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Henrico man dies in Dinwiddie crash

A 31-year-old Henrico County man died when the 1995 GMC tractor trailer he was driving ran off Route 460 in Dinwiddie County and overturned shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 24. The man, Melvin Johnson, died at the scene. A female passenger in the truck was transported by helicopter to MCV with life-threatening injuries. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt, according to Virginia State Police.

Henrico Police arrest and charge man in Mar. 10 homicide


Henrico Police arrested and charged 25-year-old Anton Lateef Edwards of Bowling Green with first-degree murder in the Mar. 10 shooting death of a 23-year-old Virginia Beach man in northern Henrico. Edwards also was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., Mar. 10, Henrico Police were flagged down by a citizen near the intersection of Alma Avenue and East Laburnum Avenue who informed them that a male had been shot in the area of Alma Avenue.

Fire in Henrico’s West End extinguished quickly


APR. 4, 5:15 P.M. – No one was injured during a fire at a West End apartment complex Monday afternoon.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 9100 block of Cloisters East for the report of an apartment fire at 3:17 p.m. First units arrived and found smoke coming from the eaves and rear of a two-story apartment complex. A fire was located on the outside of the front of the building, and firefighters brought it under control quickly, by 3:36 p.m. The fire appeared to have been caused by smoking materials improperly discarded in the mulch in front of the apartment, officials said.

Henrico Police seek burglary suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man who burglarized a jewelry store in the 1500 block of North Parham Road in the early morning hours Mar. 31.

At approximately 4:06 a.m. Thursday, Henrico Police responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the site of Adolf Jewelers and located a vehicle inside of the business. They determined that the suspect, a light-skinned black male, drove the vehicle into the business, removed jewelry and fled the store on foot. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the vehicle used in the burglary was stolen sometime during the overnight hours between Mar. 30 and the time of the incident.

Smoke alarm alerts Eastern Henrico family to early morning fire

A family and their overnight guests were alerted to an early morning house fire by working smoke detectors in Eastern Henrico Mar. 31. Four adults and five children were able to safely escape the home, in the 1600 block of Graves Road, with no injuries.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the report of the house fire at 3:03 a.m. Units arrived in less than six minutes to find smoke coming from the eaves of the home. The fire was quickly contained and marked under control by 3:26 a.m.

Henrico Police seek help identifying commercial robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and individual responsible for a series of commercial robberies that have occurred in the eastern portion of the county since late January.

Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6, police have investigated three commercial robberies that have occurred along the Nine Mile Road corridor. The first occurred Jan. 29 in the 1800 block of East Nine Mile Road at 2:20 p.m. The second occurred the same day in the 5200 block of Nine Mile Road at 8:29 p.m.. The third incident occurred in the 1800 block of East Nine Mile Road at 7:10 p.m. Feb. 6.

Henrico Police investigating fatal accident involving pedestrian

Henrico Police are continuing to investigate a fatal accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on Brook Road Feb. 13.

Thirty-eight year-old Wendi R. Mayhew of Mechanicsville was struck and killed by a vehicle that was traveling southbound at 2:26 a.m., Feb. 13 on Brook Road near New York Avenue. Mayhew was in the center lane when she was struck. The driver immediately stopped and notified police.

Statewide burning ban now in effect


A statewide burning ban went into effect Feb. 15 and will remain in place through April 30. The ban, designed to prevent or reduce the incidence of spring wildfires, applies to all open burning, except between 4 p.m. and midnight daily.

No burning before 4 p.m. is permitted, if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material. Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer, when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4 p.m. burning ban has been effective in the prevention of forest fires, according to state officials.

Car crashes into grocery store


FEB. 4, 6:45 P.M. – A car crashed into the entrance of the Good Foods Grocery Store in western Henrico shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the store, 1312 Gaskins Road, at 2:01 p.m. and found that the vehicle had taken out one of the brick columns at the entrance to the store. One adult female was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, and she was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The Henrico County Building inspector was called to evaluate the building. No other injuries were reported.

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