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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 14, 2020

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New Kent School Board members receive glimpse of “Return to Learn” plan

By Andre Jones | July 14, 2020 10:12 am

The struggle to make the decision on when businesses and environments are safe to reopen continues to be a nonstop discussion with the presence of COVID-19. That commentary carried on at New Kent School Board’s Monday night work session. New Kent Superintendent of Schools Brian Nichols presented the district’s first “Return to Learn” plan at the July 13 meeting. And while measures are being taken by the school for a safe return, uncertainty continues to cloud any clear path of direction. “Our guidance continues to shift based on CDC (Center of Disease Control) and VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) guidelines,”…
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Charles City man receives eight-year sentence for $112,000 robbery

By Andre Jones | July 7, 2020 3:30 pm

A Charles City man who partook in a $112,000 robbery with two brothers from Dinwiddie will spend the next eight years in prison. Tyron Lorenza Allen, 33, of the 6200 block of Old Union Road, learned his length of incarceration during formal sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Charles City Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery during a Dec. 20, 2019 trial as part of a plea deal. On Oct. 15, 2018, Allen along with Jeremy and Stephen Martin, broke into the home of Don Bulger. During the heist, Allen and Jeremy Martin held a group of elders…
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Three indicted by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 7, 2020 10:52 am

Three individuals were indicted by a grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court: –Anthony David English, 27, of the 11000 block of Greenyard Estates, Providence Forge, on two counts of petty larceny (third or subsequent offense). English allegedly stole plywood and building material from Nathan Crowell on Jan. 4. –Matthew Ryan Mayer, 29, of the 10000 block of Blue Ridge Drive, Hurt, on a single count of DUI (third offense). The incident allegedly took place on Feb. 7. –Kalynn Marie Woods, 32, of the 4200 block of Lords Lane, Richmond, on four counts of assault on…
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Richmond teenager arrested for stealing items from vehicles

By Community Member | July 6, 2020 8:38 pm

A Richmond teenager has been arrested in relation to thefts in the Brickshire and Deer Lake neighborhoods of New Kent County. Michael Alexander Deane, 19, of the 2200 block of E. Cary Street, was taken into custody after being identified as a suspect of multiple thefts. In a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, from June 21-27, several motor vehicles were entered without permission, with items removed from them. Among items stolen included firearms, electronics, and credit cards. Investigators were able to identify and arrest Deane during the early morning hours on June 27 in the Five Lakes neighborhood….
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Pursuit in stolen car in New Kent leads to Hampton man’s arrest

By Community Member | July 6, 2020 8:31 pm

A man who fled New Kent authorities on June 28 has been arrested on several charges that include grand theft auto. John Perlie Dawson Jr., 33, of 16 Kenneth Street, Hampton, was arrested by New Kent Sheriff’s Office after a pursuit that resulted in a crash. In a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle traveling on North Courthouse Road entered radar traveling 70 miles per hour in a posted 45 miles per hour zone. When the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, it accelerated and traveled westbound on Pocahontas Trail (Route 60). The vehicle began traveling…
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Suspect in Bottoms Bridge larceny receives three month jail term

By Andre Jones | July 6, 2020 7:24 pm

A Richmond man involved with a larceny at a convenience store in Bottoms Bridge on March 25 will serve three months in jail. Jermaile Aubrey Hicks, 34, of the 3300 block of Bunch Place, entered a guilty to plea to one count of grand larceny as part of a plea deal reached Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. One count of petty larceny (third or subsequent offense) was dropped as part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence, Hicks and two other males entered FasMart and stole items that included cigarettes and lottery tickets. When surveillance film was…
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Energy efficiency contract provides opportunity for repairs at Charles City schools

By Andre Jones | June 29, 2020 4:41 pm

With facility repairs needed for a 27-year old building complex, Charles City Public Schools are working on an agreement to help their schools with the necessary upgrades to keep it functioning with its day-to-day operations. The school system is finalizing an agreement with ABM Solutions that will assist with approximately $4.6 million in repairs. “The idea started more than two-and-a-half years ago as the result of a DECIDESMART study,” said outgoing Charles City Superintendent of Schools David Gaston. “We were looking at how we can have cost savings on joint services while looking to up upgrade facilities.” The school system…
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Victim dies in Interstate 64 car crash in New Kent

By Community Member | June 23, 2020 12:59 pm

A crash on Interstate 64 in New Kent Monday evening has resulted in a fatality. According to a press release, Virginia State Police Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 at the 205 mile marker (Bottoms Bridge) at approximately 6:42 p.m. The report says a Chevrolet Impala was traveling east in the left lane when a tree fell and struck the vehicle. The driver, Kevin Michael Bryant, 39, of Williamsburg, died at the scene. He was wearing his seatbelt. No further information about the accident is available at this time. The crash remains under investigation.

Conspiring to sell cocaine lands Lanexa woman year-and-a-half in jail

By Andre Jones | June 23, 2020 10:08 am

A Lanexa woman will spend a year-and-a-half in jail after receiving formal sentencing during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Lauren Nicole Mathias, 35, of the 3100 block of Augustus Lane, pled guilty during an earlier trial on April 20 on two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and a single count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. During the April trial, evidence presented showed that Methias had made arrangements to sell cocaine and a possible weapon with ammunition to a confidential informant that totaled around $2,000. During the buy, authorities were able to apprehend her…
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Providence Forge traffic stop turns into pursuit; suspect arrested by New Kent Sheriff’s Office

By Community Member | June 21, 2020 12:41 pm

A high-speed pursuit that started in Providence Forge has led to the arrest of a Newport News man. Raymond Grimes, 29, of the 500 block of 13th Street, was arrested on a plethora of charges that stemmed from the June 20 chase. In a press release from New Kent Sheriff’s Office, around 3:15 p.m. a deputy conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle stemming from a moving violation. The driver presented false information to the deputy during the pursuit and began to flee, traveling east on Pocahontas Trail (Route 60). A second New Kent deputy assisted on the chase…
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