2012-11-28 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Williams Williams Owner of local Hooters, Topeka’s files bankruptcy

A Henrico County company that owns three restaurants in Chesterfield County filed for bankruptcy protection last week, listing a Chesterfield-based bank as its second-largest un s ec ur ed creditor.

Cornett Hospital- ity filed a Chapter 11 petition for reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, listing 287 creditors and both assets and liabilities between $1 million and $10 million.

The company owns nine Hooters restaurants, including two in Chesterfield County – at Chesterfield Towne Center and on West Hundred Road in Chester – and three Topeka’s Steakhouse locations, including one on Hull Street Road in Midlothian.

According to court documents, Cornett listed Midlothian-based Bank of Virginia as its second-largest unsecured creditor. The company said it owes the bank about $1.4 million for financing “land and improvements” at a property in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and $450,000 for an additional loan.

The company’s largest creditor is Spirit Financial Acquisitions of Scottsdale, Ariz., which court documents say is owed about $3 million for fixtures and mortgage interests at three locations including the Chester Hooters.

Also listed as a creditor is the Chesterfield County Treasurer, but because it is not one of the company’s 20 largest creditors, no debt amount is shown in the court filing.

Police seek help in fatal hit and run

A Richmond man was killed last week in an apparent hit and run, and police are asking for the public’s help tracking down the driver.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said the victim was Roscoe Baker Jr., 58, of the 1500 block Armfield Road in Richmond.

Baker was hit by an unknown vehicle while crossing the westbound lanes of Hull Street Road near the intersection with Turner Road around 6:30 a.m. last Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they would like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area and might have seen anything that would help identify the vehicle involved. Anyone who has any information is asked to call Chesterfield police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Suspect charged in triple shooting

Three people were wounded, two of them critically, in a shooting last week at an apartment complex off Harrowgate Road near Chester.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said a woman and two teenage boys were found with gunshot wounds at an apartment in the Timsberry Terrace complex last Thursday.

Police did not identify the victims, but media reports said the woman was the mother of the two juveniles, who were reportedly in critical condition when they were taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

Police arrested Michael Derrick Williams, 35, of the 13700 block of Duxton Drive, at the scene. He was charged with three counts each of malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count each of burglary and shooting into an occupied dwelling. Williams was being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

One man shot during nightclub brawl

Police are seeking the public’s help tracking down an unknown suspect in a shooting last week at a Willis Road nightclub.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said off-duty officers working security at the Havana nightclub at 2126 Willis Road called for emergency help around 1:45 a.m. Friday morning after a large fight broke out.

As officers worked to disperse a crowd of more than 100 people in the parking lot, they heard a gunshot and found a male victim with a bullet wound to the chest. Police said the shooter escaped into the crowd as bystanders fled.

Officers put the victim into a police vehicle and drove him to a safe location nearby to meet responders from the Chesterfield Fire and EMS Department. The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center with a wound that police said was not life-threatening.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748- 0660.

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