Central Virginia’s Week in Review

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Posted by Brandon Jarvis

Colonial Heights:

  1. A man robbed a Colonial Heights store at knife-point. 
    • Colonial Heights Police are hoping to catch a man who robbed a Colonial Heights tobacco store on Wednesday. Authorities said the suspect entered Tobacco Hut, located in the 500 block of Southpark Boulevard, just after 5:30 p.m. and walked around the store until all the other customers had left the business. The suspect then approached the clerk and displayed a knife while demanding money, police said. After obtaining cash, the suspect left the business on foot and may have gotten into a grey colored sedan.
  2. ‘Odor of narcotics’ leads to arrests in Colonial Heights

    • Two Colonial Heights men are under arrest after an “odor of narcotics” led police to their location Monday. Police arrested 41-year-old Eddie Taylor Jr. and 38-year-old Jamel McDuffie on Monday after that odor led them to a residence at the Colonial Apartments off of Beechwood Avenue, near North Elementary School. McDuffie was charged with possession of marijuana and released at the scene. Taylor was charged with firearms and possession with intent to sell a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance. He is also charged with intent to sell marijuana and distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school. He’s being held without bond.


  1. Man found dead under Petersburg bridge

    •  Police are conducting a death investigation after a man was found dead under a bridge Saturday morning. Units were dispatched to an area under the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge  just after 8 a.m. after someone passing by discovered a man down in the area. Upon arrival, officers located the body of a white male. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. His body is being transported to the office of the medical examiner.
  2. Petersburg homeless shelter to close by the end of the year

    • Some of Petersburg’s homeless population may have to battle the elements this coming winter, as one of the city’s homeless shelters is closing its doors. Starting at the end of this year, the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter will close its doors due to a lack of funding. Aaron Thomas went to the shelter and discovered that about 20 men are currently staying in the shelter. When full, the shelter holds up to 26 men.
  3. ‘Known gang member’ wanted for robbery in Petersburg

    • Police in Petersburg are looking an armed former felon who they say committed a recent robbery. Police said that Antonio Wayne Smith is a known member of the Bloods gang and that he has a history of violence. Smith is described as a 22-year-old black male with black hair, brown eyes and a light complexion. Police said he is 5’5″ and weighs about 120 pounds and that he can be further distinguished by a tattoo on the front of his neck which reads TTP and shows an image of a bird. Smith is wanted for robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm to commit a felony. Police said that if you see Smith, do not approach him, but call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212, visit pdcrimesolvers.org and utilize web-tips, or text tips to #274637.


  1. Man shot in head at Chesterfield home; juvenile arrested

    • A juvenile was arrested and a man rushed to the hospital after a shooting early Sunday morning in Chesterfield. Police were called to the 3800 block of Beulah Road, at about 2:53 a.m. Sunday, to investigate shots fired inside a home.  “Officers located the victim, an adult male, with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is currently in critical condition,” a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. “The juvenile suspect has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.” This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips and photos here. Anyone with information was asked to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
  2. Wife robbed Chesterfield bank, husband drove getaway car

    • Chesterfield County Police were able to quickly nab a woman suspected in the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank. Chesterfield Police said the crime happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Wells Fargo bank at 9601 Amberdale Drive. A woman can be seen on camera in the lobby of the bank, wearing a multi-colored scarf. “The lady handed over a note and said she had a gun underneath although she never displayed it,” Capt. Mike Louth said. The lady made a getaway with the cash.  Through the course of their investigation, police said they later discovered the getaway driver was her husband. Now in custody are Giorgia and Michael Harvey.
  3. Fire destroys four businesses in Midlothian strip mall

    • Chesterfield County fire officials responded to a call at 2:35 a.m. Saturday morning at a small strip shopping center at Genito and Old Hundred roads, where four businesses were completely engulfed. Read more here.


  1. Nearly 18,000 take part in Anthem Richmond Marathon, half marathon and 8K

    • Nearly 18,000 runners braved frigid temperatures Saturday morning as they made their way through the River City taking part in the full marathon, half marathon or 8K. The 40th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon looped through historic neighborhoods, along the James River and downhill to the finish line in the heart of the city.Anthem Marathon Winners:
      • Julius Koskei (2:19:44) of Kenya
      • Bethany Sachtleben (2:39:00) of Alexandria, Virginia

      Markel Richmond Half Marathon Winners:

      • Benard Ngeno (1:03:41) of Kenya
      • Firegenet Mandefiro (1:14:05) of Ethiopia

      VCU Health 8k Winners:

      • Craig Nowak (22:40) of Greenville, South Carolina
      • Stephanie Garcia (25:39) of Greenville, South Carolina
  2. Police searching for persons of interest in Richmond shooting


    • Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two persons of interest who police believe may have knowledge related to a shooting in the Blackwell neighborhood. Police have released photos of the two persons of interest in connection to a shooting on February 12, 2017. Police said at approximately 4:35 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of East 20th Street and Albany Avenue for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male inside of a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later released with non-life-threatening injuries.
  3. Scooter driver in the hospital after being hit by SUV

    • A scooter driver was taken to the hospital with a head injury after being hit by an SUV. Police tell us it happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Stockton Street. They say a small SUV struck the scooter. The SUV sustained minor damages.
  4. Police investigating shooting after man shot in the leg near Mosby Court

    • Richmond police were called to the 1300 block of Coalter Street in reference to a shooting on Sunday. Once on scene police located a man that was shot in the leg. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police do not have a suspect or motive at this time. The investigation is ongoing.


