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Police briefs Aug. 24

King George man pleads guilty to assault and drug possession

A 22-year-old King George man entered a plea of guilty last week in King George Circuit Court to charges of assault on a family member and possession of illegal drugs.

Tyshawn MCDowney was arrested in December of last year after the incident at the home of his girlfriend, who is the mother of his child.

"He pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a family member," said King George Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Charlie Clark. "He had served over 90 days in jail, so he received a 12-month, all suspended, sentence.  His bond had previously been revoked on my motion for threats of violence and continued drug use. We felt 90 days of jail time was fair punishment."

On the charge of drug possession, King George Circuit Court Judge Herbert Hewitt withheld the finding of guilt so that McDowney could be enrolled in the statutory first offender program.

"That's one year supervised probation, good behavior, 100 hours community service, no drugs or alcohol for one year, drug testing and treatment and get and maintain employment," said Clark. "If he’s successful, the charge will be dismissed by law. If he’s not, he will be found guilty and sentenced on a Class 5 Felony."

“Our office and the Sheriff’s Office take domestic violence seriously, and the defendant spent the entire summer in jail as a result," Clark said. "As for his drug charge, we sincerely hope that he takes advantage of the opportunity for treatment provided to him. If he doesn’t, there will certainly be consequences.”

KG man convicted of selling pot

In other cases in King George Circuit Court last week, David Nesmith, 22, of King George was convicted of two counts of distribution of marijuana. One of the sales was in the King George Food Lion parking lot, which is within a 1,000 feet of King George Middle school.  

That resulted in another felony charge against Nesmith of distribution of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. Judge Hewitt sentenced Nesmith to a total of five years incarceration with all but two months suspended.

“While people may have differing opinions on the dangerousness of marijuana, it is still illegal to possess and sell it in Virginia," said King George Commonwealth's Attorney Keri Gusmann.  "I would also remind people that it was just over two years ago that Ronelle Johnson was killed over marijuana here in King George.”

Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office arrests

Aug. 14:

Kayle Nicole Clark, 26, of Colonial Beach was charged with felony drug possession.

Robin Kevin Clark, 51, of Colonial Beach was charged with felony drug possession.

Aug. 15:

Elizabeth Haynes, 41, of Warsaw was charged with public intoxication.

Cynthiana Uniece Lee, 23, of Kinsale was charged with failure to appear.

Aug. 16:

Christopher Lloyd Ashton, 31, of Colonial Beach was charged with felony assault.

Cabot Deleiary Sharpe, 31, of Colonial Beach was charged with trespassing.

Andrea Reenay Scott, 25, of Colonial Beach was charged with assault.

Aug. 17:

Ralph Lee Gresham, 38, of Dunnsville was charged with a pretrial violation.

Aug. 18:

Mitchell Lamont Kelly, 36, of Kinsale was charged with of probation.   

King George County Sheriff's Office arrests

Aug. 11:

Kevin Nicholas Clark, 26, of Colonial Beach was charged with grand larceny, trespassing and driving while his license was suspended.

Erica Mae Johnson, 52, of King George was charged with contempt of court.

Aug. 12:

Justin Armand Taylor, 19, of King George was charged with obstructing justice.

Stephen Donald Prather Sr., 44, of Bryantown, Md., was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Joshua Shawn Struniak, 26, of Stafford was charged with revocation of suspended sentence or probation.

Aug. 13:

Octavia Capree Gaines, 24, of King George was charged with three counts assault and battery, three counts of destruction of property, reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon.

Aug. 14:

Jordan Christopher Rudat, 29, of King George was charged with eight counts of sexual battery and also aggravated sexual battery.

Aug. 15:

Stephen David Fidler, 61 of King George was charged with contempt of court.

David Wayne Williams, 52, of La Plata, Md., was charged with grand larceny, two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of destruction of property.

Aug. 16:

Latisha Monique Nelson, 32, of King George was charged with contempt of court.

William Joseph Green, Jr., 51, of Culpeper was charged with contempt of court.

Stefan Tyrone Wormley, 31, of Fredericksburg was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Brittany Michelle King, 18, of Hagerstown, Md., was charged with possession of marijuana.

Aquawlin Tamesha Swain, 35, of King George was charged with destruction of property, disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.

