News to Know for Jan. 11: Flags at half-staff for Capitol officer; Next phase of vaccines; Second round of PPP loans

News to Know for Jan. 11: Flags at half-staff for Capitol officer; Next phase of vaccines; Second round of PPP loans
While many health districts are still focused on vaccinating those in 1a, there will be 11 health districts that will start vaccinating group 1b members.

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Mostly Cloudy Monday

Dry weather and temperatures near normal for the week ahead.

Today will be mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s, highs in the upper 40s.

Monday Forecast: Plenty of clouds on a seasonable January Day

Chesterfield Courts Closed

The General District Court is closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Courts will be closed on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12.

For both days the only hearings that will be held will be video pre-trials, protective orders, and bond hearings.

VCU Arson

An arson investigation is underway on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus after a dumpster was purposely torched along West Grace Street.

Officers say a man wearing a black jacket and khaki pants set something on fire, threw it into the dumpster and walked away. A photo from the scene shows damage to the outside of VCU’s Henry Street Deck.

An arson investigation is underway on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus after a dumpster was purposely torched along West Grace Street.
An arson investigation is underway on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus after a dumpster was purposely torched along West Grace Street. (Source: nbc12)

The suspect was last seen getting on a GRTC Pulse bus near Shafer Street that was heading east on Broad Street.

If you have information about this crime, leave a tip with VCU Police by calling (804) 828-1196.

Flags At Half-Staff For Capitol Officer

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered all U.S. and Virginia flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a fallen U.S. Capitol police officer.

Brian Sicknick, Capitol officer and Fairfax, Virginia, resident, died as a result of his injured while defending the U.S. Capitol.

This undated image provided by the United States Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, of injuries sustained during the riot at the Capitol. A native of South River, N.J., Sicknick served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and went on to a law enforcement career, which his family said was his lifelong dream. He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.
This undated image provided by the United States Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, of injuries sustained during the riot at the Capitol. A native of South River, N.J., Sicknick served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and went on to a law enforcement career, which his family said was his lifelong dream. He joined the Capitol Police in 2008. (Source: United States Capitol Police via AP)

Northam made the announcement via Twitter on Sunday.

Second Capitol Officer Dies

Officer Howard Liebengood died on Jan. 9 at age 51.

He was assigned to the Senate Division and has worked with the department since April 2005.

A second U.S. Capitol police officer who responded to the riots in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday has died.
A second U.S. Capitol police officer who responded to the riots in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday has died. (Source: Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images file)

The U.S. Capitol Police announced the death on Sunday but did not release the cause of death.

Next Phase Of COVID-19 Vaccinations

Starting on Jan. 11, select health districts around Virginia will begin vaccinating groups of people in Phase 1b.

The number of people in group 1a - health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities - differs around the state.

(Source: Live 5/File)

While many health districts are still focused on vaccinating those in 1a, there will be 11 health districts that will start vaccinating group 1b members.

Those in group 1b include frontline essential workers, people age 75 and older, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters or migrant labor camps.

Second Round Of PPP Loans

A second round of money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is about to hit banks across Central Virginia. The Small Business Administration is reopening the program on Jan. 18.

With COVID-19 case numbers climbing in the commonwealth, and a long road ahead before vaccines are widely available, the federal government is extending a helping hand to the small businesses that will suffer the consequences.

(Source: WFIE)

Sussex Prison Stabbing

An inmate at Sussex I State Prison stabbed a sergeant and a K9 unit on Saturday evening, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The release states the inmate “seriously” injured the sergeant, who received six non-life-threatening stab wounds to the hand, arm and side of the body.

Sussex State Prison I & II.
Sussex State Prison I & II. (Source: NBC12)

The officer, who has more than 20 years of service with the department of corrections, was admitted, treated and released from the hospital on Saturday night.

The release states when the sergeant called for assistance with six inmates, a K9 officer and unit responded. The K9 was stabbed and required emergency surgery, but it expected to live.

Dress On ‘Endangered Artifacts’ Program

Only one item from Richmond was chosen for the Virginia Association of Museum’s “Top 10 Endangered Artifacts” program: a dress from the early 1900s made by a Black business owner.

An afternoon dress made by designer Fannie Criss Payne is part of the Virginia Association of Museums' "Top 10 Endangered Artifacts" program.
An afternoon dress made by designer Fannie Criss Payne is part of the Virginia Association of Museums' "Top 10 Endangered Artifacts" program. (Source: The Valentine Museum)

The designer, Fannie Criss Payne, was a Black business owner and Richmond’s premier dressmaker at the turn of the 20th century.

A release from the Valentine Museum states Payne overcame segregation and sexism to achieve extraordinary success.

Final Thought

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it - Roald Dahl

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