(Updated at 1:20 p.m.) A trash truck caught fire near the Syphax Education Center in Penrose early this afternoon.
Police and firefighters are on the scene, along 2nd Street S. at S. Wayne Street.
The Waste Management truck’s driver dumped its contents onto the roadway after the fire started, according to police on the scene. A hazmat team subsequently managed to contain the spill, and Waste Management will be arranging a clean-up effort, according to scanner traffic.
Police expect 2nd Street S. to be closed in both directions for the next few hours. Fire marshals are currently investigating how the fire started.
This is at least the second trash truck fire in Arlington so far this year.
— Frank B. (@fbellavia) July 10, 2018
— Frank B. (@fbellavia) July 10, 2018
#Alert: Crews putting out trash truck fire at 2nd St S and S Wayne St. Fire out. Hazmat containing run off. Intersection will be closed for about 2 hrs. 2nd St S closed btwn S Uhle St & S Wayne St. S Wayne St closed btwn S Courthouse Rd & S Wayne St #ArlTx pic.twitter.com/CkgD9o0TXP
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) July 10, 2018
Initial reports suggest that a woman stabbed a man in the shoulder in an apartment building on the 5700 block of Washington Blvd. His injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.
As of 8:45 a.m. Friday, Washington Blvd was closed between Patrick Henry Drive and N. Kenilworth Street due to the emergency response.
The suspect was described over police radio as a white female with red hair, between 5’5″ and 5’8″ and 130 lbs. She was wearing gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt at the time. Officers and a K-9 unit are canvassing the area looking for her.
— Charlie Marshall (@chas11man) July 6, 2018
POLICE ACTIVITY: ACPD is responding to the report of a stabbing between known individuals in the 5700 block of Washington Blvd. Suspect is still outstanding, one victim transported to the hospital. This is an ongoing investigation and police remain onscene.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) July 6, 2018
A man is in critical condition after being rescued from a submerged car at the Columbia Island Marina.
Rescue personnel from Arlington, D.C. and Reagan National Airport were dispatched to the marina at 9 a.m. for a report of a vehicle in the water. Within minutes they rescued the man through the car window, treated him on the scene and rushed him to George Washington University Hospital, said an Arlington fire department spokeswoman.
The submerged vehicle was located near the marina’s boat ramp. There’s no word yet how it ended up in the water.
Divers searched but did not find any other victims. They were aided in the search by the D.C. fire boat and the U.S. Park Police Eagle 1 helicopter.
Rescue personnel are currently working to remove the car from the water.
One firefighter suffered an injury during the rescue operation and was treated on scene by medics. Access to the marina’s parking lot has been restricted due to the emergency response.
Update at 10:25 a.m. — The vehicle has been removed from the water, per scanner traffic.
Update at 5:35 p.m. — The man who was pulled from the submerged car has died, WTOP is reporting. It is still unclear as to how the car wound up in the water.
#Update Vehicle has been pulled from the water at Columbia Island Marina. Victim rescued from vehicle remains in critical condition. @DCPoliceDept remaining on scene to conduct an investigation. Thanks to our partners @dcairports @usparkpolicepio @dcfireems for a quick response. pic.twitter.com/qDbU00tMLK
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 22, 2018
#Update Vehicle underwater at Columbia Island Marina is about to be pulled from the water. No additional victims were on scene. @dcfireems dive team, @usparkpolicepio helicopter and @dcairports fire boats on scene. pic.twitter.com/UPDLqwFzUz
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 22, 2018
Photos courtesy @ArlingtonVaFD
(Updated at 3:20 p.m.) A man is now in critical condition after first responders say he jumped in front of a train at the East Falls Church Metro station.
Metro Transit Police believe the person was struck by a train after jumping on the track intentionally. Rescuers have since rushed him to a local hospital after removing him from under the train.
