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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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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