Man charged with involuntary manslaughter
The driver of a dump truck involved in a fatal crash that occurred in the 17200 block of Genito Road on Feb. 13, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the incident. Samuel M. Allebaugh II, 57, of the 3200 block of Tanners Way, turned himself in... Read more
Commonwealth Attorney’s office adds five prosecutors
Chesterfield’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office recently hired five prosecutors to bring its attorney staff to full strength. (JOANNA HARTSOOK PHOTOGRAPHY) The new employees are Gabriela Phillingane, Catherine Gray, Ayesha Meekins, Ambrosia Mosby and Gregory Overholser. Phillingane most recently served as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office,... Read more
Former Matoaca High teacher gets six months for contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Longtime Matoaca High teacher Craig D. Nixon was sentenced last week to 24 months in jail with all but six months suspended for two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The sentence came down after a plea agreement resulted in two felonies being downgraded. Nixon,... Read more
‘Progressive’ moves underway: Miles details policies that commonwealth attorney’s office has implemented
After two and a half months on the job, Chesterfield’s Commonwealth Attorney Scott Miles believes progress is being made. Democrat Miles, who won a close race over Republican John Childrey in November to finish the final 13 1/2 months of Billy Davenport’s term, was sworn in Nov. 13. Several... Read more
Charges withdrawn for second time in Tasing incident
Misdemeanor obstruction of justice and illegal window tint charges were recently withdrawn for the second time against a 23-year-old Richmond man who was Tased by Chesterfield police last year. James Edward Monk was initially charged following an incident at 12:30 a.m. March 28 near Virginia State University. The charges... Read more
Former PTA treasurer sentenced to three months for embezzlement
A former treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School was recently sentenced to five years in prison with all but three months suspended for embezzlement. Jessica Yeakey, 42, of the 12000 block of Windsor Road, was sentenced Jan. 17 after pleading guilty. Judge David E.... Read more
County not following court’s recommendation on cell phones: Two remedies already in place, officials say
A recent recommendation from the Virginia Supreme Court that would allow electronic devices in courthouses will not be followed in Chesterfield, but a couple of proactive steps have already been made, county officials said. In a press release dated Dec. 14, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons... Read more
Charges dropped in fatal motel shooting
Murder and other charges were dropped ast week against a man who had been implicated in the shooting death of a motel front desk clerk in late September 2016. On Dec. 5, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Barbara Cooke withdrew charges of first-degree murder, robbery and two counts of using a... Read more
Miles names Darji chief deputy, fires Childrey, McKenna
     ABOVE:  Upper left, Sangeeta Darji; Upper right: Tom McKenna; Bottom: John Childrey Chesterfield County’s new commonwealth’s attorney, Scott Miles, was sworn in to the position Tuesday, Nov. 13. Miles, a Democrat, upset Republican John Childrey for the seat created when longtime commonwealth’s attorney Billy Davenport retired July 1. Miles,... Read more
Man gets five years for concealing woman’s body
A 44-year-old man was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison with 20 suspended for concealing a woman’s dead body and two counts of drug possession. John Stephen Nielsen was sentenced Oct. 26 by Chesterfield County Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler after Nielsen gave an Alford plea, which is... Read more