Orange and Silver line trains are single-tracking between the East Falls Church station and Ballston, and Metro is warning riders to expect delays in both directions.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 13, 2018
#Update: patient has been extricated and transported to local trauma center in in critical condition
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 13, 2018
Orange/Silver Line trains are single tracking btwn East Falls Church & Ballston due to a person struck by train. Some trains will not service these stations to avoid congestion. Please listen for announcements. #wmata
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) June 13, 2018
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911 or the Department of Human Services’ emergency services line at 703-228-5160. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
(Updated at 12:10 a.m.) Dozens — if not hundreds — of adoring fans flocked to Clarendon tonight (June 8) to welcome home the Washington Capitals as they brought home the Stanley Cup.
The team gathered for a private celebration at Don Tito along Wilson Blvd, and fans congregated on both sides of N. Hudson Street to cheer and offer their thanks. Players arriving at the restaurant early on included T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Philipp Grubauer.
Wilson even got the chance to hoist the Cup and show it off to the assembled crowd.
— Alex Koma (@AlexKomaARL) June 8, 2018
The Caps returned from Las Vegas earlier this afternoon, after besting the Golden Knights in five games to win D.C. its first major sports title since 1992.
ARLnow broadcast the staggered arrivals of players and the Stanley Cup on Facebook Live. The Cup can be seen in the beginning of the video.
Caps star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner and one-time Arlington resident Alexander Ovechkin arrived after our live feed ended. Later Ovi brought the Cup down from the party to show screaming, smartphone-wielding bar-goers, as seen in the video below.
Despite a brief summer thunderstorm rolling through — and Thursday’s excitement putting a slight damper on Clarendon’s Friday nightlife — the line to get into Don Tito’s remained relatively long as of 11 p.m.
More social media posts from the celebration, after the jump.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) June 9, 2018
Who wants a sip? @dontitova
— Crashing The Net (@CrashingTheNet) June 9, 2018
— Crashing The Net (@CrashingTheNet) June 9, 2018
Hey @dcsportsbog @darrenrovell @bustedcoverage What's a Friday night in Arlington if you can't take Stanley out with you too?? @TJOshie77 and his new buddy play nice with fans outside @dontitova #StanleyCup #partyup #pushmediagroup @ARLnowDOTcom #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/MU0sZ8ZfUU
— Solomon Tucker (@babesandballers) June 9, 2018
Arlington Fire Chief James Bonzano is retiring in a few months, ARLnow.com has confirmed.
The county will formally announce Bonzano’s retirement this afternoon. A job posting, seeking his replacement, was recently published on the county careers website.
Bonzano will have served as chief for about three years when he retires, capping a 34-year career with the Arlington County Fire Department that included service as EMS branch director at the Pentagon following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He was appointed acting chief following Chief James Schwartz’s ascension to deputy county manager in 2015 and was subsequently named the permanent fire chief in 2016.
In a statement, County Manager Mark Schwartz lauded Bonzano’s commitment to the Arlington community.
“Jimmy has dedicated his career and his life to Arlington County and the people who live and work here, and I thank him for all he has done in his more than three decades of service,” said Schwartz. “His commitment to strong and progressive leadership has ensured the safety of our community.”
Bonzano, who was born in Arlington, said that “it has been my privilege to serve the community I love for 34 years.”
“The time has come to slow down and spend time with my family,” he said in a statement. “I am honored to have led the dedicated men and women of the Arlington County Fire Department, and I am proud of what we have achieved together.”
“I offer my sincere thanks to Mark Schwartz, the executive leadership team, the men and women of the fire department, and the citizens of Arlington County for providing me the opportunity to be their Fire Chief,” he continued. “It has been a remarkable experience I will always cherish.”
The fire department has been facing staffing challenges amid retirements, though the new county budget seeks to address that via increases in first responder pay. A new recruit class of 28 firefighter/EMTs, just sworn in last week, will also help “make the department’s staffing numbers whole.”
An exact retirement date has not been confirmed, but a fire department spokesman said that Bonzano will retire at the end of the summer.
The county is currently in the process of looking for a new chief. The full text of the job posting for the position is below, after the jump.
Hat tip to Tom N.
