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Hot, Hot, Heat

It is going to be a hot day across the Potomac communities.

The area is under a heat advisory today from the National Weather Service today, where were told to expect temperatures that feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Those triple-digit temperatures are actually the heat index values forecasted today between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The actual temperatures are forecasted to reach the upper 90s today, the weather service stated. (more…)

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Kayaker drowning ruled accidental

Fairfax County, Va. – Police say a Maryland man accidentally drowned last weekend in the Potomac River.

An investigation was launched when the body of 46-year-old Kenneth E. Huggins, of Suitland, Md. was found Sunday after a 911 call reported him missing the day before. (more…)

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Immigration opinion prompts no changes

A new opinion from Virginia’s Attorney General puts police officers on the front lines of the illegal immigration battle, but it won’t change the way local departments conduct business.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli stated that like officers in Arizona, Virginia police officers have the ability to inquire about the immigration status of those who they arrest.

That’s nothing new, as Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett says the immigration statuses of persons they arrest have always been checked at the jail. (more…)

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Watershed plan up for review

Mt. Vernon, Va. – Streams known for pouring over their banks is one of the issues Fairfax officials plan to address a new watershed plan.

A public meeting about the new plan for the Belle Haven, Four Mile Run and Douge Creek watershed areas will be held at Thursday at Mt. Vernon High School. (more…)

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Police probe kayaker’s death

Kayaks for rent at Belle Haven Marina near Alexandria.

Fairfax County, Va. – Police want to know how a man went missing and later died in the Potomac River.

Dive teams found the body of Kenneth E. Huggins, 46, of Suitland, Md., after he went missing at 11:36 a.m. Saturday while kayaking off Belle Haven Marina in Fairfax County. (more…)

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Neighborhood jamborees planned tonight

Many residents across the region have planned National Night Out celebrations tonight.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office will hold a large gathering at the Stafford Marketplace off Va. 610 in North Stafford, from 6 to 9 p.m.

More than 30 businesses and community organizations will be represented at the fair, including the LifeEvac helicopter, local fire and rescue departments and an area animal adoption organization. (more…)

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Teams search for body of kayaker

UPDATE Sunday 10:20 a.m.

Search teams are looking for the body of a man who went missing Saturday in the Potomac River.

A 47-year-old Prince Georges County, Md. man went missing yesterday while Kayaking near the Belle Haven Marina, near Alexandria just before noon.

Fairfax County officials received a 911 call about the missing man, and when they arrived on scene, they found his 19-year-old nephew on the shore, said police spokesman Bud Walker. (more…)

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Police chief: Slugs are alright

A local congressman says Washington’s police chief assures him authorities in that city won’t ticket drivers who drop off and pick up slugs on 14th Street.

Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, D-11th sent a letter to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier this month after reports surfaced  that police officers were ticketing drivers who were picking up slugs in order to use Interstate 395 and 95’s High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.  (more…)

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Home makeover: Belvoir edition

Master Sgt. Bill Martin, his wife Leigh Ann, and their five children are excited about moving into their newly renovated home in Woodlawn Village. (Mary Davidson)

After spending 19 years in the Army so far, Master Sgt. Bill Martin has secured his family a newly renovated home near Ft. Belvoir.

Their neighborhood, Woodlawn Village, is well-known among service men and women who work on and around Army base.

The homes, which sit off U.S. 1 and are not considered to be on base, were built 30-years ago as two, three and four-bedroom duplexes.

Now they’re getting a facelift, as the duplexes are being expanded, some to full-size homes with up to five bedrooms, large two-car garages, larger living spaces, bigger backyards, all which are being built around a new community center. (more…)

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Controversial ad lands principal in hot water

Nardos King has been principal of Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax County since 2006.

MT. VERNON, Va.–A principal has apologized for placing a controversial ad inside of her high school’s yearbook.

Nardos King, who has been principal at Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax County since 2006, placed an ad for her private “Body Magic” business, which she conducts outside of school, on a page of the 2010 yearbook, according to Fairfax school officials.

Earlier this month, a Fairfax County Public Schools assistant administrator held a private meeting with Nardos and about 10 other members of the community who were concerned about the negative impacts of the ad, said Fairfax County Schools spokesman Paul Regnier. (more…)

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Election races heating up

Gerrald E. Connolly and Keith Fimian both seek the to represent Virgnia's 11th district in Congress.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Election season is coming early in portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties as Democratic Rep. Gerrald E. “Gerry” Connolly and his Republican opponent Keith Fimian both issued email statements to their campaign supporters.

Connolly says his campaign will “be sprinting towards the finish line” this summer while many other politicians who are running for reelection this fall are taking some time off. (more…)

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At least 94,000 lost power after storms

MT. VERNON, Va. – It was a long night for power crews as they worked to restore 588 customers who were without electricity in Mt. Vernon.

Though power outages were rampant across Northern Virginia following Sunday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms, the Mt. Vernon outage was confined to an area off U.S. 1, on Buckman and Russell roads.

