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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently completed three leases at Franklin Commons, 5640 Cox Rd., in Innsbrook. SunTrust Bank leased 90,000 square feet, Independent Container Line leased 22,000 square feet and an undisclosed Fortune 100 company leased 44,000 square feet. With the completion of these leases the Franklin Commons Office Complex, which is composed of three Class A office buildings consisting of approximately 298,000 square feet, has been significantly leased. One full floor of 44,000 square feet remains for a large corporate user.

Dominion Automotive Group, doing business as Sears Automotive Center, recently leased 7,850 square feet of space at 4920 W. Broad St. and 5001 W. Marshall St., and MAACO Automotive of Henrico recently leased 7,562 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St. John G. Myers, Jr., of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled lease negotiations for both transactions.

Fortune Magazine recently ranked Greater Richmond 13th best of all metro cities in the number of Fortune 1000 companies per 100,000 residents. Across all U.S. metro areas, Greater Richmond ranked 19th in the number of total Fortune 1000 companies, tying with Kansas City, Mo. and Phoenix, Az. In Henrico, Altria Group ranked 154, Genworth Financial ranked 243 and CarMax ranked 311. Brinks ranked at 645.

Morton Consulting, of Glen Allen, recently opened a new branch in Arlington. One of Virginia’s premier IT and recruiting consultancies, Morton Consulting works with clients and consultants in the Northern Va., D.C. and Gaithersburg, Md. areas. Morton Consulting was recently awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract in Feb. and has also been named a finalist for the RichTech Cherry, Bekaert & Holland Emerging Company Award.

Dr. Ken Macurik recently joined St. Joseph’s Villa, of Henrico, as the new director of developmental disabilities services.

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Brown Bag Lunch Series will continue June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GRCC office, 600 W. Main St. Gib Sloan of MetLife will discuss the family dynamics of special needs planning including government benefit eligibility, guardianship, conservatorship and guardium ad litem, and financial security and funding options. The program is free and for Chamber members only. To register, call Tim Grimes at 783-9308 or visit http://www.grcc.com.

Steve D’Andrea, a stroke survivor and Type 1 diabetic, and his wife, Gayle D’Andrea, a breast cancer survivor, recently founded the nonprofit organization Survivors Network LLC and the website,http://www.supportersofsurvivors.com, to help others facing these and other debilitating medical conditions. The website includes a blog where visitors can chat directly with the D’Andreas, links to other helpful and supportive websites and information on how to get financial support for those dealing with medical problems. Gayle D’Andrea, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Henrico.

Smart phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can now find helpful resources at their fingertips via a new SBA mobile application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The app features a built-in startup cost calculator to help estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground, plus an SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE. Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go. The app can be downloaded at SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app.
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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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