Archives for April 2016

Police say scam suspect in custody

An arrest has been made in a scam that ripped off local residents to the tune of $20,000. Police say a Dinwiddie County man was approached by a man while shopping in Petersburg and was convinced to withdraw that amount from his bank account with the promise of more money on the other end. Police now say the man they think pulled off that scam, 50 year old Sheldon Stokes of Philadelphia was tracked down recently in Philadelphia. Police say the testimony they got from the victim and witnesses enabled them to develop the evidence they needed to lead them to Stokes as a suspect.

Area college student cuffed in pot and theft ring

An ex student at Hampden Sydney Collge is cuffed in what police are calling a pot dealing and theft ring at the school. Bradford Sprouse, 18, stands accused of six felonies and three misdemaneaors. Police say they found a large amount of marijuana along with prescription drugs and more than 6 thousand dollars in cash in his possession. Also, he had numerous guns and ammunittion. Police had spotted a shotgun on the front seat of an SUV earlier this month while investigating the case and determined it belonged to Sprouse. Police aslo found drug paraphernalia in the vehcile

New Dominion Virginia Power fleet fires up

The newest member of Dominion Virginia Power’s generation fleet, the 1,358 megawatt, environmentally clean Brunswick Power Station began producing electricity for the company’s customers on Monday, April 25, 2016.
The station, located in Brunswick County, uses natural gas and energy efficient technology to produce enough electricity to power 325,000 homes. The station was needed to meet growing demand and to replace electricity from aging coal-fired power stations as Dominion transitions to cleaner energy sources.

Victoria man sentenced for strangling girlfriend

Sentencing late last week for a 22-year-old Victoria man who was convicted of strangling his 30 year old girlfriend in front of her 6 year old child. Authorities say Travis M. Moorefield did so during an argument with the victim. Two weeks after the incident, the victim died from a separate cause. A woman who heard the altercation from her apartment ended up testifying against Moorefield, who eventually pleaded guilty.

Monday meeting set on FASTC construction

A public meeting is set for next Monday on plans for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Cente at Fort Pickett. The session is happening from 6pm to 8:30 that night at the Picket Officers Club. It will be the first in a number of sessions concerning the construction which started earlier this month. When complete, it’s expected to be a $413 million project and will serve as a facility to train between 10 and 12 thousand personnel per year with an average stay of about two weeks. The average daily population of FASTC is projected to be about 500 with those numbers doubling and tripling in busier periods. There is also expected to be a full time staff of 339. Community businesses are projected to benefit from business conducted by both the full time staff and those who come here to train.

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FASTC update session planned

A public meeting is set for next Monay on plans for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Cente at Fort Pickett. The session is happening from 6pm to 8:30 that night at the Picket Officers Club. It will be the first in a number of sessions concerning the construction which started earlier this month. When complete, it’s expected to be a $413 million project and will serve as a facility to train between 10 and 12 thousand personnel per year with an average stay of about two weeks. The average daily population of FASTC is projected to be about 500 with those numbers doubling and tripling in busier periods. There is also expected to be a full time staff of 339. Community businesses are projected to benefit from business conducted by both the full time staff and those who come here to train.

No alcohol at Heart of Virginia Festival

It will be dry at the Heart of Virginia Festival at the Farmville Regional Airport. Farmville Town Council has voted against allowing the sale of beer and wine at the event. Festival organizers reportedly had some interest in serving alcohol. The town’s Assets and Resources Committee, said the Heart of Virginia Festival had expressed an interest in serving alcohol at some of the festival’s events, reports the Farmville Herald, and the committee recommended that the current ban on alcohol sales remain. Also, moving forward, the committee recommended that if an organization wants to sell alcohol at an event on town property, the group would ask permission from the town council.

Kenbridge and Shentel try to come to terms on high tech services

Kenbridge is looking for a sweeter deal potentially from Shentel. That company provides broadband services, high speed internet and phone service to areas of ’Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The company wants a 15 year non exclusive agreement with Kenbridge. Previous deals have simply been rolled over. The Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch reports the agreement calls for Shentel to provide cable to the police station and fire department. Meanwhile, the code has changed to allow localities to receive a 5 percent payment fee. Currently, Kenbridge only receives 3 percent. The town is considering asking for the maximum 5 percent.

Blackstone seeks “sprucing up” funds

$700,000 in state funds will be sought by Blackstone officials so that Phase Two of Downtown Revitalization can commence. Council voted unanimously to see the money. The timing looks to be a factor as Blackstone tries to put on a good face for potential new businesses and residents that will inevitably come to town as part of the $413 million FASTC project at Fort Pickett. That money, if approved, would be coming from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Farmville man faces additional jail time

Another year in jail for a 29-year-old Farmville man who authorities say failed to comply with a good behavior condition attached to a sentence he was given back in 2011. At that time, James Jenkin was convicted for shooting into a dwelling. He was sentenced on the behavior condition recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court. Also, police say Jenkins faces a long stretch in Prince Edward County on a number of counts including distribution of a controlled substance, assault and batter and obstruction of justice. Jenkins had also been ordered to stay out of Lunenburg County under that 2011 sentence.