Photo of officer assault suspect

Clyde Eugene Burrell, Jr

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(UPDATED) Suspect charged with attempted capital murder of police officer after vicious attack – FRPD

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

Suspect Clyde Burrell Jr. charged with attempted capital murder

[This is a breaking news story. The original story is here: http://goo.gl/Sd8bW ]

Officer was responding to report of white male exposing himself to motorists

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

About 1 p.m., Sunday, July 29, the Front Royal Police Department issued a press release detailing the attack on Sgt. Bryan Courtney 19 hours earlier near the intersection of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue. Captain Mark Werner said that despite the severity of Sgt. Courtney’s injuries, it was hoped he could be released from Warren Memorial Hospital later on Sunday, just a day after what could have been a fatal attack but for the arrival of a second officer and the assistance of citizens in subduing the suspect and aiding Officer Courtney at the scene.

According to FRPD the suspect, 33-year-old Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. is 5-foot-11, 288 pounds with an extensive criminal rap sheet.

The press release states:

“Chief Richard H. Furr has announced the arrest of Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr. white male 33 years of age, of what was reported as a 600 block West 11th Street address in Front Royal, Virginia. Burrell has been charged with one count of Attempted Capital Murder of Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney. One count, maliciously causing bodily injury to Front Royal Police Sergeant Bryan Courtney and two counts of assault and battery to Sergeant Bryan Courtney and Detective Jason Lethcoe knowing that such persons were law enforcement officers.

“On July 28, at 6:36 p.m. the Front Royal Police Department received a call from a citizen that a white male subject was in the area of North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself to passing motorists. Officers responded to the area and began a search for this subject at 6:42 p.m. Sergeant Courtney radioed that he may have the subject in the area of 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. As Sergeant Courtney exited his vehicle Clyde E. Burrell Jr. viciously attacked Sergeant Courtney. During the attack Burrell slammed Sergeant Courtney’s head into the pavement multiple times and raked his fingers through Sergeant Courtney’s eyes. As Sergeant Courtney continued to fight for his life Burrell gained control of Sergeant Courtney’s expandable baton and commenced to beat Sergeant Courtney striking him in his face, arms and the back of his head.

“Sergeant Courtney was able to get on his back with Burrell on his chest and grab the expandable baton, as he and Burrell were struggling for control of the baton Burrell ripped the baton from Sergeant Courtney’s hands. As Burrell drew back the baton to strike Sergeant Courtney, Detective Jason Lethcoe arrived on the scene and was able to tackle Burrell getting him off of Sergeant Courtney. Detective Jason Lethcoe then had to fight Clyde Burrell.

“During the struggle a citizen came to the aid of Detective Lethcoe and helped in gaining control of Burrell which allowed Detective Lethcoe to get Burrell into handcuffs. Two other citizens then came to the aid of Sergeant Courtney rendering first aid. Corporal David Fogle arrived on scene and immediately transported Sergeant Courtney to Warren Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Bryan Courtney was hospitalized for his injuries and Detective Lethcoe was treated and released. Clyde E. Burrell Jr. was held with no bond a court date has not been set in this matter at the time of this release.

“Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jason Ryman at the Criminal Investigation Division of the Front Royal Police Department at 540-636-2208 or the Front Royal Police Department Dispatch Center at 540-635-2111.”

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

[Updated to correct address and to add background on the subject.]

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FRPD officer assaulted at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave.

File photo of Front Royal Police Sgt. Bryan Courtney and K-9 Boone.

[This story has been updated: http://goo.gl/WV6lx]

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

A Front Royal police officer is hospitalized with what are described as non-life threatening but serious injuries after being assaulted while responding to a call at 1420 North Shenandoah Avenue around 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28.

According to FRPD Captain Mark Werner, Sgt. Bryan Courtney was investigating reports of a male subject walking in the area of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself in the vicinity of nearby motels. Courtney apparently confronted a suspect in the vicinity of the parking lot of the ear, nose and throat clinic of Dr. Timberlake’s practice at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. when he was attacked by what was described as a white male in his mid 30s.

A second FRPD officer, Jason Lethcoe, responded to the scene as the attack was underway and was able to pull the assailant off his fellow officer. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and is being held at Warren County Jail. According to Werner, officers received some assistance at the scene from citizens passing by.

Additional details on the circumstance of the assault and the identity of the suspect is expected from FRPD later Saturday night or early Sunday. This report will be updated as information becomes available.