Arlington County is looking for an experienced, progressive senior level manager to lead its nationally recognized Fire Department. This Fire Chief will direct the overall operations in an all-hazard organization to deliver essential emergency and non-emergency services to the community to include fire suppression, fire education and prevention, special operations, and EMS services. The Fire Chief reports directly to the County Manager and is responsible for setting the overall department strategy and direction, collaborating with other County agencies, and building inter-jurisdictional/regional relationships.
- Setting, communicating and implementing a strategic plan and vision for the department;
- Delivering timely, cost effective and efficient all-hazard approaches to community services;
- Using data to comprehensively assess operations and providing a vision to examine alternative forms of service delivery that may improve responsiveness and/or enhance resource conservation;
- Engaging citizenry to foster support, input, and prioritization of needs for service delivery;
- Predicting or adjusting priorities and services through analysis of performance measures and other analytical data;
- Enhancing collaboration with other County agencies on mutual issues including Police, Emergency Management, Sheriff, and Public Health and with other local, regional, and federal public safety agencies and other public-sector organizations;
Directing the preparation of the budget and managing expenditures for all department and grant funding efforts;
- Directing the development of operational and administrative procedures, departmental policies, programs and initiatives; and
- Managing change proactively and fostering a climate that embraces change.
As a department head, this position is responsible for hiring, transfers, promotions, demotions, and implementing significant disciplinary actions while an Assistant Chief manages day-to-day operations through three Deputy Chiefs.
The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) operates 10 fire stations with a $62M operating budget and 340 uniformed and staff employees who provide services through three major programs: (1) Emergency Services Program (Fire/EMS) which provides response for emergency and non-emergency requests for service; (2) the Support Services Program which includes Special Operations (High Threat, SWAT, HazMat, Special Events, Technical and Water Rescue), Fire Marshall (Code Enforcement and Prevention), and Communications and Logistics; and 3) Personnel Services including the Fire Training Academy, Health/Wellness/Safety, and Human Resources functions such as employee relations, timekeeping, and performance management. For more information please visit the Fire Department’s public website here.
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community with excellent location and a unique blend of desirable living standards, and effective, pro-active government. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes and its forward-thinking policies and practices with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation. Since the 1930s, our community has viewed itself as a learning organization, one that strives to constantly improve for the benefit of all its residents. That culture is infused throughout our workforce and community. For more information about Arlington, click here.
The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Services, or related field and command-level experience managing multiple company operations. This Fire Chief will have a supportive leadership style that motivates, inspires and engenders coaching, mentoring and team building, and fosters cooperative relationships within the Fire Department and with County leaders, the community, the County Board, and regional, state and national partners and stakeholders.
Additionally, the successful candidate will:
- Be a progressive visionary leader who understands modern fire suppression, emergency medical, prevention, and emergency preparedness strategies and techniques;
- Practice accountability and stewardship and instill pride and confidence in staff;
Be accessible, approachable, open-minded, flexible, visible, engaging and genuinely care about department members;
- Value, embrace and drive change, technology, process improvement and innovation and plan for emerging trends directing efforts to enhance technology, safety, and regulatory compliance;
- Evaluate results and impacts of change on the workforce and community ensuring core services are not compromised;
- Engender trust and credibility where “actions match words” and be viewed as a credible leader across a broad spectrum of issues;
- Be an effective listener and communicator with strong interpersonal skills who considers divergent views and evaluates them prior to making impactful decisions;
- Be capable of setting and communicating a strategic vision for the department and community with an understanding of how to drive the workforce toward achieving a shared common vision;
- Promote professional development, coaching and mentoring and foster a work environment that motivates individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility;
- Demonstrate cultural competency and an understanding of diversity and inclusion concerns in recruiting, retention, development, and promotional selection efforts;
- Be skilled at working in a culturally and ethnically diverse community;
- Collaborate and demonstrate an ability to build rapport with elected officials, peers, community representatives, County leadership, department staff and association leadership, and build partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels to achieve the ACFD vision, to secure resources, and to advocate for the County, department, workforce or community interests; and
- Have an unblemished record of ethical and professional conduct that can withstand intense public scrutiny.
