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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 24, 2019

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Richmond woman convicted of possessing cocaine as an accommodation

By Andre Jones | August 19, 2019 11:23 pm

A Richmond woman entered no contest pleas to amended charges, including one related to drug possession, during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Aliyyah Rashidah Johnson, 35, of the 2100 block of Deforrest Street, entered the no contest pleas to an amended charge of possession of cocaine as an accommodation (originally distribution of cocaine) and misdemeanor failure to appear (originally felony failure to appear) as part of a plea agreement reached. A no contest plea stipulates that evidence presented in the case would be enough to convict the defendant of the crime. In a summary of evidence presented…
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New Kent leaders approve definition, prohibited use of tactical training facility

By Robb Johnson | August 13, 2019 5:34 pm

With the support of several citizens from the Barhamsville area of New Kent County, an ordinance that defined what a combat/tactical training facility is along with prohibited uses was passed during Monday night’s New Kent Board of Supervisors meeting. County leaders approved the definition and prohibited uses 4-1, with Evelyn casting the lone dissenting vote. In 2018, Curtis Security Group put together a proposal to construct a tactical combat range in Barhamsville. Many residents were strongly opposed against it, including Charles Karow. “I have heard that there are some people that don’t think we should not have a prohibition with…
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After witnesses refuse to testify, charges dismissed against New Kent man

By Andre Jones | August 12, 2019 9:10 pm

With one witness refusing to come to court and another pleading the fifth amendment on the stand, a New Kent man had two charges dropped during a Monday afternoon contested trial in New Kent Circuit Court. Christopher Thomas Batkins, 26, of the 3600 block of Hopewell Road, saw one charge each of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon dismissed after motions to strike were granted by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant. On March 31 around 2:30 a.m., conservation police officer Krista Adams was on a special assignment at North Berry Plantation…
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Denying access to owner’s horse, Ruther Glen woman pleads guilty to amended charge in Charles City

By Andre Jones | August 9, 2019 1:20 pm

A Ruther Glen woman accepted a plea agreement during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Jillian Ledford Barry, 28, of the 19000 block of Lander Bridge Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of trespassing (originally grand larceny) stemming from a Nov. 15, 2018 incident. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, in Aug. 2018, Lee Eddy was moving to North Carolina and needed a place to board her horse. Through a mutual friend, Barry agreed to take care of the animal. Over time, Barry asked Eddy to purchase the horse. Though…
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Virginia State Police seek information on Interstate 64 shooting 20 years ago in New Kent

By Community Member | August 9, 2019 12:07 pm
Sara Bruehl - 1999 Atlee High School graduation photo

Virginia State Police’s (VSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Richmond Field office continues to pursue new leads and tips to an unsolved 1999 homicide of a Mechanicville teenager in New Kent. On Aug. 8, 1999, Sara Bruehl and two friends were shot at while traveling on Interstate 64 near Exit 205 (Bottoms Bridge). Unfortunately, Bruehl, who was the driver, was shot and killed prior to her crashing the vehicle. The 18-year-old female front-seat passenger was shot but survived her injuries. The 17-year-old female back seat passenger survived injuries resulting from the crash. All three were recent graduates of Atlee High…
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Short-term rentals in New Kent up for discussion, input from public

By Andre Jones | July 31, 2019 11:34 am

New Kent supervisors will take some time and seek input from community members regarding short-term rentals. County Administrator Rodney Hathaway approached county leaders during Wednesday morning’s work session to provide information and garner feedback. In short, Hathaway spoke about AirBNBs and other rental properties that provide a limited stay of 30-days of less. “There is a difference between short-term rentals and ‘Bed and Breakfasts’ by definition,” the administrator said, pointing to the key difference is that an owner or caretaker must reside on the property of a ‘Bed and Breakfast.’ “In New Kent, short-term rentals are required to have a…
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‘No left turn’ entrance to proposed Food Lion approved by VDOT upsets New Kent supervisors

By Andre Jones | July 31, 2019 11:07 am

The relationship between New Kent District 1 supervisor Thomas Evelyn and the roundabout at the intersection of Route 249 (New Kent Highway) and Route 612 (Airport/Tunstall Road) consists of a dislike, strong dislike type of connection. And at Wednesday’s morning work session, that relationship doesn’t look like it will be mending anytime soon. Evelyn voiced his displeasure about Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) approving the proposed design for no left turn lane into a proposed Food Lion at the intersection. In August 2018, New Kent leaders denied a conditional use permit for the proposed construction of a 35,000 square foot…
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‘Bizarre case’ results in strangulation, abduction convictions for New Kent man

By Andre Jones | July 29, 2019 11:25 pm

In what was called a bizarre case by both Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Linwood Gregory and defense attorney Todd DuVal, the end result saw a New Kent man being found guilty on two charges after a contested trial Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. Richard Alvin Cothran, 62, of the 5400 block of Elm Road, was found guilty on one count each of strangulation and abduction. A charge of malicious wounding was dismissed, while the defendant accepted a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order, with a second charge being dismissed. On June 16, 2018, New…
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Carters Mill Road in Charles City to close for bridge repairs

By Community Member | July 22, 2019 10:11 pm

Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced that Carters Mill Road (Route 606) in Charles City will close beginning July 29 for bridge repairs. Repairs are expected to last approximately one month (weather permitting) as VDOT crews will work on the bridge that spans over Turkey Island Creek. During repairs, drivers are instructed to use the following detour routes: –Eastbound Carters Mill Road: Take Carters Mill Rd. west to New Market Road (Route 5) north to Willis Church Road (Route 156) east back to Carters Mill Road. –Westbound Carters Mill Road: Take Carters Mill Road north to Willis Church Road…
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Richmond man pleads guilty to drug possession in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | July 22, 2019 10:05 pm

A Richmond man entered guilty pleas to drug related charges during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Steven Dashawn Boyd, 38, of the 500 block of North Adams Street, Richmond, entered guilty pleas to one count of possession of a controlled substance and an amended charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana (originally distribution of marijuana). One charge of misdemeanor violation of pretrial bail was dropped. In a summary of evidence, on Mar. 8 a 2001 Acura being driven suspiciously, resulting in authorities being notified. The vehicle was pulled over and the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana…
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