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T he Volume 37, Number 44 Colonial Beach • Westmoreland Shooting victim flees to nearby convenience store Sets sights on powerful Essex Suspect still at large Richard Leggitt See eagles, page 6 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community W&L notches fourth straight victory    Washington & Lee notched its fourth straight win Friday, defeating the Rappahannock Raiders 20-7. The Eagles now set their sights on the powerful Essex Trojans in a game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Tappahannock. The W&L win at home Friday was keyed by a stingy defense that did not allow the Raiders inside the W&L 20-yard line except once. And, that penetration, which was set up by a 40-yard Rappahannock kickoff return, led to the Raiders only score of the game. “Friday’s win was a collective team effort,” said Coach Antron Yates. “The defense stood tall once again. The touchdown that they did give up was preceded by a long kickoff return, which put the defense in a very bad position” “The whole defensive unit deserves recognition. Coach Edgar Carey, the defensive coordinator, came up with a great game plan and the defense executed it,” said Coach Yates. The defense also made the play in the POSTAL CUSTOMER Ruth Daiger Sophomore running back D.J. Weldon scampers for a touchdown in W&L’s 20-7 victory over Rapphannock as junior quarterback Treshaun Brown jubilantly signals a touchdown. The Eagles have won four in a row and now are preparing for a showdown with powerhouse Essex on Saturday afternoon. Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office deputies are currently looking for Robert J. Kelly, who is suspected of shooting his older brother last Friday. Deputies responded to a 911 call on Friday, Oct. 25, at approximately 7:18 p.m. at the Kinsale Handy Store for a report of a shooting, according to Robert J. Kelly Sheriff C.O. Balderson. Upon arrival, deputies learned that 40-year-old Kevin M. Kelly had been shot in the lower back while fleeing a residence on Gardy’s Mill Road. Police learned that Kevin M. Kelly and his brother, Robert J. Kelly, both from Kinsale, had a physical altercation concerning money issues just before the shooting occurred. It was reported that after the altercation broke up, Kevin Kelly and two friends got in a car to leave the scene, and allegedly, Robert shot at the vehicle. The three occupants fled to the convenience store to seek help and call 911. Kevin, who was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, was taken to MCV in Richmond, and has reportedly been released. The other two occupants, who were sitting in the front seats of the vehicle, escaped injury. Robert J. Kelly is described as a 39-year-old black male, height 6’1”, approximately 200 lbs., brown eyes and black hair. Robert is wanted on ten charges: one count of malicious wounding; three counts of attempted murder; one count of possession of a firearm after having been a convicted felon; one count of malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle; three counts of use of a firearm while attempting to commit murder; and use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit aggravated malicious wounding. Robert is a convicted felon on unrelated charges. The weapon has not been recovered, and police say he is considered armed and dangerous. Citizens with information on Robert J. Kelly’s whereabouts or any information about this crime are urged to call Detective Jay Mitchell at the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office 804-493-8066. Citizens can also go to the website to leave information directly, or use the TIP 411 service on that website. —Linda Farneth Discussion of hiring a police chief turns into talk of abolishing Colonial Beach PD At the October 24 Colonial Beach Town Council work session, what began with a discussion started by Councilman Jim Chiarello on proceeding to hire a permanent police chief, turned into a series of disagreements between council members on how, or if, they should proceed. During the last 17 minutes of the session, after several minutes of council members talking in generalities, it became apparent that a majority of council members, if not all, have been exploring options that would result in the abolishment of the Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD). Full responsibility for law enforcement and citizen safety in the Town of Colonial Beach would move to the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office (WCSO). Councilwoman Linda Brubaker made it a point to go on record saying that she had not publicly announced that she was either for, or against, the “merger.” Mayor Mike Ham, during a statement addressing rumors of such, stated that the question before the council should be a decision whether or not to abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department. Among the discussions, issues of whether abolishing CBPD, or a merger with WCSO, would affect the legality of golf cart use on the public streets of Colonial Beach came into question. Councilman Gary Seeber stated at one point, that he felt one man could be appointed as police chief, resulting in meeting state requirements of having a police force in order to continue to allow golf carts. What was overshadowed by several arguments between council members, and name calling at the outset of the meeting, was the fact that the council has been engaging in ongoing discussions to explore options that would ultimately leave the Town of Colonial Beach without its own police department. Chiarello began the discussion by asking council members to review the 29 applications, including that of CBPD Interim Chief William Seay. Chiarello asked that the council members help to narrow down the list to the top ten applicants, then to the top five. Chiarello then suggested sending the five remaining applications to the Police Chiefs Association for background checks and screenings, scheduling interviews in November, making a decision in December, and having a new police chief on Jan. 1. “Does that sound like a good game plan to everyone?” he asked. Opposition began with Councilman Tim Curtin, who felt the decision to hire a permanent police chief should be held off until after the council finished exploring more options. At first, Curtin’s remarks gave the impression that he felt that there was Mod pods or a new building School Board compares costs and options Linda Farneth At its Oct. 25 work session the Colonial Beach School Board heard a presentation on options to house grades K-8 at the high school campus. Schools staff presented price comparisons to the School Board for relocating mod pods for the elementary school campus to the high school campus with building a permanent structure to house grades K – 8 at the high school campus. Cost comparisons show that building a permanent structure would result in an amortization schedule of payments that could run from $14,473.78 to $18,972.18 per month, depending on the rate of interest. Currently, the school