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Portion of golf course to make way for Army museum

An artist’s depiction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. (Submitted)

Ft. Belvoir –– The National Museum of the Army planned for Ft. Belvoir will have to undergo a mandatory public hearing.

The 177,000 square foot building is slated to be built on a portion of the a golf course on the military garrison, but plans for the museum will have to be reviewed before the center is built.

The building would have multiple levels, a lobby and reception area, exhibit halls, a theater, food services, a learning center and offices, according to Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

The golf course would be reconfigured, and three holes on the course would be located. Plans for the relocation and construction of the museum are available on Ft. Belvoir’s Web site. (more…)

Body recovered in Occoquan River

Fairfax County, Va. –– The body of a female boater who went missing last weekend on the Occoquan River was recovered this morning.

Police search teams Friday found the body of 64-year-old Julia Shew on the river shoreline near Fountain Head Regional Park, at 10875 Hampton Road in Fairfax County.

She was recovered at 10:25 a.m., nearly a week after she went missing off the Sandy Run Regional Park. (more…)

New slug line a non-starter

Photo: Mary Davidson
Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. –– It’s a bust for a new commuter slug line from Woodbridge to Alexandria.

The new line, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Virginia Railway Express station in Woodbridge, was going to the first slug line to take commuters to Old Town Alexandria.

In the morning, slugs were to stand near the Woodbridge station and wait to be picked up. For their return trip home in the afternoon, slugs were supposed to wait at the VRE station in Alexandria to be picked up and be taken back to Woodbridge.

It appears few got the message. (more…)

What would make Mt. Vernon at better place to live?

Fairfax County, Va. –– What does the Mt. Vernon District need to be a more likeable, livable, safer place to live?

That question will be posed to residents who attend one of two community meetings that will focus on police and crime prevention, fire and rescue improvements, access to courts, medical care and other community services.

The first meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Walt Whitman Middle School at 2500 Parkers Lane in Alexandria.

That’s where Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland, and members of the Public Safety Visioning Task Force, will take questions and listen to opinions about what services need to be improved in the Mt. Vernon District.

“The Task Force’s goal is to collect your ideas on these matters so as to provide direction to the County leaders for future planning,” according to press release from Fairfax County officials.

The second meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 8, at South County Secondary School at 8501 Silverbrook Lane in Lorton.

Those who plan to attend can visit the taskforce’s Web page or call 703-780-7518 for more information.

Police: Our focus is on the water

Rescue crews on Sunday searched for a Fairfax County woman who went missing on the Occoquan River.

Fairfax County, Va. –– Divers returned to the Occoquan River this morning for the fifth time this week to search for the body of a missing boater from Lorton.

Julia Shew, 64, went missing Saturday off Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax County. Officials say she was an avid boater who often rowed on the Occoquan.

On Tuesday, divers, bloodhounds and a police helicopter were all used in a search for Shew, but there has been no sign of the woman.

Police say they believe Shew’s body will be found in the area.

“We have no reason to believe that she was abducted or anything else,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker. “Our focus remains on the water.”

Shew disappeared while training for a annual boat regatta that was held Sunday.

Divers, helicopter didn’t locate woman’s body today

A crew with a trained dog searches the Occoquan River for a woman who went missing Saturday afternoon.

Update 6 p.m.

The body of 64-year-old Julia Shew still has not been found.

Police have been searching the Occoquan River since she failed to check in with a park attendant Saturday night, at Sandy Run Regional Park in southern Fairfax County.

Police on Tuesday scaled back their search, using a Marine Patrol Unit with divers in the water and a helicopter, said Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker.

They also used bloodhounds on the shoreline.

Police suspended their search at 6 p.m., but say they will return to the area to look for the woman at 7 a.m. Wednesday. (more…)

Search for woman now recovery operation

Rescue crews on Sunday searched for a Fairfax County woman who went missing on the Occoquan River.

Update 10:30 a.m.

TBD reports the woman who went missing Saturday while boating on the Occoquan River is Julie Shew, of Lorton.

Police are still looking for her body  and have not officially released her name, said Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker.

Fairfax County, Va. –– The conditions on the Occoquan River on Saturday that led the disappearance of a 65-year-old woman were unusual, officials say.

Where the water is usually calm, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Willie Bailey said the avid boater and kayaker might have encountered some adverse conditions before she went missing. (more…)

Woman goes missing in Occoquan

Fairfax County, Va. –– Rescue crews are back in the Occoquan River this morning searching for a 65-year-old female boater who went missing yesterday afternoon.

Crews are now searching Fountain Head Regional Park, just up stream from where the woman went missing at Sandy Run Regional Park on the Occoquan River, said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Willie Bailey.

Though crews have not released her name or where the woman is from, Bailey said the woman is an avid boater who was in the water Saturday preparing for a race.

That race was being held Sunday morning while crews were searching the water for her.

The woman’s boat was found capsized in the river, said authorities.

Crews were prepared to search for the woman until sundown.

Prince William police are also assisting the rescue crews, said Bailey.

Death investigated as homicide

Update Saturday Noon

Investigators now say the death of 18-year-old Wyatt Campbell is now being investigated as a homicide.

Campbell walked into a Springfield area health clinic about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and then died from apparent bodily trauma about a half hour later.

The victim lived in the 6100 block of Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 703-691-3131, or visit (more…)

Chamber honors police officers

Four Fairfax County Police officers were honored this month by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted)

Fairfax County, Va. –– Several Fairfax County Police officers were honored last week, including two who helped recover thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise, police said.

