Citizen Staff Reports Public Safety
Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.
“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.”
The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.
Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 11/21/2014 Public Safety
Four Henrico County firefighters were recognized at this year's Silver Anniversary celebration of the Valor Awards, an annual event celebrating the courage of the Richmond area's first responders.
Held Nov. 7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association and honored law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel from around the region for their brave and selfless acts.
Lt. Michael Jason Carneal received a Bronze Valor Award for his actions the night of July 22. While off duty, Lt. Carneal was leaving his home at approximately 5:45 a.m. when he noticed a neighbor knocking and screaming at the door of another neighbor’s house.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/20/2014 Public Safety
Among the 50 new Virginia State Troopers who will graduate from the 122nd Basic Session Nov. 21 in Chesterfield are a Henrico native and an officer who will be assigned to Henrico.
Henrico native Jonathan Lee Harris will graduate and be assigned to serve in King William County, while Williamsburg native Benjamin Nicholas Canning will be assigned to serve Henrico County.
The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management.
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/10/2014 Public Safety
Officials with the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated their passenger-screening dogs at Richmond International Airport Oct. 15. The explosives-detection dogs are trained to process air current and recognize certain odors, whether a person is moving or still, is present or has recently passed through an area.
At right, explosives detection German shorthaired pointer "Brooks” and his handler, Inspector Damon Hopgood, cover the atrium area of the airport.
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UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Henrico Police report that an elderly Glen Allen couple reported missing several hours ago have been found safe.
Both 94-year-old Grace C. Wieber and 92-year-old George G. Wieber suffer from dementia. They were reported missing and had not been seen since 10:30 this morning.
Henrico Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old county man with hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license in connection with an incident that knocked out power early Monday morning along the Staples Mill Road corridor in the Near West End.
Demos Harrison Moore, of the 7000 block of Vernon Road, was charged as the driver of a 2006 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Staples Mill Road at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 28, when it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole at the intersection with Talley Road. The contact caused a second utility pole, on the south side of Stapes Mill Road, to fall into eastbound lanes. Two vehicles traveling eastbound struck the debris in the roadway. The driver of the Honda Pilot fled before officers arrived on scene.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/30/2014 Public Safety
A dead raccoon found by two dogs in Henrico's West End last Saturday has tested positive for rabies. It is the tenth rabies case confirmed in the county this year.
Police responded to the 200 block of Roslyn Hills Drive near River Road in the Tuckahoe District Oct. 25 after a caller's dogs brought the dead raccoon to the residence. The remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, which came back positive Oct. 28.
At a ceremony Oct. 30, the Henrico Division of Police promoted five of its members. Those promoted were:
• Sergeant R. J. Bordner, Sr., to the rank of lieutenant.
• Officer B. W. Beadles, to the rank of sergeant.
• Officer J. D. Butcher, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective J. R. Howard, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective S. B. Shapiro, Jr., to the rank of sergeant.
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