New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 25, 2014

Second suspect in armed robbery at Bottoms Bridge McDonald’s sentenced

Conelius E. Clayton Jr., 20, was sentenced in federal court during July 7 proceedings.

A second suspect involved in an August 2013 armed robbery of the Bottoms Bridge McDonald’s in western New Kent has been sentenced in federal court. Cornelius Clayton Jr., 20, of the 600 block of Fritz Street, Henrico, received a 34-year sentence in federal prison during July 7 proceedings in the United States District Court of Eastern Virginia in Richmond. Clayton accepted the term as part of a plea deal. Last Aug. 26, two suspects entered the Bottoms Bridge McDonald’s shortly before 3 a.m. wearing masks and carrying firearms. Clayton and the other suspect, Robert James Priester, 16, of the 2200…
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  • CC chairman addresses ‘rainy day’ fund issue

    During the April 2014 Charles City Board of Supervisors meeting, county resident Micheal Jones questioned representatives about the lack of money in the “rainy day” fund, more commonly known as the general fund balance. Chairman Bill Coada addressed the issue at the board’s July 21 meeting. During board directives, Coada responded to Jones’ concern with a 10-minute presentation, indicating his personal stance on the issue. The chairman defined his viewpoint of the fund balance, before revealing numbers from his independent research. According to Coada, Charles City had $9.8 million in the fund balance account in 2002. By 2013, that number…
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  • Charles City to host coastal flood risk open house

    Charles City County will hold a public coastal flood risk open house on Monday, Aug. 25, at Charles City Social Center. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released updates on Feb. 10 to notify citizens of changes in the coastal areas of the county and insurance companies who use FIRMS (Flood Insurance Rate Maps) to determine rates. As a result of these updates, some buildings in the county may be included in the high-risk flood zone for the first time and may result in mandatory purchase of flood insurance. Representatives from the state and county will be present at the open…
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  • Drug possession, thievery nets woman seven indictments in NK Circuit Court

    A New Kent woman received numerous indictments relating to multiple drug possession and burglary charges during Monday morning New Kent Circuit Court proceedings. Samantha Nicole Rigdon, 21, of the 9000 block of Shewsbury Drive, New Kent, received a total of seven indictments after a New Kent grand jury convened. Rigdon received three indictments relating to possession of a controlled substance (heroin, Fentanyl, hydrocodone), three indictments on grand larceny relating to the theft of gold chains, necklaces and jewelry in three separate incidents (from Ashley Flescher, Natalie Battilana and Gina Trimmer), and one indictment on burglary from the home of John…
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  • Pine Fork Park conceptual plans earn praise from New Kent commissioners

    When New Kent County announced the acquisition of land on Pine Fork Road in July 2013 to build a new park, parks and recreation director Kim Turner worked diligently to come up with ideas based on community input. If it makes Turner happy, at least one group of people voiced high praise for her work. New Kent Planning Commission members expressed delight over Monday evening’s meeting during Turner’s presentation on visual concepts for the proposed Pine Fork Park. Approximately 55 acres have been designated for the new park. Of that number, 16 acres were the result of a proffer, with…
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  • Doubt about driver’s identity key in dismissed charges

    A Quinton woman will face no time in jail after felony charges were dismissed in New Kent Circuit Court. Carrie Ann Yates, 34, of the 7800 block of Woodbrook Road, was found not guilty on one charge each of forgery of a public record, uttering, misdemeanor false identity, misdemeanor driving without a license, and passing on the shoulder of the road during Monday morning’s contested trial. Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory opened proceedings, saying that on Sept. 2, 2012, Virginia state trooper Bradley Fleenor was responding to an accident on Interstate 64 eastbound near the Bottoms Bridge area. Fleenor testified, saying…
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  • Burson graduates from Johnson & Wales University


    Neko Montel Burson graduated from Johnson & Wales University on Saturday, May 24. Burson received his Associates of Applied Science in culinary arts, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in food and beverage management. He also earned minors in beverage management and sports management. Burson is a graduate from New Kent High School. He is the son of Roy and Della Burson Sr. of Providence Forge, and the grandson of Carl Harris of Lanexa.