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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 23, 2018

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New Kent school leaders recognized by colleagues

By Community Member | March 21, 2018 2:29 am

New Kent school leadership has been recognized for their accomplishments by their regional peers. Superintendent of Schools Dave Myers was named Region I Superintendent of the Year by his colleagues. School board chairwoman and District 5 representative Gail Hardinge was chosen as Regional School Board member of the year.

Woman selling imitation drugs to help incarcerated boyfriend hit with felony conviction

By Andre Jones | March 19, 2018 9:12 pm

Sometimes being in love makes a person do questionable things. For a Richmond woman, her commitment to a relationship placed a felony on her criminal record. Darian Ivory McElfresh, 20, of the 2400 block of E. Franklin Street, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of an imitation schedule I/II substance as part of a plea agreement reached Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Linwood Gregory, on July 6, 2017, the Twin Rivers Task Force set up a potential drug buy with McElfresh. A confidential informant exchanged texts…
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Half-dozen drivers among eight indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | March 19, 2018 7:31 pm

Eight individuals were indicted by a New Kent grand jury during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court: –Mikel William Apperson, 29, of the 14000 block of Antler Road, Fredericksburg, on a solo charge of DUI (third offense). The defendant allegedly committed the offense on Nov. 12, 2017. –Christopher Samuel Causway Jr., 20, of 21. S. Beech Avenue, Highland Springs, on one count of felony eluding of police. The alleged offense took place on Dec. 27, 2017. –Michael James Cunningham, 19, of the 400 block of Ninth Street, Virginia Beach, on a single count of possession of cocaine. The…
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Fire destroys home in Charles City

By Community Member | March 19, 2018 6:52 pm

A fire engulfed a home in Charles City Monday afternoon. Flames broke out at the residence at the 8200 block of Little Elam Road in Charles City. The structure and personal items inside were destroyed. No one was hurt as a result of the fire. Charles City and Henrico Fire Departments responded to the call. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Farms of New Kent PUD amendment passed by supervisors 4-1

By Andre Jones | March 14, 2018 1:43 am

A Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment for the Farms of New Kent that underwent nearly three years of work, negotiations, and meetings received approval from county supervisors after additional conditions and terms were agreed upon. New Kent leaders voted 4-1 to approve the submitted PUD amendment after deferring the item for 90 days back in Dec. 2017. Only District 5 representative Ray Davis voted against the approval as part of Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting. At the Dec. 2017 meeting, Director of Community Development Matthew Smolnik presented the proposal that divided 2,230 acres into five land bays. The original PUD…
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Bodies of lost men recovered from James River

By Community Member | March 14, 2018 1:41 am

The bodies of two men, including a Charles City man, have been recovered from the James River. The remains of Kyle Englehart, 29, of Charles City, was located on the shores of the James River in Surry County on Mar. 9. The body of Brian Austin Savage, 20, of Henrico, was recovered on Mar. 4 in the James River in Isle of Wight. Both men disappeared on Jan. 3 in James City County as they were using a boat to get a duck blind on Jamestown Island. Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, federal, state, and local authorities combed…
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Henrico Jail East escapee sentenced to 15-year prison term

By Andre Jones | March 12, 2018 5:34 pm

A New Kent man who escaped from Henrico Jail East received a 15-year prison sentence as part of afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Howard Allen Groffel, 52, received formal sentencing after being convicted on 15 charges during a Dec. 21, 2017 trial. During that trial, proceedings revealed that after being transported to Henrico Jail East and held on charges, Groffel walked down a corridor to the magistrate’s office waiting area. The defendant hit a buzzer and was granted access into the office area. The defendant pressed another button and access was gained to the main lobby. From there,…
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Providence Forge woman admits guilt to stealing power tools

By Andre Jones | March 9, 2018 9:23 pm

A Providence Forge woman admitted guilt to grand larceny as part of a Mar. 9 plea agreement in Charles City Circuit Court. Kittie Ann Curtiss, 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of grand larceny as part of the case. One count each of obtaining money by false pretenses and intent to sell stolen property were dropped as part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on May 25, 2017, Robert Woodall noticed several items missing form his construction company’s shop. A few months passed before authorities located a person who had…
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Charles City leaders search for ways to address emergency needs

By Andre Jones | March 7, 2018 11:28 pm

With fire and EMS being a priority in its upcoming budget, Charles City’s Board of Supervisors looked for ways to address the critical need. But in order to know what they are working with, they received feedback during a Mar. 7 work session. Steve Wood of Emergency Transport Services (ETS) provided county leaders with insight of the difficulties that both firefighters and EMS workers face in Charles City. In his 15-minute presentation, Wood presented statistics that showed the difficulty for county emergency services received last year. According to his presentation, Charles City placed 79 calls for mutual aid to assist…
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Additional charges lodged against Charles City man for sex crimes

By Andre Jones | March 7, 2018 10:30 am

More allegations of sex crimes by a Charles City man were certified by a grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Rodney Johnson, 52, of the 9500 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, was indicted on six counts each of forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery. The events allegedly took place between 1996-2002. In December, Johnson was indicted on eight counts of sexual batter with a minor under the age of 13, six counts of sodomy with a minor under the age of 13, and two counts of sexual penetration with an object. Johnson’s trial from the…
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