Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Public Safety
Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.
The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.
Splash pool, dog park among featured amenities
By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 06/27/2016 Henrico Government
The wait is over for eager kids (and dogs) looking to enjoy the new Short Pump Park.
Henrico Recreation and Parks officials cut the ribbon June 25 on a park that has been 18 years in the making. The property, on Pump Road adjacent to Three Chopt Road, includes a large playground, a splash area with spray fountains and a one-acre dog park.
The grand opening was well attended, with hundreds of locals gathering to take part in the festivities. Many of those who helped make the park a reality attended the dedication ceremony. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Henrico Crime
The Henrico Division of Police is seeking the public's help to identify a woman who tried to enter a secure part of a building in the Near West End last week.
The woman tried to access the secure area in the 1600 block of Forest Avenue June 22. She was denied by staff members at the location.
The suspect is described as a black female with a medium complexion, weighing between 120 and 130 pounds, with short hair and glasses. She is pictured above. > Read more.
The Henrico School Board Thursday approved new names for the division's career and technical education specialty centers at Highland Springs and Hermitage high schools.
Highland Springs Technical Center is being renamed the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. Hermitage Technical Center will now be the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage.
The new names better convey the centers' broader mission, said Mac Beaton, director of HCPS' Department of Career and Technical Education. > Read more.
By Matt Chaney, Capital News Service 01/29/2016 General Assembly
Gov. Terry McAuliffe told an optimistic story about the state of Virginia’s economy, while emphasizing the need to improve education, before a crowd of more than 275 business people from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
McAuliffe said more Virginians today have better-paying jobs than before he was elected. Some statistics he quoted implied that the state’s economy is stronger than it has ever been. He said:
• 568 new economic development projects have occurred during his tenure.
• $9.34 billion in new capital has come to the state in that time – nearly double the amount under any other governor in Virginia history. > Read more.
By Megan Healy, Capital News Service 01/28/2016 General Assembly
A bill proposed by Henrico Republican Del. James P. Massie III would increase the number of school officials required to respond to college sexual assaults and exclude some information about such assaults from public records.
“We are just trying to improve the communications between the universities and the local law enforcement: the more communication, the better,” Massie said.
Massie’s bill, HB 1016, would exclude the records of a sexual assault response team from required public disclosure and require additional college officials on that team. > Read more.
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Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.
As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.
Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.
Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.
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