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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2020

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Search begins for missing New Kent man

By Community Member | January 22, 2020 9:28 pm
Christopher M. Smith

An alert has been issued to locate a New Kent man who went missing on Jan. 4. Christopher McKinley Smith, 55, of the 20000 block of Tabernacle Road, has been reported missing according to a press release by New Kent Sheriff’s Office. The press release also indicates that his vehicle was found on Interstate 64 near mile marker 199. Family members have expressed concern as it is unusual for him to not be in contact with his family according to New Kent County Sheriff J. Joe McLaughlin Jr. Smith is described as 6’2”, 180 pound black male. He has black…
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Charles City awarded $4 million grant for broadband initiative

By Andre Jones | January 22, 2020 2:18 pm

With the ongoing struggle of Internet services in Charles City County, the Commonwealth of Virginia is stepping in to assist the locality. Governor Ralph Northam presented a check in the amount of $3,966,012 to county leaders as part of the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. The Wednesday morning presentation at Charles City’s Library was another step in the right direction for the county. The funds are a part of a broadband initiative to rural localities, and are expected to provide access to 2,000 citizens within the county. The award is the most given to a locality out of $18.3 million in grants…
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CSX repairs to close crossings in New Kent, Charles City

By Andre Jones | January 21, 2020 11:13 pm

Repairs at railroad crossings in New Kent and Charles City will result in detours and alternative routes for drivers starting Jan. 27. CSX Railroad has announced that repairs will be made to a plethora of railroad crossings that will result in roads being closed. The company has said that work for each location should last approximately one day and reopen upon completion of the repairs. Some busier intersections will see a longer time for repairs. All access to the intersections will be completely blocked during the time when repairs are scheduled. Motorists are to plan accordingly as signs are already…
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Local boards reorganize for 2020

By Community Member | January 14, 2020 12:06 pm

Three local boards began their reorganization for the 2020 calendar year. In Charles City, newly elected District 2 leader Rodney Tyler will serve as chairman of Charles City County’s School Board. Newly elected District 1 representative Joy Harris will serve as vice-chairwoman. Preston Adkins was tabbed as the parliamentarian for the year. Gail Hardinge will take the reins as chairwoman of New Kent’s School Board for the 2020 calendar year. Andrea Staskiel received the nod as vice-chairwoman of the board. New Kent’s Board of Supervisors will be led by District 3 representative Patricia Paige for the year. Thomas Evelyn of…
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Issue of racism addressed at New Kent Board of Supervisors, School Board meetings

By Andre Jones | January 14, 2020 12:05 pm

Issues of racism looming from 2019 stemming from a note at New Kent High School made its way into both New Kent’s School Board and New Kent’s Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night. But the approach into 2020 is that knowledge and addressing the issue is needed to promote a safe and livable environment for all. Citizens spoke at New Kent’s School Board meeting referencing the late 2019 incident where an African-American student was handed a note with a racial slur on it. The note gained widespread media and served as a stern reminder that racism is still present in…
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Suffolk man indicted, convicted of stealing items from Love’s Truck Stop in New Kent

By Andre Jones | January 13, 2020 2:09 pm

A Suffolk man who stole items from a travel plaza in New Kent was indicted and convicted during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Michael Andrew Rosekrans, 37, of the 3800 block of Pughsville Road, admitted guilt to one count of grand larceny stemming from a Sept. 25, 2019 incident. In a summary of evidence provided by assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, Rosekrans entered the Love’s Truck Stop on Emmaus Church Road and placed a backpack on the counter. He later grabbed the backpack and went through the store, confiscating items before walking out the store. Prior…
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Nine indicted by grand jury in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | January 13, 2020 2:08 pm

A grand jury certified indictments on nine individuals during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court: –Gilberto Antonio Irizarry Belbrut, 31, of the 2600 block of Granite Hill Circle, Richmond, on one count each of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of marijuana. The defendant allegedly committed the crimes on Mar. 7, 2019. –Kyle Robert Crews, 23, currently of Lunenburg Correctional Center, on a single charge of felony violation of a protective order (third offense). Crews allegedly violated an order on Sept. 29, 2019. –Sheronda Monica Hillard, 33, of the 4500 block of Jefferson Pointe Lane, Prince George,…
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New Kent Sheriff’s Office mobile app now available for download

By Community Member | January 9, 2020 11:17 pm

New Kent County Sheriff’s Office has announced an application to better assist citizens and provide transparency and communications of daily operations. The “New Kent County Sheriff’s App” is available on the App Store and in Google Play. It was developed by, a division of OCV, LLC. Among things the app will allow include submitting reported, find information and submit tips about crimes, receive push notifications, commend an employee, read the latest news, and view information on community services. To download the app, go to your respective app store and enter “New Kent County Sheriff” in the search bar. The…
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Providence Forge man indicted on DUI maiming charge in Charles City

By Andre Jones | January 7, 2020 10:52 am

A man who fled the scene of an accident that left one person injured has been indicted by a Charles City grand jury. Terrell Jovon Johnson, 35, of the 8800 block of Samaria Lane, Providence Forge, was handed indictments on one count each of DUI maiming, felony fleeing the scene of an accident, misdemeanor DUI (second offense), and misdemeanor driving after forfeiting license. The indictments allege that on Oct. 17, 2019, Johnson crashed a vehicle while he was driving under the influence on Barnetts Road that left the passenger injured and attempted to flee from the vehicle. Johnson’s tentative trial…
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Petersburg man dies in Charles City crash on New Year’s Day

By Community Member | January 3, 2020 7:21 pm

A Petersburg man is dead as the result of a crash on New Year’s Day in Charles City. Tramayne Lavarus Wyatt, 35, of the 2000 block of S. Crater Road, succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene of the accident. According to a report released by the Virginia State Police, at approximately 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 1, troopers responded to a single crash on John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5) just west of Kimages Road (Route 658). A preliminary investigation reveals that a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Wyatt was traveling westbound on Route 5 when the vehicle…
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