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Top 17 of Virginia: Crack Cocaine, Sexual Assault and the Amazing Race at Mount Vernon

Armed robbery, house fire, attempted murder, horse deaths, embezzlement: a roundup of recent top stories on our Patch sites.

Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 

17. Read: Virginia State Police Chase Ends in Vienna

Vienna: A teen is facing several charges after fleeing from Virginia State Police this week in a stolen car, leading them on a wild chase that ended in a Vienna backyard.The 17-year-old boy has been charged by state police with possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of eluding police, spokeswoman Corrine Geller told Patch. He faces an additional robbery charge in connection with the alleged stolen vehicle.

16. Woman Robbed at Gunpoint at Bank ATM in McLean

McLean: A 27-year-old woman was robbed by a masked, armed man inside the entryway of a local bank Tuesday evening, according to Fairfax County Police Department officials. The woman was withdrawing money from a bank in the 8300 block of Greensboro Drive in McLean shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday "when a man entered, brandished a handgun and demanded cash," according to a report from police. "The victim complied. The suspect took the cash and fled on foot toward International Drive."

15. Firefighter Injured Battling Herndon Blaze That Displaced Family of Five

Herndon: Officials have determined what caused a fire that broke out Saturday night in Herndon, destroying a home and displacing a family of five. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Saturday at approximately 10:35 p.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located 412 Queens Row Street, near the corner of Trinity Gate Street, close to the entrance of Runnymede Park.

14. Waterfront Restaurant Proposed for King Street

Old Town Alexandria: Old Town Alexandria businessman Jody Manor is proposing to open a restaurant on the Union Street waterfront at the corner of the unit block of King Street by the Torpedo Factory. The space is currently occupied by the City of Alexandria’s Old Historic Alexandria museum store. The restaurant  — open breakfast through dinner — would have 76 indoor seats as well as 20 outdoor spots along King Street and 54 seats along the city marina plaza area.

13. Many Reston Residents Cry Foul Over Pool Plan 

Reston: Emotions ran high at the first of two public meetings in Reston last week to discuss Reston Community Center's potential plan to build a 50-meter indoor pool and rec center at Baron Cameron Park, a Fairfax County Park Authority facility. RCC says Reston and the residents of county Small Tax District 5 badly need a new indoor pool - citing a long waiting list for many aquatic programs. Some residents, particularly those who live in close vicinity of Baron Cameron Park, say the pool is an unnecessary  and expensive proposition.

12. Swings Coffee Roasters Prepares New Cafe

Del Ray: M.E. Swing’s Coffee Roasters will officially open a cafe at its new facility on East Monroe Avenue in the next week or so. The cafe, anchored by a long bar and featuring a variety of repurposed furniture, will offer Swing’s signature blends of coffee, seasonal espresso drinks and a limited menu of non-coffee drinks. The bar includes cold-brewed iced coffee on tap.

11. UPDATED: FCPD Sends Units to U.S. Coast Guard After Reports of Shots Fired

Kingstowne: Fairfax County police were called to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center on Telegraph Road after reports of shots fired Monday morning, responding by saturating the area with officers, K-9 units and by searching overhead with a helicopter. Police were investigating whether possible gunshots heard may have been from local hunters. Hunting is permitted in an area near the location. 

10. River Bend Bistro Has Approved Construction Permit

Fort Hunt: The River Bend Bistro in Fort Hunt has an official approved construction permit in order to move forward with preparing the restaurant for its opening in July. The permit is posted on the window of the property located at Hollin Hall Shopping Center.

9. Fewer Students Arrested For Possession of Marijuana

Falls Church: Arrests for possession of marijuana at the four Falls Church-area high schools have gone down this academic year. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Falls Church, JEB Stuart, George Marshall and George Mason high schools had a combined total of 10 student arrests for possession of marijuana. Through the end of April this academic year, the schools only accounted for eight such arrests. 

8. Woman Charged With Attempted Murder at Campground

Fredericksburg: On April 27 Detective Swift of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office arrested Lillian Levy, 77 of Maryland, for attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony at Wilderness Presidential Resorts Campground. 

7. Horse Deaths May be Accidental 

Manassas: The death of a 10-year-old thoroughbred cross mare on the Nokesville farm on the morning of May 3, may have been accidental. A quarter horse gelding palomino was also found severely injured in the field. The horse had to be euthanized. 

6. Treasurer Accused of Using PTO Funds for Personal Purchases 

Manassas Park: The treasurer of the Glenkirk Elementary Parent Teacher Organization was arrested Monday amid accusations that she embezzled funds from the PTO, Prince William County Police said. Sabria Ann Corra-Reynolds, 35, of Sheringham Way in Gainesville, is charged with two counts of embezzlement.  

5. Police: Crack Cocaine Operation Discovered 

Dale City: A Dale City man faces multiple charges after Prince William County Police found crack cocaine at his home. Jerome Clifton Batten, 30, of Island House Loop, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II narcotic, distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic and possession of a schedule I or II narcotic. 

4. Photos: The American Revolution at Gunston Hall 

Lorton: The 7th Virginia met the Redcoats at the home of George Mason over the weekend. On May 4th and 5th, hundreds of Revolutionary War reenactors set up camp and held demonstrations and battles on the grounds of the stately manor.

3. 'Love Your Show Babe:' Jack Diamond Exits MIX 107.3

Chantilly: For those Northern Virginians who listen to Mix-107.3 FM each morning, "Love your show babe," was the signature sign-off for host Jack Diamond and it was also how listeners signed off when calling in to the show. Loyal listeners may have noticed that Diamond was missing in the mornings the past two weeks, replaced temporarily by various hosts. But Diamond, whose show was on the air for 20-plus years on 107.3, was not on vacation — he's off for good, according to the station.

2. Amazing Race 2013 Finale: Contestants Take Final Leg to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon: The Amazing Race on CBS finished its season Sunday in Mount Vernon after a stop in Washington, where contestants had their picture taken with "President Obama," and then traveled to the Tidal Basin, where "spies" were hanging out before landing at National Stadium. The Amazing Race, which features contestants racing against each other to complete tasks in different parts of the world, aired its finale Sunday with the teams of Max and Katie, Anthony and Bates, and Mona and Beth each vying for the $1 million prize.

1. Air Force Sex Assault Prevention Chief Charged With Sexual Battery

Arlington: The chief of the U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Branch has been charged with sexual battery. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, was removed from that position Monday afternoon. Krusinski, who worked out of the Pentagon, was charged this weekend by the Arlington County Police Department. At about 12:35 a.m. Sunday, a drunken Krusinski allegedly approached a woman in a parking lot in the 500 block of South 23rd Street and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.

Dick Kennedy May 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Very interesting to see a cross-section of Patch stories--keep it up.
Barry Meuse May 13, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Recap of stories is excellent and a positive addition to the Patch. As to other coverage, I'd like to see Patch provide more info on FCPS - year-to-year number & type of disciplinary issues, by school - thanks.
Micheal Gatlin May 13, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Why is the Alexandria Police selling crack. I know they want to catch folks but how many lives are they reuining just to catch some nickle and dimers. This is outlandish. Do your police work. Instead of sellling crack to users help them with programs.
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