Public safety briefs

Jimmy LaRoue

Police: Man threatened to burn restaurant

WILLIAMSBURG — A disgruntled employee of a restaurant in the 3000 block of Richmond Road was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, petit larceny and threats to burn, according to Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

At about 4:55 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the restaurant for a report of a disorderly person, Riley said. The restaurant was not identified in the police report, Riley said.

When officers arrived, the manager told them that an employee, identified as 25-year-old James Vester Short, became upset during a conversation with the manager about downsizing and threw dishes on the floor. He also threatened to burn down the business, Riley said.

The man also took money from the cash register as he was leaving, Riley said.

Short was arrested later Thursday without incident, Riley said.

JCC police Go Pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

JAMES CITY — Many officers with the James City County Police Department will recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing specially manufactured badges with a pink background, according to a James City County Police Department news release.

The idea originated with officer Lt. Greg LaRose, who approached Chief Brad Rinehimer last November with the idea of buying pink badges for October.

LaRose wanted to do something to honor both of his grandmothers and a close friend who have battled breast cancer, the release stated, and the project received department approval in the spring.

Switching to the pink badge in October is optional for county officers, who paid for these badges on their own.

JCC Police to take part in prescription drug take-back program

JAMES CITY — County residents who want to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs can take them to the James City County Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28, according to a James City County Police news release.

James City County Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will partner to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The program is anonymous.

Solid dose prescription medication such as tablets and capsules will be accepted, but intravenous solutions, over-the-counter medications, injectables and needles will not be accepted, nor will marijuana or methamphetamines, the release states.

Fire Department to hold open house Oct. 7

JAMES CITY — The James City County Fire Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Fire Station 4, 5312 Olde Towne Road.

Residents can meet firefighters, visit the SAFE house, learn about smoke alarms, check out the fire trucks and learn how to hold a home fire drill. There will also be interactive displays, Ident-a-Kid, activities and games.

For more information, call 220-0626.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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