YEAR IN REVIEW: September

Granny Greenbacks arrested

Police arrested a woman in connection with four bank robberies that occurred in the Chester area from July 12 through September 7. Nicknamed Granny Greenbacks Touwana L. Tate-Edwards, 48, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and charged in relation to robberies:

  • At the Wells Fargo bank branch at 4400 W. Hundred Road at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.
  • At the Bank of Southside Virginia branch at 4310 W. Hundred Rd. at about 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.
  • At the Virginia Commonwealth Bank branch at 4600 W. Hundred Rd. at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.
  • At the Virginia Credit Union branch at 13025 Jefferson Davis Hwy., at about 4:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

Tate-Edwards, of  Evelyn Drive, was charged with four counts of robbery, four counts of entering a bank with intent to commit larceny, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of threats to bomb or damage a building.

JDA celebrates 20 years

The Jefferson Davis Association (JDA) celebrated 20 years of Preserving the Past, Building the Future during a 20th Anniversary luncheon on September 18, at the Meadowbrook Country Club, with approximately 70 JDA members and supporters attending. Past JDA presidents Rick Young and Ree Hart addressed the group with a colorful summary of two decades of JDA events. They spoke of the positive outcomes of the projects such as Bizworks, Falling Creek Ironworks, Streetscape, Historic Route 1 and revitalization along the corridor, just to mention a few of the JDA successes. In 1992, the Jefferson Davis Association (JDA) was organized by civic and business leaders for the purpose of promoting and improving the quality of life and the vitality of the business environment along the Jefferson Davis corridor.

Regional teacher of the year  

With stealth and pie, Meadowbrook High and Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrated math teacher Paul Daszkiewicz’s selection as regional Teacher of the Year. During a morning assembly at the start of school that was billed as a pep rally to focus attention on math SOLs, Daszkiewicz was surprised with the news that he has been named Virginia’s Region 1 Teacher of the Year and is now in the running to become statewide Teacher of the Year. Daszkiewicz will be vying for the Virginia State Teacher of the Year in 2013.

Ironworks trail passes muster at BOS

The Board of Supervisors approved a planned acquisition and development of Phase I of the Falling Creek Historical Park property located at Falling Creek at Jefferson Davis Highway. The property to be acquired consists of approximately six acres to be used for a historical park. Phase I of the park development is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2013. The park is on the site of the first commercial ironworks in America. The property was given to Chesterfield by an adjacent landowner. A trail and an eventual bridge across Falling Creek will access the Falling Creek Linear Trail.

Skyhawks win Battle of Chester

L.C. Bird came out on top for the second year to win the “Battle of Chester” game on September 4. The Skyhawks were flying high with their winning score of 15-7.

Mysterious abduction leads to murder

Police opened an investigation after the abduction of Paresh D. Patel from the Raceway gas station on Jefferson Davis Hwy. They quickly shifted the abduction case to a murder investigation when Patel was found in the James River east of the Maury Street exit off Interstate 95. At the time the motive was unknown and the investigation was handed off to the Richmond Police Department.

Sunshine welcomed ChesterFest and record crowd

On a perfect September day, a record number of attendees of all ages arrived in the village of Chester for the 11th Annual ChesterFest event presented by the Chester Community Association (CCA).  Held last September 22, with over 130 vendors, it was a day full of fun, music, arts and crafts, shopping , information gathering  and an international lineup of food. ChesterFest attracted nearly 8,000 patrons to the Village. The day began with 12 entries judged in the Dog Show for Best Dressed, Best Trick, Best Breed - Small and Large, and Best in Show.  Winning Best of Show was Templeto Houdini, a Chihuahua, owner Beth Bell of Hopewell. As the musical acts on two stages completed their performances, the 11th Annual World Cherry Pie-Eating Championship concluded the day with 16 participants.  Taking his lunch break from work, Ted Stanton, winner of last year’s contest, retained his title, finishing the pie almost a minute before the second and third place winners finished their pie with red juice on their face.  Coming in as alternates, Cameron Naghiz and Elizabeth Isiptsis were second and third place finishers.

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