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A deer crosses an asphalt trail through Vienna’s Wildwood Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Local Man Dies in Alexandria Jail — “Ahntais Lucas, 39, from Fairfax County, was found unresponsive and alone in his cell experiencing a medical emergency. The release said the jail’s medical staff tried to treat Lucas but he was pronounced deceased at 4:42 a.m.” Lucas’s death is under investigation by Alexandria’s sheriff’s office and police department. [ALXnow]

McLean Man Forced to Drive at Gunpoint — “A McLean man was kidnapped at gunpoint early Sunday morning and forced to drive to his home and another location in Maryland, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Investigators determined that around 12:30 a.m…the victim had arranged to meet with the suspect” in D.C., but upon arriving, he was confronted by two people with handguns. [Patch]

Update Coming on Fairfax County Parkway Construction — “The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a hybrid ‘pardon our dust’ meeting Wednesday night, Feb. 28 at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Building, 4975 Alliance Drive…on the work underway at Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) and Popes Head Road (Route 654) to replace the traffic signal with an interchange.” [VDOT]

Potential Beltway Crash Averted by Helping Drivers — “Michel Cochran, 82 was driving between the Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road exits in Annandale around 10 a.m. on Feb. 16 when she had a major heart attack and died.” A state trooper says other drivers helped move Cochran’s car out of the path of oncoming vehicles, called 911 and delivered CPR. [Annandale Today]

Virginia Tornado Drill Delayed Due to Primaries — “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced Feb. 20 it was rescheduling the Virginia statewide tornado drill, which has been slated for 9:45 a.m. on March 5, to the same time on Thursday, March 7. VDEM officials moved the drill to ensure it would not have any impacts on the primary elections.” [Gazette Leader]

Milk Tea Shop Now Open in Lorton — “Kokee Tea, a specialty drink and dessert café, opened Feb. 15 at Liberty Market in Lorton. The store, which specializes in milk tea and other types of teas, cold clouds and ice-blended drinks, will hold a grand opening event Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. with giveaways for the first 100 customers.” [On the MoVe]

Park Authority Rolls Out Virtual Golf Notifications — “Tired of searching through tee time cancellations to see whether your desired spot has opened up? Get ‘No-Tee-Fied’ with Golf Fairfax’s new virtual tee time waitlist and assistant, powered by Noteefy. This new system allows golfers to receive real-time notifications when their desired tee time becomes available.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Reston Restauranteur Makes Pricey Home Purchase — “Warren Thompson, president and chairman of Reston-based Thompson Hospitality Corp., the nation’s largest minority-owned food and facilities management company, acquired Wildersmoor House in Great Falls for $14.75 million earlier this month, according to public records. The estate was first listed in May 2023 for $17.995 million. It is the region’s most expensive sale of 2024.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Tuesday — Expect showers after 1 p.m. with a 50% chance of precipitation, partly sunny skies, and a high near 64. Showers are likely after 4 a.m., with a 70% chance of precipitation, cloudy conditions, and a low around 57. New precipitation amounts may be less than a tenth of an inch. []

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