Articles from October 2007



A convicted drug user supports Harvey Latney (and Homer Johnson, Maxie Rozell, and Calvin Taylor)

No big surprise there, right?

Pamela Joan Mastropaolo (also a shoplifter extraordinaire), pled guilty to a felony charge of obtaining drugs by fraud (§ 18.2-258.1) in Henrico County Circuit Court. It was latter reduced to a misdemeanor charge of obtaining drugs by fraud.

She was still on probation from her previous shoplifting escapades however no show cause was issued in Williamsburg/James City County Circuit Court for violation of probation. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the fact that the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Williams/James City County is a Democrat and Pamela Mastropaolo and her husband Michael happen to be big Democratic contributors, right?

She’s also working as Latney’s campaign manager. She’s also going around claiming to be a reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. According to a phone call to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s office, she no longer works there. So, who am I to trust? The person that has pled guilty to two felonies already, or the person I talked to at the Richmond Times-Dispatch?

Also, according to Latney’s most recent campaign finance report the address given for Pamela Mastropaolo is:

1417 Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23220

That just happens to be the address for Harvey Latney’s office.

So Harvey, why do you have someone that has twice pled guilty to felonies in your office and helping on your campaign?

So Homer, are you going to stop having a convicted drug user and shoplifter hand out signs for you? Oh wait, you’re already the convicted felon choice for sheriff…

So Maxie, are you going to return that campaign contribution?

So Calvin, ditto on the campaign contribution?

Pamela Mastropaolo helping to hand out signs for Homer Johnson, Harvey Latney, and Calvin Taylor at the Frog Level Harvest Festival.

Pamela Mastropaolo (center, in the tent on the right) chatting with Maxie Rozell (right, in the tent on the right) at the Frog Level Harvest Festival.

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PDF of Pamela Mastropaolo’s sentencing order [social security number and date of birth redacted].

pdficon_small PDF of Harvey Latney’s most recent campaign contributions.

Shelia Boone to plead guilty

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Ex-secretary to plead guilty to embezzlement:

Shelia Mae Boone, accused of embezzling thousands from a dead woman’s estate through the lawyer she worked for, is scheduled to plead guilty today in federal court.

The lawyer she worked for, Harvey Latney Jr., works part time as the commonwealth’s attorney of Caroline County.

Boone, a Caroline resident, had been scheduled for trial next week. She was indicted in August by a federal grand jury on two counts of bank fraud and one of aggravated identity theft.

She is scheduled to plead guilty under the terms of an agreement with federal prosecutors.

The indictment alleges that she deposited two forged checks into a Wachovia Bank account, one written for $86,786.54 in September 2002 and one for $185,000 in January 2005.

Both checks were drawn on an account holding money from the estate of Florence C. Williams, who died in 2002.

Latney was the executor of the estate. Boone was the only employee in Latney’s law practice in Richmond.

Boone is charged with bank fraud for the two alleged forged checks and with identity theft for allegedly using Williams’ name on them.

Authorities said Latney was “totally taken aback” when authorities discovered the missing money. That was after authorities started to investigate complaints from the Williams family about how long it was taking to settle the $420,000 estate.

Authorities have said they believe Boone kept Latney from seeing letters about the Williams estate and replied to some of them herself, forging Latney’s signature. They think she erased some voice-mail telephone messages and accepted court summonses for Latney without telling him.

UPDATE: From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Lawyer’s aide pleads guilty to fraud:

Shelia Mae Boone pleaded guilty this afternoon to one count of bank fraud for embezzling money from an escrow account kept by Harvey Latney Jr., the lawyer she worked for.

Latney, besides having a private law practice, works part-time as commonwealth’s attorney for Caroline County.

Boone, 49, of Caroline, was charged in U.S. District Court with two counts of bank fraud and with one of agravated identity theft.

Under her agreement with the U.S. attorney, Boone pleaded to the single count and stipulated that the loss from her fraudulent actions is $92,930.42.

Boone, who was the only employee in Latney’s law practice, admitted writing checks drawn on Latney’s bank accounts maintained for clients. The activity started in 2004 and lasted at least until November 2006.

The maximum possible prison term for bank fraud is 30 years. Boone’s penalty will likely be much less at her sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 8.

Nice to see the mental health system has improved in Virginia…

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Slaying suspect was off his meds:

The man police say stabbed a 70-year-old woman to death in Richmond on Saturday morning suffered from a schizophrenic condition and had not been taking his court-ordered medication, according to a law-enforcement source.

The source also said suspect Johnny F. Hughes, 52, was charged with attempted murder in the mid-1990s but was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Court records indicate that Hughes was convicted in June of carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to seven months in jail, with six months suspended.

The court ordered Hughes to take anti-psychotic medicine, the source said, and he was to be monitored by the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. Attempts to reach the authority yesterday were unsuccessful.

Less than five months after his conviction, Hughes encountered Susanne L. Thompson on Saturday shortly before 9 a.m. as she walked her dog on West Broad Street near the Department of Motor Vehicles’ main offices. Moments later, she was dead, stabbed multiple times with a large pocketknife.

Caroline Board of Supervisors Candidate Profiles (with commentary from me)

From The Free Lance–Star: Three seek Bowling Green seat in Caroline:

After serving on the Caroline County Board of Supervisors since 1988, Robert Farmer of the Bowling Green District is calling it quits for this year’s election.

