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Witnesses sought in Raquel Hunter case

From The Free Lance-Star: Witnesses sought in shooting case:

Two men are believed to have been with Lashawn Montque Monroe Saturday night when a teenager was shot in the head and killed in Caroline County.

Monroe, 22, was later charged with the murder of 16-year-old Raquel Hunter of Ruther Glen and was also charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. At his arraignment yesterday, a preliminary hearing date was set for Jan. 15, 2008. He requested a court-appointed attorney, but one has yet to be assigned.

A search warrant filed yesterday in circuit court says Monroe told police he traveled in a 1993 Dodge Caravan with two other people to the Madison Ruritan Club, where the shooting occurred.

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These recent charges are not the first for Monroe in Caroline County. He had a 2004 concealed weapon charge following stabbings and shootings at a party. That charge was later dropped.

And he has convictions in General District Court for trespassing on private property and littering.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney has refused to discuss the cases. Court records do not say why the weapons charge was dropped.

No bond for Lashawn Monroe

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: No bond for slaying suspect:

Lashawn Monroe, 22, accused in the slaying of a 16-year-old Saturday outside a Ruritan clubhouse in Caroline County, will stay locked up at least until he gets a lawyer.

At a hearing yesterday morning on charges of murder and illegal use of a firearm in Caroline Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Judge Phillip U. Fines ordered Monroe held without bond at least until he is represented by a lawyer.

The next scheduled hearing for Monroe is Jan. 15.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Weise said the state will oppose any bail for Monroe.

The body of the victim, Raquel Hunter, was found on the ground outside the Madison Ruritan Club hall in Ladysmith about 11 p.m. Saturday. The hall had been rented for a birthday party for another teen. That party started about 7 p.m. and was just ending when the shooting occurred.

Monroe and a juvenile who was injured were later located by police at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and Monroe was arrested, authorities said.

Monroe told an investigator that he fired shots during the incident, according to a court affidavit filed yesterday in connection with a search warrant issued in the case.

Authorities searched a 1993 Dodge minivan that they say Monroe was riding in when he arrived at the birthday party. Investigators were looking for cartridge casings, gunshot residue, DNA, fingerprints and other potential evidence.

They seized several clothing items and a front passenger-seat headrest cover.

“Monroe also told [an investigator] that he had a firearm on his person while in the vehicle and did fire shots during the time of the incident,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit, which also revealed that Hunter had apparently been shot in the head.

After talking with Monroe, who had sought medical treatment at the Fredericksburg hospital for what police described as a grazing gunshot wound, authorities stopped the Dodge minivan with two other people inside it. Court papers described the occupants as possible witnesses or accomplices.

Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa Jr. said Monday that Monroe was the only suspect at that time. Lippa could not be reached for additional information last night.

Also yesterday, Caroline Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney Jr. said he decided in 2005 not to prosecute Monroe on a concealed-weapons charge because “the evidence wasn’t there.”

And it only took you five hearings and 228 days to figure it out…

Great lawyering there…

That charge arose from a 2004 Labor Day weekend melee at the Dawn Progressive Center. Several suspects were charged in that incident, in which eight people were shot and two stabbed.

“If I could have prosecuted, I would have,” Latney said.

Just like you would have prosecuted Irvin Stevens, Saleem Stevens, Sherenda Stevens, Edward Arrington, Jermaine Shepherd, ad infinitum and ad nauseam.

Also according to records from Caroline General District Court, Monroe was charged in March with trespassing, was subsequently found guilty and fined $50 plus court costs of $76.

Latney lost his campaign for another term in last week’s election to Anthony G. “Tony” Spencer, who accused Latney of dropping too many charges and making too many plea deals.

One Teen Fatally Shot – Another Teen Injured, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Perpetrator

From the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office: One Teen Fatally Shot – Another Teen Injured, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Perpetrator:

According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, at approximately 11:06 pm, last night November 10, 2007 the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Madison Ruritan Club, 18206 Timothy Drive, Ladysmith, in reference to a shooting. The Ruritan Club was rented for a 16th birthday party celebration. Sgt. Lambert was the first unit to arrive at approximately 11:12pm, along with Caroline County Fire and Rescue, 12 other Sheriff’s Office personnel, and approximately eight Virginia State Police Troopers and one Sergeant.

