December 26, 1991 — Virginia State Police officers Thursday arrested Luray High School Principal Gary M. Rosenthal as a fugitive from justice, ending a bad check spree that allegedly covered at least two years, three states and two identities.
School board members met in executive session Thursday and Friday to discuss administrative issues related to the arrest.
Rosenthal, 37, was released from the Page County Jail Saturday on $10,000 bail. He spent Thursday and Friday in jail after police arrested him at his Springview Drive home.
He now awaits extradition to Camden, N.J. A representative from the Camden prosecutor’s office said Friday that Rosenthal was indicated in 1989 on two counts of fraud for allegedly passing $2,275 in bad checks.
Law enforcement officials said Rosenthal also left a warrant for his arrest in Hampshire County, W.Va., in connection with a string of bad checks and unpaid bills.
Rosenthal worked in West Virginia before coming to Luray as LHS principal in August.
Page County Sheriff E.M.“Pap” Sedwick said Rosenthal was under investigation for similar check passing activity locally as well.
As part of the local investigation, Rosenthal’s name and fugitive status came to local police officers’ attention in a report from the National Crime Information Center operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington.
~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier