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Gayton E.S. teacher arrested

Levy faces 12 charges related to online communication with minor
A fifth-grade teacher at Gayton Elementary School was arrested earlier today and is facing 12 charges related to an alleged internet relationship he had with an underage female from Pennsylvania.

Henrico Police and the FBI Taskforce arrested 48-year-old Ty Levy of the 2800 block of Sable Road today at 7:15 a.m. Levy, who also is a tennis coach at Deep Run High School, is facing nine felonies and three misdemeanors and is accused of carrying on what police termed an internet affair with a girl under the age of 18 from South Williamsport, Pa. Levy is alleged to have communicated via Skype with the girl.

Henrico Police learned of the investigation of Levy early this month. A cooperative effort between the agency, the FBI and the South Williamsport Police Department led to his arrest today.

Levy faces the following charges:

* photographing/filming/depicting on computer sex act - child;

* child pornography

* unlawful contact with a minor - sex offense;

* unlawful contact with a minor - open lewdness;

* unlawful contact with a minor - obscene sexual materials;

* contact/communications with a minor - sex abuse (two counts);

* displaying explicit sex materials to a minor

* corruption of minors (two counts);

* indecent exposure;

* open lewdness

South Williamsport Police are handling the case involving those charges, and Henrico Police are investigating whether offenses occurred locally.

Anyone with information regarding Ty Levy is asked to contact Henrico Police Investigator J. M. Mitchell Henrico at 804-501-5000.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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