FRPD Chief Richard Furr texted a response to our initial inquiries from Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was with his injured officer late Saturday evening.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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Traffic light failure closes Front Royal’s major intersection

Main Street and Royal Avenue intersection shut down thru weekend

The Town of Front Royal announced at 9:20 p.m., Friday night, July 27, that Main Street will be closed to traffic at Royal Avenue through the weekend due to a failure of the traffic signal control cabinet. Barricades were placed to prohibit east and west bound traffic on Main Street, and the traffic signal has been placed into a “flash” mode. North-south traffic continued unimpeded on Royal Avenue; and East and West Main Streets were accessible from different intersections.

A replacement control cabinet for the traffic signal was scheduled to be delivered and installed on Monday, July 30.

Questions about this closure should be directed to the Department of Energy Services at (540) 635-3027.

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The Late July, 2012 edition of Warren County Report

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Mixing Gospel with Country: The Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama open Shenandoah Valley Music Festival July 20

The Blind Boys of Alabama, with Jimmy Carter, center.

By Sarah Hasnain
Special to WC Report

(Managing editor’s note: Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will headline opening night of the 2012 Shenandoah Valley Music Festival on July 20. Deanna Bogart, described as playing with “luster, sophistication and soul” by the Washington Post, will open the evening. The Blind Boys of Alabama have five Grammy Awards, have sung for two presidents and been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In addition, they have made appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, 60 minutes, The Grammy Awards telecast and their own PBS holiday special. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone or online. Call (540) 459-3396 or visit http://www.musicfest.org. We received this interview with Jimmy Carter of the Blind Boys from festival staff.)

Who would have thought a band of gospel singers could come out with a country album? The Blind Boys of Alabama have done just that and turned it into one of the most extraordinary pieces they have recorded in their lifetime.

For 60 years, they spent their time in the gospel, R&B and rock circuit. However, their secret love for country music was not recognized until 2011 when they came out with their first ever country gospel album, Take The High Road. This mix of modern and traditional country has merged well with their gospel rooted sound.

I was able to talk to Jimmy Carter, founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama to understand the change with the new album.

“All my life, I’ve loved country music,” confesses Carter. “I have been lobbying to do a country music album from the very beginning and I am glad it has finally happened.”

The Blind Boys formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. In addition to their myriad awards listed above, they have managed to keep a hand on the pulse of changing musical times, even covering one of WC Report Editor Roger Bianchini’s favorite songs, “Driftin’ ” by Jimi Hendrix (in fact, Roger tells us the Blind Boy’s version still brings a tear to his eye every time he hears it).

Although they have gained a slew of recognition and performed with many country artists, they have never crossed the line and committed on doing a project inspired by the country genre until now. This landmark recording has enabled them to cross traditional boundaries and create a diverse harmony fit for all listeners.

After meeting rising country music star Jamey Johnson who sang “Down by the Riverside” with them at the induction ceremony in Montgomery, plans began to emerge.

It was the experience of sharing the stage with Johnson that prompted the Blind Boys to seek his services in order to help make the country gospel album a real deal.
“Jamey Johnson made it effortless for us by getting us all together in the recording studio and finding which sounds would go well with our voices. We became a family throughout the whole process,” Carter said.

Therefore, it was very natural to blend the two music genres together. Carter was thrilled to be around musicians who had a common feel for the country gospel sound. “Most country artists have a spark in their hearts for gospel so it made the recording process much easier.”

One of Carter’s favorite experiences with the country gospel album was being able to record in Nashville for the first time. “I had never been at the famous RCA studio and all of a sudden I’m meeting all these wonderful country musicians that were willing to collaborate with us,” expresses Carter, “it definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience.”

Carter’s favorite songs on the album are “Take The High Road” and “I Know a Place.”
“I had a very emotional experience recording those two songs because it has such a good message to it for our audiences,” confesses Carter. “I’m always excited when per-forming those songs on stage.”

The Blind Boys of Alabama will be coming to the Orkney Springs stage for the second time in their career. They were here once before in 2007.

“Expect a lot of new songs from our album, Take The High Road. In addition, we will be mixing a lot of the new with the old by bringing back some of our traditional gospel sounds from our older albums,” revealed Carter.

The country gospel album has been a hit so far with the fans. Even with all the successful albums and awards assembled together, The Blind Boys are still not done yet.

“We are currently in the talks about doing an album with our top hits from the past 70 years. It’s not official yet but we will hopefully make it happen,” stated Carter.

It’s that work ethic which enables The Blind Boys to involve everybody into their music and keep the connection closer together. They were able to bring two different styles of music back together and leave a message that can touch people’s lives forever.