Farmer’s absence from the ballot ushers in three new contenders for the Bowling Green seat–two independents and one Republican.

The other four incumbents are seeking re-election, with three facing challengers.

In the Madison District, John Green takes on incumbent Wayne Acors, who has been on the board since 1988. Floyd Thomas is being challenged by independent Bill Pickett in the Mattaponi District and Port Royal District incumbent Calvin Taylor faces Bobby Popowicz.

Reedy Church incumbent Maxie Rozell is unopposed.

Yes, I know, it’s unfortunate, isn’t it?

Bowling Green district

There’s a three-way competition for Farmer’s seat between Independents Damon Gray, George Spaulding and Republican Jeff Sili.

Sili, who served eight years on the School Board, noted education, economic development and water quality as the most important campaign issues.

At a recent candidates forum, Sili noted that in his job as a systems engineer, he develops technologies for five years down the road. He wants the same planning for the county.

“We need to look forward, we need to be visionary, we also have to make sure we have a plan that is feasible when we get there,” Sili said.

Spaulding, who has been on the School Board for 13 years, said his list is topped by growth, education and citizen services, specifically for the Sheriff’s Office and fire and rescue.

As a retired teacher and coach, Spaulding says he could devote more time to being a supervisor.

“I don’t have a full-time job, this would be my full-time job,” he said at a recent forum. “Some questions you can’t answer unless you are on the job.”

Gray did not respond to The Free Lance-Star’s request for personal and campaign information, but was present at the forum.

A 40-year resident of the county, Gray said he believes the county should offer incentives to businesses to relocate to the district. He also said he supports more funding for small parks in the county.

Madison district

Wayne Acors, who has held the district seat for close to two decades, lists managed and planned growth, education and transportation as leading issues.

When asked at a recent forum about boosting the county’s water supply, he cited current plans to withdraw water from the Rappahannock River and the recent purchase of a well in Ladysmith.

“Planned growth”? Is spending over $40,000,000 to transport water from the Rappahannock River to Ladysmith “planned growth”?

You guys in Ladysmith have fun drinking water that would have been cheaper to go to Food Lion, buy some bottle water, and pour down a pipe. Also have fun drinking wastewater (from Fredericksburg) that hasn’t been treated properly and water that has high levels of PCBs (thanks, in part, to the old Sylvia Plant).

Acors, also, was it your brilliant idea to use an emergency resource to send out a Department of Economic Development press release?

John Green, a lifelong county resident, called the county’s water and infrastructure plans “flawed” and “ill prepared.”

“We’re under mandatory water restrictions,” Green said. “There’s a water shortage all across the state. We’ve got to aggressively pursue obtaining water.”

Green listed public safety, education and development as his top priorities.

The two had opposing views on the BPOL tax and school topics as well.

Acors said he would not vote to eliminate the BPOL tax; Green said phasing it out would make the county more business-friendly.

When asked what the most important issues were for Caroline schools, Green said cooperation between supervisors and the School Board.

Acors said he supports the School Board, but has to consider other county services in budgeting, too.

“I’d like to give the School Board all the money in the world that they ask for, but I’m a realist,” he said.

You support the School Board when it helps your district. When is Bowling Green going to get a new school?

Mattaponi district

Bill Pickett favors working closely with the School Board to improve facilities, running the county in a professional manner and addressing police, fire and rescue needs as a result of growth.

Floyd Thomas, who has held the seat since 1992, supports increased funding to schools, providing more job opportunities for residents and maintaining the quality of life by managing growth but keeping a rural feel.

The two were asked at a recent candidate forum about measures they would propose to make supervisors more available to residents. Both favored dedicated e-mail and phone calls as ways for constituents to contact them.

On a related question about bringing all county technology up to date, both had similar ideas.

Thomas suggested putting new computers in places such as grocery stores so residents could have more access. Pickett said more computers and computer programs would improve communication throughout the county.

Stop wasting money and you might be able to do that.

port royal district

Taylor, like Thomas, has also served on the board since 1992.

He faces opposition from Popowicz, who believes forming a five-year budget plan for schools, altering the county’s comprehensive water plan and keeping the tax burden off of citizens are all top priorities.

Taylor listed effective citizen communication, quality education for students, and balancing development to maintain a rural county while attracting business as his election issues.

“Quality education”? The county fails to make adequately yearly progress in 66% of the schools, SAT scores are down 6.12% and the lowest in the region!

At a candidate forum earlier this month the two were asked how using historical assets in the district for tourism could bring in income for the county.

Popowicz said he’s in favor of signing the county onto free statewide programs in order to promote tourism. Taylor said income from county tourism could be used to benefit students, parents and other citizens in the district.

Wait a second, isn’t the money from the hotel tax going to help pay for the visitors center? From one of Percy Ashcraft’s letters to the editor at The Caroline Progress: “Operation of the visitor center will be paid for exclusively from the Tourism Fund. This fund generates approximately $150,000 per year from transient occupancy tax (“hotel/motel tax”) revenues charged to visitors who stay overnight in the county’s motels.” You’re really on top of things there Calvin…

When asked what they’d do to attract and retain small upscale businesses, grocery stores, shops and restaurants, they took a different approach.

“As far as the county as a whole, I think we need to do everything we can in our comprehensive plan to provide ares where stores coming in can be profitable,” Taylor said. “We need to look at utilities in various areas and areas that are conducive to the kind of industry we want.”

