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Henrico Police arrest, charge 18-year-old with murder


Henrico Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old county man with second-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old Henrico man Dec. 4.

Leslie Jerome Tyler, Jr. is being held at the Henrico County Jail, charged in the stabbing death of Keonte Freeman Taylor at a hotel in the 5700 block of Williamsburg Road in Eastern Henrico. At about 1:25 a.m., Dec. 4, police and fire units responded to the hotel for reports of a stabbing. They found Taylor, who was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

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.

Bus fire snarls traffic on 95 South


AUG. 17 – Fire aboard a passenger bus Wednesday morning on I-95 South in Henrico County snarled traffic, but no one was injured in the incident. Soon after Henrico Fire officials had extinguished that fire, a nearby house fire killed three family pets.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the bus, which caught fire near the Parham Road exit, at about 8 a.m. The driver of the bus was the only person onboard and was able to exit safely. Firefighters controlled the fire quickly and fully extinguished it shortly after 9:30 a.m.

About 20 minutes later, Fire units – including some of the same ones that responded to the bus fire – were dispatched to a house fire in the 6000 block of Indigo Road in Henrico’s West End.

2 ambulance units shifted


Henrico Division of Fire officials have relocated two of their 15 ambulance units from their home stations to other stations during daytime hours Monday through Friday, as part of a 90-day trial designed to improve response times in the county's busiest service areas.

Through September, the ambulance based at Station 4 (on Strath Road in Varina) is reporting to Station 3 (in Highland Springs), while the unit based at Station 16 (on Shady Grove Road in Short Pump) is reporting to Station 9 (on Quioccasin Road) during those weekday hours.

One injured during West End kitchen fire


One person was injured during a kitchen fire in Henrico's West End Aug. 7. Henrico Fire units arrived to the scene of the fire, in the 40 block of Starling Drive in the Gateway Apartments, at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday to find smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story apartment unit.

All occupants were out of the apartment by the time fire units arrived, just three minutes after the call. As the result of their quick action, the fire was contained to the apartment of origin and did not spread to other occupancies. The occupants of the affected apartment will be displaced for an undetermined period of time.

Henrico Police arrest man in connection with April homicide


Henrico Police have arrested a 47-year-old county man and charged him with first-degree murder in the April 29 shooting death of a 35-year-old Henrico man in Sandston.

Police charged 47-year-old Jarvis Bacola Williams with murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the death of Shaun Bernard Johnson, who was found shot April 29 at about 8:40 p.m.

Fun and games


Children tried their skills as firefighters, spraying hoses at targets during Henrico County Community Day at the Western Henrico Government Center July 30. The event included opportunities to learn about Henrico Police, Fire and government programs, take tours of the jail, courthouse and county vehicles, play games and visit vendors, among other activities. Firefighters also held a cook-off using only disaster kit food supplies.

Henrico Police to promote 21, recognize 5


The Henrico Division of Police will promote 21 officials and recognize the recent promotions of five others during a ceremony Aug. 3 at Deep Run High School.

Lieutenants T. A. Alvis; J. P. Bandy; M. A. Banks; and C. J. Eley will be promoted to the rank of captain.

Sergeants L. C. Hummel; K. L. Johnson; J. L. Powers; J. S. Quesinberry; M. E. Stanton; and P. D. Tremblay will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Henrico Fire, Police earn VACo awards


Henrico County’s Fire and Police divisions have been recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for initiatives that have improved diversity among entry-level firefighters, mobilized volunteers to assist a local emergency response and reduced student arrests at Henrico County Public Schools.

The Division of Fire earned two 2016 Achievement Awards from VACo in recognition of model local government programs. The Police Division received one award.

Overall, VACo honored 29 programs among 91 entries submitted by member counties across the state. Henrico, Arlington, Stafford and York counties each collected three awards, more than any other county.

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