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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 20, 2018

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Charles City woman’s attack on tow truck driver nets guilty convictions

By Andre Jones | January 19, 2018 12:27 pm

What was supposed to be a simple repossession of a vehicle transformed into a violent scene that resulted in convictions for a Charles City woman. Carrie Fay Neal, 30, of the 6700 block of Church Lane, was found guilty on one count of malicious wounding and a reduced charge of misdemeanor destruction of property following a Jan. 19 contested trial in Charles City Circuit Court. On June 1, 2017 just after 9 p.m., Duane Hardy went to Neal’s residence to pick up a vehicle belonging to Thomas Quigg, who was in a relationship with Neal. Hardy had received orders to…
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Charles City superintendent of schools proposes $10.8 million budget for FY2018-19

By Andre Jones | January 16, 2018 11:08 pm

Despite a continuous decline in enrollment, Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston’s budget proposal presented Tuesday night focused on providing continuing support to students, school programs, and compensation of employees. Gaston presented a budget of $10,834,747 to school board members for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Of that amount, approximately $9,872,346 is money for the school regular fund. The self-sustaining fund is budgeted at $498,854, the food service fund at $402,932, and textbook fund is $60,615. The proposed number is an increase of $756,685 from the current year’s figure, roughly a 7.5 percent increase in overall expenditures. Of the $10.8…
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Charles City schools announce make-up dates; board reorganizes

By Andre Jones | January 16, 2018 8:49 pm

Charles City County’s school board has announced make-up dates for recent closures of school facilities. Students and staff will have to make-up two days as a result of inclement weather and building maintenance. Students will have a full day of school on Monday, Feb. 19, and half-a-day of instruction on Friday, Mar. 30. All other missed time is expected to be compensated through banked time accumulated through longer school days. Inclement weather and cold temperatures resulted in frozen pipes, broken pumps, frozen wells, and heating issues at Charles City Public Schools, resulting in their closure an additional week after their…
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Charles City man dies in New Kent crash

By Community Member | January 13, 2018 1:08 am

A Charles City man has died after a two-vehicle crash in New Kent County. Gerald Adrian Wenn, 47, was traveling east on Route 249 (New Kent Highway) on Jan. 12 near the intersection of Dispatch Road (Route 613) when his 1999 Toyata pickup truck ran off the road. Wenn overcorrected the vehicle, losing control and veered into westbound traffic, striking the driver’s side door of a 2016 Honda Pilot. He was later transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda Pilot was transported for serious injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The crash remains…
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New Kent boards reorganize for 2018

By Community Member | January 9, 2018 5:40 pm

New Kent’s School Board and Board of Supervisors named leadership positions for the 2018 fiscal year at their respective meetings Monday night. District 5 representative Gail Hardinge was re-elected chairwoman of New Kent’s School Board for 2018. Andrea Staskiel, who represents District 3, will serve as vice chairwoman for a second consecutive year. At New Kent’s Board of Supervisors meeting, District 1 leader Thomas Evelyn received the nod as chairman for the new year. Tommy Tiller of District 2 was elected as vice-chairman for county leaders for this fiscal year.

New Kent supervisors deny PUD amendment for Rock Creek Villas

By Robb Johnson | January 9, 2018 5:35 pm

A last-ditch effort to add a Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment for Rock Creek Villas in New Kent fell on deaf ears of county leaders Monday night. New Kent supervisors voted unanimously against granting the amendment to the Woda Group at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. At issue was proposals asked for in the PUD amendment by the Woda Group on behalf of Peggy and Billy Cunningham. The proposal included reduction in the number of maximum number of senior living facility lots down to 46 (originally 56), the assisted living facility lots being limited between 56-60, and all buildings to…
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Providence Forge man receives six months in jail after horse-playing on excavator

By Andre Jones | January 9, 2018 12:12 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend the next six months in jail as the result of horse-playing on an excavator. Charles Herbert Johnson Jr., 37, of the 4800 block of Cool Hill Road, received formal sentencing on a single charge of felony destruction of property as part of Jan. 9 Charles City Circuit Court proceedings. On Oct. 27, Johnson entered into a plea agreement to the charge. At that trial, Johnson admitted he got inside the excavator belonging to his uncle Linwood Johnson. The defendant’s actions resulted in the vehicle getting stuck in the mud and causing damage to the…
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Two men indicted by Charles City grand jury Tuesday morning

By Andre Jones | January 9, 2018 11:50 am

Two men were indicted by a grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. –Bernard Lee Adkins, 51, of the 7800 block of Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, on one count each of distributing a controlled substance and possession of a schedule I/II drug. The defendant allegedly was in possession of multiple drugs and intended to distribute them on Sept. 26, 2017. –Warren Arturo Smith, 39, of the 8500 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, Charles City, on one count each of felony hit and run and misdemeanor bribery. Smith allegedly collided with a vehicle during an accident on…
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Charles City man among missing boaters

By Community Member | January 9, 2018 2:29 am

Authorities continue to search for a Charles City man and a Henrico man after they disappeared on Jan. 3 in James City County. Kyle Englehart, 29, of Charles City and Brian Savage, 20, of Henrico were reported missing after the boat the two were using to get to a duck blind on Jamestown Island disappeared. Federal, state, local authorities, are currently investigating the area are into what has turned into a week-long search. According to Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the search has now become a recovery operation and is no longer a rescue. Authorities said a helicopter…
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Falsifying returns net Richmond man three-month jail sentence

By Andre Jones | January 8, 2018 2:00 pm

A Richmond man who stole money from his job during a four-month span will serve three months in jail. Joshua Davon Livingston, 29, of the 3100 block of Cofer Road, agreed to terms of a plea deal as part of Jan. 8 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Del Rossi, beginning Apr. 1, 2017, Livingston worked in a managerial position at Advanced Auto Parts in Bottoms Bridge Virginia. While in that position, the defendant began to falsify returns and pocket the excess cash. An investigation by the regional manager…
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