Geary found dead of gunshot wound

Matt Geary, who unsuccessfully sought the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney seat in November, was found dead today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Henrico Police.

Geary was found deceased by police in the living room of a house in the 2200 block of Lauderdale Drive in the Far West End. A neighbor told WTVR television that Geary had moved into the house just yesterday.

Geary, who was the Republican nominee for the Commonwealth's Attorney seat, had come under fire from his own party, which demanded he give up the nomination after he admitted to having an extramarital affair. He refused, then publicly defended himself against Republican leaders who shifted their support to Bill Janis, a Republican-turned-independent who entered the race in August.

Geary and Janis ended up splitting the Republican vote, and Democrat Shannon Taylor won the seat in a surprise outcome.

Following the election, Geary returned to his private legal practice, Matt Geary Law, which specialized in traffic and criminal offenses.

Today, Taylor offered support to Geary's family in a statement.

“I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to Matt’s wife Tabitha and his children and family," Taylor said. "I’ve known Matt since our days in law school and he was a colleague and a friend whom I held in both high personal and professional regard. Matt was an effective prosecutor who served the public with commitment and dedication. The respect in which he was held by law enforcement is something that any prosecutor would wish to achieve. He will be missed.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s family and I pray they find comfort in his memory. “
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Nonprofit awards $38k in book scholarships


The KLM Scholarship Foundation awarded more than $38,000 in book scholarships to 36 students during its 2017 Book Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Linwood Holton Elementary School in Richmond Aug. 5. The students will attend 14 Virginia colleges in the fall. Each has excelled academically, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better, while demonstrating strong community leadership qualities.

WWBT/NBC12 Raycom Media Vice President and General Manager Kym Grinnage was the guest speaker. > Read more.

Dave Peppler, pastor


Dave Peppler, pastor of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, remembers the epiphany he had on a cold afternoon in northern Ohio when God gave him a sense of direction, after he had been wondering what life had in store for him. It was then that he knew that he wanted to become a pastor and serve God.

Peppler, a Delaware native who grew up in Ohio, was ordained in Brownsboro, Ky. in 1998, but his education didn't end there. > Read more.

International goals


A group of youth soccer players – most from Henrico – and local soccer coaches spent a week in Kazakhstan this month as part of a VCU Center for Sport Leadership program.

The group's trip to Astana, Kazakhstan was made possible by a $700,000 grant awarded to CSL Executive Director Carrie LeCrom by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs through its Sports Diplomacy Division. > Read more.

Henrico promotional company changes name


Henrico-based brand merchandising company NewClients, Inc. has changed its name to Boost Promotional Branding.

The company is one of the nation's largest in the branded merchandise industry. Founded in 1981, its serves more than 5,000 clients – including many Fortune 500 companies – nationwide. > Read more.

Lidl competition offers shoppers chance to win NYC trip


Three Lidl shoppers will win trips to New York City to receive a first-look at the Esmara by Heidi Klum collection and attend an international runway event debuting the collection. The contest is open to residents of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina – the three states in which Lidl currently operates grocery stores. The chain opened two stores in Henrico County last month. > Read more.

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