Crime & Courts

Sheriff’s Report for Oct. 27

Last Friday (Oct. 21), Dodson attempted to stop a vehicle on Zachary Taylor Highway for a traffic violation, which drove off. The driver, Gary Lee Allison, 39, of Front Royal, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and eluding police. […]

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Photo: Sheriff’s Office awards

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith, right, congratulates (from left) deputies Taylor Yowell, Brandon Smoot, Robbie Fincham and Christopher Koglin, the four winners from the RCSO awards ceremony held last month at the courthouse. Yowell […]


Deputies get a ‘stay-here’ raise

The Rappahannock County’s supervisors voted unanimously last Wednesday (Sept. 5) to increase the salaries of patrol deputies at the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) and help stem the tide of deputies leaving to work in other counties. […]

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Crime & Courts

Benkelman pleads guilty to sex charges

Forty-eight-year-old arborist James Carlton Benkelman of Amissville pleaded guilty to 11 charges of possessing and reproducing child pornography in circuit court Monday (Feb. 13), and will likely be sentenced to 101 years in prison. The […]

Crime & Courts

Peyton Farms manhunt

Read the complete story here, in our eEdition. Though the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office has made no public statements yet about the case, deputies — assisted by at least one helicopter — were searching early […]

Sheriff's Report

Photo: Somebody’s watching you

Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Sisk watches the radar display — it ought to say 25 or less — on a recent morning in Sperryville, part of Sheriff Connie Smith’s stepped-up patrols directed at speeders […]

Crime & Courts

Crime and Courts for Feb. 17

A Castleton man on a motorcycle was charged with eluding police last Friday evening (Feb. 11) – after a brief high-speed chase from Sperryville south on U.S. 522 through Woodville, where authorities said the man gave up and pulled over. […]

Crime & Courts

Crime & Courts for Jan. 27

Sheriff’s Report No information was available this week from the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office. Martin sentenced for brandishing firearm William David Martin, 35, of Sperryville, was sentenced to 60 days in jail on charges of […]