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Virginia man arrested with gun at RIC checkpoint


Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.

The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.

Community celebrates opening of Short Pump Park


The wait is over for eager kids (and dogs) looking to enjoy the new Short Pump Park.

Henrico Recreation and Parks officials cut the ribbon June 25 on a park that has been 18 years in the making. The property, on Pump Road adjacent to Three Chopt Road, includes a large playground, a splash area with spray fountains and a one-acre dog park.

The grand opening was well attended, with hundreds of locals gathering to take part in the festivities. Many of those who helped make the park a reality attended the dedication ceremony. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek woman involved in suspicious situation

The Henrico Division of Police is seeking the public's help to identify a woman who tried to enter a secure part of a building in the Near West End last week.

The woman tried to access the secure area in the 1600 block of Forest Avenue June 22. She was denied by staff members at the location.

The suspect is described as a black female with a medium complexion, weighing between 120 and 130 pounds, with short hair and glasses. She is pictured above. > Read more.
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Massie’s bill seeks to enhance colleges’ responses to sexual assaults


A bill proposed by Henrico Republican Del. James P. Massie III would increase the number of school officials required to respond to college sexual assaults and exclude some information about such assaults from public records.

“We are just trying to improve the communications between the universities and the local law enforcement: the more communication, the better,” Massie said.

Massie’s bill, HB 1016, would exclude the records of a sexual assault response team from required public disclosure and require additional college officials on that team. > Read more.

House Republicans outline education agenda


House Republicans outlined their agenda for education on Tuesday, saying they want to expand early education and charter schools and give parents more options on where to send their children to school.

Speaking before the House, Del. Steve Landes, R-Augusta, lauded his colleagues for a successful bipartisan effort in 2015 that brought “more money into the classroom.”

Landes, who chairs the House Education Committee, said he hopes to continue to work across the aisle to improve what Education Week ranked as the fourth best public education system in the nation. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has been selected by Gibraltar Virginia S, LLC as the exclusive leasing and management representative for Parc Place, an 82,000 square foot shopping center located at 11736 West Broad Street, along a ring road surrounding Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. Anchored by PetsMart, Dollar Tree, LensCrafters, SportClips and Tropical Smoothie Café, the center features a 4,800 square foot endcap restaurant space available for lease, as well as 893 to 19,241 square feet of availability. The center shares main entry along ring road to the 1.4 million square foot Short Pump Town Center. Pam Strieffler and Nicki Jassy of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are the exclusive leasing representatives. Dana Schnurman, also with Thalhimer, is the portfolio manager for the center. > Read more.

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Community

County plans Fourth of July event


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.

Tuckahoe YMCA to host Refugee Community Resource Fair


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.
Entertainment

Muse Paintbar opens at Willow Lawn


Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.

Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.

Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.






 

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