pays $13,200 per month to rent the existing mod pods. If the mod pods were moved to the high school campus, and the necessary new pods were added, the school is looking at a cost of $15,800 per month, plus a figure of $250,000 in associated moving and set-up costs. If a permanent structure is built, all set-up costs would be included in the loan amount. The structure the staff is proposing is built by Williams Scotsman Inc., and has already been put out for bid under government contracts for educational buildings. This would make the structure’s cost eligible for several types of government financing. Preliminary quotes indicate that the building would run between $4 and $4.5 million, but the school board has asked Superintendent Kathleen Beane and her staff to look into price comparisons for adding a few classrooms. The building being proposed by William Scottsman would be a twostory building with an elevator and stairway for fire exits. The lower floor would be slightly larger than the second floor. The building would have restrooms on both levels. And a covered walkway between the high school and the new building is an option being considered. The building would be prepared at the factory, in sections, while the ground is being prepared. This would save time and allow for a 90-day start to completion time frame. The building will be delivered in sections and assembled immediately. The school board discussed many options to be included and compared costs for each. Some items may be discarded based on the fact that the expenses far outweigh the needs. School Board Chairman Tim Trivett suggested looking into loans that would allow the school to borrow extra funds to make needed repairs to the high school. “We need to include the high school repairs in one big package. If it adds $500,000 we can sell property at the old school to generate funds,” Trivett said. Preliminary estimates earlier in the year for high school repairs ran around $500,000. Beane said she would get a more exact figure together for the next meeting and to present to the town council. All figures are preliminary estimates. School staff is working quickly to get exact figures to present to the Colonial Beach Town Council at the earliest meeting possible. —Linda Farneth not a good selection of applicants, but as the discussions continued, Curtin’s reasons for delaying a decision became clear. Curtin prefaced his statement asking, “How do I say this without anybody getting more upset with me?” “We have been talking about this for a while, and some other options have surfaced in the meantime. I’m leery about putting this in high gear until we can be sure that we have explored all of our options in this area. I don’t think we have yet. I will not be voting in support of hiring anybody until I’m sure we have.” Brubaker asked Curtin if he meant options with other police chiefs or options with other situations of our police department. Curtin replied, “Exactly.” Brubaker said she had concerns and voiced them to other council members. Brubaker said, “If that were to be started on, at this minute, chances of it happening are slim to none within the next legislative session.” It did not become clear right away that the council members were discussing consolidating the Colonial Beach Police Department with the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office. Brubaker said, “To go before the general assembly to change the charter to do something else, I think we need to first examine what we want to do. What do we want to do; do we want to have a police force for Colonial Beach; is it going to be a police force that is our police force?” Chiarello felt that the council should make a decision now. He said that hiring a police chief is the responsible thing to do. “We can always change course,” he said. Chiarello feels that for the time being, the council doesn’t really have a choice but to proceed See POLICE DEPT., page 2 Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office serves 58 indictments this week Many suspects already incarcerated at NNRJ Edwin L Pope Jr., 36, Oak Grove, is currently incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond on ten related charges regarding child pornography. On Friday, Oct. 25, the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office served 38 more indictments on Pope. Pope was charged with nine counts of production of child pornography, nine counts of using a communications system to facilitate child pornography, nineteen counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Pope will appear before the Westmoreland County Circuit Court on Friday, Nov. 1, to address the new charges. These crimes are still under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office at 804-493-8066, or visit to leave information directly, or use the TIP 411 service on that website. Sedrick B. Covert, 23, currently incarcerated at NNRJ, has been charged with one count of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny, and one count of destruction of property in connection with a breakin that occurred at the Three Sisters’ convenience store off of Cople Hwy. near Templeman’s Crossroads. Michael R. Bradshaw Jr., 22, Oak Grove, currently incarcerated at NNRJ, has been charged with one count of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny, and one count of destruction of property in connection with a break-in at Grant’s Hill Baptist Church in Oak Grove. Desmond L. Lee, 21, Hague, currently incarcerated at NNRJ, has been charged with one count of breaking and entering, and one count of grand larceny in connection with a break-in at a Cabin Point/Glebe Harbor area residence. Samuel M. Patton, 54, Hague, has been charged with eight counts of forgery with intent to utter coin and bank notes and one count of conspire to forge and utter coin and bank notes. Patton was being held with a $2,500 secured bond as of Friday, when he was served. Raymond R. Phillips III, 28, Colonial Beach, was picked up and served for one count of possession of a controlled schedule-one-or-two substance, namely oxycodone. He is being held at the NNRJ without bond. Jamal T. Brown, 29, of the Oldhams area, is currently incarcerated at the NNRJ. Added to his current charges are two counts of use of a firearm in attempted murder. If convicted, this would be his second offense. If anyone has information on any crime including these, residents are urged to call the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office at 804-493-8066, or visit www. to leave information directly, or use the TIP 411 service on that website. —Linda Farneth Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at • 4 Personal Trainers & Nutritional Consultant on Staff • Amazing results from our Weight Loss Program New hours: Mon - Thurs 5 am - 9 pm Friday 5 am - 7 pm • Sat & Sun 8 am - 3 pm • Yoga, Spin, Kickboxing & Zumba Classes included in membership. • Free Weight Station with a Hack Squat & Dead Lift/Shrug Machine. 116 Washington Ave. 804-410-2058

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