- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 14:27
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2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County, but demographic changes reflected in last year’s census data necessitate changes in local election district boundaries that U.S. Department of Justice must approve.
As this edition of The Journal goes to press, the citizen panel the supervisors charged with crafting new local election district boundaries is sharing the most recent draft of its proposal with the public. Citizens
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 14:24
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At 7 p.m. this Thursday evening, the Westmoreland supervisors and public will gather at A.T. Johnson auditorium to engage in a public hearing on the budget that will govern operations during the 12-month cycle that begins July 1.
According to the advertised proposal, tax rates will not change. The supervisors are adamant about not raising taxes in the midst of a recession, despite the Westmoreland school division’s request for the
- Last Updated on Sunday, 17 April 2011 23:29
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Information provided to a Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office investigator Thursday led to the arrest of a local fugitive in Florida.
According to the sheriff's office Investigator William R. Lewko received information concerning the location of William Maurice Hudnall Thursday, April 14, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Hudnall had been a fugitive for an extended amount of time on several charges from at least three different law enforcement agencies.
After receiving the information, Investigator Lewko contacted the authorities in Gainesville, Fla. From the information that was shared, the Gainesville Police Department apprehended Hudnall just hours later.
"This is a prime example of how important citizen input, along with cooperation and communication, is to law enforcement," Sheriff C.O. Balderson said. "Without these three elements working together, a fugitive would still be on the loose. investigator Lewko and all of those involved in apprehending Mr. Hudnall are to be commended."
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 23:12
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The Westmoreland Supervisors’ A.T. Johnson auditorium meeting room was bursting at the seams when O’Gara Group’s training and services division president, Jim Noe, delivered the long awaited update on the tactical training establishment’s activities in Westmoreland County.
An O’Gara presence in Westmoreland County has not been universally popular, but Noe
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:20
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The Westmoreland County Citizens Association met this Monday night at the Montross firehouse and announced plans to elect new officers on April 25. The session will begin at 7 p.m.
An unusually large number of county residents attended the March 28 proceeding. Founding WCCA President Kennon Morris led in discussions of the county’s proposed judicial center, school division funding needs and the latest round
- Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 01:54
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At 5 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 24, the Tri-County Task Force executed a search warrant at the Dorothy Roy residence at Templeman’s Crossroads near Montross and arrested five people recently indicted in connection with drugs.
Sheriff C.O. Balderson of Westmoreland County said that Dorothy M. Roy, 36, of Montross, was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine. She was released on her own recognizance. Timothy A. Bankhead, 48, of Montross, was arrested and served with indictments charging two counts of distribution of cocaine. Incident to his arrest, he was also charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, and possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond. Harold J. Brooks, 42, of Montross, was arrested on an indictment for distribution of cocaine. He is being held without bond. Terrell D. Brooks, 34, of Montross, was arrested on two counts of distribution of cocaine. He is being held without bond. James W. Page, 27, of Hague, was arrested on two counts of distribution of cocaine. He was released on a $2500.00 secured bond. All the arrestees will make their first appearance in Circuit Court on March 25.
The task force also seized three vehicles, a handgun, cell phones, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and currency.
The Tri-County Task Force consists of the Sheriffs’ Departments of Westmoreland, King George and Caroline Counties, the FBI, the Virginia State Police, the Colonial Beach Police Department, and the NCIS. In Thursday’s raid, they were assisted by the ABC, Westmoreland County Emergency Services, and the Virginia State Police Canine Unit.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 14:42
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Westmoreland school division’s budget request goes to BoS
The Westmoreland School Board conducted its public hearing this Monday on the next year’s budget. When no one objected to the proposal that would result in a 35 percent increase in taxes, the budget was adopted.
The approved 2011-2012 budget’s $19,006,494 is down by $827,784 when compared to the budget that governs the division’s 2010-2011 operations and accounts for employee step increases and 11 additional instructional and administrative employment