The preferred candidate will also have a Master’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Services, or related field and leadership certifications that indicate professional achievement such as National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer, Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Incident Command System (ICS) 400, Fire Officer III and Instructor III.
Interested candidates should apply by the preferred filing date of June 4, 2018 to receive first consideration. Please go to http://careers.arlingtonva.us to apply. Access this position by clicking on the apply now tab.
Please attach a cover letter and resume to the on-line application or include your response in the supplemental question. Your letter should describe why you are interested in the position in Arlington County. You should also describe your experience and accomplishments in the following areas: (1) budgeting, and capital improvement; (2) labor relations; (3) leadership development and succession planning; (4) performance management especially as it relates to accountability, deployment of services, and use of metrics to drive decisions; (5) overseeing or directing and implementing new programs or initiatives that had significant impacts on your department or community; and (6) regional partnerships. Also, be sure to describe the size of the organization(s) you served including budget and staff, the range of services and functions you managed, the ranks you held, and to whom you reported.
The Fire Chief is part of the Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), a pay-for-performance management system, in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan and results achieved.
Salary is negotiable with a salary range of $117,145.60-$224,806.40 (effective July 1st) with a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous leave programs and holidays, and a competitive retirement program including a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. For more details about our benefits please click here.
A resume may be submitted as an attachment rather than completing the work experience portion of the application. Interested qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible as this recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of June 4, 2018. Qualified applicants whose application is received by the preferred filing date will receive first consideration. Applications received after the preferred filing date may be considered if a hire is not made from applicants received by the preferred filing date.
This is a confidential process and references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. A comprehensive reference/background check will be conducted for all candidates who are finalists for this position. The background check may include checks on the following: criminal record, driving record, education, certifications, credit rating and media review.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a physical exam and the selected candidate will be required to complete the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form upon acceptance of employment and annually thereafter.
Update at 2:05 p.m. — The police department just issued a press release about the shooting.
At approximately 8:11 p.m. on May 3, 2018, Arlington County Police officers conducting surveillance in the area of 12th Street S. and S. Edgewood Street attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by a male driver and a female passenger with outstanding warrants for probation violation. When officers approached the vehicle on foot, the male suspect ignored their verbal commands and struck police vehicles in an attempt to flee the scene. At that time, shots were fired by two officers, injuring the male driver.
Following the shooting, the suspects fled the scene by vehicle. While fleeing, the suspect vehicle struck and damaged a parked vehicle in the 2800 block of 12th Street S. Arriving officers established a perimeter and located the unoccupied suspect vehicle in the area of 13th Street S. at S. Irving Street. During a canvas, officers located the male suspect hiding underneath a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers performed life saving measures before Arlington County Fire Department medics arrived on scene and transported the male suspect to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Steven Best, 51, of No Fixed Address was arrested and charged with three counts of Attempted Malicious Wounding of Law Enforcement Officer.
Officers observed the female suspect hiding behind a bush in the 3200 block of 13th Street S. Officers provided lawful commands to the suspect and when she refused to comply, a K9 was deployed. The female suspect was then taken into police custody. She was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with minor injuries. Jessica Lary, 40, of Annandale, VA was held in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no bond for the outstanding warrants.
Three Arlington County Police officers were transported to Virginia Hospital Center for evaluation.
This is an ongoing and active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective J. Trainer of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4185 or [email protected] Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Earlier: Arlington County Police are on scene of an officer-involved shooting a block from Columbia Pike.
The shooting was first reported around 8:30 p.m.
Police say the incident started at the intersection of 11th Street S. and S. Edgewood Street, near the Rite Aid pharmacy, when officers tried to pull over a vehicle with a man and a wanted female suspect inside.
The suspect vehicle did not stop and subsequently struck a police car, said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. That is when the shooting happened.
“During the incident officers discharged weapons,” Savage said.
The man was shot and transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to Savage, while the female suspect was apprehended and also taken to a local hospital for an as-yet undisclosed “minor” injury.