Aug. 17:

Kenneth Nathan Skinner, 35, of King George was charged with public swearing or intoxication.

Michael Anthony Elswick, 18, of Virginia Beach was charged with revocation of probation.

Zachary Frank Sanchez, 28, of King George was charged with possession of marijuana.

Jessy Marisol Carranza-Vindel, 38, of King George was charged with assault and battery.

Aug. 18:

Michael Joseph Orlando, Jr., 28, of King George was charged with three counts of assault and battery and being a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff's office arrests in King George, Westmoreland counties

King George Sheriff's office arrests

Aug. 4

Jerry Tyree Wright, 32, of Hague was charged with failure to appear.

Rachael Clare Newlin, 19, of Nokesville was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving without a license and sale or distribution of marijuana.

Aug. 6

Rosita Oscole Bush, 57, of Washington, D.C., was charged with grand larceny, five counts of credit card fraud or theft and three counts of theft with intent to defraud.

Aug. 7

Omigar Ralph Jefferies, 66, of Park Hall, Md., was charged with concealment or altering price of merchandise.

Aug. 8

Clifton Jamir Rhines, 24, of King George was charged with strangling and causing wounding or injury.

Ashton Jonathan Robinson, 32, of Colonial Beach was charged with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit trespassing or larceny.

Andrew William Morrett, 25, of Locust Grove was charged with failure to appear and driving after forfeiture of license.

Aug. 9

Richard Ashley Hughes, 29, of Colonial Beach was charged with revocation of suspended sentence.

Anne Marie Williams, 32, of King George was charged with two counts of assault and battery.

Aug. 10

Shawn Frederick Bailey, 52, of King George was charged with driving while his license was suspended and eluding police.

Aug. 11

Kevin Nicholas Clark, 26, of Colonial Beach was charged with grand larceny, driving while his license was suspended and conspiracy to commit trespassing or larceny.

Erica Mae Johnston, 52, of King George was charged with contempt of court.

Westmoreland Sheriff's office arrests

Aug. 6

Albert Douglas Venson, II, 25 of Washington, D.C., was charged with reckless driving and failure to stop for police.

Aug. 7

James Allen Johnson, 33, of Colonial Beach was charged with being drunk in public.

Aug. 8

John Roy Murphy, 27, of Huntington, Md., was charged with failure to appear in a Maryland court.

Aug. 9

Robert William Johnson, 22, of Montross was charged with damage to property.

Sheriff's arrests in King George, Westmoreland counties

King George County sheriff's arrests

July 28

Eric Lawrence Stott, 51, of Fredericksburg was charged with failure to appear.

Maria Denise Lee, 36, of Richmond was charged with failure to appear.

Jonathan Antonio Johnson, Sr., 29, of Fredericksburg was charged with revocation of suspended sentence and probation.

July 29

Theresa Fontella Washington, 49, of Colonial Beach was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, altered-forged vehicle registration or title and making false affidavit to obtain DMV documents.

July 30

Vincent Daniel Eells, 24, of King George was charged with refusal of tests or procedures, driving under the influence and obstructing justice.

July 31

Dennis Francis Cronin III, 35, of King George was charged with grand larceny and possession of acontrolled substance.

Dustin Anthony Alvord, 33, of Ruther Glen was charged with concealment or altering price of merchandise.

Michael Thomas Outlaw, 19, of Montross was charged with petit larceny and obtaining money by false pretenses.

Aug. 1

Raymond Michael Zeigler, 35, of King George was charged with failure to possess driver's license or learner’s temporary permit and driving under the influence.

William Robert Rankin, 54, of King George was charged with driving under the influence.

Aug. 2

Damien Daniel Henry, 36, of Montross was charged with revocation of suspended sentence and probation.

Tyler Michael Fidler, 21, of King George was charged with revocation of suspended sentence and probation, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge and violation of court order.

Aug. 4

Jerry Tyree Wright, 32, of Hague was charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor charge.

Rachael Clare Newlin, 19, of Nokesville was charged with driving without a license, sale or distribution of marijuana and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Westmoreland County sheriff's arrests

July 23

Sonia Beatriz Lopez, 26, of Colonial Beach was charged with assault.

Charles Brandon Wooten-Sneed, 24, incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail, was charged with felony drug possession.