Investigator J. W. McCarty is the lead investigator and upon consulting with the Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mr. Harvey Latney, warrants were obtained. Subsequently, Lashawn Montque Monroe, 22, of 12438 Golansville Road, Ruther Glen, VA, was charged and arrested for:

  1. Murder
  2. Use of a firearm in the connection of a felony

Monroe is being held without bond in the Pamunkey Regional Jail until 11/13/07 for a bond hearing in the Caroline County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a 16 year old, was lying on the ground of the parking lot approximately 30 yards from the front door. The perpetrator(s) left the scene. Another teen arrived at Mary Washington Hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. This other teen is 15 years of age and the shootings are related. This is an extensive on-going investigation and no further details will be released at this time,” according to Sheriff Lippa.

UPDATE: From The Free Lance-Star: Sweet 16 party turns deadly:

The suspect arrested—Lashawn Montque Monroe, 22, of Ruther Glen—also was charged the last time a party erupted into violence in Caroline.

That was in September 2004, when eight people were stabbed and two were shot during an early morning gathering at the Dawn Progressive Center.

In 2004, Monroe was charged with having a concealed weapon, but the charge was later dropped.

UPDATE #2: From the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office: *UPDATE* One Teen Fatally Shot – Another Teen Injured, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Perpetrator:

According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, at approximately 11:06 pm on November 10, 2007 the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Madison Ruritan Club building on Timothy Drive in Ladysmith for a reported shooting. The building had been rented for a 16th birthday party with adult chaperones present. 12 Sheriff’s Office deputies and one sergeant responded along with approximately eight State Police Troopers and one State Police Sergeant.

Lead Investigator J. W. McCarty has obtained and served warrants on Lashawn Montque Monroe, 22, of Golansville Road in Ruther Glen. The charges are:

  1. Murder of Raquel Hunter, 16, of Ruther Glen
  2. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Monroe is being held without bond in the Pamunkey Regional Jail until his arraignment in the Caroline County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on November 13th.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was lying on the ground outside the building. The suspects were not on scene. Based on a lookout issued by Caroline, officers from Fredericksburg and the State Police detained 2 subjects as they arrived at Mary Washington Hospital seeking treatment for apparent gunshot wounds. The suspect and a juvenile were turned over to Caroline investigators and the warrants were served. This is still an active investigation and no further details will be released at this time,” according to Sheriff Lippa.

UPDATE #3: From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Caroline slaying suspect faced weapons charge in ’04:

A Caroline County man charged with murder in the weekend shooting of a teenager at a Ruritan clubhouse was arrested three years ago in a melee at another civic organization.

Lashawn Monroe, 22, was one of several people arrested after a Labor Day weekend shoot-up during a late-night party at the Dawn Progressive Center in September 2004. Eight people were shot and two were stabbed, but no one died in that incident.

Then 19, Monroe was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but Caroline Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney Jr. told a judge several months later that he had decided not to prosecute.

Now, Monroe is charged with murder in the slaying of Raquel Hunter, 16, at the Madison Ruritan Club on Saturday about 11 p.m. Monroe was being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail pending an initial scheduled appearance in Caroline Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court today.

Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa Jr. said yesterday that the event Saturday, a birthday party for another 16-year-old, was being chaperoned by adults. “Good, church-going people,” he said.

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.

More defense attorneys love Harvey Latney…

I wonder why…no, wait, I don’t.

Here’s the list, with a link to the complete PDF at the bottom:

Name: Law Firm Amount of Contribution Certified Court-Appointed Attorney for Caroline County?
Russell Eubank Booker Unknown $500 Yes.
Bowen, Champlin, Corr, Foreman and Rockecharlie Bowen, Champlin, Carr, Foreman and Rockecharlie $500 Yes.
Ramon Chalkley Law Office of R. E. Chalkley, III (formerly of Murphy & Strickland) $100 Yes.
Brian Grossman Crowgey & Grossman $250 No.
Harrison Hubard Hubard, Samuels, & Lewane $100 No.
George Hettrich Unknown $100 No.
Murray Janus Bremner, Janus, Cook, Marcus & Stone $100 No.
Kristie Kane Kristie L. Kane, PLC $100 Yes.
Jean Marie McKeen Tomlin & McKeen $500 Yes.
John Leo Mahoney John L Mahoney, Att-at-Law $500 Yes.
ParisBlank, LLP ParisBlank, LLP $250 No.
James F. Sumpter James F. Sumpter, PC $100 Yes.

