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Fire official conclude 3-day disaster training today

The Henrico Division of Fire is concluding its three-day "HENEX 2015" (Henrico Exercise) training Aug. 21 by conducting more drills designed to ensure that officials are prepared for a variety of emergency, mass-casualty and specialty responses in response to a crude oil train derailment.

The training is testing officials’ responses based on the exercise scenario, in which is an eastbound cargo train carrying Bakken crude oil collides with a 15-person passenger bus crossing the track. The train suffers minor damage, with a few cars gently rolled over, with one leaking crude oil. The passenger bus receives major damage, resulting in varying degrees of injuries.

Fire leaves one dead, one injured in Sandston

One person died and another is in critical condition following an early morning fire in Sandston.

The fire occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mary Street, near the intersection of Hanover Road and East Nine Mile Road. Dispatchers received the call and information that the two people were trapped inside.

The first Henrico Fire crews to arrive spotted heavy fire from a room on the right side of the house and made rescue attempts while fire-fighting operations began. They pulled the two adults, a man and a woman, from the home. Both were suffering from cardiac arrest and were transported to MCV. The male was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the female is listed in critical condition.

Police arrest and charge man in exposure cases

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Henrico man in connection with several incidents of public exposure that occurred between April 1 and June 1 at Short Pump Town Center.

Police and mall security officials received multiple reports of a white male exposing himself during that time period. He was described as having a goatee and driving a silver Toyota sedan. Police detectives identified Charles Paul Engle, 37, of the 7800 block of Ketelby Road, as a suspect and charged him June 5 with one count of obscene sexual display and three counts of indecent exposure.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right).

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.

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