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Carlson excited to join Montross Council

Carlson excited to join Montross Council

New Montross Town Council member Carolyn Carlson was well received by the rest of the group at the D...

Montross Spirit Festival

Montross Spirit Festival

Music and band students from Montross middle and high school perform Christmas music at the Art of C...

Montross Spirit Festival drew happy weekend crowds

Montross Spirit Festival drew happy weekend crowds

The annual Montross Christmas Spirit Festival drew steady and happy weekend crowds as Westmoreland C...

Montross to help decorate Christmas tree at governor’s mansion

Montross to help decorate Christmas tree at governor’s mansion

The Town of Montross is happy to announce its participation in this year’s decorating of the V...

Culver hopes to help generate jobs for residents of Westmoreland County

Culver hopes to help generate jobs for residents of Westmoreland County

A former production manager at The Washington Post, who served on the Westmoreland Board of Supervis...

Lewis sees teacher recruitment as a key to moving schools forward

Richard Leggitt

The newest At-large member of the Westmoreland School Board believes one of the key...

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County’s O’Gara Sales contract expired Dec. 31

The last sales agreement between the Westmoreland County government and the corporate soldier training establishment known as The O’Gara Group expired last week and no plans have been announced for the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to convene and execute another purchase contract.
The Westmoreland Supervisors will meet next Monday, one year after convening the late night joint closed-door session with IDA counterparts and O’Gara officials that rocked the rural jurisdiction to its core. A Circuit Court trial scheduled for March 29 and 30 will address questions resulting from the controversial January 2009 meeting and the sales agreement that was ratified late that night.
The initial sales agreement was scheduled to expire on April 1 but was extended shortly before the the expiration date.  A new contract was ratified  on June 29. That sales agreement expired at midnight on Dec. 31.

Read more: County’s O’Gara Sales contract expired Dec. 31

Westmoreland County’s trial is set for March 29 and 30

Last Wednesday’s hearings on the Ripol, Boyden and Hall complaints against Westmoreland County’s local government had to be postponed with substitute Judge Jay T. Swett.
Swett was unable to travel as a result of heavy snow accumulations in the Charlottesville area where he resides.
In a surprise move, the judge arranged a teleconference late last Tuesday afternoon that included all the attorneys associated with the set of claims against the county government. One day later, March 29 and 30 trial dates were established in the Westmoreland County Circuit Court.

Read more: Westmoreland County’s trial is set for March 29 and 30

Judge postpones hearing on FOIA considerations

Litigation O’Gara neighbors brought against members of the Westmoreland County government more than six months ago and the county’s countersuit against the petitioners won’t be heard this Wednesday.
Substitute Judge Jay T. Swett requested a postponement this Monday morning, following a winter storm that left record-breaking snow accumulation throughout the commonwealth.

Read more: Judge postpones hearing on FOIA considerations

Supervisors will hear by-right zoning question on Jan. 11

Four of Westmoreland’s five Planning Commission members met this Monday and delivered a unanimous vote recommending that the Board of Supervisors eliminate a set of by-right land use activities the commissioners believe may be incompatible with residential land use activity.
The Board of Supervisors public hearing and possible action has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11, despite the recently published public notice indicating that the hearing and vote would occur next Monday night.

Read more: Supervisors will hear by-right zoning question on Jan. 11

Suspect in Nov. 18 shooting is arraigned

The Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Kewaine Lendell Jones was arrested Thanksgiving morning at Neenah in the Jenkins trailer park.
Jones was arraigned on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the county’s General District Court on felony charges of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the Nov. 18 shooting incident.
According to published reports, 25-year-old Tyrell O. Brown was flown by helicopter to Mary Washington Hospital after being shot in his right cheek. The gunshot victim, whose condition was initially described as critical, has been released and is recovering from the wound.
The shooting occurred approximately three-tenths of a mile from Cople Elementary School and multiple county schools were placed in lock-down immediately after law enforcement authorities received notification of the incident.
Local Sheriff’s Office employees received assistance from the State Police as dogs and officers spent the next several hours combing nearby wooded areas in search of an armed man who had abandoned his motor vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
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Last week’s shooting near Hague concerns community

Multiple Westmoreland County schools were placed in lockdown last Wednesday following a shooting that occurred in a residential neighborhood located approximately three-quarters of a mile from Cople Elementary School.
Word of the shooting spread through the community as quickly as the landing of the one or more helicopters charged with transporting the gunshot victim to Mary Washington Hospital. Reports immediately circulated that an armed suspect had fled into the nearby woods on foot.

Read more: Last week’s shooting near Hague concerns community

Tri-County Task force nabs nine in early morning raid

 

 

Westmorland County Sherriff’s Deputies, Virginia State Troopers and NCIS agents regroup after drug raid on Thursday November 19.

Around 5 a.m. on November 19, the Tri-County Task Force made a significant step forward in ridding the community of drug activities. The Task Force is comprised of the Virginia State Police, Colonial Beach Police, Westmoreland Sheriff's Department, King George Sheriff's office, Caroline Sheriff's office and NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Services) along with the FBI,
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, 24 of Colonial Beach was arrested on charges related to child abuse and neglect for allowing drug dealing to occur in the presence where minors were present.
The bust took place in four different locations simultaneously and over 40 personnel comprised of SWAT teams and officers converged on locations throughout the community in the early morning hours of last Thursday.
Read the full story in the November 25th issue of The Journal. 

 

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