$3,100 more from defense attorneys! You’re in fine company there Maxie!

Listen to this gem from Crowgey & [Brian] Grossman’s site:

We believe it is wrong to punish conduct which injures no one and poses no threat to society.

Unfortunately, until the law changes there will continue to be situations where otherwise innocent people find themselves ensnared in the clutches of the legal system facing potentially serious consequences. If you have fallen into such a predicament then you may need the services of an experienced lawyer to help you out of a bad situation

Apparently, this includes drug offenses, drunk driving, traffic accidents, reckless driving, and habitual offender violations according to his own website!

Some information on Murray Janus, from Virginia Business: Top Criminal Defense Lawyer:

When Janus recounts his most significant cases, he points to losses more than wins. It’s all about guts and good lawyering, even though those aren’t always enough to acquit a defendant. In the mid-70s, when the toxic chemical Kepone was dumped in the James River and virtually destroyed the Virginia seafood industry, Allied Chemical hired Janus. In the cases he tried, Allied was acquitted. Janus was champing at the bit to maintain the defense. But awash in a tsunami of bad publicity and facing a growing number of indictments, the client insisted on a plea of no contest to two charges of criminal pollution. The admission led to a $13 million fine, the highest ever awarded in an environmental case in America at the time. In the mid-80s, when the great-grandson of Reynolds Metals’ founder was charged with the violent rapes of three Richmond women, Janus was at the defense table. His client went to jail. But the case epitomized Janus’ reputation for not shying away from a reviled defendant.

Every defense attorney knows that some losses are as good as a win. In 1978, when a half-dozen elected officials were convicted of bribery-related charges and ejected from U.S. Congress in the history-making ABSCAM trials, Janus got the bagman in the case a minimal sentence of a year and a day. Not a win, but not the loss it could’ve been.

Tomlin & [Jean Marie] McKeen refers to themselves as a “DWI Law Firm”.

Oh, and by the way, Ramon Chalkley was also an attorney for Donna Blanton during her first trial and subsequent appeal.

pdficon_small PDF of the complete report.

Oh, I’m going to blush, Part 2

From The Free Lance-Star: Court opponents help support Latney’s race:

Defense attorney Ed Vaughan donated $500 to Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney’s re-election campaign and plans to help Latney out of a bind in his private practice.

Vaughan was one of eight local attorneys or firms who donated to Latney’s campaign. Overall, defense attorneys gave $4,750 of the $5,000 Latney raised over the summer.

The only donor listed on the report who was not a defense attorney was Supervisor Maxie Rozell.

“Anybody who gave Harvey Latney money did so without expectation,” Vaughan said.

All of the attorneys who donated to the campaign have had at least one case in Caroline County in the last six months.

But Latney said money made no difference in how he handled the cases.

“No one is getting any special treatment just because they think I’m the best person for the job,” he said. “These are people who believe in me and believe I’ve done a great job.”

Uh, because you let their clients off?

A review of Caroline Circuit Court cases over the past six months shows a majority of those that involved donating attorneys were reduced, dropped or nol prossed (dismissed with the potential to bring the charge back at a later date).

But so were most of the cases involving attorneys who did not contribute to Latney’s campaign.

And the largest donor was Mark Murphy, who defended Donna Blanton in the slaying of her husband. Latney won a murder conviction in that case, but an appeals court ordered a new trial because of the jury selection.

Tony Spencer, a former Richmond prosecutor opposing Latney in the incumbent’s first contested election in 30 years in office, did not have any donations listed from defense attorneys on his most recent campaign finance report.

Spencer said he doesn’t think contributing attorneys got preferential treatment in Caroline. But he said the high number of dismissals and reductions in charges are a concern.

