Archives for July 2016

Dinwiddie County jury convicts man in cop killing

A man has been convicted of capital murder in the 2013 shooting of a Virginia state trooper. Thirty-one-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield County was convicted Thursday in the death of Master Trooper Junius A. Walker.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( that the Dinwiddie County jury will return to court Friday to begin the sentencing phase. Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill says she will seek the death penalty.
Brown was charged with shooting Walker, a 35-year veteran of the state police, in March 2013, when the trooper stopped at Brown’s car on the shoulder of Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie to see if he needed help.

Blackstone Town Manager suspended

Blackstone Town Manager Philip Vanoorbeeck has been suspended without pay as he faces assault and battery counts. Police say Vanoorbeeck began the suspension on Monday and will return to work August 8th. Also, a motion from City Council President Barbara Thompson calls for him to undergo anger management. A local painter claims that she put in a bid to paint the Treasurer’s side of the municipal building and that when she did, Vanoorbeeck threatened her, called her a derogatory name and cursed at her.

Surplus auction Wednesday in Colonial Heights

The City of Colonial Heights will hold an auction of surplus items from City and School facilities on July 27, 2016. Surplus items include vehicles, office furniture and equipment, and computers. Please note that all items can be viewed one hour prior to the auction. Payment to auctioneer is by cash or check only. All items need to be paid for today. The General Auction starts at 9:00 am at the Colonial Heights School Facility Maintenance Building,
2600 Woodlawn Avenue. The Vehicle Auction starts at 1:00 pm and will be held at the City of Colonial Heights Fleet Maintenance Building, 501 Lake Avenue.

New top cop in Farmville

There’s a new top cop in Farmville. A.Q. “Andy” Ellington has been named acting police chief. He’ll take on the job officially as of July 28th. He’s taking the place on an interim basis for now for current chief Curtis Davis whose last day on the job is July 30th. Davis telling the Farmville Herald he had a job opportunity surface from outside law enforcement, which was a better fit for him and his family. He had just begun the job as chief last March.

Man busted for DUI outside London

A DUI bust Monday night on White Oak Road about seven miles outside London. Police say they pulled over 35 year old John Spencer of Buckhorn and determined that he was driving under the influence . He was taken into custody and sent to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Verizon tower okayed for Dundas

In Lunenburg County, the Board of Supervisors along with the county planning commission have both approved a request by Verizon Wireless to construct a 295-foot-tall communications tower in Dundas. The Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch reports back in January supervisors withdrew the conditional use permit for the project after the county received notice from Verizon that the company was not moving forward on constructing the tower at the time. Verizon asked for extensions for the Mill Pond Road tower in Dundas and the proposed 310-foot tower on Rocky Mill Road in Victoria. The tower will be located at 1315 Mill Pond Road.

Ex fire captain pleads in case involving underage relative

A former captain in the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department has pleaded guilty to spying on and filming an underrage relative. 37 year old James Boettcher pleaded guilty in Prince Edward Circuit Court to two felony counts of film non-consented nude. He was not prosecuted on a misdemeanor charge of peeping into a dwelling through a peephole. Boettcher received an active sentence of 11 months in jail.The Farmville Herald reports Boettcher was indicted in April on the three charges and the allegations involve a young family member.

Meeting on possible jail authority set for Monday

There may be an authority formed down the road to run the Piedmont Regional Jail. At the very least they’ll be talking about it at a Monday meeting. The six counties that are members of and run the lockup are scheduling a work session to talk about establishing one. The meeting happens at 7 Monday night at the Fort Pickett Officer’s Club, which is located at 3951 Military Road, Pickett Park in Blackstone. Officilals say no votes are being taken at this meeting.

Judge: No delay in trial for man accused of police shooting in Dinwiddie County

A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a Virginia State Police trooper cannot have his capital murder trial delayed because of the Dallas shooting in which five officers died last week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Dinwiddie Judge Paul Cella on Monday denied the defense’s request to postpone the trial of 31-year-old Russell E. Brown III. Jury selection for the trial began after Cella’s decision.
The defense had argued that widespread news coverage of the killings in Dallas has “(influenced) the environment” of the trial. Cella says the shooting is irrelevant to Brown’s trial. Brown faces six felony counts, including capital murder. He is charged with fatally shooting 63-year-old Trooper Junius A. Walker in the officer’s police cruiser on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County on March 7, 2013.

Girl found safe after leaving with man she met online

Nottoway County authorities say a missing 13 year old who had been chatting online with a 35 year old man has been found safe. Police say the girl ran away from home with the stranger she met on the KIK messenger service. The girl was reported missing early Monday morning from her mother’s home on the 3 thousxand block of Dutchtown Road in Burkeville. The man involved lives in Charlotte County and had picked the girl up around midnight. The girl turned up at her fathers residence in charlotte county at about 830 Monday night after leaving the man’s home voluntairly. That man is now under investigation in connection with the incident.