Initial scanner reports suggest that at least one person had been shot multiple times in the stomach, while another person suffered a dog bite. Medics were initially dispatched to the intersection of 13th and S. Irving street.
At least two police officers were also taken to a local hospital for evaluation, though their injuries were not reported to be serious.
Television news footage showed a white cargo van, identified as a the suspect vehicle, being towed from the scene.
Savage described the current scene as an “active and fluid investigation” and said that investigators will be in the area “for a significant period of time.” Edgewood Street near the Rite Aid is currently closed.
It is unclear at this point how many shots were fired, where exactly the shots were fired nor what the female suspect was wanted for.
POLICE ACTIVITY: ACPD is investigating an officer-involved shooting at 11th Street S. at S. Edgewood Street. Two suspects have been transported to area hospitals. There are no outstanding suspects. ACPD remains on scene investigating.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) May 4, 2018
Photo via Google Maps
(Updated at 2 p.m.) Baby food and products company Gerber is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Rosslyn and creating 150 jobs, officials announced Monday afternoon (April 16).
The company, a Nestlé subsidiary acquired in 2007, will invest $5 million in the relocation.
The announcement comes a little over a year after Nestlé announced its move to Arlington to a 250,000 square foot office space at 1812 N. Moore Street.
Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement at Nestlé’s Rosslyn headquarters, noting that his excitement in announcing the move partially stemmed from his 30 years as a pediatrician.
“We want to be the most business-friendly state in the country,” said Gov. Northam at the relocation announcement.
A line of elected officials at the state and local level praised the relocation at a brief media event, including Rep. Don Beyer, Del. Rip Sullivan, and County Board Chair Katie Cristol.
Esther Lee, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, who also spoke at the event, was quoted in a press release saying that “gaining the headquarters of the iconic Gerber brand is an important win for Arlington County and the Commonwealth.”
At the event, Cristol presented a key to the county to Steve Presley, Nestlé’s chief financial officer.
More from the press release regarding funding:
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Arlington County Economic Development to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a grant in the amount of $862,500 from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project. The company is also be eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.
Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has vetoed legislation that would have dramatically reduced Arlington County’s tax revenue from two country clubs.
HB 1204 would have reduced the tax bills for Army Navy Country Club and Washington Golf and Country Club, but would have cost the county’s coffers nearly $1.5 million annually.
The state legislature will now have an opportunity to override the veto.
More from an Arlington County press release:
“We are grateful to Governor Northam for vetoing HB 1204,” Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. “The governor, by his action to keep authority over local property assessments in the hands of local government, and not in Richmond, has shown real leadership. This legislation had major implications for all localities across the Commonwealth.”
Arlington encourages all local governments to unify and ask their legislators to sustain the veto when the General Assembly reconvenes April 18 at the State Capitol, Cristol said.
“We are committed to resolving the assessment issue with the golf courses, and we are confident that we can find an equitable solution,” she said. “I want to thank our Arlington delegation for standing strong with us throughout this process.”
In his veto message, Northam says that he expects Arlington and the clubs to reach a compromise soon. The clubs are suing the county, fighting back against what they say is an unfair way to assess what is essentially open space — treating the many acres of golf courses as developable land.
The governor’s veto message is below.
Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1204, which requires the County of Arlington to assess two private country clubs within its boundaries as land dedicated to open space rather than its current method of highest and best use.
This is a local dispute over a local government’s method of assessing land for property taxation. As such, the solution to this dispute should be reached on the local level without the involvement of the state.
I have been assured that an agreement acceptable to both sides of this dispute is close to being reached. I encourage the parties to continue negotiations to find a solution so that similar legislation will not be necessary in the future.
Accordingly, I veto this bill.
Ralph S. Northam
A smoldering pile of trash is currently blocking 1st Road S., two blocks from Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
The trash fire was first reported around 10:30 a.m., at the intersection of 1st Road and S. Oakland Street, on the west side of S. Glebe Road. A private garbage collection crew reported that it had dumped its load of trash in the road after the trash caught on fire.
