Fifth-grader will compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee in May
Citizen Staff Reports 03/10/2014 Education
Fifth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the 40th Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Saturday. Muthusamy, of Rivers Edge Elementary, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-29 at National Harbor near Washington DC.
Muthusamy, 11, was one of the youngest participants in the regional contest, which includes students in grades 5-8.
To win, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “brigand,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band.” > Read more.
Police take 'distraught' male student into custody
UPDATE: 2:22 P.M. – The lockdown at Glen Allen High School has ended. School dismissal will occur at its normal time.
UPDATE: 2:07 P.M. – Henrico Police have taken into custody the juvenile male they had sought in connection with the situation at Glen Allen High School, Police spokeswoman Linda Toney said. The suspect was not on the school's campus. Police are not releasing any additional information about the juvenile at this time. The school remains on lockdown.
UPDATE: 1:54 P.M. – Glen Allen High School is on lockdown as Henrico Police officers seek a male suspect in connection with a suspicious situation reported at the school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. Officers locked the school down and were guarding the entrance to the school at Staples Mill Road while a SWAT team and other officials searched the premises and exterior of the building.
"School administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon," Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a release shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported. The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe." > Read more.
Henrico Police officials arrested and charged a 42-year-old restaurant manager with taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and sexual object penetration, after receiving information that a 17-year-old male working for him had been assaulted.
Carlos Alberto Ojeda-Aquino, of the 4800 block of Monument Avenue, was arrested Jan. 6 following a police investigation. > Read more.
Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a convenience store/gas station in the 8900 block of West Broad Street Jan. 5. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, the man entered the store, approached the cashier, displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. There were no injuries.
The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, in his early 40s, wearing a gray hooded jacket with blue stripes down the sleeves, gray knit cap and dark colored pants. > Read more.
Highland Springs, Va. Tech star has grown on, off the field
Derrick “Skip” Hopkins spent the past four years as a defensive tackle for the Virginia Tech Hokies, concluding his career during the team’s Sun Bowl loss Dec. 31 to UCLA, but football has not been his only achievement.
His football career began at age five when he played offense and defense for the Glen Lea Lions in Henrico. He continued to play defensive tackle and offensive guard while at Fairfield Middle School and focused his attention on defensive tackle at Highland Springs High School.
High school is where Derrick became “Skip.”
“My brother [Antoine] was already playing on the team and everyone called him ‘Hop,’ so my coach started calling me ‘Skip’ and it stuck,” said Hopkins. > Read more.
- More Henrico News
The “Knitters of Cedarfield” made their annual donation of handmade caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 3 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 130 knitted caps to be used by needy families. Among the Christmas Mothers on hand to accept the donation and thank the knitters were Mitty Sledd (1975), Sue Trimmer (1998), Bonnie Abernathy (2011), and Terry Brady (2012). The presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, courtesy of the Greater Richmond Chorus. > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/21/2012
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down so it’s finally time to sit back and enjoy some local performances like Theatre IV’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at CACGA and a piano recital at Good Shepherd UMC. To truly appreciate the holidays, though, take some time to give back – a blood drive takes place this weekend at VCC. Click here for more! > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2012
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Percy Jackson’ spins another Harry Potter knock-off
It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Harry Potter. The similarities are far too numerous (and far too obvious) to ignore. A boy with special powers is prophesized toward greatness; he finds acceptance in a school for the supernaturally gifted and gains two best friends in the process, an intelligent young girl and a goofy comic-relief character.
Swap Potter’s school for witchcraft and wizardry with Percy’s summer camp for the children of Greek gods and you’re all set to start watching. > Read more.
The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.
The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.
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