- Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:30
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Second teen seriously injured
A Westmoreland County teenager is dead following a single-vehicle crash this morning, Thursday, March 18, 2010. At 8:21 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper J. M. Brooks was called to the scene on Route 625, Horners Mill Road, approximately a quarter of a mile west of Route 697, Lapkin Road, in Westmoreland County.
A 1995 Saturn Coupe was traveling east on Route 625 when the driver ran off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and struck a tree. The passenger, Jareka Shepherd, 14, of Westmoreland County, died at the scene. Shepherd was wearing her safety belt.
The 17-year-old driver was seriously injured in the crash and flown to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. It is not clear whether the driver was wearing his safety belt.
The Virginia State Police Division One Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation of the fatal crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending at this time.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 16:09
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The Westmoreland Supervisors met last week with county school division Superintendent Elaine Fogliani and high school athletics coach Malcolm Lewis to address plans to construct a new concession stand on Washington and Lee football field.
Fogliani and the supervisors had discussed the plans to replace the old dilapidated structure many months ago and concerns were raised about a $125,000 expenditure to support athletics programs during a difficult economic period.
Initial designs have since been reviewed in hopes of minimizing costs and revised plans are currently being scrutinized by county school board members. Last week County Administrator Norm Risavi expressed an intention to participate in those school board deliberations.
Risavi shared intentions to make county personnel and regional inmates available to assist with construction of the new building. Sewer lines will be installed to accommodate the building’s kitchen and restroom facilities.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 15:56
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Residents attending the March 8 Board of Supervisors meeting have been put on notice that they can expect no changes to the county’s by-right land use practices until after legal questions associated with the O’Gara Group’s presence in Westmoreland have been settled in the courts.
Monday’s agenda included a second work session on the Planning Commission’s set of recommended changes to by-right land use practices in residential and agricultural zoning districts. Commission Chairman John Felt and Zoning Administrator Robert Fink attended the session and actively participated in the Board’s discussion.
In June 2009 Supervisor Lynn Brownley persuaded board colleagues to task the commissioners with reviewing by-right land use practices and delivering a set of recommended changes. The initiative was launched in response to concerns that the county’s zoning regulations were more lax than other Virginia localities.
- Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 16:06
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The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 8 in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Brownley, who resigned from his elected position following the 1988 arrest, made it known on Thursday that he has unfinished public business on the Board of Supervisors. There will be no immediate opportunity for other Board members and the court to select and appoint a District 3 successor.
King George Commonwealth's Attorney Matt Britton assumed the role of special prosecutor in the Circuit court on Thursday. Westmoreland's own Dean Atkins has recused himself, as did Judge Joseph Ellis.
According to Britton, Brownley has provided the police with a full statement detailing his drug activities.
Brownley expressed remorse when he addressed the court. He said he had tried very hard to recover his standing in the community.
The Westmoreland County native was released from jail on Thursday afternoon.
- Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 16:03
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It happened again. District 3 Supervisor Lynn Brownley learned he was the subject of a multi-jurisdictional grand jury indictment and turned himself in to the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office authorities on Wednesday afternoon.
Brownley spend Wednesday night in Rappahannock Regional Jail. On Thursday he appeared in the county's Circuit Court. A March 25 arraignment date was established and bond was set at $15,000.
This is the second time Brownley has faced a felony arrest associated with cocaine activity. The first arrest occurred in 1988, when he served as Commonwealth's Attorney and County Attorney in Westmoreland.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis has required Brownley to subject himself to drug testing and rehabilitation. He was additionally required to surrender his passport.
By Betsy Ficklin
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 19:55
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The Westmoreland Supervisors met last Tuesday evening and agreed to comply with a portion of the county school division’s request for lump sum funding. Action was delayed on Feb. 8 because no one was present to represent the county’s schools when that matter was considered. A heavy snow event had made it impossible for some residents and school officials to travel to that nighttime Board of Supervisors meeting.
County School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani was present to defend the school’s position when the supervisors met in recessed session on Feb. 23. She explained that the division needs to be able to spend the money that is already in the contingency fund. If a broader lump sum funding accommodation cannot be granted, $100,000 to $150,000 of the sum already held in contingency must become available for expenditure or the revenue will have to be returned to the state when the current budget period ends on June 30, 2010.
Fogliani acknowledged the economic difficulties that are currently being experienced at every level of government. Economic conditions make it more important than ever to utilize the revenue that already is in hand.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 23:37
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During the Westmoreland Supervisors’ regular February meeting the big discussion topic was the reassessment. Appraiser Fred Pearson delivered his best explanation of the reassessment’s higher land values and the public comment segment gave ordinary county residents an opportunity to weigh in.
Pearson explained that values have risen sharply in neighborhoods where county sewer is already in place. He explained that values rose similarly in neighborhoods were sewer systems are planned but have not yet been installed.
Westmoreland County Citizens Association (WCCA) President Kennon Morris was one of the first property owners to address the reassessment during that meeting’s public comment segment.