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
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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