RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines to get you out the door.
Peak summertime weather in Virginia continues this week with high humidity and daily storm chances too.
Mostly sunny with a stray shower or storm possible. Lows in the low 70s, highs in the low 90s.
Henrico Police say a death investigation is underway in the county’s west end.
Police were called to the 9500 block of Crown Grant Court around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to respond to a firearms violation.
Increased Police Presence At Monument
Richmond’s newest police chief says get ready to see an increased police presence at the same spot protesters continue to gather night after night.
Chief Gerald Smith says he was given orders to step up police visibility at the Lee Monument and that’s just what he plans to do.
This as he admits, morale within the department could use a boost as officers continue to clash with protesters.
Smith says in recent days, his officers haven’t wanted to do anything that would contribute to more civil unrest but many people who live in the area say officers aren’t doing enough.
Now, the new chief says it’s time to do something about it.
The City of Richmond is now in Phase Three of reopening, and data is showing good signs when it comes to the coronavirus. But health experts are urging residents to still be cautious.
Dr. Danny Avula with the health department says there is some concern about a rise in cases as people are out of their homes more in Phase Three, but he says with the way Virginia has approached the virus, we can prevent what we’ve seen in other states.
“I am concerned we are going to see an increase in numbers. You hear us say we cannot just go back to normal, we’ve got to monitor ourselves, keep our distance, wash out hands and wear masks,” explained Dr. Avula. “Those are the things that we have seen over the last few months make a difference and while I do expect some uptick in disease, I think we can moderate it.”
Avula says as the state moves forward, residents need to do so with caution.
The city of Richmond is reminding citizens that firearms are now prohibited in all city facilities and public parks.
The law took effect last Wednesday, banning guns at places like City Hall, community centers and all city-owned parks.
City Council passed the ordinance in 2019, but it didn’t take effect until this year - when the General Assembly allowed localities to ban guns in certain spaces.
“No Richmonder should ever be threatened by gun violence,” said Mayor Stoney. “This is especially true in public spaces like parks and community centers, where residents expect to enjoy public amenities, not fear for their lives.”
The victim involved in a shooting that occurred in Chesterfield Towne Center’s food court, has died as a result of his injuries.
On June 23, police responded to the report of a shooting in the food court at Chesterfield Towne Center.
After arriving on the scene, officers located one adult victim, identified as Kimani O. Donovan, 22, of Chesterfield. Donavan died as a result of his injuries.
On June 24, detectives located the shooting suspect, identified as William Ezell Taylor Jr., 23, of Petersburg.
Taylor is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the brothers killed in a Fourth of July road rage shooting.
When police arrived, Fred Swick, 39, and Joe Swick, 38, were found dead in their vehicle.
Police said in a release that Danny Lee Huffman, 48, of Spotsylvania has been charged preliminarily with two counts of malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and felony child endangerment. Police said the charges will likely be upgraded in the next coming days.
Police are still investigating the incident and say it appears to be related to road rage.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels will showcase “Movies in the Outfield”.
Movies in the Outfield is presented by VCU Health and supported by Aldi, Dominion Energy, Elephant Insurance, Richmond Area Honda Dealers and Pepsi.
Movies will be shown on The Diamond’s video board on Thursday and Saturday nights.
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