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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 26, 2021

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Driving under influence of drugs lands Providence Forge man in jail for four months

By Andre Jones | January 25, 2021 12:30 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend the next four months in jail after being found guilty on two misdemeanor charges related to a car accident on Feb. 5, 2020. Melvin Darnell Randall Jr., 26, of the 5800 block of Yellow Jasmine Terrance, entered no contest pleas to one count each of misdemeanor DUI (first offense) and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also entered a not guilty plea to one count of misdemeanor contempt of court but stipulated the evidence would be enough to convict him of the offense. One charge of possession of a controlled substance…
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Charles City superintendent recommends $6.8 million in local funding for FY2021-22 operating budget

By Robb Johnson | January 22, 2021 9:26 am

With theme core values and principles that include learning, integrity, growth, and collaboration, Charles City County Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy proposed a $6,843,772 operating budget for the FY2021-22 school year during the Jan. 21 special meeting. While looking at ways to enhance programs at the school, the primary focus on the recommended increase focused on providing raises to several employees of the school system. Joppy’s first recommendation came in the form of increasing minimum wage for hourly employees. The wage would begin before the end of this fiscal year and go up to $9.50/hr. From there, increases would be…
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Charles City schools to survey on possible return to in-person instruction

By Andre Jones | January 19, 2021 9:08 pm

As school districts begin to weigh the possibility for in-person learning once again, Charles City County Public Schools are using recently established guidelines to develop a survey to determine when, or if, students will return to buildings. Charles City Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy unveiled a mock timetable of how students will return to buildings at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. No specific date was announced. Joppy commented that on Jan. 14, a new set of guidelines were released by the Virginia Department of Education and State School Superintendent James Lane. The guidance focused on areas of academics, staffing of…
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Richmond man receives three-month sentence for drug possession in Charles City

By Andre Jones | January 15, 2021 10:00 pm

A Richmond man will spend the next three months in jail after pleading guilty to possessing an illegal substance during Friday morning procedures in Charles City Circuit Court. Larry Edward Gammon, 39, of the 4700 block of Caldwell Avenue, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a Schedule I/II substance and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Oct. 14, 2020, a Virginia State Trooper familiar noticed the defendant driving a vehicle. Being familiar with the defendant from another jurisdiction, the trooper conducted a traffic stop…
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Supervisor boards reorganize for 2021

By Robb Johnson | January 13, 2021 8:12 am

Both Charles City and New Kent’s Board of Supervisors reorganized at recent meetings for the 2021 calendar year. In New Kent, District 1 representative Thomas Evelyn was elected chairman. District 2 leader Tommy Tiller will assume the role of vice-chairman. In Charles City, District 1 leader Gilbert Smith was named as chairman for the year. District 3 representative Lewis Black III was given the nod as vice-chairman.

Lanexa man, charged with murder, indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:22 pm

A Lanexa man has been formally indicted with a second-degree murder charge by a New Kent grand jury. Michael Anthony Jenkins, 39, of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, received indictments on one count each of second-degree murder, grand larceny, burglary, possession of a weapon by a non-violent felon, and two counts of firearm larceny. In Dec. 2019, New Kent Sheriff’s Office received a call for service around 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. First responders arrived to the scene and located a male down. While medical aid was provided, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was…
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Convicted felon from Toano sentenced to 18 months for possessing ammunition

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:16 pm

A Toano man will spend 18 months in jail after accepting a plea agreement during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Cody Allan Dobbeck, 26, of the 100 block of Leisure Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon (originally possession of a firearm by a nonviolent convicted felon). In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 14, 2019, a homeowner heard a gunshot near his house. When he went out to investigate, he saw Dobbeck and questioned him about the sound. Dobbeck told the homeowner that he was the…
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Return for New Kent second and third graders back into school buildings delayed until February

By Andre Jones | January 11, 2021 11:14 pm

Second and third graders who attend elementary schools in New Kent will have to wait a little longer before having an opportunity to walk through the building doors. For the second time in two months, New Kent’s School Board has postponed the return of second and third graders. And the decision this time was as difficult as the first time. Originally, Cohort 3 (second and third grade students) were scheduled to return on Dec. 14, 2020. But because of the Winter holiday, school officials put the return off the return to Jan. 19, 2021. After hearing concerns from submitted comments…
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Richmond man indicted by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | January 5, 2021 10:18 pm

A Richmond man has been indicted by a Charles City grand jury. Larry E. Gammon, 39, of the 4700 block of Caldwell Avenue, had one indictment of possession of a Schedule I/II substance certified by the grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. The indictment alleges that Gammon was in possession of cocaine after he was pulled over for a traffic infraction on Oct. 14, 2020. Gammon’s case it tentatively set for Jan. 15.

Update on Internet services provided at Charles City Board of Supervisors’ meeting

By Andre Jones | December 22, 2020 9:08 pm

Internet services continue to be an issue in Charles City County. Hopefully, a Tuesday night update provided a glimmer of hope for a topic that has been plaguing citizens for five years. Charles City Assistant County Rhonda Russell provided an update on the two providers that are planning to come to the county as part of Charles City’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Russell first addressed SCS Broadband, a company that had planned to bring wireless Internet to citizens through the airwaves. While there have been several slowdowns along the way, Russell said that eight subscribers are currently on the network….
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