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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...

Alta Vista poor host to CB during Regional tournament

Alta Vista poor host to CB during Regional tournament

Colonial Beach School Board member Wayne Kennedy aired his disapproval of Alta Vista’s hosting pract...

 

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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

Read more: Remembering Jeff Malecha

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.

Read more: Worrell arraigned this morning

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

Colonial Beach student accepted into world leadership forum

 

Sydney Scherer, a student at Colonial Beach Elementary School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Scherer will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., March 8–13, 2010, to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.
From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian lnstitution, and from historic Gettysburg to the National Museum of American History, Scherer will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.
Scherer was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement, and leadership potential.
The program is coordinated by People to People Leadership Programs to fulfill thevision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People lnternational during his presidency in 1956. For additional information please visit www.peopletopeople.com/leadership.

Grease fire temporarily shuts down McDonald’s

Jan. 31 at around 2 p.m. the Colonial Beach McDonald’s restaurant reported a grease fire in the fry station.

According to employees, the grease in one of the deep fryers had caught on fire. Workers tried to extinguish it with fire extinguishers, but the fire spread to underneath and to the wall behind the deep fryers.

Engine Co. 1, (Colonial Beach) and Engine Co. 4 responded as well as Rescue Station 1. Engine 15 and Wagon 4 also responded with crews.

Colonial Beach’s fire chief took command and notified that the smoke was showing and all occupants were evacuated from the restaurant. Crews from Truck 1 and Engine 15 went in with a hand line and extinguishers and quickly knocked down the fire. Crews from Wagon 4 checked the roof and interior for any extension and adequate ventilation. Smoke was removed from the structure and all units were placed in service. The fire department thanks all units for a quick response and help on scene and thanks NDW Truck 28 for mutual aid.

— Linda Farneth

CB police accept guns through turn-in program

 When you have trash you want to get rid of you take it to the dump. When you have old clothes, you take them to a thrift store or charity. If you have old dishes and household goods you take them to a consignment shop or Goodwill.
What do you do with an old gun? Well, if you live in Colonial Beach you take it to the police department.
Sometimes people end up with a gun in the house either through a death in the family or other circumstances.
Sometimes the gun is unwanted or there are children in the home, which can become a scary combination.
If you have an unwanted gun in your home, the Colonial Beach police want you to know you can bring it to them no questions asked — provided that you follow a few conditions.
If you wish to bring the weapon in to the police station, you must ensure that it is unloaded and keep it in the trunk of your car. Phone police to let them know you are bringing it and keep it locked in your trunk. When you arrive at the police station, an officer will accompany you to your car to retrieve the weapon.
If you wish to have police pick up the weapon, call to set an appointment. Have the gun unloaded and make sure you are not holding the gun when officials arrive.
By disposing of an unwanted weapon in this manner you avoid the risk of it getting into the wrong hands and, if you are caught with a weapon illegally, other than when surrendering it to the police in this manner, you will be charged.
The police department appreciates your support in their efforts to keep our community safe.
Colonial Beach Police Department is now on Facebook. Constructed with the help of Shane Buzby and Shelly Butler, the department’s Facebook page will keep you updated on crime and other issues within the town.

— Linda Farneth

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