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Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers.

Police accepting nominations for summer youth academy

The Henrico County Police Division is now accepting applications for its second Youth Police Academy, which will be held June 23-27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Applications are available online at http://www.henricopolice.org and are due by May 9, 2014, at 4 p.m. Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years old, reside in Henrico County, attend a Henrico County school and pass a criminal background check.

The ultimate goal of the Youth Police Academy is to improve relationships between law enforcement and youth, while exposing them to a possible future career in law enforcement.

County monitoring water supply after oil spill in Lynchburg

UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.

County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.

Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily.

Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March.

Historic Henrico sites will open to general public April 17

Several Henrico County historic sites that normally are open only for appointments will be welcoming visitors April 17 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sites are: Historic Deep Run Schoolhouse, 3417 Pump Rd.; Historic Springfield School, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd.; and Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St.

The open houses are designed as opportunities for the public to visit and also an opportunity for Henrico fifth-graders to explore sites on their Discover Henrico History passes.

Tourist spending increases


Tourism dollars continue to flow into Henrico County at an appreciable rate, according to the most recent county statistics on the matter – and a blast of history later this year could add to that total.

Travel expenditures in Henrico were $746.5 million – the fifth-highest in the state – in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Henrico trailed only Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, according to data compiled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The VTC’s figures for 2013 won’t be available until later this fall.

A closer look at Henrico’s ‘average’ homes


The assessed value of real estate in Henrico County increased by 2.8 percent this year – or $862 million – when compared to 2013. The average assessed value of a single-family home in the county rose to about 3.7 percent – to $219,600 from $211,700. The real estate tax on such a home amounts to $1,910.52, given the county's tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

So, what does the "average" home in Henrico County look like? The Citizen wanted to find out, so we analyzed homes in each of the county's five magisterial district to find a sample of residences in each one valued near this year's average assessment.

Henrico Citizens Academy set for May

Henrico residents can learn the nuts and bolts of county operations at the 2014 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for five sessions in May.

The free program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday of the month starting May 1. Residents can register at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Saturday, April 12. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, beginning Monday, April 14. Registration will close Friday, April 25.

Henrico supervisors to hold public hearing April 8 on proposed budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 8 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1.

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