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Fire official conclude 3-day disaster training today

The Henrico Division of Fire is concluding its three-day "HENEX 2015" (Henrico Exercise) training Aug. 21 by conducting more drills designed to ensure that officials are prepared for a variety of emergency, mass-casualty and specialty responses in response to a crude oil train derailment.

The training is testing officials’ responses based on the exercise scenario, in which is an eastbound cargo train carrying Bakken crude oil collides with a 15-person passenger bus crossing the track. The train suffers minor damage, with a few cars gently rolled over, with one leaking crude oil. The passenger bus receives major damage, resulting in varying degrees of injuries.

Police arrest man in upskirting case


Henrico Police arrested a Lancaster man after observing him shoot video up victims' skirts at a Near West End shopping center on Wednesday.

Stephen Ryan Lewis faces one count of felony unlawful creation of image of another and one count of misdemeanor unlawful creation of image of another. He is being held in the Henrico County Jail.

On June 19, police received information that a man was observed taking pictures up victim’s skirts in the 400 block of N. Ridge Road.

Police seek man who stole gun from gun show

Virginia State Police are seeking the public's assistance to locate a man who stole a firearm at a gun show at the Richmond International Raceway Complex July 11.

During the event, a Virginia State Police Trooper was notified of a handgun that was stolen from a private vendor at the gun show. The suspect had approached the vendor table, stolen the handgun and then smuggled it out of the building.

Henrico man pleads guilty to child exploitation

A 61-year-old Henrico man pleaded guilty July 16 to charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.

According to court documents, Noland Anthony Harper conspired with three other adult males to sexually abuse three juvenile victims, photograph the abuse and then distribute the photos to other individuals online. In 2014, Harper traveled from Richmond to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. on three separate occasions and rendezvoused with the co-conspirators, who were residents of California and Arizona. While there, Harper and the others met up with the three minor boys, all of whom were under 16-years-old (including two who were 11-years-old) and sexually abused them, engaging in various sexual acts.

State Police to increase patrols for Fourth of July weekend

Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.

“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.”

Va. Guard soldiers, airmen eligible for Va. Veterans ID card

A new Virginia law takes effect July 1 making Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen eligible for the Virginia Veterans Identification Card, and the first applicants for the card will be recognized at a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 1, 2015, at the Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Veterans Services will conduct the ceremony, and a DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be on site to process the applications and remain afterwards to perform other transactions. Applicants will receive their Veterans ID Card in the mail from DMV's secure card issuance facility in about five days.

Fire, Police, Sheriff’s office host Marine Corps-JROTC leadership camp and field games


More than 50 Marine Corps JROTC cadets from Henrico County public schools learned what it takes to be a public safety official in the county this week. The teens participated in the inaugural Marine Corps-JROTC leadership camp and field games, hosted by the Henrico Sheriff's Office, Division of Police and Division of Fire.

Fifty-three cadets spent a day with each of the agencies, immersing themselves in hands-on scenarios of tactical maneuvers, simulations and physical training activities that firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies perform as part of their regular duties.

Rabid raccoon attacks dog in West End

A raccoon that attacked a dog in a West End neighborhood June 11 has tested positive for rabies, Henrico Police confirmed.

Police received a call that evening at 5 p.m. from a homeowner in the 4400 block of Everville Drive near Hungary Road whose dog had been in an altercation with the raccoon, which died. The raccoon’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing and positive test results were received the following day. There were no additional exposures to animals or humans reported. The dog involved will receive a booster shot and will be quarantined at the owner’s home. It was the sixth confirmed positive rabies case in Henrico County this year.

Incident at State Police facility in Henrico investigated as suicide

UPDATE: June 13, 1:52 P.M. – Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man at the Virginia State Police Richmond Field Office Headquarters on Brook Road in northern Henrico early this morning as a suicide.

At about 12:40 a.m., the man drove his car into the facility's parking lot, parked and remained inside. A trooper was called to check on the vehicle, and he found the man inside suffering from an apparent head wound and armed with a firearm. The man talked with troopers and a negotiator but refused to comply with commands to put down the weapon and exit the vehicle, according to police.

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