You mean like banning the outdoor displays of businesses?

Popowicz said he supported an “aggressive” economic development plan, including phasing out the BPOL tax.

“We have the means, we just have to put through the effort,” he said. “I think we need to look at our industrial parks because they are key to this economy.”

A breakdown of the parade of champions (the incumbents) and the challengers:

BOWLING GREEN DISTRICT

NAME: Damon L. Gray

ADDRESS: File Road

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent

AGE: 55

OCCUPATION: Building contractor, Progressive Homes

NOTE: Gray did not respond to a questionnaire about his campaign.

NAME: Jeff Sili

ADDRESS: Bowling Green

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served on Caroline County School Board from 1992 to 1999. Chair of Caroline Republican Committee. Ran for supervisor in 2003.

AGE: 48

FAMILY: Married

OCCUPATION: Senior systems engineer

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Norfolk State, 1987

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Bowling Green Baptist Church: member, serves on drama and technology teams and numerous others; former president, Caroline Chamber of Commerce; Caroline Ruritans; appointment to General Assembly’s JCOTS Technology Committee.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Education, economic development and water quality.

NAME: George Spaulding

ADDRESS: Bowling Green

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Bowling Green Town Council, eight years; Caroline County School Board, 13 years

AGE: 69

FAMILY: Married, two daughters

OCCUPATION: Retired educator (33 years as teacher, coach and administrator)

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s, University of Charleston, 1958; master’s, William & Mary, 1966

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Calvary Baptist Church, chairman of Deacons for 35 years, adult Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher; member, Physician’s Advisory Committee, Virginia Primary Care Associates.

HONORS, AWARDS WON: Coach of the Year, Fredericksburg Area; State All Star Coach, 1975; Sports Hall of Fame, Williamson High School, Williamson, W.Va., 2003; “Key to the County” from Caroline County Board of Supervisors, 2007.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Growth, Education, Citizen’s Services (Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue).

MADISON DISTRICT NAME: Wayne A. Acors

ADDRESS: Ladysmith

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Has served on Board of Supervisors for 20 years.

AGE: 60

FAMILY: Wife, Julia; two children

OCCUPATION: Traffic manager

EDUCATION: Attended University of Richmond

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Ladysmith Baptist Church and the Madison Ruritan Club

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Managed & planned growth, education and transportation.

NAME: John C. Green

ADDRESS: Golansville

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran for board seat four years ago

AGE: 46

FAMILY: Divorced

OCCUPATION: 25 years as a firefighter and paramedic with Chesterfield County Fire and EMS, the last 18 years as a flight paramedic on Med-Flight I

EDUCATION: Graduated from Caroline High School, 1979; pursuing a degree in emergency medical services at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of Ladysmith Rescue Squad since 1979, held numerous offices including seven years as captain, earned Life Membership in 1999; member, Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Company, 1978 to 1988; represented Caroline on the Rappahannock EMS Council Board of Directors in the mid-1990s. Member of Carmel Baptist Church.

HONORS, AWARDS WON: Ladysmith Rescue Squad, Squad-person of the Year 1991 and 1996, H&H Award for Meritorious Service 1994; Greater Richmond Retail Merchants Association 2003 Bronze Star Valor Award recipient; numerous unit citations and life save awards with Med-Flight I and Chesterfield Fire and EMS.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Public safety (fire protection and EMS); education (comprehensive plan for improvements, facilities and staff); and development (proper infrastructure for growth).

MATTAPONI DISTRICT NAME: Bill Pickett

ADDRESS: Cool Water Drive

POLITICAL PARTY: Independent

AGE: 52

FAMILY: Wife, Frances; two sons

OCCUPATION: Director of operations, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Milford

EDUCATION: Malcolm Community College, Warren, Michigan; Certified Building and Planning, Commonwealth of Virginia; Class A Building License, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Briefly got involved with the Caroline High School building class last year and saw the need for materials to teach the course; plans to help again this year.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Work with School Board to improve quality of education. Run the county in a professional manner (budget and planning, develop a strong county administration). Address growth’s impact on police, fire and rescue.

NAME: Floyd Thomas

ADDRESS: Bowling Green

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Chairman, Citizen Solid Waste Task Force, 1991; member, Board of Supervisors, 1992 to present.

AGE: 51

FAMILY: Wife, Linda; one daughter

OCCUPATION: Sales representative, Oracle Corporation

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s, Howard University School of Architecture and Planning, 1979; Project Management Certificate, The College of William and Mary, 1987.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Trustee, St. Stephens Baptist Church; member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

HONORS, AWARDS WON: National Competitive Scholarship, Howard University; Omega Man of the Year Award, 1992; Intergraph sales awards 1996, 1997; Caroline school recognition for Germanna scholarship program, 2007.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Increase funding for education; provide more job opportunities for county residents; maintain the quality of life (manage growth and maintain a low tax rate; do not implement a gas tax).

PORT ROYAL DISTRICT NAME: Bobby Popowicz

ADDRESS: Guinea Station Road

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran for supervisor in 2003.

AGE: 39

FAMILY: Single

OCCUPATION: Loan officer, Flagstar bank

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Bridgewater College, 1993

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Port Royal Ruritans; Property Associations of Virginia (POAVA); International Executives Guild.

