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2017-12-13 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER

County woman announces Congressional run

A Chesterfield woman has announced that she will run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin.

Shion Fenty, 37, a fashion designer and administrative assistant, has announced that she will run for McEachin’s seat in the 4th Congressional District. Fenty, a Monacan High grad, first came to Chesterfield at the age of 8 after spending her early childhood in Brooklyn, where she was born.

In a phone interview, Fenty said education and spurring small business growth are the issues she cares most about. She added that she respects McEachin, a Democratic lawyer and former state senator, who won the 4th last year with 57.73 percent of the vote.

“I’m not running against anyone,” said the Brandermill resident. “I’m running for something, which are these issues … near and dear to my heart.”

Chester man killed in wrong-way crash

A Chester man has been killed after driving the wrong way on southbound Interstate 95 on Dec. 6.

At approximately 4:05 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash north of exit 52 in Chesterfield. A preliminary investigation has revealed that a man driving a 2003 Saturn sedan was traveling northbound in the southbound lane. The Saturn struck a Nissan Altima head-on. A tractor trailer traveling southbound attempted to avoid striking the two other vehicles, causing it to jackknife.

Both drivers involved in the head-on collision were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the Saturn, Jailyn Richad Allred, 20, of the 2600 block of Perdue Springs Drive in Chester, died of his injuries at the hospital. The tractor trailer driver was also transported for treatment of minor injuries.

Alcohol is being considered a factor in the incident. The crash continues to be under investigation.

Attempted robbery under investigation

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 5.

At about 9:46 p.m., county police responded to the Subway at 10433 Midlothian Turnpike for a reported attempted robbery. The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money during the incident, but fled without cash.

The suspect is described as a black male, mid-20s, average height and weight, wearing a dark jacket over a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, and light-colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Driver killed in single-vehicle crash

County police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred in the 1600 block of Meadowville Road at about 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 9.

A 20015 Ford E-350 van, driven by Man S. Choi, 60, was traveling east on Meadowville Road when the operator ran off the road and into a wooded area. Choi, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Section at 748-1785.

Former doctor found guilty of murder

John E. Gibbs II was found guilty of murdering his longtime girlfriend, Zulma L. Pabon, after a jury trial last week in Chesterfield County Circuit Court.

The body of Pabon, who disappeared more than three years ago, was never recovered. After a lengthy investigation by Chesterfield Police, detectives and prosecutors made the case that Gibbs murdered his girlfriend and disposed of the body. Pabon, 26, worked as a nurse at St. Francis Medical Center.

Gibbs, 40, is a former physician with Sheltering Arms. After the eight-day trial, according to media reports, the jury found Gibbs guilty of murder and recommended a 50-year prison sentence. Gibbs is scheduled to be formerly sentenced in March.

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