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Top Arlington Stories of 2012 (#6-10)

by ARLnow.com December 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm 5,845 17 Comments

Continuing our Top 15 list of the most-read Arlington stories of 2012, today we present numbers 6 through 10.

Page view counts for each article are listed in parenthesis. So far this year, ARLnow.com has recorded more than 12 million page views, up from 7.2 million in the same time period last year.

Storm damage on the 1200 block of S. Barton St10. Thousands Still Without Power in Arlington (13,267 views) — After the June 29 derecho blew through the area, with winds up to 70 miles per hour, much of Arlington County was in the dark. Some 68,000 Dominion customers in Arlington lost power during or immediately after the storm. Dozens of trees and utility poles were knocked down, numerous local roads were blocked and some gas stations ran out of fuel. On top of it all, sweltering heat followed in the wake of the storm.

9. Woman Dies After Being Hit By Cyclist (13,609 views) — An 80-year-old woman, identified by police as Ita Lapina of Arlington, died after she moved into the path of and was struck by a passing cyclist who had just yelled “on your left.” The 62-year-old cyclist was not charged with a crime.

8. Police Investigate Possible Meth Lab in Va. Square (15,270 views) — A 225-unit high rise apartment building in Virginia Square was evacuated for several hours on a Monday night in August when police discovered a suspected meth lab inside one of the apartments. Two men were arrested and charged with Attempted Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. On of the suspects was a former USA Today technology writer.

Critical pedestrian accident near the intersection of N. Highland Street and Clarendon Blvd7. Police Investigate Critical Pedestrian Accident in Clarendon (17,114 views) — A 27-year-old man from Collinsville, Va. suffered a severe head injury after being struck by a car in Clarendon. Numerous bar-goers witnessed the accident, which occurred on Clarendon Boulevard, near the Metro station, at 12:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Earlier this month, the victim’s father told ARLnow.com that his son, Michael Sizemore, is slowly but steadily recovering his cognitive and speech abilities.

6. Police: Man Sent Ex-Girlfriend Topless Photos of Herself (17,728 views) — A 27-year-old Arlington resident was accused and later convicted of taking a topless photo of his ex-girlfriend while she was sleeping. The victim told police and the jury that the suspect, Trevor Frye, emailed the photo to her following an argument. Fyre, who represented himself in court, was acquitted on a separate charge of unlawful entry.

  • Chris


  • fedworker

    Donde esta señor Trevor?

  • Cell Mate Bubba

    Call me, Trev, sweetie pie!

  • Bill Collins Ford

    How in the hell ass dixie was Trevor not the #1 story?

    • Captain_Obvious

      because they have only released #6-10, hence the name of the article.

      • bleedin’ obvious

        and Trev came it at #6…..so captainly obviously not #1…so what is your point again?

        • Captain_Obvious

          I made a mistake, sue me. Have you ever made one ?

        • complete nerd

          6 in hexidecimal is…uh, 6.

      • Deadite


  • Arlington Cat

    Just because Trev’s B&E is # six, it doesn’t mean Trev will not be associated with #1.

    My prediction for the #1 story is “Late night Brah at Goody’s dumps entire container of garlic on pizza he didn’t share with his bro.”

  • Really???

    My prediction for the #1 story will be the double murder that took place in the Halls Hill Highview Park area of Arlington earlier this year. Still no arrest made.

    • Lou

      I guess there wasn’t enough of a debate about the name of the neighborhood.

      Sadly I have seen no updates either. Anything from the editor’s?

  • SomeGuy

    There’s a pattern here, folks. The top stories aren’t the ones that are just popular here (Trev, trollies, burger joints, etc). They’re the ones that get picked up by major outlets, e.g. the Drudge Report. Two examples that are in the top 5, with more than 55,000 each:

    * http://www.arlnow.com/2012/05/09/crime-report-pulling-guns-on-the-ritz/
    * http://www.arlnow.com/2012/10/18/breaking-news-police-looking-for-man-who-threw-molotov-cocktail-in-mall/

  • Michael H.

    Interesting to look back on all of the anti-cyclist comments back in June. Any death is a tragedy. But what I don’t understand is why some people get so worked up about a single pedestrian-cyclist fatal accident and then turn around and seem completely unconcerned about the numerous deaths caused by unsafe and reckless car driving. Or unsafe transportation infrastructure, which often favors high-speed automobile travel over walking and cycling by local residents.

    Yes, there are a handful of deaths nationwide caused by reckless cyclists. Even one such death is too many. But then what about the 30,000 deaths caused by car drivers in the U.S. every year? Is this somehow not a problem? It is to me.

    Am I anti-car? No. I recognize that not every trip can be accomplished by walking or biking. But I am anti-car deaths. There are far too many, in Arlington and across the U.S. If 30,000 people were poisoned and died from peanut butter tainted with salmonella, there would be an outcry and a government investigation. Then why is there not an outcry when 30,000 people are killed by cars every year?

    • cyclist

      Lazy thinking, that’s why. It’s prevalent in general, and almost universal on the Internet.

    • Michael H.

      I can’t find exact nationwide statistics on bike-pedestrian accidents. Those accidents tend to involve minor injuries only, according to reports. New York State released a report on road accidents and deaths between 2007 and 2010. For the entire state, the rate of pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists was less than one a year.

      Considering that NY is one of the most populous states and that every incident anywhere in the U.S. of a cyclist-caused pedestrian death receives disproportionate media coverage, I think my earlier estimate of a handful of such deaths each year is probably accurate. Those who are biased against cycling (including certain individuals who comment on this site) can probably name every single incident, precisely because there are so few of them. (They always mention “that guy” in San Francisco.) I can’t think of more than a couple such cases in the entire D.C. region over the past few years, whereas we read about car drivers killing people on a regular basis.

      Do all cyclists obey the traffic laws? No. Then again, the majority of car drivers don’t obey the traffic laws either, if you count instances of speeding, running red lights, speeding into right turns on red, turning where right turns on red are prohibited, pushing pedestrians out of crosswalks even when the pedestrians have a WALK signal, and driving while texting or websurfing. I see all of this happening every time I walk or bike around local streets.

      If people are bothered about this post, well, I’m bothered by the fact that 30,000 Americans keep getting killed every year because of such reckless behavior.

      • Michael H.

        I’m also bothered by the fact that some people seem to celebrate this situation, thinking that car drivers can do no wrong.


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