Monday, October 20, 2014

Richmond Joins 'Nextdoor' for Online Outreach to Residents

Richmond Joins 'Nextdoor' for Online Outreach to Residents

WHO:                         Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                                    Chief Ray J. Tarasovic
                                    Nextdoor representative
            
WHAT:                        Richmond Joins ‘Nextdoor’ – Online Outreach to Residents 
            
WHEN:                        10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21
            
WHERE:                       Richmond Police Department Headquarters
            
BACKGROUND:           The city of Richmond will announce a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. The city’s use of the service will be launched with the Richmond Police Department.

This powerful tool is just another way the city will provide outreach to residents,” Mayor Dwight C. Jones said. “With the use of Nextdoor, we can send targeted safety messages and general updates to specific neighborhoods in an efficient, focused way.”

Nextdoor is free for residents and the city. Each neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.

Our sector lieutenants and other Department representatives will be able to communicate focused, hyper-local info directly to the neighborhoods or sections of the city they wish to target,” Chief Ray J. Tarasovic said. “Now we can share safety updates, neighborhood meeting reminders and even dates and times of our neighborhood walkthroughs right to your inbox.”

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com/richmond and enter their home address.


There will be a demonstration of how the service works at the event. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Midlothian Turnpike Barricaded Male Update

Richmond Police detectives have a charged a man with attempted capital murder of a police officer and attempted murder in connection with yesterday’s incident on Midlothian Turnpike.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the Cloverleaf Inn Motel at 5456 Midlothian Turnpike for a report of a domestic incident. A female reported her boyfriend had shot at her.

As officers pulled up, the male then shot at one of the officers from inside the motel room. That’s when officers backed up and called for additional resources.

Midlothian Turnpike was shut down in both directions between German School and Covington roads for approximately three hours while they negotiated with the armed male inside a motel room.

He surrendered to officers at approximately 6:45 p.m.


He has been identified as Paris A. Loving-Johnson, 22, of the 4400 block of Pano Court in Chesterfield. Loving-Johnson has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, attempted murder in the first degree as well as served with warrants for two counts of domestic assault and battery, failure to pay child support and felony destruction of property.



UPDATE Westover Hills Boulevard Double Homicide/Shooting

Richmond Police detectives have identified the victims of an early morning double homicide yesterday and are continuing their investigation.

At approximately 2:27 a.m. Sunday, officers received a call for a person shot in the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard. They arrived on scene within minutes and found three people who had been shot.

Elijah D. Gee, 24, of the 4800 block of Red Oak Lane, and Antonio M. Sherman, 18, of the 300 block of Payne Street in Lynchburg, died at the scene.

A 19-year-old female was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but is now in stable condition.

Detectives believe the shootings stemmed from an argument at a party, and are following up on several leads.


They ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

UPDATE Warwick Village Drive Homicide

Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim of last night’s homicide as Darius C. Artis, 24, of the 600 block of Warwick Village Drive.

At approximately 8:46 p.m. Sunday, officers received a call for a person shot inside a residence. They arrived within minutes and found Artis deceased inside his residence.

Detectives are currently looking for two armed suspects, described as follows:

Suspect one is described as a heavy-set black male with dark skin in his 20s or 30s, between 6’0” to 6’3” with a low cut haircut. He was last seen wearing a black faded hoodie, blue jeans and a red bandana in his pocket. He possibly goes by the name “Holiday”. 

Suspect two is described as a heavy-set black male with a stocky build and brown skin who was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants.


Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Warwick Village Drive Homicide

Richmond Police detectives are in the early stages of a homicide investigation on the city’s Southside this evening.

At approximately 8:46 p.m. today, officers received a call for a person shot inside a residence in the 600 block of Warwick Village Drive.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found an adult male in his mid 20s suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.


Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Westover Hills Boulevard Double Homicide/Shooting

Richmond Police detectives are in the early stages of a double homicide and shooting investigation on the city’s Southside this morning.

At approximately 2:27 a.m. today, officers received a call for a person shot in the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard. They arrived on scene within minutes and found three people who had been shot.

Two males died at the scene and a female was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives believe the shootings stemmed from an argument at a party.


They ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Broad Rock Road Homicide

Richmond Police detectives are in the early stages of a homicide investigation on the city’s Southside.

Officers received a call at approximately 7:50 p.m. yesterday for a report of a person shot in the 3600 block of East Broad Rock Road. They arrived within minutes and found an adult male suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has been identified as Tyfon A. Clark, 24, of the 4200 block of Vial Road.


Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.