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Thief Gets Almost 2 Years for Burglaries in Kenbridge



Jonathan Allen Settle , an 18-year-old Kenbridge man , was recently sentenced to one year and 11 months in jail for burglarizing and stealing from three residences on Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Kenbridge.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement praised the Kenbridge Police Department for fine work in solving the crimes which also involved two juveniles who were prosecuted in the Juvenile Court.  Items stolen included a .357 magnum handgun which was recovered after it was sold to local man, a safe with savings bonds, two bottles of hydrocodone pills, and beer and cuts of meat from a freezer. One of the three residences was broken into twice. Entrance was gained by breaking a sliding glass door, a basement window, and a garage door.

Settle’s convictions include four counts of burglary, one count of felony Larceny of a Firearm, and one count of Grand Larceny.

Conditions of Settle’s suspended portion of his remaining 28 year, one month sentence include good behavior, supervised probation upon his release, counseling, no contact and staying off the property of the victims, restitution of $2,498.25 to the victims, and warrantless searches.

Probation for Welfare Fraud



Vanessa Ann Woods , a 41-year-old Lunenburg woman of 6236 Poorhouse Road, was recently sentenced to six months in jail for failure to abide by her rules of probation on a 2014 conviction in Lunenburg Circuit Court on one felony count of Welfare Fraud by False Application and one felony count of Welfare Fraud by False Statements.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, Woods failed to make monthly payments on restitution to the Department of Social Services, owing a balance of

$568 out of a total of $718, failed to do any of her community service, tested positive for cocaine in October and December, and failed to participate in a substance abuse class.

After her release from jail, she will be on supervised probation, must still complete 50 hours of community service, must repay the restitution, and cannot apply for welfare benefits for herself for at least ten years.

Woods’ offenses involved selling her EBT card for cash, and failing to report income from a job for about one and a half years.

Before she was charged, Woods was receiving $668 per month for most of the months in  SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) from October, 2012 to March, 2014.

Charlotte County’s special olympics coaches are getting some help


Charlotte County’s special olympics coaches are getting some help. American Legion Post 260 and Past Commander Douglas Randolph made generous donations to Special Olympics, Local Coordinator and Coach, Joanne Catron last month (On Friday, June 26), who will be traveling with Team Virginia to Los Angeles, California July 25 to coach at the Special Olympics World Games 2015. Catron the community support is much appreciated. A half million spectators are predicted to be in attendance at the Special Olympics World Games with over 7,000 athletes, and 177 countries participating. The event will run from July 25 through August 2.

After nearly 4 decades in Appomattox County government Aileen Ferguson said good-bye


After nearly 4 decades in Appomattox County government Aileen Ferguson said good-bye to her fellow employees and supporters last week. The 62 year old announced in September 2014 that she would be retiring this year, but said she plans to stay busy, as she will remain on the VASAP Board of Directors, and the Spout Spring Ruritan Club. She has also agreed to serve on the 1865 Historic Appomattox Foundation Board of Directors. Looking back, Ferguson said the best part about being a County Administrator was doing something that benefits her fellow citizens. Her retirement became official on June 30. Susan Adams has been hiried for her replacement.

Former School Employee Goes on Trial Next Week


A trial will begin next week for a former employee of Prince Edward County Schools who is charged with embezzlement and forgery. Eric Vaughan was the supervisor of maintenance for the schools until he was fired last October. Vaughan was indicted by a grand jury in November.

Reed Seeks Second Term as Sheriff


Wesley Reed would like another term as Sheriff of Prince Edward County. Reed, who is completing his first term as sheriff,has announced that he will be a candidate for a second term. Reed has more than 31 years of law enforcement experience, including 12 years as chief deputy of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators Look Into Longwood Golf Course Fire


The Virginia State Police Fire investigation unit is looking into a recent fire at the Longwood Golf Course. Farmville Fire Chief Goss told the Southside Messenger that preliminary findings point to an overheated golf cart battery as the cause of the blaze which broke out around midday on June 26th. A shed and four or five golf carts housed inside were lost in the fire.

Simple tips to increase your safety on the road for a safe holiday


The Virginia Trucking Association (VTA) is urging the nearly 1.2 million Virginians expected to travel our highways over the Independence Day weekend to drive safely. VTA offers these simple tips to increase your safety on the road for a safe holiday, including always wearing your seatbelt to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, watch your speed, and don’t drive and drive.The holidays are often a time for merriment, but if you’ve had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. And lastly, VTA officials say do not cut in front of large trucks.

Fireworks Are Tonight


Farmville kicks off its Independence Day celebration this afternoon with Fireworks After Dark at the Farmville Regional Airport. It costs 5 bucks per car to get in, and it all starts at 4:30. A band starts playing at 6, and there’s a talent show at 7:30. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30, with more music afterward. You’ll find plenty of food and drink on sale at the even, and activities for kids, too. It’s all sponsored by the Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County and a number of business. You can bring in a cooler, but no bottles, and please leave your pets at home.

Last year’s 4th of July shooting in Farmville has sheriff standing his ground


With the shooting death of a young Farmville resident last July 4 weekend at a popular party, Sheriff Ricky Walker says the county’s Special Entertainment Permit ordinance will be strictly enforced.


Farmville’s Fireworks After Dark will be held Friday (July 3) at the Farmville Regional Airport. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.. Pets and glass bottles are prohibited, although coolers will be allowed.

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