Police urge safe driving during July 4th weekend

Halfway through 2017, there already have been 20 more traffic deaths in Virginia compared with the same time in 2016, and Virginia State Police are urging motorists to make safety a priority during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

This past weekend, June 23-25, 15 people died in traffic incidents in the state. Victims ranged in age from ages 4 months to 74 years, including drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians, according to Virginia State Police.
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Henrico serves criminal summonses against Essex Village management


Henrico County has obtained 11 criminal summonses against PK Management, which manages Essex Village, for violations at the northern Henrico property, a county official said Tuesday evening.

Nine summonses were served Tuesday, two more are pending, and the county will seek four more by the end of the week, Building Official Greg Revels said.
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New GRASP scholarships to aide winners with college debt and costs


Fifteen Henrico County Public Schools students recently received a “2+2” scholarship from the non-profit organization GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.). In total, the newly created scholarships will help 71 students receive their baccalaureate degrees from a Virginia college or university with lower costs and less student debt.

The scholarship awards each winner $1,000 for his or her first year at a community college to cover the costs not covered by financial aid, such as books and computers.
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Glen Allen HS student earns playwriting residency


A play written by a Glen Allen High School junior was selected, along with seven others, to be performed professionally this summer through a nationally acclaimed Virginia high school playwriting program.

47B, a play written by 16-year-old Glen Allen High school student Dominique Dowling, was chosen by New Voices for the Theater, a playwriting competition sponsored by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, from a pool of more than 150 plays by high school students in the state.
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Missing Eastern Henrico man found dead

Henrico Police have found the body of a missing Eastern Henrico man.

The body of 25-year-old Taj Rashad Bullock, who was last seen June 10 in Eastern Henrico, was found June 20 in a wooded area in that part of the county.
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Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be provided Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Lunch will be served between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., but specific lunch times will vary depending on the site.
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Henrico to offer July 20 class on treating opioid overdoses with naloxone

The Henrico County Division of Fire and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) will present a free class Thursday, July 20 on how to administer naloxone to potentially save the life of someone who has overdosed on opioids.

The Revive! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education for Virginia class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MH/DS offices at 4825 S. Laburnum Ave.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week – June 20, 2017


Police in Richmond are still looking for the person who they say robbed the FasMart at 2107 Semmes Avenue. Crime Stoppers needs the public's help identifying this suspect.

The robbery occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31. The suspect entered the store pointing the weapon at the store clerk. As the suspect walked toward the counter, a second employee approached the suspect and grabbed the barrel of the weapon.
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Henrico County property transactions, May 29-June 4


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2402 Parrish St. – $123,735, 936 SF (built in 1950), from Bryan Michael Wilson to Zachary B. Canfield.
1904 S. Battery Dr. – $130,000, 1,643 SF (built in 1946), from Sharon Vaughn Turner to Dylan P. Hampson.
2804 Elkridge Circle – $150,000, 1,500 SF (built in 2010), from Tirso and Virginia Cruz to Dawn Wilson-Brown.
3308 Birchbrook Rd. – $175,000, 1,259 SF (built in 1956), from Jason G. and Sarah J. Nuckols to Truyen Nguyen.
1609 Varina Station Ct. – $197,500, 1,936 SF (built in 1995), from Kevin O. and Kimberly A. Ridley to Maurquis Richardson.
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Lakeside Youth Baseball facility damaged by Friday’s flood

JUNE 19, 3:21 P.M. – The Lakeside Youth Baseball organization and facility has suffered hits from powerful storms before, and now it has happened again.

A June 16 storm caused localized flooding in Lakeside, and it was enough to damage LYB fields, concessions and equipment – days before two scheduled all-star tournaments it was set to host.

The timing was particularly unfortunate, said LYB Secretary Connie Fredericksen, because the regular season has just finished and all of the equipment that managers carry was at the field in the equipment room during the storm.
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More than a game

Community softball event in Highland Springs designed to spur unity between citizens, officials

Eric Parker, a student at Highland Springs High School and member of the varsity baseball team, stepped outside into the bright sun after spending hours inside his school taking the SAT June 3. Instead of going home to relax once he finished, he decided to head over to the baseball field.

“Where’s a mitt?” he asked and then joined in on the Highland Springs community softball game. To warm up he quickly tossed a ball around with Henrico County Firefighter Frank Otey, and then it was time to play.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 11201 Patterson Ave. in Henrico County. The Manakin Companies, LLC purchased the 1,718-square-foot freestanding office building from POB, LLC for $295,000. Isaac DeRegibus of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
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Law promotes alternatives to suspending students


Suspension from school long has been linked to academic failure. Students are away from the classroom for up to several days, missing out on material taught in class and falling behind. Meanwhile, assignments pile up, making a difficult situation even worse.

A new state law will encourage Virginia schools to seek alternatives to suspensions in dealing with students who misbehave. The law, which takes effect July 1, directs the Virginia Board of Education to “establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspension for consideration by local school boards. Such alternatives may include positive behavior incentives, mediation, peer-to-peer counseling, community service, and other intervention alternatives.”
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Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicators (VPC) 2017 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition. Awards were announced at the VPC spring conference held in Richmond in April.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the personal columns category for two Family Forum columns covering the topics of the relationship between character and parenting, and power-outage hardships for electronically-dependent families.
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May brought mostly positive data for home sales in Henrico


The Henrico County real estate market showed mostly positive growth last month, according to Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. data.

The market experienced growth in the number of units sold, the median sale price, number of new listings, current contracts and active inventory, when compared with April totals. The number of days a home remained on the market dipped slightly from April, as did the months-of-supply rate (a term that indicates how long it would take to sell all listed homes).
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