News to know for Dec. 31: Search for convicted felon; gun violence spikes in 2019; Cavs come up short in Orange Bowl

News to know for Dec. 31: Search for convicted felon; gun violence spikes in 2019; Cavs come up short in Orange Bowl

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a quick look at our top headlines to help get you out the door.

Escaped Inmate Wanted

Jai Alquan King, 30, removed his GPS monitor which he was required to wear while on house arrest and left his home.

King was serving a 26-month sentence for convictions in Chesterfield for Petit Larceny and Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition.

Anyone with information is asked to call 804-748-1251.

Inmate wanted for escaping house arrest in Chesterfield.
Inmate wanted for escaping house arrest in Chesterfield. (Source: Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office)

Window Shot at Henrico Home

A Highland Springs family is thankful to be alive after bullet holes were found in their living room.

Richard and Samantha Carter said they had no idea someone had fired into their Ivy Avenue home until the bullet holes were discovered Saturday morning. Now they would like to know who did it.

'You don't expect to find something like this': Police investigate after windows shot out at Henrico home

Gun Violence Spikes

Gun violence was up 32 percent in 2019, compared to the year before. There were 266 shootings, 65 more than in 2018.

Richmond police have counted 59 homicides, eight more than 2018. The latest statistics show 88 percent of those murders were caused by gunfire.

Richmond police are making arrests in some of the year’s most high profile cases, particularly involving children.

Richmond shootings spiked 32% in 2019

Celebrate Safely

Richmond police are reminding citizens not to ring in the New Year with celebratory gunfire and that it is illegal.

RPD’s Community Care Unit says there were more than 50 homicides within the city during 2019, and 88 percent of those murders were committed with a firearm.

If someone is injured due to celebratory gunfire, the person who fired the gun can face a felony charge, thanks to “Brendon’s Law.”

Orange Bowl

Virginia pulled to within eight points with 38 seconds left, but could not recover an onside kick to attempt a tying drive and fell to No. 9 Florida, 36-28, in the Orange Bowl on Monday night.

Cavaliers come up short against Florida in Orange Bowl

Forecast

Dry weather the next few days, then we’re watching another round of rain by the end of the week.

Dry to ring in 2020, then another round of rain

Final Thought

“The best is yet to come.” - Frank Sinatra

Happy New Year!

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