Archives for November 2016


Electric car company Telsa has scored a victory in Virginia and will be allowed to open a second store in the state. The state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner, Richard D. Holcomb approved the company’s request to open a store in the Richmond area. Telsa already has a store in Northern Virginia.

Jones and the Commonwealth

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring will not seek criminal charges after investigating a possible connection between a city official’s work and construction at the church at which Mayor Dwight C. Jones is senior pastor. But while the report Herring released Wednesday doesn’t call for prosecution, it questions the mayor’s truthfulness and raises “suspicion and concern” about how the Jones administration operates.

Firefighter Injured

A firefighter is recovering from injuries he received while fighting a fire in a vacant Richmond home. The fire happened around 3:15 yesterday afternoon at 1122 North 33rd Street which was being renovated. As crews were battling the fire one firefighter fell through a hole in the second floor to the first floor. He was taken to Chippenham Hospital for treatment.

Bank Fraud

A Chesterfield woman is spending the next seven years behind bars for 27 counts of bank fraud and embezzling 200-thousand dollars. Pamela Minor-Chiles was sentenced for writing 133 checks to herself from Central Virginia OB-GYN Associates where she worked. She wrote the checks over a five-year period and deposited them into her own account.

Highest Murder Rate

A new study shows Richmond is one of the top 25 U.S. cities with the highest murder rate. The study by 24-seven Wall ranked Richmond 19th on the list with a murder rate of 19-point-five per 100-thousand people. The survey cites poor economic conditions as the main cause for Richmond, noting that “about one in four residents live below the poverty line, a far larger share than the national poverty rate.” Richmond had 43 murders in 2015 with more than half unsolved.

Soul Patch Bandit

The Riverside Regional Jail is confirming it is investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate. A police source is telling local media that the “Soul Patch Bandit,” who is accused of robbing several banks in the Richmond area and was wanted for the murder of his infant son, is the one who killed himself. Artur Kharendzyuk was caught just after he allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo on South Crater Road in Petersburg last week. The Newport News Police Department says Kharendzyuk was wanted on a second-degree murder charge for the death of his one-year-old son in October.

Protestors Going to Jail

Black Lives Matter protesters who blocked Interstate 95 in Richmond during a July rush hour are going to jail for five days. The 13 men and women were sentenced yesterday in a plea agreement to a charge of impeding the flow of traffic on July 18th. Of the 13, seven are from Virginia with only one from Richmond. The other six are from California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Providence Park shooting

Richmond police say a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the city’s Providence Park neighborhood. Police say George Carrington III was found outside a car that overturned on Milton Street late Friday afternoon. Police say he had been shot and he died on the scene. An autopsy is being conducted.

Falwell and Trump

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says president elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of Secretary of Education, but he turned it down for personal reasons. Falwell told The Associated Press on Saturday that Trump offered him the job last week. He says Trump wanted a four- to six-year commitment, but Falwell says he couldn’t leave Liberty for more than two years. Falwell says Trump’s pick, Betsy DeVos, is an excellent choice.

Black Friday

Even the Richmond Animal League is having a Black Friday special. It(s waiving all adoption fees for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies throughout the holiday weekend. The shelter will open early today to begin pet adoptions at 11 a.m. Approval to adopt is contingent upon completing an informal interview with an adoptions staff member.