Fatal crash driver faces new charge

Three young men, including one who just spent three months in jail for alcohol- and driving-related offenses occurring on the night 16-year-old Logan McKiernan died in a car wreck in October 2009, were arrested last week on charges of grand larceny. The charges stemmed from the recent destruction of street signs and mailboxes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Edward Climo, 19, of Bealeton, had been convicted in July of reckless driving and four other charges related to his driving the truck that crashed on Whorton Hollow Road in which McKiernan, a junior at Rappahannock County High School, died.

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), Climo and two others — Daniel Jacob Clement, 18, of South Poes Road, and his brother, David Wayne Clement, 22, of Fort Valley — were arrested after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office into recent vandalism to mailboxes and street signs in the county. Each was charged with grand larceny.

Climo served just under half of his six-month sentence handed down in July. He was released Oct. 23 with a day’s credit for each day served with good behavior.

Sheriff Connie Smith said the investigation is continuing and that additional charges are possible. Smith said the mailboxes and signs were damaged over two nights last week along Grimsley Road, Richmond Road, Lizzie Mills Road, Aaron Mountain Road and Battle Mountain Road.

District Court Judge Thomas G. Underwood placed all three on pretrial supervision; each was released on a $1,500 bond.

In other actions reported by the Sheriff’s Office this week, Tikis Gales, 35, of Norfolk, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 15, for indecent exposure in the county parking lot. According to the authorities, Gales was denied visitation to a jail inmate and, after leaving the jail office, went to the parking lot and urinated on a deputy’s car.

Kenneth Justin Dodson, 21, of Chester Gap, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and battery on a family member.

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