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Four schools earn $25,000 grants

Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.

The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.

The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers. > Read more.

Glen Allen High School lockdown lifted

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.

Police arrest, charge restaurant manager with sexual assault

Ojeda-Aquino
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.

Police seek convenience store robbery suspect

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.

Faith, family and football


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.

Kindred spirits

Years after raising five children with her husband, Georgianna Faulk figured that her parenting days were over. But that changed when the couple gained custody of two of their grandsons nearly seven years ago.

The boys, then 4 and 5, were removed from their parents’ home because of abusive conditions there. (Neither parent is allowed to have contact with the boys until the children turn 19.) > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Safe Harbor seeks ‘Healthy Love RVA’ nominations

Safe Harbor is currently seeking nominations for its “Healthy Love RVA: Hot Healthy Couples” series. Four couples will be selected and interviewed and their love stories highlighted on Safe Harbor’s new website, http://www.safeharborshelter.com > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.
July 21
Arby's, 11298 Patterson Avenue – No critical violations reported and two non-critical violations reported during follow-up inspection.
Fas Mart, 11390 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen – No violations reported during follow-up inspection. > Read more.

‘Colors of Haiti’ on display at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

One can catch a glimpse of everyday Haitian life in a single painting’s vibrant colors and exotic scenery at “The Colors of Haiti” exhibition.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen partnered with Midwives for Haiti to bring a taste of Haiti’s fighting spirit and distinctive culture to the Richmond community.

“The Colors of Haiti” exhibition opened July 14 in the Gumenick Family Gallery and will continue until Sept. 11.

The displayed art pieces are meant to emphasize Haiti’s strength and perseverance despite the devastating after-effects from the earthquake. > Read more.

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