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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 18, 2021

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Richmond man pleads guilty to second-degree murder committed in Charles City

By Andre Jones | September 17, 2021 1:23 pm

A Richmond man has entered a guilty plea to the murder of a Charles City man during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Antwan Kareem Jackson, 39, of the 1800 block of Keswick Avenue, entered guilty pleas to one count each of second-degree murder, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony (second offense), and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon as part of a plea agreement reached. Jackson had previously asked for a jury trial that was scheduled to take place next week (Sept. 23-24). In a summary of evidence by assistant Commonwealth’s…
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Opponents of mask mandate in New Kent schools voice displeasure with board’s lack of formal stance

By Andre Jones | September 13, 2021 10:20 pm

As local school systems welcome back students to in-person learning, New Kent’s School Board is still dealing with the aftereffects of an Aug. 23 decision to require masks for all students and staff in an indoor setting. Opponents of the requirement returned to Monday evening’s school board meeting, voicing concerns of the issue as well as school leaders not taking a position on the matter. During public comment period, several individuals addressed New Kent’s school board, questioning their choice without a proper vote. “This school board did not vote on the topic,” said Tom Miller. “It was said by the…
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Blacksburg man receives no additional time after pleading guilty to eluding police in New Kent

By Andre Jones | September 13, 2021 2:45 pm

A Blacksburg man will receive no additional active time of incarceration after accepting a plea deal during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Karl Allen Yohn, 20, of the 1200 block of University Terrance, entered a guilty plea to one count of felony eluding police as part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Overholser, on March 10 a Virginia State Trooper had a Volkswagon Jetta pass through their radar at 88 miles per hour in posted 70 miles per hour zone on Interstate 64 westbound in New Kent. The officer…
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Traffic related incidents highlight indictments certified by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | September 7, 2021 4:35 pm

Two individuals were indicted by a Charles City grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court: –Willie Lamont Bunch, 31, of the 500 block of 18th Street, Virginia Beach, on one count of misdemeanor DUI (first offense). Bunch allegedly operated a vehicle on John Tyler Memorial Highway while under the influence on Feb. 8. –Everett Daniel Woodley, 60, of the 8600 block of Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, on a lone charge of felony hit and run. The defendant allegedly struck a vehicle while traveling on Church Lane and did not stop on Jan. 29.

Charles City man receives one-month jail sentence for burglarizing Adkins Store

By Andre Jones | September 7, 2021 4:30 pm

A Charles City man who robbed Adkins Store will serve one month incarcerated in a regional jail. Michael Robert Deremer II, 30, of the 7400 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, received his formal sentencing as part of Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. On June 25, Deremer entered guilty pleas to two counts each of burglary and petty larceny (third or subsequent offense) as part of a plea agreement. During his trial on that day, a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler presented that on Dec. 28, 2020, police officers responded to an overnight break-in…
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Favorable recommendation by commissioners sets up possible rezoning to bring grocery-style Dollar General to Charles City

By Andre Jones | August 27, 2021 6:24 am

On Oct. 27, 2019, Dollar General became the first name-brand store to open its doors in Charles City County. Two years later, another one may be headed to the county but with a much-needed amenity. Members of Charles City County’s Planning Commission unanimously approved sending a favorable recommendation for the rezoning of property from agricultural (A1) to business (B1) to county leaders at the Aug. 26 regular meeting. Rhetson Companies approached the county about rezoning 3.8 acres of land located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Route 106 (Roxbury Road) and Route 607 (Wayside Road) in the western…
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Virginia man charged with crashing tractor trailer into train in Charles City

By Community Member | August 26, 2021 12:40 am

A Virginia man who crashed his truck into a train in Charles City County will face charges according to a police report. Russell P. Claytor Jr., 22, of Green Bay, has been charged with failure to maintain control of a vehicle and failure to obtain a registration stemming from the Aug. 24 accident. According to the Virginia State Police report, at approximately 6:31 p.m. officers responded to a crash on Route 106 (Roxbury Road) just south of Barnetts Road at a controlled railroad crossing. The preliminary investigation indicates a 1995 International tractor trailer hauling logs was headed north on Route…
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Riverstreet Networks pledges progress to bring wireless internet to Charles City County

By Andre Jones | August 25, 2021 3:08 am

Even with the recent addition of internet provided by Comcast through a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant, many citizens of Charles City County fall outside the 300-foot connection border for the service. And while many constituents remain frustrated about the issue, another method of connecting citizens to the world wide web reemerged at Charles City’s Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday night meeting. Greg Coltrain and Stephen Morris of Riverstreet Networks provided a wireless update infrastructure to county leaders. As early as 2014, SCS Broadband had set a goal to bring wireless internet to Charles City County. But complication after complication came…
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With public health order mandate in place, New Kent schools requiring masks for indoor facilities

By Andre Jones | August 23, 2021 8:07 pm

With disdain and frustration from both attendees and school board members, New Kent County Public Schools will require students and teachers to wear masks when entering into the building. Despite twenty people opposing the mask mandate for schools filing into New Kent High School’s Media Center and hoisting signs that urged school board members to vote against the face coverings, it was the inability to vote and advice provided from legal staff that led to the decision. Two weeks ago at the Aug. 9 regular school board meeting that New Kent School Board members received an update on the openings…
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Charles City schools requiring masks indoors as schools reopen for in-person instruction

By Andre Jones | August 17, 2021 8:41 pm

Following the recommendations of the Center of Disease and Control (CDC) and an emergency health order issued by State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver on behalf of Governor Ralph Northam, Charles City County Public Schools will require masks in an indoor setting. The announcement came during Charles City’s School Board monthly meeting Tuesday night. “Masks will be required for all, regardless of vaccination status,” said Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy. “We are going to follow CDC guidelines and the governor’s orders for indoor settings, both public and private places. We are going to keep this in place until the order…
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