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Remembering Jeff Malecha

Back in the spring of 2005 when I interviewed Jeff and Julie Malecha for an article that ran in the Getaway Magazine, I recognized the determination in Jeff Malecha’s eyes as he spoke of his vision for the old Esso Gas Station.

The newly opened Espresso Station was just the beginning of his dream. He was employed by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and had plans of retiring in about five years. He was still working there at the time of his death. But he was getting ever closer to that day when he would reap all that he had sown

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UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion - more pictures

 

To the People of Colonial Beach: Please come join the town for a candle light vigil Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. near St. Mary's Episcopal Church to join with Julie and her family in this time of terrible sadness. 

Photos taken on Saturday show the excavation work in progress. (click on image for larger view)

Photos taken Wednesday morning, March 24, show the underground storage tank and its proximity to the building

A second underground storage tank was removed on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently there are additional tanks in the ground. One can be seen in the dirt, above the water that has begun to fill the hole.

UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion

 

To the People of Colonial Beach: Please come join the town for a candle light vigil Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. near St. Mary's Episcopal Church to join with Julie and her family in this time of terrible sadness.

Jeff Malecha died from severe chest and head injuries after an explosion outside his coffee shop, according to Police Chief Christopher Hawkins.

Around 2 p.m. a call came in to emergency personnel in Colonial Beach that an explosion had occurred at the Espresso Station Coffee Shop on Washington Avenue in Colonial Beach.  
Malecha and a friend were in the process of removing old gas tanks from the ground in front of the coffee shop. It was reported that the tanks had been drained earlier in the day, but when one of the huge tanks was cut away there was an explosion. Malecha was reportedly in the hole and was thrown roughly 90 feet across the street and into a field in the explosion.  

Read more: UPDATE: Shop owner killed in explosion

Worrell arraigned this morning

Charged with 13 counts of embezzlement

Barbara Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting superintendent (Aug. 2, 2008, through May 27, 2009), was arraigned in General District Court of Westmoreland County yesterday morning, Tuesday, March 16. Worrell was arraigned on 13 felony counts of embezzlement.

Judge Gordon A. Wilkins presided over the court.  Nine arraignments were held, with three of those defendants transported to the courthouse from Northern Neck Regional Jail.  Because Worrell had been denied bond after her arrest on Monday evening, sheriff’s deputies led her into the courtroom.  Worrell wore a jail-issued black and white jumpsuit with a bright orange oversized issued jacket and ankle shackles.  She appeared visibly shaken.  Upon her entry into the courtroom, family members in attendance quietly sobbed.

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Barbara Worrell arrested on 13 felony counts

Former Colonial Beach schools Chief Financial Officer charged with misappropriating funds

Barbara  M. Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting superintendent (Aug. 2, 2008, through May 27, 2009), was arrested in Westmoreland County Monday evening, March 15, at approximately 6:30 p.m.  She was charged with 13 felony counts of misappropriation of funds.  Bail has been denied and she is scheduled to be arraigned in Westmoreland County Circuit Court this morning.

Her arrest stems from an ongoing investigation originally initiated by Tim Trivett, current chairman of the School Board after accounting irregularities came to light during an audit of town finances performed by Nancy Miller, a Fredericksburg accountant. The audit showed “significant deficiencies” primarily found in school financial records. Worrell was placed on administrative leave in May 2009 after the Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced a second investigation of school finances by the Virginia State Police.

Read more: Barbara Worrell arrested on 13 felony counts

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