Man gets 35 years for wife’s death
An Army veteran with no prior convictions but with a recent history of mental illness was sentenced Oct. 19 to 50 years in prison with 15 suspended for killing his wife last year. Deric Demetrius Colander, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife,... Read more
Man gets four years in juvenile detention for killing 18-year-old: Convict said shooting was accidental
ABOVE: Tyquon D. Whitehead was accidentally shot by Abdul Q. Crapps-Robinson. A 17-year-old North Chesterfield resident was recently sentenced to four years in a state juvenile detention facility after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and reckless use of a firearm. Abdul Q. “Qadi” Crapps-Robinson was originally charged with second-degree... Read more
In conjunction with “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” the Judges of the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court recently introduced the Hope Card project. Hope Cards are durable, wallet-sized cards available to petitioners of family abuse protective orders upon entry of a final order of protection They are designed... Read more
Late-term self-abortion charge against woman dismissed
A felony charge was dismissed last month against a woman who allegedly aborted her unborn child during the third trimester and buried it in the backyard of a residence in north Chesterfield. The Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney’s office filed a motion Sept. 13 dismissing the charge against Michelle Frances Roberts,... Read more
Back to court: Shoosmith Bros. files another lawsuit against county over rock quarry
Land near the top of the photo includes a rock quarry that Shoosmith Bros. Inc. wants to use for its landfill. After being unanimously turned down July 25 by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on its request for a permit to use a rock quarry as a landfill,... Read more
Former Bird student gets five years for marijuana distribution: Brash had been acquitted of killing 17-year-old during drug deal
A former L.C. Bird High School student who was found not guilty of a related murder charge in May was sentenced Sept. 11 to five years in the state Department of Corrections for two marijuana distribution charges. Tomarr A. Brash, 19, was sentenced to five years on each felony,... Read more
Charges withdrawn against man, two police officers disciplined
ABOVE: James Monk speaks at the May 31 press conference at the Chester Library. Tavorise Marks of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee is pictured behind Monk. A Richmond man who was arrested following an incident near Virginia State University at 12:30 a.m. March 28 had two misdemeanor charges against him... Read more
Man gets 58 years for three Thanksgiving Day murders
It looks as if a Chester man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his wife and two others on Thanksgiving night 2017. Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler last week sentenced Christopher Gattis, 59, to 100 years in prison with 45 suspended for each... Read more
Former Matoaca High teacher charged
Chesterfield Police have arrested and charged a former Chesterfield County Public Schools teacher with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship. Craig D. Nixon, 50, was arrested May 4. Police said Nixon had an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female student while he... Read more
A civil lawsuit against the principal of L.C. Bird High School and several Chesterfield County Public Schools officials over a misidentified player on a 2012 championship football team poster has been dismissed. In a May 1 letter to the parties, Richmond General District Court Judge L.B. Cann III said... Read more