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DUI Case Against Mayor now in Circuit Court

12 December 2019 Shenandoah County News

December 12, 2019

WOODSTOCK – Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. was back in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court yesterday.

Orndorff appeared with court appointed attorney Ryan Nuzzo. Recently, the Court declined Orndorff’s request to retain his personal attorney, Phillip Griffin II, as his court appointed attorney. Judge Kevin Black explained to Orndorff that following a request for a court appointed attorney, those making the request are not allowed to choose which attorney the court appoints.

The Mayor was at a hearing for charges of fraud against him. A grand jury also handed up an indictment against Orndorff for a DUI back in May. Those charges were originally addressed in the Shenandoah General District Court. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Strecky explained during a hearing in Nov. that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office would like to reintroduce the DUI charge in the Shenandoah Circuit Court in order to prosecute both cases against the Strasburg Mayor in the same court.

Nuzzo was appointed to represent the Mayor for both the Fraud case and the DUI one. He requested discovery from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in both cases. Discovery will be due to the defense by Dec. 27.

The fraud charges against the Mayor stem from allegations of misusing town funds and cards in specific instances over two years. The DUI charge is related to the night the Mayor drove an ATV on a public roadway, and crashed it into the Strasburg Library.

Orndorff’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2020.


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