Fluvanna Review

Brian Anthony Gantt and Montreal Donte Fortune.Photos courtesy of Fluvanna County Sheriff’s OfficeThe Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with breaking and enterings in the Kents Store area that took place on July 8, according to press releases and court records.
Authorities arrested Brian Anthony Gantt of Charlottesville at his home on July 23, stated Captain Von Hill.
Initially a fugitive, Montreal Donte Fortune of Louisa turned himself in to Fluvanna County sheriff’s deputies without incident on Tuesday (Aug. 4) in the early morning hours, according to a press release.
The items stolen from the Kents Store homes included guns, jewelry, and a television, said Hill. He confirmed that four homes were broken into in that area.
Gantt and Fortune are being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange, according to a press release.
Both men have been charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and one count of possession of stolen property with intent to sell, according to the release.

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A scammer tried to ensnare a Fluvanna County man last week with threats of sex crimes, and may have been responsible for a similar occurrence Sunday (Aug. 2), said Captain Von Hill from the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.
The scammer, which may be an individual or a group of people, sent the Fluvanna man a text message in which the scammer posed as a law enforcement agent named Det. Michael Carr #6268, supposedly from the Miami-Dade Special Victims Unit and a member of the Internet Crimes against Children task force, stated a sheriff’s office press release.
The text message stated that if the man did not call Det. Carr, he would file charges against him and have him arrested and extradited to Florida, stated the release.
Concerned, the scam victim took the text message to the sheriff’s office. “He was quite disturbed,” said Hill. “It’s a pretty weighty issue for anyone, and he was concerned.” A Fluvanna investigator called the number from the text message, and the man on the other end “carried on the conversation as if he were a legal authority,” said Hill, “but under pressure became belligerent.” It was clear, Hill said, that the situation was a hoax – likely an attempt to gather personal information or extort money.
When the investigator called the Miami-Dade Police Sex Crimes Unit, he was informed that not only does the unit not have a Det. Michael Carr #6268, but also that the unit has received eight complaints in the past month about this sort of scam, the release stated. The investigator passed along the phone number from the text message and was told the Miami-Dade County Police Department is investigating the issue.
Anyone who has experienced this scam or any other is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 434-589-8211.

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There’s good news for residents of Lake Monticello – the long-awaited certification for the main dam has finally arrived.
Effective from July 15 to July 31, 2021, the certification makes it possible for the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) to pursue dam insurance. Having dam insurance on the main dam would provide significant peace of mind to LMOA members, as the main dam’s replacement cost is estimated to be over $28 million.
Now that the certification has arrived, General Manager Catherine Neelley said that LMOA is in the process of procuring dam insurance, though exactly how long that will take is unknown. “Hopefully it’ll move pretty quickly,” she said.
As a part of the certification’s conditions, LMOA will hire an engineer to inspect the dam once a year and to test the dam’s valve every other year. But Neelley noted that LMOA performs in-house inspections of the main dam and Tufton dam more often. “We check the dams regularly, make sure vegetation is cleared, and keep the dams mowed,” she said.
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LMVRS Chief Joe Orsolini. File photoThe special meeting on Wednesday (July 29) of the Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad (LMVRS), which began as a plea against reactionary resignations in the wake of the establishment of billing for ambulance transport, turned into a “very productive and informative” meeting, said LMVRS Chief Joe Orsolini.
Contrary to initial rumors, only one volunteer has resigned, Orsolini said.
On July 15 the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors adopted a cost recovery program that will charge patients and their insurance for ambulance transport in an effort to recover possibly $750,000 of the $2.4 million the county spends annually on fire and rescue services.
The move was unpopular with some rescue volunteers who disliked the idea of charging for their services, and resignation rumors began to spread.
But the meeting “cleared up a lot of misunderstandings” said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator. Orsolini agreed, saying the information presented at the meeting “squashed some of the rumors that have been going around.”
The 25 or 30 rescue volunteers who came to the meeting expressed concerns including the plight of patients who can’t afford to pay, whether volunteers would have freedom to provide needed procedures given intricacies in the levels of billing, and whether providers would need to collect insurance information from patients, said Orsolini.
Did the volunteers have their concerns answered satisfactorily? “Absolutely,” said Orsolini.
There was a sense from the volunteers that they would have preferred a billing model that charged insurance only and forgave the balance, Elliott said, rather than the adopted “compassionate billing” model that charges patients for the remainder after insurance pays but includes hardship waivers and refrains from sending unpaid bills to collections.

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Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce President Jim Bogden spoke at the Business After Hours event. Troy and Evelyn Boor are expanding their business into a new building in Troy that will be completed by October, according to the Boors.
The Boors own a Rainbow International franchise.

They also opened an office in the Shenandoah Valley. They are excited with the success of their business and celebrated at a recent Business After Hours, sponsored by the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce.

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