Lancaster County Circuit Court Report


by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—A former deputy clerk of Lancaster County General District Court found herself as a defendant last week before Circuit Court Judge R. Michael McKenney.

Wanda Gail Dawson of White Stone was arraigned in Lancaster County Circuit Court on a single count of felony embezzlement of some $3,500 in public funds from the General District Court. A multi-jurisdictional grand jury issued one true bill against Dawson on August 23. Trial was set for December 6.

Judge McKenney also presided over the following cases on September 8.

The case against Rosa Maria Turner of Smithfield, charged with  probation violation on felony convictions, was taken under advisement. The next review is scheduled for January 29, 2018.

Brandy Nicole Bartron of Yorktown, previously convicted of DWI, second offense, was granted continuation of a post trial motion to September 29.

Joseph Cox Jr. of Lively will come before the court seeking a court appointed attorney on September 15. Cox is facing 13 charges of felony probation violation.

William Morris Noel’s trial on two felony charges of manufacture and distribution of schedule I/II drugs was set for December 8.

The case of S. Annette Chewning of Weems was set for trial on October 29. She is charged with two felony counts of distribution of schedule I/II drugs.

The case of Matthew Tony Rasmussen of Kilmarnock was set for trial on October 20. He is charged with misdemeanor DWI.

The case of Cara D. Mellanson of Richmond was set for trial October 13. She is charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.

The case of Joshua Tyler Williams of Mathews was set for trial October 20. He is charged with felonies of credit card fraud, receiving goods and credit card larceny.

The case of Charles G. Abernathy of Norfolk was set for trial on November 17. He is charged with misdemeanor DWI, first offense.

The case of Donald Fauntleroy of White Stone was scheduled for trial on misdemeanor DWI, first offense. The case was continued to September 29.

Amir Rasoul of Lancaster was denied bond on felony charges of third offense of violating a protective order.



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