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors in the New Year, this past Monday’s meeting was marked with disagreement, aggression and raised voices — supplied mostly by Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, who erupted several times during the meeting, mostly around the topic of ongoing taxpayer-funded litigation in defense of the county government. […]

Politics/Government

Happy New Year, BOS! Board of Supervisors face new conflict of interest violation charges

Filed by Harris Hollow resident George Sonnett, and represented by local attorney David Konick, the Petition for Declaratory Judgment charges three Rappahannock supervisors and County Attorney Art Goff with violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) on several occasions last year when considering the appointment of Peter Luke as Deputy County Attorney — ironically to help handle the workload of previous lawsuits filed against Rappahannock County by certain residents. […]

Politics/Government

Supervisors, county attorneys wrangle over Bragg suits against government

Almost two hours into the afternoon session, several agenda items touched off an argumentative debate between Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith, and County Attorney Art Goff about the county’s progress in adjudicating Marian Bragg v the Board of Supervisors. […]

Theater

‘Charlotte’s Web’ spins holiday magic at RAAC Theatre

RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday show have always been crowd pleasers, selling out every performance, but this year’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” might top them all. Auditions for the show drew a record number of eager performers, including some news faces, as well as some regulars. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Planners reluctant to rule on lot sizes for short term rentals

Chair Gary Light acknowledged that he personally feels that “the acreage requirement is unnecessary. . . . The main issue is that they are a rough surrogate for a buffer and a protection. If you listen closely to the opposition to tourist homes, it’s not about the use, it’s about not knowing who is sleeping in the house next door.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Part-time county employee files lawsuit against county for allowing alleged junkyard

In addition to the violations, the complaint reads, “the unlawful collection of junk, refuse, construction materials, and inoperable equipment and vehicles and other garbage at or on the Subject Property is visible from the Petitioner’s [Atkins] property, constitutes a common law nuisance, and denigrates and depreciates the value of Petitioner’s property.” […]