New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 25, 2017

Local News

Charles City’s school enrollment above projections

By Andre Jones | September 19, 2017 10:11 pm

Charles City schools enrollment numbers came in above expectations as of its 10-day report. Charles City Elementary School has a current enrollment of 347 students, while 308 pupils fill the halls of Charles City High School, for a total of 655 for the system (includes 30 preschool students). Enrollment projections penciled an estimated average daily membership (ADM) of 611 students for the 2017-18 year.

Virginia State Police warn of “automated ticket” scam

By Community Member | September 18, 2017 9:33 pm

Virginia State Police is warning all Virginias of an email scam that revolves around traffic tickets. Police have learned of a scam through emails that a person has received an “automated traffic ticket” from the state police. Virginia State Police does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email. The email scam is just one of numerous tactics used by scammers to harass individuals under the guise of being Virginia State Police. Virginia State Police reminds all individuals to delete emails…
Read Full Story

Alleged escapee indicted on 17 charges by New Kent Grand Jury

By Andre Jones | September 18, 2017 8:22 pm

A New Kent man who escaped from Henrico Jail East has been indicted on several charges related to offenses that were allegedly committed afterwards. Howard Allen Groffel, 52, currently of Henrico Jail East, was indicted on 17 charges during Monday morning grand jury proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. According to the indictments, Groffel escaped Henrico Jail East on the night of Apr. 25 and entered a vehicle, stealing a wallet and credit cards belonging to Samuel Howard. It is also alleged that he used those cards to purchase a weapon and ammunition. Groffel is charged with five counts of…
Read Full Story

Technology tattles on defendant as plea deal reached in NK court

By Andre Jones | September 18, 2017 7:23 pm

In science fiction movies, a depiction of betrayal by technology usually leads to the downfall of mankind. For one defendant in New Kent Circuit Court, he wished that display only stayed in films. Jon Matthew Willis, 23, of the 6300 block of Hickory Road, Quinton, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of marijuana as part of Sept. 18 court proceedings. In a summary of evidence, on Mar. 13 New Kent deputies stopped a vehicle that was a target of a drug operation. Once stopped, the driver, identified as…
Read Full Story

Providence Forge man accepts plea deal to assault charges

By Andre Jones | September 15, 2017 2:05 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend the next year in jail after accepting a plea deal during Sept. 15 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Harlan Egan Adkins, 46, of the 4700 block of Adkins Road, Providence Forge, entered guilty pleas to two counts of assault and battery of a family member (third offense) as part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence, on Apr. 12, Adkins went to the home of relatives in an intoxicated state. An argument ensued followed by an altercation, resulting in Adkins striking two relatives. He was arrested and information found in his criminal…
Read Full Story

Charles City man convicted for stealing boat engines

By Andre Jones | September 15, 2017 1:54 pm

A Charles City man that stole boat motors has been found guilty on three felony charges. Dallis Leno Wallace Jr., 48, of the 7800 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, was rendered verdicts of guilt on one count each of grand larceny, intent to sell stolen property, and felony destruction of property during a Sept. 15 contested trial in Charles City Circuit Court. On May 1, Christian Hager returned to his property and noticed Suzuki engines were cut out of each of the boats that he owned. After notifying police, he called John Hoffmeyer, a local business owner who works on…
Read Full Story

Second distribution conviction sends Shacklefords’ man to three years in prison

By Andre Jones | September 11, 2017 9:45 pm

A Shacklefords man who distributed cocaine will spend the next three years in prison after pleading guilty during Sept. 11 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Gilbert Ensley Jones Jr., 32, of the 1000 block of Jamestown Road, accepted a plea agreement and entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of cocaine (second offense). One charge of possession of heroin was dropped as part of the deal. In a summary of evidence provided by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, on Feb. 2, the Twin Rivers Drug Task Force conducted a controlled buy in New Kent. A confidential…
Read Full Story

More students enter through doors of New Kent schools

By Andre Jones | September 8, 2017 9:35 am

As expected, early enrollment numbers depict an increase in New Kent Public Schools. Superintendent of schools Dave Myers provided an update during the Sept. 7 regular school board meeting. New Kent Middle School had an enrollment of 733 students as of day two. By comparison, after day ten in 2016, that number was 712. New Kent Elementary School also had a sizeable jump with 771 pupils coming through the door (including pre-K). By comparison, that number stood at 761 after day ten of last year. George Watkins Elementary School’s enrollment as of day two was 703 students, while New Kent…
Read Full Story

Price tag on unbudgeted item raise eyebrows of Charles City supervisors

By Andre Jones | September 7, 2017 9:56 am

A Sept. 6 Charles City Board of Supervisors work session provided county leaders with updates of current department actions, future projects, and focused on goals to continue growth of the county. But an unbudgeted item request for the current fiscal year from the sheriff’s office at a price tag of $160,000 raised the eyebrows of all three county representatives. County administrator Michelle Johnson said that towards the end of July, she received a call from ID Networks involving dialogue about upgrades to technology used by the county’s communication officers. Johnson said she didn’t know anything about it and approached Information…
Read Full Story

Inadequate road repairs upset Chickahominy Shores’ residents

By Andre Jones | September 5, 2017 11:24 pm

What should have been routine maintenance by Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) on a road in New Kent has resulted in ire from residents of a subdivision. Approximately 15 Chickahominy Shores’ inhabitants attended Tuesday’s New Kent Board of Supervisors’ meeting, expressing dismay over a project to address road issues over the Labor Day weekend. Waterside Drive has been a concern for several years as it’s the main thoroughfare to the Chickahominy River for guests and residents. But a job by a contractor that VDOT hired left residents upset, with many emphasizing the road was more hazardous than before. “We have…
Read Full Story

More News »
.jpg" />