Henrico County VA

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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Fairfield MS counseling program earns acclaim


The counseling program at Henrico County’s Fairfield Middle School recently earned an elite designation from the American School Counselor Association, which named it a “Recognized ASCA Model Program.”

The designation means that Fairfield’s counseling department has implemented a national model stressing comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. Schools must have an established counseling foundation, deliver services effectively, put management systems in place and have ways to measure counseling performance.

Fewer than 600 schools nationwide have received the honor since it was first awarded in 2004. The designation is valid for five years, after which schools must reapply. > Read more.

Henrico Fire, USMC hold joint training

Henrico County Division of Fire’s Technical Rescue Team conducted joint training with the Regional USMC Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) Feb. 2-6. The two teams conducted joint training focusing on skills for rope rescue, confined space, and tactical applications.

The training session Friday combined together all of the skills reviewed during the week into one scenario. The scenario began with the report of a catastrophic incident, and the CBIRF team responded in to assist. The team then searched for missing workers in a quarry. > Read more.

State takes back 68 inmates

Wade credits Citizen article with relieving Henrico jails
The Henrico County Jail gained some breathing room last week when the Virginia Department of Corrections moved 68 of its inmates who were being housed in county facilities and were overdue for transfer to state facilities.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade, who has held office since 2000, said that he had never seen so many inmates transferred in one day. He attributed the state’s actions to a Jan. 8 Citizen article detailing the overcrowding in the jail. By Jan. 21, the 68 overdue inmates were sleeping in state-run facilities.

“It’s because of your article,” said Wade. “I don’t believe in coincidences. They didn’t have any sort of conversation about it, they just said to have these 68 people ready and that we had 24 hours to deliver.” > Read more.

Business in brief


Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, announced that Martin's Food Markets will join its team of major corporate partners of the nine-day cycling event that will be held in the Richmond region in September. Martin's operates 24 grocery stores in Central Virginia and will be the “Official Supermarket” of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which is expected to attract 450,000 on-site spectators from Sept. 19-27. As part of the partnership, Martin's will produce and distribute paper grocery bags in-store featuring the UCI Road World Championships logo during February and in the months closer to the event. In addition, Martin's will produce and sell reusable grocery bags celebrating the event with net profit being donated to Richmond 2015 and promote the event in its stores. > Read more.

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Community

Hat trick for Henrico man

At the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD), held Dec. 4 in Roanoke, Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen (at right in photo, with grandson Kristopher Burnette) was honored with the 2012 E.C. Compton Meritorious Achievement Award. A former chairman of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Henrico County, Campen has been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for 34 years. He has also served as AREA III Chairman of the VASWCD, been a member of the state association’s legislative committee for 24 years, and headed committees involved with Chesapeake Bay corrective efforts. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you! More laughs this weekend can be found at ComedySportz Improv Theatre and at Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Other ways to boost your holiday spirit – visit a forest of decorated trees at CACGA and enjoy a colonial Christmas at Henricus. Click here for more! > Read more.

Lions Club receives eyeglass donation

For his community service project in preparation for testing for his third-degree black belt, Ryan Rotondi chose to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. He collected 168 pairs and donated them to the Glen Allen/Short Pump Lions Club, which sponsored his efforts, at its Nov. 7 meeting.

At right, Lion Nancy Capehart, chair of the eyeglasses recycling program, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rotondi. The glasses he collected will be included with the club’s shipment to the Lions Recycling in Roanoke, where they will be refurbished and made available to medical missions in Central and South America. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The stuff legends aren’t made of

‘Dorothy’ shouldn’t have bothered to return
A question hangs over the head of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. A question that will needle its way into the audiences’ brains over the course of its 88-minute running time.

“Why is this in theaters?”

Because Legends of Oz doesn’t particularly look like a movie – at least not one you’d typically pay upwards of ten dollars for. It looks like a direct-to-DVD Oz : cheap and ugly, with the level of animation typically found in a nasal spray ad. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Barbecue finds a home

Buz & Ned’s impresses in West End location
For about two years, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue has been open at the corner of West Broad and Parham, and it’s my fault for not going sooner. If you haven’t made the trip, shame on you.

As I finally walked in at noon on a Monday, I put aside many years of deep Fuddruckers-laced nostalgia from my childhood, and the smell of all kinds of barbecue greeted us.

There is much to see; nothing is overlooked when it comes to decor. > Read more.

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