2017-06-21 / News Briefs



Body found in car at Walmart

County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a car at the Midlothian Walmart last week.

At around 1 p.m. on June 12, police were called to the Walmart at 900 Walmart Way for a report of a body found in a car. Capt. Michael Louth says there’s no indication of assault or trauma on the body of the 27-year-old Richmond man. Evidence of drug use was found in and around the car, including a hypodermic needle and aerosol cans.

“Right now, we’re looking to see if it was an overdose-type situation,” Louth said.

Louth says it’s possible that the body had been there a few days. The man was seen at the store on June 8, but it’s unclear if he left the property and came back in between then and when his body was discovered. The state medical examiner’s office is working to determine cause of death.

Police seek robbery suspect

County police are searching for a man who robbed a convenience store June 12.

At about 8:56 p.m., a suspect entered the James Mart in the 14100 block of Harrowgate Road, displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspect fled the area on foot, taking an undisclosed amount of money and items from the store. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, thin build, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a mask covering his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Driver in May accident dies

A woman involved in an incident last month has died.

The incident occurred on May 9 in the 6900 block of Hull Street Road. At about 7:40 a.m., a 2001 Ford Explorer and a 2008 Ford Expedition were traveling east on Hull Street Road when the Explorer bumped the rear of the Expedition several times. Then the Explorer struck a stop sign and veered into a concrete drainage ditch.

The driver of the Explorer, Helen C. Lester, 58, was transported to Chippenham Hospital. The driver of the Expedition was not injured. On June 6, Lester, of the 4800 block of Chatham Grove Place, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Clarification: In earlier print and online versions of News Briefs, we described the May 9 accident on Hull Street Road as a "road rage incident." The police department's investigation did not conclude the driver of the 2001 Ford Explorer intentionally struck the other vehicle involved. 

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