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CB school board OKs $1.8M insurance deal

The Colonial Beach School Board has voted to accept an insurance settlement offer of $1.8 million to...

Colonial Beach Important Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the relocation of

The Town Manager’s Office, Town Clerk’s Office and Treas...

Gym home  to 102 years of memories

Gym home to 102 years of memories

Today, the facility sits silently behind fences and yellow tape.

It’s a far cry from the raucous sce...

Yellow Ribbon Fund soldiers to be honored in CB

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injur...

CB rescue squad will stay open

CB rescue squad will stay open

The Colonial Beach Rescue Squad will be allowed to remain in its home despite safety concerns expres...

Rasing the flag

Rasing the flag

Eagle Scout project brings new pole to CB High School

For more than a year, Joseph Baker helped rai...

 

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Fatal stabbing at Beach Gate Inn in Colonial Beach

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 William H. Baker has been charged with murder.

Thompson's son holds her photo.

As  Elizabeth D. Thompson struggled with her attacker in the early morning hours of Oct. 3, she made a desperate call to  911. According to Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson, “Westmoreland dispatch received a 911 cell phone call, at 1:13 a.m. on October 3, 2012 from the victim herself saying she was being stabbed and it was in progress.”

Immediately, Westmoreland dispatched deputies, Eric Molinares and  Charles Bowles.

According to a press release by Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. On Oct. 3 at approximately 1 a.m. while on patrol in the 800 block of Colonial Avenue, Sgt. M.A Russo observed activity in the parking lot of The Beach Gate Motel.

As Russo entered the parking lot to investigate the activity he was approached by several subjects reporting that a woman had been stabbed.
The victim lay on the ground in the parking lot in a pool of blood about 30 feet from her hotel room.

Read more: Fatal stabbing at Beach Gate Inn in Colonial Beach

School is in session for 2012-13

 

Colonial Beach schools kicked off the new school year with a triple open house last week. 

The new elementary school principal, Mary Fisher, said she was looking forward to the her first year here at Colonial Beach. 

A former Colonial Beach student from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé. 

Read more: School is in session for 2012-13

Move Over Dumbo

Diane Christopher is shown here with her spectacular “Elephant-Ear” (Colocasia) plants in front of her home on Bancroft Ave. in Colonial Beach. She planted the bulbs originally in the spring 2011. That first year they didn’t grow to be this large. Each winter the foliage is supposed to be cut back and the bulbs dug up and brought inside for the winter, however Christopher decided to simply cover the bulbs with a heavy layer of mulch and try her luck.  As you can see, when spring came around the plants grew even larger than expected. People walking and driving by their home frequently stop by to comment on the size and beauty of the plants. To give you some perspective on just how large these plants are, Diane Christopher is 5’2” tall. We can’t wait to see how big these plants get next year! 

Robinson arrested

Michael Robinson, 50, of Colonial Beach was arrested Wednesday morning at home without incident and charged with 3 counts of petty larceny and 3 counts of embezzlement. 

The Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office was notified by Robinson's employer at the 7-Eleven in Colonial Beach that one of its employees might be stealing money, according to Sheriff C. O. Balderson. 

Detective William Lewko and Lieutenant Anthony Darby were dispatched toto the scene. After a brief investigation Robinson was taken into custody and released on his own recognizance. 

The alleged occurrences were reported to have happened between July 22 and 3, 2012. Robinson will have his first court appearance in Westmoreland General District Court on Aug. 28.

The incident is still under investigation and further charges are pending. 

Foreclosure sale set for Riverboat property

A legal notice appeared in the Free Lance-Star on Monday August 20, set to run for four consecutive weeks noting a foreclosure on property at 301 Beach Terrace in Colonial Beach. This address is the property on the Virginia site of the Riverboat. The deed of trust is in the name of Flanagan’s of Colonial Beach. The sale is to take place on Sept. 13, at 10:45 a.m. on the site of the property.
Bidders are required to have a $50,000 deposit or 10% of the sales price at the time of the foreclosure. Immediately after this sale, which is essentially the land and parking lot at the Riverboat, another foreclosure will take place involving the real property located in the state of Maryland, which is the Riverboat building.

Read more: Foreclosure sale set for Riverboat property

Stephen Kennedy, write-in candidate for mayor

 

Former council member Stephen Kennedy knows it will not be easy to win on write in votes, but he feels the town needs leadership. Something he feels the council has not had for the last four years. 

“I think we have become a town that is top heavy in management. If elected Mayor I’m going to make a concerted effort to look at every job in the town from the top to the bottom. Are we doing it best, are the people in those positions the best suited, and are they protecting the town’s assets the way they should?”

Read more: Stephen Kennedy, write-in candidate for mayor

Rescue Squad accident sends three crew members to hospital.

A single-vehicle accident involving a Rescue Squad may have been due to driver error.
At around 9 p.m. Sunday, August 19 a Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, while returning from a transport to the hospital, skidded off the eastbound lane of Route 3 coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Three volunteer members of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad were in the ambulance and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
No patients were involved in the accident. Two crew members were transported and admitted to MaryWashington Hospital with some broken bones according to a press release from Rescue Chief, Wesley Melson. The third crew member, and driver of the vehicle was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for observation and released early Monday morning.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. State police reported the driver overcompensated when the vehicle ran off the shoulder.
Chief Melson reported in his press release that the vehicle was traveling at normal speed in non-emergency mode and had no mechanical faults.
All crew members are expected to fully recover. More details will be forthcoming in the August 22 edition of The Journal.

-Linda Farneth

CBVRS Vehicle Involved in Accident

 

All 3 passengers in single-vehicle incident taken to hospitals and are recovering

Colonial Beach, VA (August 20, 2012) - At approximately 9:05 pm on Sunday, August 19, one of the vehicles (Medic 1-4) from Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad was involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning from taking a patient to Mary Washington Hospital.

Read more: CBVRS Vehicle Involved in Accident

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