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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 19, 2017

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Small aircraft crashes in New Kent

By Community Member | August 18, 2017 1:46 pm

State police have confirmed injuries to two individuals as a plane crashed in New Kent Friday morning. According to the Virginia State Police report, a small, privately owned aircraft crashed near Liberty Hall Road. According to early indications, the plane landed in a field before striking a fence. The state police also say that a student-pilot with an instructor occupied the plane and were practicing exercises before impacting the ground. Both the student and the instructor were taken to local medical facilities. Police have said that one person suffered from serious injuries while the status of the other individual is…
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Petersburg felon receives mandatory sentence for firing AK-47 at Charles City shooting range

By Andre Jones | August 18, 2017 12:04 pm

A Petersburg man will spend a mandatory two years in jail for possessing a firearm after he agreed to a plea deal during Aug. 18 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Rodman Gonzalez, 20, of the 1600 block of Valdas Drive, entered a guilty plea to a single count on an amended charge of possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon (originally possession of a weapon by a violent felon). In a summary of evidence by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Mar. 11, conservation officer Christopher Adams heard rapid gunfire shots coming from a shooting range in the county….
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New Kent schools remain above state average, Charles City schools expect full accreditation after latest release of SOL scores

By Andre Jones | August 16, 2017 5:01 pm

Charles City Public Schools showed a significant gain in the history and social science areas while New Kent Public Schools continue to remain ahead of the statewide average as Standards of Learning (SOL) scores were released to the public on Aug. 15. In Charles City, all history and social sciences scores eclipsed the 80-point passing mark, including a perfect score of 100 percent in World History II. A perfect score was also achieved in chemistry, which jumped 29 points from a 71 percent pass rate from last year. Charles City Public Schools saw improvements in 13 of the 28 testing…
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Possession of firearm, drugs lead Waterview man to enter Alford pleas in New Kent

By Andre Jones | August 14, 2017 9:39 pm

A man from Waterview entered Alford pleas of guilt as part of an Aug. 14 plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court. Zachary Widmark, 21, of 85 Parrots Creek Lane, entered Alford pleas to one count each of felony child abuse, possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance, and possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance (LSD). One charge each of sell/distribution of marijuana, misdemeanor eluding police, and misdemeanor carrying of a concealed weapon were dropped as part of the plea agreement. The Alford pleas indicate that while Widmark maintains his innocence, evidence presented…
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Bates, state trooper from Quinton, dies in helicopter crash near Charlottesville

By Community Member | August 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M.Bates.Virginia State Police photo

A Virginia State Trooper from Quinton was among two officers who died in a helicopter accident on Aug.12. Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Aug. 13, passed away tragically while on patrol in Albermarle County. The pilot, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, also died in the crash. According to the state police report, the aviation unit was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville when if crashed into a wooded area shortly before 5 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Virginia State Police spokesman Colonel…
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Dismissal time for New Kent High School bumped up to address transportation issues

By Andre Jones | August 7, 2017 9:39 pm

In an effort to get elementary school kids home on-time, New Kent school leaders are bumping up the ending time at the high school. New Kent High School will end its school day at 2:30 p.m., up 11 minutes from the 2:41 p.m. dismissal time that had been established for the past three years. After receiving the recommendation from transportation director Mervin Hence and director of curriculum and instruction Dr. Byron Bishop, New Kent superintendent of schools Dr. Dave Myers provided a logical explanation for the move. “Prior to my arrival, previous administration had added 10 minutes to the end…
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Accident in Eltham results in loss of Chesterfield man’s life

By Community Member | August 7, 2017 5:14 pm

An accident on Eltham Road near the intersection of Farmer’s Drive in New Kent on Aug. 6 has resulted in a fatality. Floyd L. Madison Jr., 63, of Chesterfield, died as a result of injuries stemming from the accident. According to the state police report, an SUV was heading east on Eltham Road (Route 33) and prepared to make a left turn when it was struck by a sedan truck. The sedan spun into the westbound lane, striking the motorcycle that Madison was operating. Authorities arrested Jamal D. Goode, 34, of Richmond, who was driving the sedan. He is being…
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NKSO seeks delivery driver imposter

By Community Member | August 7, 2017 11:45 am

New Kent Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in regards to an Aug. 5 break-in and theft. Deputies responded to the 600 block of Colony Trail in Lanexa around 10:30 a.m. after a homeowner reported being injured in an incident. The victim told authorities that a suspect posed as a delivery driver and forced his way into the home. The homeowner was injured during an altercation and the owner’s vehicle was also stolen. New Kent Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 2007 white four-door Mercury Milan with the license plate 1184WG. If you have any information about the incident or have…
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Farms of New Kent requesting PUD amendments

By Andre Jones | July 26, 2017 7:00 pm

A request for amendments to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Farms of New Kent will be making their way down the pipeline. New Kent leaders received their first look at the changes during the July 26 morning work session. Common Bond Capital Partners LLC Chief Financial Officer David Guy addressed supervisors, saying that the proposed changes for the Farms of New Kent were being presented to supervisors to remain transparent in plans. Guy highlighted accomplishments achieved under the original PUD which included the building of the golf course, installation of wells, and fiber optic being installed in the…
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Plea deals reached in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | July 24, 2017 4:55 pm

Plea deals were reached in related cases as part of July 24 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Coleman Tyler Mundie and Ardeshia Ja Hutchinson accepted the agreements during the afternoon trial. Mundie entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia (originally attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner). One charge of conspiracy to deliver drugs to a prisoner was dropped. Hutchinson pleaded guilty to an amended charge of trespassing after being forbidden (originally attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner). One charge of conspiracy to deliver drugs to a prisoner was dropped. The…
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