“With Mr. Latney in office, Caroline County is a defense attorney’s paradise,” he said. “If I were a defense attorney practicing in Caroline County, I’d contribute to Harvey Latney.”

A Richmond attorney who donated $250 to Latney’s election campaign said he did so because he thinks the Caroline justice system is fair and works well.

“I donated to him to maintain status quo,” said John LaFratta, who often works as a court appointed attorney in Caroline. “If I thought he gave preferential treatment, I wouldn’t practice in that court.”

The status quo that all the criminals get off?

Bill Neely, commonwealth’s attorney for neighboring Spotsylvania County, said it is not unusual for defense attorneys to donate to a prosecutor’s campaign.

“You have to raise money where you can,” Neely said.

Though Neely is unopposed this year, he said he sought funds from defense attorneys when he faced challengers in the past.

“I sent solicitations to every member of the bar,” he said.

Vaughan said he thinks the reason the majority of Latney’s campaign funds come from attorneys is because those are the people he sees regularly.

“You look for money from your friends,” Vaughan said. “And his friends happen to be defense attorneys.”

Vaughan also said he plans to give to a fund for Latney’s private law practice because, “You hope people do the right thing in the time of need.”

Latney owes clients about $300,000 for money missing from their estate accounts he was managing in his Richmond-based practice.

His secretary of 27 years, Sheila Boone, is charged with theft. Although Latney is not suspected to be at fault criminally, he is held responsible for repayment. His insurance carrier has refused to cover the loss.

Craig Cooley, a Richmond defense attorney, said he set up the fund and sent a letter soliciting donations because Latney “is not a high-income person but is a very high-integrity person.”

“He was victimized by a trusted employee,” Cooley said. “It could happen to any of us.”

Cooley also said he felt the fundraiser would have no effect on treatment in Caroline courts.

The only client Cooley has represented in Caroline Circuit Court was John Ames, who was charged with killing his neighbor in a dispute over a bull. Ames pleaded self-defense and was acquitted after a trial.

Cooley would not say how many people he sent the letter to, how many have donated or how much money has been raised.

Why not? Scared of what might come out if you released the information?

He said he doesn’t plan to try any more cases in Caroline anytime soon.

John Ames’s defense attorney soliciting contributions for Harvey Latney

From Craig S. Cooley (PDF link below):

I write on behalf of our mutual friend, Harvey Latney, Jr..

As you are probably aware, a few months ago Harvey learned that his longtime trusted legal assistant had stolen funds from client accounts. These thefts occurred from an estate account, as well as his trust account, and his personal earnings. The assistant has been indicted but the disposition of the stolen funds is unknown and it appears she is unable to make any restitution.

Harvey’s malpractice insurance carrier denies coverage from theft. He will litigate that coverage question in Richmond Circuit Court, but even if he prevails, the insurance coverage is inadequate and this process is time consuming.

The client losses appear to be nearly $300,000.00. Harvey does not have the personal resources to repay these losses. Obviously, despite the fact the losses result from theft, he is ultimately responsible to his clients. Of course, he depends upon his continued professional practice for income and it now appears his ability to continue practicing law may depend on quickly repaying these client losses.

We have long known Harvey to be a man of honor and integrity and an underpaid but devoted public servant. He needs our help.

Therefore, I am asking that you consider a donation to assist in the immediate repayment of these client losses. Please send any amount you can afford, payable to “Craig S. Cooley, Trust Account” so that we can keep clear records of all contributions and document all payments made to Harvey’s clients. Please reference “Harvey Latney Client Restitution” on the memo of your check.

Thank you for your help. Please let me know of any other citizen or member of the Bar that I should contact for this purpose. With kindest personal regards, I am

Very truly yours,
[Signed]
Craig S. Cooley

This is the same Craig S. Cooley that represented John Ames in his first-degree murder trial. This is the same Craig Cooley that managed to secure bond for someone charged with first-degree murder. He managed to secure bond for someone that had previously been charged with attempting to run over a Virginia State Trooper! Charges that Latney nolle prossed! Why is it that Latney didn’t mind Ames being released on bond but both Donna Blanton and Thomas Monroe (both also charged with first-degree murder) were denied bond?

pdficon_smallPDF of letter (recipient’s name and address redacted).

