Police seek suspect in unlawful entry, theft in West End

Henrico Police are investigating an incident that occurred at a western Henrico apartment Jan. 20 and seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect.

Officers responded to the 9500 block of Shepton Circle, near the intersection of Hungary Road and Springfield Road, after receiving a break-in call for service from the female adult victim. The victim reported that she heard a knock at the door, responded to answer and was met by the suspect, who asked if her boyfriend was home. She answered no, and the suspect forced his way into the apartment.

The victim noticed a handgun in the pocket of the suspect and ran from the apartment to notify the management office. When she returned to her apartment, she noticed that her purse was missing and immediately contacted her bank to cancel her credit cards.

Later, she was informed that her debit card had been used at gas station near Three Chopt Road and Parham Road, and officers responded and retrieved the surveillance footage pictured.

The suspect (above, facing camera) is described as a black male possibly in his mid to late 20s with braided hair. He was last seen driving what appears to be a two-door Ford Explorer that is dark colored with gold running boards.

Henrico County Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating the subject responsible for these crimes. Anyone with information regarding these offenses is asked to contact Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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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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