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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 25, 2018

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Defendant’s story ‘far-fetched’; convicted on grand larceny, destruction of property charges

By Andre Jones | September 24, 2018 9:10 pm

Sometimes there are stories that seem to good to be real. For one Richmond man, his version of events on Nov. 6, 2017 led Judge B. Elliott Bondurant to deem them as a “fabrication” and resulted in a 23-month jail term. Thomas Christopher Pryor, 32, of the 200 block of Accommodation Street, was found guilty on one count each of grand larceny and felony destruction of property during a contested trial Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. Two charges of misdemeanor violation of pretrial conditions were dismissed. On the offense date around 11:20 p.m., Charles Ward, owner of Safe N…
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Cyclists occupying New Kent roads, VA Capital Trail in Charles City Sept. 24-25

By Community Member | September 21, 2018 1:15 pm

Roads in New Kent and the Virginia Capital Trail in Charles City will be occupied by cyclists on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25. On Sept. 24, more than 600 cyclists taking part of the Bridge of Life ride to bring awareness of kidney disease will travel through New Kent. The ride will see cyclists leave Richmond that morning before stopping at New Kent Winery for lunch. Afterwards, riders will continue to Jamestown Beach Event Park for the night. On Sept. 25, cyclists will leave the park and travel the entire Virginia Capital Trail. Starting in Williamsburg, the riders will travel…
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Alleged mold outbreak at Charles City schools raise concerns from parents

By Andre Jones | September 18, 2018 10:25 pm

Parents are asking answers from Charles City’s School Board regarding hazardous conditions inside of the high school. Several parents spoke during Tuesday night’s citizen comment period at the school board’s monthly meeting about alleged mold on the ceiling of Charles City High School’s cafeteria. On Monday, pictures surfaced on social media in what was described to be black mold on several of the ceiling tiles inside of the high school cafeteria. Some students told parents that they ate in the commons area due to the condition. Monday afternoon, a representative of Charles City Public Schools sent a robo-call to parents…
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Alleged armed robbers among New Kent Circuit Court grand jury indictments

By Andre Jones | September 17, 2018 3:58 pm

Two men who allegedly took part in an armed robbery were among many indictments handed up by a grand jury during Monday proceedings in New Kent Circuit. Isaac Tyrell Sturdivant, 18, of the 19000 block of Turk Drive, Charles City, and Dev’ron Lemar Cowles, 21, of the 5700 block of Centerville Road, Williamsburg, were each indicted on two charges of armed robbery and one charge of use of a firearm in a commission of a felony. The two defendants allegedly used a gun to rob Brock Richards on Apr. 8. In other indictments certified by the grand jury: –Kevin Wayne…
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New Kent teenager receives month in jail after stealing liquor

By Andre Jones | September 17, 2018 3:03 pm

A New Kent teenager admitted to taking items from a building as part of Monday proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Shawn Christopher Fitzgerald, 19, of the 13000 block of Old Church Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor unlawful entry (originally burglary) and one count of misdemeanor petty larceny. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, between Nov. 2017 and Apr. 2018, a number of items were taken from a facility rented out by Michael Chenault for his hunting club. Among these items were hunting decoys, bottles of liquor, and bottles…
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Highland Springs man to serve two years for stealing items from Charles City Masonic Lodge

By Andre Jones | September 14, 2018 10:43 am

A Highland Springs man who stole from a civic organization will serve two years in jail. Torrey Lamar Jefferson, 28, of the 1700 block of Ivy Cliffs Court, entered a guilty plea to grand larceny as part of a plea agreement reached Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. One charge of burglary was dropped as part of the plea deal. In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, in early June, members of Charles City’s Masonic Lodge went into their building for a meeting when they discovered the back window was broken. When searching through the…
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Distributing marijuana in New Kent nets Hampton man seven month jail term

By Andre Jones | September 10, 2018 5:37 pm

A Hampton man will spend seven months in jail after receiving formal sentencing Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. Jatavious Jaquez Calloway, 30, of the 600 block of Bell Street, received a five-year sentence with four years, five months suspended on one count of distribution of marijuana more than one-half ounce but less than five pounds. During a June 25 trial, Calloway entered an Alford Plea of Guilt, meaning while the defendant maintains his innocence, evidence presented during the trial would be enough to convict him of the crime. At that trial, it was determined that on Sept. 29,…
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Internet update, meals tax part of Charles City town hall discussion

By Andre Jones | September 6, 2018 10:00 am

A Sept. 5 town hall hosted by Charles City County’s Board of Supervisors looked to address concerns from citizens. And despite a small turnout of only 25 people, two topics of interest were touched upon by county leaders. County Administrator Michelle Johnson provided a broadband Internet update during the meeting. Johnson recalled the county’s timeline of events, starting from the initial layout in 2013 to receiving the broadband grant to bring businesses into the county in Dec. 2014. From there, the county administrator explained how former planning director Matt Rowe’s presentation said Internet would be available in 2015. However, that…
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Charles City man to serve month in jail for selling stolen property

By Andre Jones | September 4, 2018 9:20 pm

A Charles City man will spend a month in jail after receiving formal sentencing Tuesday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. Brandon Deandre Bowman, 28, of the 13000 block of The Glebe Lane, was sentenced to five years with four years, 11 months suspended on a single charge of selling stolen property. On May 1, 2017, boat engines were stolen from Christian Hagen, along with an ATV belonging to Eddie Richardson. An investigation revealed that Bowman and Dallis Wallace Jr. had tried to sell the motors to a local businessman. Bowman sold one of the engines and the ATV to…
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Grand jury indicts three in Charles City Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | September 4, 2018 12:38 pm

A grand jury indicted three individuals Tuesday morning during proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. –David Alexander Booth, 35, of the 500 block of North 8th Avenue, Hopewell, on one count each of burglary and grand larceny. Booth allegedly broke into the home of Donna Robinson and stole jewelry and coin on Mar. 25. –Elliott McKinley Charity, 46, of the 12000 block of Mapicso Road, Charles City, on a single count of possession of a controlled substance. Charity allegedly possessed cocaine on Jan. 24. –Judith Christian Garrett, 49, of 3 Greenleight Court, Williamsburg, on one count each of DUI (third…
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