Officers Christopher Burbrink and Ryan Lazisky won Officer of the Year awards on Oct. 1, after they investigated a string of crimes that occurred around the Springfield Mall, at an Ulta cosmetics store – where $7,000 worth of merchandise was stolen – as well as a Home Depot store on Franconia Road, said Fairfax County police spokesman Richard Henry. (more…)

Man found at Metro station shot himself

Fairfax County, Va. –– Police in Fairfax County say a man who was found in the parking lot of a Metro station earlier this month suffering a gunshot wound shot himself.

The 32-year-old victim was found by police in Alexandria at 10:24 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Huntington Station on Metro’s Yellow line, suffering a gunshot wound to his lower body, police said. (more…)

Across Town: Student-run credit union opens at Belvoir

Ft. Belvoir –– The credit union is once again open for business at Fort Belvoir Elementary School.

Belvoir Federal Credit Union reopened its student-run branch at the elementary school on the Army base, as it does every October, to provide students, faculty and staff the convenience of having a credit union on campus.

The branch also promotes financial literacy and responsibility to the students, said credit union spokeswoman Amy Shanks. (more…)

Empty police car slows drivers

Officials in Fairfax County use an unmanned marked police car to encourage drivers to slow down. (Submitted)

Lorton, Va. –– Police in Fairfax County say the ghost cruiser works.

The unmanned marked police car was parked last month on Pohick Road, near the overpass of Interstate 95, as a part of a special traffic study.

During one phase of the two-part test, officers studied the speeds of the drives on Pohick Road without the squad car present. Then they parked the car and monitored speeds, and as if it were almost a no-brainer, people slowed down when they saw the car.

“The results indicated that the ghost cruiser had a significant impact on the speed of passing motorists. The average speed of the vehicles was reduced by over 9 percent, and the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph was cut in half,” said Fairfax police spokesman Richard Henry.

Officials have parked the car in a variety of places and police each time note a decrease in traffic and speeding violations. (more…)

Woman died from knife attack

Update 3:30 p.m. – Murder victim identified

Police now say it was a domestic dispute the led to the death of a Falls Church woman Wednesday night in a Springfield restaurant.

Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenny Drive was killed in a knife attack, said Fairfax County police.

She died after she suffered trauma to her upper body.

Police have charged 40-year-old Lam Dang, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, with murder in connection to her death. (more…)

Fatal Lorton fire caused by candles

Lorton, Va. –– The fire that killed a mother and her two children was caused by candles, officials said.

Those candles were left burning unattended in the home of 24-year-old Eileen Cecilia Langham-Anderson,  at 9639 Hagel Way in Lorton on Sept. 22, said Fairfax County Department of Fire and Rescue officials.

Langham-Anderson and her sons, 3-year-old Alfonso and 5-year-old Solomon all died in the blaze.

There cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and burns to the body, said officials.

Their deaths mark 10 fatalities due to fire this year in Fairfax.

Fairfax to collect trash despite holiday

Just because Monday is a holiday it doesn’t mean the trash won’t be picked up in Fairfax County.

County officials want residents to know that customers who regularly have their solid waste picked up on Monday will still have it collected this Monday, Columbus Day.

They remind residents that all trash should be on the curb by 6 a.m. to ensure that’s it’s collected.

The county’s landfill at 9850 Furnace Road, and the county’s recycling center on West Ox Road, will also be open during normal business hours Monday.

The county’s administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday.

U.S. 1 re-pavement project to finish in early Nov.

Fairfax County, Va. –– A large stretch of U.S. 1 near Ft. Belvoir now being repaved should be finished by early next month, officials said.

The 8-mile, $3.3 million project will see the re-pavement of the road surface between Mount Eagle Drive and Backlick Road in south Fairfax County comes as more than 20,000 jobs are expected to relocate to Ft. Belvoir by September 2011.

Work to repave the road began in early August, and it’s expected to be finished by the first week of August, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. (more…)

VRE addresses Fredericksburg line delays

More delays this morning prompted Virginia Railway Express officials to once again open the Metro option for its riders, which allows VRE passengers to board Metro for free with a valid VRE ticket.

This afternoon, the commuter railroad has issued an explanation of what prompted the move.

Monday’s delays also forced the agency to hand out free rides to those who were inconvenienced. (more…)

I-95 widening continues this week

Interstate 95 south at Woodbridge. (VDOT)

There are some ongoing construction projects going on in the region, and with this helpful list of road closures and anticipated delays, maybe you can avoid sitting in traffic this week.

I-95 Widening

Nighttime work – Closures occur between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 south from Exit 166, Fairfax County Pkwy (Va.7100) to Exit 160, Gordon Blvd. (Va. 123) – Two lanes closed Monday – Thursday nights 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for  milling, paving and striping.

Weekday work – Closures occur between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 north between the Exit 160, Gordon Blvd. (Va. 123) and one mile south of Exit 166, Fairfax County Pkwy (Va. 7100) – Right lane closed Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for bridge work. (more…)

Paying taxes late this year will cost you

Woodbridge, Va. –– Personal property taxes are due Tuesday, and if you don’t pay on time you’re going to pay more in the end.

For those in the Woodbridge area who pay late, a computer system notifies Prince William officials and a letter is then sent out telling the late payer they owe penalties and interest, and any amount they might have underpaid in their original payment, said county spokeswoman Nikki Brown.

Last year in Prince William, 3,700 letters notifying residents of late payments were mailed in October and November. (more…)

Metro option opened for riders at noon

Update – Metro option open for evening commute

Starting at noon, Virginia Railway Express riders will be able to show a valid VRE ticket to Metro station managers, who will then let them ride Metro to get home.

The Metro option was opened this afternoon after all service on VRE’s Manassas line was canceled Friday due to low-hanging power lines over the rails, and trains on the system’s Fredericksburg line this morning were delayed because of flood restrictions imposed by CSX, the railroad which owns the tracks. (more…)

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