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Fire closes New Bridge Learning Center

No one injured in blaze

JAN. 12, 10 A.M. – An overnight fire at the New Bridge Learning Center in Eastern Henrico forced Henrico County Public Schools officials to close the center today. No one was injured in the fire.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Henrico firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the facility, in the 5900 block of East Nine Mile Road. First-arriving police officers had reported smoke coming from the building.

West End fire kills 1, injures 3


An early morning house fire in Henrico's West End killed one person and injured three others.

Eighty-six year-old Mary Williams Booth died in the fire, which broke out in a home in the 2700 block of Darnell Road, near West Broad Street and Parham Road, shortly before 12:25 a.m. Jan. 11.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the residents about six minutes after a 911 call reported the fire.

Tractor trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of lettuce overturns on I-295


A tractor trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of lettuce overturned on I-295 in Varina Sunday morning, closing all three lanes of northbound traffic at exit 22 (Route 5).

At about 8:10 a.m., the 2003 Freightliner was traveling in the center lane and attempted to pass a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. As it was doing so, it began to fishtail and lost control, striking the Silverado, then running off the road on the right and striking the guard rail. The truck then veered back to the left side of the interstate, where it overturned.

No one injured in Northside house fire


No one was injured during a late night house fire Saturday in Henrico's Northside. The blaze in the 8300 block of Chamberlayne Road began while the occupants of the house were asleep, shortly before midnight Sunday.

An investigation concluded that the fire was accidental and began as the result of improper disposal of fireplace ashes. The two adults and two children in the home were awakened by smoke alarms and escaped without injuries.

Henrico Police arrest one in Sandston carjacking

Henrico Police have arrested a man in connection with a carjacking and shooting that took place in Sandston Jan. 3.

Twenty-eight year-old Mark Alan Workman faces two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a suspect who robbed a business in the 3800 block of Meadowbridge Road Dec. 29.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. that day, a black male entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded currency. After receiving an undisclosed amount of currency, the suspect fled the business on foot. He was last seen running toward Radcliffe Avenue.

Northern Henrico family displaced by apartment fire

A Dec. 22 fire displaced a family in northern Henrico County.

Henrico Fire officials received a call for smoke coming from an apartment in the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, and firefighters arrived to the scene within four minutes. They determined that the fire was in the first floor walls and was extending to the second floor, and they opened the walls to extinguish the flames. But, the damage to the apartment displaced the occupants (for an as-yet undetermined amount of time). Officials from the Red Cross will assist them.

State Police to increase patrols during the holidays


Virginia State Police will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort during the holidays by increasing patrols and participating in DUI checkpoints with local police and sheriff's offices throughout the state.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the U.S. die every day in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. That translates to one person every 53 minutes. Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the past three decades; however, the chance of being involved in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three during the course of a lifetime. Alcohol-related crash deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a retail food store on East Laburnum Avenue shortly after noon Dec. 19.

The man (pictured) entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded currency. After he received it, he fled on foot. The man is described as a black male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5 foot 5 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen running through the parking lot of the convenience store across the street.

The suspect was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and a black stocking hat.

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