HONORS, AWARDS WON: Letter of Commendation from governor of Virginia in December 1996 for disaster relief evaluation effort

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Develop a five-year school budget plan to fund repairs and improvements; planning (comprehensive water plan and aggressive economic development); keep tax burden off citizens (cap assessment increases, phase out BPOL tax).

NAME: Calvin Taylor

ADDRESS: Stonewall Jackson Road

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Member of the Board of Supervisors, 1992 to present; former president of Caroline County Social Services Board; former president of Caroline County Education Association; member and education committee chairman, Virginia Association of Counties

AGE: 56

FAMILY: Wife, Wanda; two sons

OCCUPATION: Educational consultant; retired from Caroline County schools after 33 years as a teacher and later assistant principal at middle school

Wait a second, educational consultant? Didn’t you say the following a couple months ago: “Also, I’m now retired and I really have the time that’s necessary to be an elected official.”?

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Virginia Union University; master’s degree, Virginia Commonwealth University

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg

THREE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS RACE: Effective citizen communication to provide an appropriate quality of life, quality education; a balance between planned development and maintaining rural character; attracting business and industry while maintaining a low tax rate.

Operation Crack (Out) of Dawn

From the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office: Operation Crack of Dawn [emphasis mine]:

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office concluded the largest undercover drug operation in the history of the department with a series of arrests that took place last night.

Operation Crack of Dawn began in February of 2005 when Caroline Narcotics Investigators initiated an investigation into a large scale organized drug ring being operated out of the Dawn area of Caroline County. As the investigation progressed and identified drug suppliers outside of Caroline County the Caroline Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Virginia State Police, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration to complete the investigation.

Investigators from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police set out yesterday evening to conclude this operation by arresting six remaining suspects on Caroline County Circuit Court indictments for drug distribution related charges. As a result they arrested Kevin Smith of Spotsylvania, Terry Goodall of Ashland, Shawn Braxton of Richmond and De’Lonte Morris, Travis Tillman of Caroline County. While attempting to arrest one of these suspects Investigators went to a known drug distribution area of the county and a foot chase with three individuals followed. Investigators caught all three of the suspects that ran and seized drugs from all three of them resulting in additional charges. From this one foot chase Investigators seized $3,000.00 worth of suspected crack cocaine, $500.00 worth of suspected marijuana and $1,000.00 in cash.

This operation began in February of 2005 when Caroline Narcotics Investigators initiated an investigation into a large scale organized drug ring being operated out of the Dawn area of Caroline County. As the investigation progressed and identified drug suppliers outside of Caroline County the Caroline Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Virginia State Police, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration to complete the investigation. During this operation Investigators seized more than six kilograms of cocaine with a street value of over a half of a million dollars which was transported or intended to be transported to Caroline County. Investigators also seized more than 20 vehicles which were purchased with illegally obtained monies including boats, motorcycles, SUV’s, and luxury vehicles along with $50,000.00 in cash.

Over the course of this operation Investigators indicted a total of 62 suspects, 47 of which were residents of Caroline County and 15 suspects from other areas such as the City of Richmond, Hampton, VA, King William, VA, Mecklenburg, VA, Hanover, VA, Woodbridge, VA, New York City and Atlanta GA. This operation also led to the arrest of a wanted fugitive from Caroline County that has been wanted for drug distribution related charges since 1999. Caroline Narcotics Investigators estimate that by breaking this ring of sixty two suspected cocaine dealers they have prevented the shipment of three million dollars worth of cocaine per year into Caroline County.

Most of the suspects in this case have been tried and convicted by either the United States Attorney’s Office or the Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney. Thus far, prosecutors have maintained a 100% conviction rate with sentencing ranging from suspended jail time with drug diversion programs to life imprisonment.

Sheriff Tony Lippa stated, “This operation was a great success and dealt a major blow to illegal drug dealers in and around Caroline County. I would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies and Officers involved in this operation for their hard work and dedication. Furthermore, I want to thank the citizens of Caroline County that played a vital role in this operation by furnishing information, by expressing their concerns and supporting this Sheriff’s Office.”

From CBS 6 in Richmond, Virginia: Just On 6: Caroline Deputies Clean Up The County:

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UPDATE: From NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia: Caroline County indicts more than 60 on drug charges:

Caroline County officials have indicted more than 60 people in an undercover drug operation spanning more than two years.

The sheriff’s office is calling this Operation Crack of Dawn. Deputies have broken up an organized drug ring in the Dawn community, which they believe was bringing in more than $3 million worth of cocaine to the county each year.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office has wrapped up its largest undercover drug operation in the history of the department. For the past few years, deputies have been working to crack open an organized drug ring in the Dawn community, made possible by its proximity to major roadways.

Now, 62 suspected cocaine dealers from New York to Atlanta — the majority from Caroline County — are facing charges and tens of thousands of dollars worth of evidence has been seized.

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UPDATE #2: From NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia: Caroline County indicts more than 60 on drug charges (6 o’clock story):

The largest undercover drug operation in the history of Caroline County has broken up a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring. Officials say it’s a win in a significant battle in their war on drugs.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa says they have been working on this for more than two years now in conjunction with other local agencies and at the state and federal level.

Sixty-two people have been indicted and tens of thousands of dollars worth of evidence has been seized.

Multiple cars are now evidence in a multimillion-dollar drug ring that was being run out of the Dawn community of Caroline County. Officials are calling the drug bust Operation Crack of Dawn.

