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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 1, 2020

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New Kent supervisors shift funds to complete Phase 1 of Pine Fork Park project

By Robb Johnson | October 27, 2020 11:37 pm

New Kent’s Board of Supervisors approved an appropriation to complete Phase 1 of the Pine Fork Park Project. Board members voted 4-1 to move $325,591 from the capital reserve fund to finish the project during Tuesday morning’s work session. For the most part with the exception of the concession stand, Phase 1 of Pine Fork Park is near completion. The project, originally priced at $4.38 million, had been reduced down to $4.121 million after reducing some costs. However, drainage issues, miscellaneous maintenance, and updates to athletic fields are also needed to be completed. Board members expressed concern over engineering firms…
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Charles City County staff to research B-POL tax; restrictions on thru-trucks returns to drawing board

By Andre Jones | October 27, 2020 11:15 pm

Charles City’s Board of Supervisors is receiving information that may lead to the implementation of a Business-Professional Operation License (B-POL) tax for fiscal year 2022-23. Local leaders received an update on the process from County Administrator Michelle Johnson during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. Over the past year and a half, District 2 Supervisor and Board Chairman Bill Coada has lobbied for information for the possible institution of the B-POL tax. Citing a desire to garner revenue for the county, Johnson directed staff to gather information regarding the subject matter. At the board meeting, Johnson provided information gathered from research…
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Hampton man pleads guilty to grand theft auto, eluding police in New Kent

By Andre Jones | October 26, 2020 10:17 pm

A Hampton man who fled New Kent authorities during a June 28 pursuit pleaded guilty to three felonies and three misdemeanors as part of an agreement reached during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. John Perlie Dawson Jr., 33, of 16 Kenneth Street, entered guilty pleas to felony counts of grand theft auto, eluding of police, hit and run, and misdemeanor counts of trespassing, tampering with a vehicle, and reckless driving. In a summary of evidence, around 6 p.m. on the abovementioned date, a vehicle was traveling south on North Courthouse Road at 70 miles per hour in…
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New Kent to begin hybrid instruction in November; Charles City remaining virtual until January

By Robb Johnson | October 21, 2020 1:40 am

As school districts continue to weigh the metrics on returning to in-person instruction, even the neighboring counties have a different way of evaluating when it’s safe to bring students back into the environment. New Kent County Schools will begin phasing kindergartners and first graders back into buildings starting in November, while Charles City County Schools will continue virtual learning after respective meetings held Monday and Tuesday night. In New Kent, the discussion to bring kindergartners back as part of Cohort 2 took place at their Oct. 6 regular school board meeting. With additional metrics provided by the Chickahominy Health Department…
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Twenty plaintiffs sue Cumberland Hospital, parent company for $127 million

By Community Member | October 21, 2020 1:08 am

A lawsuit filed on the behalf of 20 families of former patients at Cumberland Children’s Hospital located in New Kent County is seeking $127 million. In a press release, Breit Cantor Attorneys filed the civil suit in Richmond Circuit Court Tuesday morning. The suit was filed against Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Universal Health Services who owns the company, psychotherapist Herschel “Mickey” Harden, and former medical director Daniel N. Davidow. The suit alleges the victims were inappropriately touched in their genitalia areas during routine medical exams. Victims range in age from 9-26, with residents residing in 11 different states….
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Charles City man pleads guilty in New Kent Circuit Court to conspiring to sell cocaine

By Andre Jones | October 19, 2020 3:01 pm

A Charles City man who conspired to sell cocaine to an associate from New Kent will spend nine months in jail. Westmore Wilson Tabb III, 25, of the 8900 block of Little Elam Road, entered a guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to sell a Schedule I/II substance as part of a plea agreement reached Monday during New Kent Circuit Court proceedings. One count of the aforementioned charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth Attorney Scott Renick, in Dec. 2019 a New Kent investigator obtained information…
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Former Charles City County Sheriff Javier Smith passes away

By Andre Jones | October 18, 2020 10:03 am

Former Charles City County Sheriff Javier Smith passed away last night (Oct. 17). Smith served as Charles City County’s Sheriff from 2008-2016. He served as a member of the sheriff’s office as a deputy for 11 years prior to being elected the position. Smith was working as a deputy for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office as part of their court system prior to his untimely passing. Among one of Smith’s biggest accomplishments as sheriff of Charles City was his assistance in the capture of Delvin Barnes. With assistance from neighboring New Kent County and federal authorities, Smith and his department…
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Death investigation underway in Charles City

By Community Member | October 15, 2020 2:13 pm

A Charles City woman has been charged with second degree murder stemming from an Oct. 15 early morning death investigation within the county. Amber Brime, 32, was taken into custody after being a person of interest during an investigation conducted. According to a Charles City County Sheriff’s Office press release, around 7:30 a.m. a call for assistance was issued to the Virginia State Release to respond to the 11000 block of Eagles Nest Road. Upon arriving to the residence, the body of a deceased female was discovered. Brime was taken into custody and arrested on the charge. “We are committed…
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Frustrations mount at Charles City town hall as questions about Internet services dodged

By Robb Johnson | October 14, 2020 9:59 am

What started off as a promising informational session to provide updates about Internet services coming to Charles City once again fell into the usual category of disappointment for both county leaders and citizens. A town hall organized by Charles City County’s Board of Supervisors with representatives of Comcast as part of a $5.5 million Internet project quickly soured Tuesday night to the dismay of many in attendance both in-person and virtually. Comcast representatives Evan Johnson and Nathan Daughtery opened the session about how the Internet will provide additional opportunities to county citizens. And while Johnson played the role of hype…
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New Kent Board of Supervisors enter separate agreements for broadband design services, lease to rent building for county services

By Andre Jones | October 14, 2020 12:34 am

With Internet continuing to be a top priority in New Kent, county leaders have agreed to enter into a contract for broadband engineering design services. New Kent’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $79,995 service agreement with RiverStreet Networks to create a model to bring a fiber network to the county at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. Through recommendations provided by the New Kent Broadband Advisory Committee, county leaders received information that helped determine that fiber optics would be the best route for all citizens in the county to receive access to the Internet. And while the project and construction…
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