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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 1, 2020

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Charles City grand jury certifies indictments

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2020 1:38 pm

A grand jury certified indictments against a number of defendants during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court: –Edward Jasper Calhoun, 60, of the 1500 block of NC Highway 325, Hobbsville, NC, on one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance. Calhoun allegedly had the illegal drug on Feb. 21. –Nathan Wallace Dill, 28, of the 18000 block of The Glebe Lane, Charles City, on a single count of abduction. The defendant allegedly held a victim against their will on Dec. 13, 2019. –Jason Russell Leake, 36, of the 3500 block of Kingsland Road, Henrico, on three counts…
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Route 155 bridge reopening delayed until Sept. 4.

By Community Member | September 1, 2020 1:26 am

The F.W. “Wakie” Howard Jr. Bridge on Route 155 (Courthouse Road) that connects Charles City and New Kent County will reopen this Friday (Sept. 4). Originally slated to reopen Sept. 1, weather has caused the delay to reopen the structure. The bridge closed on June 1 for repairs to the bridge’s deck. The project was delayed for one year due to concerns from local business owners.

Internet Access Centers available at New Kent schools

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2020 1:15 am

In efforts to assist students who do not have access to the Internet in their homes, New Kent County Public Schools are establishing Internet Access Centers in each of their four schools. Superintendent of Schools Brian Nichols made the announcement during New Kent School Board’s regular Monday meeting. According to Nichols, common areas (i.e. cafeterias, libraries) in all four schools will be utilized to provide Wi-Fi areas for students. For students to be eligible, they must contact their respective school for space availability. Limited transportation for students will be available by school buses at a later date. For now, approved…
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Cost of new elementary school intensifies dialogue between New Kent Board of Supervisors, School Board

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2020 1:05 am

At the March 25 work session of New Kent’s Board of Supervisors, a recommendation was made to defer funding for the construction of a new elementary school for the county due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After county leaders approved that proposal during their April 13 regular meeting, the group elected to revisit the issue in the Fall to see if funding could be secured through the Virginia Public School Authority bond process. And while New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway commented that they have provided notice of interest into obtaining funds through the process, it was clear that the…
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Charles City forum on COVID-19 addresses difficulties, adjustments to deal with pandemic

By Andre Jones | August 29, 2020 5:54 pm

Several Charles City leaders from a variety of organizations gathered together on Aug. 27 for a roundtable discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel focused on how people were dealing with problems related to the pandemic and also received information to address mental health. Charles City of Director of Fire and EMS James Johnson opened up the dialogue by telling those in attendance that the county had just over 60 cases related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, five of those cases resulted in deaths. Despite those numbers, the message was to bring a sense of togetherness. Mental health expert Denise Flournoy commented…
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Williamsburg man dies in crash on Interstate 64 in New Kent

By Community Member | August 29, 2020 11:26 am

A crash on Interstate 64 in New Kent resulted in a fatality of a Williamsburg man Friday afternoon. According to a Virginia State Police report, at 1:30 p.m. a 2018 Ford F-150 traveling westbound at the 216 mile marker ran off the left side of the interstate. The vehicle went up the embankment in the median and struck several trees. The driver, identified as Lynn John Maltinsky, 66, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

Providence Forge woman dies in Charles City car accident

By Community Member | August 26, 2020 3:14 pm

Virginia State Police are investigating a Charles City crash that resulted in the fatality of a Providence Forge woman. Shortly before noon on Monday, Aug. 24, state troopers responded to the 7000 block of S. Lott Cary woman. A preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Cadillac CTS was traveling north on S. Lott Cary Road when it crossed the center line and struck an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and the trailer it was pulling. The driver of the Cadillac, identified as Glenda L. Canaday, 60, died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as…
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Route 155 bridge scheduled to reopen next week

By Community Member | August 26, 2020 8:56 am

The F.W. “Wakie” Howard Jr. Bridge on Route 155 (Courthouse Road) that connects Charles City and New Kent County is slated to reopen next week. The bridge closed on June 1 for repairs to the bridge’s deck. The project was delayed for one year due to concerns from local business owners. The bridge is tentatively set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 1 according to Virginia Department of Transportation representative Marshall Winn. He also commented that if it’s not open by then that it should be open by the end of the week.

Quinton man receives six-month sentence for third protective order violation within 20 years

By Andre Jones | August 24, 2020 7:53 pm

A Quinton man incarcerated at a correctional facility entered a guilty plea to felony violation of a protective order. Kyle Robert Crews, 24, formerly of the 1200 block of Quaker Road and currently residing at the Lunenburg Correctional Center, entered the plea during proceedings Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence, on Sept. 29, 2019, Crews made contact with a person that he was ordered not to have any interaction, direct or indirect, with. The defendant had two previous violations, and this offense, which is his third, triggered the felony due to it being his third…
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Driver involved in $112,000 robbery in Charles City sentenced to 13 years in prison

By Andre Jones | August 21, 2020 5:00 pm

A Dinwiddie man who drove the getaway car for a $112,000 robbery in Charles City will serve 13 years in prison after receiving formal sentencing during Friday proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Stephen Hunter Martin, 31, of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, will serve two five-year sentences on use of a firearm in commission of a felony (second offense) and three years on one count of use of a firearm in a felony (first offense). Twenty years each on two charges of robbery, 20 years on one count of robbery with the use of a gun, and 10…
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