Henrico sets public hearings for redistricting

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on the county’s 2011 magisterial district reapportionment plan at its regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 26 in the Government Center Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Road.

At the April 12 public hearing, the board will consider the draft redistricting plan that adjusts the county’s magisterial district boundaries and makes related changes to precincts and polling places. The board will consider ordinances to adopt the redistricting plan and changes to precincts and polling places at the April 26 public hearing. Once adopted, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Federal and state law requires localities to reapportion the representation in the governing body among the magisterial districts every 10 years. The 2010 U.S. Census counted 306,935 residents in Henrico, with Three Chopt District comprising the largest population at 72,035; the ideal population per district would be 61,387 residents. The draft plan proposes district boundaries that shift a total of 8,808 residents from Three Chopt to the Tuckahoe and Brookland districts, while boundaries for the Fairfield and Varina districts would remain unchanged. The proposed plan would affect eight voting precincts of 93 countywide.

The draft plan, ordinances, maps and other information are available online at http://www.henricoredistricting.com and in the Planning Department and County Manager’s Office at the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Comments and questions may be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 501-4427.
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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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