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Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

On Thursday March 27 Deputy Antwan Smith had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Beach Pre-Kind...

Fate of CB School looks bleak

Conflicting resolutions, long discussions and short memories seem to be at the heart of the Town of ...

Code Compliance Officer accused of Trespassing

Colonial Beach Town Council spilled the beans about Town employee Theresa Davis’ charge of trespassi...

Two talented women destined to cross paths

Two talented women destined to cross paths

One may call it fate or destiny, but the similarity between two women, Olga Farneth and Velia Jacobo...

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

Colonial Beach School Board Chairman Tim Trivett talked to the town council at the March work sessio...

Legg no stranger to making history

Legg no stranger to making history

Colonial Beach Town Council formally introduced Elizabeth “Libby” Legg as the town’s new permanent C...

 

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Worrell waives her preliminary hearing

Barbara Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting school superintendent, through her attorney, Mark Gardner, waived her right to a preliminary hearing this afternoon, Sept. 22, in General District Court of Westmoreland County.
Worrell stands accused of 13 felony counts of embezzlement of funds from Colonial Beach Public Schools from February 25, 2008, to April 10, 2009.  Worrell was placed on administrative leave in May 2009 after the Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced an inv

estigation of school finances by the Virginia State Police.
The charges stem from an investigation originally initiated by Tim Trivett, current chairman of the School Board, after accounting irregularities came to light during an audit of town finances which showed “significant deficiencies.”
Worrell was arrested in Westmoreland County on March 15, 2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m. by Sergeant James C. Wells of the Colonial Beach Police Department.
By waiving her right to a preliminary hearing, the 13 felony charges against Worrell will be presented before a Grand Jury in Westmoreland County in October.  The Grand Jury, after hearing evidence, will decide if there is enough evidence or probable cause to proceed and will then issue a formal indictment of all charges.  At that time the case will be moved to Circuit Court.
The court set a preliminary date of Dec. 17 for arraignment in Circuit Court and released the witnesses who had been subpoenaed for the preliminary hearing.
Among others, Tim Trivett, School Board Chairman; Janet  Brown, Finance Coordinator for Colonial Beach Schools; and Virginia State Police Special Agent Belinda Glover were present as witnesses.  Worrell remains out on bond.
She wore a black dress and sat with family members and friends who remained at her side.  

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