By Patch Staff
Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and Washington. Here are some of the top stories from around the region this week.
After Monday's tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in DC that took the lives of 12 victims and the shooter — later identified as Aaron Alexis — Fairfax County provided a video for residents on how to prepare for an active shooter.
According to the video posted on the Fairfax County Emergency Blog, the important steps to take in an attempt to survive this type of tragedy are run, hide and fight.
It has been a week since the tragic shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, and some victims had ties to Northern Virginia:Lorton's Michael Arnold, 59, Remembered as 'Nice', 'Quiet'
Lorton's Michael Arnold, who was shot and killed at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was described as quiet and polite by a neighbor in his Crosspointe community. The 59-year-old Navy veteran was one of 12 people who was shot by former Navy Yard employee Aaron Alexis, who was killed at the scene.
Lake Ridge residents are grieving the loss of wife and mother Kathleen "Kathy" Gaarde, one the 12 victims of the gunman who went on a shooting rampage Monday at Washington Navy Yard.
Mary Francis Wright, a mother of two grown daughters and a cybersecurity expert, was among those killed by a gunman at the Navy Yard on Monday. Wright moved to the area about five years ago to take a job at the Navy Yard. She had recently been promoted in her position at Naval Sea Command. She also taught information technology at Northern Virginia Community College.
Also see:Live Rewind: DC Navy Yard Shootings on Social MediaNavy Yard Shooting Aftermath: 'It Was Like 9/11 Happened All Over Again…
In other news…
A man who accepted bribes for doing favors for local cab drivers at Washington Dulles International Airport was sentenced last week to prison, according to the FBI.
Arthur A. Boulette, 64, who now lives in Dunedin, Fla., was sentenced last Friday to 12 months and a day in prison, followed by a year of supervised release, for accepting more than $100,000 in cash bribe payments from taxicab drivers in exchange for giving them priority on a list of prospective drivers to operate a Washington Flyer Taxi cab at Dulles.
Boulette was also ordered to forfeit approximately $106,000 in bribery proceeds to the government.
If sheer cuteness could fight crime, Fairfax County Police officers would have nothing left to do with the addition of two new, rolly-polly canine recruits.But in the real world, the Bloodhound pups, Sy and Bolt, can do a lot more than the average dog. Once they're fully trained, the two will be able to track down missing people and find clues—that is, scents.
When we first heard that Chick-fil-A would offer a free meal each week for a year to the first 100 people in line for the store’s grand opening in Fairfax on Thursday, we thought, maybe the line would start forming a few hours in advance. Boy, were we wrong - more than 200 people showed up with tents, blankets and folding chairs more than 24 hours in advance early Wednesday morning. It seems Chick-fil-A sure is popular with the people of Fairfax.200+ Camp Out 24 Hours Ahead of Chick-fil-A Opening to Vie For Free Lunch For a Year
Police: Construction Worker Dies After 40-Foot Fall
A 35-year-old construction worker died this week after falling 40 feet and landing on a concrete slab, according to information the Arlington County Police Department released Wednesday. The man had been walking Tuesday across the top level of the building under construction when a piece of plywood gave way and he fell.Alexandria Police Investigating Attempted Abduction on King Street
Alexandria police are investigating an abduction attempt that occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the 2000 block of King Street next to the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial.
A 23-year-old female au pair was walking from King Street-Old Town Metro station when a suspect grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth and attempted to pull her over a wall and onto the Masonic Memorial grounds.
The victim was able to fight off the suspect, who fled the scene on foot southbound on Callahan Drive toward Duke Street, according to police.
Cars took a back seat on Friday to highlight sustainability efforts as certain metered parking spaces were made available for pedestrian use as temporary parks.
Park(ing) Day is a national movement to highlight park space needs in urban areas, as opposed to parking space needs. This was the first year that Washington, D.C., participated in the event.
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital plans to build a metal warehouse near a camp entrance on Justin Knoll Road in Oakton. Residents contend that the warehouse will reduce property values and will be an eyesore. They also say it will increase traffic on a residential street.
A 23-year-old man has been charged in the death of a 16-year-old boy.
Jose Alberto Blanco-Calzadilla, of Alexandria, turned himself in on Sunday, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. At about 2 a.m. Sept. 15, Mount Vernon teen Gerard Gomez was found shot dead outside the Residence Inn on 8616 Westwood Center Drive in the Vienna/Tyson’s Corner area, police reported. Officers who arrived had tried to revive Gomez, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.Mother to Police: 'She's Still Inside, She's Still Inside'
Fredericksburg Police Lt. Bill Hallam and Officer Ryan Merrell helped rescue a 16-year-old girl trapped inside a burning home in the Courtland Heights neighborhood of Fredericksburg.
As they pulled-up to 106 Oak St. early Tuesday morning, they were met by a frantic mother. "'She's still inside, she's still inside,' she was screaming," Hallam said.
Fairfax Water received a few reports from residents in July that someone was impersonating an employee for the company and entering their homes. After receiving the reports, Fairfax Water posted information about how to identify their employees on the company's website. According to the website, all Fairfax Water employees carry photo ID and their vehicles and field staff’s clothing bear the company's logo.
Police are looking for a group of men who reportedly assaulted and attempted to rob a man on Easy Street in Woodbridge on Sept. 13, Prince William County Police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said.
"The victim, a 23-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the area above when he was approached by a group of unknown men," Perok said. "The men assaulted the victim, knocking him to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspects went through his pockets and demanded money. A passing vehicle caused the group to disperse."
The Town of Herndon Police Department released the results of a recent checkpoint in town that checked drivers’ sobriety levels, whether their licenses were in order, and that children were sitting in car seats. More than 1,000 drivers passed through a checkpoint on Sept. 6, yielding one DUI arrest - a man’s second offense in 10 years - as well as nearly 20 license violations and three car seat violations. Some residents argued such checkpoints were good for the safety of locals, while others criticized residents having to pass through them to get into and out of their neighborhoods, and still others called them “revenue-generating” efforts by the police department.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission approved an application Thursday from AT&T for a “replacement light standard” at Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) that would serve as a cell tower and help address a gap in wireless coverage in the surrounding area. The proposed 120-foot tall light standard would replace one of the 88-foot tall stadium light poles on the south side of the football stadium on the LBSS property located at 9120 Burke Lake Rd. in Burke.Bike Lanes or On-Street Parking?
Alexandria city staff is considering a plan to narrow the lanes on King Street between Russell Road and Janney’s Lane and install bicycle lanes in both directions.
City staff says it has received numerous requests from residents for traffic calming measures along this segment of King Street.
A man who died in a house fire in Gainesville early Thursday morning was identified as 65-year-old Stephen Frankenberg, Prince William County Police said.
Frankenberg was one of two people inside the Tackhouse Loop Drive home at the time of the blaze, but the other person wasn't injured, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue officials said.