Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week – June 26, 2017


Richmond detectives need the public’s help to identify the vehicle and suspects in the shooting incident of a 7-year-old boy and an adult male. Can you help Crime Stoppers solve this latest shooting?

The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of North 22nd Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city. Officers arrived and found the two victims near a bus stop.
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Business in brief


Neil Burton, the founder of Strangeways Brewing in Henrico, will serve on the 2017-18 Leadership Council of The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG). Burton will share the chairmanship of the Marketing & Tourism Committee with Kevin Erskine of Coelacanth Brewing. Other local brewers in leadership positions include Eric McKay of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (VCBG chair), Hunter Smith of Champion Brewing Company (co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee) and Kate Lee of Hardywood (co-chair of the Quality Committee).
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James River Juvenile Detention Center to graduate its largest class

James River Juvenile Detention Center will celebrate its largest class of high school graduates June 27, as 13 residents receive their high school diploma or GED certificate.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the detention center, 3650 Beaumont Road in Powhatan County. The graduates will mark their academic milestone by walking across a stage in a cap and gown before an audience of family members. A reception will follow.
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Fleece-lined love


The Varina Ruritan Club and the Bits and Pieces Quilt Chapter combined to produce 126 fleece blanket and pillow sets to donate to the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond recently. The two groups also donated an additional 56 fleece-covered pillows. The blankets and pillows are given to patients in the bone marrow unit at the facility, and the individual pillows are given to breast cancer patients. The organizations also gave two sets to Laurel Hill United Methodist Church and two sets to the Varina Ruritan Club for distribution to local residents in need. The two clubs have been working together every year on this project since 2002.
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Virginia CTE Hall of Fame inducts 3

Former Henrico educator honored; Hermitage programs win awards

Former Henrico County Career and Technical Education educator and administrator Harvey L. Crone was one of three people inducted into the Virginia CTE Hall of Fame June 11 during the Creating Excellence Awards Program in Richmond. At the event, the Hermitage Technical Center also won a Secondary CTE award for excellence. The awards program is a partnership of the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Career Education Foundation and the Virginia Community College System.

Crone, is known for his leadership in career and technical education with Henrico Public Schools and the Virginia Community College System. Upon his retirement from Henrico County in 2000, he continued his career by leading the Workforce Alliance Apprenticeship Program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the Career Pathways initiative in partnership with John Tyler Community College.
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18 Henrico students earn GRASP scholarships


GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 124 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $125,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2015. Eighteen Henrico County students earned scholarships.

“GRASP is delighted to be able to assist students in achieving their postsecondary education dreams, and our Last Dollars Scholarships often help cover the gap in costs between a school’s financial aid package and the total amount of money that is needed to attend that particular school.,” said Bob Holsworth, Chairman, GRASP Board of Directors. “We are especially grateful for our supporters and donors who make these scholarships possible. The Last Dollar Scholarships are another avenue GRASP uses to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school.”
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Rabid raccoon attacks dog in West End

A raccoon that attacked a dog in a West End neighborhood June 11 has tested positive for rabies, Henrico Police confirmed.

Police received a call that evening at 5 p.m. from a homeowner in the 4400 block of Everville Drive near Hungary Road whose dog had been in an altercation with the raccoon, which died. The raccoon’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing and positive test results were received the following day. There were no additional exposures to animals or humans reported. The dog involved will receive a booster shot and will be quarantined at the owner’s home. It was the sixth confirmed positive rabies case in Henrico County this year.
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Incident at State Police facility in Henrico investigated as suicide

UPDATE: June 13, 1:52 P.M. – Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man at the Virginia State Police Richmond Field Office Headquarters on Brook Road in northern Henrico early this morning as a suicide.

At about 12:40 a.m., the man drove his car into the facility's parking lot, parked and remained inside. A trooper was called to check on the vehicle, and he found the man inside suffering from an apparent head wound and armed with a firearm. The man talked with troopers and a negotiator but refused to comply with commands to put down the weapon and exit the vehicle, according to police.
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Revised vote totals give Pham victory over Everhart

Ninety-nine vote swing changes outcome of Republican Commonwealth's Attorney primary
ORIGINALLY POSTED: June 12, 12:40 P.M. • UPDATED: June 12, 5:10 P.M. – A 99-vote swing has vaulted Tony Pham past Jeff Everhart as the winner of Tuesday's Republican primary for the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's seat, according to revised vote totals released today by the Henrico Registrar's Office.

