Farmville Police Handle Two Shots Fired Calls

Farmville Police responded to two separate calls for service last night for
shots fired.
The first call was reported at 10:25 p.m., September 18, 2019, of shots fired in the 600 block
of Franklin Street. When officers arrived on scene, a group of about 10 females were
observed fighting in the street. Once separated, officers identified a suspect, Shaqon M.
Walton, age 26, of Farmville. Walton admitted to officers that he fired three shots into the
air. Walton was arrested and charged with Reckless Handling of a Firearm. Walton was
taken before a magistrate and was released on a $2500 unsecured bond. No injuries were
The second call was received this morning, September 19, 2019, at 1:51 a.m. The caller
reported hearing shots fired in the rear parking lot of the Landings, located on South Street.
Officers responding to the scene observed two male subjects walking at a fast pace coming
from the Landings on South Street, walking towards Putney Street. One of the individuals
was identified as Terrance T. Beasley Jr. age 18, of Pamplin. Beasley advised the officer
that he was possessing a firearm, and it was concealed on his hip. Beasley also confessed
to officers that he had accidently discharged the firearm behind the Landings while
attempting to unload it. Beasley was arrested and charged with illegally concealing a
firearm, and Reckless Handling of a firearm. Beasley was taken before a magistrate and
was released on a $3000 unsecured bond.

Celebrate Safe Communities October 1st

Celebrate Safe Communities is happening October 1st in Colonial Heights. The event brings together law enforcement, local government, faith leaders and more to talk about concerns in a neighborhood in a cordial manner. There will be community events like block parties, ice cream socials throughout the community. Celebrate Safet Communities will happen between 5:30pm and 8pm. You can find out more by contact officer Scott Whirley, 804-520-9318 or go to

Police Look In To Shots Fired Report In Farmville

Shots fired in Farmville. On September 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm Farmville Police responded to a
shots fired call at the intersection of South Virginia and Putney Streets. Upon further
investigation, police discovered that a residence had been struck by several bullets.
Witnesses described a two or four door grey Honda with several passengers, leaving
the scene and traveling south on Virginia Street. No injuries were reported at this time.
The case remains under investigation.
Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this crime is urged to call Detective
Sergeant David Ragland with the Farmville Police Department at 434-392-9259.

Trial To Start For Man In Deadly Crash

Thursday is the start date for trial for a Dinwiddie County charged in connection with a deadly crash that claimed the life of a local teenager. 55-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Road of Church Road, Va. is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated following a crash that killed a Prince George County High School student and left several others seriously injured. During the weekend of March 9, a 2003 pickup truck driven by Rose was traveling westbound in the 15000 block of James River Drive when he ran off the road to the right. He then overcorrected and his car ran head on into one driven by Trevor Aldridge, a student at Prince George High School, who died at the scene. Two other passengers inside the sedan and Rose were all transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with serious injuries.

Reminder To Area Residents During SepticSmart Week In VA

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is joining with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) in recognizing September 16-20, 2019 as SepticSmart Week throughout Virginia. SepticSmart
Week is an annual outreach initiative to remind homeowners and communities on the importance of
maintaining their onsite sewage disposal systems (septic systems). VDH estimates there are one
million homes served by onsite sewage systems in Virginia. In the Piedmont Health District which
contains Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward
Counties, the majority of homes are on septic systems.
Failure to maintain and service a home's septic system can lead to system back-ups and overflows;
which can result in costly repairs, polluted local waterways and risks to public health and the

Spates Retires As Farmville Town Manager

The Town Manager in Farmville has suddenly retired. Town Council held a meeting this week at which they unanimously approved a retirement request from Gerald Spates. He submitted a a retirement letter Monday. Spates has been with the town for 44 years and has been Town Manager for 41 of those years. Scott Davis has been appointed Interim Town Manager. The process for choosing the next town will be discussed in the near future.

VDOT Looks To Reconfigure Crash-Prone Intersection

VDOT is looking at ways to reconfigure a busy intersection along US Route 460 that’s been the scene of a number of accidents, including a fatal crash earlier this year that claimed the life of Dinwiddie teen Dakota Reid. Reid was a passenger in a car that was ht as it tried to cross New Cox Road when it was struck by a sedan. The new configuration is an effort to prevent accidents like that one. VDOT says the way the pattern is now, there are 32 conflict points where traffic paths interact in that vicinity.

Hydrant Flushing In Colonial Heights

The Utility Division of the City of Colonial Heights Department of Public Works will be testing and flushing FIRE HYDRANTS throughout the City starting September 3rd, and continuing through November 8, 2019.

The City will be divided into four sections. The first dates are SOUTHEAST SECTION: September 3, through September 17, east of I-95, from ELLERSLIE/YACHT BASIN, SOUTH, TO E. ROSLYN RD. Including Newcastle and Old Town Subdivisions.

Chesterfield bank robber on the run

Chesterfield police are looking for a bank robber. A bank teller at Wells Fargo on Hopkins Road initially refused the suspects demands on a written note, but then the man attacked a customer and the teller handed over the cash. The robber took off in a truck that was found abandoned nearby. The customer was treated for minor injuries.

Hermitage High School football coach accused of embezzlement

Hermitage High School head football coach, David Bedwell is accused of embezzling from his former school, L.C. Bird High School. Bedwell used school purchase orders to buy five-thousand-dollars’ worth of equipment and other items. He took the equipment with him when he was named head coach at Hermitage earlier this year. Bedwell is on administrative leave.