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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 16, 2019

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Bedford man admits guilt to attempting to sell cocaine

By Andre Jones | July 15, 2019 8:40 pm

A Bedford man entered a guilty plea to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute it during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Tyler Steven Bell, 27, of the 5400 block of Forest Road, entered a straight guilty plea to the charge as part of a bench trial. In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Sept. 4, 2018, a Virginia State Trooper was patrolling Interstate 64 near mile marker 212 in New Kent when he noticed a passenger in a vehicle toss an item out a window. After the officer conducted a traffic stop…
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A dozen indicted on drug charges in unrelated cases by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 15, 2019 8:17 pm

A dozen people who accumulated drug charges in unrelated incidents were part of indictments certified by a grand jury Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court: –Christopher Thomas Batkins, 26, of the 3600 block of Hopewell Road, New Kent, on one count each of possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon and possession of a weapon (not gun) by a felon. Batkins allegedly possessed the items on Mar. 31. –Steven Dashawn Boyd, 38, of the 500 block of North Adams Street, Richmond, on one count each of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of marijuana. The defendant allegedly…
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Two women charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty in New Kent

By Community Member | July 11, 2019 4:39 pm

New Kent deputies seized more than 30 animals from a property on Courthouse Road in Providence Forge on July 9 after receiving an anonymous complaint. Charges were field against Amy H. Bonnett, 61, of the 9100 block of Derbyshire Road, Richmond, and Cody Jean Porter, 32, of 8 N. Rose Avenue, Henrico in relation to the alleged incident. According to a press release, a number of canines were located outside the structure in kennels without adequate shelter from natural elements and had dirty water. Officers entered the interior structure and deemed the location not suitable for animals to live in….
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West Point man charged with burglary in Eltham

By Community Member | July 11, 2019 4:29 pm

A West Point man was arrested and charged with six crimes stemming from a July 9 alleged burglary. Isaac Alim Newman, 32, of the 8000 block of Point Lookout Road, was arrested by New Kent Sheriff’s Office on charges of burglary, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, assault and battery, obstruction of justice, possession of a concealed weapon, and public intoxication. According to the press release, around 10:50 p.m., a call was received about an individual trying to force themselves into a residence at the 7800 block of Plum Point Road in Eltham. When officers arrived, the suspect…
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Chronicle interviewing 2019 local candidates at county fairs

By Andre Jones | July 6, 2019 9:53 am

The New Kent-Charles City Chronicle will be interviewing candidates running for elected positions at their respective county fairs. Staff will conduct interviews of candidates vying for positions in New Kent County on Saturday, Aug. 17, at New Kent’s county fair at the middle school. Staff will conduct interviews of candidates vying for positions in Charles City County on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Charles City’s county fair at the high school. For information or inquiries, email Andre’ Jones at

Two indicted by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 2, 2019 12:30 pm

Two individuals were indicted by a grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court: –Jillian Ledford Barry, 28, of the 19000 block of Lander Bridge Road, Ruther Glen, on a single count of grand larceny. The defendant allegedly stole a horse belonging to Jenna Lee Eddy on Nov. 15, 2018. –Jesse Ann White, 34, of the 11000 block of Roxbury Road, Charles City, on a single count of possession of a schedule I/II drug. The defendant allegedly had a pill containing an illegal substance on Apr. 11.

West Point men receive time for drug deal executed in New Kent

By Andre Jones | July 1, 2019 6:52 pm

Two West Point men who were involved in a drug exchange have entered guilty pleas to different charges as part of plea deals reached Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. James Warren Dixon, 34, of the 100 block of Bellwood Street, West Point, and Roger Charles Eveland, 28, of the 800 block of Kentwood Drive, both made their pleas stemming from an Oct. 4, 2018 incident. Dixon entered a guilty plea to one count of resale of a schedule I/II drug (heroin) as part of a deal. Once charge of conspiracy to sell a schedule I/II drug was dropped as…
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Newport News man charged with stopping illegally on Interstate 64 in New Kent

By Community Member | July 1, 2019 11:54 am

A Newport News man has been charged with improperly stopping on a highway after a June 29 crash in New Kent. A Virginia State Police report said that during a preliminary investigation that Ramirez Chavez, 22, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet trailblazer had stopped in the right lane on Interstate 64 eastbound near the 213-mile marker. A Ford F150 traveling in the same direction in the right lane struck Chavez’s vehicle, resulting in it spinning and striking a Hyundai Santa Fe. Chavez and four other occupants were checked at the scene for minor injuries. An adult female passenger in the…
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Charles City leaders address concerns about emissions from proposed power plant

By Andre Jones | June 25, 2019 11:25 pm

A letter circulated via social media about a proposed power plant facility’s construction in Charles City garnered concern from citizens at Tuesday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Seven individuals spoke about the Chickahominy Power Plant scheduled to begin construction in the Roxbury area of the county, with many commenting that they did not know about the project. A letter addressed to a local church from environmentalist and VCU professor Beth Kreydatus reached a local church in the county. The letter said that the Chickahominy Power Plant, which is one of two plants that is proposed to undergo construction, will emit…
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Orrell pursues position of Commonwealth’s Attorney in Charles City

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 3:34 pm

Wayne H. Orrell has announced that he will run for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Charles City County in the upcoming general election. “Charles City needs a prosecutor that has a balanced approach that reflects years of experience in representing persons and their families in the criminal justice system and not solely on prosecuting persons charged with crimes,” he said in a press release. “I will be fair to all and yet recognize both the needs of justice without losing perspective on the impact that a prosecution carries.”

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