Henrico County news
By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 07/01/2016 Features
From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.
He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.
Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge. > Read more.
JUNE 30 – A mid-day house fire in Henrico's Far West End Thursday displaced two residents, but no one was injured. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Henrico Fire units were called to the 10700 block of New Trail Court, off Springfield Road. Units arrived within 5 minutes to find flames coming from the roof of a two-story home in the 10700 block of New Trail Court.
First arriving units forced their way into the home, where they advanced hose lines to the second floor. Firefighters pulled the second-floor ceiling down in order to gain access to the fire. At the same time, personnel from the ladder truck completed a search and discovered that no one was home at the time of the incident. > Read more.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: EVB – leased 18,885 SF in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; Dana Gibson Inc. – leased 8,962 SF at 1601 Roseneath Rd.; and Lee Nails & Spa – leased 1,620 SF in Nuckols Place at 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr. > Read more.
More than 250 teams and 5,600 runners from throughout the region took part in the seventh annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 9. The event is designed to highlight the importance of workplace wellness programs to businesses of all sizes in the Richmond region.
The overall winners were Skeeter Morris of 3Sports (male division) and Sarahbeth Jones, Apex System (female division). Andrew Rose of Compare.com took the title in the Fastest Male CEO category, and Carrie Roth of Virginia Biotech Research Park won in the Fastest Female CEO category. > Read more.
Henrico Police are seeking two people of interest in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old Sandston man last week.
Walter Darnell Adams, Jr., was found in the 5700 block of Williamsburg Road June 10 at 2:55 with another man, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Adams was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other victim was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
A police investigation identified two men who police are referring to as being of interest to the case. The men are pictured above. > Read more.
Henrico's Wade, McEachin seeking party nominations
Citizen Staff Reports Henrico Government
JUNE 13, 7:50 P.M. – Voters in half of Henrico County will have a chance to cast ballots in one of two Congressional primary elections Tuesday.
Two Republicans and two Democrats are seeking to represent the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District, which encompasses northern and eastern Henrico and stretches south to the North Carolina line. Republican Mike Wade – Henrico's sheriff since 2000 – will face Chesterfield businesswoman Jackee Gonzalez in the Republican Primary, while Virginia state Senator Donald McEachin will face Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward in the Democratic Primary.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The winners of tomorrow's primary will face off in the Nov. 8 general election. > 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.
Celebrate Independence Day in Henrico! The county’s annual event is new and improved this year with a later start time, expanded hours and new entertainment, including the Richmond Symphony and a laser light show. Lewis Ginter is also offering free admission all day. On Saturday, check out the first annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, the family movie at Varina Library or Anthony Snape and special guest Jess Labus at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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