man found shot; Virginia Receives $67M To Fight Opioid Epidemic; sunshine returns

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Here’s a look at our top headlines for this Thursday!

Man found shot dead in courtyard of apartment

This shooting happened at around 10:30pm last night at an apartment complex on Chamberlayne Avenue in the Ginter Park area.

When the police arrived, they found a man shot dead in the yard.

The police have no suspicious evidence at this time.

If you know anything, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Stoney gives an inside look at the resignation of the city’s police chief

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said former Police Commissioner Gerald Smith had a scheduled meeting with the Chief Administrative Officer at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

After that, the mayor would only say that Smith’s resignation was the result of that meeting between these two. Stoney says he wasn’t there.

Timeline of Gerald Smith’s years as Richmond Police Chief

Moral issues had plagued the former police department chief, recruitment and retention problems, and the fallout from his claims that an alleged mass shooting was being planned for Dogwood Dell.

Acting Richmond Police Chief Rick Edwards was sworn in Tuesday night. He has been with the police since 1999. Sources say he has formed deep connections during this time and is aware of the violence issues in the city.

Student returns home from hospital after chemistry demonstration explosion

It has been two weeks since several students were injured in a chemistry demonstration at Dinwiddie High School. Now the last student treated for burns is finally home.

17-year-old Jey Bryant was sitting outside the classroom when an experiment ended in an explosion. Bryant was then flown to VCU Medical Center.

In a statement, the high school graduate says his biggest concern is for his teacher.

The family say they have not had contact with the chemistry teacher since the incident.

Jey has several follow-up appointments starting next week. His parents say he will likely return to school virtually before returning in person.

Two officers discharged from hospital after shooting

Two Chesterfield police officers wounded in shooting have returned home. The suspect accused of shooting her is also out of hospital.

Kelvin Hunter is behind bars for two counts of attempted murder without a warrant.

The shooting happened at Timsberry Circle in Chester on Tuesday night.

Police say Hunter was there visiting a relative. Someone called 911 about an emotionally disturbed person.

Police say the shooting happened when Hunter was trying to take an officer’s gun.

One of the officers was hit while wearing his bulletproof vest and the other was shot in the leg.

Va. receives $67 million to fight opioid epidemic

This is the first of several settlement payments from Johnson & Johnson after claims the company was fueling the crisis.

Every place in the state will soon be seeing a big chunk of that money.

Attorney General’s Office documents show that Henrico County, the City of Richmond and Chesterfield get the most money in the area.

Each location will ultimately decide how the money is spent, but the Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority stands ready to connect locations with the best programs to help with treatment and recovery efforts.

Tons of sunshine is returning!

The sun returns today with cooler temperatures and more clouds to end the work week and start the weekend.

Highs will be in the mid 60’s.

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