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Date published: 1/27/2008


Many of those comments came from the same people who spoke at a recent three-hour public hearing on Kalahari.

Once it came time for the council to act, the sole objector to the vote for the letter of intent was Council woman Debby Girvan.

Police say Culpeper man embezzled

Former Culpeper Vice Mayor and Town Councilman David A. Martin was arrested Wednesday and charged with embezzling from two insurance businesses that he operated.

Martin, 57, was the subject of a Virginia State Police investigation that began more than a year ago.

Grandson of longtime Culpeper Mayor T. Irving Martin, Martin faces two counts of embezzlement that occurred in 2006, according to Sgt. Les Tyler.

Sources say that Martin is accused of accepting premiums from customers but not sending the money to the national insurance companies that he represented.

Martin operated Martin Insurance on Main Street for about 20 years. It abruptly closed in 2006.

He is charged with embezzling from that company and D. A. M. Insurance, which he also owned, Tyler said.

Driver charged in fatal auto accident

The driver of a car that police say struck and killed a 30-year-old woman on State Route 3 on Jan. 20 has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.

Sgt. F.L. Tyler of the state police said a 1997 Ford Taurus hit Jennifer A. Walker of Fredericksburg after she got out of the car her husband was driving just be fore 1 a.m. James D. Tillery, 23, of Spotsylvania was later identified as the driver of the Taurus, Tyler said.

The Taurus passenger, Jelicia Ashley Hardison, 18, also of Spotsylvania, was charged as an accessory to involuntary manslaughter for failing to report the incident, Tyler said.

Horse owner charged with animal cruelty

Five horses have been seized in Caroline County and their owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

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