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Middleton named Henrico police chief

Henrico County will have a new police chief April 9, but he's no stranger to the division.

Lt. Col. Doug Middleton will replace retiring Chief Col. Henry Stanley, Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced today.

Middleton, a 38-year veteran of Henrico Police who has been serving as deputy chief since 1998, will assume command of the nationally acclaimed force with 800 personnel, including more than 600 sworn officers, and a total annual budget of more than $65 million.

Middleton was chosen from a field of 37 candidates from 18 states who applied for the position.

"Dep. Chief Middleton has had a long and impressive career in Henrico," Hazelett said. "He is a strong leader and communicator and readily accepts challenges. I look forward to him continuing his dedication and service to Henrico County as our chief of police."

Middleton joined Henrico Police as a patrol officer in November 1972, rising through the ranks to become captain in 1994 and major in 1995 before being appointed deputy chief. His service includes stints in the Special Action Force, Police Personnel, Inspectional Services, Police Planning, Communications and Records and as a pilot in the Aviation Unit.

A graduate of Henrico's Hermitage High School, Middleton earned a bachelor's degree from St. Paul's College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and the Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

A native of Tocoma Park, Md., Middleton is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He received numerous combat decorations for his service in the Vietnam War, including the permanent award of Flight Wings, two Bronze Stars and 14 awards of the Air Medal for Combat Missions.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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