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Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen.

Comments about Division of Police invited

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Oct. 30 to examine all aspects of the Henrico County Police Division policy and procedures, management operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.

Rabies case reported in Henrico

A raccoon that may have scratched a dog in the West End last week has tested positive for rabies. The dog's owners noticed a scratch on the animal Oct. 24, and the remains of the raccoon were located that same day in the 10000 block of Idlebrook Drive, just off Ridgefield Parkway near Gaskins Road. The raccoon was submitted to the state lab for testing, which came back positive Oct. 28.

The dog exposed to the raccoon had a current rabies vaccination and will be quarantined for 45 days. There were no other animal or human exposures reported.

Police make arrest in 1994 Henrico murder

Lonnie Wiseman
Henrico Police have made an arrest in connection with a 1994 murder in the county.

Lonnie Ray Wiseman, who is currently incarcerated in Iowa, has been charged with the June 13, 1994 murder of Henry Weatherford, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home in the 5000 block of Crenshaw Avenue that day.

Weatherford’s vehicle, an Oldsmobile Delta, was stolen the day of the homicide and recovered in Bridgetown, Mo., in July 1995. Several Henrico detectives (including some who have retired), a Henrico AFIS Examiner and law enforcement officials from Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa assisted in the development of Wiseman as a suspect.

Five injured in three separate fires

Five people were injured in three separate house fires Monday and Tuesday morning in Henrico County. All three were kitchen fires. Two of the injured received burns.

Firefighters first were called at 3:13 pm to the 1500 block of Early Street in Highland Springs for a fire in the kitchen. Firefighters arrived to find a kitchen on fire inside the home and an occupant with apparent smoke inhalation. They quickly controlled the fire, and the occupant was evaluated and transported to the hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire was determined to be a stove left on after cooking. A smoke detector was present in the home but failed to operate because the battery had been disconnected.

Fire officials to promote 24

The Henrico Division of Fire will promote 23 firefighters and one of its civilian staff members tonight during a ceremony at Hermitage High School at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The scheduled promotions include two district chief officers (Kevin P. Bartal and David L. Nuckols); six battalion chief officers (Christopher H. Buehren, Eugene Gerald, George W. Lane, Alec W. Oughton, Douglas E. Reynolds, Gary W. Samuels); seven captains (Vernon L. Crumpler, Taylor C. Goodman, W. Joseph Green, Gregory A. Nuckols, Kenneth Ray Stone, William R. Tucker, John E. Walls) and eight lieutenants (Agee F. Bryant, William N. Cheeley, James R. Heller, Gregory T. McKee, Robert C. Owens, G. Robert Rowley, Patrick M. Sheehan, Zachary J. Zellner).

Police seek suspect in string of robberies

Henrico Police continue to seek the suspect who they believe may be responsible for four similar Far West End robberies during the past six weeks.

The fourth robbery occurred Friday, Oct. 11, at about 11:30 p.m., as a man was exiting his vehicle in the 4200 block of Quarry Lake Drive. The suspect, a black male armed with a handgun, approached him. The suspect forced the victim to drive the victim's vehicle, with the suspect inside, to a bank ATM in the area. While en-route to the ATM, the victim parked his vehicle on the road way in the 11700 block of W. Broad Street, and ran to a nearby restaurant to call for police. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Replica guns confiscated at airport

A man was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport (RIC) on Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint x-ray machine detected two guns in his carry-on bags. The guns were confiscated by the airport's police department, which determined that they were replica guns. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Dallas Fort-Worth, was allowed to continue on the flight.

Officials are reminding travelers that actual firearms and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be packed in checked baggage. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.

Injured officer recovering in hospital

The Henrico police officer who was struck and injured by a vehicle Saturday night in the 9100 block of Derbyshire Road in the West End is alert and recovering in the hospital, police officials said today. The officer is expected to make a full recovery but may remain in the hospital for several days.

He was in uniform and responding to a call for service about a loud party when he was struck. No charges have been filed against the driver, and police have said that alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors. The adult male driver who hit the officer stopped at the scene.

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