New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools must soon test for lead in water

With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.
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Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg.
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Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press after being sentenced to two years in prison. (Photo by Michael Melkonian/Capital News Service)
By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

At a packed hearing at the federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced McDonnell, 60, to two years in prison followed by two on probation.

McDonnell will be incarcerated at a federal facility in Petersburg at the request of his defense team. The Federal Bureau of Prisons must determine by Feb. 9 where McDonnell will carry out his sentence.
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Henrico Police seek details in West End hotel shooting

Henrico Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the individuals who shot two men in the main entrance of the Magnuson Hotel on West Broad Street early on New Year's Day.

At about 2 a.m. that day, police responded to the hotel to find the two victims, who had been attending a private party, suffering from non-life threatening injuries after being shot. They were transported to VCU Medical Center. Prior to the shooting, a physical altercation took place inside the party between multiple individuals.
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Henrico residents urged leniency for McDonnell


UPDATE: JAN. 6, 3 P.M. – Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who today sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison, received 443 letters from across the country on McDonnell’s behalf, including several from Henrico.

The letter writers included Patricia O’Bannon, who chairs the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.
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Highland Springs man found dead

A 21-year-old Highland Springs man was found dead Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Green Pasture Road and Hanover Road in Eastern Henrico.

Henrico police officers responded to a medical emergency call at the site and found Brandon Nathaniel Wright, of the 100 block of North Rose Avenue in Highland Springs, dead upon arrival. Wright's body showed signs of trauma, according to police.
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Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely.
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Tougher driving laws for seniors take effect

Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers - including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific in-person renewal procedures - took effect Jan. 1 in Virginia.

A new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80. It also shortens the license renewal cycle for drivers 75 and older from every eight years to every five years.
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HCPS’ ‘ManUp Fatherhood Initiative’ to host workshop for men

If you’re a parent, conflict may seem like a member of the family. While disagreements are part of family life, they don’t have to be painful and destructive. With some knowledge and practice, conflicts can be resolved so that things get done and all sides feel respected. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop entitled “Conflict Resolution and Coping Skills,” with guest speaker Frank Manners, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Adams Elementary School, 600 South Laburnum Avenue.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the sale of 4915 Norman Road in Henrico County. 4915 Norman Road, LLC purchased the 128,877 square foot manufacturing/distribution property from Reynolds Group Holdings, Inc. for $2,900,000 as an investment. The property is currently vacant and the new owners are seeking tenants for the building. Evan M. Magrill, SIOR and Matt Braun of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
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Villa’s programs assist thousands


Isaac had had difficulty controlling his anger ever since he was in kindergarten. When classroom outbursts, school suspensions and hospital visits became routine, his mother, Lachelle, had no choice but to stop working and care for him full time.

Isaac’s aggression came from a diagnosed mental illness. Lachelle had worked for years in the medical field as a triage nurse, but had no idea of where to turn to get her son the treatment he needed. Henrico County Mental Health and Developmental Services then referred Isaac to the Therapeutic Day Treatment program at St. Joseph’s Villa.

After about a year in the program, Lachelle saw a huge turnaround in Isaac’s behavior.
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New Year’s Day holiday will delay some CVWMA collections

CVWMA curbside recycling collections will be delayed by one day Jan. 1-2, since there will be no collections on New Year's Day.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Customers should place their container(s) at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday.
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Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Eastern Henrico

Henrico Police have released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle in Eastern Henrico. Joseph Z. Carrington, 54, of the 1800 block of National Street in Henrico, was pronounced dead at the scene on Gay Avenue, near Walsh Drive.
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Bagby falls short in 74th District primary

Kevin Sullivan wins Democratic nomination, will compete in Jan. 13 special election
Lamont Bagby
DEC. 23, 11 A.M. – Henrico County School Board member Lamont Bagby fell several votes short in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to seek the 74th District House of Delegates seat in a Jan. 13 special election.

Bagby lost by eight votes – 24 to 16 – in a firehouse primary to Charles City resident Kevin Sullivan, a former International Brotherhood of Teamsters political coordinator. Former 74th District representative Floyd Miles finished third.

Only about 100 Democrats in the district (which spans portions of Henrico and Richmond and all of Charles City County) were eligible to vote – those who are active members of the Democratic committees in one of the three localities – and only a few more than 40 turned out.
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