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Mother recalls the day she lost her son - Click to read the story

Mother recalls the day she lost her son

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was 4 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2017, when 26-year-old Jakeem Johnson was shot and bleeding to death.

"He's been running and hiding behind someone's house. He’s dying. He says there are still trying to shoot at him again," said the voice on the police scanner.

Johnson managed to make one last phone call, which was to 911 dispatchers. During the call, he described his killer and begged dispatchers to tell his children and family that he loves them.

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Richmond Police Officer Nick Castrinos serves at home and abroad

Richmond Police Officer Nick Castrinos serves at home and abroad

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s Hero Day at the Richmond Home and Garden Show.

As a result, active and retired military personnel and first responders get in free Friday with their i.d.’s.

8News Anchor Christina Feerick highlighted one active military member in our community: Richmond Police Officer Nick Castrinos.

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Gone without a trace

Gone without a trace

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A young Richmond mother vanishes without a trace. Her family believes she was taken in the night, and for six long years, her two boys still wonder what happened.

On October 9, 2010, two young boys woke up alone. Their mother, 24-year-old Unique Harris, was gone.

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Police Teaming Up with Faith Leaders

Police teaming up with faith leaders to help families through tragedy

When it comes to addressing crime, we repeatedly hear police can't do it alone.

Now, two local jurisdictions are leaning on faith to make changes in the community.

Literally, they are leaning on the faith community to help them deal with the crime and issues it leaves behind.

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Peeps and Police Autism Forum

Chief learns lesson about autism and police

As a part of the Peeps and Police Safety forum, Richmond Police and Autism awareness advocates met with community members Monday to start a dialogue about police encounters with someone with a mental illness.

This comes after a study by the National Sheriff's Association found at least half the people being shot and killed by police each year are believed to have mental health issues.

If handled incorrectly, such a situation can lead to confusion, stress, and sometimes death.

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Faith Leaders, Police Picnic

Faith leaders, police to host picnic in South Richmond to foster better relationships with community

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Youth Engagement 2016

On Friday, August 26, over 150 members of the community gathered at the Richmond Public Library. The goal was to discuss youth engagement and ways to continue building relationships between Richmond Police and the community. Non-profit organization ART 180 hosted a community forum with support from the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, and participation from the Richmond Police Department, youth from the Legal Aid Justice Center's Youth Advocacy Network, adult advocates for juvenile justice reform, and several community members. (Photo Credit: Mark Strandquist, ART 180)

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2016 National Night Out logo

Thank you all who joined us in celebrating the 33rd annual National Night Out. Over 80 registered events took place in Richmond to, “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party.”

Please enjoy this article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the importance of the event and its impact on the community.

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Monarch Woods Senior Living Home

Third Precinct Sergeants Michael Stinger, Dana Brereton, and MPO Luke Geiger recently attended a community meeting at Monarch Woods Senior Living Home. The residents expressed their concerns, which were addressed by MPO Geiger, who also brought Dunkin Donuts for the residents, which were a big hit with them ! He told them that we would do our best to give them more attention, increase visibility, and help them feel safer in their community.

Officer Jerry Baskette cleans a basketball court with a citizen

Officer Jerry Baskette cleans a basketball court with a citizen

Video courtesy of Candice Smith, NBC12 reporter.

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Morning News: This is what 'thanks' is all about!......click to read more

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Since winter storm Jonas hit us over the weekend, we here at 8News have heard a ton of stories of neighbors and emergency crews coming together and teaming up to help others in the midst of the mess.

Walmsley Blvd. Community Walk: November 17, 2015

Walmsley Blvd. Community Walk: November 17, 2015

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Fairfield Community Thanksgiving 2015

Bridging The Gap

Reynaldo Perez, an officer with the Richmond police, volunteers his time to run the Bridging the Gap One Human at a Time program at Mosby Court.
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