Henrico County VA
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Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program.

Support for victims of domestic violence

October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the victims and survivors of the ongoing issue that affects one in four women. In Henrico, a collaborative group of organizations has gathered to provide services and events around the issue.

The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers.

The consolidated service provides all callers with a knowledgeable resource to explain options and conduct a safety assessment.

Police make arrest in fatal car-through-building incident

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man in connection with an incident at a West End apartment complex Oct. 5 that killed a six-year-old boy.

Police charged Ronnie R. De La Cruz with reckless driving on private property Oct. 18. De La Cruz was driving a car that crashed through an apartment building at the Three Chopt West apartment complex in the 8800 block of Three Chopt Road. The car entered an apartment, trapping a woman and her two sons. One boy, Raul Exekiel Nicholas Vasquez, later died.

Henrico’s ninth rabies case this year confirmed

A raccoon that was killed during a fight with two dogs in a Far West End neighborhood Oct. 14 has tested positive for rabies.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 2800 block of Oak Point Lane, just off Church Road near John Rolfe Parkway, Monday after a caller reported the fight taking place in a backyard. Responding officers found the raccoon dead, and its remains were submitted to the state lab for rabies testing.

Chesterfield man cited after bringing gun to Richmond airport

A Chesterfield County man was cited and issued a summons by airport police on a state weapons charge Oct. 13 after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped him from bringing a loaded gun past the security checkpoint at the Richmond International Airport (RIC).

TSA officers detected the 9 mm caliber firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds in the resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun and extra magazine inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.

No serious injuries reported in Henrico garage fire

One man was treated at the scene of a garage fire in Eastern Henrico for possible smoke inhalation Monday night, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out in a garage in the 2300 block of Carlisle Avenue, near Williamsburg Road and the City of Richmond line, at about 6:30 p.m. Initial fire attack crews found the single-story garage heavily involved in fire 25 feet from a residence.

The first units to arrive were able to keep the fire contained to garage and prevent surrounding homes from catching fire.

Police arrest 2 in connection with July murder

Deonte Jenkins (left) and Christopher Pitts
Henrico Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old McDonald's employee in Eastern Henrico in July.

On Tuesday, police arrested 19-year-old Deonte Jenkins of Colonial Heights, and he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting during the commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public in the commission of a felony.

Fire officials encourage smoke detector tests during ‘Fire Prevention Week’

Henrico Fire officials are encouraging residents to take a moment to install or test smoke detectors during national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.

Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes.

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