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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2019

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Chronicle now accepting political announcements for 2019

By Andre Jones | January 22, 2019 12:05 pm

The New Kent-Charles City Chronicle is announcing its policy for candidates who are seeking election in 2019. Candidates running for local offices may submit an announcement to the Chronicle vying for the position they are choosing to run for. Announcements should contain the position the person is planning to run for, a brief background history, the reason they are choosing to run, and a picture (if available). The Chronicle will run these announcements until the June 27 edition. Formal interviews conducted by Chronicle staff will take place at local county fairs this year or at a time arranged between the…
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Train strikes vehicle in New Kent

By Community Member | January 18, 2019 11:58 pm
A work truck remains on its roof as the result of a Friday morning collision with a train in New Kent.Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police

Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash that involved a train that occurred Friday morning in New Kent. In a press release submitted by Virginia State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed that around 11 a.m. at the 13700 block of Rockahock Road, a Ford work truck hauling a trailer was attempting to cross a railroad crossing as it traveled southbound when it was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. The train struck the truck towards the rear of the passenger side and flipped the truck on the roof. The train did not derail and there was additional damage to…
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Localities appoint leadership for 2019

By Community Member | January 15, 2019 11:44 pm

New leadership roles at both the government and school levels have been appointed for 2019. In New Kent, District 2 representative Tommy Tiller was tabbed as chairman for the board of supervisors for the year. District 3 representative Patricia Paige received the nod as vice-chairwoman. Sarah Grier Barber, the District 4 representative in New Kent, will serve as the chairwoman for New Kent’s School Board for 2019. District 1 leader Adriane Marshall will serve her first term as vice-chairwoman of the school board. In Charles City, District 3 representative Floyd Miles Sr. will take over the mantle as chairman of…
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Superintendent proposes $10.4 million budget for Charles City schools’ operations in FY2019-2020

By Andre Jones | January 15, 2019 11:37 pm

Normally, Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston would refer to his budget presentations as ones of need. At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, he referred it to more as a budget of maintenance. Gaston presented a budget proposal of $10,473,698 for FY2019-2020 operations to school leaders. That amount is about $398,000 more than the current school year’s operating costs. Of the nearly $10.5 million proposal, Gaston is asking the county for $5,881,245 as a local contribution. “We are finding ourselves at some impasses,” Gaston said as part of his opening statement as school board members got their first view…
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Man who shot himself in leg pleads guilty for illegally possessing gun in New Kent

By Andre Jones | January 14, 2019 5:31 pm

There are laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia that prevent a felon from possession a firearm or gun unless their rights have been restored by the governor. For one Providence Forge man, he may have wished to follow that law after shooting himself in the leg. Jack Wade Haigler, 52, of the 3100 block of Piney Slope Lane, entered a straight guilty plea to one count of possession of a gun by a non-violent felon during proceedings Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on June 16, 2018, New Kent…
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Former McDonald’s employees, involved in unrelated incidents, indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | January 14, 2019 5:28 pm

Two former Bottoms Bridge McDonald’s employees who allegedly took money in unrelated incidents were indicted Monday morning by a New Kent grand jury. Veondra Elana Brown, 19, of the 12000 block of Oakwood Road, Providence Forge, and Donnell Maurice Comfort Jr., 42, of the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, Richmond, received indictments stemming from incidents that saw money disappear from the establishment. Brown was indicted on one charge of grand larceny stemming from an Aug. 2, 2018 incident. Her case was tried Monday afternoon and she agreed to terms of a plea deal to an amended charge of petty larceny….
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Judge upholds jury’s recommendation; imposes 66-year prison sentence on Charles City man for sex crimes

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2019 2:01 pm

A jury recommendation of 66 years for a Charles City man who had sexual interactions with a teenager was upheld during formal sentencing Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. Jonathan Douglas McMullen, 35, of the 10000 block of Harrison Lake Drive, was sentenced by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant to a total of 20 years and a $100,000 fine on two charges of aggravated sexual battery against a minor between ages of 13-17 and sentenced to a total of 46 years on two charges of using an object for sexual penetration by force. During a two-day trial in September, a…
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Charles City man linked to stealing auto parts in New Kent, receives 17 months in jail

By Andre Jones | January 7, 2019 1:48 pm

A Charles City man will spend the next 17 months in jail after accepting a plea agreement to a single count of grand larceny in New Kent Circuit Court. Todd Randolph Guthrie, 29, of the 3400 block of Roxbury Road, entered an Alford Plea of guilt to a theft from Ron’s Auto in New Kent. One charge of possession of a Schedule I/II substance was dismissed. An Alford Plea indicates that while the defendant maintains his innocence, evidence presented in the case would be enough to convict him of the offense. In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney…
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Richmond man slammed with robbery convictions by Charles City jury

By Andre Jones | January 4, 2019 11:12 pm

A Richmond man who claimed he had no knowledge of a robbery attempt was convicted by a jury Friday evening in Charles City. It took a panel of eight men and four women only 20 minutes to find Michael DeVaughan Gordon, 41, of the 500 block of Deter Road, guilty on three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, two counts of robbery, and one count each of abduction and shooting into an occupied building. On Feb. 16, 2018, Newsome Green was working on his vehicle outside his home on Little Elam Road during the late…
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Charles City man handed indictments for unauthorized vehicle use

By Andre Jones | January 3, 2019 4:00 pm

A Charles City man who allegedly fled the scene of an accident before being apprehended has been indicted on several charges. Jesse Edward Mondine, 38, of the 7900 block of Roxbury Road, was handed up indictments on two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, DUI (second offense), refuse to take a breathalyzer (second offense), and driving with no license by a Charles City grand jury. According to the indictment, on Oct. 8, 2018, Mondine allegedly fled the scene of a vehicle crash. When a witness described how the suspect looked to…
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