2014-09-17 / News Briefs

Civil War site expands with park service grant

Michael Buettner

Bowden Bowden A Civil War-related county park has expanded by nearly 15 acres thanks to a $143,400 grant from the National Park Service.

County officials on Monday formally accepted the deed to the property adjoining Battery Dantzler off Old Stage Road in the Enon area. The purchase was made possible by an American Battlefield Protection Grant from the National Park Service.

Members of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s Military History Committee took the lead in acquiring the property for the county. The committee has saved nine Civil War properties that now belong to the county and has raised almost $1 million through grants, donations and fundraising.

The donated sites are administered by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, which works with the Military History Committee to develop the sites.

The original Battery Dantzler site was acquired in 1992 through a donation of 1.3 acres from Air Products of Allentown, Pa., as a result of efforts by George Fickett of the Military History Committee. The park opened to the public in 1994.

The site is named for Confederate Col. Olin M. Dantzler, who was killed on June 13, 1864, while leading the 22nd South Carolina Infantry in an attack on the Union’s Fort Dutton.

County man accused of killing his wife

A county woman was shot to death last week and her husband is in jail facing a charge of first-degree murder.

Police said officers responded around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 to a report of a possible shooting in the 3400 block of Summerbrooke Drive in the Wyntrebrooke subdivision off Walmsley Boulevard.

Around the same time, a man arrived at police headquarters and reported that he had shot his wife at their home in the same block.

Officers at the home forced entry and found Delesha C. Bowden, 27, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, where she later died from her injuries.

Officers at police headquarters arrested the man, identified as Corey C. Bowden Sr., 42, on charges of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Later the same day, police obtained a warrant for first-degree murder for Bowden. He is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.

Richmond men charged in Centralia robbery, beating

Two Richmond men have been arrested on charges stemming from a robbery on New Year’s Day that outraged residents of the Centralia area because of its brutality.

Police said they arrested Mark R. Kelly Jr., 25, and Glenn R. Francis, 35, last week without incident after they were indicted on charges of malicious wounding, robbery, brandishing a firearm and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The charges are related to a robbery that took place outside Spencer’s gas station at 5144 Centralia Road around 5:10 a.m. on Jan. 1. Police said the victim was in the process of opening the business when he was approached from behind and struck repeatedly in the head. Cash was taken from the victim. The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Convenience store clerk unmasks robber

A would-be thief’s attempt to rob a county convenience store failed after an employee fought him off using a mop.

Police said a masked suspect entered the Exxon at 15740 Woods Edge Road around 3:35 a.m. last Thursday, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The employee struggled with the suspect, at one point swinging a mop at him, and was able to pull off the suspect’s mask. At that point, the suspect fled without taking anything. The employee suffered minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a bald white male, 19-25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 170-180 pounds. He was wearing dark gray jeans, a long-sleeved black shirt, black gloves, a black ski mask and black sneakers with what appeared to be orange soles or backing.

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

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