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Body found at Franconia bus stop

Fairfax County, Va. –– The body of a 61-year-old Alexandria man was found Tuesday at a bus stop in Franconia.

The body was found at the intersection of Franconia and Gildar roads about 8 a.m., according to a Fairfax County police spokesman.

An autopsy of the body found the man died of natural causes. (more…)

FBI: Pentagon, Marine museum shootings linked

Triangle, Va. –– Investigators now say the same gun that was used to shoot at the National Museum of the Marine Corps was also used to shoot at the Pentagon.

And now the FBI is investigating a third shooting at a Marine Corps Recruiting Center that took place overnight in Chantilly.

Ballistics testing is underway at the Marine facility and there are no reports of injuries. (more…)

Dale City, Woodbridge on homes “hot” list

Woorbridge, Va. –– Home values in the Potomac Communities may be on the way up.

According to a report today in DCist, houses in the 22191 (Woodbridge) and 22193 (Dale City) zip codes have been selling on average just below their actual list prices, putting the neighborhood on Washington, D.C. – based real estate firm ZipRealty’s “cool list.” (more…)

Teen charged with murder

Update 4:15 p.m.

Wyatt Campbell was involved in an altercation on Oct. 14 and died from apparent stab wounds, police say.

Fairfax County, Va. –– A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody this morning and charged in the murder of an Alexandria area man.

The boy turned himself into police at 10:30 a.m. and was charged him with second degree murder in the Oct. 14 death of 18-year-old Wyatt Campbell, of Rose (more…)

Health official to hold flu Web chat today

Fairfax County, Va. –– As flu season approaches, Fairfax County officials are betting many have questions how to protect themselves from getting sick.

An online discussion will be held at 11 a.m. on the county’s Web site where residents can ask questions about the upcoming flu season to Dr. Peter Troell, of the county’s health department.

He will take questions about taking the flu vaccination at county health clinics, questions about the vaccination and what residents can do to protect themselves from becoming sick.

Advanced questions are being taken right now at the county’s Web site.

Shooting victim hospitalized, man charged

Springfield, Va. –– A Washington man was shot a party Saturday night and now a Lorton man faces charges.

Police were called at 8:30 p.m. to the Courtyard Marriot hotel, at 6710 Commerce Street in Springfield, after shots had been fired.

When they arrived, they found a 21-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. (more…)

Crash kills motorcyclist

Fairfax County, Va. –– A motorcyclist was killed Sunday when he collided with a SUV on Edsall Road, police said.

Samuel Posey, 31, was driving his GSX 100 motorcycle east on Edsall Road when he collided with a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo, driven by a 48-year-old woman.

The woman had stopped at the corner of Dublin Avenue, and then made a left turn onto Edsall Road, said a Fairfax County police spokesman.

Posey’s motorcycle crossed the path of the turning vehicle at 4:43 p.m., and afterward he was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries at 5:25 p.m., said police. (more…)

Will slugs be allowed to return to 14th Street?

An OmniRide commuter bus bound for Dale City on Tuesday stops at 14th Street and New York Avenue in Downtown Washington and picks up about 20 passengers as slugs looked on.

Washington’s transportation department Tuesday is expected to release the results of a new survey of commuters who were told to relocate their Downtown Slug line.

A two-week pilot project earlier this month required the relocation of Slugs – commuters who ride in vehicles of three or more occupants – from their pick-up point on 14th Street, between H Street and New York Avenue, one block over to 15th Street.

City officials wanted to gauge whether the relocation would improve traffic flow on busy 14th Street, said District Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle.

Commuters were concerned that drivers who pick up slugs wouldn’t go to 15th Street, but instead would go to other spots in the city to pick up slugs for their drive back to Virginia. (more…)

D.C. man charged in burglaries

Antonio Mosley, 47, has been charged in a series of burglaries in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County, Va. –– Police say they tracked down the man responsible for burglarized a series of businesses in the Alexandria area and arrested him.

The suspect on Oct. 3 broke into several businesses along Shawnee Road, off Edsall Road in Fairfax County, and took six laptop computers, said Fairfax County police spokesman Richard Henry.

Investigators went to work and arrested 47-year-old Antonio Mosley, of 1317 K Street, #19 in SE Washington, D.C., with two counts of burglary and grand larceny, said Henry.

He was arrested by Alexandria police Oct. 23

Mosley has three previous charges of petit larceny in Fairfax County dating back to 2002, according to court records.

Bus changes implemented today

OmniLink switch buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Changes are coming to some OmniRide and some OmniLink buses today, as part of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s fall service change.

Here’s a list of the some of the changes that will affect riders in the Potomac Communities:

OmniRide Changes:
Dale City – Navy Yard – AM D-301 trip retimed.

Montclair and South Route 1 – PM Stop at 11th before G Street no longer served due to safety concerns.

Tysons Express – New shuttle connects locations in eastern Tysons with Tysons Express buses at West Park Transit Center. Promotional fares have been extended to June 2011. (more…)

Woman twice defrauds Medicaid

Woodbridge, Va. –– A woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year for defrauding Medicaid for second time was sentenced today.

Annette Fleming – McClatchey, 49, was ordered today to pay nearly $775,000 in restitution to Medicaid, and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

The sentence is in addition to the first time she plead guilty in 2008, when she was ordered to repay $3.7 million to Virginia’s Medicaid fund. (more…)

Sheriff gets money back for illegal residents

Fairfax County, Va. –– Fairfax County will be reimbursed some of the costs it incurred jailing documented aliens.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday it would give the county $603,472 for some of the salary costs that come with incarcerating the known illegal residents, according to a county press release.

Fairfax County’s sheriff’s department, which processes the immigration status of those who have been arrested, was one of 865 departments in the U.S. that received funds from the Justice Department.

The funds come from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which was set up to promote public safety, according to the press release.

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.

Pentagon and Marine museum shootings linked?

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Triangle, Va. –– Investigators want to know if the shooting at the Pentagon on Tuesday morning is related to the shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps over the weekend.

Five to seven gunshots were fired at the Pentagon this morning at 4:55 a.m., damaging windows on the third and fourth floors of the south side of the building, according Pentagon spokesman Steven Calvary.

Police late Tuesday morning closed Interstate 395 and combed the highway for additional slugs but nothing was found.

Now investigators, comprised of federal, state and local agencies, are working to determine if the shootings could be related to shots that were fired at the Marine Corps museum in Triangle.

Though Calvary said Tuesday afternoon there was no immediate evidence to link the two shootings, authorities say they are investigating any possible connection between the two incidents.

Railroad work could slow rescue response

Traffic across a rail road crossing on Featherstone Road has been reduced to one lane, as crews work to replace the crossing. It could mean a delay for fire and rescue vehicles, officials said.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Ongoing work at a Woodbridge railroad crossing means it could take longer for fire and rescue crews to get to the Featherstone Shores neighborhood.

Traffic on busy Featherstone Road has been reduced to one lane across the rail road crossing, which is the gate way to the collection of single family homes that sit on the Belmont Bay.

Crews are working this week between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to replace the crossing, and are expected to have  the work completed by the end of the week, said CSX Transportation spokesman Bob Sullivan. (more…)

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…)

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