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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 24, 2024

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Charles City School Board sends MOU to county leaders regarding regional wastewater treatment plant

By Andre Jones | February 22, 2024 9:09 pm

Charles City County’s School Board is extending an olive branch to county leaders on the possibility of a regional wastewater treatment plant. Director of School Operations Jerome Tyler read a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to school board members at the Feb. 20 regular school board meeting. The possibility of a regional wastewater plant first came to light at a March 2022 meeting. With both the county and school facilities needing upgrades to their individual plants, a presentation was made by Charles City County Administrator Michelle Johnson to address the issue. At that time, Johnson’s presentation pointed out that a…
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No speakers as Charles City superintendent recommends $7.3 million operating budget for FY2024-25

By Andre Jones | February 12, 2024 10:14 pm

Charles City’s School Board received no public feedback on the proposed FY2024-25 budget at Monday night’s public hearing. Charles City Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy presented a budget of $7,347,808 for operations in FY2024-25. That amount is $845,323, or 21 percent, more than the current year’s budget of $6,502,486. Joppy emphasized that the budget is one of need, but also spoke about positions that needed to be sustained. With ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds expiring in September of this year, the superintendent commented how those funds have been utilized to assist with learning loss caused by the…
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Charles City man receives year behind bars for illegally possessing ammunition in New Kent

By Andre Jones | February 12, 2024 9:39 pm

A Charles City man will spend a year in jail for illegally possessing ammunition in New Kent County. Ryan Lamar White, 36, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon (originally possession of a firearm by a convicted felon) and misdemeanor driving under the influence as part of an agreement reached Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Renick, on Sept. 10, 2022, a Virginia State Trooper responded to the scene of an accident where a red Dodge Durango had…
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North Carolina man found guilty of committing crimes against New Kent minor

By Robb Johnson | February 11, 2024 3:47 pm

Warning: This story may contain content unsuitable for some readers. A North Carolina man has been convicted of committing several crimes against a minor following a two-day jury trial in New Kent. Jose Joan Martinez Marmolejo, 27, of Fayetteville, was found guilty of sexual intercourse with a minor, two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of proposing to have sex with a minor under the age of 15, sodomy, having indecent liberties with a minor, abduction, six counts of reproducing child pornography, sodomy with kidnapping of a victim 13 years or younger, and abduction with intent to defile….
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Glen Allen man traveling 175 miles-per-hour in New Kent slammed with one year jail term

By Andre Jones | January 30, 2024 10:01 am

A Glen Allen man who went three times over the posted speed limit while trying to outrun law enforcement officers will spend the next year in jail. Trevor Lee Tutwiler, 31, of the 10000 block of Gregory Avenue, Glen Allen, entered a guilty plea to a single charge of felony eluding as part of a plea agreement reached Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Renick, on June 11, 2023, a Virginia State Police officer was traveling eastbound on Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) in the area of Providence…
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New Kent man receives four-month jail term for causing accident on Interstate 64

By Andre Jones | January 23, 2024 9:47 am

A New Kent man who caused an accident on Interstate 64 while driving under the influence will spend the next four months in jail. Travon Terrell Gaines, 31, of the 7800 block of Upland Drive, entered guilty pleas to one count each of felony hit and run that resulted in an injury and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (first offense) as part of a plea agreement reached Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. One count each of felony hit and run and misdemeanor reckless driving (improper brakes) were dropped. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney…
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Charles City man receives year in jail for possessing crack

By Andre Jones | January 19, 2024 8:36 pm

A Charles City man who attempted to dispose of drugs while running away from police will spend a year in jail. Elliott M. Charity, 61, of the 12000 block of Mapisco Road, Charles City, entered straight guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a Schedule I/II substance, misdemeanor fleeing from law enforcement, and misdemeanor obstruction of justice as part of Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Charles City Commonwealth’s Attorney Tyler Klink, on Apr. 27, 2023, Virginia State Troopers went to arrest Charity on an outstanding capias. When they…
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Legality of appointment of interim New Kent supervisor challenged by Attorney General’s Office

By Robb Johnson | January 11, 2024 9:27 pm

Only one month into the new election term, New Kent’s Board of Supervisors are facing an internal battle stemming from the legality of the appointment of Amy Pearson. Pearson was appointed by the previous board in Dec. 2023 after the passing of the late Patricia Paige. That appointment, however, was challenged by the office of Virginia’s General Attorney Jason Miyares. For the last several weeks, questions have arisen about the previous board’s decision to appoint Pearson as the representative to District 3 for the county. At the Jan. 10 meeting, District 1 Supervisor Thomas Evelyn spoke about the issue. “Miss…
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Front Royal man admits to taking trailer from work site in New Kent County

By Andre Jones | January 9, 2024 12:08 am

A Front Royal man accepted a plea deal to a reduced charge as part of an agreement reached Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. Brandon Michael Wise-Collins, 33, of the 800 block of Morgan Place, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor petty larceny (originally grand larceny) stemming from an Apr. 7, 2023 incident. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Renick, on Apr. 11, 2023, a New Kent deputy received a call from Dave Hall, who worked for Central Concrete. Hall said that someone had gone onto a worksite at…
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Richmond man indicted for April 2023 high-speed chase, crash in New Kent

By Andre Jones | January 8, 2024 11:56 pm

A Richmond man who allegedly fled police on Apr. 17, 2023, has been indicted by a New Kent grand jury. James Alonzo McLaughlin, 40, of the 3800 block of 500 block of W. Grace Street, Richmond, was indicted on one count each of felony eluding, felony hit and run, and misdemeanor DUI (first offense) during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. An Apr. 18 press release by New Kent Sheriff’s Office indicates that at 1:15 p.m., a call for service was received about a suspicious vehicle and possible intoxicated occupants. Officers responded to Chesapeake Circle in the Providence…
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