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Pedestrian-involved auto accidents were up 33% in Henrico County in 2018

Police say there were a total of 92 pedestrian-involved crashes county-wide in 2018, up from 69 in 2017.

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The Henrico County Police Division recently conducted its annual review of pedestrian-involved crashes. The data show a 33% increase in pedestrian-involved crashes year over year. Below are the statistical differences between 2017 and 2018.

Based on initial analysis of crash data from 2017 and 2018, three trends have emerged according to police: pedestrians wearing dark and/or non-reflective clothing; pedestrians under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; pedestrian failure to cross at a controlled intersection. These trends are not representative of all pedestrian-involved crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest nationwide data, in 2016 a pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash on average every 1.5 hours. While pedestrian crash data for Henrico County does not mirror this tragic statistic, data does show an increase in pedestrian-involved crashes.

Henrico Police say they remain diligent in helping to prevent these tragic accidents. In the coming months, the Police Division will spearhead regional partnerships and collaborations to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, including the launch of “Watch Your Step,” a campaign centered around educating the public on how to stay safe while sharing our roadways. Subsequently, Henrico Police will develop and implement safety measures and awareness campaigns based on the study’s findings.

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New report says legal state marijuana sales could overtake illegal trade by year four

Virginia’s commercial marijuana market could yield between $30 million to $60 million in tax revenue in the first year, according to a new report by the state’s legislative watchdog agency.

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Virginia’s commercial marijuana market could yield between $30 million to $60 million in tax revenue in the first year, according to a new report by the state’s legislative watchdog agency.

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission released a report this month that explores how the commonwealth could legalize marijuana. The agency, however, did not give its take on legalization. Shortly after the report was released Gov. Ralph Northam announced that “it’s time to legalize marijuana in Virginia.”

The state’s tax revenue could grow to between $150 million to more than $300 million by the fifth year of sales, according to JLARC. The revenue depends on the tax and demand of marijuana products.

 Most states with commercial marijuana markets tax the product between 20%-30% percent of the retail sales value, JLARC said. Colorado, one of the most mature and successful U.S. marijuana markets, currently has a tax rate close to 30%, showing that while the tax may be high, the market could still be successful, said Justin Brown, senior associate director at JLARC.

“But in reality, there’s no magic rate that you have to use, and I think that’s one thing that the other states’ experience shows,” Brown said.

Virginia decriminalized marijuana possession earlier this year. The substance is still not legal, but possessing up to an ounce results in a $25 civil penalty and no jail time. In the past, possessing up to half an ounce could lead to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

If the Old Dominion makes marijuana legal, it will follow in the footsteps of 15 states.

The legal marijuana market should overtake the illegal market in marijuana sales by the fourth year of legalization, JLARC said. The legal market could likely have two-thirds of sales by the fifth year of legalization. JLARC looked at the reported use rates compared to the use rates of other states to determine this figure, Brown said.

“In the first year the minority of sales will be through the legal commercial market,” Brown said. “But then over time, particularly if supply and demand works out, you’ll capture at least the majority of the full market through the legal market.”

JLARC said that if the General Assembly legalizes marijuana, the total sales tax would come out to around 25%-30%. This figure also came from the analysis of other states and how they taxed marijuana.

The industry also could create over several years between 11,000 to more than 18,000 jobs, JLARC said. Most positions would pay below Virginia’s median wage.

The revenue would cover the cost of establishing a market by year three, according to JLARC.

Northam said in a press release last week that his administration is working with lawmakers to finalize related legislation in preparation for the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session, which starts Jan. 13.

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Victims identified in six-vehicle collision in Northside on Thanksgiving Day

The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team has identified the victims of last week’s six-vehicle collision on Brookland Park Boulevard.

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The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team has identified the victims of last week’s six-vehicle collision as Karen Murphy, a female in her 50s, and Kevin Hancock, a male in his 50s.

At approximately 7:54 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020, the operator of a pick-up truck, traveling westbound on Brookland Park Boulevard, disregarded a red light and entered the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue, striking two vehicles, including an SUV, that were traveling southbound on Chamberlayne Avenue.

All three vehicles then collided with three vehicles that were stopped in the eastbound lanes of Brookland Park Boulevard.

Murphy and Hancock were in the SUV. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Hancock was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pick-up truck, an adult male and sole occupant, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Charges are pending.

Occupants of the other vehicles, all adults, suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator D. Olson at 804-646-1664 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Four charged for throwing objects at restaurant patrons, rocks at police car, and assaulting officer Tuesday night

On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

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On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

After leaving Monroe Park, the group headed west along West Main Street. At approximately 9:54 p.m., individuals in the group were observed throwing objects at patrons at a restaurant. Soon after, officers observed an individual throw a large stone and damage an RPD K-9 vehicle. A photo of the stone that was recovered is attached. Later, that same individual was seen throwing an object against a business. As officers moved to arrest this individual, a group member assaulted an officer.

An unlawful assembly was not declared and no chemical agents were deployed.

The Department consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on possible charges and charged four individuals. Their photos are attached.

Paxton Chapman was charged with obstruction of justice, carrying a concealed weapon, and pedestrian in the roadway.

Saraswati Rowe was charged with obstructing free passage.

Harrison Sellers was charged with inciting a riot and throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.

Michael Toney was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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