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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 29, 2017

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New Kent supervisors amend budget to expedite middle school expansion

By Andre Jones | May 25, 2017 10:02 pm

New Kent supervisors unanimously approved amending the current year’s budget to assist with adding an expansion to New Kent’s Middle School. A 5-0 vote passed with a favorable recommendation to amend the FY2016-17 budget by $1,266,757 after no one spoke at the May 25 public hearing. The amendment was made as county leaders wanted to expedite the process of increasing capacity at the middle school due to an expected influx in enrollment in upcoming years.

Jury finds Henrico man innocent on firearm possession charge

By Community Member | May 25, 2017 9:57 pm

A Henrico man was found innocent for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A Charles City jury rendered a not guilty verdict favoring the defendant Michael Darnell Bridges, 40, of the 4600 block of Jenell Crescent Court. An allegation said that on July 31, 2016, Bridges was fishing with two other men when a conservation officer allegedly noticed a weapon being moved by the defendant. However, a jury did not agree with evidence presented and favored on the side of Bridges.

Alexandria man receives two-year jail term for driving suspended in New Kent

By Andre Jones | May 23, 2017 9:39 am

An Alexandria man will spend the next two years in jail after he was arrested while driving on Interstate 64 in New Kent. Marvin M. Diaz-Mendez, 35, of the 4000 block of Arcadia Road, accepted a plea agreement during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court, entering guilty pleas to one count each of felony driving suspended or revoked (endangerment related), and an amended charge of DUI (second offense- originally DUI third offense). In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Apr. 5, Trooper Jonathan Miles was patrolling westbound traffic on Interstate 64 near mile…
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New Kent man who went missing located in Washington D.C.

By Community Member | May 19, 2017 7:05 pm

A New Kent man who went missing from his home on May 17 has been located in Washington D.C. John Lloyd Throckmorton, 73, was found on May 18 after a missing person’s report was filed with New Kent Sheriff’s Office. Throckmorton was reported missing near the border of the New Kent/Hanover County line operating a Kia Sorrento SUV before his location in Washington D.C. No further information is being provided by New Kent Sheriff’s Office at this time.

Richmond juveniles arrested for thefts from vehicles in New Kent

By Community Member | May 17, 2017 11:52 am

Three Richmond juveniles have been arrested after allegedly entering into vehicles in New Kent on May 17. According to a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call at 5:55 a.m. of vehicles possibly being entered in the area of Sassafras Drive in Quinton. About ten minutes later, a responding deputy made contact with several juveniles walking along Magnolia Woods Drive, just south of the aforementioned location. After other officers arrived, the juveniles were in custody a few moments later, with several of the property being recovered. As the apprehensions were taking place, more reports were coming…
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Attempted escapees among indictments in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | May 15, 2017 9:38 pm

Two men who attempted to escape Henrico Jail East in New Kent were formally indicted during May 15 morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Frank Edward Wilson Arthur, 25, and Clayton Douglas Musselman, 29, both of Henrico Jail East, were indicted on one charge each of attempted escape from a jail facility, destroying property during an escape attempt, and possession of escape tools. On Apr. 18, the two men allegedly tried to scale the fence of the facility. While attempting to escape, the two men were cut by the fence’s razor wire with one of the suspects falling to…
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Gloucester woman dies of injuries as the result of Interstate 64 accident in New Kent

By Community Member | May 14, 2017 8:26 pm

A Gloucester woman has died as the result of her injuries sustained during a May 9 accident on Interstate 64 in New Kent. Sharyn Robbins, 49, passed away Saturday morning in a local medical facility. According to a press release, around 1 p.m. on May 9, a jeep traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 near mile marker 204 crossed the median and struck Robbins’ Toyota vehicle in what officers described as an “almost head-on” collision. Robbins was airlifted to a nearby medical facility as a result of the accident. Officers say she was wearing a seatbelt at the time. The driver…
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Trogdon stepping down as Charles City county administrator

By Andre Jones | May 9, 2017 8:12 pm

Charles City county administrator Zach Trogdon will be leaving his position in June after being named as direct of the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority. Trogdon has served as county administrator since 2012, relocating from North Carolina to take the position. “I really appreciate the county, citizens, and how the staff embraced me,” Trogdon said in a Tuesday afternoon interview. “It’s definitely bittersweet to leave. I have worked with a lot of great people.” Under his tenure, Trogdon has tackled an array of projects. Among them included addressing issues with wastewater plants in the county. “Trying to list all the accomplishments…
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Lanexa man found innocent of construction fraud, guilty on working without proper license

By Andre Jones | May 8, 2017 8:29 pm

A Lanexa man had a felony charge of construction fraud dismissed but will serve three months in jail after being found guilty on a single misdemeanor count of working without a construction license. Kenneth Ray Philbates, 44, of the 9500 block of Richmond Road, entered into a contested trial Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court on the offenses. During testimony, Betty Bullock said she had contacted a company about completing work on her garage last fall. According to her testimony, after the owner said he was unable to do it, Philbates, who is an employee of the company, told…
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New Kent residents killed in Henrico crash involving police officer

By Community Member | May 6, 2017 10:45 pm

Two New Kent County residents died as a result of an accident early Saturday morning in eastern Henrico that involved a Henrico police officer. James Alan Joyce Jr., 37, and Mary Oakes Babcock, 36, were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident near the intersection of Aspen Shades Parkway and Williamsburg Road. According to a press release, shortly after 2 a.m. a police officer was traveling westbound on Williamsburg Road when the car apparently struck the victims who were walking at the time. The release also indicates that the on-duty officer was not in a pursuit at the time…
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