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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.

Five injured in three separate fires

Five people were injured in three separate house fires Monday and Tuesday morning in Henrico County. All three were kitchen fires. Two of the injured received burns.

Firefighters first were called at 3:13 pm to the 1500 block of Early Street in Highland Springs for a fire in the kitchen. Firefighters arrived to find a kitchen on fire inside the home and an occupant with apparent smoke inhalation. They quickly controlled the fire, and the occupant was evaluated and transported to the hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire was determined to be a stove left on after cooking. A smoke detector was present in the home but failed to operate because the battery had been disconnected.

Fire officials to promote 24

The Henrico Division of Fire will promote 23 firefighters and one of its civilian staff members tonight during a ceremony at Hermitage High School at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The scheduled promotions include two district chief officers (Kevin P. Bartal and David L. Nuckols); six battalion chief officers (Christopher H. Buehren, Eugene Gerald, George W. Lane, Alec W. Oughton, Douglas E. Reynolds, Gary W. Samuels); seven captains (Vernon L. Crumpler, Taylor C. Goodman, W. Joseph Green, Gregory A. Nuckols, Kenneth Ray Stone, William R. Tucker, John E. Walls) and eight lieutenants (Agee F. Bryant, William N. Cheeley, James R. Heller, Gregory T. McKee, Robert C. Owens, G. Robert Rowley, Patrick M. Sheehan, Zachary J. Zellner).

Police seek suspect in string of robberies

Henrico Police continue to seek the suspect who they believe may be responsible for four similar Far West End robberies during the past six weeks.

The fourth robbery occurred Friday, Oct. 11, at about 11:30 p.m., as a man was exiting his vehicle in the 4200 block of Quarry Lake Drive. The suspect, a black male armed with a handgun, approached him. The suspect forced the victim to drive the victim's vehicle, with the suspect inside, to a bank ATM in the area. While en-route to the ATM, the victim parked his vehicle on the road way in the 11700 block of W. Broad Street, and ran to a nearby restaurant to call for police. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Replica guns confiscated at airport

A man was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport (RIC) on Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint x-ray machine detected two guns in his carry-on bags. The guns were confiscated by the airport's police department, which determined that they were replica guns. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Dallas Fort-Worth, was allowed to continue on the flight.

Officials are reminding travelers that actual firearms and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be packed in checked baggage. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.

Injured officer recovering in hospital

The Henrico police officer who was struck and injured by a vehicle Saturday night in the 9100 block of Derbyshire Road in the West End is alert and recovering in the hospital, police officials said today. The officer is expected to make a full recovery but may remain in the hospital for several days.

He was in uniform and responding to a call for service about a loud party when he was struck. No charges have been filed against the driver, and police have said that alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors. The adult male driver who hit the officer stopped at the scene.

Man robbed at gunpoint in Short Pump

UPDATED: 11:55 P.M. – A Henrico man was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning as he was exiting his car in the parking lot of the Reflections of West Creek apartment complex, near Short Pump Town Center, and Henrico Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating the suspect.

The victim told police that he as he was getting out of his car, he encountered a black male with a dark bandana pulled over the lower portion of his face who displayed a pistol and told him to get back in the car.

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.

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