They’ve indicted 62 people as suspected cocaine dealers, 47 of whom are from Caroline, and they’ve taken away anything they think could have been helping move the drugs.

Sheriff Lippa says the war on drugs is an ongoing battle in Caroline County, specifically because their close proximity to major roadways creates a problem with drug trafficking.

Police believe this drug bust alone will stop more than $3 million worth of cocaine from making its way into the community each year — something he hopes is a step in the right direction, especially for Dawn.

You can call in anonymous tips to the sheriff’s office. The tip line is 633-1133.

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Your county tax dollars at work…, Part 4

Paying for help wanted ads for a private company? And using the Roam Secure Network to send out a press release (scroll down) by the Director of the Department of Economic Development, Gary Wilson, as an “emergency alert” for the same company?

On October 10, 2007, the Director of the Department of Economic Department, Gary Wilson, and the County Administrator, Percy Ashcraft, send out a press release as an “emergency alert” to the email accounts of subscribers of Caroline County’s Roam Secure Network. A separate “emergency alert” was sent to subscribers’ cell phones telling them to check their email for the press release.

The press release included comments from Maxie Rozell, Floyd Thomas, and Wayne Acors regarding the announcement that VSE, Inc. was adding a 100 new jobs to their organization. Apparently, the county doesn’t have anything better to do with our tax dollars than use an emergency resource to send a press release for candidates less than a mouth before an election.

In the October 24, 2007, editions of The Caroline Progress (p. B3) and The Free Lance-Star (p. E12) there was ads for the same company, VSE Inc., with the statement that “Caroline County Board of Supervisors announces that […]” and that the “The Jobs Hotline is a free service to Caroline Businesses.” The ad in The Caroline Progress was a half-page ad. When’s the last time the Sheriff’s Office or the Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management had a half-page ad paid for them?

Free service to businesses? What about the taxpayers in the county? Ads for The Caroline Progress and The Free Lance-Star can cost in excess of $1,000.00. Can a private business not pay for their own damn ads instead of the taxpayers paying for propaganda for the members of the Board of Supervisors?

So, tell me, Maxie (since I know you come to this blog), how much money are you and your buddies on the Board of Supervisors, along with Percy Ashcraft, and Gary Wilson, wasting? And Maxie, why wouldn’t you answer my comment on your own blog (which you have since blocked access to)?

Also, Maxie, who at the Department of Economic Department has nothing better to do than edit Wikipedia pages?

Funeral Held for Deputy Killed in Crash

From MyFox Washington DC: Funeral Held for Deputy Killed in Crash:

Friends, family, and fellow officers said a final goodbye Thursday to a Stafford Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty. Jason Mooney was killed when he lost control of his cruiser while responding to an accident. Fox 5’s Sherri Ly reports.

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From Fredericksburg.com: Video: Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney laid to rest:

Friends, family and representatives from more than 20 law enforcement and fire and rescue agencies gather to remember Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney.

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Some photographs here and here.

Justice in Caroline? Nope, just nolle prosequis. Part 6, the drug problem.

From CBS 6 (WTVR) in Richmond, Virginia (March 31, 2004): Caroline County Police Make Drug Arrests:

Caroline County authorities raided two homes, seizing the largest amount of cash in the county’s history. Two brothers are charged with possession and distribution of cocaine as a result of those raids just before five a-m on Saturday. Sheriff Tony Lippa says the cash at one location was approximately 48-thousand dollars in Ruther Glen. An additional 22-thousand dollars was seized at the residence in Bowling Green. Thirty-seven-year-old Dimitri Myers and his 31-year-old brother Corey are being held in the Pamunkey Regional jail on no bond. Lippa says this is the third time the pair have been charged with this offense. Authorities also seized marijuana, hash, heroin, crack cocaine and pills suspected to be ecstasy. Lippa says the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

  • Dimitri Myers’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 8, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
    • April 5, 2002, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving under the influence.
    • February 22, 2002, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possessing firearm with drugs.
      • Nolle prosequi – Convicted felon possessing firearm.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • September 10, 1998, Hanover County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Failure to wear seat belt.
    • April 24, 1998, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of scale.
      • Nolle prosequi – Obstruction of law enforcement
  • Corey Myers’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • September 29, 2004, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • June 8, 2004, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Felony eluding.
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
      • Guilty – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of heroin.
      • Guilty – Felony possession of marijuana.
    • March 31, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Obstruction of justice.
      • Nolle prosequi – Defective equipment.
      • Nolle prosequi –  Reckless driving.
      • Nolle prosequi – Driving under the influence.
    • May 19, 2000, Caroline County General District:
      • Prepaid – Failure to stop at stop sign.
      • Guilty – No motorcycle operator’s license.
      • Guilty – 72/55 speeding.
    • October 31, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Driving under the influence.
    • May 23, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Prepaid – No county decal.
    • August 31, 1994, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

From the AP via CBS 6 (WTVR) in Richmond, Virginia (January 3, 2005): Caroline County Family Drug Bust:

Authorities have a charged a Caroline County family on numerous drug charges and have seized drugs, their home and six vehicles in the process. Authorities raided the Stevens family home last week. They found crack cocaine, Ecstasy pills and three bags of heroin. Five members of the Stevens family, 57-year-old Irvin, 54-year-old Gloria, 26 year-old Saleem, 24-year-old Shane and 21-year-old Sherenda all face multiple counts off possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy. Each of them also face firearms violations. Irvin and Gloria Stevens also face counts maintaining a common nuisance. The Stevens home was scene of a drug bust in July. Gloria Stevens has been released on 75-hundred dollars bond. The remaining family members are being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail without bond.

