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James City County Police to host Coffee with a Cop

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Police will hold the next Coffee with a Cop from 10 a.m. to noon June 22 at Jimmy’s Oven and Grill, 7201 Richmond Road.

James City County police officers will join residents in an informal setting to discuss community issues and build relationships while drinking free coffee.

Anyone interested in hosting a Coffee with a Cop in their neighborhood or business should contact Sgt. John LeClaire at 259-5174.

Police: Two Toano men charged with robbery

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Two Toano men have been charged with robbery after stealing a Glock 9mm handgun May 29 from a 21-year old victim who was in the car with them, according to James City County police.

Ar’mon De’Vell Jones, 18 and Darrius Marquis Hawkins, 21, forcefully took the weapon from the person who was in the car with them before pushing that person out and driving away, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Jones and Hawkins were found during a traffic stop the following day and arrested, Williams said.

Hawkins was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm and two counts of carrying a concealed firearm in connection to a previous incident, Williams said. According to online court records, he also faces misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and obstructing justice.

Hawkins and Jones each have 8:30 a.m. July 19 hearings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

VDOT announces ramp closures as part of I-64 widening project

The Virginia Department of Transportation has announced its June 10-14 ramp closures as part of Segment II of the Interstate 64 widening project.

Segment II of the construction is about a mile west of Route 199 at Humelsine Parkway and Marquis Center Parkway near exit 242 to the end of the Segment I project about a half mile east of Route 238 at Yorktown Road near exit 247.

The project will extend the three-lane section of I-64 for about seven miles from where the first segment of the project ended.

The full ramp closures on I-64, with signed detours in place, will be as follows, on each day:

  • I-64 east and west to Route 60/Busch Gardens (exit 243A), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • I-64 east and west to Route 143 (exit 243B), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Route 60 on-ramp to I-64 west, as early as 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • I-64 east and west to Route 199 west (exit 242A), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • I-64 east and west to Route 199 east (exit 242B), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Route 199 west on-ramp to I-64 east and west, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Route 199 east on-ramp to I-64 east and west, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • I-64 east and west to Lee Hall/Jefferson Avenue (exit 247), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Jefferson Avenue (Route 143) on-ramps to I-64 east and west, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Yorktown Road (Route 238) on-ramp to I-64 east, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

VDOT will have detour signs in place, and said all ramps will not be closed at the same time to maintain access to the detour routes.

Beginning the morning of June 12, VDOT said drivers should be alert to a new traffic pattern on the Route 143 (Jefferson Avenue) on-ramp to I-64 will shift traffic right to a new outside lane.

VDOT’s contractor for Segment III of the I-64 widening project, Shirley Contracting Company, will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at Bruton High School at 185 East Rochambeau Drive.

The open-house style meeting will give residents current information about the project, projected traffic impacts, proposed clearing limits, stormwater management design and improvements, and preliminary results of the final noise analysis, VDOT said.

The meeting will be held in a open-house style format with members of the design-build team and VDOT representatives on hand to share current project information, projected traffic impacts, the proposed limits of clearing, the stormwater management design and improvements, and the preliminary results of the Final Noise Analysis.

Construction on the 8.25 mile project, which goes from about one mile west of the Route 199/Lightfoot exit (exit 234) to one mile west of the Humelsine Parkway/Marquis Center Parkway (exit 242), is scheduled to start this summer, VDOT said, beginning with shoulder strengthening operations.

VDOT said design-phase geo-technical investigations are underway, which include survey work, bridge scans and soil boring operations.

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