- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:42
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Supervisors, Stuart and Pollard engage in funding summit
The Westmoreland Supervisors met last week with Virginia Senator Richard Stuart and Delegate Albert Pollard for the purpose of soliciting creation of a revenue stream dedicated to road im-provement needs.
At the end of the day the only accomplishment was the exchange of frustrations, Pollard’s distri-bution of dismal statistics detailing the state’s diminished revenues, and Stuart’s certainty that state lawmakers lack the will to introduce any new tax in the currently distressed economic envi-ronment.
Board Chairman Woody Hynson’s extemporaneous opening comments set the tone for every-thing that followed in the exchange of June 16.
“I think we all know what the problems are,” Hynson told the Senator and Delegate. “We hear daily from our constituents and we consider it our duty to warm you all up on what we hear from the 17,000 people in this county every day.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 15:02
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It was a big deal for the late Sheriff C. W. “Buddy” Jackson and Lt. Bill England when the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office received its initial accreditation in June 2006. The accomplishment was not diminished when current Sheriff C. O. Balderson and Lt. England celebrated the department’s reaccreitation on June 14 with the members of the Board of Supervisors.
To date the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission has only conveyed the accreditation status to 82 of Virginia’s 450 law enforcement agencies. The Colonial Beach Police Department joined those ranks earlier this year, and Lt. England was credited with providing training assistance to the Colonial Beach personnel.
According to Monday night’s discussion, the commission assessors delivered a unanimous finding of program compliance. Lt. England served as accreditation manager.
The award is conveyed at four-year intervals. A former Virginia State Trooper, Balderson was elected to the office of Westmoreland County Sheriff in November 2007.
The new sheriff immediately instituted personnel and other departmental changes. He addressed the subject of that office’s reaccreditation during the supervisors’ June 14 meeting.
“This is a very humbling experience for me,” Balderson said. “Unless you have people who carry it out, the award is nothing but words on paper.”
Balderson then gave credit for the accomplishment to “all the Sheriff’s Office employees.”
“We thank you for all of the effort and the training,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson told Sheriff Balderson and Lt. England. “We are very proud of you.”
Four years ago the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office was one of 55 Virginia law enforcement agencies meriting receipt of the award. In both instances, review of the department and its performance standards was exacting.
The Sheriff’s Office became the subject of a multitude of on-site audits and reviews. In each instance, personnel had to demonstrate to peers that they possess, utilize and appropriately follow the exacting sets of standards and procedures.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:59
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Tri-State Punk Fest was June 7 Planning Commission topic
A neighbor’s complaint and last week’s report in these pages concerning the Tri-State Punk Fest allegedly held in the Leedstown woods generated considerable discussion when the Westmoreland Planning Commission met this Monday afternoon.
Commission Chairman John Felt introduced the topic with an observation that web postings promoting the May 21 through May 23 event had included language that described on-site camping accommodations.
Felt immediately suggested that overnight camping in the woods associated with that 4618 Leedstown Road address was a violation of the county’s zoning regulations. He asked Zoning Administrator Robert Fink to share his knowledge of what did or did not occur.
Fink said he believed there had been “a party at [Frank] Iannarelli’s.
“We received no complaint until the Tuesday after it allegedly happened,” he continued.
“I examined the site [on June 4]. Mr. Iannarelli said it was not a paid event and that [the music] was not very loud. [He said] there were never more than 50 or 75 people on the property.”
- Last Updated on Saturday, 05 June 2010 02:17
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Updated: 10:10 p.m., June 4
The body of Perry Smith was found at approximately 7 p.m. this evening by Colonial Beach Police Chief Christopher Hawkins.
Smith was found 3/10 of a mile from his residence, Sheriff's Major John Hoover said.
Hoover said there doesn't appear to be any signs of foul play. Smith's body will be autopsied by the medical examiner.
Smith, 54, was last seen Wednesday evening, and search parties spent Thursday evening and Friday canvassing the area.
Smith, a well-known face in the community, worked at Stuart Camp Plumbing for 34 years.
- Last Updated on Friday, 04 June 2010 14:30
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Updated: 10:10 p.m., June 4
The body of Perry Smith was found at approximately 7 p.m. this evening. Read more here.
Updated: 4:46 p.m., June 4
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Perry Smith.
Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts please contact the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Department at (804) 493-8066.
Smith, 54, is 5'8" and approximately 125 pounds with graying brown hair and a beard.
Smith’s truck and wallet were left behind and he hasn't been seen since Wednesday evening, according to neighbor and employer Barbara Camp.
Smith has worked for Stuart Camp Plumbing for approximately 34 years and he lives on the Camp’s property.
Colonial Beach Police and the Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office began a search of the Camp’s 6-acre property on Buena Vista Drive last night, but it was called off because of the storm.
Law enforcement resumed the search this morning and expanded the search radius.
CBVRS, CBVFD, Virginia Marine Resources, CBPD, Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Northern Neck Jail all are participating in the search. The Department of Corrections brought out two bloodhounds. NCIS performed flyovers this morning, hoping to spot Smith.
Nothing was found today, according to the sheriff's office. The search will continue tomorrow with the boats.
— Kathy Flanagan and Leslie Kompara
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:44
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Westmoreland County Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal this Tuesday morning that he is reviewing site plan material associated with O’Gara Group’s development of the Westmoreland-based tactical training facility’s driving course.
“O’Gara applied for a new phase [of development] a couple weeks ago,” Fink said. “The car control training course is on the same property as the shooting range and classrooms. The [site plan] material came in over a week ago, the county commented, and now we are waiting for more information to come in.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:29
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The Journal missed what web postings suggest may have been the biggest event of the year in rural Westmoreland County. The annual Tri-State Punk Fest apparently came to 4618 Leedstown Road and as many as 27 punk rock bands delivered three days of live music performances in what a neighbor thinks was a clearing Northern Neck ATV Park operator and owner Frank Iannarelli created in a wooded area near the mud-bog tracks.
G.W. Fisher said the music rattled his family’s china right off the cupboard shelves and was louder and bigger than the previously held live music event. He said the lyrics were filled with the worst kinds of obscenities and were offensive to his own Christian standards.