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Fire officials practice ice rescue


Firefighters don't have the opportunity to train for every type of rescue operation they may eventually face, but Henrico firefighters did have a real-world training opportunity last weekend, thanks to frigid temperatures in the county.

The Division of Fire’s Specialty Rescue teams practiced ice rescues at a partially frozen lake in Three Lakes Park in northern Henrico Feb. 20. The Technical Rescue team, Hazardous Materials team and the Search and Rescue Dive team joined forces to practice skills needed to successfully pull victims out of a frozen lake.

One of the team members in a special ice suit was placed in the water, and team members practiced rescuing him using some of the specialized equipment. In one scenario, a Carlson board and ice spikes were used to make it out on the ice to the victim and ropes were used to pull both of them back.

Henrico confirms 10th rabies case of the year

A dead raccoon found by two dogs in Henrico's West End last Saturday has tested positive for rabies. It is the tenth rabies case confirmed in the county this year.

Police responded to the 200 block of Roslyn Hills Drive near River Road in the Tuckahoe District Oct. 25 after a caller's dogs brought the dead raccoon to the residence. The remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, which came back positive Oct. 28.

Police promote 5

At a ceremony Oct. 30, the Henrico Division of Police promoted five of its members. Those promoted were:

• Sergeant R. J. Bordner, Sr., to the rank of lieutenant.
• Officer B. W. Beadles, to the rank of sergeant.
• Officer J. D. Butcher, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective J. R. Howard, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective S. B. Shapiro, Jr., to the rank of sergeant.

Firefighters quickly extinguish northern Henrico apartment blaze

UPDATE: OCT. 29, 5 P.M. – An apartment fire in northern Henrico this afternoon did little damage today, thanks to a quick response by Henrico Firefighters.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Presidential Drive, near Brook Road, at 3:20 p.m. in response to a call for a fire. No one was home in the apartment, and all occupants in the other apartments were able to make it out of the building uninjured.

Police seek robbery suspect

UPDATED: OCT. 29, 4:37 P.M. – Henrico Police are seeking a suspect who robbed a woman Oct. 22 in the 10000 block of Brook Road and shortly thereafter used her credit card at a business in the same block to make a purchase.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. that day, the victim was approached by the subject, a black male, who displayed a knife and took the victim’s purse. The suspect fled the area toward the south. No injuries were reported.

Man shot in northern Henrico neighborhood

UPDATE: 3:42 P.M., OCT. 27 – A man was shot shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Byron Street and Jeter Street, near Mechanicsville Turnpike and Laburnum Avenue, in northern Henrico. Police responded to a call and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to VCU Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury.

Detectives and Forensic Personnel are investigating the shooting, but police do not have information about a suspect.

Police using new body cameras

Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.

Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.

“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.”

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.

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