Morning Notes

Gray day in Rosslyn (Flickr pool photo by Jeff Vincent)

Pike Raid Leads to Child Porn Charges — “Federal prosecutors in Virginia have charged a former national security journalist for ABC News with a child pornography offense. James Gordon Meek, a producer who covered wars, terrorism and major crimes for the network, was charged with one count of transporting child pornography. The FBI said in a court filing unsealed Wednesday that agents searched Meek’s apartment in Arlington last year and found explicit images and videos of minors on his electronic devices.” [Washington Post, Twitter]

ACPD Upping Response to Carjackings — “Since the beginning of 2023, the Arlington County Police Department has investigated five reports of carjackings in the County. The Department continues to deploy increased police resources, to include both visible and non-visible assets, in Crystal City and the surrounding neighborhoods to address this crime trend.” [ACPD]

Shots Fired Near Shirlington — “4500 block of 31st Street S. At approximately 10:23 p.m. on January 31, police were dispatched to the report of shots heard. Responding officers recovered evidence in the roadway confirming shots had been fired. No property damage or injuries were reported. During the course of the investigation, officers established a perimeter, processed the scene and spoke with potential witnesses. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.” [ACPD]

It Snowed at Last — “It’s official: DC (based on observations at Reagan National Airport) had its first measurable snow of winter today: 0.4 inches. This is the fifth-latest first snow on record. NYC, Baltimore and Philly also had their first dustings.” [Twitter, Capital Weather Gang]

Arlington Hires Climate Policy Officer — “Arlington County is excited to announce the hiring of Carl “Bill” Eger for the position of Climate Policy Officer. Mr. Eger brings sixteen years of senior-level local government energy and climate experience to Arlington County. He will begin this leadership role on March 6.” [Arlington County]

Ped Struck at Dangerous Intersection — “ACFD responded a short time ago to a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Four Mile Run Drive and S. George Mason Drive. Driver reportedly ran over pedestrian’s foot.” [Twitter]

It’s Groundhog DayUpdated at 9:15 a.m. — “Punxsutawney Phil – the legendary groundhog weather watcher – woke up and saw his shadow Thursday morning, calling for six more weeks of winter. Each February 2, on Groundhog Day, the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club make the pilgrimage to Gobbler’s Knob, Phil’s official home.” [CNN]

It’s Thursday — Overcast throughout the day. High of 42 and low of 32. Sunrise at 7:15 am and sunset at 5:32 pm. []