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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


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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