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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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.

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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.

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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Belvoir OktoberFest washed out

There will be no OktoberFest at Ft. Belvoir tonight.

That’s the latest word from officials at the Army Base, who say today’s heavy rains forced the cancellation of the event.

All is not lost, however, as tonight’s keg tapping event will go on as scheduled at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Wells Field House on base, said Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

Crews are said to be working “nonstop” to ready the grounds for tomorrow’s scheduled 6 p.m. opening of Ft. Belvoir’s OktoberFest.

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Rains bring flooding, stops utility work

A sign warns drivers on Old Colchester Road and Giles Run Creek in Lorton to beware of high water.

Lorton, Va. –– The rain came down in spurts Thursday morning, sometimes in light showers and others times in torrential downpours.

Thick fog began to form over the Occoquan River about 8:30 a.m., adding to an already horrendous rush hour that saw backups on Interstate 95 from Dumfries to the 14th Street Bridge.

Drivers seeking a bailout from slow northbound U.S. 1 traffic took back roads, like Old Colchester Road in Lorton. (more…)

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Police: Victim slapped, robbed

Palma (Fairfax police)

Fairfax County, Va. –– A Woodbridge man has been charged in connection to a robbery at a Springfield shopping plaza.

On Sunday, a 28-year-old man flagged down a police officer and told him that a man slapped him and then demanded that he hand over all of his cash, said Fairfax police spokesman Richard Henry.

The victim did as he was told and handed over the cash, and the alleged robber fled the scene.

But police today are crediting a fast police response with being able to apprehend their suspect. (more…)

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VRE to Fredericksburg on time

Update 4 p.m. – Flood restrictions lifted on VRE’s Fredericksburg line

After stating all trains on the Fredericksburg line would be delayed this evening after CSX railroad extended flood restrictions, now the commuter railroad has said those restrictions have been lifted and no further delays are expected tonight on the Fredericksburg line.

Update 3:10 p.m. – All VRE Fredericksburg line trains to be delayed

Virginia Railway Express officials say all trains on the system’s Fredericksburg line will be delayed tonight, as CSX railroad extends their flood restrictions until 7 p.m.

The announcement comes after massive delays this morning slowed VRE commuters for more than an hour.

The commuter railroad says the Metro option will be open until 8 p.m., where VRE riders can show Metro station managers a valid VRE ticket to use the system.

(more…)

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Heavy rains could slow trains

Woodbridge, Va. –– A flash flood warning has prompted Virginia Railway Express to warn passengers of possible service disruptions.

A large area of rain that is associated with Tropical Storm Nicole, which is moving its way up along the East Coast over the next 36 hours, will bring a deluge of rain, forecasters said.

A flash flood watch was put into effect for the Potomac communities by the National Weather Service earlier today. But if that watch is increased to a flood warning, train speeds on VRE’s trainlines will slow. (more…)

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Utility, safety crews prepare for storm

The rain is coming, but utility crews say they are ready for the storm.

The Potomac communities have been placed under flood a watch as the remnants of a tropical system moving up the East Coast from Florida has its sights set on our region.

The storm is expected to bring up to six inches of rain between this afternoon and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (more…)

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VRE is looking for a few opinionated riders

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Woodbridge station. (File Photo: Mary Davidson)

Virginia Railway Express wants to know more about what’s on their passengers’ minds.

The commuter railroad is asking riders who board at the Quantico, Woodbridge and Lorton stations to consider joining its Passenger Alliance Coalition.

VRE plans to hold a PAC meeting this fall, with another to come later – possibly next year.

“Meetings take place twice a year in our Alexandria office and usually last between an hour and a half to two hours, with frequent email dialogue in between meetings,” said VRE spokesman Ryan Lang. (more…)

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Free child seat demos to be given

Fairfax County, Va. –– Police used three words to remind parents to secure their children in their cars – anchor, tether and latch.

Parents and caregivers are invited to stop by Fair Oaks Mall today between 1 and 3 p.m., for a police demonstration on how to properly install a child seat restraint or to have theirs checked by a professional.

“It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained; every trip, every time,” said Fairfax police Cmdr. Susan Culin. “Laws and the restraint devices can be complicated; we encourage motorists to take advantage of this opportunity to talk with the professionals and to learn more.”

Last year in the county, officers issued 1,709 summonses for improper child restraints. This year officers have issued 1,209 summonses for the charge, according to police.

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Old prescription drugs accepted today at mall, hospital

Woodbridge, Va. –– Going to Potomac Mills mall today? Take some old, unused prescription medication with you.

The outlet mall in Woodbridge, and the Stafford Hospital Center off U.S. 1 in Stafford, are two of more than 75 locations in Virginia where residents today can drop off unused prescription medications, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as part of the first-ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The initiative is designed to raise awareness of, and curb prescription drug abuse, officials said. (more…)

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Traffic hot spots to avoid

Get ready for some road work in our area. Here is a list pf projects and places, provided to us from the Virginia Department of Transportation, you may want to avoid if you can.

Interstate 95 Widening

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

I-95 south from Accotink Creek to Exit 160, Gordon Blvd. (Va.123) – Two lanes closed Sunday – 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. (more…)

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