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News Archives for June, 2010

Lady Trojans advance to BRD final, edged 3-2 by Poquoson

By Alan Chamberlain | June 10, 2010 9:17 am

Entering the Bay Rivers District softball tournament, New Kent’s sixth-seeded Lady Trojans drew little concern from opponents. But they upset third-seeded York 7-0 in the quarterfinals and stunned number two Grafton by a 2-0 count in the semis. That earned New Kent a berth in the May 27 final at York High against regular season champion Poquoson (20-2) and a chance with a win to move on to the Region I tourney. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Trojans owned a 2-1 advantage, but the top-seeded Islanders tied the affair and produced the deciding run in…
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NK hybridizer seeks new, unusual day lily varieties

By Community Member | June 10, 2010 9:12 am

Mark your calendars — June 29. That’s the best day, give or take a few, to drive past New Kent resident Angelo Franceschi’s home on Hemlock Road in the Woodhaven Shores subdivision and witness his yard in full bloom. Franceschi grows day lilies — plants of Eurasian origin that produce short-lived flowers — and the yard surrounding his home is testimony to his specialty. He is a “hybridizer” or someone who cross-pollinates plants in a quest for a new variety, and he has close to 500 registered plants. “I try to get something unique that no one else has,” he…
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Traffic snarl around truck stop concerns supervisors

By Alan Chamberlain | June 10, 2010 9:10 am

New Kent supervisors are far from happy with traffic congestion around the Pilot Travel Center located on Route 106 near the Interstate 64 Talleysville interchange. But apparently board members can do little about it other than complain. During their May 26 work session, supervisors discussed results of a 2009 traffic study at the location and subsequent review of the document by an independent consultant. Conclusions were the same and, for that matter, obvious — an insufficient number of parking spaces exist for tractor/trailers. “The bottom line is there will always be a traffic problem with Pilot if we do not…
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Noise ordinance heads for public hearing in Charles City

By Alan Chamberlain | June 10, 2010 9:09 am

Charles City’s Board of Supervisors has scheduled a June 22 public hearing on a proposed county noise ordinance for areas where residential use is allowed. Last month, supervisors enacted an emergency ordinance after it was determined the county law then in effect bore resemblances to a Virginia Beach noise law that was struck down last year by the state Supreme Court. County officials are now seeking to repeal the old law and replace it with a new version. The proposed law makes it illegal to create sound in excess of 70 decibels when measured from any public street between 11…
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Charge filed in NK hostage, police standoff incident

By Alan Chamberlain | June 10, 2010 9:08 am

Authorities have filed one charge and released the name of the suspect who allegedly held police at bay in a five-hour standoff late last month from inside his Quinton home. Clanton J. May, 66, of 8530 George Watkins Road, is charged with one count of reckless use of a firearm stemming from the May 27 standoff. May’s 39-year-old daughter was in the house with the suspect through the entire ordeal, prompting officers on the scene to treat the matter as a hostage situation. But authorities are declining to place charges in connection with the woman being held. “She was free…
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NK deputy sheriff fired, indicted for embezzling

By Alan Chamberlain | June 10, 2010 9:04 am

A former New Kent deputy sheriff faces a felony embezzlement charge stemming from close to $1,000 in unauthorized gasoline purchases he allegedly made while still employed by the department. A county circuit court grand jury handed up an indictment on May 17 charging E. Todd Landrum, 35, of 9724 Royerton Drive in Henrico County, on one count of embezzlement. The court promptly sealed the indictment, pending Landrum’s arrest. Sheriff’s personnel arrested the suspect on June 2. Landrum spent close to five years on the New Kent force starting in 2002 before resigning in 2007 to accept a job in Chicago….
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