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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets.
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Henrico Police investigating Varina death

Henrico Police are investigating the death of a man in a Varina home in the early morning hours of April 5.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., police responded to a residence in 2600 block of Kingsland Pointe Drive for a suspicious situation. Arriving officers located 23-year-old David Lee Coles III, who was pronounced dead at the scene. One other person was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
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Benefit concert raises funds for 3-time transplant survivor


As you read these next few sentences, let's assume you are breathing.

Let's also assume you don't even have to think about this simple, natural act. You've taken breaths millions of times before.

It hasn't been so easy for Chad Southward.
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Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 6-12


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3209 Old Brookewood Court – $100,000, 2,644 SF (built in 1993), from Robert G. Castleman and Laura Stone to Robert G. Castleman.
1381 Warwick Park Road – $105,000, 1,530 SF (built in 1960), from US Bank NA to Nick and Casey Machupa.
608 Wilmer Avenue – $111,000, 900 SF (built in 1981), from Andre E. Ivey to Alexandra M. Forkins.
9455 Greenhill Court – $122,000, 1,280 SF (built in 1979), from Geraldine C. Person to John W. Mills.
5317 High Bush Circle – $135,000, 1,188 SF (built in 1991), from Melvin L. Franz, Jr. and Dana A. Franz to Peng Liu and Xiaowan Shan.
21 North Rose Avenue – $138,500, 1,300 SF (built in 1970), from April R. Barlow to Shiris Wyatt.
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Donations sought for Comfort Cases packing party


Comfort Cases, which helps provide comfort and support for thousands of children entering foster care each year, will hold a spring donation drive and packing party May 13 at the Virginia Home for Boys & Girls, 8716 W. Broad St. Donors can bring items to the packing party May 13 or drop off at two locations in the West End: Tuckahoe Condominiums 5621 Cary St. Rd. In Richmond (M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-6); and Patterson Antiques, 11258 Patterson Ave. (Mon.-Sat. 10-7).

Smok-n-Pigz BBQ will donate free BBQ plates to the first 200 people to the party, and Sweet Frog will give kids who bring a donation free ice cream.
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Henrico Police earns TRI-ARC international accreditation


The Henrico County Police Division has earned the TRI-ARC accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. A presentation took place recently at the CALEA spring conference in Mobile, Alabama. The division becomes only the 17th law enforcement agency world-wide to attain this distinction and just the 16th in the United States.

The CALEA TRI-ARC Award is given to the governing body or bodies and agencies that have concurrent CALEA accreditation for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training agencies. The Henrico Police Division originally was accredited in 1987. CALEA has re-accredited the division every three years since its initial accreditation.
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Parham Doctors’ Hospital opens Adult Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization Program


HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital recently announced the opening of the Parham Doctors’ Hospital Adult Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization Program.

The SA-PHP program is an outpatient program that provides a mix of individual and group counseling in a setting with medical services. The SA-PHP program is a part of the Behavioral Health program services offered at Parham Doctors’ Hospital’s Center for Emotional Growth. Attached to the hospital, the expansion of services includes spacious group rooms and the latest therapeutic interventions for treating patients with a primary substance abuse diagnosis.
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Henrico CASA to plant pinwheel garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates will host a commemorative march in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. outside the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, 4901 E. Parham Road.

After a short march around Lake Hening, attendees will “plant” a pinwheel garden in front of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to commemorate volunteers’ efforts to protect local children whose lives are threatened by abuse or neglect.
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Assembly to reconvene Wednesday for ‘veto session’


APR. 3, 6 P.M. – Legislators will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to consider 39 bills that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed during the General Assembly’s 2017 session.

To override a veto, the Republican-controlled Assembly must muster a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. Because the Democrats hold 34 seats in the House and 19 in the Senate, McAuliffe should have the votes to sustain his vetoes.
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A special touch

Children’s Theatre offers sensory-friendly shows

On a Saturday afternoon in August, Becky Ricker, a mother from Cumberland County, loaded her car with her 12-year-old daughter Hailey, Hailey’s best friend and her teacher and drove 50 miles to Henrico County for a performance of “The Golden Goose” at Virginia Repertory’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Hailey has a chromosome disorder that renders her nonverbal with difficulty walking, but for Ricker, the long drive would be worth the trip. This particular performance of “The Golden Goose” promised to be a “sensory friendly” one – a rare evening of theater in the Richmond area catering specifically to children with special needs.
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Attorney general to host screening of heroin documentary at Godwin H.S.


Attorney General Mark R. Herring, in partnership with Godwin High School, Freeman High School, and the Henrico Heroin Taskforce, will host a free public screening April 3 of "Heroin: The Hardest Hit," an award-winning documentary about the heroin/opioid crisis.

The documentary, produced by Attorney General Herring to raise awareness of the drug abuse crisis, features stories of addiction, overdose, and recovery as well as healthcare and law enforcement professionals working to combat the crisis.
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Business in brief


Draper Aden Associates announced today that it received the Gold Shovel Standard certification for excavation, which is a safety certification and rating system for companies that perform, subcontract, or oversee excavation work. DAA is currently the only consulting engineering firm in Virginia granted this best-in-class certification. Gold Shovel Standard is a nonprofit organization that fills an industry gap by providing third-party confirmation of baseline Safety Management Systems for the protection of buried assets, and fair and transparent metrics for damage prevention. According to the organization, companies that achieve this certification have policies and procedures related to excavation safety which, when followed, make a certified company unlikely to cause damage to buried infrastructure. More specifically, the company’s policies and procedures have been audited to meet the specific requirements of the Gold Shovel Standard program.
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‘All Henrico Reads’ to feature Montgomery April 5


The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools, and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist Sy Montgomery on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060. Copies of her works will be available for sale and she will autograph books following the program.

Montgomery is an award-winning naturalist and author of children’s and adult nonfiction whose books about animals and the people who study them have garnered wide acclaim. Her most recent work, The Soul of An Octopus, the 2017 All Henrico Reads featured title, was praised by many as among the best nonfiction books of 2015-16, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
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