2012-04-25 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Unknown suspect Unknown suspect Manchester High student killed in apartment shooting

The victim of a Sunday night homicide at an apartment complex was identified as a 17-year-old student from Manchester High School. According to Chesterfield police, the student, Tre Antonio Walton, was found by officers responding to a report of a shooting at about 10:20 p.m. at the Genito Glen apartments in the 4000 block of Hailey Crescent Drive. Walton was unresponsive when officers found him and subsequently declared dead at CJW Medical Center (Chippenham), according to police. Capt. David Pritchard, of the Chesterfield police, said the department worked with school officials to prepare them to respond to students arriving Monday at Manchester.

People with information about the homicide should call Chesterfield police at (804) 748- 1251 or Crime Solvers at (804-748-0660), or they can text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

County chosen for U.K. firm’s first U.S. operation

A British electrical components manufacturer has chosen Chesterfield County for its first U.S. operation.

BGB Technology Inc., the U.S. affiliate of U.K.-based BGB Engineering Ltd., said last week it plans to invest more than $2 million to open a plant in the Walthall Center industrial park off Ruffin Mill Road. The plant is expected to employ 15 people.

BGB, which has been in business for more than 30 years, designs and manufactures electrical and optical slip ring assemblies for rotary applications, including components for wind turbine systems. The company also designs and makes underwater lighting and camera systems and wireless Ethernet bridge systems.

“We are delighted that BGB has made Chesterfield County their U.S. home,” said Dan Gecker, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The international business community is quite strong in Chesterfield, and it is our pleasure to welcome them as our newest member.”

Chesterfield Economic Development and the Greater Richmond Partnership assisted BGB in the site-selection process. The Virginia

Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce assistance.

Arrests made in fatal Chester shooting

Two Chesterfield men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a third man at a Chester apartment complex last Saturday.

Chesterfield County Police said officers were called to the 6400 block of Wooded Glen Court off Ironbridge Parkway around 12:40 p.m. on April 21 for a report of a possible shooting. Police found a dead male in the apartment and no one else present.

Phillip B. Shaw, a resident of the apartment, was later located by police and was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police also arrested Dustin R. Beaston, of the 5600 block of Benika Drive, on a charge of accessory after the fact.

Police were withholding the identity of the victim pending the notification of next of kin. The investigation is continuing, and police ask anyone who has information to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

Police seek attempted abduction suspect

The Chesterfield County Police Department has released a sketch of the suspect in an attempted abduction that occurred on April 11.

Around 9 p.m. that day, police were called to Sea Breeze Tanning Salon in the 2600 block of Amherst Ridge Lane for a report of an attempted abduction. The victim, a 17-year-old woman, was leaving the business and getting into her vehicle when a man approached her and grabbed her arm. She was able to break his grasp and get into her vehicle.

The suspect left the scene on foot and is believed to have left the area in an older model, medium-gray truck with custom pipes and a “Cowboy Up” decal. He is described as a white male in his 20s with either acne or freckles on his cheeks and the bridge of his nose. His eyebrows appeared to be light in color. He was clean shaven. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a large muscular build and dark hazel or brown eyes.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

Dispose of expired drugs at event on Saturday

The Chesterfield County Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and SAFE, Chesterfield’s substance abuse prevention coalition, will help residents safely dispose of expired and unneeded medications on Saturday, April 28.

Chesterfield County Police, as part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative, will host a Medication Take Back on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Police Department Clover Hill Support Facility, 2730 Hicks Road.

Police, DEA agents and SAFE volunteers will be on hand to collect unused or expired prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medications. SAFE volunteers will also randomly distribute medication lock boxes for proper medication storage to participants dropping off medications.

Residents should leave medications in their original containers. For more information, contact SAFE at 796-7100.

Simms Simms VSU student a suspect in fatal shooting near campus

Police arrested one Virginia State University student and were seeking another in connection with a fatal shooting in Ettrick last week.

On April 18, police arrested Artarrius Jamarr Stepter, 20, of the 20500 block of Foundation Place, on a charge of brandishing a firearm in relation to the shooting in the 3400 block of Boisseau Street on April 17.

In the incident, police responding to the scene found a male victim with a gunshot wound to his foot. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

A second victim, Tyrail W. Hughes, 20, was being taken to the hospital by a citizen when the vehicle was involved in a crash in Petersburg. Hughes, of the 200 block of St. Matthew Street in Petersburg, died of his wounds after being taken to Southside Regional Medical Center and receiving treatment.

Police are still searching for Ryan Christopher Simms, of the 20500 block of Foundation Place, on charges of murder, felonious assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Simms, 19, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Simms is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call Chesterfield police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

Suspect in converter theft attempt turns himself in

A Chesterfield man being sought by Petersburg police in connection with an attempted theft of catalytic converters has turned himself in.

Keith Morgan, 44, of the 4600 block of Hopkins Road, surrendered to Petersburg police without incident on April 17. He was being sought on charges of trespassing, grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The charges stemmed from an incident two weeks ago, when Petersburg police responded to Auto Network Sales in the 1400 block of East Washington Street after a citizen reported a suspicious situation.

On arrival, they saw two men trying to flee.

Police arrested Michael Rives, 34, of Petersburg, at the scene. He was charged with conspiracy and grand larceny.

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