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Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right).

Henrico Fire conducting 3-day training exercise at Westminster Canterbury

Henrico Fire officials are conducting a comprehensive three-day training exercise this week (Jan. 12-14) at the Westminster Canterbury Richmond continuing care retirement community in northern Henrico.

Though many fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are converging upon the site, there is no actual emergency. WCR is the home of nearly 900 residents and employs 700 people.

The exercise involves many fire units from throughout the county. The training will last all day each of those days to engage three shifts of firefighters.

Henrico Police seek details in West End hotel shooting

Henrico Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the individuals who shot two men in the main entrance of the Magnuson Hotel on West Broad Street early on New Year's Day.

At about 2 a.m. that day, police responded to the hotel to find the two victims, who had been attending a private party, suffering from non-life threatening injuries after being shot. They were transported to VCU Medical Center. Prior to the shooting, a physical altercation took place inside the party between multiple individuals.

Highland Springs man found dead

A 21-year-old Highland Springs man was found dead Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Green Pasture Road and Hanover Road in Eastern Henrico.

Henrico police officers responded to a medical emergency call at the site and found Brandon Nathaniel Wright, of the 100 block of North Rose Avenue in Highland Springs, dead upon arrival. Wright's body showed signs of trauma, according to police.

Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely.

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.

Raccoon found in West End tests positive for rabies

A raccoon that attacked a pot-bellied pig in a residential area on River Road Dec. 7 had rabies, Henrico Police reported.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 8700 block of River Road for an animal related call for service that day, after the caller informed police that he had observed a raccoon attack one of his pot-bellied pigs and killed the raccoon. The raccoon remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing.

Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine.

Missing Highland Springs woman found safe

UPDATE: Dec. 9, 11:27 A.M. –Henrico Police reported this morning that a missing 19-year-old Highland Springs woman who has autism had been located safe and reunited with her family. Elizabeth Dawn Martinez had been reported missing yesterday afternoon.

No further details about her return are available at this time.

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