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RPD officer hospitalized after being struck head-on by motorcyclist on West Broad Street

“What happened this evening was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith.

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On Tuesday evening just after 5:00 PM, Richmond Police officers responded to the report of aggressive driving by a group of motorcycles near the intersection of West Broad Street and Terminal Place. Once on scene, the officer began directing traffic in the 1300 block of West Broad Street, the officer was struck head-on by a motorcycle within the pack.

The driver left the scene and the officer was transported to a local hospital by an RPD officer where he is now being evaluated and treated for a head injury.

The driver of one of the motorcycles traveling within the group, an adult male, was later stopped in Henrico then transported back to Richmond where he is currently being detained and questioned with traffic-related charges pending.

“This brave officer put himself in harm’s way to protect the residents of our city,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement. “This incident is a reminder of the challenges our first responders face every day and the sacrifices they are willing to make to serve and protect us. I am grateful that the officer survived this potentially deadly encounter and ask you to join me in wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries.”

“What happened this evening was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith. “Our RPD family stands with this officer and his family. We are grateful for the way our men and women work every day to protect this community, despite the risks they face.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Detective V. Griffith at (804) 646-1718 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Dive In For Shark Science This Summer

Learn about Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Baby shark! Mommy shark doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Mommy shark! Daddy shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Daddy shark!

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Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful predators ever to have lived, but their millions of years of existence still haven’t given humans enough time to overcome fears about the misunderstood animal. In a new touring exhibition on display at the Science Museum of Virginia beginning May 28, guests will learn that sharks have more to fear about humans than we do about the fascinating aquatic creatures.

In “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey,” guests will trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the great white shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a new level of respect for sharks of all shapes and sizes. The exhibition features shark models cast from real animals, a collection of real teeth and jaws, and extremely rare fossils — some up to 370 million years old.

“Often, what we don’t understand, we fear,” said Virginia C. Ellett Director of Education Timshel Purdum. “The fact that sharks are mysterious combined with decades of media hype has made us scared to dive into their underwater world. In this exhibition, guests will see that sharks are majestic, diverse, powerful and supremely adapted for their environment. Most importantly, they will see that humans are the real threat through practices driving dozens of species to the brink of extinction.”

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Created in Australia by Grande Experiences and an international team of experts in sharks, marine biology and oceanographic cinematography, “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is the only comprehensive shark experience to tour the world. An immersive walk-through gallery utilizes cinema-quality SENSORY4™ technology and features 45 minutes of incredible high-definition underwater footage of sharks in their natural habitats.

“Learning about jaw-dropping shark adaptations and incredible behaviors will go a long way toward helping guests face their fear,” said Purdum. “We’re celebrating all things shark this summer, and I’m confident our enthusiasm for these amazing animals will not only entertain, but also change perspectives.”

Whether they are filled with fear or fascination, the innovative out-of-water shark experience will have guests hooked from start to finish.

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To complement the exhibition, the Science Museum is offering ocean-themed demos and educational activities throughout the building and hosting Science After Dark events and Lunch Break Science presentations. In addition, the Science Museum is showing the giant screen film “Great White Shark” in The Dome this summer and is hosting “JARS: Sharks on Loan,” a touring exhibition featuring dozens of shark specimens in jars from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary.

During regular Science Museum operating hours (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), admission to “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the exhibition as well regular Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $21 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Science Museum members receive free admission to the exhibition. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets at smv.org.

Not only is the Science Museum reopening seven days a week when “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” debuts, but to give guests even more chances to see the exhibition while it’s in Richmond, the Science Museum is also offering extended hours June 3 through September 2. On Fridays, the Science Museum will remain open until 8 p.m. “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” will be the only experience open after 5 p.m., and admission is only $10 during those evenings.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is on display at the Science Museum through September 5. It was created and produced by Grande Experiences and is generously sponsored locally by Markel and GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. Shark-related summer programming in “The Forge” is sponsored by Brandermill Animal Hospital. Educator-led cart activities this summer are sponsored by The London Company.

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Suspension Bridge to Belle Isle Closed Today

The bridge should be completed by the weekend.

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The suspension pedestrian bridge to Belle Isle is temporarily closed due to concrete falling from Lee Bridge.

The closure took place Wednesday after city officials received reports of concrete pieces being found on the pedestrian bridge.

“It was concluded that the concrete pieces fell from an open joint of the Lee Bridge. Consequently, the pedestrian bridge located directly under the open joint had to be closed in an effort to protect the public,” a release said.

While the engineers say there is no serious danger they’re putting in a scaffolding protection system along some stretches of the bridge. The installation is taking place today (Thursday) and is expected to be done Friday.

Dominion RiverRock is this weekend and temperatures are in expected in the upper 90’s so usage of the bridge and Belle Isle will be at a season-high.

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Fan Art Stroll Walks Into Your Week

This Thursday and Friday stroll the Fan and check out a ton of artists and a half-ton of bands.

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The Fan Arts Stroll began during the pandemic in Spring 2020, inspired by Fan resident & local artist Greg Holzgrefe, who wanted to move his annual home art show to his front porch. His wife, Sally, found like-minded neighbors, artists, and musicians to create what is now a 12-block annual festival. The stroll path is a loop covering the 1900-2600 blocks of Hanover & Grove Avenues. The Fan Arts Stroll is made possible by the time and talent of a tiny volunteer staff: Sally Holzgrefe, Misty Clark, Rachel Scott Everett, Stephanie Kiefer and Michele Buchanan, as well as the generosity of the community which includes home hosts, artists, vendors, musicians and YOU

 

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