Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.
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Man struck and killed in western Henrico hit-and-run

A 24-year-old man died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in western Henrico April 23.

The victim, Emmanuel Isaiah DeJesus, was found lying on the side of the roadway at about 10:25 p.m., April 23 near Patterson Avenue and Palace Way. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Henrico woman earns national pharmacy fellowship


Henrico County native Nilofar “Nellie” Jafari recently was named the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18.

Jafari is a 2007 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School.

Pharmacists selected for the fellowship have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment.
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Henrico experiences spike in heroin usage, deaths

Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette.
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Housing program helps disabled


A growing number of families in the Henrico area are opening up their homes to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities through a service called sponsored residential living, an alternative to group homes that offers disabled citizens an opportunity to live more normal lives.

Wall Residences was the first organization in the state to offer a sponsored residential living program. It works with more than 10 local human rights committees and serves more than 434 people throughout the state to provide services for those who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and/or developmental disabilities.
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Local United Way pioneer honored at ‘Hoopla’


A Henrico resident received some long-deserved recognition March 24 as Hermena “Hermie” Powell was honored with the 2015 Royal-Green Award at a gathering of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Held at the Virginia War Memorial, the “Red Feather Hoopla” brought together more than one hundred members of the council, a group dedicated to the mission of preparing children for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders. Members symbolically accented their outfits with red feathers and boas to celebrate the impact of women who give, advocate and volunteer to strengthen the community.

In her keynote address, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe spoke of her twin initiatives of improving childhood nutrition and remedying food insecurity, and of the challenges facing child advocates across the Commonwealth in helping youth whose most basic needs are not met.
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Henrico County CASA welcomes new volunteers


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates kicked off Child Abuse Awareness Month April 1 by welcoming 15 new CASA volunteers. The new volunteers were sworn in by Rondelle D. Herman, chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Herman thanked the new volunteers for committing their time to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being.

“Each party of a case comes to the Court with their own agenda," Herman said. "CASA does not have an agenda. CASA is objective, unbiased and fact driven when reporting to the court.
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Glen Allen students win Reflections awards

Three Glen Allen High School students were winners in the PTA Reflections Contest recently. Junior Noah Carpenter (pictured above, right) won the Award of Excellence in the Virginia PTA Reflections Contest for his film entitled “A Better World Starts at Home.” Junior Katherine Weber (left), won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Music Composition. Freshman Abby Dodd (center) won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Dance Choreography.
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Henrico Fire earns national Congressional Fire Services Institute award


The Henrico County Division of Fire recently was selected from among fire departments across the United States to receive the 2015 Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award recognizes best-practices in emergency medical services. Representatives from Henrico County will receive the award April 16 during the annual CFSI Caucus Dinner in Washington DC.

The award recognizes the commitment of Henrico County in supporting Department of Defense missions. Henrico Fire regularly partners with a variety of DOD units including the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army and the Virginia National Guard.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of a retail outparcel situated at 11290 W. Broad Street in the Brookhollow Shopping Center in Henrico County. CFT Developments, LLC purchased the 1.18 acres from Target Corporation for $2,100,000 and plans to build a 6,000 square foot building to accommodate a Panda Express restaurant with drive-thru and retail space at this location. Planned opening is tentatively scheduled for November 2015. Connie Jordan Nielsen of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the buyer.
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Governor criticized for allowing more surveillance


A Democratic senator, a prominent Republican and civil libertarians are blasting Gov. Terry McAuliffe for amending a bill that would protect Virginia citizens from high-tech government surveillance.

Senate Bill 965, introduced by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, aimed to protect citizens’ right to privacy. The bill would limit the ability of government agencies and their use of technology to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and organizations.

“Unless a criminal or administrative warrant has been issued, law-enforcement and regulatory agencies shall not use any surveillance technology to collect or maintain personal information where such data is of unknown relevance and is not intended for prompt evaluation and potential use respecting suspected criminal activity or terrorism by any individual or organization,” the bill stated.
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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.
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Controlled burn scheduled at Malvern Hill


The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.

The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.

The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density.
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‘Liberty or death’ lives on, 240 years later

Henry's famed speech occurred in what was then Henrico County

It was the birthing cry of a nation, and 240 years later, Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech still resonates.

In fact, if you know where to look in Richmond, you can still hear it.

A re-enactment was held at St. John’s Church on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the speech that Henry delivered at the Second Virginia Convention in March 1775. More re-enactments will be conducted for schoolchildren during April. And from May until September, the speech will be re-enacted for the general public every Sunday afternoon.
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Police seek information about murder

Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of a 22-year-old Henrico man March 25.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to a firearm violation in the 200 block of Newbridge Circle. Responding officers located an adult male victim, 22-year-old Justin Gabriel Rogers of the 2400 block of Bromby Street, with obvious signs of trauma. He was dead upon the officers' arrival. The motive and cause of death is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation.
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Community

YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
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Restaurant Watch


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