Page News and Courier

Former pastor sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of children

LURAY — James Daley, a former pastor of two small Lutheran churches in Page County, was sentenced Monday morning to 18 years, with 12 years suspended for six counts of sexual abuse against children.

Four candidates vie for Shenandoah Council seat in special election on Nov. 4

SHENANDOAH ― A special election this fall to fill a vacated seat on the Shenandoah Council has turned into a four-way contest. Candidates J. Matthew Clark, Lynn Fox, Craig Lancto and Francis Worley have all qualified for the Nov. 4 ballot, according the Page County Registrars Office. The filing deadline was last Friday.

Former SAAA director spared jail time

FRONT ROYAL — The former executive director of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging won’t be serving any jail time following her conviction on embezzlement charges. Last Friday, Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp handed down a sentence for Helen Cockrell calling for three months of limited confinement to her home, six years of probation and 1,000 more hours of community service. Hupp called her crime a “violation of a public trust.”

Bank robbery suspect captured in Page County

SHENANDOAH ― An armed robbery suspect who fled a Shenandoah bank Tuesday morning is now in custody, according to Page County law enforcement officials. William Lee Arnette, 60, of Culpepper, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. He is charged with one count of armed bank robbery, a felony punishable by five years to life in prison.

Town to buy Brown’s Restaurant and Bridge Theater for $327,000

LURAY — A triumph for the mayor became a sigh of relief for the owner of Brown’s restaurant in Luray, as the town and private enterprise unite on a deal for the 20,000-square-foot property. On Tuesday afternoon, Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves, along with Town Manager Charlie Hoke, presented a $327,000 offer to owner, Alan Chu, for the 36 West Main Street property. The sale includes the iconic Brown’s Chinese American Restaurant, the Bridge Theater, 25 parking spaces and full rights to the greenway and handicap walkway.

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