- Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2010 00:22
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Superintendent Dr Power and Vice Principal, Mr. Wright welcome Elementary Students back after fire officials give the all clear to return to school following a brief evacuation when the smell of gas was detected coming from the gymnasium.
New preschoolers at Colonial Beach Elementary School got a lesson in fire safety on their first day of school.
On Monday Jan. 4 10 students attended the new preschool program in Colonial Beach. By 10:30 a.m. the preschoolers were getting their first lesson in fire drills; but this one was not a drill. At around 10:30 a.m. school officials smelled gas in the gymnasium and in the attached building.
The school evacuated students located in the building attached to the gymnasium. Buses took children to the rescue squad building to wait for the all clear.
The Colonial Beach Fire Department responded and thoroughly checked the gym and the gas was shut off. It is unclear if gas was detected by meters.
The rest of the building is heated by a different heat source so children were allowed to return to class after a few hours.
Principal Newman was out sick, Assistant Principal Mr. Wright took charge of the evacuation and called School Superintendant Dr. Power who was at the school before the fire department arrived.
The preschool students were very excited about their first day and Wright said his students were really excited to be back as well.
- Last Updated on Sunday, 03 January 2010 15:42
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In the early morning of Dec. 31 the Tri-County Task Force comprised of the Colonial Beach Police Department, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office, King George Sheriff’s office, Caroline County Sheriff’s office, State Police, NCIS and FBI arrested Allen Powell, 59 of Lafayette Street in Colonial Beach.
Powell is charged with Distribution of Cocaine and Conspiracy to distribute Cocaine.
Powell also owns a residence in Monroe Bay Circle. He is allegedly a major distributor of drugs in Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County, according to Colonial Beach Police Chief Christopher Hawkins
Powell appeared before the Magistrate and is now being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 05:00
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Seagulls wait out the weather in Colonial Beach. Though the National Weather Service didn’t have any data about how much snow fell in Westmoreland County, its unofficial reports show the Fredericksburg area had 15 inches and Warsaw had 10 inches. The Christmas Eve forecast calls for a wintry mix of precipitation and freezing rain is expected Christmas Day.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2009 19:47
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Lossing Ave. like all the other main roads on the Point in Colonial Beach is hard to navigate when two cars traveling in opposite directions meet.
Route 205 in Colonial Beach has been kept pretty clear since Friday evening, however the intersection of Rt. 205 and Colonial Ave has kept a good layer of slush which will most likely turn to ice as the sun sets. Caution should be used at this and all intersections around the beach.
The main streets on the point - Irving, Lossing, Bancroft, Marshall and Monroe Bay Ave. - have been plowed to one lane but remain with at least three inches of packed snow and slush mix which will most likely turn to ice this evening. Streets running across the point from east to west are not plowed. Use extreme caution traveling on the River side of Irving Ave. as conditions are very icy on that side. Avoid Irving and Monroe Bay Ave. whenever possible till the snow stops and these roads are clear.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 14:56
- Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 05:00
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Last year Peggy and David Miner were recipients of the Colonial Beach Eagles Christmas food baskets. Times were difficult then. But, fortunately, their situation changed for the better. This year, the Miners wanted to show how grateful they are.
Peggy called it their “giving back,” and so they did. Last Friday the Miners’ sons made a donation of $200 — $100 of that the boys earned through chores and good grades. Peggy and David matched it to come up with a generous donation for this year’s Eagles food basket distribution. Their “giving back” effort compliments the Eagles’ slogan of “people helping people.”
Ladies Auxiliary President Teresa King (left) looks on as the boys, Dylan, 5; Dustin, 9; Daniel, 11; and Damon, 12, offer their donation. Back row: Aerie Secretary Tommy Edwards, Peggy and David Miner and Joel Garlaneau, president of the Colonial Beach Eagles.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2009 19:56
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Colonial Beach High School students gather outside the Post Office last Wednesday, loaded up with boxes to mail overseas. The students, headed by the Student Council Association and Tricia Runyan and Gail Tinsley (sponsors), began collecting Items to support our troops abroad. Through AdoptaPlatoon, the students were matched with a platoon deployed to Iraq from Ft. Lee, Va. There are 15 men and 10 women in the platoon. Collections concluded on Dec. 1, and the group was able to prepare 40 boxes of goodies, necessities, and entertainment to ship for the holidays. Shipping costs — $12 per box — have been covered by school board officials, administrators, faculty, staff and students. A special thank you goes out to the Colonial Beach Education Foundation, for contributing to the shipping of the packages.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 18:42
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In the early morning hours of Nov. 19 The Tri-County task force executed search warrants and rounded up nine people suspected of various crimes related to drug activity.
