Crime & Courts

‘One question leads to another’ in ongoing criminal probe of county government

Speaking this week on condition of anonymity, the source told the Rappahannock News that the probe, which was launched by the Virginia State Police in February 2017 and is now in the lap of Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Walther, remains an ongoing “criminal investigation.” […]

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Virginia Supreme Court grants Bragg FOIA appeal

In the case of Marian Bragg vs the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Supreme Court today (Thursday, May 17) upheld the local llama farmer’s appeal of a lower Rappahannock County Circuit Court ruling surrounding enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]

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Judge rules against Amissville resident who alleged wrongdoing by county supervisor

In an order handed down this week, Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker has ruled against an Amissville resident who alleged, among other charges, that Rappahannock County Supervisor John Lesinski violated the state’s Conflict of Interests Act (COIA). […]

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Leads still sought in Culpeper murder

Despite the passage of more than two decades and having pursued more than ten-thousand tips, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office is still confident that the information is still out there to solve the disappearance and murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds. […]

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Murder suspect Randy Smoot back in jail for alleged tampering with monitoring bracelet

“This is a confirmed tamper,” a technician employed to monitor SCRAM compliance had alerted authorities in Rappahannock County. “The client placed an obstruction between his leg and the sensor.” Furthermore, the tech observed: “The bracelet did detect the presence of alcohol.” […]

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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. […]