Justice in Caroline? Nope, just nolle prosequis. Part 5, apparently it’s okay to assault law enforcement officers.

From The Free Lance-Star (August 23, 2007): Police briefs:

A man who was to be arraigned and tried for a felony assault and battery of a Caroline County sheriff’s deputy yesterday ended up with two months in jail, which he had already served.

John Lamont Walton repeated the words “thank you” over and over after finding out that Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney would reduce his charges to a misdemeanor assault if he’d plead guilty.

The judge ordered him to serve six months in jail, four suspended with credit for time served and to pay his court costs. Walton had already served two months in jail.

The deputy he was charged with assaulting, J.K. Miller didn’t testify.

  • John Lamont Walton’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 22, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Assault and battery [knock back from felony assault on a law enforcement officer].
    • June 8, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Assault on law enforcement officer.
      • Nolle prosequi – Obstruction of justice.
      • Nolle prosequi – Disorderly conduct.
      • Nolle prosequi – Spitting in public place.
      • Nolle prosequi – Spitting in public place.
    • June 2, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Assault and battery.
    • December 5, 2003, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Petit larceny.
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Guilty – Reckless driving.

Justice in Caroline? Nope, just nolle prosequis. Part 4, a trip down memory lane.

Since there was no court proceedings section in the August 15, 2007, edition of The Caroline Progress, I decided to go way back to the June 27, 2007, and July 4, 2007, editions.

From The Caroline Progress (print edition, June 27, 2007): General District Court-June 15 and 22 [emphasis mine throughout]:

Deonia Melissa Sue Donald, of Ruther Glen, was charged with felony prescription fraud from an incident on Nov. 15, 2006. The charge was nolle prosequi. A subsequent charge of failure to appear on the felony charge from Feb. 2 was also nolle prosequi. Two felony possession of controlled substance charges from the same incident were certified to grand jury. Donald was arrested by Caroline County Sheriff’s deputy [sic] DIP [sic] on the day of the incident and held in custody.

The Caroline Progress needs to do a little fact-checking before publishing. First, only one of the two controlled substance charges were certified; the other was nolle prosequi. Second, she was also charged with possession of marijuana, which was also nolle prosequi. Third, I believe she was only held in custody following her arrest on the failure to appear (which was later nolle prosequi). But anyway, a complete breakdown:

  • Deonia Melissa Sue Donald’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • September 6, 2007, Stafford County General District:
      • Pending – Driving on suspended license.
      • Pending – Failure to appear on misdemeanor.
      • Pending – Capias/Failure to appear.
      • Pending – Capias/Failure to comply pretrial.
    • June 15, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Prescription fraud.
      • Nolle prosequi – Failure to appear on felony charge.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Grand Jury (Pending in Circuit Court, next hearing September 25, 2007) – Possession of controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • March 8, 2007, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating uninspected vehicle.
    • May 24, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Prepaid – Safety belt violation.

Jermaine Brown, of Ruther Glen, was charged with felony grand larceny from an incident on Feb. 20. He was arrested by Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy Cecil on Feb. 21 and held in custody. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Jermaine Brown’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • October 12, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Pending – Possession of stolen goods.
      • Pending – Forged license plates.
    • August 10, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty, appealing to Circuit Court – Assault
      • Guilty, appealing to Circuit Court – Assault
      • Guilty, appealing to Circuit Court – Disorderly Conduct
    • June 15, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Grand larceny.

So Mr. Jermaine Brown was held in custody for 114 days, went through four hearings, just to have the charge nolle prosequi? How much did that cost the county? How about the other charges he has been convicted of (he is appealing them) and the ones he is charged with now?

Quinton W. Byrd, of Bowling Green, was charged with misdemeanor possession of concealed weapon from an incident on March 24. The charge was nolle prosequi.

The Caroline Progress leaves out the fact he was convicted of driving under the influence the same day. A drunk illegally carrying a concealed weapon? I guess that isn’t worth prosecuting. He was probably going to Bible study anyway.

