- Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 23:24
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Loved ones, friends, residents and military organizations gathered to pay tribute to fallen soldiers from our town that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
The first Memorial Day service I attended for a newspaper over 20 years ago, the weather was cold, windy and wet. My thoughts strayed from the speaker to the men and women who fought under much harsher weather conditions in Vietnam, fighting in fox holes and enduring heavy rains flooding in the cold jungles. Today it seemed ironic that our more recent fallen soldiers have been fighting in harsh
- Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 22:39
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The Tri County Task force has served warrants on two more individuals, Dwayne C. West 27 of Colonial Beach and Hayes J. Johnson, 30 of Hague as a part of Operation Impact.
Both individuals were incarcerated at the time and are being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. West and Johnson will come before the Westmoreland Circuit Court on June 1.
West has been charged with two counts of actively participating in a street gang, namely “Pound Property”.
Pound Property has been listed on the State Police Website as a gang for years according to Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:05
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Tri-County Task force makes 21 arrests in Operation Impact
The Tri-County Task Force arrested 21 suspects for various charges of distribution of Schedule I or II controlled substances as a part of Operation Impact.
The first three arrests involved George B. Oliff of Montross, owner and operator of Angelo's Pizza.
Oliff was charged with five counts of distribution of an imitation controlled Schedule I or II substance.
Oliff is a respected businessman in the community of Montross and there is no doubt the charges against him will come as a shock to many residents.
Oliff is a member of Industrial Development Revitalization Committee and was very supportive of the O'Gara Group coming to Westmoreland County.
Along with Oliff, Josh R. Sanford, 31 of Montross was arrested Wednesday morning and is charged with one count of distribution of an imitation controlled Schedule I or II substance.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:54
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Due to our recent census count, Colonial Beach will now be in charge of maintenance, repairs and new road construction for secondary roads in the town starting July 1.
This does not mean that taxes will go up, since quarterly reimbursements will be sought after from VDOT for all roadwork.
For now the town will advertise for bids on roadwork until they decide what repairs can be handled by town staff and if new employees will be brought on for roadwork. All work must be completed to VDOT standards. Yearly inspections by VDOT will determine if funding remains available.
In the case of paving new roads, the road must be first adopted into the highway system by VDOT then will be paved by the town if it is a secondary road.
VDOT will continue to maintain Colonial Ave. and the ‘Y’ at the Beach Gate where it connects to Route 205.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:57
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Paul and Susan Flint have 30 days to appeal the Board of Zoning Appeals decision.
The Flints applied for a variance that would allow them to over-ride the setback rules allowing for the construction of a 10 x 10 foot deck and a 10 x 14 foot gazebo in the rear of their property located at 28 Lincoln Ave.
The board granted the recommendations of the building and zoning staff, which would allow for construction only on an existing concrete slab but Mr. Flint was not happy and said, “That is not as large as the survey we submitted and the plan proposed. I’m not sure that a deck of that size would be practical because it is so small.”
The property in question has an existing slab that measures 92 square feet and is covered with gravel. The couple want
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:55
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Colonial Beach—Explore ways to protect your property from erosion due to storm water damage and beautify your landscape in environmentally friendly ways on Saturday, April 14, 2012, when Northern Neck Master Naturalists present “After the Storm: A Water Shed Event” at the Placid Bay Civic Association building in Colonial Beach (Oak Grove), VA. Admission is free.
When it rains; it drains. Where does that water go? On September 8, 2011, Lee dropped 29 inches of rain on Placid Bay in one day. Houses flooded, roads washed out, and dams failed. “After the Storm” is a response to that destruction and will
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 23:57
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The announcement of the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy for auxiliary police officers has sparked Colonial Beach Police Department to reserve two places in anticipation that the council will vote in favor of a resolution to authorize auxiliary officers.
Colonial Beach Police Chief, Kenneth Blevins Sr. told committee members, “We are already a charter member of the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy so the classes will add no extra cost to the department. The auxiliary are supplied uniforms but the individuals will provide equipment.”
Auxiliary police officers are used in all capacities in law enforcement to supplement regular full time officers to include special events, natural disasters, normal patrol, etc., as needed once they have completed all the required training.
The training schedule for auxiliary is conducted two to three evenings a week and on Saturdays for approximately eleven months, unlike paid officers who complete a full time academy in four months. The flexible schedule allows auxiliaries to continue to maintain other employment.
Auxiliaries do however receive the same level of training as traditional paid officers before completion of their academy.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 March 2012 18:04
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Daniel Dwayne Hill, age 18 of Colonial Beach was arrested at 8 a.m. in connection with a shooting and robbery of a male resident in Colonial Beach at 4:39 a.m. Saturday, March 24.
Hill is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond pending arraignment on March 27 in Westmoreland County General District Court.
Hill is charged with burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated malicious wounding, abduction, robbery and four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Colonial Beach Police Department responded to a 911 call from a resident reporting that someone was attempting to break in to his home. When police arrived on the scene they found a male resident who had been shot. Police secured the area for emergency medical personnel.Colonial Beach Rescue Squad transported the shooting victim to Mary Washington Hospital where he is being treated for a non-life threatening gun shot wound.
Law enforcement from Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office, King George Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police with a K-9 were called into help.
A search of the area by K-9 and officers resulted in the apprehension of a suspect at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday morning.