On February 28, 2019, the Enrichmond Foundation, a local non-profit organization, completed the transfer of ownership of Vauxhall Island in the James River to the City of Richmond.
This 2.82 acre historic and undeveloped island lies upstream of the Mayo Bridge and will become part of the inventory of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF). “PRCF is excited to add Vauxhall Island to our inventory.”
The Enrichmond Foundation previously purchased the island back in 2015.
“A gem of the James River, Vauxhall Island will function in unison with the other islands in the area as a wilderness reserve,” says Chris Frelke, Director of PRCF. “We are fortunate to have great partners like the Enrichmond Foundation, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Capital Regional Land Conservancy (CRLC), and many others that have been instrumental in this land transfer,” Frelke continued.
‘We are honored to be a part of a dedicated group of local foundations who have facilitated the gifting of this valuable asset of the James River. Enrichmond was created 28 years ago to support the PRCF. It is with great appreciation and enthusiasm that we move into our next 28 years with another act of commitment to PRCF and the citizens of Richmond access to open spaces,” says John Sydnor, Executive Director of Enrichmond.
Now that the island is under city control, it will be incorporated into the James River Park System as part of its conservation easement.
Suspects Sought in Credit Card Fraud
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photo, who are suspected of using a stolen credit to make fraudulent purchases last week.
On Monday, March 30, the victim was notified that their card had been used at the Farm Fresh located in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Surveillance footage shows two females buying food and cigarettes worth over $400 with the victim’s card. They were last seen leaving the store in a silver convertible with a black top. A photo of the vehicle is attached.
Detectives determined the card was also used at the McDonald’s located in the 1800 block of East Broad Street.
Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call First Precinct Detective J. Mitchell at (804) 646-0569 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Billy Jack’s Shack Closing for Good
Unfortunately, I’m sure this won’t be the last time we’ll be writing about a restaurant not being able to re-open.
Billy Jack’s Shack the local spin-off of the Westend’s Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint at 5810 Grove Ave. will not survive the economic downturn of COVID-19. According to this Richmond BizSense.com article on the closure, Jack Brown’s is doing alright for now considering the situation.
Owners Jason Owenby, Mike Sabin, and Aaron Ludwig made the announcement on Billy Jack’s Shack Facebook.
It is with heavy hearts that we make the unfortunate announcement that Billy Jack’s RVA will be closing down permanently. While our time here was brief, the relationships and memories we’ve made are eternal. We appreciate everything that y’all have done for us, especially those of you in the Bone Club. These are difficult times for everyone involved and if you would like to support some of our staff who are now facing employment uncertainty, please feel free to donate at the link below. We can not properly express how much this decision pains us and how bad we are going to miss everyone. Please message with any further questions and stay tuned to our Instagram page for some trips down memory lane
Suspect Sought in Fas Mart Robbery on East Main Street
At approximately 9:48 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, officers responded to the Fas Mart in the 2600 block of E. Main Street for the report of an armed commercial robbery.
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a commercial armed robbery that occurred earlier this week.
At approximately 9:48 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, officers responded to the Fas Mart in the 2600 block of E. Main Street for the report of an armed commercial robbery. The suspect reportedly entered the business with a gun and pointed it at the cashier. He hopped over the counter and told the cashier to open the register. He stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store.
Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.