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State Police warn of IRS-spoof phone scam


Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam in which the caller says he is calling from the IRS and demands payment by verbally threatening and intimidating the person. In addition, the caller ID number used by this scam is a legitimate Virginia State Police Area Office phone number. State police officials have received a number of calls concerning this scam within the past few days.

In each case, the caller has a thick foreign accent and identifies himself or herself as working for the IRS. The scammer also has personal information about the person being called – information that can be commonly found by searching the internet. If the person refuses to pay, then the fake IRS caller becomes very agitated and impatient and begins threatening the individual with imprisonment or other severe punishment if the person does not promise to provide payment.

Henrico Police dedicate police K9 memorial


The Henrico Division of Police today dedicated a Police K9 memorial at the K9 Facility and Training Center, 420 Dabbs House Road, in the former Henrico Animal Shelter.

The memorial was made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to honor the history and service of the Henrico K9 Unit.

Henrico Police arrest 4 in interstate cigarette trafficking scheme


Henrico Police have arrested and charged three county residents and one New York resident in an illegal interstate cigarette trafficking operation.

Last fall, Henrico Police and the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation of a group engaged in illegal interstate trafficking of cigarettes after experiencing an increase in crime surrounding cigarette distribution and sales.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a business in the 4700 block of Finlay Street in Eastern Henrico April 15, then apparently returned to the same business April 18 and attempted to enter it again.

At 3:24 p.m. April 15, police responded to the site after a victim reported that a white male entered the business and approached the counter, said he had a firearm and an explosive device and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled the business but left a suspicious item behind. The surrounding businesses were evacuated and the Henrico Explosive Ordinance Unit responded and determined the item was inert.

No one injured in Varina house fire


APRIL 18, 4:15 P.M. – No one was injured during a house fire in Varina Monday.

Henrico County Division of Fire Units responded to the fire in the 7700 block of Lampworth Court, near Strath Road, shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. Units arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the attic and roof of a two-story home. Hose lines were put in place to fight the fire, and crews had to be withdrawn from the home for a short amount of time, but were allowed back in to complete the extinguishment of the fire.

Cyclist struck, killed on Gaskins Road

A 69-year-old man riding his bicycle on Gaskins Road in Henrico's West End was struck and killed by a vehicle Apr. 14 .

A Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling east on Gaskins Road when it struck the cyclist, Wendell F. Davis of the 400 block of East Ladies Mile Road, who was riding on the left side of the right lane. Davis was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained on scene.

Local law enforcement agencies offer online registration for valuables


The four largest Metro Richmond localities have partnered through their law enforcement agencies to offer a free online registration system through which residents can register and track personal property, in the event items are stolen.

Henrico, Richmond and Chesterfield police, along with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, are partnering with LeadsOnline to offer the "ReportIt" service, which is free. Citizens may record serial numbers and upload images of personal items. In the event that personal items are stolen, the information captured through the ReportIt system will assist law enforcement in accurately and quickly identifying property.

Henrico Police seek assistance identifying larceny suspect


Henrico Police officials are seeking a man who is believed to have stolen a purse from a woman at a Willow Lawn restaurant earlier this month.

On April 1, the victim reported that an unknown individual took her purse while she was dining at a restaurant. The purse contained credit cards, money, identification and a cellular phone. Shortly after the larceny, the victim’s credit card was used at a retail store in a neighboring locality. Based upon images obtained, the suspect (pictured) appears to be a white or Asian male, wearing a baseball hat and possibly driving a white Honda Accord.

Henrico Police arrest and charge man in Mar. 10 homicide


Henrico Police arrested and charged 25-year-old Anton Lateef Edwards of Bowling Green with first-degree murder in the Mar. 10 shooting death of a 23-year-old Virginia Beach man in northern Henrico. Edwards also was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., Mar. 10, Henrico Police were flagged down by a citizen near the intersection of Alma Avenue and East Laburnum Avenue who informed them that a male had been shot in the area of Alma Avenue.

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