2014-01-01 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Former teacher pleads guilty to reduced charges

A former Matoaca High School teacher has pleaded guilty to charges involving an inappropriate relationship with a student.

In a plea bargain, Nicholas M. Ells, 29, pleaded guilty to seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He had been charged with seven felony counts, including taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and carnal knowledge of a child between 13 and 15 years old.

The charges stemmed from Ells’ improper relationship with a 14-year-old female student in Chesterfield County Public Schools’ “Success” program for at-risk students. The program includes some tutoring sessions in the students’ homes.

Ells was sentenced to seven years in jail with three years suspended, and his attorney told local media that she believes Ells will end up serving about two years.

Tips lead to 87 suspects’ arrests in 2013

Citizen tips this year have led to the arrest of 87 suspects on more than 190 charges, according to Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers.

Crime Solvers said the 637 tips provided to the program in 2013 resulted in the recovery or seizure of $74,000 worth of property and the confiscation of $12,000 worth of illegal drugs.

In return, the people who provided those tips received a total of more than $15,000 in cash rewards.

The program, a partnership between the Chesterfield and Colonial Heights police departments and a nonprofit foundation, operates on donations. More information is available at the program’s website,

As always, anyone who has information about a crime 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 police arrest Richmond homicide suspect

A suspect in a Richmond homicide case was arrested recently by Chesterfield police after a short car chase.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said they tried to stop Jermaine Williams around 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, for a traffic violation on Midlothian Turnpike. Police said Williams drove off but was arrested without incident after a two-minute chase that ended on Southlake Boulevard.

Williams was wanted on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting in May of three men in downtown Richmond. One of the victims later died from his wounds.

Williams, who remains in custody, also faces felony charges in Chesterfield of eluding police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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