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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 state trooper dies in traffic crash


Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith of Henrico County after he died Sept. 21 following a traffic crash.

Smith, 27, was responding to a request for emergency assistance from another trooper at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County. The adult male of driver a pickup truck was traveling east on Route 460, near Airport Street, when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail; the driver, Donald W. Shaw, 65, of Montgomery, La., died later that morning at Southside Regional Medical Center.

While on route to scene of the Route 460 crash, Smith ran off the side of the Interstate 295 south exit ramp to Interstate 95 north in Prince George County, and his Ford Taurus patrol vehicle crashed into the wood line.

Firefighters rescue 4 from Essex Village fire

SEPT. 18, 4:09 P.M. – Henrico Firefighters rescued four people from an Essex Village apartment after a small kitchen fire broke out in the residence.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Engleside Circle, near Richmond International Raceway, at 2:36 p.m. Occupants in the apartment were alerted to the fire in the apartment by a smoke alarm. The first units to arrive made it on scene in five minutes and reported smoke from the front of the apartment building and a small child being handed out a second story window to another adult below. Crews quickly rescued four additional residents from the second story bedroom windows.

Henrico earns top rating from Insurance Services Office

SEPT. 8, 5:10 P.M. – Henrico County has earned the highest-possible rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a distinction that may qualify homeowners and businesses for lower property insurance premiums.

The county received a Class 1 rating in ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program based on a comprehensive evaluation of its emergency communications; fire department equipment, personnel and training; water supply; and fire-prevention efforts, including inspections and code enforcement. Henrico’s classification reflects the relative low risk of fire losses in both developed and rural areas of the county.

“Protecting residents and their homes and businesses is the highest priority of Henrico County and the Division of Fire,” County Manager John Vithoulkas said. “This Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is great news for our entire community. It reflects our high quality of life, our commitment to excellence in public service and our drive to build a stronger county as we grow.”

Police arrest woman in connection with early-morning arson


SEPT. 1, 11:08 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old Crozier woman in connection with an arson at a business on Three Chopt Road this morning.

At 2:59 a.m. this morning, Henrico Police and Fire received a call for service from a commercial alarm in The Balance and Ear Center building at 10200 Three Chopt Road. Arriving officers observed smoke coming from the building and fire on the interior. While checking the property, officers located a window through which entry was made into the building.

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.

Police arrest man in upskirting case


Henrico Police arrested a Lancaster man after observing him shoot video up victims' skirts at a Near West End shopping center on Wednesday.

Stephen Ryan Lewis faces one count of felony unlawful creation of image of another and one count of misdemeanor unlawful creation of image of another. He is being held in the Henrico County Jail.

On June 19, police received information that a man was observed taking pictures up victim’s skirts in the 400 block of N. Ridge Road.

Police seek man who stole gun from gun show

Virginia State Police are seeking the public's assistance to locate a man who stole a firearm at a gun show at the Richmond International Raceway Complex July 11.

During the event, a Virginia State Police Trooper was notified of a handgun that was stolen from a private vendor at the gun show. The suspect had approached the vendor table, stolen the handgun and then smuggled it out of the building.

Henrico man pleads guilty to child exploitation

A 61-year-old Henrico man pleaded guilty July 16 to charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.

According to court documents, Noland Anthony Harper conspired with three other adult males to sexually abuse three juvenile victims, photograph the abuse and then distribute the photos to other individuals online. In 2014, Harper traveled from Richmond to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. on three separate occasions and rendezvoused with the co-conspirators, who were residents of California and Arizona. While there, Harper and the others met up with the three minor boys, all of whom were under 16-years-old (including two who were 11-years-old) and sexually abused them, engaging in various sexual acts.

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