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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.

Henrico Police turn on the ‘Summer Heat’


For the second consecutive year, the Henrico Division of Police is turning up the heat this summer.

Operation Summer Heat is a crime prevention and deterrence initiative that promotes a safe environment for Henrico’s summer visitors and county residents. Police officials kicked of the effort May 22, and it will continue through Sept. 7. The division will pay specific attention to events and/or areas where tourists may be visiting Henrico County. Henrico County citizens may assist the police with Operation Summer Heat by reporting any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhoods or at community events by calling (804) 501-5000 (in non-emergency situations) or 911 during emergencies.

Fox, raccoon test positive for rabies


A fox killed by Henrico Animal Protection officers in Glen Allen and a raccoon found dead in Varina on Monday both tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Animal Protection officers responded to the 1500 block of Gabriel Court (near the Creeks at Virginia Center shopping center) May 25 at approximately 9 a.m. for a call about the fox acting strangely. Officers attempted to capture the animal, which was under the deck of a residence, but they instead killed it after it tried to attack them. The fox's remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and positive rabies results came back May 26.

No human or animal exposures were reported in the case.

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.”

Fox bites Near West End resident, runs off

May 14, 1:25 P.M. – A fox bit a Near West End resident Thursday, then ran into the woods.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penick Road, near Glenside Drive, observed the fox chasing the family's dog into a fenced back yard and attempted to intervene. That's when the fox ran back toward the open gate, bit the resident on the knee, then ran into a wooded area next to Glenside Drive.

FIT to be served


Henrico Police Sgt. Jeff Carroll has a never-ending to-do list.

As the sergeant in charge of the Fugitive Investigation Team (FIT), Carroll and the four detectives under his command are responsible for tracking down and bringing in the thousands of people in the county with outstanding warrants. But with every warrant served, others come in.

There are currently 3,352 outstanding warrants in Henrico County. In a county the size of Henrico, that equals roughly 1 percent of the population, although many individuals have multiple warrants.

Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.

Police charge man following mobile meth lab bust

UPDATE: APR. 30, 10:40 P.M. – Henrico Police have charged a 53-year-old Montpelier man with one count of providing false information to law enforcement in connection with a mobile methamphetamine lab that was discovered in Glen Allen Thursday.

The man, James Kent Booth of the 15300 block of Mountain Road in Montpelier, also will face an additional charge related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said. That charge is pending.

Rabid skunk found in Sandston

A dead skunk found in Sandston last week tested positive for rabies, marking the county's third confirmed case of rabies this year.

On April 15, Henrico Animal Protection Police responded to the 5600 block of Old Elko Road in Sandston for an animal related call for service. The caller reported to police that a deceased skunk was on the property adjacent to a driveway. The skunk’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and the positive results were confirmed April 17.

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