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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 30, 2023

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Charles City School Board ups raises to seven percent, adopts FY2023-24 budget

By Andre Jones | May 25, 2023 11:45 pm

With a shift in dollars to increase the raises on teacher’s salary, Charles City’s School Board adopted a $10.8 million budget for the FY2023-24 cycle during a May 25 special meeting. School board members adopted the budget two days after Charles City’s Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to fulfill the school’s local request of $6,502,486. The only major change to the school’s $10,805,970 budget was a shift in funds to support a seven percent raise. To support this increase from five percent to seven percent, an additional $169,124 had to be shifted within the school’s proposed budget. Charles City Superintendent…
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Charles City’s Board of Supervisors adopt $21.2 million budget for FY2023-24

By Andre Jones | May 24, 2023 7:51 am

Charles City County’s Board of Supervisors adopted its FY2023-24 budget during its regular board meeting Tuesday night. Board members unanimously adopted the $21,210,303 budget, but not without discussion on a few issues they thought needed to be addressed. District 2 supervisor Bill Coada’s first comment spoke about the relationship the county needed with the Charles City Volunteer Fire Department (CCVFD). Last month, the county, the paid Fire and EMS services, and the volunteer department entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together. In the county’s budget, CCVFD requested $30,000 but was pegged to receive only $15,000. That changed…
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Lanexa man receives seven years for distributing cocaine, possessing gun illegally

By Andre Jones | May 23, 2023 9:53 am

A Lanexa man will spend the next seven years in jail for drug distribution after agreeing to the terms of a plea deal during May 15 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Terrence Doran Delaney, 37, of the 14000 block of Rockahock Road, entered a guilty plea to one count each of distribution of a Schedule I/II drug (second offense), possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon, and possession of a gun while in possession of a Schedule I/II drug. One charge of possession of a weapon by a felon (not a gun) was dropped as part of the…
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Providence Forge man enters guilty plea to downloading child pornography

By Andre Jones | May 23, 2023 1:38 am

A Providence Forge man who downloaded child pornography has entered a guilty plea as part of Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Christopher Paul Perry, 36, pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography as part of a plea agreement. Five charges of possession of child pornography (second offense) were dropped. In a summary of evidence, on Oct. 26, 2021, investigators involved with monitoring individuals who download child pornography discovered a dropbox that possibly had the illegal content. That box belonged to Perry after information about his email and whereabouts of where he lived were detected…
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New Kent man indicted for abduction by Williamsburg grand jury

By Community Member | May 20, 2023 1:19 am

A New Kent man has been indicted by a Williamsburg grand jury stemming from a Sept. 30, 2022 incident. Richard Lee Gibson, 59, was indicted on one count each of abduction with intent to defile, object sexual penetration, and sexual battery by the Williamsburg grand jury on May 10. Allegations lodged against Gibson says that the defendant grabbed a woman from behind and groped her genitalia before fleeing the scene. Gibson also had other charges lodged against him where he had images on his cell phone taking pictures between women’s legs with his cellphone. As investigators put together the case,…
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Mechanicsville man allegedly driving illegally indicted on several charges by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | May 16, 2023 11:53 pm

A Mechanicsville man who allegedly was driving illegally after having his license taken away due to felony convictions has been indicted by a New Kent grand jury. Christopher Russell Hope, 33, of the 7000 block of Wahoo Court, has been indicted on one count each of DWI after receiving a felony conviction, driving revoked (felony related), felony eluding, and felony destruction of property as part of Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. According to the indictment, Holt attempted to flee officers on Aug. 21, 2022, and damaged a Lexus Sedan belonging to Francis Wood. In other indictments certified…
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New Kent leaders hit pause button on possible mixed-development in Bottoms Bridge area

By Robb Johnson | May 10, 2023 1:02 am

As the growth of New Kent continues to expand, the Bottoms Bridge area in the western portion of the county continues to be one of the more attractive areas for suitors to construct homes and businesses. One such entity’s request for an ordinance to create a mixed-used development has county leaders contemplating on what to do. Bridgewater Crossing Inc. Liberty Landing’s presented a plan to develop 118 acres of land into a mixed-used development as part of a public hearing for an ordinance that will create the Liberty Landing Planned Unit Development. Representative Jefferey Geiger addressed board members on the…
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New Kent man receives two-and-a-half year prison sentence for strangling ex-lover

By Andre Jones | May 8, 2023 11:44 pm

A New Kent man who strangled an ex-lover will spend the next two-and-a-half years in prison. Andrew Gordon Luck, 44, of the 5500 block of Ridgewood Road, received formal sentencing on a single count of strangulation during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. During a Feb. 27 contest trial, evidence presented throughout the case showed that New Kent Sheriff’s Office Deputy Schyler Sibley responded to a call for service on Aug. 19, 2022. Upon arriving at the location, he found a victim who was visually distressed and upset. He also found discoloration around the victim’s neck. After determining…
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Fredericksburg man charged with DUI manslaughter in Charles City County

By Andre Jones | May 2, 2023 10:15 pm

A Fredericksburg man whose alleged negligent driving caused the death of a woman has been indicted by a Charles City grand jury. Jules Jamar Stewart, 30, of the 4200 block of Normandy Court, was formally indicted on a single count of DUI manslaughter. According to the indictment, on Aug. 23, 2022, Stewart was operating a vehicle while he was intoxicated. While driving, he caused the death of Abbigail Breeding. In other indictments certified by the grand jury: –Gary Lee Wade, 55, of the 12900 block of Wilcox Neck Road, Charles City, on two counts each of malicious wounding and use…
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New Kent School Board adopts $46 million budget for FY2023-24 cycle

By Andre Jones | May 2, 2023 12:25 pm

New Kent’s School Board unanimously adopted a $46,075,167 budget for FY2023-24 as part of Monday evening’s regular board meeting. Of the proposed amount, approximately $42,914,660 will be designated for the general funds. The school nutrition fund will account for $1,734,336, the school grant fund is pegged at $1,159,478, and the school textbook fund rings in at $266,693. The budget process for adoption for New Kent County Public Schools continues to be a puzzle, as the rapid growth of the county has shifted to more needs of the school system. Originally, the school had requested $47,375,167 in their budget. And while…
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