Kristen Elizabeth Griffin-Cox, 26, incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail, was charged with child neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Carnell Newman, 54, incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail, was charged with two counts of sexually abusing a child and felony indecent liberties.

July 24

Lewis Wellford Thompson, Jr., 23, of Hague was charged with larceny, second offense.

Jesus Range. Garcia, 29, of Colonial Beach was charged with assault on a family member.

July 26

Kalyan Clark, 28, of Colonial Beach was charged with failure to appear.

Jason Phillip Delizio, 30, of Montross was charged with assault on a family member, felony strangulation and abduction by force.

July 27

Leon Reginald Parker, 28, of Montross was charged with violation of probation.

July 28

Monica Oceanna Dowell, 37, of Kinsale was charged with felony strangulation, causing injury to another and assault and battery.

July 29

Darnell Anthony Davis, 35, of King George was charged with violation of probation.

Dimtri Alexander Lee, 23, of Montross was charged with assault and brandishing a firearm.

July 31

Aaron Cornelius Hudnall, 22, of Colonial Beach was charged with violation of protective order.

Aug. 1

Samuel Steele Stallard, 44, Castleton was charged with assault and battery.

Aug. 3

Roger Henry Wright, 30, of New York, N.Y., was charged with public intoxication.

Aug. 4

Thomas William Trigger, 61, of Coles Point was charged with public intoxication.

Aug. 5

Jerry Glen Sims, 58, of Hague was charged with trespassing.

Robert William Johnson, 21, of Montross was charged with assault, damaging property and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police briefs August 3, 2016

King George man scheduled for trial on drug charges

Shedric Landoriss Mims, 42, of King George was scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 6 to face charges of felony drug distribution.   Circuit Court Judge Herbert Hewitt set the trial date last week.

Mims was the victim of a shooting in King George on May 13th after a drug robbery at his home.  Mims refused to identify the shooter, but officers obtained additional information and raided Mims' home several weeks after the shooting.

Sheriff's officers obtained a warrant to search Mims' residence and found $4,000 in cash and a brown bag containing 12.5 ounces of cocaine.  Mims has entered a plea of not guilty to the drug distribution charges.   Until the trial, he is being held in jail in Dilwyn, VA on another charge.  He is also facing charges in Fredericksburg.

Richard Leggitt

Fairview Beach drug dealer sentenced to federal prison

A drug dealer from Fairview Beach was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Richmond last week to serve 54 months in federal prison for dealing heroin out of his home.  Leonard Paul Baumgardner, 39, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Baumgardner was arrested after a multi-jurisdictional task force, that included members of the King George Sheriff’s Office, raided his home on Potomac Avenue in December. Law officers confiscated almost 25 grams of heroin, along with a Cobra .380-caliber Denali pistol and other items.

Officers used a confidential informant to make several illegal drug purchases and gather information prior to the raid.  Baumgardner, who has been in custody since the Dec. 18 raid, entered a plea of guilty on April 29.

King George Sheriff's Arrests

July 21

Justin Dewayne Gordon, 27 of Warsaw was charged five counts of revocation of suspended sentence and probation.

July 22

Thomas Lawrence Williams, Jr., 53 of Woodbridge was charged with two counts of violating protection orders.

July 23

Jonathan Charles Meade, 4 of Fredericksburg was charged with failure to submit a vehicle to inspection, revocation of license, driving under the influence and hit and run with property damage.

John Cornelius Ritchie, 35 of Petersburg was charged with driving under the influence.

July 25

Charles Stanley Hadsell, 63 of Waldorf, Md., was charged with sexual battery.

Michael Wayne Bailey, 30 of Colonial Beach was charged with larceny, third offense.

July 26

Carolyn Yvette Gaines, 48 of King George was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses and petit larceny.

Richard Leggitt

Westmoreland Sheriff's Arrests

July 17

Anthony Thomas Gray, 26 of Montross was charged with assault

July 18

Intis Palka, 76 of Montross was charged with driving under the influence, second offense.

July 19

Joshua Lee Garrett, 28 of Montross was charged with driving with intoxicated and two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and possession of marijuana.

July 20

Ladora Nicole White-Thomas, 41 of Montross was charged with felony bad check.

Ashton Jonathan Robinson, 32 was charged with failure to,appear.

Richard Leggitt

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