New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 2, 2015

Broadband initiative in Charles City targets October completion date

Progress of improved telecommunications in Charles City is on task for an October completion. County planning director Matt Rowe updated county supervisors at the July 28 regular board meeting. After receiving a $600,000 state grant in December 2014, negotiations, pre-engineering work, and planning have hit full stride. Construction is slated to begin to install fiber optic lines to Roxbury Industrial Park by late August on early September according to Rowe. The planning director expects all work to be completed by late October barring any setbacks from inclement weather. As part of the effort to bring wireless broadband to the county,…
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  • New Kent water-skiing ordinance’s history may affect future decision on issue

    During the July 7 regular meeting of the New Kent Board of Supervisors, two citizens asked county leaders to consider changing a 30-year ordinance that prohibits water-skiing on Chickahominy Lake. And while county attorney William Hefty said the ordinance was completely legal, logistics of the shape and size of the lake may factor in an ultimate decision to lift the ordinance. Supervisors sat down at a July 28 work session to discuss the ordinance. Looking to get a better grasp on the history they asked Ed Allen Jr., who served as a county supervisor in 1979, to give them insight…
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  • Two men accept plea deals in New Kent Circuit Court

    Two men involved in separate cases accepted plea deals as part of July 27 morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. –Nicholas Warren Bryant, 20, of the 200 block of Buckroe Road, Hampton, entered a guilty plea to one count of obtaining money by false pretenses. One charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses was dropped. In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 13, 2014, Bryant and Shalia Marie Brown, a co-defendant, went to Gold and Silver Mine in Quinton and pawned stolen jewelry, receiving $3,000 from the transaction. A subsequent investigation led to Bryant’s arrest. Under the…
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  • Rescue crews recover body of 8-year old from Pamunkey River

    Joel Martinez MercadoPhoto courtesy of the Mercado family

    The body of an eight-year old boy who fell off a pier near the Eltham Bridge into the Pamunkey River was recovered during the early morning hours on July 27. Joel Martinez Mercado was pronounced dead after a 12-hour search upon a report of his disappearance. New Kent Sheriff’s Office spearheaded a search on Sunday, July 26 after receiving a call around 5 p.m. that an adult and child fell into the river near Mill Creek in Eltham. Rescue crews from New Kent, West Point, James City County, and the United States Coast Guard arrived, pulling the adult from the…
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  • Rescue crews search for 8-year old boy who fell in York River

    New Kent Sheriff’s Office is leading a search to find an 8-year old boy who fell from a bridge into the water near Mill Creek near Eltham. Around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon (July 26), reports that two people fell into the York River were received by New Kent Sheriff’s Office. A search and rescue effort initiated shortly afterwards. An adult was rescued, but the search for the boy, identified as Joel Mercado, continued before the search was called off at 11:30. Divers, boaters, and helicopters searched for the boy until suspended due to safety concerns and conditions, according to Chief…
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  • Route 5 in Charles City to consist of delays for bridge inspection July 30-31

    Motorists can expect delays on Route 5 (John Tyler Memorial Highway) at the border of Charles City and James City County on July 30-31 due to a bridge inspection. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be conducting an inspection of the bridge connecting the two counties from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days. There will be alternating lane closures from Chickahominy Bluff Road in Charles City to the border of James County line during that time.