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Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.
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Police charge man following mobile meth lab bust

UPDATE: APR. 30, 10:40 P.M. – Henrico Police have charged a 53-year-old Montpelier man with one count of providing false information to law enforcement in connection with a mobile methamphetamine lab that was discovered in Glen Allen Thursday.

The man, James Kent Booth of the 15300 block of Mountain Road in Montpelier, also will face an additional charge related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said. That charge is pending. > Read more.
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House passes ethics bill


The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill that would limit gifts accepted by Virginia politicians to $100. Delegates voted 93-6 for the measure, which was sponsored by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah.

HB 2070 is the House’s answer to problems concerning ethics rules for public officials. Gifts accepted by politicians became a hot topic after former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption charges in 2014.

“This legislation builds on the substantial reforms passed last year,” Gilbert said. > Read more.

San-J International to begin $38M expansion in Henrico

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 10:15 A.M. – Tamari sauce producer San-J International, Inc. will expand its Eastern Henrico operation with a $38 million investment that also will create 18 jobs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today.

With a significant rise in customer demand for gluten-free products, the Henrico facility will increase production volumes with state-of-the-art equipment. Virginia successfully competed against Oregon for the project, which was spurred by McAuliffe's meeting with company officials in Tokyo during his Asia Marketing Mission in October.

San-Jirushi was founded by the Sato family as a tamari and miso company in 1804 in Mie, Japan. Current San-J President Takashi Sato is an eighth-generation member of the founding family. The company began brewing the first tamari from its Henrico facility in 1987, continuing the 200-year tradition of Japanese brewing mastery. The existing Henrico County plant, on Sprouse Drive near the airport, employs 55. > Read more.

Senate OKs limits on use of license plate data


The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit police retention of license plate data to seven days in an attempt to restrict government stockpiling of personal information.

Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, proposed Senate Bill 965 as part of a broader effort to clamp down against government overreach into personal lives, an area he has targeted the past two legislative sessions.

“The state should not use surveillance technology to collect information on its citizens where there is no discrete reason to do so,” Petersen said. > Read more.

Canine CARE-givers


When Vicki Powell of Sandston lost her 22-year-old son, Jamie, in 2011, she made it her goal to carry on his work through Capital Area Rescue Effort, a volunteer based non-profit dog rescue that has doubled the number of dogs adopted over the past two years.

“When he passed away, we wanted something that would carry on his dream and his passions,” said Powell. “Jamie always liked dogs that had special needs and had started rescuing dogs. We wanted people to remember him for the good things he did, and this was the perfect way to do so.” > Read more.

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Community

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several family-friendly events to offer this weekend: a mini career day at Virginia Center Commons, a pajama party to benefit Commonwealth Parenting and a family game night at Dorey Recreation Center. Whether you have children or not, saving money these days is vital – a Couponing 101 workshop on Saturday will help you get started! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Northside comfort

Brookside offers many local options, but lacks some flavor
Brookside Grille and Bar comes with a simple mission in mind: to provide great dishes prepared with the finest ingredients using as many local products as possible. When I hear “local products,” I get excited; I’m a native Richmonder, and it’s important to me.

Located far north on Brook Road, Brookside Grille & Bar takes over what used to be Lucille’s Southern Cuisine. Advertised as “coastal comfort food,” I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting something healthy.

I had glanced at the menu online before heading to the restaurant hungry on a Sunday night. I knew my choices were broad – burgers, soups, seafood, and more. > Read more.

Magnificence on display

Jolie sparkles in Disney’s otherwise odd combination film
Maleficent is not Sleeping Beauty. It’s not a remake; not a prequel; not a version of the same story but from the point of view of the lady with the big horns. It’s not Wicked with a Disney sparkle.

It’s some odd combination of all of them, a film that starts out a straight-ahead Sleeping Beauty prequel, then decides to just be Sleeping Beauty itself and then abruptly yanks away the back half of Sleeping Beauty (boy meets girl, boy murders dragon-woman, boy kisses girl) for something new and different and very Maleficent-heavy. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a great weekend to have fun and support several local charities. Turning a tragedy into a fundraiser, the Hockey Fights Hunger Campaign will present Jeremy’s Game at SkateNational Plus in Short Pump. The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday. And let the canines in your family in on the fun too! Dogtopia West End will hold a charity dog wash on Sunday to benefit Paws With A Cause. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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