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2017-02-15 / News Briefs

Shamin buys two Hampton Roads hotels

Chester-based Shamin Hotels purchased the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth and the Crowne Plaza hotel in Hampton this month.

“They both have spectacular views,” says Neil Amin, president and chief executive of Shamin. “That’s what really attracted us – the hotel and the downtown environment, but also the water.”

On Feb. 1, Shamin purchased the 249- room Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, and plans to modernize it. As a full-service conference center, Amin compares it to Shamin’s Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump.

Last week, Shamin purchased the 173-room waterfront Crown Plaza in Hampton with plans to upgrade it to part of Hilton’s new Tapestry Collection. Shamin will rename the property the Hampton Marina Hotel, and will renovate the guest rooms, bathrooms, second-floor rooftop deck, restaurants and 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

“The hotel has a tremendous location: it’s on the Hampton marina and it’s in downtown Hampton,” Amin says, adding that the company plans to upgrade and rebrand the food and beverage options at both hotels.

The hotels are the 49th and 50th in Shamin’s portfolio. Last year, Shamin opened the 100-room Homeroom Suites and the 144-room Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Richmond. Its affiliate 525 Grace LLC purchased Richmond’s Berry-Burk building last July.

Jury finds officer guilty in fatal shooting of teen

A jury found Richmond police officer David L. Cobb guilty of voluntary manslaughter last week in a retrial for the off-duty shooting of a teenager, according to media reports.

On Oct. 17, 2015, Cobb was at the Better Vision Detail & Car Spa at 7559 Midlothian Turnpike to have his girlfriend’s car washed when 18-year-old Paterson Brown jumped into the unoccupied car, drove it into a car wash bay, then drove it out. Upon discovering Brown in the vehicle, Cobb confronted the teen, and a tug of war ensued over the car door before Cobb shot one round into the vehicle, striking Brown. Cobb was retried on charges of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony eight months after his first murder trial ended in a deadlocked jury and the judge declaring a mistrial.

The panel acquitted Cobb of using a gun in the crime, recommending that he serve three months in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

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