2016-06-15 / News Briefs

Chester woman killed by windblown beach umbrella

Rich Griset

A Chester woman was struck and killed by a windblown beach umbrella last week in Virginia Beach.

Lottie Michelle Belk, 55, died of penetrating blunt force trauma to the chest last Thursday, according to media reports. Officials say a “strong gust of wind blew” an umbrella across the beach, striking Belk in the torso. Police say there is no evidence of foul play. The state medical examiner’s office ruled the death an accident.

Police capture fugitive during traffic stop

Last week, county police captured a fugitive from justice who was wanted in Pennsylvania.

During a traffic stop on June 9, officers encountered and apprehended a man who was wanted in Pennsylvania. The traffic stop occurred in the 7100 block of Apple Orchard Road. Michael J. Baumann, 27, of the 7500 block of Marbrett Drive in Chesterfield, was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Woman abducted in Chesterfield

Police say a female adult victim was abducted by a known male from a residence in the 4800 block of Brickell Lane last week.

According to police, the man forced the victim to drive to another location. Once the vehicle stopped at the other location, police were waiting, and the suspect attempted to flee on foot. He was soon apprehended. Police say the incident is domestic related.

Stacy L. Jackson, 53, of the 4800 block of Brickell Lane, has been charged with abduction and kidnapping, violation of a protective order and misdemeanor eluding police.

ATF rifle stolen from vehicle

Several items were stolen from vehicles on June 8, including a rifle belonging to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The thefts occurred in the 12000 block of Eagle Pass Drive, the 11500 block of Hunters Hawk Drive and the 11500 block of Eagle Pass Court.

County sees fourthlargest employment increase in nation

Chesterfield’s employment grew at the fourth-fastest rate in the country from December 2014 to December 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment in the county grew 6 percent during that period of time, well above the 1.9 percent national average.

“We are extremely pleased that Chesterfield County is once again among the leaders in job growth in the country,” said Garrett Hart, director of Chesterfield Economic Development. “On behalf of Chesterfield County, I extend my thanks to Chesterfield businesses that continue to create strong job growth in our community.”

Employment increased in 308 of 342 of the largest U.S. counties, according to the bureau.

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