Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Newport News police solve dentist death yet other homicides remain unsolved

NEWPORT NEWS — Since April 16, there have been four homicide investigations. And only one has been solved.

The case of the dentist.

On June 19 at approximately 5:15 p.m., police responded to a shooting at Huber Road and Jefferson Avenue and found a man outside his vehicle with a gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Newport News Police Department. The man, later identified as William Trolenberg, 65 of Hampton, was taken to the hospital where he died.

He was 65 years old.

Trolenberg was a dentist at the Deer Park Dental, 11318 Jefferson Ave. located across the street from Winston Townhomes and about a mile down the street from Mayor McKinley Price’s dental practice.

The next day, police had a 3 p.m. prayer walk at Deer Park Dental.

On June 21 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Newport News and Hampton Police departments arrested Kelly Michael Vance, 42, at the 100 block of Harris Creek Road in Hampton, police said in a news release. Vance is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, authorities said.

Kahil Curry, who was killed at his apartment complex in April, was a senior at Denbigh High School.

Following each homicide, the Newport News Police Department organized community walks usually the following day at the crime scene.

Curry’s walk was on on April 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Waverton Ashton Green. Trolenberg’s was June 20 at 3 p.m. at the dental office and Gatling’s was on May 28 at 3 p.m. outside of the WAWA. Darius Gatling’s was a community walk — a church nearby and its congregation was involved, said Kelly King, spokeswoman for the police department.

The most recent homicide was on June 25 and police have not released the identity of the male victim. Although he has not been publicly identified, the police department had a community walk at the Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickam Ave. at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

King said there is no updates on the previous homicides, including the June 25 homicide.

It remains unclear if there were any prayer walks for the other homicides. The only prayer walk confirmed is the one for Trolenberg.

If you would like to speak to police about a recent or past crime in your neighborhood, contact Capt. Jerrell Hardy of the Major Crime Division, 9710 Jefferson Ave. at 757-268-6899 or hardyjd@nnva.gov. You can also contact Capt. Jason Bollhorst of the South Precinct, 3303 Jefferson Ave. at 757-879-3407 or bollhorstjt@nnva.gov.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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