But the same day, around 6 p.m., Captain Bill Seay of the Colonial Beach Police Department was hosting a tour of the station for 10 Girl Scout Daisies.
Captain Seay explained to the group of 5 to 7 year olds that the police are not necessarily always going out here and locking up the bad guys, but that they are community oriented.
“We enjoy this opportunity to interact with you where you come in to learn more about the police department,” Seay told the girls.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 17:29
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What started as an early morning raid executing search warrants and rounding up suspected drug dealers on Thursday morning continued through the weekend.
Preston D. Gray, 26, of Colonial Beach was arrested last Saturday in Culpepper on charges related to drug trafficking.
His seizure was not as eventful as the early morning raid of Thursday, Nov. 19 at around 5 a.m., when the Tri-County Task Force comprised of the Virginia State Police, Colonial Beach Police, Westmoreland Sheriffs Department, King George Sheriffs Office, Caroline County Sheriffs Office and NCIS (Navel Criminal Investigative Services) along with the FBI made a significant step forward in ridding the community of drug activities.
Derrick Donnell Jones, Steven Bernard Dudley, Donald Wayne Turner, Marshal C. Wilson, Davon Gaston Himes and Bonnie Henry Smith of Colonial Beach were all arrested and charged with various crimes related to drug activity and trafficking. Arlene Malave of Hague and Aaron Early Holtzolclaw of King George were also arrested for drug charges. Candice Nicole Mills of Colonial Beach was arrested under charges related to child abuse and neglect for allowing drug dealing to occur in the presence of minors.
Child Protective Services and Animal Control were called in to assist with any issues concerning minors or animals that may come up. Rescue personnel were put on standby minutes before the round up, but were given the all-clear shortly after.
The bust took place in at least 12 different locations simultaneously and more than 40 personnel comprised of swat teams and officers converged on locations throughout Westmoreland County, including Colonial Beach, and one location in King George County.
How it all begins
Citizen complaints or tips from someone arrested put police on notice to possible drug activity. If a pattern is confirmed, then an investigation is started. Investigations like the one that lead up to this week’s round up can take at least six months of preliminary work before a raid can be conducted.
“There are just so many aspects that go into investigating,” Westmoreland County Sherriff C. O. Balderson said. “Officers from the task force are all over the place but 95 percent comes from individuals calling us, which we want because that’s the heart and soul of our department. We don’t have personnel on every corner to see the activity. Intelligence gathering from the community letting us know what they see starts the investigating.”
Balderson added: “It takes a lot of foot work, man hours and a lot of intelligence gathering to make it go smoothly.”
Colonial Beach Police Chief Christopher Hawkins said, “People will mistakenly think that because they see activity of people coming and going in patterns that we see it or that we should see it.”
Hawkins explained that undercover officers can’t be on every corner all the time, but once a citizen reports the activity then officers can be alerted to the situation and start watching and investigating.
Hawkins said it is frustrating not being able to keep the public informed when a member of the community calls with a complaint of possible drug activity, then three weeks later they call back and want to know why nothing has been done.
“It’s great that they call back because a lot of times we get another piece of the puzzle, but at the same time we can’t divulge information about the investigation,” Hawkins said.
Sometimes the activity is under investigation and sometimes the people are already in custody, yet the police can’t give out information until the “round up” is complete.
“In a lot of situations we can’t tell a citizen that we’re doing something about it, we have to wait and that’s the hardest thing to do because we want to make that citizen happy right then because we know they are upset,” Hawkins said.
Balderson explained that the task force has to have enough evidence to avoid making an arrest that would later result in no charges filed and put a dealer back out on the street.
“It wouldn’t do us any good if we rushed into something, then we couldn’t prove it in court or we have it thrown out,” Balderson said. “We have been very fortunate that all previous arrests have resulted in either a guilty plea or conviction.