  • Quinton W. Byrd’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 15, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Concealed weapon.
      • Guilty – Driving under the influence.

Lashiba Cameo Budd, of Ruther Glen, was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting from an incident on April 2. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Lashiba Cameo Budd’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 22, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Shoplifting.
    • September 30, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Intent to sell controlled substance.
    • April 22, 2003, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Driving on suspended license.
    • August 6, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Cursing abuse.

From The Caroline Progress (print edition, July 4, 2007): Circuit Court-Month of June [emphasis mine throughout]:

Kenneth W. Derricotte, of Ruther Glen, was charged with felony possession of crack cocaine from a March 28, 2006 incident. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Kenneth W. Derricotte’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 20, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of crack cocaine.
    • February 16, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Shoplifting.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear on misdemeanor charge.
    • June 30, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Drunk in public.
    • January 21, 2004 Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Shoplifting.

Benjamin Garlick, of Bowling Green, was charged with felony distribution of cocaine from an Oct. 13, 2006 incident. He was arrested on April 16, 2007 following a direct indictment by Caroline County grand jury. The charged was nolle prosequi. Another felony distribution of cocaine charge against Garlick was continued to Aug. 14.

  • Benjamin Garlick’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 14, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • June 20, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • May 20, 2003, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Entering property with intent to damage.
    • May 10, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – No valid operator’s license.

Angela Latney, of Bowling Green, was charged with felony distribution of cocaine from an Oct. 19, 2005 incident. She was arrested on April 16, 2007 following a direct indictment by Caroline County grand jury. The charge was nolle prosequi. Two other charges against Latney of felony distribution of cocaine were continued to July 24.

  • Angela Latney’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • July 24, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • June 20, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.

Michael Freeman, of Ruther Glen, was charged with five counts of felony distribution of cocaine from 2005. He was arrested on Jan. 9, 2007 following a direct indictment by Caroline County grand jury. Four of the charges were nolle prosequi. He was found guilty of one count of distribution of cocaine following a bench trial on June 26 and sentenced to five years with four years and three months suspended.

  • Michael Freeman’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 26, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.

James Laplante, of Ruther Glen, was charged with six counts of felony distribution of cocaine from late 2005 and early 2006. He was arrested on Jan. 9, 2007 following a direct indictment by Caroline County grand jury. Five of the charges were nolle prosequi. He was found guilty of one count of distribution of cocaine following a bench trial on June 26. He was sentenced to five years with four years and three months suspended.

  • James Laplante’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 26, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • January 23, 2007, Hanover County General District:
      • Guilty – Identify fraud.
      • Guilty – Public swearing or intoxication.
      • Guilty – Reckless driving.
    • January 20, 2004, Hanover County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating vehicle with expired rejection sticker.

Julio Castellon, of Bowling Green, was charged with seven counts of felony distribution of cocaine from early 2007. He was arrested on May 14 following a direct indictment by Caroline County grand jury. Four the charges were nolle prosequi. The other three were continued for a bench trial on Aug. 14.

He wasn’t charged with seven counts of distribution of cocaine; he was charged with five counts of distribution of cocaine, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm while possessing cocaine, but anyway:

  • Julio Castellon’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 24, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Pending – Possession of Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
      • Pending – Capias – Failure to comply pretrial/arraignment.
    • August 14, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
    • July 6, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • June 26, 2007, Caroline County Circuit Court:
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possessing firearm while possessing cocaine.
    • January 5, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – No driver’s license.
      • Prepaid – Defective equipment.
    • April 26, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – No driver’s license.

From The Caroline Progress (print edition, July 4, 2007): General District Court-June 29 [emphasis mine throughout]:

Mark Edward Powell, of Ruther Glen, was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle from an incident on Jan. 21. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Mark Edward Powell’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 24, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Pending – Hit and run.
      • Pending – Habitual offender.
      • Pending – Reckless Driving.
    • June 29, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Unauthorized use of vehicle.
      • Guilty – Petit larceny – vehicle/parts.
    • September 15, 2006, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Prepaid – Failure to obey no wake zone.
    • March 18, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of a controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Drunk in public.
    • February 5, 2004, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Shoplifting, second offense.
    • January 8, 2004, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to comply with VASAP.
    • August 21, 2003, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to appear on misdemeanor.
      • Guilty – Driving while intoxicated, second offense.
    • April 13, 2001, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Nolle prosequi – Defective equipment.
    • February 8, 2000, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Petit larceny.
    • December 27, 1999, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Drunk in public.
    • January 22, 1999, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear.
      • Nolle prosequi – Failure to report accident.
      • Nolle prosequi – Reckless driving.

