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It’s only Wednesday morning and Central Virginia’s news cycle has already been flying off the charts with new stories from politics to people shooting at police officers to food reviews of secret sandwich …. nevermind. Just catch up on the week in the Richmond area.



Jack Berry was considered the front runner for the Richmond Mayor position throughout much of the race. Now the Richmond mayoral candidate accepted a new leadership position in Petersburg.

Jack Berry was hired as Petersburg’s Interim Assistant City Manager by Interim City Manager Tom Tyrrell and the Robert Bobb consulting group.  They are  working with the city to help improve its finances and dig them out of the hole past leadership left them in with poor decision making. 

Berry served 10 years as the executive director at Venture Richmond, as well as six years as the county administrator for Hanover County.



Hopewell police encountered a tense situation as a robbery suspect that they were attempting to apprehend on Monday morning fire multiple gunshots at them.
Officers responded to the 3300 block of Virginia Street at 12:44 a.m. Monday and found Brandon Luciano, 19.  Police say that Luciano matched the description of the suspect in the 7-Eleven robbery that happened at 3301 Oaklawn Boulevard around 11 p.m. Saturday.
After officers arrived on the scene, police say Luciano ran off and fired shots at them.  Luciano was later found in the 3300 block of Granby Street.

He was taken into custody without further incident and is charged with attempted capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, armed robbery, grand larceny of a firearm, and discharge of a firearm in the city limits.  A Hopewell police spokesperson says the officers involved did not fire shots back at Luciano.

“The officers exercised great restraint during this deadly encounter. We are thankful that neither the officers nor the suspect were injured during the apprehension of this dangerous felon,” said Capt. Whittington.



Secret Sandwich Society in Richmond, Va

Newly opened, but not so secret, The Secret Sandwich Society is every sandwich lover’s dream. Located at 501 E. Grace Street in the booming Arts District, right across from Richmond CenterStage, it is in a prime location.

I went with two friends for lunch on a Friday. The place was packed, there was a 15 minute wait around noon. We weren’t working that day so we decided to sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail. The bartender was very friendly and helpful and offered several suggestions. We were offered a specialty cocktail menu and chose a few to enjoy ($8 each). It is my understanding that this menu rotates. They also have a happy hour from 3-6pm with drink specials.  Click here for the full review. 



An early morning fire destroyed the People’s Food Mart and Deli on Harding Street in Petersburg Saturday. “The store is a total loss,” Petersburg Division Chief and Fire Marshal Jim Reid said. “The fire is still under investigation. It was unsafe for us to enter the building last night and it is still unsafe for us to enter now.”

Petersburg Fire crews were first called to the market at 12:22 a.m. Saturday for an active fire, he said. Crews marked the fire under control at about 1:41 a.m., he said.

Later Saturday morning another fire call came in from the market about visible flames. It was determined the second fire started due to an unnoticed hot spot following the first fire.
Fire crews with both Chesterfield and Fort Lee helped Petersburg fight the second fire. Petersburg Fire Capt. Mike Ferguson said the brutal cold didn’t make their job easier.

“It can get cold especially when you start getting wet,” Ferguson said. “What we try to do is rotate the firefighters in and out in the warmth of the cabin just to make sure they’re doing all right and before hypothermia sets in.”

No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Richmond’s Review of Levar Stoney & RVA’s Snow Response

Levar Stoney and his first time sledding.

January 1st was Levar Stoney’s first day after being sworn in as Mayor. January 3rd the work week started and it was his first official day as Mayor. January 6th at around 10 P.M. the City of Richmond braced for its first snow storm of the season. Levar Stoney was immediately thrown into the job by making sure that his city was ready for deteriorating weather and travel conditions. RVA residents did as we always do and flocked to the store for bread and milk. The ABC store is also often a high traffic area in the days leading up to a snowstorm in Richmond. Richmond’s know how to make the best out of any circumstances. We drink on bar crawls the sled at Forrest Hill park. Mayor Stoney even got to go sledding for the first time in his life.  Click here for the entire story.

-Brandon Jarvis

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