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Approximately 300 youth and 30 teen leaders from Henrico Police Athletic League traveled to Washington, D.C. June 28 for a day trip planned and coordinated by HPAL board member Raiford Beasley and led by Sgt. Kenny Ragland.

At their first stop, the group attended a half-hour memorial service for fallen Henrico County police officers at the National Police Memorial. Sue and Richard Cheney presented a floral wreath at the memorial in honor of their daughter, Virginia State Trooper Jessica J. Cheney of Henrico, who was killed in the line of duty. Beasley also read the name of Henrico officers who died in the line of duty, and Sgt. J.A. Livingstone played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes to close the service.

Following the tribute, the campers enjoyed a picnic lunch in the shade of the trees on the Mall lawn and proceeded to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, where they admired King's statue and gathered for group photos.

The campers concluded their trip with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where HPAL board member Don Blake remarked that "the enormity of sacrifice of our military was evident, and absorbed in solemn and respectful observation."

Blake, who accompanied the group to record the day's activities with video and photographs, observed that all the campers clearly enjoyed the trip – despite the hot weather.

"It was another great day of HPAL youth making memories," said Blake.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The J.R. Tucker High School Drama Boosters will host the “Race to the End” Color Run from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the school, 2910 N. Parham Rd. Participants of the event will be rewarded with post-race events on campus including vendors, concessions and kid activities. Race registration includes bib, color packet and t-shirt (guaranteed to participants that register by May 4). Cost is $25 for students, $35 for adults and $30 for groups of five or more. Proceeds from the race will benefit the J.R. Tucker School String Players’ trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in The Fringe. To register, visit http://bit.ly/JRTcolorrun. Full text

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