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2017-09-20 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER

98.4 percent of schools fully accredited

Nearly all schools in the Chesterfield County School System reached full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education last week.

With one school’s status still “to be determined,” 98.4 percent of CCPS schools have been fully accredited for the 2017-18 school year. The news comes after Ettrick Elementary and Falling Creek Middle became the first schools in CCPS history to be denied accreditation last year. In that year, Carver and Salem Church middle schools received partial accreditation.

According to a release from the school system, Falling Creek Middle, whose status has yet to be determined, has seen “solid growth” in the past year, making single- and double-digit gains on pass rates on state assessments.

“The growth in student achievement at Falling Creek Middle is hard to ignore, and we’re hopeful that the state won’t look past the continued improvements as the school’s accreditation status is determined,” said School Board member John Erbach, who represents Falling Creek, in the statement.

The vigil took place Aug. 12 outside First Congregational Christian United Church of Christ. JAMES HASKINS The vigil took place Aug. 12 outside First Congregational Christian United Church of Christ. JAMES HASKINS Vigil denounces white supremacy

About three dozen people, including members of the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, gathered outside First Congregational Christian United Church of Christ on Courthouse Road Saturday night for a vigil denouncing white supremacy and honoring Heather Heyer, who was killed during violent protests in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. 

Police investigate shooting, breaking and entering

County police are investigating a shooting and a breaking and entering that appear to be related.

At about 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 16, police were investigating a breaking and entering at a residence in the 6500 block of Creekrun Drive when they received a call for a subject shot in the 4500 block of Watchrun Drive. Both addresses are in the Watchrun subdivision off of Hopkins Road. Officers quickly related the two calls together, and a suspect for the breaking and entering was located attempting to flee the area and was taken into custody.

While interviewing that suspect, police learned that the shooting victim may also have been involved with the breaking and entering. At this time, police believe that the victim was accidentally shot with a firearm he was attempting to take from the residence on Creekrun Drive.

The shooting victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are continuing to investigate and identify any other persons who may be involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Driver killed in single-vehicle crash

County police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that took place in the 10400 block of Beaver Bridge Road on Sept. 15.

At about 10:40 a.m., a 1993 Geo Prizm driven by Paula Roddenberry was traveling south on Beaver Bridge Road when it went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Roddenberry, 28, of the 11300 block of Winterpock Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Scissor-wielding suspect robs 7-Eleven

County police are looking for a suspect who robbed the 7-Eleven at 11530 Midlothian Turnpike on Sept. 12.

About 4:22 a.m., the suspect approached a store clerk, displayed a pair of scissors and demanded money. Upon receiving cash, the suspect exited the building, and was last seen running north from the store. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as black, of unknown gender, about 6 feet 2 inches tall with a skinny build. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, gray sweatpants and a green bandana covering his or her face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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