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2013-08-21 / News Briefs

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Michael Buettner


Ells Ells Teacher charged with inappropriate relationship

A Matoaca High School teacher has been arrested on charges related to what police said was an inappropriate relationship with an underage student.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said Nicholas M. Ells, 29, of the 19700 block of Walker Avenue in the Dupuy Court subdivision, has been charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and four counts of carnal knowledge of a child between 13 and 15 years of age.

Police said Ells, a ninth-grade science teacher who came to Matoaca last year and previously taught at Meadowbrook High School, was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female student. After being alerted to the relationship, school personnel contacted Child Protective Services, who then notified police.

Ells was being held at the Chesterfield County Jail last week.


Pigg Pigg Woman pleads guilty to injuring 2-month-old

A county woman will not serve any jail time after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful wounding for shaking and injuring a 2-month-old boy she was baby-sitting.

Ashley L. Pigg, 25, was arrested in February on charges of malicious wounding and felony child abuse after she was accused of injuring the child she was baby-sitting at her home in the 900 block of Hartford Lane in the Brookfield subdivision on Jan. 28.

The boy was taken to Chippenham Hospital by his parents. Because of the seriousness of his injuries, which included bleeding on the brain, he was later taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Last week, Pigg received a sentence of five years in prison, all of it suspended, and was ordered to pay $3,000 toward the child’s medical bills. She was also ordered not to have any contact with children under 18 other than her own without supervision.

Police launch crackdown on drunk driving

The Chesterfield County Police Department is taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

Starting last weekend and lasting through Labor Day, police said, they will be out in force as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The effort will include “high-visibility enforcement” throughout the county.

Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk, police said.

Sgt. Rod Brown said that research shows high-visibility enforcement efforts like this campaign can reduce drunk-drivingrelated deaths by as much as 20 percent. “By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Chesterfield’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” he said.

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