News to Know for June 23: Protesters clash with police again; Child shot in Henrico; Primary voting today; More storms possible

News to Know for June 23: Protesters clash with police again; Child shot in Henrico; Primary voting today; More storms possible
Tensions between police and protesters flared again, as Richmond police declare an unlawful assembly for the second consecutive night - this time in front of city hall. (Source: NBC12/Eric Everington)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s going to be hot and humid again Tuesday with an isolated strong storm possible.

But First… Breaking News Overnight

Tensions between police and protesters flared again, as Richmond police declare an unlawful assembly for the second consecutive night - this time in front of city hall.

Police say the group was blocking traffic as well as entrances and exits to public buildings. Eventually, they deployed some sort of chemical agent to break it up.

Police warn of arrests after protesters attempt to camp out, block off area near Richmond City Hall

Lee Grounds to Close Nightly

The night of unrest comes after the city implemented a new rule, restricting gatherings at the Lee Monument at night - something that is not sitting well with some protesters.

No one is allowed to gather at the monument from sunset to sunrise, climb the monument or place banners or any other objects on the statue.

It’s Primary Day

Before you head to the polls - here’s what you should know.

You can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if you are in line at 7 p.m., don’t leave, you can still cast your ballot.
You can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if you are in line at 7 p.m., don’t leave, you can still cast your ballot. (Source: NBC12)

First, make sure you’re actually registered - you can do that on the Board of Elections website. While you’re there, check where you’re voting.

You can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if you are in line at 7 p.m., don’t leave, you can still cast your ballot.

Who’s on the Ballot?

Among the races we’ll be following, Congressman Donald McEachin faces a challenger for the Democratic nomination in the 4th District. Cazel Levine is a former federal employee who calls Chesterfield home. McEachin is running for a third term.

Meanwhile, there are no big-name Republicans on the primary ballot to take on Senator Mark Warner in November. Nottoway civics teacher Alissa Baldwin and veterans Daniel Gade and Thomas Speciale have never run for office before. Find more races we will be watching, HERE.

More Storms Possible

Today will be mostly to partly sunny with a few showers and storms, especially during the evening. Lows in the low 70s, highs in the low 90s.

Any storms that develop could bring gusty winds capable of knocking down tree branches, frequent lightning, small hail, and minor flooding in areas where the ground is already saturated.

Be sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather app for updates and timing on the potential for strong storms.

Yesterday’s Damage

The canopy over the gas pumps at a 7-Eleven along Midlothian Turnpike near Robious Road was twisted and damaged in Chesterfield.
The canopy over the gas pumps at a 7-Eleven along Midlothian Turnpike near Robious Road was twisted and damaged in Chesterfield. (Source: NBC12)

The canopy over the gas pumps at a 7-Eleven along Midlothian Turnpike near Robious Road was twisted and damaged in Chesterfield. And a large tree came down, crashing into a car Midlothian Apothecary on Midlothian Turnpike, just beyond Old Buckingham road. Luckily, no one was hurt.

A tree came down near the Midlothian Apothecary on Midlothian Turnpike, just beyond Old Buckingham road.
A tree came down near the Midlothian Apothecary on Midlothian Turnpike, just beyond Old Buckingham road. (Source: NBC12)

Child Shot in Henrico

An investigation is underway in Henrico where a 3-year-old girl is fighting to survive after someone shot her as she was asleep in her mother’s bed.

It happened around 12:30 yesterday at the St. Luke apartments. Family members say they heard close to a dozen gunshots. Police have not released suspect information

RPS Employee Has COVID-19

Another Richmond Public Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19. RPS said the employee works at the Vatex site on Hermitage Avenue and was asymptomatic at the time.

Anyone who works at or recently visited the Vatex site is urged to self-isolate for two weeks.

Coronavirus in the Commonwealth

Yesterday, cases in Richmond surpassed 2,000 - out of the 58,465 total positive coronavirus tests throughout the state.

The good news? The positivity rate, which is supposed to determine the pace of reopening, fell again to 6.3 percent. At the peak of the pandemic, that figure was more than 20 percent.

Governor Ralph Northam is expected to give an update on the state’s response today at 2 p.m. You can watch it live on our website or our Facebook page.

A Lucky Headache

Headaches are typically a pain, but one Henrico woman is certainly thankful for getting one. That’s because when she went to get medicine for it, she picked up a scratch-off that turned out to be a big winner!

Olga Ritchie won $500,000 from the Virginia Lottery.
Olga Ritchie won $500,000 from the Virginia Lottery. (Source: Virginia Lottery)

Olga Ritchie won $500,000 - before taxes of course. She has worked at the same place for 42 years - and says the money will go towards retirement and home improvement projects. Congrats, Olga!

Final Thought

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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