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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 19, 2022

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Charles City leaders deny text amendment to allow small-scaled solar farms into county

By Andre Jones | July 26, 2022 10:22 pm

A proposal to text amendments in Charles City County’s code that would have allowed smaller scale solar farms into the county has been denied by county leaders. Charles City supervisors unanimously voted to deny the text amendment at the request of Borrego Solar during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. Borrego Solar representative Jessie Robinson approached county leaders about the proposal at the June regular meeting. Following up at Tuesday night’s meeting on the issue, she commented that while the county had a definition for large solar farms facility (identified as utility scale) that accommodates five megawatts and more than 40…
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Pilger appointed principal of Quinton Elementary School

By Robb Johnson | July 19, 2022 12:09 pm

Christine Pilger has been named as the principal of the new Quinton Elementary School opening this school year in New Kent County. Pilger was introduced at Monday night’s school board work session as the hire to run the building and its operations. She has 12 years of experience in the leadership position, with her recent stint in the field of education working in Newport News Public Schools. New Kent Superintendent of Schools Brian Nichols provided an update of the construction and progress of Quinton Elementary School. He expects the school to be on time, with the latest information received including…
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Richmond man who allegedly stole firefighting equipment among those indicted by New Kent grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 19, 2022 10:27 am

A Richmond man who allegedly stole firefighting equipment and fled from the police has been indicted by a New Kent grand jury. Fernando Eugene Temple III, of the 1300 block of N. 26th Street, was indicted three counts of grand larceny, two counts of credit card larceny, one count each of felony eluding and felony destruction of a property (monument), and seven counts of misdemeanor petty larceny. The indictment alleges that Temple stole a motor vehicle, a trailer, and firefighting equipment and led authorities on a chase on Oct. 3, 2021, in New Kent County. In other indictments certified by…
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New Kent enters sales agreement to purchase Makemie Woods for $1 million

By Robb Johnson | July 12, 2022 6:58 pm

An area of land located in the Barhamsville section of New Kent County that had been the center of much debate for its use may now be in the hand of the county itself. New Kent supervisors unanimously approved to enter into a sales agreement for the purchase of Makemie Woods in the amount of $1 million during Monday evening’s regular board meeting. Beginning in 2012, there were concerns on how the area that has hosted several camps and retreats would be used after facing financial difficulties. In the past year, interest in Makemie Woods garnered attention from Travis Hall…
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West Point woman enters guilty plea to disorderly conduct in New Kent

By Andre Jones | July 11, 2022 9:06 pm

A West Point woman will spend no active time incarcerated after pleading guilty to an amended charge as part of Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Janet Simmons Deal, 50, of the 900 block of Thompson Avenue, entered a guilty plea to one count of disorderly conduct (originally possession of a weapon by a felon) stemming from a Feb. 23 incident. In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth Attorney Scott Renick, Deal exited a residence she was visiting on the aforementioned date chasing a person with a stun gun. She did not fire the weapon…
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Colonial Heights man indicted on forgery charges by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | July 5, 2022 12:17 pm

A Colonial Heights man who allegedly identified himself falsely has been indicted on five charges in Charles City County. Rodney Dean Bowman Jr., 28, of the 300 block of Moorman Avenue, was handed up indictments on two counts of forgery of a public record, misdemeanor possession of a fake identification card, misdemeanor false identification to a police officer, and misdemeanor receiving stolen goods during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. The indictment alleged that on Mar. 30, officers responded to a call for service near Tiny Little Children Daycare on Church Lane. When officers arrived, they noticed a…
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Autozone’s groundbreaking marks first step for New Kent’s ‘City Center’

By Robb Johnson | July 1, 2022 9:29 am

Growth coming to New Kent County isn’t just its population; it’s businesses as well. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 30 at the new location of AutoZone’s Distribution Center with several dignitaries on hand. News of the facility was announced by Gov. Glenn Youngkin during a Feb. 18 press conference. Located on Emmaus Church Road (Route 106) between the current Pilot and the eastbound ramp to Interstate 64, the $185.2 million project will occupy 800,000 square feet and create 352 new jobs. Most information about the distribution center was kept private until the governor’s announcement, which was confirmed by…
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Providence Forge man to spend up to 18 months in jail on assault, destruction of property convictions

By Andre Jones | June 27, 2022 3:57 pm

A Providence Forge man will spend up to 18 months in jail after agreeing to terms of a plea deal during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Alan James Jennings, 50, of the 6300 block of Mihalcoe Lane, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of misdemeanor destruction of property (originally strangulation), a second amended charge of misdemeanor destruction of property (originally misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member), and one count of misdemeanor assault and batter of a family member. In a summary of evidence by New Kent Commonwealth Attorney Scott Renick, on Dec. 5, 2021,…
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King & Queen man receives no active time for trespassing on River’s Rest in Charles City

By Andre Jones | June 24, 2022 7:36 pm

A King & Queen man will spend no active time incarcerated after accepting a plea deal Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. Nathan Eugene Mercer, 40, of the 400 block of Bunker Hill Road, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of trespassing (originally burglary), a second charge of misdemeanor trespassing, and misdemeanor assault and battery. One charge of possession of a weapon (not a firearm) by a convicted felon was dropped. In a summary of evidence presented by Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tyler Klink, on Feb. 18, Mercer went to the River’s Rest Marina in the eastern part of…
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Virginia State Trooper arrested for DUI in New Kent County

By Community Member | June 24, 2022 7:35 pm

A Virginia State Trooper has been arrested for driving under the influence in New Kent County. Benjamin Nicholas Canning, 33, of Sandston, was arrested on June 23 on one charge each of misdemeanor DUI, reckless driving by speed, and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test. According to the press release, the incident took place on Interstate 64 westbound near mile marker 216. No additional information is being released at this time as the ongoing investigation is being conducted jointly by New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.

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