Everhart had claimed a 32-vote victory over Pham Tuesday night – 7,309 to 7,277 – with third-place finisher Shannon Dillon earning 3,377 votes.

But following a canvass of votes, Pham added 104 votes today, Everhart four more and Dillon five more, meaning that Pham won by 67 votes. The outcome of the election was certified this afternoon by the Henrico Registrar's Office.
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Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games kick off today

The Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games begin today and continue tomorrow at several sites in the region, including in Henrico.

Athletes will compete today in preliminary softball play at the Glen Allen Softball Complex; bowling at Bowl America-Short Pump, aquatics at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center; and tennis and bocce at the Uniersity of Richmond.
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Fire leaves one dead, one injured in Sandston

One person died and another is in critical condition following an early morning fire in Sandston.

The fire occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mary Street, near the intersection of Hanover Road and East Nine Mile Road. Dispatchers received the call and information that the two people were trapped inside.

The first Henrico Fire crews to arrive spotted heavy fire from a room on the right side of the house and made rescue attempts while fire-fighting operations began. They pulled the two adults, a man and a woman, from the home. Both were suffering from cardiac arrest and were transported to MCV. The male was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the female is listed in critical condition.
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Business in brief


In anticipation of one of the greatest times of need for food – the onset of summer when hundreds of Richmond-area children go without the breakfasts and lunches provided in their schools – Commonwealth Catholic Charities is launching a three-week food drive in the hope of filling its community food pantry with donations of nonperishable food. CCC’s Stock Our Shelves (S.O.S.) campaign kicked off June 8 and runs through Friday, June 26. During that time, donated food can be dropped off at CCC’s West End building located at 1601 Rolling Hills Drive. Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CCC is asking for donations of food, especially peanut butter, cans of tuna or canned meat, cans of soup, cans of vegetables, macaroni and cheese, crackers, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, snacks, and cereal.
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Riders ‘Take Five’ – for a 3-hour tour


In recent years, the River City Saunter has showcased local redevelopment and revitalization initiatives in communities ranging from Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor – with an eye toward highlighting success stories as well as challenges related to sprawl, affordable housing and regional transportation.

But at the 7th annual Saunter, eastern Henrico County's much-celebrated historic and scenic byway was the star of the show – while sharing a bit of the spotlight with its equally historic and scenic supporting star, the James River.
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Bagby, Dunnavant, Everhart, Barshinger claim primary wins

Recount needed in Republican Commonwealth's Attorney race
POSTED: June 9, 10:05 P.M./ UPDATED: June 10, 8:06 A.M. – Jeff Everhart defeated Tony Pham by 32 votes to win the Republican nomination for the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney seat tonight in one of the closest local races in recent history. A total of 17,963 votes were cast in the race; Shannon Dillon finished a distant third with 19 percent of the vote.

A recount will take place to decide the race. Because Everhart's margin of victory – 40.69 percent to 40.51 percent – was less than 1 percent, Pham is eligible to request a recount through the Henrico Circuit Court, which he has indicated he will do.

In other races, Siobhan Dunnavant won the hotly contested four-way Republican primary for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat, earning 38 percent of the vote to hold off former Virginia Delegate Bill Janis (30 percent), Republican strategist Vince Haley (22 percent) and attorney Ed Whitlock (9 percent).
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Elephant Auto to add 1,173 jobs in Henrico

UPDATE: JUNE 9, 9:30 A.M. – Henrico-based Elephant Auto Insurance will add more than 1,110 jobs in the county as part of a $2 million expansion of its location here, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and company officials announced today.

Elephant, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Admiral Group plc, is one of the fastest growing auto insurance companies in the U.S. It arrived in Henrico in 2009 and opened with 40 employees, grew to about 300 employees by early 2014 and then completed a move into the former Circuit City headquarters building on Mayland Drive in the West End earlier this year.
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