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The University of Richmond police department recently purchased the university’s first hybrid vehicle, an unmarked 2011 Ford Fusion. Hybrid vehicles are being introduced in police departments throughout the nation but few college police departments have made the change. The University Police fleet consists of 10 cars, five golf carts and a Segway, as well as several bicycles. The department has plans to reduce the fleet over time but will continue to replace one car per year to meet current needs. As cars are replaced, the goal is to purchase only vehicles that get 35 or more miles per gallon and runs on six, rather than eight, cylinders. The next purchase will likely be another Ford Fusion, but a marked one with traditional police lights. It is also looking at alternative forms of deployment, including a Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle, a three-wheeled vehicle that police could use while on duty at large campus events. While the police hybrid is the newest fuel-efficient vehicle on campus, other departments are looking at sustainability in their fleets as well. University Facilities uses electric carts and Information Services and the library have purchased Segways.

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Citi Trends, Inc. recently opened a store in Henrico, located at 7580 W. Broad St. in the Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at the intersection of West Broad Street and Sunnybrook Road. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Citi Trends operates over 490 stores in 28 states. Citi Trends offers a selection of urban brand and fashion apparel for the entire family in Juniors, Plus, Mens, Boys, Girls, Kids and Accessories.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: URS Corp. – leased 8,900 square feet in Wilton Park II at 4905 Dickens Rd.; Whatever It Takes – leased 6,050 square feet in Interair Center at 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; Agents Licensing, LLC – leased 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; Bill Andrews Insurance Co. – leased 2,691 square feet at 2715 Enterprise Pkwy.; and Original Gravity – leased 1,000 square feet in Lakeside Town Center at 6920 Lakeside Ave.

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Lorrie Jones Gore, general manager and an owner of Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co., recently was honored as the 2011 PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year” during CONNECT2011, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association’s annual conference. In order to be named a PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year,” candidates were evaluated by a committee of PHCC members who judged accomplishments in six areas: professionalism, merchandising skills, management skills, innovative HVAC practices, trade involvement and community service. Gore has been an active member of PHCC and PHCC of Virginia for more than 25 years. Each year, Gore offers her home and the Gundlach office as staging areas for “Welcome Back to the Assembly” events that the state association hosts at the Virginia General Assembly. Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co. has been a family-run business for more than 82 years.

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The Virginia Council of CEOs and the University of Richmond Robins School of Business recently released the findings of their third quarter Economic Outlook Survey. The survey revealed that top executives of small and mid-sized companies anticipate either increased or unchanged hiring and unchanged capital spending for the next six months. More than half predict increased sales for the next two quarters. And results show that economic uncertainty is still the most significant business issue CEOs face, ahead of rising energy and healthcare costs, staffing, financial issues and political uncertainty. The council and the Robins School collected responses from 75 business owners and CEOs in central Virginia. The average annual revenue year-to-date for CEOs responding was $6.2 million. The data were compared to the second quarter of 75 participants. Multiple industries are represented in the sample – construction, manufacturing, finance and insurance and retail. The council continues to expand the survey beyond its members, offering any area business owners whose companies gross at least $1 million in annual revenue the opportunity to participate. If enough businesses participate, the council will provide survey results by industry. Participation is free and all participants will receive copies of the survey data. For more information, contact Scot McRoberts at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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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 Henrico Theatre Company will present “The Cemetery Club” May 5-21 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. This comedy by Ivan Menchell is about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees which are at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (55+) and students. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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