Anthony J. Stewart, of Ruther Glen, was charged with two felony counts of possession of controlled substance from an incident on March 18. One charge was nolle prosequi. The other was certified to grand jury.

  • Anthony J. Stewart’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 29, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Grand jury – Possession of a controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of a controlled substance.
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession of marijuana.
    • August 6, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – 79/55 reckless driving.
    • September 21, 1999, Stafford County General District:
      • Fugitive file – Driving after being declared a habitual offender.
      • Fugitive file – Failure to appear.
      • Fugitive file – Possession of marijuana.
      • Fugitive file – Defective equipment.
      • Fugitive file – Seat belt violation.
    • June 14, 1999, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Possession of marijuana.
    • February 16, 1999, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Trespassing.
    • January 25, 1999, Fredericksburg Circuit:
      • Guilty – Driving suspended, second offense.
    • November 10, 1998, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Running red light.
    • February 3, 1998, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Speeding 60/45.

Timothy Thomas Gaumer, of Woodford, was charged with misdemeanor use of obscene language and misdemeanor assault from an incident on June 4. Both charges were nolle prosequi.

  • Timothy Thomas Gaumer’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 29, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Obscene language.
      • Nolle prosequi – Assault.
    • July 18, 2005, Fredericksburg Circuit:
      • Sentence/Probation revoked – Violation of parole.
    • November 17, 2004, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Assault.
      • Guilty – Malicious wounding.
    • July 17, 2000, Fredericksburg Circuit:
      • Guilty – Attempted robbery.
      • Guilty – Assault and battery.
    • January 21, 2000, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty – Defrauding innkeeper.
    • November 18, 1999, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Open burning.
      • Guilty – Drunk in public.
    • November 9, 1999, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Trespassing.
    • September 16, 1999, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Trespassing.
      • Guilty – Drinking in public.
    • August 19, 1999, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Possessing alcohol on riverbank.
      • Guilty in absentia – Drinking in public.
      • Guilty in absentia – Drinking in public.
    • July 13, 1999, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Petit larceny.
    • July 12, 1999, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Drunk in public.
    • April 21, 1999, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Failure to use seatbelt.
    • December 11, 1998, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Abduction.
    • October 21, 1998, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obstruction of justice.
    • January 17, 1997, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Failure to appear.

Laura Lee Whittemore, of Corbin, was charged with misdemeanor damaging property from an incident on June 4. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Laura Lee Whittemore’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • June 29, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Damaging property.
    • June 22, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving while suspended.
      • Guilty – Operating uninspected vehicle.
    • June 11, 2007, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
    • April 21, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving on suspended license.
      • Guilty – No registration card.
      • Guilty – 70/55 speeding.
    • March 15, 2004, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Driving while suspended.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear on misdemeanor.
    • January 25, 2001, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Driving while operator’s license suspended.
      • Guilty in absentia – Show cause, failure to appear on misdemeanor.
      • Guilty in absentia – Failure to secure child under the age of 16 with seatbelt.
    • April 1, 1999, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – Operating vehicle without license.
    • November 13, 1998, Stafford County General District:
      • Guilty in absentia – No valid operator’s license.

Gregory Leroy Boone, of Woodford, was charged with drinking while driving. The charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Gregory Leroy Boone’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • September 21, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Pending – Revocation of suspended sentence.
    • June 29, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Drinking while driving
      • Guilty – Driving while intoxicated, second offense within five years.
      • Guilty – Driving after forfeiture of license.
    • April 7, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Second driving under the influence.
      • Guilty – 56/45 speeding.
    • May 24, 2001, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Expired registration.
    • May 28, 1998, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Improper driving.