  • Irvin Stevens’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • May 22, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty (appealing to Court of Appeals of Virginia) – Distribution of cocaine.
    • March 14, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • June 13, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • June 24, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to violate Drug Control Act.
      • Nolle prosequi – Maintain common nuisance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance with firearm.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of heroin.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • September 24, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Maintain fortified drug house.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
  • Gloria Stevens’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 24, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to violate Drug Control Act.
      • Nolle prosequi – Maintain common nuisance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance with firearm.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of heroin.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
  • Saleem Stevens’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • July 10, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
    • June 24, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of Schedule I/II drugs.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to violate Drug Control Act.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance with firearm.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of heroin.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
  • Shane Stevens’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • March 14, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of MDA.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • June 13, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of MDMA.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
    • June 24, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to violate Drug Control Act.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Reckless driving.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of heroin.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
    • May 22, 2002, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • October 20, 1999, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Brandishing firearm.
      • Guilty – Maiming.
    • September 3, 1999, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of firearm with drugs.
      • Nolle prosequi – Show cause – failure to comply with pretrial conditions.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
  • Sherenda Stevens’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • February 16, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Voluntary manslaughter.
    • May 19, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
      • Nolle prosequi – Maliciously shooting.
    • April 25, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine [knock back from distribution of cocaine].
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine [knock back from distribution of cocaine].
    • June 24, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Conspiracy to violate Drug Control Act.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of ecstacy.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of heroin.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance with firearm.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • December 10, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • September 24, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • October 26, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Maiming.
      • Guilty – Assault and battery.

Good one Harvey! She just ended up killing someone! Justice has been served in Caroline County!

From Caroline County, VA JUSTICE (January 24, 2006): Caroline Sheriff’s office strikes again!:

Search Warrant Executed/Arrests Made

According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, an ongoing criminal investigation of illegal drug activity led to the execution of a search warrant at 16020 Frances Ave. Milford, VA. Several Sheriff’s Office personnel were involved in the execution of the warrant to which the deputies found ½ ounce of powdered cocaine, 4-5 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, packaging materials, and U. S. currency.

The following arrests were made:

Name Age Address Charges

Edward Arrington

25

Milford, VA

Possession with the intent

To distribute Marijuana &

Cocaine

Joseph Hodge

26

Fredericksburg, VA

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Cocaine

Billy Jackson

32

Fredericksburg, VA

Possession of Marijuana

The investigation was centered on drug activity which was reported to the Sheriff’s Office, “I am pleased with the information given to us by the concerned citizens of Caroline County and I want to thank them for their help which enhances our continued war on drugs in our community” stated Lippa.

This investigation is continuing.

  • Edward Arrington’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • May 23, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • October 10, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
    • March 10, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • February 11, 2004, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of drug paraphernalia [knock back from felony possession of cocaine].
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana as an accommodation [knock back from felony distribution of marijuana].
    • May 23, 2003, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of a controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of marijuana.
    • April 18, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obscene display.
    • August 9, 2002, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • November 9, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obstruction of justice.
    • July 27, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Underage consumption.
    • March 4, 1999, Hanover General District:
      • Guilty – Underage possession of alcohol.

From Caroline County, VA JUSTICE (April 2, 2006): Sheriff Lippa’s TEAM nabs another of America’s most wanted!:

According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, on April 1st, 2006 at approximately 1:00 am, Deputy D. W. Mundie was patrolling the Carmel Church area when he observed a 1999 Toyota drive off Welcome Way Lane. As the Deputy activated his emergency equipment, a short pursuit followed as the driver attempted to elude the Deputy. The vehicle crashed on Jericho Road near Rt. 1. Sergeant Cary, Deputies Crowder, Dip, and Melson assisted Deputy Mundie in the apprehension of the driver. The driver was later flown to VCU Medical Center where he is recovering from non-fatal injuries. Upon his release, he will be transported to the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

The driver was later identified as Shane Christian Upright: 40 years of age with the last known Virginia address of 1815 Core Ave. # 3 Norfolk VA. He is believed to be a resident of Currituck County, NC.

On April 1, 2006, Deputy D. W. Mundie obtained warrants for the following charges against Shane Upright:

  1. Possession of Marijuana
  2. Possession of a Firearm after being a convicted felon
  3. Possession of a concealed weapon
  4. Felony attempt to Elude a police officer
  5. Reckless driving
  6. No Valid Operators License

Upright was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Trooper Davis of the Virginia State Police is handling the crash along with the recovery of this vehicle, according to Sheriff Lippa.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office also served outstanding warrants from Virginia Beach, VA on Upright this morning for a robbery, malicious wounding, and being in possession of burglary tools.

“I am very proud of Deputy Mundie and credit him with excellent police work. Deputy Mundie’s, observations and initiative allowed him to capture a criminal who appears to be a suspect in other crimes that stem from assault by strangulation in Currituck County, North Carolina to a bank robbery in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It appears to me that Upright was looking to commit a crime in the Carmel Church area, but thanks to Deputy Mundie’s proactive approach the businesses and citizens of Caroline County were safe last night from this perpetrator.”

