Archives for January 2017

Petersburg Firefighters

The Petersburg Professional Firefighters Association wants residents and businesses to adopt a neighborhood fire hydrant. Spokesman Gene Beemer says they want someone calling and checking on when the last time hydrants were inspected and what were the results. The call to action comes after three fires broke out where hydrants didn’t work. Beemer says to adopt a hydrant doesn’t cost a thing.

Driver Faces Charges

The driver of a car that ran into a utility pole, splitting it in half is facing charges. The accident happened around 11 a.m. yesterday in the 200 block of South Holly Avenue when the car went into a ditch and then hit the pole. Power to about 59-hundred customers was disrupted for most the day. The driver who faces a reckless driving charge was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Shooting Death of Father

A Henrico man is facing a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of his father. Police say 23-year-old Jamare Maurice Jones shot 61-year-old George Quarles Jones Junior around 7 p.m. Friday at a home in the 46-hundred block of Francistown Road. Jamare Jones is being held without bond in the Henrico County Jail.

Bank of America

The Bank of America complex on Villa Park Drive in Henrico has new owners. The five building operations center was sold to New York-based Longships Capital, along with Homeward Angel and Prudent Richmond, for 38-million dollars. The entire space is leased by Bank of America.

Bank of America

The Bank of America complex on Villa Park Drive in Henrico has new owners. The five building operations center was sold to New York-based Longships Capital, along with Homeward Angel and Prudent Richmond, for 38-million dollars. The entire space is leased by Bank of America.

House Fire

The Red Cross is assisting a Henrico family forced from their home by a fire. The fire was reported around 5:30 Saturday afternoon in the 17-hundred block of Debbie Lane. Firefighters credit working smoke detectors with everyone getting safely out of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Slick Roads this Morning

Some residents of Virginia are waking up to a light blanket of snow. Those receiving snow north of Richmond can expect one or two inches of snow as they head out this morning. Elsewhere, motorists should be aware of slick spots after a light rain overnight and temperatures that dipped just below freezing. The snow will be short lived as temperatures are expected to be milder tomorrow reaching into the 50s in some areas.

Mall Bought

A New York Company is buying the struggling Virginia Center Commons mall in northern Henrico County. Kohan Retail Investment Group is purchasing the mall for nine-million dollars. The purchase does not include the J C Penney, Sears or former Macy’s stores which are owned by those retailers. Kohan which buys and renovates struggling malls has not said what its plans are for the 25-year-old retail center.

Family Loses Home After Fire

The Red Cross is assisting a family of seven after they were burned out of their home. The fire happened around 12:15 yesterday afternoon in the 31-hundred block of Yeadon Road in Henrico County. Firefighters say the blaze was so intense that when they arrived part of the yard was also on fire. No one was at home at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Firefighter Arrested

A Henrico County firefighter is being reassigned after being arrested on felony charges during rioting in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day. Court documents show that Rosa Roncales was part of an anarchist group that smashed windows of a DC Fire and EMS vehicle outside of a fire house and set things on fire. The county says Roncales has been reassigned to an administrative position and if found guilty won’t be able to remain a firefighter. She is scheduled to appear in D.C. for a preliminary hearing on March 9th.