Morning Notes

The clock at Old Town Square in Fairfax City (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County Task Force Back After Assisting With Turkey Earthquake Rescues — “After an intense 11 days searching for survivors in the wreckage of collapsed buildings, members of Virginia Task Force 1 have returned home. They arrived at their base in Chantilly just before midnight on Monday, to a hero’s welcome organized by family and friends.” [WTOP]

Firefighters Tackle Brush Fires in Springfield — “As winds picked up across the DMV Tuesday evening, crews in Fairfax County dealt with several outside fires. According to a spokesperson from the Fairfax County Fire Department (FCFD), crews worked to extinguish multiple outside fires on Old Keene Mill Road near Harwood Place in West Springfield.” [WUSA9]

Gum Springs Residents Wary of County — “About 70 Gum Springs residents, including the newly elected officers of the New Gum Springs Civic Association, lambasted Fairfax County officials for what they termed years of neglect and disrespect at a Feb. 16 meeting at the Gum Springs Community Center.” [On the MoVe]

Man Exposed Himself to Kids in Vienna — “Fairfax County Police said they are looking for a man who exposed himself to three children on Feb. 15 in Vienna. Police said they have passed out more than 600 fliers in an attempt to raise awareness for the man for whom they are searching.” [ABC7]

Herndon Girl Arrested in D.C. Carjacking — “A 15-year-old girl from Herndon was arrested Sunday in connection with a pair of carjacking incidents and a stabbing that occurred over the weekend in Washington, D.C., according to a police release…MPD officers arrested the two suspects a short time later after the stolen vehicle was involved in a traffic accident in the 900 block of 17th Street, Northeast, according to the release.” [Patch]

Redevelopment Possible for Falls Church’s Eden Center — “When word spread that there could be plans for new retail and residential development surrounding the Eden Center, concern grew that it could lead to increased rent prices and drive out business owners…Known as the East End Small Area Plan, the new development proposal began with a community kickoff in November of 2021.” [DCist]

Loudoun Schools Spokesperson Seeks to Move Perjury Trial — “[Wayde] Byard was indicted on Dec. 12. He’s accused of lying to a special grand jury on Aug. 2 about when he learned about the sexual assault in a Stonebridge High School bathroom on May 28, 2021…In asking that Byard’s trial be moved to Fairfax County, Leffler argued that the attorney general’s office stated purpose of seeking justice for Loudoun residents disqualified county residents as jurors.” [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Public Input Sought on Metro Budget — “Metro has opened the public comment period for the proposed Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget that seeks to expand service on Metrorail and Metrobus, provide more equitable fares, implement a low-income fare program, enhance public safety, and maintain a safe and reliable system through capital investments.” [WMATA]

McLean Kids’ Toy Store to Celebrate Relocation — “Come and join us to celebrate the New Year, New Neighborhood, and New Beginnings for our new McLean store location! On Saturday, February 25th, stop by in-store for giveaways, craft tables, and so much more. We’ll see you there!” [Child’s Play/Facebook]

It’s Wednesday — Possible light rain in the morning. High of 54 and low of 42. Sunrise at 6:52 am and sunset at 5:55 pm. [Weather.gov]

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