  • Shane Christian Upright’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • October 23, 2006, Virginia Beach Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Violation of probation.
      • Guilty – Robbery.
      • Guilty – Grand larceny of a motor vehicle.
    • May 12, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Concealed weapon.
      • Guilty – Possession of stolen vehicle.
      • Guilty – Reckless driving.
      • Guilty – No driver’s license.
      • Nolle prosequi – Transport of firearm by felon.
      • Nolle prosequi – Eluding.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • October 29, 1996, Virginia Beach Circuit:
      • Guilty – Grand larceny.
      • Guilty – False pretense.

From WFLS News (May 8, 2006): Caroline’s drug bust:

A joint drug investigation in Caroline County leads to a total of 16 people arrested.

Sheriff Tony Lippa says after a almost a year of an undercover drug operation, a mass arrest of 14 adults and 2 juveniles started early this morning.

He says the illegal drug activity and suspects are scattered throughout the county.

Most of the perpetrators are charged with distribution of cocaine.

Lippa also says the investigation is still ongoing with more arrests possible.

Michael Acors, 26, Bowling Green

Edward Arrington, 25, Milford

Randall Capps, 21, Ruther Glen

Roger Carpenter, 38, Woodford

Phillip Jones, 47, Ruther Glen

Lewis “Buggy” Reynolds 47, King George

Jermaine Shepherd 27, Ruther Glen

Joseph Woolfolk, 47, Woodford

  • Michael Acors’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • February 5, 2007, Fredericksburg Circuit:
      • Guilty – Forgery.
      • Guilty – Obtain money by false pretenses.
      • Guilty – Uttering counterfeit check.
      • Guilty – Felony shoplifting.
    • February 2, 2007, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Forgery.
    • January 31, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Forgery of check.
    • October 30, 2006, Hanover County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Forgery of check.
      • Guilty – Uttering of check.
    • October 24, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Forgery of check.
      • Nolle prosequi – Uttering of check.
      • Nolle prosequi – Uttering of check.
      • Nolle prosequi – Uttering of check.
      • Nolle prosequi – Forgery of check.
    • April 3, 2006, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear for trial.
      • Guilty – Driving while intoxicated.
    • March 19, 1998, Hanover County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • October 10, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Larceny of bank note.
      • Guilty – Petit larceny.
      • Guilty – Petit larceny.
  • Edward Arrington’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • May 23, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • October 10, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
    • March 10, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of Schedule I/II drug.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • February 11, 2004, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of drug paraphernalia [knock back from felony possession of cocaine].
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana as an accommodation [knock back from felony distribution of marijuana].
    • May 23, 2003, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of a controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of marijuana.
    • April 18, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obscene display.
    • August 9, 2002, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • November 9, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obstruction of justice.
    • July 27, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Underage consumption.
    • March 4, 1999, Hanover General District:
      • Guilty – Underage possession of alcohol.
  • Randall Capps’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • November 14, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • November 5, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Own vicious dog.
      • Guilty – Allow dog to run at large.
  • Roger Carpenter’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • May 22, 2007, Spotsylvania General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
    • January 31, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Manufacturing marijuana.
      • Guilty – Distribution of Schedule IV controlled substance.
    • October 26, 2006, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear for arraignment.
    • August 8, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of Schedule III controlled substance.
    • October 5, 2005, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Manufacturing marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Manufacturing controlled substance.
    • May 17, 2001, Spotsylvania General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Speeding 70/55.
      • Guilty in absentia – Safety belt violation.
    • February 4, 1999, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty – Bad Check $185.10.
    • June 29, 1998, Spotsylvania General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Driving on suspended operator’s license.
      • Guilty in absentia – Reckless driving: 75/55
      • Guilty in absentia – No valid state inspection.
    • September 3, 1997, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty – Petty [sic] larceny.
  • Phillip Jones’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • July 25, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine [knock back from distribution of cocaine].
    • November 23, 2004, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating uninspected vehicle.
    • August 22, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • December 5, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to stop at accident.
  • Lewis Reynolds’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 18, 2007, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Habitual offender.
      • Guilty – Obstruction of justice.
    • April 10, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • February 15, 2007, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to appear.
      • Guilty – Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
    • September 8, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Habitual offender second offense.
    • May 12, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to appear – habitual offender.
    • August 12, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Assault and battery.
    • July 26, 2005, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • March 21, 2003, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • October 9, 2002, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • August 13, 2002, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Habitual offender [knock back from felony habitual offender violation].
    • June 21, 2002, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Improper registration.
    • February 28, 2001, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • November 20, 2000, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Habitual offender.
    • August 25, 2000, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Shoplifting.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear for trial.
    • November 7, 1998, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • August 14, 1998, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Driving after declared habitual offender.
      • Guilty – Attempt to elude.
      • Guilty – Reckless driving.
      • Guilty – Uninsured vehicle.
      • Guilty – No inspection.
      • Guilty – Seat belt violation.
      • Guilty – No registration.
    • June 24, 1998, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • December 3, 1997, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine.
    • November 14, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Grand larceny.
    • October 15, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Unauthorized use of a vehicle.
      • Nolle prosequi – Petit larceny.
    • August 1, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Habitual offender violation [knock back from felony habitual offender violation].
      • Guilty – Habitual offender violation [knock back from felony habitual offender violation].
    • January 17, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Abduction.
      • Nolle prosequi – Rape.
      • Nolle prosequi – Sodomy.
  • Jermaine Shepherd’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • May 2, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • March 23, 2005, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Driving on revoked license.
    • December 17, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Service by fraud.
    • November 12, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Assault and battery.
    • August 15, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Maiming.
    • January 7, 2000, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Attempted eluding.
      • Nolle prosequi – Underage possession of alcohol.
      • Guilty – Concealed weapon.
      • Guilty – Underage consumption of alcohol.
      • Guilty – Reckless driving.
      • Guilty – Driving on suspender operator’s license.
    • April 23, 1999, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Maiming.
    • November 24, 1998, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Possession of marijuana.
    • November 4, 1998, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Assault and battery.
    • January 6, 1998, Stafford County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine.
    • October 31, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Drunk in public.
    • September 26, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Assume another’s name.
  • Joseph Woolfolk’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • September 26, 2006, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • July 11, 2006, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine [knock back from distribution of cocaine].
    • June 28, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Prepaid – Improper display of plates.
      • Prepaid – Failure to carry registration card.
      • Prepaid – Failure to obtain title.
    • April 14, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – No operator’s license.
      • Guilty – Failure to obtain registration.
      • Guilty – Operating uninsured vehicle.
    • November 22, 2005, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
      • Revoked suspended sentence/probation – Show cause.
    • May 18, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating vehicle with expired rejection sticker.
      • Guilty in absentia – Driving without lights.
      • Guilty in absentia – No registration card in possession.
    • April 27, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating uninspected vehicle.
      • Guilty in absentia – Defective equipment.
      • Guilty in absentia – Defective equipment.
    • April 13, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Improper registration or license.
      • Guilty – Improper use of inspection sticker.
      • Guilty – Defective equipment.
      • Guilty – Knowingly operating uninsured vehicle.
    • March 10, 2005, Spotsylvania County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
      • Guilty – Uttering.
    • July 23, 2004, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Utter bad check.
    • September 4, 2003, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Failure to obey highway sign.
    • July 7, 2000, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Maliciously wounding.
    • April 23, 1999, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to display license.
    • April 24, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Drunk in public.
    • January 21, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Hunting without a license.

