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Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water.

Florida man dies in tractor-trailer crash in Eastern Henrico

A 47-year-old Florida man died last night when the tractor-trailer he was driving ran off the left side of the exit ramp heading from I-64 West to I-295 South in Eastern Henrico.

Reggie D. Battle, 47, of Jacksonville, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m. Virginia State Police continue to investigate the incident. No other injuries were reported.

McDonnell visits Henrico fire station to commemorate Sept. 11

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, visited Henrico Fire Station No. 2 today to meet with first responders from Henrico's divisions of fire and police, as well as the Henrico Sheriff's Office. with station and county officials in commemoration of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. McDonnell issued a proclamation noting the day as one of remembrance, patriotism and prayer in the state.

Police enforcing red-light running this week

Henrico County Police Division’s Traffic Safety Unit is joining with other police and sheriff’s departments throughout the nation to partake in National Stop on Red Week this week. The focus is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of red-light running. Henrico’s Stop on Red or Stop on Blue campaign runs Aug. 5-12, and the Traffic Safety Unit will conduct three traffic light enforcement operations as a part of the program.

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the American Trauma Society (ATS), two out of three Americans see other drivers run red lights almost every day.

Police seek two women on grand larceny, other charges


Henrico Police are seeking information about the location of two women wanted for grand larceny, forgery/uttering and obtaining money under false pretenses. Stephanie Lynn Boothe and Aimee Denise Ames are wanted in connection with several incidents in July during which they presented counterfeit checks and/or pay stubs at Cash Advance locations in Eastern Henrico County. Boothe and Ames were last known to reside in Henrico County; however, they have ties to Rockville, Va., and Petersburg.

Henrico man pleads guilty to production of child pornography

Robert Daniel Rice, 28, of Henrico County pled guilty in Henrico County Circuit Court July 30 to three counts of production of child pornography and one count of aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 25 years suspended. He was sentenced by Henrico County Circuit Court Judge Lee A. Harris, Jr.

Through an undercover investigation, a Richmond Police Department officer assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found the defendant trading child pornography over peer-to-peer networks on the Internet.

Police seek Henrico man’s killer

A Henrico man is the county's latest homicide victim, and Henrico Police are seeking information abut his killer or killers.

This morning at approximately 1:10 a.m., family members called Henrico Communications to report finding 28-year-old Knighton Timothy Hill, Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound in the yard of a residence in the 3000 block of Broadgate Drive. Henrico Police and Fire responded and pronounced Hill, who resided on Broadgate Drive, dead at the scene.

Police promote 5

Five Henrico Police officials recently were promoted to new positions, effective July 13.

Major Fred E. Bolling was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Criminal Investigations and Special Services Bureau.

Major James B. Fitzgerald was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Patrol and Animal Protection Bureau.

Virginia woman stopped at RIC with loaded gun

A Virginia woman was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport on July 18 at 7 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected a loaded gun in the woman’s carry-on bag. The incident marks the second time this year that TSA detected a gun in a passenger’s carry-on at the RIC checkpoint.

TSA contacted the Richmond International Airport Police Department who responded and confiscated the .38 caliber handgun, loaded with 6 rounds. The woman, who was originally ticketed to fly to Philadelphia was arrested on a state charge. There was no impact to airport operations.

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