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This week, a man accused in the November shooting of a 26-year-old man in Ironbound Square Park heads to a grand jury, and police arrest a man accused of stealing and using a Kingsmill Resort guest’s credit card.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week and others you may have missed below.

James City County

JCC Police Investigate Two Business Break-Ins

Police have received reports of two break-ins, one at the The Deli Roll on Pocahontas Trail and the other at American Pride Automotive on Airport Road.

Authorities said the owner of the Deli Roll arrived at the restaurant at around 11 a.m. April 18 and noticed the front door had been broken open. Once inside the restaurant, he noticed the cash register had been broken open and a safe from the back had been dragged out of place and broken open.

Police said an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

On April 20, officers responded to American Pride Automotive at around 4 a.m., where they found a window was open and several drawers and cabinets appeared to have been rummaged through.

Authorities said Virginia state inspection stickers were stolen from the business, and there were pry markers around the open windows.

Both break-ins are under investigation; they are not believed to be related.

Man Charged with Malicious Wounding in Hotel Fight

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the Pineapple Inn after being accused of hitting a man with a beer bottle.

James City County Police responded to the hotel on Richmond Road and were told by a 23-year-old man that Toby Delbert Louie Miller had “gotten upset” and the two argued.

During the argument, Miller struck the 23-year-old man in the head with a beer bottle, causing a large laceration above his right eye, police said.

The 23-year-old man was transported to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital, and Miller was taken into custody.

Miller, who suffered a small cut on his hand, was charged with malicious wounding and drunk in public.

Ford’s Colony Maintenance Worker Finds Bag Containing Marijuana, Calls Police

A 19-year-old man has been charged after police say he lost his bag containing marijuana and asked security guards and maintenance workers for help finding it.

David Jerome Frye faces one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of controlled paraphernalia.

On April 9, he went looking for a red and black bag he lost in Ford’s Colony, asking security and maintenance staff for help locating it, police said.

A maintenance worker found the bag, opened it and saw what appeared to be weed, authorities said. The worker then called police.

Frye admitted the bag — and the quarter-pound of marijuana, scales and packaging consistent with distribution of the drug — was his, according to a police report.

Kingsmill Groundskeeper Suspected of Stealing Guest’s Credit Card

A 42-year-old Hampton man was arrested after police discovered he had used a stolen credit card to buy alcohol.

Thomas Lawrence, who works at Kingsmill Resort as a groundskeeper, went into several rooms April 12 with two other groundskeepers to strip linens from the beds, police said.

A credit card had been mistakenly left behind in one of the rooms, and police discovered the card was used at an ABC store in Hampton to buy $264 of alcohol.

Lawrence’s ID was scanned at the ABC store when the purchase was made, and surveillance video showed him at the store buying alcohol, police said.

Lawrence was charged with credit card fraud, credit card theft and attempted credit card fraud, all felonies.

Man Accused in November Ironbound Square Shooting Heads to Grand Jury

Wilbert Walker (Courtesy James City County Police)
Wilbert Walker (Courtesy James City County Police)

A man facing second-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a 26-year-old man in James City County has waived his preliminary hearing.

Wilbert Walker, 23, will now face a grand jury, who will decide if there is enough evidence to move the case forward to trial.

Walker is accused of driving Terrance Martin and Shaiquan Smith to Ironbound Square Park off Monticello Avenue to rob Tyler Anthony Cole of drugs, court papers show.

Martin and Smith both face capital murder charges.

Five Charges Dropped in Case Against Man Accused of Stealing Car, Credit Card

Shawn Antowan Perry (Courtesy James City County Police)
Shawn Antowan Perry (Courtesy James City County Police)

A James City County man’s case is headed to a grand jury for one felony charge of credit card theft.

Shawn Perry is accused of  stealing a car and money from someone he knows.

Police said he was given permission to use a friend’s truck in July 2013, and the friend gave him his credit card and debits card, telling Perry to use the card to buy gas, police said.

