Crime data reflects pros, cons for Henrico

Henrico County ranked fifth in population among 247 Virginia localities in 2010 and experienced the third-highest crime incident rate among those five jurisdictions, according to data released last week by the Virginia State Police.

Overall, Henrico experienced 15,498 reported incidents – a rate of 5,049.27 incidents per 100,000 residents, which placed it 69th in that category statewide.

The state's largest locality, Fairfax County, had a crime incident rate of just 3,380.01 per 100,000 residents. Virginia Beach, the second largest locality, experienced a rate of 6,239.81, and Chesterfield County, the fourth-largest jurisdiction, had a rate of 5,408.93.

Henrico and Chesterfield – neighbors and also the two most similar jurisdictions from a population standpoint – also reported similar crime numbers last year, according to the state data.

The Crime in Virginia 2010 report provided data in 24 crime categories; Henrico's reported incidents in 12 of those categories were higher than those of its counterpart south of the river, while Chesterfield reported more incidents than Henrico in the other 12.

Henrico reported more murders; kidnappings; robberies; aggravated assaults; arson cases; larcenies; motor vehicle thefts; counterfeit cases; embezzlement cases; stolen property cases; gambling incidents; and prostitution cases, while Chesterfield reported more rapes; other forcible sexual offenses; simple assaults; extortion cases; burglaries; fraud cases; vandalism cases; drug and narcotics offenses; non-forcible sex offenses; pornography cases; bribery cases; and weapon law violations.

According to the statistics, in 2010, Henrico experienced:

• 12 murders;

• 1,217 reports of burglary and 6,102 cases of larceny;

• 74 reports of kidnapping or abduction;

• 46 reports of rape or other sexual offenses;

• 364 automobile thefts;

• 248 cases of robbery;

• 220 cases of aggravated assault;

• 91 incidents of arson;

• 1,306 incidents of drug or narcotics offenses;

• 91 incidents of prostitution.

In 2010, Henrico employed 586 police officers – about one for every 523 citizens. By comparison, Fairfax employed one for every 744 residents; Chesterfield one for every 667 residents; and both Richmond and Virginia Beach one for every 565 residents.

Read the entire report here: Crime_in_Virginia_2010.pdf
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

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