VaNews for Lancaster County
In the Northern Neck and Essex County, a region plentiful with agriculture, it is unnerving to know that over 8,000 people- among them 1,600 children- struggle with hunger.
Statistics from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap 2013” study shockingly revealed that over 12 percent of individuals and 13 percent of children in each of the following counties- Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland- don’t always know when they will see their next meal.
District Court Judge Robert A. Pustilnik last week granted a motion to strike the Class 1 misdemeanor charge of “false entry and destruction of public records” against former Lancaster County Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Jeffers Schmidt Jr.
Schmidt was accused of disposing of case files in his final weeks in office after he lost a bid for re-election in November 2011 to current Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cunningham.
Schmidt was prosecuted by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.
Virginia’s Commission on Local Government publishes annually a catalog of state and federal mandates on local governments. This year’s edition was 310 pages long and the list keeps getting longer, according to county administrators in the Northern Neck frustrated with the Virginia General Assembly passing the buck.
For many landowners in Lancaster County, the recent reassessment of real estate values has provided “shocking” new evidence of the decline in their housing and land investments.
“We purchased our home in 2001 for $343,000 and added a $300,000 addition,” said one waterfront homeowner. “Now it’s been reassessed for $445,000. If we had to sell [at that price] now, we would lose $198,000.”
Former Lancaster County Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Jeffers Schmidt Jr. has been arrested for allegedly destroying public documents in the days before he lost re-election to the office last year.
Schmidt was arraigned Wednesday in Lancaster General District Court on a single Class 1 misdemeanor charge dealing with the destruction of public records by a holder of public office. Schmidt is scheduled to return to court March 6 for trial.