Morning Notes

Fairfax City’s Old Town Square in winter (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Loose Dog Caught on Beltway Near Alexandria — “#VSP received a call Saturday evening (1/14/23) for a dog running loose on I-495 at Eisenhower Ave in Fairfax Co. Thx to an alert motorist, troopers were able to get an exact location & rescue this sweet daredevil. He made himself right at home in the warmth of Trooper S. Barden’s patrol car, as the troopers waited for Fairfax County Animal Control to arrive on scene.” [Virginia State Police/Facebook]

Ex-Police Chief Accused in Sex Trafficking Lawsuit — “Testifying under the pseudonym ‘Jane Doe’ in an explosive civil trial in Alexandria, Va., the woman claimed that now former Fairfax County police chief Edwin C. Roessler, captain James Baumstark and officers Michael O. Barbazette and Jason J. Mardocco violated federal law by obstructing efforts to investigate and prosecute a madam named Hazel Sanchez” [The Washington Post]

Reward Offered for Unsolved Springfield Murders — “The FBI Washington Field Office, along with our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the 1998 murders of Sherry Ann Culp and her unborn child, Kelsey, in Springfield” [FBI]

New Route 1 Bus Station Names Proposed — “At the upcoming Jan. 17 meeting of the Richmond Highway BRT Executive Committee, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) plans to propose name changes for several future BRT stations — including a few that were not among the original three potential renamings discussed …at an open house last October.” [On the MoVe]

Virginia Offers Incentives for FBI HQ — “A key Virginia legislative commission in November quietly approved an incentive package worth more than $10 million for the FBI headquarters project, to be awarded if the federal government chooses Springfield for the agency’s new home.” The package likely involves capital investments such as traffic improvements, not cash. [Washington Business Journal]

Halal Gyro Eatery Nears Opening in Mount Vernon — “Shah’s Halal Food, a New York-based food company that operates restaurants and food trucks and carts throughout the northeastern United States, is opening a restaurant at a small retail plaza at Russell Road and Richmond Highway…The restaurant [is] tentatively scheduled to open within the next week according to franchise manager Atiq Bahrami” [On the MoVe]

Tysons REI Building Changes Hands — “A building occupied by outdoorsy retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has traded hands in Tysons, Va. Qualified Opportunity Fund LLC has sold 8209 Watson Street, a 32,857-square-foot stand-alone retail building, to an unnamed institutional buyer from Dallas for $20.4 million.” [Commercial Observer]

Cub Run Rec Center Gets New Pool Playground — “Splash in the zero-depth entry and in-water playground offering slides, water jets, cannons and sprays. Older swimmers can slide into fun on either a 30-foot-high slide that exits the building in an enclosed tube or a 20-foot-high slide with an open tube, float in the current channel (lazy river) or spin around in the water vortex.” [FCPA/Facebook]

McLean Chocolate Festival Coming This Month — “The Rotary Club of McLean welcomes the public to attend the 11th annual McLean Chocolate Festival, to be held on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The event, a fund-raiser for the club, will let attendees taste the sweet offerings of area chocolatiers and enjoy family fun.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Tuesday — Light rain in the morning and afternoon. High of 50 and low of 36. Sunrise at 7:26 am and sunset at 5:13 pm. [Weather.gov]

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