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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 21, 2018

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Benjamin Harrison Bridge to have alternating lane closures July 23-28

By Community Member | July 17, 2018 5:24 pm

The Benjamin Harrison Bridge that connects Charles City and Prince George County will be undergoing lane closures from July 23-28. Flaggers will begin directing traffic as part of alternating lane closures from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Monday, July 23 and will conclude on Saturday, July 28. The alternating lane closures will continue as the bridge undergoes an inspection. Delays are expected to last around 20 minutes. Motorists are advised to plan for the extra time or seek an alternative route.

Alleged robbers indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 16, 2018 5:25 pm

Two men connected to an alleged robbery were indicted by a New Kent grand jury during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Ryan Anthony Schutz, 19, of the 5300 block of Hemlock Road, Quinton, and Dev’ron Lemar Cowles, 21, of the 5700 block of Centerville Road, Williamsburg, were each indicted in connection to alleged offenses that took place between Apr. 8-18 of this year. Both men were each indicted on two counts of robbery where they alleged robbed the residence of Brock Richards. Schutz, however, was slammed with additional allegations. In addition to robbery, he was indicted on…
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Curtis Security Group withdraws CUP for tactical training facility in Barhamsville

By Andre Jones | July 13, 2018 5:45 pm

A request for a conditional use permit (CUP) for a tactical training facility in New Kent has been withdrawn from consideration. Curtis Security Group had proposed the facility for Barhamsville. Late Friday afternoon, representatives for the group sent an email to New Kent County Planning Director Kelli Le Duc. The conditional use permit was scheduled to go to public hearing on Monday (July 16). With an expected turnout that was going to exceed capacity of the normal meeting room in New Kent’s Government and Administration Building, New Kent’s Planning Commission had changed the location of the meeting to New Kent…
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Richmond man convicted for stealing iPhone from 7-Eleven in New Kent

By Andre Jones | July 9, 2018 6:17 pm

A Richmond man who confiscated a cell phone off the countertop of a convenience store was found guilty on a single count of grand larceny. Alfredo Joa Guardado-Orellana, 40, of the 4600 block of Southwood Parkway, received the conviction as part of a Monday afternoon contested trial in New Kent Circuit Court. On March 20, Sheila White worked as a clerk at the 7-Eleven convenience store in Eltham. While working on a project in the store, she propped her iPhone 7-Plus to listen to music. Shortly thereafter, the lunch rush entered into the store and White went to assist with…
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Three indicted by grand jury in Charles City Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | July 3, 2018 1:58 pm

Three men were indicted by a Charles City grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. –Tevin Lamar Brown, 23, of the 14000 block of The Glebe Lane, Charles City, on one count of misdemeanor failure to appear. Brown allegedly didn’t appear for a court trial on May 25. –Brent Edward Tanner, 47, of the 18000 block of The Glebe Lane, on one count each of arson of a dwelling usually occupied, possession of a concealed weapon by a felon, and felony resisting arrest. On Mar. 26, the defendant allegedly tried to burn a home after a…
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New Kent jury renders not guilty verdict against Toano man in alleged sex crime case

By Andre Jones | July 2, 2018 7:33 pm

After five hours of testimony and 65 minutes of deliberation, a New Kent jury found a Toano man innocent on an alleged sex crime. The group of seven men and five women ruled that a single count of aggravated sexual battery of a minor less than 13 years old made against Allen Scott Rutherford Jr., 34, of the 100 block of Leisure Lane, was falsified after hearing evidence at Monday’s trial in New Kent Circuit Court. Special prosecutor Clay Blanton opened the proceedings by calling the defendant’s mother to the stand. On the stand, the woman said that after taking…
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Curtis Security Group representatives defend tactical training facility proposal for Barhamsville

By Andre Jones | June 27, 2018 11:50 am

At most New Kent Board of Supervisors’ work sessions, usually a dozen people show up as county leaders handle normal items and conduct discussions. But at Wednesday morning’s meeting, a near-capacity audience filled the room to hear Curtis Security’s Group first pitch for a tactical training facility. Representatives from Curtis Security Group sat in front of county supervisors for the first time to explain the concepts of the tactical training facility. Since its initial presentation to the county’s planning commission in May, the group says it has been criticized and opponents of the proposed training facility have misinterpreted information. A…
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New Kent man who stole checks from former employer to serve 14 months in jail

By Andre Jones | June 25, 2018 4:53 pm

A New Kent man who stole checks from his former employer on two separate occasions will spend the next 14 months in jail. Nicolei Joseph Grindheim, 21, entered guilty pleas to one count each of petty larceny (third offense), breaking and entering, and larceny of checks as part of a plea agreement reached Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Dec. 15, 2017, a New Kent deputy responded to Virginia Recycling after receiving a call from owner Christopher Kahn. Kahn told the officer that he saw that two cashed…
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Historic bill signing clears path for Colonial Downs reopening in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | June 22, 2018 6:18 pm
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam inks his name on House Bill 1609 to pave the way for Colonial Downs reopening.Robb Johnson photo

After opening its doors on Sept. 1, 1997 and closing on Oct. 14, 2014, Colonial Downs remained dormant after 6,260 days of operation. Now, after three-and-a-half years of no activity, the facility will reopen once again. Governor Ralph Northam signed into legislation House Bill 1609 Friday afternoon, allowing for that betting on historical horse racing and establishing historic horse racing as a form of horse racing. This allows for bets to be placed on pari-mutuel poos from wagers placed on previously conducted races at both the racetrack owned or operated by a licensee or satellite facilities. “Horse racing is a…
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Barhamsville residents raise concerns for tactical facility

By Robb Johnson | June 20, 2018 11:54 am
A projected area of potential impact from a proposed tactical facility in Barhamsville is highlighted as a part of Tuesday night’s presentation.

Concerns over a proposed tactical training facility in Barhamsville has sparked a battle between the developer and residents of the area. After more than 100 residents from the area located in eastern New Kent appeared before the county’s planning commission Monday night, the group reconvened Tuesday night at Gauthier Vineyards. The message was clear: “No combat ranges in New Kent.” With a group of opponents wearing bright orange shirts at the meeting, the issue of a proposed tactical training facility by the Curtis Security Group appeared before commissioners last month. Barhamsville residents responded, sounding off through social media and at…
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