  1. Henrico creates new position, task force in response to Short Pump Middle School video

    • The Henrico County school division is creating a new position and a task force to address diversity-related issues in response to the racially charged video filmed in the locker room of Short Pump Middle School.

      Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw announced Thursday night at a Henrico School Board meeting that the school system is creating a new office of equity and diversity and in January will hire a director to oversee it. The goal of the office will be to implement long- and short-term cultural diversity plans. An equity and diversity task force made up of students, parents, community members and district staff members is also in the works. Read more here.


  2. Lynch win gives Democrats control of Henrico Board of Supervisors

    • Henrico County broke further away from its conservative roots and ushered in a new era for liberal politics in the region Tuesday with an election that gave Democrats control of its Board of Supervisors for the first time in decades.

      Democrat Courtney Lynch, a co-owner of a leadership development consulting firm, defeated Republican Robert “Bob” Witte Jr., a Henrico planning commissioner, in the special election for Brookland District supervisor. With all 16 precincts reporting, Lynch had about 55 percent of the vote to Witte’s roughly 44 percent, according to unofficial results.



  1. Hopewell police investigate a shooting

    • Police are investigating a weekend shooting that left a Petersburg man injured. According to a statement released by Hopewell Police on Sunday, officers responded to the 1500 block of Edward Bland Court in reference to a shooting on Saturday at 9:52 p.m. Once on scene, officers located a male victim, age 27, of Petersburg, with a gunshot related injury to his torso. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene to render assistance and the victim was subsequently transported to the VCU Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition and currently receiving further emergency medical treatment.The preliminary investigation revealed that the male victim was with a female companion in the complex when he was shot. The female companion was not injured during the shooting and is not cooperating with detectives, police said.The Hopewell Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit continues to investigate this matter and is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed the incident, were traveling in and around the area at the time of this incident or have any information to provide regarding the shooting, contact lead Detective David Hirn at (804) 541-2284.Additionally, any person(s) who have information on this or any other crime occurring in the City of Hopewell may contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers in Hopewell at 541-2202 or in Prince George County at 733-2777.
  2. Hopewell Football trounces Southampton 45-13

    • By John Adam …. Freshman running back Robert Briggs unleashed a 100-plus yard rushing game to help lead Hopewell Football to a 45-13 trouncing of the Southampton Indians in the first round of the playoffs. Briggs led the Blue Devils’ attack on the ground, rushing nine times for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Gregg Cuffey completed 7 of 12 passes for 137 yards. Running back Ronnie Walker added 83 yards on 11 carries.  The Blue Devils set the tone early in the first quarter. After forcing the Indians to fumble on their first series, Ronnie Walker took the ball 70 yards to the house on Hopewell’s first play of the game to give the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead. Hopewell would force another fumble on the next series and would double their lead to 12-0 after scoring on the next drive. “It really helps us when the offense scores on the first play of the game,” said Hopewell Head Coach Ricky Irby. “A team like Southampton that runs the ball really well, if you can get a lead on them, it forces them to maybe throw the ball or just makes them drive to score. If they were going to score, they were going to have to take time off the clock.”Hopewell would find the end zone twice more to take a 25-0 lead into halftime. “Southampton ran the ball really hard, and we made a few adjustments on defense after seeing how they were blocking certain things,” said Irby. Though Southampton drove the ball several times deep into Hopewell territory, the Blue Devil defense forced four Southampton fumbles in the first half, which prevented the Indians from ever grabbing any momentum. “I’m proud of the effort of our guys,” said Irby. “We talk about battling adversity: the opposing team drives the ball, and now we got to bow up and get the ball back.” The Blue Devils squashed any hope of a Southampton rally in the second half as Sean Allen returned the opening kickoff 73 yards to the house, to all but put the game away for Hopewell. Tre’ Henderson led the Hopewell defense with ten tackles, with Keyonte Tarver chipping in seven.  Hopewell also had to overcome the abrupt cold front that swept through the region, as the temperature kickoff was close to freezing. “We practiced all week in the rain and in the cold because we knew it was going to be cold tonight,” said Irby. “We talked before the game about mental toughness and being able to overcome the weather conditions, and our kids did a great job of persevering.” Fourth-seeded Hopewell (7-4) will await the winner of #8 Booker T. Washington and undefeated #1 Phoebus, who play Saturday.

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