Archives for October 2016

Home Invasion

Henrico Police are investigating an attempted home invasion where one man is killed and another is injured. Police say they found two masked men in the parking lot of the Three Chopt West Apartments suffering from gunshot wounds. Further investigation found that the pair armed with a baseball bat tried to rob a nearby couple inside their home. Both the man and woman victims fired their weapons at the two suspects.


Police in Virginia say 22 people were hurt when a car slammed into them following a NASCAR race today. Most of those hurt outside the Martinsville Speedway were treated at the scene, but nine were taken to the hospital. The driver was taken into custody.

Center named after Teacher

The Henrico County School Board agrees to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center after a teacher who was killed in a car crash. The Center for Medical Sciences will become the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. Phillips was killed in a car crash in June. He was an AP Statistics teacher, basketball and tennis coach, and the director of the Center for Medical Sciences.

Few Choices for ACA in VA

Virginians will face fewer choices, or none at all, when buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Next year, only one insurer will sell the coverage in 28 of Virginia’s independent cities or counties, The Associated Press has found. That lack of competition could lead to more expensive premiums, experts say. And some people may find doctors suddenly out of their network.

How VA Students Fare on National Science Exam

Virginia students performed better on a national science exam than their peers in most other states. The Virginia Department of Education says that 50 percent of Virginia fourth graders met or exceeded the proficiency standard on the 2015 national science tests compared to 37 percent of fourth graders nationwide. Among eighth grade students in Virginia, 40 percent met or exceeded proficiency.

Man charged with Assault & Robbery

Dexter T McPleasant, 29, of Chase City, has been charged with Robbery, Assault & Battery, Petit Larceny, and property Damage following an October 19th altercation with his former girlfriend. Farmville Police responded to the 400 block of Winston St at 2:49 am on October 19th for a reported assault. The victim reported that McPleasant punched her in the face knocking her to the ground. He then robbed her of 100 bucks and broke her cell phone and threw it into the woods. He fled the scene before authorities arrived. He has since been arrested and was taken into custody.

Men Face Charges

Richmond Police say two men are facing charges in the shooting death of a woman while she was watching basketball. The shooting of 49-year-old Kemberly A.M. Williams happened on March 24th. Williams was sitting near a window watching the NCAA basketball tournament when she was shot in the head. Charged with conspiracy to commit murder are 18-year-old Keon C. Anderson and 20-year-old David D. Jones.

Colonial Heights Readies for Halloween in the Park

The Colonial Heights Annual Halloween in the Park will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Flora Hill Park. This family-friendly event is held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and includes trick or treating, children’s games, face painting, refreshments and free candy. Wear your costumes and bring your trick or treat bag. Flora Hill Park is located at 300 Richmond Avenue in Colonial Heights. Reminder: This event is for Colonial Heights residents only. For additional information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (804) 520-9390.

Chesterfield New School

Chesterfield school officials are being given the green light to close on a site for a new elementary school. The 80-acre site off Old Hundred Road will be the site of the new school to be designed for 900 students. The school will relieve overcrowding at Watkins and Bettie Weaver elementary schools. Plans call for the school to open in August 2019.

Construction of New Firehouse

Construction of a new firehouse in Henrico County is to begin next month. The nearly five-million-dollar Firehouse 19 will be built in the Three Chopt District on Kain Road. Fire Chief Tony McDowell says 34 firefighters will be hired to man the station, which will open in early 2018.