The storms that knocked out power in the area rolled through between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, but it wasn’t until 11:47 a.m. Monday that crews had the electricity back on to the affected 588 customers in Mt. Vernon, said Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Le Ha Anderson.

Those customers were just part of the 94,000 in the region who lost power after the storms. Crews worked through the night and restored 81,000 customers, but many in western Fairfax and Loudoun counties without power.

“These storms were powerful, and strong wind gusts they brought knocked down trees onto power lines and in some cases knocked down utility poles in remote areas that all had to be replaced,” said Anderson.

Dominion told customers who were still without power Monday afternoon that it could be Tuesday before service is restored. 

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Mt. Vernon residents still without power after midnight

A portion of a National Weather Service map shows the area under a severe thunderstorm watch.

UPDATE: As of midnight Sunday, 589 Dominion Power customers in Mt. Vernon were without electricity, according to the electricity provider.

The outages affected customers on and around Buckman and Russell roads, off U.S. 1 in south Fairfax County.

They were caused by a series of severe storms that affected the region on Sunday afternoon. (more…)

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Blistering temps to grip region

James Fitzgerald and Brandon Corey load up the ice bins at Kangaroo Express on Va. 610 in North Stafford. They’ve had to use a bigger truck to keep up with demand that has more than doubled due to the unusually hot weather. (Mary Davidson)

If you prefer snow to sweat then you might want to stay indoors today.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for Saturday as temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees.

Because of the heat, Stafford officials canceled girls softball games that were scheduled to be played on county fields this weekend.

So why after a record-setting snowy winter are we getting such hot weather? (more…)

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Games canceled due to heat

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va – All girls softball games that were scheduled at Stafford County parks on Saturday are canceled due to the excessive heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees on Saturday, and the combination of heat and humidity will make it feel like 110 degrees, according to the weather service. (more…)

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Baby, it’s hot outside

Photo: Mary Davidson
Photo: Mary Davidson

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

Temperatures on Friday could feel like they’re in the triple digits.

In addition to being a danger to those who are outside, it can also damage the roads you drive on.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory that takes effect at noon and lasts until 9 p.m. for counties along Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia.

A combination of heat and humidity will push temperatures up into the high 90s, but it will feel like 105 degrees for most of the afternoon, stated the weather service.

The high temperatures also put road surfaces at risk of buckling, forcing transportation officials to warn drivers, especially motorcyclists, to beware. (more…)

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Driver is victim of road rage, nail gun

Dionel Barrios is charged with brandishing a weapon during a case of road rage.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–Police say a Dale City man used his car to ram another driver three times and then threatened him with a nail gun.

The case of road rage started on Smoketown Road in Woodbridge at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, when the victim called police to report his car had been rammed by a belligerent driver, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The attacking driver then brandished what appeared to be a handgun  and then drove off. (more…)

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College seminar aims to stop underage drinking

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–In addition to laptops and dorm supplies, rising college students should know the dangers of underage drinking, Fairfax officials say.

The county’s police department will hold a free seminar on the rising risk of binge drinking on college campuses on Wednesday July 28, at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus.

The event will include a screening of the movie “HAZE,” a documentary chronicling the underage drinking problem on college campuses in the U.S.

Afterwards, a panel to include Jeff Levy, whose son died after drinking at a college party, will take questions from parents and students, according to event organizers. (more…)

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Partial liquor licensing favored

Del. David Albo, R-42nd

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – The chatter about selling Virginia’s state-owned liquor stores is getting louder.

A new plan from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s office would put liquor licenses up for sale on three separate tiers of limited private licensing, which would then be sold to the highest bidders, according to the Associated Press.

The sale of the stores is expected to net between 300 and 500 million dollars for transportation revenues for the state’s dwindling highway maintenance fund. (more…)

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Police: Laser blinds flight crew

Michael E. Promisel, 18, is charged with endangering the lives on a flight crew.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.  – A Fairfax man was charged Thursday with endangering the lives of aircraft operators.

A county police chopper was flying over Mantua Elementary School, near George Mason University, when the pilot spotted a group of people at the elementary school at 11:26 p.m.

“The helicopter was returning from another mission at another location in the county when the pilot spotted the group at the elementary school,” said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.

The pilot called officers on the ground investigate, and as officers arrived one of the members of the group shined a laser light at the helicopter, blinding the crew members, said Wright.

There were no reports of injuries.

Michael E. Promisel, of 8938 Glenbrook Road in Fairfax, is charged with interfering with the operation and an aircraft, said Wright.

If convicted, Promisel could face up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine, said Wright.

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BRAC Employees Could Reject Area

Joe Martin, Board Chair of Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, discusses the benefits of having BRAC workers relocate to the area. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Traffic congestion may force some of the 20,000 federal employees that are expected in the region next year because of BRAC to stay away. One local business group aims to convince them otherwise.

BRAC, the military’s acronym for base realignment and closure, authorized in 2005 by congress, will force the relocation of the tens of thousands of federal and military employees to Ft. Belvoir Army Base and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

(more…)

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