Citizen Staff Reports 02/04/2016 Public Safety
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.
Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.
“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.”
A new Virginia law takes effect July 1 making Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen eligible for the Virginia Veterans Identification Card, and the first applicants for the card will be recognized at a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 1, 2015, at the Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Veterans Services will conduct the ceremony, and a DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be on site to process the applications and remain afterwards to perform other transactions. Applicants will receive their Veterans ID Card in the mail from DMV's secure card issuance facility in about five days.
More than 50 Marine Corps JROTC cadets from Henrico County public schools learned what it takes to be a public safety official in the county this week. The teens participated in the inaugural Marine Corps-JROTC leadership camp and field games, hosted by the Henrico Sheriff's Office, Division of Police and Division of Fire.
Fifty-three cadets spent a day with each of the agencies, immersing themselves in hands-on scenarios of tactical maneuvers, simulations and physical training activities that firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies perform as part of their regular duties.
A raccoon that attacked a dog in a West End neighborhood June 11 has tested positive for rabies, Henrico Police confirmed.
Police received a call that evening at 5 p.m. from a homeowner in the 4400 block of Everville Drive near Hungary Road whose dog had been in an altercation with the raccoon, which died. The raccoon’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing and positive test results were received the following day. There were no additional exposures to animals or humans reported. The dog involved will receive a booster shot and will be quarantined at the owner’s home. It was the sixth confirmed positive rabies case in Henrico County this year.
UPDATE: June 13, 1:52 P.M. – Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man at the Virginia State Police Richmond Field Office Headquarters on Brook Road in northern Henrico early this morning as a suicide.
At about 12:40 a.m., the man drove his car into the facility's parking lot, parked and remained inside. A trooper was called to check on the vehicle, and he found the man inside suffering from an apparent head wound and armed with a firearm. The man talked with troopers and a negotiator but refused to comply with commands to put down the weapon and exit the vehicle, according to police.
One person died and another is in critical condition following an early morning fire in Sandston.
The fire occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mary Street, near the intersection of Hanover Road and East Nine Mile Road. Dispatchers received the call and information that the two people were trapped inside.
The first Henrico Fire crews to arrive spotted heavy fire from a room on the right side of the house and made rescue attempts while fire-fighting operations began. They pulled the two adults, a man and a woman, from the home. Both were suffering from cardiac arrest and were transported to MCV. The male was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the female is listed in critical condition.
Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Henrico man in connection with several incidents of public exposure that occurred between April 1 and June 1 at Short Pump Town Center.
Police and mall security officials received multiple reports of a white male exposing himself during that time period. He was described as having a goatee and driving a silver Toyota sedan. Police detectives identified Charles Paul Engle, 37, of the 7800 block of Ketelby Road, as a suspect and charged him June 5 with one count of obscene sexual display and three counts of indecent exposure.
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).
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