Crime & Courts

Loudoun prosecutor to become Rappahannock judge

The Virginia General Assembly has named Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman to fill the 20th Judicial District Circuit Court judicial seat being vacated by Judge Jeffrey W. Parker when he retires in November. Plowman’s election to the position will be effective July 1, 2019, when he will assume the bench. […]

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Anatomy of a Scam, Rappahannock Style

But then the fishy odor arose again. The email confirmation — to the email address Markus had provided — was answered by somebody saying what are you talking about? We don’t know anything about 15 days in Rappahannock. “Maybe I should call Visa to see what they know,” I thought. […]

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Strike one up for the good guys

A Jamaican man, as CNN reported this month, chose the wrong person to try to extort and threaten with bodily harm: Bill Webster of FBI and CIA fame. The past director of both the FBI and CIA, Webster and his wife Lynda, who have a home in Rappahannock County, were first targeted four years ago by the Jamaican man peddling a telephone lottery scam. […]

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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. […]

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Obenshain responds, ignores Goff’s concerns

Instead, his legislative aide would only provide the Rappahannock News with the senator’s letter to Goff, dated Feb. 8, in which Obenshain pointed to unrelated portions of Senate Bill 1430 and its companion SB 1431 requiring conflict of interest (COIA) training and freedom of information training (FOIA) for local government officials every two years. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Bragg v BOS ordered to trial: ‘Time to resolve this matter,’ says judge

Last Thursday, Judge Parker heard a list of outstanding issues that needed to be resolved before the case — which he said has dragged out for two years — goes to trial. County Attorney Art Goff and local attorney Mike Brown, both representing the BOS, argued that several points made by Bragg should be dismissed because they were irrelevant or invalid. Bragg’s attorney, David Konick, argued successfully that the allegations had merit. […]

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Llama farmer’s lawsuits against county government, taxpayers move forward in court

Stonewall-Hawthorne supervisor Chris Parrish, named in both Bragg cases, observed the Tuesday hearing. Afterward, in a brief interview, Parrish questioned the merits of the case. “David [Konick] said that when he opens his file he says he ‘wonders what this case is all about,’” Parrish said. “It just shows that the case has no merit.” […]

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Judge follows jury lead, sentences Smoot to 8 months for manslaughter

According to his criminal record, Smoot, 48, has been charged with 24 separate criminal offenses since 1993 — a few related to the same case — ranging from accusations of malicious wounding to assault and battery while brandishing a weapon to three cases of driving while intoxicated within a five year period. […]

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Smoot sentencing continued to Sept. 25

Monday’s scheduled sentencing in Rappahannock County Circuit Court of Flint Hill resident Randy Lynn Smoot — found guilty last month of voluntary manslaughter — was continued today by Judge Jeffrey W. Parker to Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m. […]

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Judge to decide Smoot’s fate after jury recommends eight months in jail

Before the jury went into deliberation, Judge Parker explained that they had three choices of verdict — not guilty, voluntary manslaughter, or second degree murder. After delivering the verdict, the jury was sent back to determine a sentence. After less than 20 minutes, the jury returned to recommend a sentence of eight months. […]

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Day 1 of the Smoot homicide trial

For the first time since Flint Hill resident Randy Smoot was charged with murder in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther, the community heard the whole story of what happened the night of October 19, 2017, and the morning after. […]

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Judge Parker assumes Bragg cases, professes confusion

But, said Judge Parker, “There is no allegation of [Garton’s] willfulness in the pleading.” Instead, he said, “You’re suggesting the failure to comply was inadvertent, therefore it couldn’t be willful.” Konick, sitting at the lawyer’s table, although Frazier was representing himself, tried to interrupt several times to make Frazier’s case. […]