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Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast


Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.”

Henrico native one of 50 new state troopers

Among the 50 new Virginia State Troopers who will graduate from the 122nd Basic Session Nov. 21 in Chesterfield are a Henrico native and an officer who will be assigned to Henrico.

Henrico native Jonathan Lee Harris will graduate and be assigned to serve in King William County, while Williamsburg native Benjamin Nicholas Canning will be assigned to serve Henrico County.

The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management.

Canines help TSA at Richmond airport

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated their passenger-screening dogs at Richmond International Airport Oct. 15. The explosives-detection dogs are trained to process air current and recognize certain odors, whether a person is moving or still, is present or has recently passed through an area.

At right, explosives detection German shorthaired pointer "Brooks” and his handler, Inspector Damon Hopgood, cover the atrium area of the airport.

Henrico Police locate missing elderly couple

UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Henrico Police report that an elderly Glen Allen couple reported missing several hours ago have been found safe.

Both 94-year-old Grace C. Wieber and 92-year-old George G. Wieber suffer from dementia. They were reported missing and had not been seen since 10:30 this morning.

Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run that caused power outage

Henrico Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old county man with hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license in connection with an incident that knocked out power early Monday morning along the Staples Mill Road corridor in the Near West End.

Demos Harrison Moore, of the 7000 block of Vernon Road, was charged as the driver of a 2006 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Staples Mill Road at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 28, when it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole at the intersection with Talley Road. The contact caused a second utility pole, on the south side of Stapes Mill Road, to fall into eastbound lanes. Two vehicles traveling eastbound struck the debris in the roadway. The driver of the Honda Pilot fled before officers arrived on scene.

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.

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