The Blind Boys of Alabama, with special guest Deanna Bogart, will come and perform at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs, Va. on July 20th at 8 p.m.

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The Mid July, 2012 edition of Warren County Report

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HLI, Arlington Diocese named in $5.35-mil abuse lawsuit

Facing the issue of moral culpability of corporate, religious superiors

Father Euteneuer representing HLI during 2007 TV appearance.

By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report

A 15-page complaint in a $5.35-million lawsuit alleges six causes of action against Human Life International, the international pro-life advocacy group Father Thomas Euteneuer headed for a decade as president, and the Arlington Catholic Diocese. Included in the complaint are graphic accounts of truly perverse behavior that went on to a great extent, plaintiff Jane Doe contends, under the roof of what is billed as the world’s largest pro-life organization, headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia.

While neither Euteneuer nor his home diocese is named, HLI, its endowment and the Arlington Diocese where plaintiff Jane Doe took her story of over two years of abuse on July 7, 2010, is, along with the diocese’s presiding Bishop Paul S. Loverde and the Arlington Diocese corporate entity.

Euteneuer headed HLI for a decade (2000-2010) and become the highly public face of the anti-abortion, pro-life lobby in the United States and around the world. During that tenure he was under the auspices of the Palm Beach, Florida Diocese.

We contacted Palm Beach Diocese Communications Director Dianne Laubert to ask if the diocese had reached an out-of-court settlement for itself, Father Euteneuer, or both, that might explain their absence as defendants in the Jane Doe lawsuit. Laubert declined comment for the diocese, suggesting we contact the plaintiff’s attorneys for that information. As of July 5, attorneys for Doe declined comment as well.

The main entrance to sprawling HLI headquarters off Shenandoah Shores Road.

Abuse allegations

At the center of the complaint are not only alleged acts of sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse by a perpetrator that could only be described as sexual predator if true, but the negligent complicity of those with direct supervisory control of the priest.

Doe is alleged to have first sought Euteneuer’s spiritual help in late February 2008 and signed a contract offered by the priest for “spiritual ministries” that included travel to HLI headquarters for that ministry.

His treatment and abuse is alleged to have begun within a month and by April 2008 the priest told Jane Doe he had received church authorization to conduct exorcisms on her. The complaint states that with one break in July 2010, that abuse continued at various locations through August-September 2010.

“During the following weeks, during every meeting, Euteneuer became progressively persistent in touching the Plaintiff inappropriately. He kissed the corners of her mouth; stroked her legs, breasts and things, caressed her face; laid his body on top of hers; and frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the complaint states. Later abuse included “digital (finger) penetration” of the victim, requests she touch his penis, continued fondling and overnight sleeping in an HLI guest bedroom, the complaint also alleges.

The lawsuit states Human Life International officials were fully aware of their president’s so-called “spiritual ministries” and exorcism rituals conducted within their Front Royal, Virginia, headquarters; and even allowed Jane Doe to be employed there by her alleged abuser in the midst of two-and-a-half years of sexually-tinged “spiritual therapy.”

The $5.35-million lawsuit is filed in the name of Jane Doe in an attempt to keep private the identity of a victim the complaint describes as a vulnerable and psychologically troubled, and now emotionally-scarred woman. The lawsuit filed by Fairfax attorneys Demetry Pikrallidas and Robert T. Hall alleges multiple counts of Assault, Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Entrustment and Negligent Retention resulting from the alleged acts committed by then HLI President Father Thomas Euteneuer. A combined total of $5 million in compensatory and $350,000 in punitive damages is being sought from the defendants by plaintiff Jane Doe.

Palm Beach Diocese Bishop Gerald Barbarito recalled Euteneuer from his HLI posting seven weeks after Jane Doe went to Arlington Diocese priest with her allegations of sexual abuse during exorcisms and other spiritual counseling sessions.

HLI

Reacting to its being cited as a defendant in Jane Doe’s $5.35 million lawsuit, on June 28 Human Life International issued a press release distancing itself from the alleged sexual abuse the lawsuit says often occurred on its property by the priest then serving as its president.

“To the extent Father Euteneuer has already admitted to engaging in highly inappropriate and gravely sinful conduct with a young adult woman, we can only emphasize that such behavior was never within the scope of his employment with HLI. We intend to vigorously defend HLI from the false accusations made against it, and we are undeterred in pursuing HLI’s mission to build a culture of life and protect the unborn,” the HLI press release of June 28 states.

How a jury requested to hear the lawsuit might react to HLI’s attempt to distance itself from admitted “grave harm” to an adult, post-embryonic person the lawsuit states it eventually employed and set up at a desk directly across from the office of her alleged abuser, remains to be seen.

