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
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
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