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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 18, 2017

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Two men in unrelated cases indicted on charges of rape

By Andre Jones | November 14, 2017 3:35 pm

Two men in unrelated cases have each been indicted on rape charges by a Charles City grand jury. Cordell Lamar Jones, 19, of the 3700 block of Lafayette Street, Hopewell, was indicted on one count of rape of a victim under the age of 13 during Nov. 14 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 28, Jones committed the crime after encountering the victim on the Virginia Capital Trail bike path. In an unrelated case, Eric Wayne Bassett has been charged with one count each of rape and abduction with intent to defile. According to…
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Charles City man to serve two years in jail for stealing boat motors

By Andre Jones | November 14, 2017 3:14 pm

A Charles City man who stole boat motors and intended to sell them will serve two years in jail. Dallis Leno Wallace Jr., 49, of the 7800 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, received formal sentencing during Nov. 14 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. As Wallace’s contested trial in September, Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler presented evidence that Wallace stole boat engines last April from Christian Hager. Wallace attempted to sell the motors to John Hoffmeyer, who notified the police of suspicious activity when he noticed the cables on the motors were cut. More evidence presented pointed to Wallace committing the…
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Man sentenced to serve three months for assault

By Andre Jones | November 13, 2017 5:44 pm

A Quinton man will serve three months in jail after receiving his formal sentence as part of Nov. 13 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Richard Ivan Texler Jr., 58, learned his fate on a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and battery on a family member that stemmed from a Dec. 9, 2016 incident. During a Sept. 25 contested trial, evidence revolved around Texler finding electronic cigarettes that belonged to the victim in his home. A confrontation ensued, with the defendant and victim getting into a physical altercation. Texler testified on his behalf at his trial, admitting that he wrestled…
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Bagby, Peace retain delegate seats

By Community Member | November 7, 2017 11:14 pm

Lamont Bagby and Chris Peace have both retained their respective seats in the Virginia House of Delegates following Tuesday night’s general election. In the race for the 97th District seat that represents New Kent County, Chris Peace easily outdistanced himself from challenger Cori Johnson by a total vote of 24,342-9,314. In New Kent, Peace received 6,007 votes for nearly 71 percent of the ballots cast. By contrast, Johnson received 2,460 votes, or 29 percent, from county citizens. In the race for the 74th District seat that represents Charles City, Bagby defeated Preston Brown by a total vote of 20,002-6,128. In…
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New Kent schools’ proposed CIP carries $1.1 million tag

By Andre Jones | November 6, 2017 10:38 pm

The construction of a high school stadium concession stand and storage area is part of recommended Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the 2018-19 fiscal year for New Kent County schools. School leaders approved the nearly $1.1 million in proposed projects during the Nov. 6 regular monthly board meeting. Superintendent of schools Dave Myers addressed board members of the possibility to replace the concession stand and an adjacent storage facility during the October regular meeting. After meeting with director of maintenance Tim Pollock, the superintendent provided a background on the conditions of the current building. “If you’ve ever attended a football…
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Update: Railroad crossings set for closure in New Kent

By Community Member | November 1, 2017 11:56 am

After conversations with New Kent Sheriff’s Office and VDOT, CSX rail has revised details in regards to repairs at crossings in New Kent. Nov. 9: South Waterside Drive at Riverside Drive- CSX personnel will not start work until after school buses have departed for the schools and will be completed prior to the arrival of the school buses in the afternoon. CSX stated that there will be message boards in place to indicate detours for the location. Nov. 10: Landing Road at Pocahontas Trail- CSX personnel will not start work until after school buses have departed for the schools and…
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Update: New Kent Sheriff’s Office locate missing teen

By Community Member | October 31, 2017 9:51 pm

Update: Carl was located Wednesday morning. New Kent Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information to locate a missing Quinton teenager. Zachary Ty Carl, 14, was last seen on Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. He is 5’10” and weighs approximately 145 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel colored eyes. He is currently in need of medication. Carl is possibly driving a 2015 white Fiat with Virginia license plate number 5912BE. If you have any information, contact New Kent Sheriff’s Office at 966-9500.

Route 155 to close on November 9

By Community Member | October 28, 2017 4:04 pm

Courthouse Road (Route 155) at the border of Charles City and New Kent will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 9-11 a.m. The road will be shut down as a bridge will be dedicated in honor of former New Kent County Sheriff F. W. “Wakie” Howard Jr. for more than 40 years of service. The bridge was chosen in retrospect to Howard’s upbringing in Charles City County and his role as sheriff in New Kent. Motorists traveling from New Kent to Charles City will be detoured to take Pocahontas Trail (Route 60) to Route 618 (Adkins Road). Motorists will…
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Providence Forge man admits guilt to stealing lawnmower

By Andre Jones | October 27, 2017 11:01 am

A Providence Forge man who stole a lawnmower entered into a plea agreement as part of Oct. 27 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Anthony David English, 24, of the 11000 block of Greenyard Estates, pled guilty to a single count of grand larceny. One charge of intent to sell stolen property was dropped as part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Mar. 3, a Craft riding lawnmower belonging to Ed Branch was confiscated from his front yard. Through some backtracking, Branch discovered his item was in possession of Jared Woodley….
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Third phase renovations for New Kent Historic School proposed to supervisors

By Andre Jones | October 25, 2017 11:47 am

New Kent’s Board of Supervisors received their first look at a proposal for the next upgrades and changes for New Kent’s Historical School. Hopke and Associates representative John Hopke presented a concept design plan to county leaders as part of Wednesday (Oct. 25) morning’s monthly work session for the renovation of the west wing of the Historic School. The renovation will be the third for the Historic School as part of its preservation and conversion since 2010. Hopke said the current goal is to renovate the west wing to functioning and operating conditions similar to the east wing that currently…
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