In fact, Euteneuer is the author of a book on exorcism, “Exorcism and the Church Militant,” published by HLI in June 2010. HLI decided not to reprint any further editions of the book after it sold out shortly after Euteneuer’s recall. At the time, HLI officials indicated there was nothing substantially wrong with the book’s content but decided that promotion of exorcism was not a main focus of the HLI mission.

“It was decided not to reprint the book as HLI no longer had Fr. Euteneuer on hand to promote and explain his book. HLI’s mission has always been to work for a culture of life around the world and confront all who threaten the dignity of the human person,” HLI public information official Adam Cassandra told us on June 5.

Arlington Diocese

Plaintiff attorney Pikrallidas told us the Catholic Diocese of Arlington is included as a defendant because his client went to a diocese official identified as Father Creegan on July 7, 2010 with the story of her abuse as part of the “spiritual ministries” of Father Euteneuer. Euteneuer remained at his HLI post until Aug. 27, 2010, when he was recalled to the Palm Beach Diocese by his Catholic superior, Bishop Gerald Barbarito.

“They knew,” Pikrallidas told us of the Arlington Diocese during that nearly two month lapse when more abuse is alleged to have occurred after a short interlude that July.

However, Arlington Diocese Public Information official Michael Donohue stated diocese records indicate diocese officials contacted the Palm Beach Diocese within two days of Jane Doe bringing her story to them. “The plaintiff did receive psychological and spiritual assistance from the Diocese of Arlington subsequent to informing us about the abuse,” Donohue added.

“Rev. Euteneuer is not and has never been a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. Rev. Euteneuer is a priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, and was an employee of Human Life International (HLI), Inc., an independent corporation. He was working for his employer, HLI, subject to his bishop in the Diocese of Palm Beach, and not in regular ministry in the Diocese of Arlington,” Donohue stated.

While the Arlington Diocese does have a religious official authorized to perform exorcisms, it was never Euteneuer, Donahue said. And while Arlington Diocese authority extends to Warren County and its Catholic Church, St. John’s in Front Royal, Donohue said that despite its religious ties, as an independent corporation, “HLI was not under the direction or control of the Arlington Diocese.”

A statue of the holy family near the entrance to HLI – surely it has wept over lawsuit allegations about the behavior of the former HLI president inside those walls.

Delayed reactions

On Jan. 27, 2011, exactly five months after Euteneuer’s recall to Palm Beach, Warren County Fire & Rescue responded to what was officially reported as a “medical seizure” at HLI’s Shenandoah Shores Road headquarters. However some witnesses had a different perspective, believing the incident to be a manifestation of demonic possession of a woman at chapel that day. From information acquired about the incident, we believe the effected person is the woman identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit.

“I heard from someone who attended that Mass at Front Royal the other day that people were traumatized by what happened – a suddenly screaming, howling, cursing person – and are demanding to know what’s going on,” a Catholic blogger known as Adele told us at the time.

Five days after that incident, on Feb. 1, 2011, amidst an increasingly shrill and sometimes threatening debate in the online Catholic blogosphere over allegations of sexual abuse by Euteneuer against multiple victims of the priest’s spiritual counseling, both Diocese of Palm Beach Bishop Gerald Barbarito and Euteneuer issued statements on the Catholic LifeSiteNews website addressing Euteneuer’s status.

“Father Euteneuer has been undergoing intensive evaluation and counseling to address admitted inappropriate crossing of adult heterosexual boundaries on the occasion of carrying out his priestly ministry,” Bishop Barbarito stated.

In a statement seen as incomplete, insufficiently contrite and oddly aggressive by some, Euteneuer said his sinful lapses of moral judgment were his own and that the great majority of his work while at HLI was “all motivated exclusively by my desire to give priestly assistance to people in great spiritual distress.”

But Euteneuer added in what is included as part of Jane Doe’s $5.35-million lawsuit, “I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.”

Following Barbarito and Euteneuer’s public statements of Feb. 1, 2011, Interim HLI President Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula issued a statement referencing the work of two HLI employees and the many hours they had put in “assisting the young woman gravely harmed in this case.”

But was it too little, too late?

Ultimately, an Arlington County Civil Court jury may decide if anyone beyond the perpetrator himself is culpable for acts alleged to have been committed on their watch, and in HLI’s case on their property, in the name of their faith and their God.

