Update 7/17 12:49 PM:
The Richmond Police Department has identified the man who drowned in the James River on Saturday as Rudy Organiz-Aguilon, 20, of the 100 block of North Laburnum Avenue.
At approximately 3:25 p.m., an officer on Belle Isle was alerted to a male needing assistance in the James River. The Richmond Fire Department River Rescue team responded and located Organiz-Aguilon in the river, brought him to shore and attempted to resuscitate him.
Organiz-Aguilon was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No foul play is suspected.
Saturday around 3:42 PM Richmond Police responded to a report of a person in the water near Lee Bridge. It wasn’t until 5:14 PM that the body was brought to shore. CPR started immediately but at 6:15 PM it was determined that the young male did not have a heartbeat.The man has only been identified as a 19-year-old Hispanic male.
According to RTD this is the second body recovered from the James this year:
The death is the second recorded recovery of a body from the James River by Richmond firefighters this year, Armstrong said. In 2017, the department has responded to 48 river-related calls and rescued 29 people.
Armstrong said the number of calls is consistent with recent years, although the frequency greatly increases in summertime, when people flock to the river.
On Sunday, two rescue teams training on the James happened upon two separate incidents that required rescue assistance. They pulled to safety one man and, later, an adult and child stranded on the rocks. Both occurred about 2:30 p.m.
4th District Small Business Virtual Town Hall
The meeting is tonight, November 23rd at 6 PM to discuss issues that local businesses face during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
City Councilwoman Kristen Larson is hosting a meeting tonight for small businesses in the 4th District.
Are you a small business owner living or doing business in the 4th District? If so, please join me, the city’s Department of Economic Development, and other business owners at 6 pm tonight, November 23rd for a 4th District Small Business Virtual Town Hall meeting. This is a time for us to hear from you about any issues you continue to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can learn how best to support you at this time. You can access the meeting through the below link or dial-in numbers. We will provide time for questions throughout the meeting.
Conference ID: 423 691 949#
Please note that if you are accessing the meeting online, you will be asked to share your name before being accepted into the meeting. Please keep your video off unless you are addressing the speakers during a time for questions. Also, note that the chat feature will not be used or monitored for the purposes of this meeting.
If you are accessing the meeting by phone, you must press *6 to unmute yourself before speaking.
A Walk in the Woods
- Don’t have ideas they’re always crap.
- Sometimes just blundering along like a moose works out.
- Your critics are going to yell, just move to a different tree.
- Crows are assholes.
Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School Slated for Wrecking Ball
The local middle-school located on Forest Hill Avenue will be turned into a green space.
Freshly re-elected School Board Member Johnathan Young announced on Facebook about plans to bring down Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School.
Demolition, Coming Soon. I am pleased to share that this evening the School Board of the City of Richmond approved demolition of the former Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School on Forest Hill Avenue next to Huguenot High. The antiquated building was replaced by the new River City Middle School located at Hull Street/Elkhardt Road. To retain the old building would cost taxpayers $100k a year but subsequent demolition the site will be retained by Richmond Public Schools as a green site.