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Waldorf man to remain in Maryland jail following killings in Chester area

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Jonah Leon Adams, 35, of Waldorf, Md., was arrested in Charles County, Md. on Friday, Nov. 18 on a fugitive from justice warrant related to the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her three children in Chester earlier that day.  Officers from Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were involved in the arrest.  According to a release from the Chesterfield County Police Department, officers were called to the 4200 block of Laurel Oak Road, west of Hopkins Road in the Chester area,  just before 5 a.m. on Nov. 18. Police entered the residence…

Parents support adoption of proposed policies on lewd material; some continue to complain about explicit library books 

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During the Nov. 7 Chesterfield County Public Schools board meeting, eight people spoke during public comment, with seven either lauding the pending approval of a new model policy while others lambasted the school board for allowing sexually-explicit books in middle school libraries.  During the first reading of proposed policies and revisions, communications officer Shawn Smith noted that Policy 3035 pulled wording verbatim from the state board of education in regard to sexually-explicit content.  The policy would require parents to be notified 30 days in advance if any sexually-explicit content would be used as part of curriculum.  According to Senate Bill…

Phase 3 of Harrowgate Park, airport paving contracts awarded 

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Tara Carroll, center, was thanked by the board of supervisors for filling in after Leslie Haley resigned to work for the state attorney general’s office.  As part of the consent agenda, on Oct. 26 the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved construction contracts to repave the county airport and to begin the third and final phase at Harrowgate Park.  The supervisors awarded a $1.14 million contract to Branscome Inc. to repave the airport terminal apron with 90 percent of the costs funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, 8 percent by the Virginia Department of Aviation and 2 percent by the…

Parents complain about lack of staff, bus drivers, other issues; vacancies in Dale District highlighted

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The Oct. 11 Chesterfield County Public Schools board meeting was full of public comment, with multiple parents complaining about various issues.  Michael Karabinos said there were 16 teacher separations listed as part of the consent agenda. He noted that his daughter’s third-grade teacher left during the school year last year for a job with Capital One. “Teachers are afraid to speak their mind in forums like this,” he said, and encouraged the school district to allow collective bargaining.  Dominique Chatters said there is a disproportionate number of vacancies in the Dale District.  Anne Taydus said that the district’s Head Start…

Planning commission recommends approval of Bellwood Commons housing development 

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On Sept. 22, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission voted 4-0 to recommend approval of a request to rezone about 40 acres from commercial C-5 to commercial C-4 with a conditional use permit to allow condominiums at Route 1 and Willis Road.  The development, which is called Bellwood Commons, would be on land where an outdoor flea market has been and previously was a drive-in theater.  There was some public opposition to the request, including from Rene Eldred and former county planning employee Jim Bowling, but Gib Sloan, the planning commissioner from the Bermuda District, held sway. Jeff Geiger, representative of…

New contract approved for sup’t; 30 schools to get free lunches 

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Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Merv Daugherty was given a two-year extension on Aug. 15 when the school board approved a new four-year contract.  Daugherty, who started with CCPS on Nov. 1, 2018 and subsequently received an extension through June 2024, got another one through June 30, 2026. The new extension will pay Daugherty the same annual salary of $253,720, but it also includes $1,100 a month as an automobile allowance.  A board document states that the extension was for Daugherty’s “outstanding performance.”  The extension was approved as part of the consent agenda.  School lunches The board approved slight increases…

Morrissey obtains settlement and apology from Matoaca woman 

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On July 26, Sen. Joe Morrissey (D) announced that he had reached a $10,000 settlement from a woman who claimed that he had trespassed for parking in a public right-of-way.  According to a press release, Jessica Spain called the police on Morrissey on May 22, 2019, for parking on an access road in the 19600 block of Church Road in Matoaca.  Spain allegedly said that she was in “great fear” due to Morrissey parking his vehicle at the end of her driveway while he campaigned door-to-door in the area. She filed a trespassing complaint the next day, the release states. …

Coyner, Morrissey talk Chesterfield Recovery Academy 

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On July 29, state Sen. Joe Morrissey (D) and Del. Carrie Coyner (R) discussed the new Chesterfield Recovery Academy, which is set to open Aug. 22 when the other public schools open.  The school will be located at 13900 Hull Street Road in Midlothian.  The eastern Chesterfield County duo chatted about the school on Morrissey’s program, the Fighting Joe Morrissey Show, which can be viewed live or replayed on Facebook.  Morrissey said the high school was the “brainchild” of Coyner, who said the idea sprung from her time serving on the Chesterfield County Public Schools board. “The idea was at…

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