A convicted shoplifter supports Maxie Rozell and Calvin Taylor…

Because thieves watch each other’s backs, right?

She’s also a former editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Pamela Mastropaolo of Ruther Glen gave Maxie Rozell $500.00 and Calvin Taylor $375.00 this election cycle.

Consider this gem via LexisNexis from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Operator of Richmond, Va., Newspaper Argues against Reinstatement [emphasis mine]:

The newspaper’s appeal involves the case of copy editor Pamela J. Mastropaolo. She was fired for “gross misconduct” after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to a shoplifting incident in February 1999. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

[…]

The editor had used her press identification to enter a quilting show and had stolen $ 900 worth of materials from eight vendors in two days, according to the court record.

On July 15, 2007, MSNBC reported that Ms. Mastropaolo gave $1,165.00 and $1.650.00 to the Democratic Party of Virginia in February 2006 and February 2007, respectively.

According to Style Weekly: Times-Dispatch Suspends Two for Political Donations:

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has suspended a reporter and a copy editor for making political donations, a breach of the paper’s code of ethics.

The suspensions followed an MSNBC.com story in June naming Michael Hardy, a Times-Dispatch statehouse reporter, and Pam Mastropaolo, a copy editor, among 143 media professionals from across the country who gave cash to political candidates and parties.

[…]

The 30-day no-pay suspensions began June 27. The newspaper’s union, however, calls the punishment improper and plans to file a grievance this week against Media General, which owns the Times-Dispatch.

A letter from Managing Editor Peggy Bellows to Hardy, obtained by Style, cites the Newsroom’s Guidelines for Professional Conduct, which informs employees that “they must not be active in politics and should guard against public activities or exhibitions in areas of controversy. Some general examples include not donating money or advice to political campaigns.”

She has since left the paper according to a phone call to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s office.

What next? Teaching ethics at college? Hopefully Maxie Rozell and Calvin Taylor can join her there.

pdficon_small PDF of Calvin Taylor’s campaign finance report.

pdficon_small PDF of Maxie Rozell’s campaign finance report.

Jason E. Mooney

From The Free Lance-Star: Jason E. Mooney:

Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Edward Mooney, 24, of Stafford County died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident while on duty and responding to an emergency.

He was a 2002 graduate of Colonial Forge High School, where he was a member of the band and played football and baseball. Jason was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Fredericksburg.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps reservist having served one tour of duty in Iraq, and he was an active member of the Stafford Fire Department.

Survivors include his parents, Ed and Mary Mooney; his siblings Kimberly Henderson and her husband, Scott, of Missoula, Mont., Joshua Mooney and Molly Mooney both of Stafford; paternal grandparents, Jim and Lorraine Mooney of Fredericksburg; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Betty Terrion of Maple Heights, Ohio; his fiancee, Catherine Harris; aunts, Denise, Anne, Jane, Jean, Karen and Jenette; an uncle, Paul; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Daniel Terrion.

A Mass of celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Members of the Stafford Sheriff’s Dept. Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers; members of the Stafford Fire Dept. will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stafford Sheriff Department Employee Recognition Fund, Box 189, Stafford, Va. 22555; or to the Stafford Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Box 3005, Stafford, Va. 22555. Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.


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