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Violations place CC kennel’s county permit in jeopardy

By Robb Johnson | November 13, 2008 11:28 am

A permit allowing a Charles City dog kennel to operate is now in jeopardy after county staff discovered several violations of the permit’s requirements during a recent on-site inspection. Back in January 2006, the county Board of Supervisors granted a conditional use permit for Big Dog Kennel and its owner, Linda Howard, to breed and sell rottweilers at the kennel’s North Warriner Road location. Conditions spelled out in the permit included abiding by an operational procedure plan and having no violations of any laws. During supervisors’ Oct. 28 meeting, county planner John Bragg unveiled a list of violations uncovered as…
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Exact cause of fatal NK fire remains under investigation

By Robb Johnson | November 13, 2008 11:27 am

Heavy concentrations of smoke and carbon monoxide apparently contributed to the death of a Barhamsville man after fire broke out in the living quarters of a Quonset hut-style building occupied by the deceased and a woman. As of yesterday (Tuesday), investigators had not released what caused the blaze, but New Kent Fire Chief Tommy Hicks said the fire apparently started near a mattress and a pile of clothing. Fire crews arrived on the scene at 5940 Farmers Drive (Route 273) shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. They encountered heavy smoke, but little fire, Hicks said the next day. Fire…
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Observatory in NK honors longtime NASA astronomer

By Robb Johnson | November 13, 2008 11:24 am

For the past several years, astronomy enthusiasts armed with their portable telescopes have gathered on a grass-covered knoll in eastern New Kent County to observe the night skies. Now the site has a permanent observatory that should prove to be a popular attraction. Perched atop the knoll on the grounds of Makemie Woods near Barhamsville, the observatory is being integrated into the Presbyterian Church camp’s programs and is available for use by scientists and outside groups. In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronomer who is overseeing the project plans to use the site as an extension of his…
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Hidden ‘grow room’ with $1 million marijuana crop found

By Robb Johnson | November 13, 2008 11:19 am

When Woodrow Hockaday inspected his rental house at 15600 Pocahontas Trail in Lanexa, a few days after a fatal shooting on the premises, he discovered something amiss. Where there should have been a doorway leading out of a bathroom now stood what appeared to be a solid wall. Ripping off a piece of paneling, Hockaday exposed the doorway and what was hidden behind — a sophisticated “grow room” for the illegal home occupation of marijuana production. Hockaday quickly notified New Kent sheriff’s personnel, who had searched the property the day after the Oct. 14 shooting. But being unfamiliar with the…
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