Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebrate Safely on Independence Day


July 1, 2015
Food, family, friends, and fun are all part of an Independence Day celebration. As many people are pulling out the grill to celebrate, some are thinking about shooting fireworks or firearms into the air – Both are illegal in the city.
“Our wish is for all citizens to have a safe and happy holiday this Fourth of July and enjoy events around Richmond,” said Chief Alfred Durham of the Richmond Police Department. “We urge people to leave fireworks to the experts and remember that random gunfire is against the law.”
In 2014, Brendon’s Law (§ 18.2-56.1) was enacted to implement harsher penalties for reckless handling of a firearm, including celebratory gunfire, resulting in serious injury.
The Richmond Police Department would like to remind citizens of the following:
  • Randomly firing a weapon in the city is illegal.
  • Firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles are prohibited. 
  • Legal fireworks displays planned at Brown’s Island on Friday, July 3 and Dogwood Dell on Saturday, July 4. On Friday, legal parking is available for a fee at 5th and Byrd streets in the parking deck. Illegal parking will be strictly enforced.
  • Do not impede the flow of traffic to view fireworks if you are in a vehicle. Please pull over to a safe location.
Road Closures
The Lee Bridge on Belvidere Street will be closed to north- and southbound traffic to provide a viewing area for the VA Fireworks on the James show on the evening of Friday, July 3. Police ask citizens planning to view fireworks from the bridge to avoid parking on the Lee Bridge or within the Oregon Hill neighborhood.  Residential traffic only is permitted.
The Manchester Bridge will remain open as an alternate route for drivers.
No parking on either bridge.
Specific road closures are listed below.
5 P.M.   Laurel Street & Idlewood Avenue; Belvidere Street & Holly Street; Laurel Street & Holly Street; Pine Street & Holly Street; 900 block of Idlewood Avenue at South Cherry Street
7 P.M.   Belvidere Street and Spring Street
The Department plans to have a strong police presence this weekend to ensure safe celebrations. To report random gunfire or illegal fireworks, call the Richmond Police Department’s non-emergency number at 804-646-5100.
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Black Bear Sighting in Mosby Court


June 30, 2015
The Richmond Police Department is advising residents and visitors in the area of Mosby Court to use caution as an adult black bear was spotted there early Tuesday morning.

The bear was initially sighted by a citizen at 11 p.m. June 29 in the 1800 block of Rogers Street. It was last seen just after midnight in a wooded area near the intersection of Coalter and Redd streets.

Police are asking citizens to keep their distance from the bear and stress not to approach it for any reason. Animal Control and the Game Warden have been notified.
Anyone who has a sighting of the bear is encouraged to call the Richmond Police non-emergency line at 804-646-5100.

Victim Identified in 1st Avenue Homicide


June 29, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred last week on the city’s north side. Investigators are also requesting the public’s help to establish a timeline of the hours leading up to the incident.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, RPD officers were called to a school playground on 1st Avenue for a report of a person down. Kempton D. Moore, 22, of the 3500 block of 1st Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy, conducted today by the Medical Examiner’s Office, determined the cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound. Investigation revealed that the homicide likely took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 27.

Detectives are pursuing available leads in the case, and encourage anyone with information on the whereabouts of the victim earlier that night to contact police. A portrait photo of Moore and one taken prior to the incident are attached.

“That photo was taken shortly before Mr. Moore’s death and shows what he was wearing that night,” said Sgt. Rick Edwards with the Major Crimes Unit. “We are looking for any information that could help us to reconstruct the hours and events leading up to the shooting.”

Anyone with information or who was in the area between midnight and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27 is asked to call Detective Marshall Young at (804) 646-3926 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Arrests Made in Three Homicide Investigations

The Richmond Police Department has made arrests in three homicide investigations. Photos attached. 

Keeshawn T. Branch
East Brookland Park Boulevard Homicide
           
Keeshawn T. Branch, 26, of the 3100 block of E. Marshall Street, was arrested on June 26 and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Just after midnight on April 19, 2015, RPD officers were called to the 600 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard for a report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found Rolan Angaroo, 29, of the 600 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard, inside a residence dead from a gunshot wound.


