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Attorneys Want to Combine Orndorff Charges

21 November 2019 Shenandoah County News

November 21, 2019

WOODSTOCK – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office would like to combine two cases involving Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff, Jr.

During a Shenandoah General District Court hearing on Tuesday, assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Strecky explained that the office would no longer prosecute Orndorff’s DUI case in the General Court. Instead, the office will seek to reintroduce the case in the Shenandoah Circuit Court and consolidate the charges with fraud charges from a separate case involving the Mayor.

The DUI case stems from Orndorff driving an ATV on a public roadway and colliding with the Strasburg Library in May. Recently, in October, Orndorff was served with several indictments from a grand jury relating to charges of food stamp fraud and obtaining money under false pretense. Earlier this month, a petition of removal case against the Mayor was halted in the Shenandoah Circuit Court due to discrepancies between the petition and the rules governing a petition of removal.

Shenandoah General District Court Judge Amy Tisinger determined that the request to indicate the Mayor for the DUI charges in the Circuit court were reasonable. No court date was established for a potential consolidation because the indictments are pending for the DUI charge.

Richard Orndorff, Jr. will appear in court on Dec. 4 for a hearing relating to the fraud charges.


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