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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | December 12, 2019

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Despite presentation, questions loom about groundwater withdrawal for power plant in Charles City

By Robb Johnson | December 12, 2019 9:03 am

A Dec. 5 presentation on a request to withdraw groundwater for a proposed power plant in Charles City was met with little happiness from some citizens of the county. The informational session was part of a Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) presentation on the process of obtaining a groundwater withdrawal permit for the Chickahominy Power Plant scheduled to be built. Scott Kudlas, Director of Water Supply, spoke about physiographical provinces, with all of them having unique geology, rich soils, and water. He said the water that is proposed to be withdrawn by the power plant will come from a certain…
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Williamsburg man found guilty after trooper detects marijuana, discovers cocaine during fuel stop

By Andre Jones | December 9, 2019 3:24 pm

A Williamsburg man admitted guilt to possessing cocaine after Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Carlos Lamont Erskines, 39, of the 100 block of Winterset Pass, entered a guilty plea to the lone count of possession of cocaine as part of a plea agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Nov. 14, 2018, a Virginia State Trooper was fueling up his patrol car at the A-Plus off exit 220 (West Point) when a black Infinity pulled next to his. When the driver exited the vehicle, an odor of marijuana emitted from the…
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Man sentenced to two years for stealing, scrapping car taken from Charles City

By Andre Jones | December 6, 2019 10:53 pm

A Glen Allen man will spend two years in jail after receiving formal sentencing in Charles City Circuit Court Monday morning. Chad Mann Shaffer-Shaw, 27, of the 11000 block of Dude Ranch Road, was sentenced to five years in jail with four years suspended on one count of obtaining money by false pretenses and five years in jail with four years suspended on a lone count of grand theft auto. He must also pay $900 in restitution. During an Oct. 4 contested trial, evidence depicted that Shaffer-Shaw had taken a car from the yard of the defendant and scrapped it…
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Lanexa man charged with murder of New Kent businessman

By Community Member | December 5, 2019 7:52 pm
Michael Anthony Jenkins has been charged with second-degree murder along with several other felonies.

A Lanexa man has been charged with second degree murder after the discovery of a New Kent’s businessman’s body on Dec. 4. Michael Anthony Jenkins, 38, of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, has been charged with one count of second degree murder, one count of grand larceny of property, and two counts each of grand larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and petty larceny (third offense within 10 years). According to a press release from New Kent’s Sheriff’s Office, a call was received shortly before 2 p.m. of an individual down inside the…
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New Kent head football coach arrested on simple assault charge

By Community Member | December 4, 2019 10:42 pm

The head coach of New Kent High School’s football team has been arrested. According to a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, John William Fulks, 42, of the 14000 block of W. River Road, King William, was arrested on a simple assault charge on Dec. 4. According to the press release, an investigation ensued about an alleged incident that took place on Nov. 8. According to the allegations, an altercation took place in the locker room before an away game. No additional details were available as this is an incident involving a juvenile. Fulks was released on his promise…
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Dump truck overturns on bridge at New Kent border

By Community Member | December 3, 2019 6:17 am
The bed of a dump truck hangs over the jersey wall above the Chickahominy River at the Henrico/New Kent border.Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police.

Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of a crash at the border of New Kent and Henrico County that occurred on Dec. 2. According to a Virginia State Police report, a preliminary investigation reveals that a 2018 Western Star dump truck driven by Andrew Gurley, 20, of Charles City, was traveling eastbound on Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) with the bed of the truck raised. The truck preceded in the right lane across the Chickahominy River Bridge and overturned on the passenger side with the bed of the truck leaning over the jersey wall. The entire load of approximately 23,000…
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New Kent passes resolution to become a ‘second amendment sanctuary’

By Andre Jones | December 1, 2019 10:43 am

New Kent’s Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that declared the locality a “second amendment sanctuary.” The vote came at the Nov. 27 work session in front of a packed room. The resolution is part of a movement that states the county will back the United States Constitution to bear arms and will oppose any restrictions that could be imposed by state legislature. After the original resolution was read, District 1 representative Thomas Evelyn added an amendment that added the paragraph “Now there, be it further resolved, that the Board of Supervisors of New Kent hereby declares New Kent County,…
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Former Beaverdam man to serve eight months for carrying brass knuckles

By Andre Jones | November 25, 2019 8:44 pm

A former Beaverdam man will spend eight months in jail after receiving formal sentencing on three charges Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. Jacob Earl Lanning, 25, will serve eight months of a 12-month sentence stemming from a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon and 30 days on a misdemeanor distribution of marijuana charge. All five years on a distribution of a controlled substance were suspended. On Sept. 10, Lanning entered guilty pleas to the charges that stemmed from a Dec. 24, 2018 stop where he was pulled over for speeding. During that stop, a New Kent deputy…
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Family safe after escaping fire in Providence Forge

By Community Member | November 23, 2019 9:09 am
New Kent Fire-Rescue crews extinguished flames at a Providence Forge residence on Nov. 21.

New Kent Fire-Rescue crews responded to a house fire on Nov. 21 in Oakmont Villas. Just before 11 p.m., the 10000 block of Carolina Cherry Circle in the Oakmont Villas subdivision in Providence Forge caught fire. The occupants were able to exit the building safely. Fire crews faced the heavy fire of the two-story townhome and garage and was able to bring it under control at 11:15 p.m. Firefighters entered inside the building, rescuing two dogs and one cat from the residence. The cause of the fire was investigated and determined to be an accidental fire caused by paper products…
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Highland Springs men indicted, convicted in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | November 19, 2019 9:40 am

Two Highland Springs men who burglarized a home in New Kent were not only indicted, but also admitted guilt during Monday proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Christopher Samuel Causway Jr., 22, and Robert Heath Wyatt, 21, both entered guilty pleas to one count each of grand larceny and burglary. One charge of possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon was dropped against Causway. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on May 14 New Kent deputies responded to the home of Matthew Craig on Rockahock Road in the Lanexa area of the…
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