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Victim identified, arrest made in Northside New Year’s Day death investigation

At approximately 12:13 a.m., officers were called to the 2500 block of North Avenue for the report of a shooting. Hood, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was transported in a private vehicle to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injury.

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Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim from an early New Year’s Day fatal shooting on North Avenue as La-tiyah S. Hood, 28, of the 3000 block of O Street.

At approximately 12:13 a.m., officers were called to the 2500 block of North Avenue for the report of a shooting. Hood, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was transported in a private vehicle to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injury.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Officers and detectives responded to investigate. Mateen B. Johnson, 25, of the 7600 block of Portadown Court in Henrico, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this incident to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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Police make arrest in Chamberlayne Avenue homicide

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting.

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The Richmond Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, has made an arrest in connection with a homicide on Chamberlayne Avenue that occurred earlier this month.

Gerard A. Hargrove, 44, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force last week. He has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found William O. Hurt down and unresponsive in a motel room. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with further information on this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 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.

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Northside Councilman Chris Hilbert announces 2020 schedule of public meetings

Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

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Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

 Thursday, January 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.         
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, February 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.            
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, March 26, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                  
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, April 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, May 28, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                     
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, June 25, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, August 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, September 24, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, October 22, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

November/December Joint Meeting TBA

For more information, contact Councilmember Hilbert’s office at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com.

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Moody Middle School seventh-grader captures Henrico Schools’ divisionwide spelling title

Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion.

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Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader won in Round 8 by correctly spelling “breviary,” a book of daily prayers, hymns, and psalms.

The contest features spelling champions from 46 HCPS elementary schools and 12 middle schools, and determines who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Weston Kasberger was runner-up.

Among the words Nanduru spelled to win the title were “schadenfreude,” “tritium” and “kielbasa.”

With Nanduru’s win, Moody retains the spelling title and Henrico Schools’ spelling trophy. Last year’s champion, Vishnoy Vadakkancheri, was also a Moody student. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made.

Nanduru will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 21 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

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