2013-11-20 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Driver killed in Jessup Road crash

A single-vehicle car wreck on Monday morning claimed the life of the driver.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said that around 7:30 a.m., a vehicle ran off the road in the 5200 block of Jessup Road, a stretch where the road curves sharply just west of Iron Bridge Road.

The vehicle went down an embankment and hit a tree. The driver, Auriel N. Shazer, 18, of the 6900 block of Summers Trace Terrace, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shazer was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Police said they were continuing to investigate the accident, which blocked traffic for about three hours.

Armed robber holds up 7-Eleven

Police are searching for a suspect in the robbery last week of a 7-Eleven store in the county.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the 7-Eleven at 5549 Belmont Road around 2 a.m. on Nov. 14. He approached employees and demanded money, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing dark clothing, a black parka-type coat and a blue bandana.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or visit

Police seek suspects in theft of $5,000

Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is asking for the public’s help tracking down a group of suspects who helped themselves to a gas station’s cash.

According to police, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the owner of the Exxon at 15740 Woods Edge Road noticed that more than $5,000 was missing from a bank bag at the business. A review of the store’s surveillance video revealed that an unknown black male had entered the office just before 1 p.m. and taken the cash while three female suspects distracted store employees.

The male suspect is described as about 40- 50 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He had short black hair, a mustache, a full beard and a slight overbite. He was wearing a pink dress shirt, tan dress pants and a black leather jacket.

The first female suspect is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build; she was wearing a white shirt, white Capri pants and a brown jacket. The second woman was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build; she was wearing a dark dress. The third woman was wearing a white hat, black Capri pants and a T-shirt.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660, submit a tip electronically at or Text- A-Tip by texting WATSON plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

County to host collegiate bowling tournament

A county bowling alley will play host to a major collegiate bowling tournament this weekend.

Virginia Union University of Richmond will host its third annual Invitational Bowling Tournament at Bowl America Southwest, 11532 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, from Friday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 24.

A total of 14 teams from across the country will participate, including Chesterfield County-based Virginia State University and other members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. One of Virginia Union’s starters, La Toya Wright, is a graduate of Manchester High School in Midlothian.

Virginia Union is one of just four colleges in Virginia that has an NCAA-sanctioned bowling program. The season runs from Oct. 1 until the last week of March.

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