2013-05-08 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Grand jury finds officer justified in shooting man

A grand jury and an internal investigation by the Chesterfield County Police Department have concluded ruled that an officer-involved shooting late last year was justified.

On Dec. 10, 2012, Chesterfield County Police officers responded to a residence in the 7700 block of Millcreek Drive to serve two felony domestic assault warrants on Brian McDaniel, 38. The warrants were related to domestic incidents at that address.

Officers tried to make contact with McDaniel after being allowed into the house, but a standoff began. Officers heard gunfire as they tried to negotiate McDaniel’s surrender.

Police said McDaniel aimed a gun at the officers and was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The case was presented to a multijurisdictional grand jury on March 11. The grand jury ruled last week that the shooting of McDaniel was justified under all of the surrounding facts and circumstances.

An internal Chesterfield County Police Department investigation also found that the officer’s actions were justified.

County woman killed in Chippenham crash

A crash on Chippenham Parkway over the weekend claimed the life of a county woman and left two other people injured.

The Virginia State Police said a 1991 Buick was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Chippenham (Route 150) around 1:44 a.m. on Saturday, when it hit a 2002 Nissan Altima head-on.

The driver of the Buick, Drema Y. McCauley, 70, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, died at the scene. An adult female passenger in that vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The adult male driver of the Nissan suffered serious injuries and was also taken to an area hospital.

Another vehicle crashed when its driver tried to avoid the initial wreck and ran off the road, hitting the jersey wall. No one was injured in that crash.

The wrecks closed the northbound lanes of the highway for about four hours.

County man may be charged in crash that killed three

A Chesterfield County man was seriously injured and three people died in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend in Powhatan County.

The Virginia State Police said troopers responded around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to a wreck on Route 60 eastbound near Batterson Road. A 2002 Lexus had run off the right side of the road and hit a tree.

The driver, Jerry B. Middleton, 53, of the 3000 block of Holridge Street in Chesterfield, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by Med-Flight to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

The three passengers in the vehicle all died at the scene. Two had been identified as of press time: Joan V. Middleton, 62, of the 6000 block of Worthington Road in Richmond and Shirley M. Smothers, 73, of the 1000 block of Andros Road in Richmond.

Police said Joan Middleton was wearing her safety belt but Smothers was not, and was ejected from the vehicle.

The third passenger, also female, was not wearing her seat belt.

Police said charges against Jerry Middleton are pending.

John Tyler names Texas educator as new president

John Tyler Community College announced this week that its new president will be Dr. Edward E. “Ted” Raspiller.

Raspiller is currently president of the Brazos County Campuses at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. Previously, he directed the Community College Leadership doctoral program at Old Dominion University.

Raspiller assumed his current position in 2011 after a year as provost of the Brazos campuses. From 1999 to 2003, he was dean of technical and work-force education at Blinn.

He was interim president at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin in 2006. He has held positions at Texas State Technical College, Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

At Old Dominion, in addition to directing the doctoral Community College Leadership program from 2006-2010, he chaired the educational foundations and leadership department.

Raspiller holds an associate’s degree from the College of DuPage, a bachelor’s degree from Governors State University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Northern Illinois University. Raspiller will take office on Aug. 5, succeeding Dr. Marshall W. Smith, who is retiring after nearly 23 years.

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