Christina M. Mabry
Grove Avenue Homicide
           
Christina M. Mabry, 37, of the 4600 block of Grove Avenue, was arrested on June 26 and charged with 2nd degree murder and using a weapon to stab or cut.

At 1:45 a.m. on May 31, 2015, officers responded to an apartment in the 4600 block of Grove Avenue for a report of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. They arrived to find Woodrow E. Anstead, 38 of the 00 block of South Stafford Avenue inside the apartment suffering from a knife wound.

Anstead was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
           

St. John Street Homicide

Lamont A. Coleman
Richmond Police have arrested a person of interest in a homicide that occurred on the afternoon of June 24, 2015 in Gilpin Court.

Lamont A. Coleman, 42, of the 5500 block of Midlothian Turnpike, was arrested on June 26 and charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges are anticipated.

Around 1:40 p.m. that day, RPD officers responded to the 1100 block of St. John Street for a report of a shooting. Dante L. Suber, 34, of the 2300 block of Ambrose Street, was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries that afternoon.


Anyone with information about this case is asked 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.

Arrest Made for Vandalism of Jefferson Davis Monument


June 27, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has arrested a Richmond man for vandalizing the Jefferson Davis monument.

Joseph Weindl, 39, of the 1700 block of Blair Street has been charged with Destruction of City Property, a misdemeanor. The charge will be upgraded to a felony once the cost of cleaning up the damage is shown to exceed $1,000.

At approximately 10:34 p.m. on June 26, 2015 RPD officers were called to the 2500 block of Monument Avenue for a report of vandalism in progress at the Jefferson Davis Monument. By the time they arrived, the vandal had left the scene. An “L” had been spray-painted to the granite base of the monument.

Working with descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle provided by a witness and evidence obtained at the scene, detectives were able to identify Weindl.

During an interview, Weindl confessed to the vandalism. But, he has denied vandalizing the monument the previous night when the phrase “Black Lives Matter” was spray-painted on the granite base of the monument. That investigation remains open.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call Property Crimes Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068 or 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.

 

          Joseph Weindl
 

Suspect in Jahnke Road Fatal Collision Charged


June 26, 2015

The suspect in a fatal collision in the 6000 block of Jahnke Road earlier this week turned himself in to police Friday at the Richmond Justice Center.

Ronald D. Jeffers, 28, of the 5900 block of Westower Drive, is charged with felony hit and run and driving on a suspended operator’s license. Photo not available at this time. 

“We appreciate the community’s help in this case,” said Lt. Thomas Nolan with the Traffic Unit. “As a result of its assistance and the information provided, this individual turned himself in to law enforcement.”

At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, a gold 2000 Chrysler 300, driven by Jeffers, was traveling northbound on Newell Road when it struck the side of a 2005 Suzuki XL7 headed east on Jahnke Road. Jeffers continued driving north on Newell Road without stopping.

The Suzuki collided with a 1992 Toyota Paseo traveling west on Jahnke Road before it swerved left and overturned. The SUV subsequently struck a fourth vehicle that was parked and unoccupied.

The driver of the Suzuki, Della L. Fields, 74, of the 100 block of East 36th Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. Passengers in the Suzuki and the driver of the Toyota were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Crash Team Sergeant Robert Jones at 646-1718 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Victim Identified in Fatal Collision on Jahnke Road


June 25, 2015

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred yesterday evening in the 6000 block of Jahnke Road.

At approximately 8 p.m., a vehicle traveling northbound on Newell Road struck the side of a 2005 Suzuki XL7 that was headed east on Jahnke Road. The first vehicle continued driving north on Newell Road without stopping.

The Suzuki collided with a 1992 Toyota Paseo traveling west on Jahnke Road before it swerved left and overturned. It subsequently struck a fourth vehicle that was parked and unoccupied.

The driver of the Suzuki, Della L. Fields, 74, of the 100 block of East 36th Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. Passengers in the Suzuki and the driver of the Toyota were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle has been recovered and is being processed by RPD investigators.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Crash Team Sergeant Robert Jones at 646-1718 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.