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Fire closes New Bridge Learning Center

No one injured in blaze

JAN. 12, 10 A.M. – An overnight fire at the New Bridge Learning Center in Eastern Henrico forced Henrico County Public Schools officials to close the center today. No one was injured in the fire.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Henrico firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the facility, in the 5900 block of East Nine Mile Road. First-arriving police officers had reported smoke coming from the building.

Henrico Police to promote 21, recognize 5


The Henrico Division of Police will promote 21 officials and recognize the recent promotions of five others during a ceremony Aug. 3 at Deep Run High School.

Lieutenants T. A. Alvis; J. P. Bandy; M. A. Banks; and C. J. Eley will be promoted to the rank of captain.

Sergeants L. C. Hummel; K. L. Johnson; J. L. Powers; J. S. Quesinberry; M. E. Stanton; and P. D. Tremblay will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Henrico Fire, Police earn VACo awards


Henrico County’s Fire and Police divisions have been recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for initiatives that have improved diversity among entry-level firefighters, mobilized volunteers to assist a local emergency response and reduced student arrests at Henrico County Public Schools.

The Division of Fire earned two 2016 Achievement Awards from VACo in recognition of model local government programs. The Police Division received one award.

Overall, VACo honored 29 programs among 91 entries submitted by member counties across the state. Henrico, Arlington, Stafford and York counties each collected three awards, more than any other county.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a suspect who robbed a CVS on Woodman Road on the morning of June 18.

At about 9:25 a.m. that day, a victim reported that a black male entered the business, at 9501 Woodman Road, approached the pharmacy counter, and jumped over into the pharmacy area. The suspect then demanded prescription medication from the victim. The victim complied, and the suspect exited the business on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 30 and 35 years of age and approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 in height, weighing between 145 and 165 pounds.

Virginia man cited with gun in backpack at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A Gloucester Point, Va., man was cited on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint July 18 when TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun with 15 bullets (including one in the chamber) tucked inside his backpack.

The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had taken the backpack on a motorcycle trip and forgot that he had it with him.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man.

Henrico Police seek persons of interest in burglary

Henrico Police officials are seeking the public's help in identifying two persons of interest in connection with a residential burglary in the 5000 block of Chelsea Brook Lane in Glen Allen July 8.

Police responded to a home on the block after the victim reported that during the afternoon, unknown people entered the residence, located near Echo Lake Park, and took jewelry and electronics. The suspects left the site in a red Dodge Journey. (Both the persons of interest and the vehicle are pictured above.)

National Night Out planned Aug. 2

Henrico County Police officials plan to visit more than 70 neighborhoods throughout the county as part of the 33rd annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Police Chief Humberto I. Cardounel, Jr. and his staff, as well as Henrico Police officers and many county officials, will visit citizens to help strengthen police-citizen partnerships. Cardounel will start by visiting the Richmond International Raceway NNO event at 4:30 p.m. Dozens of other events throughout the county will continue until about 9:30 p.m., featuring cookouts, block parties, ice-cream socials and parades. Homeowners in neighborhoods that do not have events scheduled may show their support by putting on porch lights.

State Police offer tips during ‘Vehicle Theft Prevention Month’

Virginia State Police officials are reminding motorists during July – Vehicle Theft Prevention Month – never to leave their keys in their cars.

According to the 2015 Crime in Virginia report, 40 percent of the 8,103 motor vehicle thefts reported to VSP in 2015 occurred between June and September. July had the most motor vehicle thefts (909), with August (879), September (746) and June (721) following closely behind.

West End house fire displaces two residents


JUNE 30 – A mid-day house fire in Henrico's Far West End Thursday displaced two residents, but no one was injured. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Henrico Fire units were called to the 10700 block of New Trail Court, off Springfield Road. Units arrived within 5 minutes to find flames coming from the roof of a two-story home in the 10700 block of New Trail Court.

First arriving units forced their way into the home, where they advanced hose lines to the second floor. Firefighters pulled the second-floor ceiling down in order to gain access to the fire. At the same time, personnel from the ladder truck completed a search and discovered that no one was home at the time of the incident.

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