Cops identify Aurora man as gunman who killed Virginia state trooper – Chicago Tribune

A 34-year-old Aurora man fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a busy bus terminal before the gunman was killed by other troopers, authorities said Friday.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller identified the shooter as James Brown III. Police did not give a motive for the shooting.

Brown shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, multiple times Thursday in Richmond before he was killed by two other troopers, police said. Dermyer had been participating with about a dozen other troopers in a training exercise at the bus station when a brief encounter with the gunman quickly turned violent, police said.

Two women also were shot but were expected to recover. Their names haven’t been released, but spokesman Ryan Yarosh with Binghamton University in New York said Friday that one of the women was a member of the school’s track team. The team was headed Thursday to a meet at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, about 50 miles from Richmond.

Police say the slain trooper, the father of two children, was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and a former Marine who had served on the force in Jackson and Newport News, Virginia.

Earlier this year, Dermyer and another trooper briefly became mini-celebrities when they rescued a lost dog running through interstate traffic in Hampton. The rescue was highlighted on WVEC TV and received widespread praise on social media.

Dermyer and his partner returned the dog, a miniature schnauzer named Pinta, to its owner Jeffrey Corbin. Corbin said Friday the brief meeting helped change his perception of state troopers.

“I don’t have a lot of contact with state troopers, but in my mind’s eye they seem to be all business,” Corbin said. “But he seemed to be a really warm person. … He had a warm persona about him.”

Dermyer grew up in Michigan and kept in touch with friends there, visiting last summer, The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. Matt Miller of Jackson, about 80 miles west of Detroit, said he played soccer with Dermyer since they were children. He described Dermyer as a good guy and a strong athlete.

Dermyer was dressed in a fatigue-style uniform and was not wearing a protective vest when he was shot, said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty.

“We’ve got a lot of evidence to sift through,” Flaherty said. The evidence, he said, included bags that could have belonged to the Brown.

A small army of law enforcement officers in tactical gear and dozens of cruisers and emergency response vehicles flooded to the station, in an area that includes a minor league baseball stadium and a variety of commercial establishments and restaurants.

Najee Wilson, 18, of Newark, New Jersey, said his bus was pulling up to the station when he heard three gunshots and saw people running out of the building.

“We heard a lot of people screaming,” Wilson said. “It definitely was a scary experience.”

Wilson, who was en route to Atlanta, was among about 200 travelers waiting to board buses at a staging area set up a few blocks from the bus station after the shooting.

Leigha Schilling, who was between stops on her bus trip from New York to South Carolina, said she was smoking a cigarette outside the station. She went back inside briefly and saw people lying on the ground and what appeared to be blood on the floor. A security guard ordered her to get on the floor, but she ran back outside, and then heard several shots, she said.

“I was terrified,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

City Councilwoman Reva Trammell called it “the saddest day in the city of Richmond.”

“State troopers doing their job and innocent people shot,” she said. “Why? This was a senseless act.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe echoed her sentiments in a statement: “This is a loss that impacts us all. It should inspire prayers for the family, friends and fellow troopers who are mourning tonight, and gratitude for those who protect and serve.”

About 50 officers from the Richmond Police Department went to the bus station to assist state police, Chief Alfred Durham said.

He said law enforcement officers have become the target of “folks out there with evil intentions.”

“It’s unfortunate these are the days we’re living in, where folks want to harm law enforcement,” Durham said. “We just want our officers to end their shifts and to go home to their families.”

Greyhound issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the Richmond bus station would be closed “until further notice.”

Associated Press

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Newest Aurora marijuana dispensary opening – 9NEWS.com

Good Chemistry will open in Aurora next week.(Photo: Courtesy | Good Chemistry)

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL – Aurora’s newest marijuana dispensary will open next week at 16840 E. Iliff, making it the second location for Denver-based Good Chemistry.
The dispensary will offer recreational marijuana only, while Good Chemistry’s original location at 330 E. Colfax Ave. offers both recreational and medical marijuana.
Matt Huron, founder and CEO of Good Chemistry, assembled a team of professionals including a botanist and an investment banker to help grow his company, which he eventually wants to debut on a national scale.
The 3,600-square-foot Aurora store will host a grand opening on April 9 and will sell marijuana grown by Good Chemistry at its two off-site grow facilities.
“Everything we do at Good Chemistry is guided by four principles: science, access, dignity and compassion,” Huron said. “We believe that cannabis has significant therapeutic lifestyle benefits and we work to support and expand its study. We think that people should have access to safe, reliable and high-quality cannabis.”
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Newest Aurora marijuana dispensary opening next week – Denver Business Journal

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Good Chemistry will open in Aurora next week.

Molly Armbrister
Reporter- Denver Business Journal

Aurora’s newest marijuana dispensary will open next week at 16840 E. Iliff, making it the second location for Denver-based Good Chemistry.
The dispensary will offer recreational marijuana only, while Good Chemistry’s original location at 330 E. Colfax Ave. offers both recreational and medical marijuana.
Matt Huron, founder and CEO of Good Chemistry, assembled a team of professionals including a botanist and an investment banker to help grow his company, which he eventually wants to debut on a national scale.

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The 3,600-square-foot Aurora store will host a grand opening on April 9 and will sell marijuana grown by Good Chemistry at its two off-site grow facilities.
“Everything we do at Good Chemistry is guided by four principles: science, access, dignity and compassion,” Huron said. “We believe that cannabis has significant therapeutic lifestyle benefits and we work to support and expand its study. We think that people should have access to safe, reliable and high-quality cannabis.”
Huron got involved in the medical marijuana industry in the 1990s when his father and his father’s partner were diagnosed with HIV and used medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms.
He began growing medical marijuana fro AIDS patients in California in 2000 and moved to Colorado 10 years later, where he co-founded Wellspring Collective Medical Marijuana Center, which catered to seniors with health challenges. Huron started Good Chemistry in 2010.

Molly Armbrister covers real estate, retail and construction for the Denver Business Journal and writes for the “Real Deals” blog. Phone: 303-803-9232.

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