Crime & Courts

Randy Smoot arraigned on murder, assault charges

Randy Lynn Smoot, charged in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther, was arraigned in Rappahannock County District Court last Thursday, October 26. The arraignment was held by video conference from the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail in Front Royal, where Smoot is being held without bond. […]

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Death in Harris Hollow: ‘Malicious wounding’ takes life of longtime resident

A Harris Hollow resident, 60-year-old Jonas “Jay” Alther, who was discovered by law enforcement authorities last Thursday night clinging to life in the driveway of his home following an alleged assault, has died as a result of his injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital. […]

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Assault charge dropped against Rappahannock judge

The sales associate had told the responding Stafford County Sheriff’s deputy that Judge Parker had squeezed her hand to the extent that it was painful. The deputy eventually placed the judge under arrest — even though it was Parker himself who called 911. […]

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Turning the tables: Rappahannock Circuit Court judge will answer to assault charges

Parker told an arresting Stafford County sheriff’s deputy that he had found some jewelry in the parking lot of the Walmart located on Rt. 17 just north of Fredericksburg. Parker said he turned the jewelry into the store’s service desk and asked the clerk for written documentation. […]

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Note to self: don’t mock the judge!

It looked to be a fairly routine day in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday — a short docket, no trials — until Kevin Lee Brown sassed Judge Herman A. Whisenant under his breath, earning Brown a serious rebuke and additional jail time. […]

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Local realtor not guilty of assault

Local realtor of was found not guilty of assault Tuesday in County District Court. Judge Ashwell, ruled that inconsistencies in witness testimony created enough reasonable doubt as to the actual circumstances surrounding the charge. […]