Monday, April 29, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Police have made no arrests in case.
UPDATE (12 P.M. FRIDAY)—Alexandria police said at about 3 a.m. Friday, two men robbed the 7-Eleven at 3023 Duke St. They were wearing dark clothing. No weapon was used, and there were no injuries, said police spokesman Jody Donaldson. The robbers got away with an unspecified amount of cash. ------------------------ ORIGINAL STORY (FRIDAY MORNING)—There was a robbery at 7-Eleven on Duke Street near the intersection with Cambridge Road, Alexandria police spokesman Jody Donaldson confirmed to Patch Friday morning. There's no word yet on when the robbery occurred, if people were in the store at the time, if a weapon was shown, if anyone was injured, what was taken or what the robber looked like. Donaldson said he may have more details later …
Drop off your expired, used or unwanted prescription drugs in Alexandria.
Several Alexandria locations will serve as free prescription drug disposal sites Saturday during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at many locations in Northern Virginia, including the Alexandria Police Department at 3600 Wheeler Ave. The event is meant to help residents dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs, according to the DEA. Since 2010, law enforcement officials and the DEA have taken in more than 2 million pounds of expired prescription drugs, according to a press release from the administration.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Alexandria police officer who was shot in the head Feb. 27 returned home and found a sweet new ride.
Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy returned home this week to discover friends had restored his formerly rusty old 1975 convertible Mercedes into a dream car, Fox News reports. The vehicle was restored at NT Autobody. "As soon as they saw the car come in, a lot of the guys were telling me, 'Mike, what are you doing with a car like this?' When I told them it's Pete's car, they all put their tools down and said, ‘What can I do?’" Mike Tikoyan from the auto shop told Fox 5. See video of the restored car here.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
May includes National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, National Police Week.
Alexandrians are invited to honor men and women in uniform who serve the city as police or correctional officers at three events in May. National Correctional Officers and Employees Week runs from May 5 through 11, said Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amy Bertsch. National Police Week is from May 12 through 18. “I think with the recent events, especially in Boston and the officer Laboy shooting, the public support has just been tremendous,” Bertsch said. “And at the same time, on one should wait for a tragedy to occur to honor these officers.” There will be a ceremony and honor guard competition at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington at 10 a.m. May 4. The Corrections Chiefs Committee of the…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
An Alexandria man who supervised the parking lot at Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Air & Space Museum near Chantilly will be sentenced in July.
A parking lot manager at the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly pleaded guilty last week to conspiring to steal $1.4 million skimmed from parking fees, according to a news release from the FBI Washington office. Abeselom Hailemariam, 33, of Alexandria's West End was an employee of Parking Management, Inc. or PMI when he conspired to steal the money, from March 2009 to July 2012 with attendants he supervised. He will be sentenced July 19 and faces up to five years in prison. Hailemariam was arrested last month at Washington-Dulles International Airport by agents from the FBI and the Smithsonian's Office of Inspector General. Parking lot attendants/former PMI employees Meseret Terefe, 37, of Silver Spring, Md…
The Alexandria Police Department reported the following crimes in the West End of Alexandria in the past week.
Note: The addresses listed below indicates blocks and not specific addresses of incidents. Where an arrest is mentioned, it does not necessarily indicate a conviction. Alexandria police report that a man staying in a hotel room in the city’s West End accidentally discharged a firearm. The incident occurred at 11:55 p.m. April 15 in the 5000 block of Seminary Road. The only hotel in the area is the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel. The firearm was legal, according to police reports. No injuries were reported. In another case the same day, a woman told police a person stole her bicycle from her shed in the 1100 block of North Van Dorn Street. The thief left another bicycle in its place. The following crimes were also reported as …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Following the Boston Marathon bombing attacks this week, the City of Alexandria and race organizers have increased police presence and will close a number of roads. Trashcans will be sealed.
The City of Alexandria is working with the organizers of the George Washington Parkway Classic road race to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators following the Boston Marathon bombing attacks. There will be an additional police presence, including uniformed officers and non-uniformed personnel, during the Sunday event. The city also will restrict parking in and around the finish line area, and seal trash cans prior to the race. There will be no parking in Old Town Alexandria on North Union Street between King and Oronoco streets between 4 a.m. and noon April 21. Parking restriction signs will be posted prior to the race, and vehicles parked in these areas April 21 will be moved to a non-restricted area. At noon on Saturday, …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Alexandria Police Department reported the following crimes in the West End of Alexandria between in the past week.
Note: The addresses listed below indicates blocks and not specific addresses of incidents. Where an arrest is mentioned, it does not necessarily indicate a conviction. Alexandria police are investigating multiple thefts that occurred this past week in West End Alexandria. In one case, a resident of the 5400 block of Bradford Court reported a theft on April 9 of someone stealing her couch that was outside her apartment being prepared for cleaning. On April 6, a resident of the 3300 block of Wyndham Circle told police someone stole a FedEx-delivered package from in front of her apartment front door. On April 7, someone in the 2400 block of North Hampton Drive reported her diamond ring was missing from her home and that she believed a …