2017-03-01 / News Briefs



Association lauds county fire chief

The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association honored Chesterfield County Fire Chief Edward “Loy” Senter Jr. on Feb. 25 with the Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award, its highest honor.

Senter began his career at age 15 with the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He later served with the Norfolk International Airport Fire Department, then the Norfolk City Fire Department, where he spent 17 years and rose to chief. Senter has served as Chesterfield’s fire chief since 2008.

The association cited Senter’s numerous initiatives that have improved firefighter safety and well-being, including equipping all firefighters with portable radios, updating Chesterfield’s fleet and sponsoring a work group to reduce firefighter exposure to toxins.

“Through his compassion for those in the fire-services industry and his unwavering commitment to serve others, Chief Senter has made an indelible mark, greatly enhancing the delivery and management of fire and emergency medical services in Chesterfield County, throughout Virginia and beyond,” said Joe Casey, Chesterfield County administrator. “His service and dedication have undoubtedly made Chesterfield and many other communities safer places for citizens and first responders.”

Monacan student dies in car crash

A Monacan High student was killed Feb. 26 when his car was hit by a tractortrailer, according to a media report.

The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the 19000 block of James River Drive in Prince George County. Henry Revere, 17, ran off the road, overcorrected and crossed the center line, hitting a tractor-trailer heading the other direction.

Revere was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured.

Arrest made in courthouse bomb threat

Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested and charged a man for threatening to bomb the Chesterfield County Circuit Court.

On Feb. 21, a threat was made by telephone to bomb the court. Christopher Starnes, 26, of the 11000 block of Kentshire Lane, was arrested on Feb. 24 and charged with threatening to bomb or burn an establishment. The charge is a Class 5 felony, punishable with a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Starnes is being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail, and is due in court again on April 11.

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