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2017-10-11 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER

Felon charged with concealing body after fatal overdose

A county man has been charged with concealing a woman’s body in a closet after she fatally overdosed on heroin, according to a media report.

John S. Nielsen, 43, of the 5200 block of Shady Lane, has been arrested and charged with concealing a body and two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Police discovered the body of Dillon Seward McGhee, 26, at Nielsen’s home after receiving a tip and checking on her welfare. McGhee died on Aug. 4.

Police say there is no indication of foul play in McGhee’s death, other than concealment of the body. Nielsen has previous felony convictions for grand larceny and petit larceny-third offense. He was arrested on Sept. 26, and is being held at Chesterfield County Jail without bond pending a hearing on Oct. 12.

Chesterfield jail housing Henrico’s female inmates

To help with overcrowding at Henrico County’s jails, Chesterfield County Jail has housed roughly 50 female inmates from Henrico since Aug. 4.

According to Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade, the opioid epidemic and human trafficking have caused rapid growth in the number of female inmates incarcerated by the locality. Wade says that Henrico’s incarcerated female population has multiplied five-fold since he was first elected in 2000, from roughly 60 to roughly 300.

“Our female population has just skyrocketed, and we have no room for them,” Wade said. “Over half of the females that we have in the jail have heroin addiction or opioid addiction.”

To help, Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard offered to house female inmates as a short-term fix while Henrico looks at long-term solutions.

“Being able to put them over there has been fantastic,” Wade said. “We’re looking at some additional construction and some alternative ideas.”

Leonard says that overcrowding in jails can lead to an increase in fights and arguments.

“Overcrowding can get very dangerous,” Leonard said. “You start having people sleeping on floors and mattresses. Mere congestion causes people’s tempers to get out of hand.”

Leonard says that Henrico will pay $50 to house each inmate per day, ensuring that the cost won’t fall on Chesterfield’s taxpayers.

“We invoice them at the end of every month,” he says. “[The county governments] came up with something that’s fair with both places. Chesterfield isn’t going to take a loss, and we’re not going to price gouge Henrico.”

Prior to last year, Chesterfield sent its female inmates to Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George. That changed last September, coinciding with the founding of the jail’s female heroin treatment program.

Driver dies in single-vehicle crash

State police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 95 near the Willis Road exit on Oct. 8.

At 5:20 a.m., a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Interstate 95 ran off the right side of the road, overturned and caught fire. The driver, Chante A. McGinnis, 27, of Mechanicsville, died at the scene.

Motorcyclist killed in two-vehicle crash

County police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred near the intersection of Salem Church and Black Oak roads on Oct. 5.

At about 6:30 a.m., police say a Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on Salem Church Road when it struck a 1996 Infiniti sedan, which was making a left turn from Black Oak Road onto Salem Church Road. The investigation indicated the Infiniti sedan pulled out in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, Gregory D. Atkins, 52, of the 8600 block of Pleasant Ridge Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Infiniti sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Body found in James River

County police are conducting a death investigation related to the discovery of a body in the James River on Oct. 7.

At about 10:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a man found deceased on the shore of the James River near Dutch Gap boat landing. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and has been identified as Lamont R. Booker, 48, of the 8300 block of Chamberlayne Road in Henrico. A cause of death has not yet been determined, but there are no signs of foul play at this point.

Anyone with information should contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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