The spider & the fly

The complaint states that seven months into her abuse-laden treatment, Euteneuer paid for Jane Doe’s move from Sterling to Front Royal in September 2008. At the same time, acting as president of HLI, Euteneuer hired Doe for contracting services at HLI. On March 25, 2010, Jane Doe was hired as a full-time employee of HLI under circumstances the complaint states “were contrary to HLI corporate policy but were ratified and approved by HLI and HLIE (Human Life International Endowment).”

The complaint continues, “Between Sept. 11, 2008 and June 2010, Euteneuer had numerous deliverance sessions with the Plaintiff during which he sexually abused her during work hours and in various rooms at HLI and HLIE headquarters.”

The complaint states that as his alleged abuses escalated and continued for two-and-a-half years during “exorcisms” and “spiritual deliverance ministries” HLI administrators condoned within their walls, Father Euteneuer understood that Jane Doe was suffering from a psychological “dissociative disorder” and had become “physically, emotionally and spiritually dependent on him,” as well as financially and professionally the complaint adds.

Psychology & Satan

That understanding is further illustrated by the contention Euteneuer later paid thousands of dollars, including travel and housing expenses, for Jane Doe to get psychological treatment from two other sources, one identified as Stephen Oglevie, the other an unnamed psychologist in Florence, Kentucky.

The complaint specifies six instances when Euteneuer paid “thousands of dollars in expenses” between November 2008 and the spring of 2009 for sessions with Oglevie and in August 2009 for five sessions with the unidentified Kentucky psychologist.

A Stephen E. Oglevie is identified online as a central figure in “Satanic Panic” incidents in which unexplained murders in which corpses are discovered in various states of decay are blamed, without evidence, on Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA). Oglevie is also identified as a defendant in a Canadian lawsuit brought by a woman alleging members of Elijah House, including Oglevie, induced her and her children to believe that “satanic cults and witchcraft had penetrated all levels of society,” that she had “500 alternate personalities,” and that “demons posed a present danger” to her and her children.

The website of a British organization (SAFF) opposing the sort of spiritual and psychological “treatments” offered by SRA advocates like Oglevie or exorcisms as offered by Euteneuer, states, “Thousands of people afflicted with Schizophrenia could fall into their clutches and be misdiagnosed as Victims of Satanic Abuse and then suffer mind-bending exorcisms to cure it! Schizophrenia is a terrible and frightening illness, how much more will they suffer with the extra paranoia of thinking their minds are being taken over by Satanists? It is psychotherapeutic Black Magic.”

Blinded by the light

At the time of his August 2010 departure, no mention of the reason for Euteneuer leaving his HLI post was made by any involved party. In fact, it appeared to be business as usual as Euteneuer bid adieu and was lauded as a great spiritual influence upon this community and the world.

“I have been utterly privileged to serve this great mission for a decade, and now I am called back to my diocese to continue my priestly service in parish work, which was the original calling of my vocation,” Euteneuer posted on the HLI website when he left.

Some now silent or expressing distaste for Euteneuer’s alleged behavior had a different perception of the priest when he left HLI and Front Royal on August 27, 2010.

“Father Euteneuer is a very much beloved priest. He will be sorely missed by our local and international community because he has traveled the world over spreading the message of love, life and family. He is an excellent and very holy priest. I hope he comes back to our community often,” Front Royal Town Councilman Tom Sayre was quoted in the Northern Virginia Daily on Aug. 31, 2010. “Some of my fondest memories are playing basketball with Father Euteneuer at Christendom College on men’s night. He brought stability to HLI,” Sayre added.

In that same NVD article, HLI Chaplain Frank Pappa said of Euteneuer, “Marvelous man to work for, amazing gifts. I’m one of his tremendous fans. He has tremendous zeal for the Catholic faith and for the mission of saving life.”

HLI officials were declining any further comment on their former president due to the lawsuit, HLI Communications Specialist Adam Cassandra told us.

“Had I known the truth about Fr. Euteneuer’s disgusting actions I certainly would not have made a positive public statement,” Sayre told us. “As I mentioned to the NV Daily, like many others in the community at the time, I was not privy to any of the circumstances surrounding his departure; I was not involved in, nor had knowledge of his actions as an exorcist, nor how he conducted them. Unfortunately, upon learning of the allegations leveled against Fr. Euteneuer I was very disheartened, angered and disturbed by them. I truly hope that HLI will take the steps necessary to maintain their good works. This is an example of where one person’s wrong actions and decisions affect and harm many.”

Well, we know of at least one living person who appears to have been gravely harmed by the wrong actions either alleged or admitted to by Father Thomas Euteneuer during his tenure as president of Human Life International.

rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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