Reston, VA

Fairfax County police have arrested a Reston man following a suspicious package investigation at The Spectrum yesterday (Wednesday).

Police said in an update today (Thursday) that around 3:30 p.m. a man who was previously banned from the Verizon store (11830 Spectrum Center) “set a suspicious package on the counter and indicated to an employee that it was a bomb.”

Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, police tweeted that several businesses were evacuated as a result of the investigation, and then around 8 p.m. that the suspicious package was determined to not be hazardous.

“Officers from the Special Operations Divisions examined the device and determined it to be a hoax,” police said today.

Police arrested Timothy Stein, 54, today and charged him with felony bomb threat, felony hoax explosive device and trespassing.

Image via Google Maps 

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Verizon Wireless hopes to continue using a portion of Fox Mill Fire Station’s parking lot for a telecommunications facility.

The five-year lease, which could be extended for up to 25 years, would bring $30,000 to the county’s coffers in the lease’s first year. Annual payments would increase by 2.5 percent each year.

County officials do not expect that the company’s use of the parking lot will impact the station’s operations. The parking lot already has a monopole that was built by Cox Cable in the early 1980s.

The company built a fenced compound to store equipment needed to serve cable television subscribers and facilitate a relay station in the first responders’ emergency network.

In 1998, Verizon expanded Cox Cable’s compound by adding an additional 264 square feet. That lease ended last September.

Revenues collected from the lease would go to the county’s general fund.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, May 21.

Map via handout/Fairfax County Government

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Thursday Morning Notes

Take note, Metro users — Two summer capital improvement projects will disrupt service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Silver lines. During a 10-day period, riders are encouraged to use Metro only if absolutely necessary. [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority]

If you have Verizon — An outage is affecting 911 and ten-digit dialing. County residents should text 911 from a Verizon phone as an alternate. [Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department]

Savor the flavor — A local news outlet offers a recap of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Reston event, the largest outdoor food festival in the area. [The Connection]

And then savor this flavor — Reston Association will host a wine tasting at the Lake House on Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. [Reston Association]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Utility pole fire by Home Depot/Credit: William HoThe Fairfax County’s 911 Center says the Verizon fiber line damaged in last night’s pole fire in Reston may be limiting access to 911 services in the area today.

Verizon has been working on correcting the problem, which has been causing cable, cell and phone issues since the fire at about 6:30 p.m. last night.

A utility pole caught fire near Home Depot Wednesday, knocking out power to the area around Baron Cameron Avenue and Reston Parkway.

The intersection and nearby traffic lights were closed for about two hours, making for slow traffic at one of Reston’s busiest intersections. The intersection was closed again at mid-day today as crews continue to try and fix the issue.

Verizon customer service has given varying reports of when service will be restored. They said earlier today that it would be back by noon, but that has not happened as of 1:30 p.m.

Reports now vary from 3:45 p.m. to tomorrow morning.

Some AT&T customers are also reporting issues.

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