Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) – Hanover Sheriff's deputies are looking for help finding a man who robbed a convenience store along Mechanicsville Turnpike this morning. The robbery occurred just after five, at the store located in the 6500 block of the major road.
The suspect is described as white, average build and height, with short brown hair and tattoos on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a camo shirt, jean shorts, and dark shoes.
He did not use a gun in the robbery, and ran away on foot, possibly to a white van.
Richmond, Va. (1140wrva.com) Richmond City Council President Charles Samuels wants to let voters decide if a new baseball park should stay on the Boulevard. Samuels says he will introduce a plan at the next council meeting to put a referendum on the ballot in November on whether "...citizens of Richmond want baseball to remain on the Boulevard".
Samuels is asking for input and says he wants to get a dialogue going.
Shockoe Bottom has been floated as a possible site for a new home for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The President of the baseball team, Lou DiBella says they don't care where the new stadium is built as long as they get one.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores on Long Island and in Virginia were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan, including some business-owners who used Social Security numbers of children and dead people on the workers' paystubs.
Most of the defendants were arrested early Monday as federal authorities raided 14 franchise stores. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were inspecting other stores across the country for similar infractions.
The defendants "not only systematically employed illegal immigrants, they concealed their crimes by raiding the cradle and grave to steal the identities of children and even the dead," U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
The employers stole their workers' wages and housed them in illegal boarding rooms, "in effect creating a modern day plantation system," Lynch added.
The defendants were to appear in court later in the day to face wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft and other charges. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy.
A 7-Eleven spokesman said the company was cooperating with the investigation, but declined further comment.
Richmond, Va. (1140wrva.com) Richmond Police have identified the 4 year-old boy who was killed when a tree fell on him and his father at Maymont Park. Shawn Wills of Chesterfield died at the scene after the tree came down around 4pm Thursday as a line of severe weather blew in. The father was taken to the hospital with what were described as "non life threatening injuries". Mayor Dwight Jones, who visited the scene, called the boy's death a tragedy and called for prayers for the family.
Jon McGee with the National Weather Service says the storm packed winds as high as 70 miles an hour. That brought down numerous trees and branches onto power lines and knocked out power to more than 300,000 in Virginia and about 90,000 in the Richmond area. Tens of thousands were still without power in the area this morning.
Richmond Airport To Conduct Full Scale Emergency Exercise Saturday
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) _ Richmond International Airport will be conducting a full scale emergency exercise starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and lasting until noon, and while the drill comes on the heels of a real life phone threat evacuation, it has been in the planning stages for months.
Airport spokesman Troy Bell says full scale tests of the Airport Emergency Plan are conducted every three years, as mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The drills also create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual emergency.
Participants in Saturday's drill will include every police and fire division in the Richmond Metro area, as well as Virginia State Police, the American Red Cross, the Transportation Security Administration, the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as the State Medical Examiner's Office and the State Health Department.
The airport doesn't anticipate any impact to normal operations during the drill, although people traveling in and out of the airport, or near it, will probably notice the heavy emergency response presence. Signs will be posted inside and outside of the airport to let everyone know it's a drill, and announcements will be made inside the terminal.
Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) _ The Richmond Police Departmentis asking for help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for impersonating an officer and robbing the two victims.
Last night at approximately 9:15 p.m., in the 4600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, a white Ford pick-up truck illuminated flashing white lights and pulled behind a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped and the suspect driver of the pickup approached and stated he was a police officer. The suspect wore no uniform and did not display a badge or gun.
The scenario occurred again a few minutes later at 9:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.
No injuries were reported.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately five feet nine inches tall and wearing khaki shorts and a white shirt. He was driving a four-door white Ford F-250 or F-350 pickup truck. The vehicle has two white 'emergency lights' on the front bumper and one on the windshield.
The Department would like to remind the community that all law enforcement uses blue emergency lights, including the Richmond Police Department and other local law enforcement. Should you believe you are being pulled over by unauthorized personnel, the Department suggests you use a mobile phone to call 911 and follow the instructions of the dispatcher. If no phone is available, drive to a busy, well-lit public place.
Anyone with any information about this individual or this vehicle is asked to callCrime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip.
Sandston, VA (1140wrva.com) 9:30am Update: Passengers are being allowed back in the terminal.
9:25am Tweet regarding airport evacuation: Terminal re-opened to airline workers, public access soon to follow.
9am Update: Richmond Airport spokesman Troy Bell is tweeting that public ares of terminal have and been swept and cleared by police and they are now working on baggage areas. Still no official word on what the threat is. State Police are assisting in the investigation.
Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning, after Airport officials say they received a "credible" threat around 6am. People have been moved back away from the terminal to the other side of the roads leading to the arrival and departure entrances.
It's unclear how long the airport will remain closed. Laurie Mavica, a Clear Channel employee who happened to be at the airport this morning, estimates there are a couple hundred people standing outside.
Richmond, Va. (1140wrva.com) Forecaster Jeff Orrock with the National Weather Service says we could see more storms today like last night's that slammed Hanover County. Orrock says the atmosphere is very "tropical" meaning its full of moisture and wind, making it ripe for big downpours when storms develop. He says the risk for storms continues from about noon to 9, when the sun goes down. He says there's also a risk of flooding with all the rain.
Emergency management is assessing the damage in Hanover to see if it was caused by "straight line" winds or a twister. Funnel clouds were reported but Mike Runack with the weather service said early this morning they didn't believe it touched down on the ground.
Three schools in Hanover opened late because of the power outages from last night's storm that hit between 7 and 8. About 4,000 were without power around 4am. By 6am that had been reduced to about 1500 but school officials decided to implement a two hour delay for Atlee High, Chickahominy Middle and Cool Spring Elementary schools.
Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says they expect the biggest problem from Andrea to be flooding. the storm is forecasted to bring several inches of rain. Winds are not expected to be a big problem.
Spokesman Bob Spieldenner says they are ready to deal with the storm, although he admits it is rather early to be dealing with tropical systems. Virginia usually gets its storms in August, September, and October. Early storms have hit in the past, however.
Spieldenner points out the early timing of this storm shows the need to prepare early in the season.