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2018-03-14 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BY RICH GRISET

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A jury has acquitted a former Chesterfield sheriff’s deputy of two charges of sodomy.

Christopher Seymore, 36, was employed as a Charlottesville police officer when the events took place, The Daily Progress reports. Seymore had been accused of forcing a woman to perform sex acts on him twice on Nov. 18, 2016, while on duty. Seymore contended that acts were consensual, and that the woman was the aggressor.

Upon his arrest, Seymore was fired by the Charlottesville Police Department. According to media reports, Seymore was previously employed as a sheriff’s deputy in Chesterfield. A jury acquitted Seymore on March 6.

Man struck by car suffers life-threatening injuries

A man suffered life-threatening injuries on March 6 after he was struck by a car while attempting to assist a motorist involved in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95.

At approximately 9:57 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on southbound I-95 north of Ruffin Mill Road. A preliminary investigation revealed that these were two separate crashes that took place at the same location. The first was a single-vehicle crash with no injuries that involved a 2016 Nissan Rogue, which became disabled.

The second crash involved three vehicles, including the disabled Nissan. Matthew S. Burdett, 43, of Disputanta, pulled his 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 over on the right shoulder in front of the disabled vehicle from the previous crash to offer assistance.

Raymond McGlynn III, 45, of Midlothian, was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry southbound in the right lane when he struck the disabled Nissan Rogue that was partially in the right lane of travel. Burdett was standing next to the Nissan as it was struck, causing the Nissan to strike Burdett. The Toyota spun around, striking the Dodge that was parked on the right shoulder.

Burdett was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he is still being treated. McGlynn was transported for minor injuries. At this time, no charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.

Driver charged in deadly crash

The driver in a head-on crash that killed a Midlothian man on Feb. 15 has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The crash, which took place at approximately 4:42 p.m. in Powhatan at Route 711 and Aston Trail, occurred when a 2002 BMW M3 traveling eastbound attempted to pass another vehicle on a hillcrest, striking a 2004 Honda Civic traveling westbound. The driver of the Honda, Michael Isaac Thompson, 22, of Midlothian, was not wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver of the BMW, Richard Conk, 18, of Delaware, was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Conk, a student at the University of Richmond, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter on March 6. Powhatan Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cerullo says there was evidence of speed and aggressive and reckless driving.

“[Conk] attempted to pass a vehicle in his lane, crossing a double yellow line and striking the victim’s vehicle,” Cerullo said on Monday. “He’s been arrested in Delaware, and he will be extradited back to Virginia.”

Cerullo said Conk will likely have his initial appearance before a circuit court judge on March 14 or 15. Following a bond hearing, the judge will set either a jury or bench trial.

Teens charged in BB gun incidents

Four teenagers have been charged in connection with multiple incidents involving BB guns in December of last year .

The first incident occurred the evening of Dec. 4 in the 8600 block of Middle Road. In the incident, a BB gun was used to shoot out the windows of a parked van. Three 16-year-old males were charged with vandalism in relation to the incident.

Additional incidents occurred sometime between the evening of Dec. 14 and the following morning. In one incident the windows of 10 cars were likely damaged by BBs near the 3900 block of Woodfield Road. Items were stolen from two cars in the area. The three 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old teenager were charged with petty larceny and vandalism.

During the same timeframe, police say the teens entered two cars near the 4100 block of Squire Hill Court, stealing items from one of the cars. All four teens were charged with credit card theft and credit card fraud in this incident.

Also during the Dec. 14-15 timeframe, six vehicles and one residence near the 2100 block of Old Indian Road had windows that appear to have been damaged by BBs. All four teens were charged with vandalism in relation to the incident.

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