Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time.
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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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General Assembly convenes, welcomes new members


The Virginia General Assembly opened its 2017 session on Wednesday, welcoming new members while pondering the work ahead. Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, addressed the looming issue of the state budget, which faces a shortfall of more than $1.2 billion. Hanger said legislators must grapple with the “limited resources and uncertainties in the budgeting process” during the session, which will end Feb. 25.

The House and Senate each convened at noon to start the 45-day legislative session and begin laying the groundwork for decisions on the state budget to be determined in the coming weeks.
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Don’t pass ‘divisive’ proposals, McAuliffe warns

Governor's State of the Commonwealth speech also addresses plans for education, transportation, opioid epidemic

In his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned legislators not to pass bills such as ones banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy or restricting which bathroom transgender individuals can use.

“I want to make it very clear that I will veto any legislation that discriminates against LGBT Virginians or undermines the constitutional health care rights of Virginia women,” McAuliffe told a joint meeting of the General Assembly on the opening day of its 2017 session.

McAuliffe, a Democrat who is entering the last year of his four-year term, discussed strides toward economic development and announced that the Navy Federal Credit Union has agreed to locate 1,400 new jobs and invest $102 million in Frederick County.
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Henrico’s bagged leaf collection to resume Jan. 17


Henrico County suspended its bagged leaf collection after last weekend’s snowfall. The free service will resume on the following revised schedule, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17:

• Area D – Original schedule: Jan. 3-8; revised schedule: Jan. 17-22;

• Area E – Original schedule: Jan. 9-15; revised schedule: Jan. 23-29;

• Area A – Original schedule: Jan. 16-22; revised schedule: Jan. 30-Feb. 5
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Business in brief


The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army brought in 5,768 pairs of shoes. The shoes collected at Saxon in Richmond at Short Pump Town Center and in Fredericksburg at The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre were presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond and The Salvation Army in Fredericksburg.
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ECPI to host ‘Tech for Troops’ donation drive Jan. 14


ECPI University’s Richmond/Innsbrook campus is launching a new partnership with Tech for Troops to provide veterans with PCs, computer training and jobs, helping them learn new skills and rejoin the workforce.

The school will sponsor an event Saturday, Jan. 14 at ECPI University’s Career Discovery Day. Donations of used computers will be accepted at the Richmond/Innsbrook campus, 4305 Cox Road in Glen Allen, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Section of Virginia Road to close for a week

A portion of Virginia Road between Cole Boulevard and Lee Avenue will be closed to through traffic through approximately Thursday, Jan. 19 for the extension of sewer service to new home sites.

Residents of the affected area will be able to access their homes. Traffic will be detoured onto Richmond Avenue between Cole and Lee.
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Fire closes New Bridge Learning Center

No one injured in blaze

JAN. 12, 10 A.M. – An overnight fire at the New Bridge Learning Center in Eastern Henrico forced Henrico County Public Schools officials to close the center today. No one was injured in the fire.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Henrico firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the facility, in the 5900 block of East Nine Mile Road. First-arriving police officers had reported smoke coming from the building.
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Bourne to seek 71st District House seat


Richmond School Board member Jeff Bourne is the first candidate to formally announce his intention to seek the 71st District Virginia House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Jennifer McClellan, who Tuesday won a special election for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat. Bourne is a Democrat and a deputy attorney general for the state.

The 71st District primarily includes the City of Richmond but also includes several Henrico precincts. It is viewed as a Democratic stronghold.
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McClellan wins, but GOP still controls Senate


Democrat Jennifer McClellan of Richmond easily won a seat in the Virginia Senate in a special election Tuesday, but Republicans retained control of the chamber by holding on to a district west of the capital city. As expected, McClellan won the 9th Senate District race, receiving 91 percent of the votes against her opponent, Libertarian Corey Fauconier.

McClellan, an attorney who currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, will be sworn in as a state senator on Wednesday as the General Assembly convenes for its 2017 session. During the session, balancing the state budget will be a priority, McClellan said Tuesday night.
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West End fire kills 1, injures 3


An early morning house fire in Henrico's West End killed one person and injured three others.

Eighty-six year-old Mary Williams Booth died in the fire, which broke out in a home in the 2700 block of Darnell Road, near West Broad Street and Parham Road, shortly before 12:25 a.m. Jan. 11.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the residents about six minutes after a 911 call reported the fire.
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Ninth District Senate election pits McClellan, Fauconier


Voters in Virginia's Ninth Senate District will elect a new state senator Jan. 10.

Voters in the district (which includes portions of Eastern and Northern Henrico, as well as part of Richmond and Hanover and all of Charles City County) will choose between Democrat Jennifer McClellan, a six-time member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Libertarian Corey Fauconier of Highland Springs, who is running as an independent. McClellan is considered a heavy favorite for the seat, which was vacated by Donald McEachin after he won election to the U.S. Congress in November from Virginia's redrawn Fourth District.
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Snowstorm causes urgent need for blood donors


The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors throughout the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which has compounded a severe winter blood shortage.

Snow and icy roads forced 27 blood drives to cancel in the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, causing about 750 donations to go uncollected. Last month, nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel across the country due to severe weather, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. Overall, hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors and weather contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.
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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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