Fraudulent charges on the victim’s bank account for $222 and ATM withdrawals totaling $459 were reported.

Warrants were taken out in July 2013 charging Perry with one felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two felony charges of credit card theft, two felony charges of credit card fraud and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

All but one felony count of credit card theft were dropped Thursday at a hearing in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.



Williamsburg Man Suspected of Trying to Obtain Narcotics from Hospital

A 36-year-old man is facing charges after checking himself in to a hospital where he tried to obtain drugs under false pretenses, police said.

David Matthew Haenni is charged with felony obtaining drugs by fraud after checking himself into Riverside Doctors’ Hospital on April 4 and complaining of kidney pain, Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department said.

Suspecting Haenni was lying, hospital staff called police, telling authorities Haenni was trying to obtain narcotic medication, Riley said.

Officers spent the next two weeks investigating and gathering additional statements from medical staff before obtaining a warrant for Haenni’s arrest Thursday.

Haenni has not yet been arrested, police said.

York County

Deputies Looking for Suspected Credit Card Thief

The man pictured is accused of using a stolen credit card number to purchase items at Wawa. (Courtesy YPSO)
The man pictured is accused of using a stolen credit card number to purchase items at Wawa. (Courtesy YPSO)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying a man suspected of using a stolen credit card number at a convenience store.

A post on the YPSO Facebook page said the man pictured went to Wawa on Merrimac Trail on April 3 and purchased undisclosed items with a stolen credit card number.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call crime line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook tip line at 890-4999.

Man Suspected in York County Bar Fight Heads to Grand Jury

A 37-year-old man suspected of wounding a man during a bar brawl has waived his preliminary hearing.

Authorities say Jonathan Coates, a Gloucester man, was “being unruly and trying to pick fights with patrons” at the Cactus Bar on Route 17 in January, Lt. Dennis Ivey with YPSO said.

A man told deputies Coates punched him, leaving a puncture wound to the cheek after it appeared his tooth had come through the skin, Ivey said.

Deputies arrested Coates two months later and charged him with malicious wounding.

That charge was amended Tuesday in York-Poquoson General District Court to felony unlawful wounding.

A grand jury will now decide if there is enough evidence to move the case forward to trial.

Man Accused of Stealing Tobacco Products in York County

The man pictured is accused of stealing tobacco products. (Courtesy YPSO)
The man pictured is accused of stealing tobacco products. (Courtesy YPSO)

Deputies are looking for a man suspected of stealing tobacco products from a store on Hampton Highway.

YPSO posted a photo of the suspect, who they say entered the Tobacco Store on April 2 and stole an undisclosed amount of tobacco products.

Authorities said the suspect left in a maroon car and drove toward Bethel Manor.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call crime line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook tip line at 890-4999.

YPSO Seeks to Charge 17-Year-Old for Possession of Pot

Deputies with YPSO are seeking petitions to charge a 17-year-old Grafton High School student with possession of marijuana.

YPSO deputies were notified of a strong odor of weed coming from a car in the parking lot of the high school on Monday, and an investigating deputy found the 17-year-old — whose name is not being released due to her age — in the car with marijuana, according to a post on the YPSO Facebook Page.

Authorities are asking a judge to charge her with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The Facebook post warned citizens of 4/20, a date informally known as marijuana day, when people celebrate marijuana and cannabis, according to the post.

“On this day, yesterday while many “weed” smokers were celebrating some were not so happy,” the post said.

Man Wanted Out of York County for Forgery

Bazemore (Courtesy YPSO)
Anthony Wyoming Bazemore (Courtesy YPSO)

The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in locating a man facing two felony counts of forgery and uttering.

Authorities said Anthony Wyoming Bazemore was involved in a check fraud case at a business in the 2700 block of Route 17.

Bazemore, a 27-year-old black, 5-foot-7 male weighing 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, preaches at various churches in Newport News.

Anyone with information on Bazemore’s whereabouts is asked to call crime line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook tip line at 890-4999.

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