Grand Jury Returns 99 Indictments: Beach Restaurateur Indicted for Illegal Gambling Operation; Two Indicted for Murder of Baby

Monday, April 02, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that a grand jury meeting in Virginia Beach Circuit Court today returned indictments against 89 individuals charging 198 separate offenses.

Two individuals were indicted in connection with running an illegal gambling operation.  George Pitsilides, age 59, of the 1200 block of Crystal Lake Circle in Virginia Beach, is charged with three (3) counts of Operating a Continuous Illegal Gambling Operation.  Lisa Michelle Crain, age 41, of the 1800 block of Thomas Lane in Virginia Beach, is charged with two (2) counts of Operating a Continuous Illegal Gambling Operation. The charges are the result of a lengthy undercover investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Special Investigations Division. 

Among those indicted today were Alvin Daniel Gatewood and Shaniqua Jones, both of the 1300 block of Pine Cone Circle in Virginia Beach.  Gatewood and Jones were indicted for Second Degree felony Murder in the November 2011 death of Jones’ 19-month-old baby.  They both additionally face a felony Child Abuse/Neglect charge, for which they have preliminary hearings scheduled for April 12, 2012 in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Of the defendants indicted today, over 21% were charged with felony drug crimes.  The grand jury also indicted four (4) individuals for felony Driving Under the Influence.  Those individuals are:

Defendant Name Last Known Address Charges
James Stephen Beckett

1100 block Freehold Close

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
DUI – 3rd Conviction within 10 Years
Branden Charles Blackford

3100 block Kemet Drive

Chesapeake, VA 23323
DUI – 4th or Subsequent Offense within 10 Years, Drive after License Revoked for DUI
Nathan Mark Propst Jr

1000 block Thompkins Lane

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
DUI – 3rd Conviction within 10 Years
Megan Burkholder Weisenberger

2800 block Mars Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
DUI – 4th or Subsequent Offense within 10 Years, Drive after License Revoked for DUI

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