Police arrest, charge man with murder

Antonio Farris
Henrico Police Monday arrested and charged a man with first degree murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony following a shooting at the Cardinal Forest Apartments that left a 24-year-old man dead.

A child called police shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday to report that an adult male had entered a residence in the 7700 block of Northbourne Court and shot another adult male. The subject was still in the apartment, the child said. When police arrived on scene, they established communications with the suspect and began negotiations. They determined that five people were inside: the victim, the suspect, a woman and two children, ages 12 and 8.

After approximately two hours, the woman advised negotiators that the suspect was unconscious and that she and the children were coming out. Henrico Police S.W.A.T. team members escorted the family to awaiting ambulances.

The woman suffered from a non-life threatening assault. The suspect, 33-year-old Antonio B. Farris of Richmond, was located in a back bathroom unconscious as the result of an undetermined medical condition. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he was treated and released into police custody. The victim of the shooting, Ryan Chhuom, 24 years of age, of Chesterfield died of a single gunshot wound the chest.
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

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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