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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 23, 2017

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Judge upholds 18-month recommendation by jury in Charles City animal cruelty case; imposes additional six months for probation violation

By Andre Jones | April 21, 2017 11:26 pm

A former Charles City woman will serve 24 months in jail on 13 charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty following formal sentencing Friday afternoon in Charles City Circuit Court. Judge Thomas B. Hoover followed the recommendations made by a jury during a three-day trial in early April, sentencing Rhiannon Renee Vitiello, 31, formerly of the 9500 block of Sturgeon Point Road, to 12 months in jail on one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 15 days in jail on each of the remaining charges of animal cruelty. In addition, the defendant received an additional six months in jail as part of…
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Attempted jail escape ends with injuries to inmates in New Kent

By Community Member | April 19, 2017 11:33 am

Two men who attempted to escape from Henrico Jail East in New Kent are now recovering at a local medical facility after sustaining injuries. According to a press release, around 9 p.m. on Apr. 18, Frank Arthur and Clayton Musselman were seen on surveillance cameras attempting to scale a fence to escape the jail. The two were cut on the fence’s razor wire and one of the suspects fell to the ground before they were apprehended by New Kent deputies. Both inmates sustained serious injuries during the escape attempt. Arthur is currently facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance out…
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Rezoning at busy intersection receives unfavorable recommendation from New Kent’s Planning Commission

By Andre Jones | April 18, 2017 6:05 am

As New Kent continues to be one of the fastest growing counties over the past five years in the state of Virginia, it’s only natural for businesses to inquire about prospective locations to serve citizens and customers. But a proposal to rezone 1.6 acres of land from agriculture to business at a busy intersection sparked red flags at the Apr. 17 regular meeting of the county’s planning commission. Citing safety concerns and a lack of information from Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT), commissioners voted 7-1 to send a non-favorable recommendation to county supervisors for rezoning the land located at the…
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Virginia Beach teen pleads guilty to five charges after high speed chase in New Kent

By Andre Jones | April 15, 2017 11:48 am

A Virginia Beach teenager who led a variety of police departments on a high-speed chase through New Kent elected to accept a plea agreement on Apr. 14 during New Kent Circuit Court proceedings. Morris Von Westlove II, 18, entered guilty pleas to two counts of felony destruction of property, one count of felony eluding, a single count of obtaining a credit card without permission, and an amended charge of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer (originally attempted capital murder). Two charges of felony destruction of property, two charges of misdemeanor reckless driving, and one charge of misdemeanor trespassing…
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No speakers at budget hearings

By Andre Jones | April 11, 2017 10:29 pm

Citizens elected not to speak at respective hearings on county budgets for New Kent and Charles City County. Monday’s board meeting in New Kent on the proposed $64.6 million operating budget yielded no comments. The real estate tax is expected to remain at 83 cents per $100 of assessed value while the property tax is projected at $3.75 per $100 for the upcoming year. In Charles City Tuesday night, citizens elected to forgo remarks on the county’s $27.4 million budget. The real estate tax rate has been labeled to stay neutral at 76 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Former Charles City sheriff succumbs

By Community Member | April 11, 2017 11:00 am

A man who served Charles City County for a dozen years as sheriff has died. James “Jimmy” Bowman passed away on Apr. 8, at the age of 89 years old. Bowman served the people of Charles City from 1984-1996. He was also elected as president of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and served in that capacity during the 1994-95 fiscal year of the organization.

Threats in letter send Charles City man to jail for two years

By Andre Jones | April 11, 2017 12:14 am

A Charles City man who sent threats through a letter to an ex-girlfriend in an attempt to receive money will serve the next two years in jail. David Scott Yates Sr., 48, of the 4500 block Rocking Horse Lane, learned his sentence on a single count of extortion during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. During a Feb. 14 contested trial, special prosecutor Rob Tyler presented evidence and garnered testimony from witnesses about a letter Yates wrote from jail on May 6, 2015. That letter was received in the victim’s mailbox in Quinton. The victim contacted jail authorities…
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Peace announces re-election bid for seat in Virginia House of Delegates

By Community Member | April 8, 2017 12:15 pm

Christopher K. Peace, delegate for the 97th District that includes residents of New Kent, has announced his intentions to seek re-election in Virginia’s House of Delegates. “I am running for re-election to be a voice for principled conservatism and solve problems for hard working families in our district,” Peace said in a press release. “Virginians deserve leadership committed to the taxpayer and respecting of individual liberties and serving the people of the 97th District in the Virginia House of Delegates is a tremendous honor that I take very seriously.” Peace will be on June’s primary ballot as the only Republican…
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Woman receives 13 misdemeanor animal cruelty convictions from Charles City jury

By Andre Jones | April 5, 2017 10:07 pm

After three days of testimony and two hours of deliberations, a former Charles City woman has been convicted on a plethora of animal cruelty charges in Charles City Circuit Court. A jury of seven women and five men rendered 13 guilty verdicts of misdemeanor animal cruelty against Rhiannon Renee Vitiello, 31, formerly of 9500 Sturgeon Point Road. She was found not guilty on eight misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and had three charges of the same manner dismissed due to a lack of scientific testing that lacked real life atmospheric conditions. One charge of felony unauthorized use of a horse levied…
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Quinton man arrested for alleged stabbing

By Community Member | April 5, 2017 7:09 pm

A Quinton man has been arrested in relation to a stabbing on Apr. 4 in the Woodhaven Shores subdivision. Jeffrey Robert Behney, 21, of the 6000 block of Pine Road, Quinton, was taken into custody by New Kent Sheriff’s Office on a single count of aggravated malicious wounding. According to the press release, shortly before 9 p.m. an emergency call was received that a victim had been stabbed. Upon arriving to the residence in the subdivision, authorities discovered a male with a stab wound in the lower abdomen. Deputies located and interviewed a suspect, identified as Behney, and arrested him….
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