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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.

Chesterfield man cited after bringing gun to Richmond airport

A Chesterfield County man was cited and issued a summons by airport police on a state weapons charge Oct. 13 after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped him from bringing a loaded gun past the security checkpoint at the Richmond International Airport (RIC).

TSA officers detected the 9 mm caliber firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds in the resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun and extra magazine inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.

No serious injuries reported in Henrico garage fire

One man was treated at the scene of a garage fire in Eastern Henrico for possible smoke inhalation Monday night, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out in a garage in the 2300 block of Carlisle Avenue, near Williamsburg Road and the City of Richmond line, at about 6:30 p.m. Initial fire attack crews found the single-story garage heavily involved in fire 25 feet from a residence.

The first units to arrive were able to keep the fire contained to garage and prevent surrounding homes from catching fire.

Police arrest 2 in connection with July murder

Deonte Jenkins (left) and Christopher Pitts
Henrico Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old McDonald's employee in Eastern Henrico in July.

On Tuesday, police arrested 19-year-old Deonte Jenkins of Colonial Heights, and he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting during the commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public in the commission of a felony.

Fire officials encourage smoke detector tests during ‘Fire Prevention Week’

Henrico Fire officials are encouraging residents to take a moment to install or test smoke detectors during national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.

Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes.

Henrico Police make arrest in West End shooting

UPDATE: SEPT. 19, 11:15 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested a 19-year-old North Carolina man in connection with a shooting yesterday in the Near West End.

Matthew O. Sykes of Grandy, N.C. was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by felon.

Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown.

Henrico fire station holds 9-11 remembrance


Henrico Fire Station No. 9 (Regency) held a remembrance ceremony yesterday in honor of the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Station officials were joined by representatives from the Commonwealth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

NSDAR Regent Katie Moffett presented Captain Billy Tucker of the station with a flag that had flown over the nation’s capital and a certificate to go along with it.

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