Henrico student wins AAA safety patrol essay contest

A Henrico elementary student recently won first place in the 20th annual AAA School Safety Patrol Essay contest themed, “What Serving as a AAA School Safety Patrol Means to Me.”

Jennifer Lopez, a student from Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary School in Henrico County, received a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $200 for her winning essay.
 
“We were excited to once again sponsor this year’s Safety Patrol Essay Contest along with the AAA Retirees Club,” said Randy Green, manager of safety services for the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. “The contest allowed students the opportunity to express their views regarding the importance of the safety patrol in relation to the traffic safety duties they perform.”
 
The AAA School Safety Patrol Program has been assisting schools and communities with keeping students safe since 1921. Three hundred ninety-nine lives have been saved by students serving as AAA safety patrols since the AAA Safety Patrol Lifesaver Program began in 1949.

Today, more than 660,000 serve in 31,000 schools in 31 states and in the District of Columbia, including more than 15,000 patrols in Virginia elementary schools.
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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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