NOTE: (For the criminal histories, I only checked Caroline, Hanover, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties, as well as the city of Fredericksburg.)

Justice in Caroline? Nope, just nolle prosequis. Part 3, a two-week roundup.

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NOTE: There was no court proceedings section in the July 25, 2007 edition of The Caroline Progress.

From The Caroline Progress (August 1, 2007 print edition): General District Court–July 27 [emphasis mine throughout]:

Clyde Dwain Jett, of Woodford, is charged with felony possession of firearm by a felon. He was arrested on Oct. 27, 2006 by Caroline County Deputy S.L. Cary and held in custody. Following a disposition hearing on July 27, the charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Clyde Dwain Jett’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • July 27, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Possession or transport of a firearm by a convicted felon.
    • June 30, 2006, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Petit Larceny.
    • May 31, 2006, Fredericksburg Circuit:
      • Guilty – Possession of cocaine.
    • May 4, 2006, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Driving under the influence.
      • Guilty – Failure to appear.
    • March 2, 2006, Fredericksburg General District:
      • Guilty – Obstructing justice.
    • November 11, 2005, Spotsylvania County General District:
      • Guilty – Brandishing firearm.

Apparently, a felon possessing a firearm isn’t an important case for Harvey Latney. And if there was a problem with the case, search, or evidence, why did it take four hearings to figure it out? Meanwhile, the suspect is sitting in jail for 273 days awaiting trial. I wonder how much that cost to feed, house, and clothe the suspect for his stay at Pamunkey Regional Jail.

From The Caroline Progress (August 1, 2007 print edition): Circuit Court–July 24 [emphasis mine throughout]:

Montreal J. Robinson, of no known address, was found guilty of felony distribution of cocaine from an incident on Jan. 19, 1006 [sic]. He was arrested on Jan. 9, 2007 following a direct indictment by Caroline County Grand Jury. He was sentenced to five years with three years and 10 months suspended. Two additional distribution charges from separate incidents on Sept. 26 and 29, 2005 were nolle prosequi.

  • Montreal Javon Robinson’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • July 24, 2007, Caroline County Circuit:
      • Guilty – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
      • Nolle prosequi – Distribution of cocaine.
    • February 2, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Forgery.
      • Nolle prosequi – Failure to appear on felony charge.
      • Nolle prosequi – Forgery.
      • Nolle prosequi – False statements.

From The Caroline Progress (August 8, 2007 print edition): General District Court–Aug. 3 [emphasis mine throughout]:

Tyrone Lee Jackson, of Ruther Glen, was charged with felony malicious bodily injury from an incident on March 6. He was arrested on March 13 by Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy Ketchem and held in custody. Following a preliminary hearing, the charge was nolle prosequi.

  • Tyrone Lee Jackson’s partial criminal history (felonies in bold, nolle prosequi by Harvey Latney in italics):
    • August 3, 2007, Caroline County General District:
      • Nolle prosequi – Malicious bodily injury.
    • May 27, 2005, Caroline County General District:
      • Guilty – Obscene language.
      • Guilty – Open container.
      • Guilty – Driving under the influence.
      • Nolle prosequi – Drinking while driving.

Let’s see, so that’s 143 days and five hearings that he sat in Pamunkey Regional Jail for; being housed, fed, and clothed, just to have the charge nolle prosequied. I wonder how much that cost.

Brandon Matthew Zagora, of Ruther Glen, is charged with two counts of felony grand larceny from an incident on May 27. He was arrested on May 28 by Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy Grimes and held in custody. The charged were certified to Caroline County Grand Jury. Zagora was also charged with felony possession of stolen goods, but following the preliminary hearing, that charge was nolle prosequi.

Phyllis D. Washington, of Bowling Green, faced a charge of felony larceny for writing a bad check for more than $200. The offense allegedly occurred on March 7, 2005 and Washington was arrested on July 3, 2007 and released on recognizance. Following a preliminary hearing, the charge was nolle prosequi.

Sources:

NOTE: (For the criminal histories, I only checked Caroline, Hanover, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties, as well as the city of Fredericksburg.)


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