Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest

The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine.

Field set for November elections

The slate of candidates for the Nov. 3 local elections is officially set.

Two members of the Henrico Board of Supervisors – Pat O'Bannon of the Tuckahoe District and Tyrone Nelson of the Varina District – will be unopposed, while two others – Dick Glover of the Brookland District and Frank Thornton of the Fairfield District will face opposition. (Democrat Danny Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is challenging Glover, while two Democrats-turned-independents – John Dantzler, an operations manager for a real estate firm, and Brian Taylor, who previously sought the Democratic nomination for the Seventh District U.S. House of Representatives seat – will compete against Thornton).

Everhart won’t seek recount in Republican primary for Comm. Attorney

UPDATE: June 16, 1:26 P.M. – Jeff Everhart has conceded the Republican nomination for Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney to Tony Pham and will not seek a recount, he announced in a statement today.

Everhart initially appeared to be the winner of last Tuesday's primary, defeating Pham by 32 votes in a race that also included Shannon Dillon. But late last week, the Henrico Registrar's Office determined that more than 100 votes had not been counted, and those votes swung the election to Pham by 67 votes.

“I congratulate Tony Pham on his victory," Everhart said today. "This was a hard-fought race, but it was also a campaign that abided by the Republican Party’s 11th Commandment.

Henrico veteran to compete in DOD Warrior Games

U.S. Army veteran Monica Southall of Henrico practices her discus technique June 13 during field training for the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Fort Belvoir.

Southall is one of more than 40 active duty and veteran athletes representing Team Army training at Fort Belvoir. She will represent Team Army in the field competition and sitting volleyball competition in the DOD Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base in Quantico June 19-28.

The 2015 DOD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.

LWV to sponsor voter-registration training class

The League of Women Voters of Metro Richmond (LWVRMA) will sponsors its third-annual voter registration training class on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for community organizations and individuals interested in conducting voter registration drives.

Training will be conducted by Virginia Department of Elections Election Services official Garry Ellis. The training meets the Virginia Department of Elections certified training requirements needed to receive 25 or more voter registration applications.

The training will cover topics including best practices for completion of the voter registration application; maintaining the integrity of the voter registration process; prohibited activities; important deadlines for submission of completed applications; and laws protecting the privacy of applicants, as well as information including the restoration of felon voting rights.

Revised vote totals give Pham victory over Everhart

ORIGINALLY POSTED: June 12, 12:40 P.M. • UPDATED: June 12, 5:10 P.M. – A 99-vote swing has vaulted Tony Pham past Jeff Everhart as the winner of Tuesday's Republican primary for the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's seat, according to revised vote totals released today by the Henrico Registrar's Office.

Everhart had claimed a 32-vote victory over Pham Tuesday night – 7,309 to 7,277 – with third-place finisher Shannon Dillon earning 3,377 votes.

But following a canvass of votes, Pham added 104 votes today, Everhart four more and Dillon five more, meaning that Pham won by 67 votes. The outcome of the election was certified this afternoon by the Henrico Registrar's Office.

Henrico wins 24 NACo awards

Henrico County departments and agencies have earned 24 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an internship program that has provided work experience for dozens of high school and college students since 2013.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards July 12 at the 2015 NACo annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, libraries, emergency management and response, and human services.

Bagby, Dunnavant, Everhart, Barshinger claim primary wins

POSTED: June 9, 10:05 P.M./ UPDATED: June 10, 8:06 A.M. – Jeff Everhart defeated Tony Pham by 32 votes to win the Republican nomination for the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney seat tonight in one of the closest local races in recent history. A total of 17,963 votes were cast in the race; Shannon Dillon finished a distant third with 19 percent of the vote.

A recount will take place to decide the race. Because Everhart's margin of victory – 40.69 percent to 40.51 percent – was less than 1 percent, Pham is eligible to request a recount through the Henrico Circuit Court, which he has indicated he will do.

In other races, Siobhan Dunnavant won the hotly contested four-way Republican primary for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat, earning 38 percent of the vote to hold off former Virginia Delegate Bill Janis (30 percent), Republican strategist Vince Haley (22 percent) and attorney Ed Whitlock (9 percent).

Plaugher to challenge Glover in Brookland District

Longtime Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover, a Republican, will face competition from a Democrat this November as he tries to win his eighth term on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

Daniel Plaugher, 33, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, earned the Democratic Party nomination in late April and filed his formal candidacy paperwork last month.

Plaugher decided to run in part because of his concerns about the district's aging infrastructure, the fact that some schools in the district have not achieved full state accreditation and his desire to make the district more appealing to younger residents.

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