Firefighters are currently dousing the trash pile with water while using tools to move the pile around to find hot spots.
After the fire is completely extinguished, the trash collection company is then expected to start the cleanup process.
Map via Google Maps
Update at 4:25 p.m. on 3/20/18 — Police have identified the victim as 40-year-old Arlington resident John Giandoni.
Arlington County Police say Friday night’s death investigation in Ballston is now a homicide investigation.
More from an ACPD press release:
The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4100 block of 11th Place N. on Friday, March 16, 2018.
At approximately 7:35 p.m. on March 16, police were dispatched to the report of a possible death. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a check on the welfare, the male victim was located deceased inside the residence. This remains an active investigation and cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective R. Munizza at 703-228-4171 or [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).
This is the first homicide in Arlington County this year.
(Updated at 6:30 a.m.) Arlington Public Schools are closed today (Friday) due to weather concerns.
Elementary and middle schools were already scheduled to be closed due to parent-teacher conferences, but those conferences have been cancelled, as have “extracurricular activities, interscholastic games, team practices, field trips, adult education classes, and programs in schools and on school grounds.”
Marymount University, meanwhile, is also closed.
Federal government offices in the D.C. area are closed due to the wind storm, the Office of Personnel Management announced early Friday morning.
Due to safety concerns, Virginia Railway Express service has been cancelled for today. Reagan National Airport is encouraging travellers to check the status of their flight before coming to the airport. Power problems have been reported on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines, causing delays, while the rest of the Metrorail system is running every 12 minutes with reduced speeds above ground.
As of 5:30 a.m., Dominion is reporting more than 9,000 customers without power in Arlington already.
Already, there have been reports of trees, branches and other debris down in Arlington, and the dangerous winds are expected to continue throughout the day. Residents are being encouraged to stay indoors whenever possible and to remain in the lower levels of homes.
More via social media:
Major high wind expected today into this evening. Strongest winds will occur between now and noon time when frequent gusts to 65 mph are expected. Check our latest public information statement for the latest wind gust reports. https://t.co/fBwUKs97Jq #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 2, 2018
Blue/Yellow Line: Expect delays to Mt Vernon Sq. & Largo Town Center due to a power problem at King Street.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) March 2, 2018
Wind update (5:50 a.m.)
• Metrorail operating every 12 min/line with reduced speeds above ground for safety
• Metrobus & MetroAccess operating; delays possible due to downed trees
• Please travel only if necessary
• Metro offices closed, essential personnel must report#wmata
— Metro (@wmata) March 2, 2018
High winds are expected to continue for much of the day today in the DC area. Many airlines have issued weather waivers for travel in the Northeast, including for DCA. Please check the status of your flight before coming to the airport & stay safe!
— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) March 2, 2018
VRE Service Canceled Today 3/2/2018 Out of an abundance of caution due to the severe winds, and based on feedback from our host railroads, VRE will cancel service today, March 2, 2018.
Regular service will resume on Monday, March 5, 2018.
— VRE (@VaRailXpress) March 2, 2018
Update at 2:45 p.m. — The base’s public affairs office released the following statement Wednesday.
The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Feb. 27 incident where 11 personnel began feeling ill after a letter was opened on the Marine Corps side of the base remains under investigation.
NCIS and the FBI are conducting the joint investigation.
The three Marines who were transported for additional medical evaluations were released from the hospital at approximately 10 p.m. last night.
This office will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Earlier: Firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement responded to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tuesday afternoon for a hazmat situation involving an unknown substance that was mailed to the base.
Firefighters were first called to Henderson Hall, the headquarters of the U.S. Marine Corps, just after 4:30 p.m. for a hazmat incident. Ft. Myer, Arlington County and Alexandria firefighters and hazmat units were dispatched to the scene, as was an “EMS task force” that is usually dispatched to mass casualty incidents.
Initial reports suggest that a certified letter was opened in one of the buildings and that it contained some sort of potentially hazardous substance, prompting an evacuation of the building and the deployment of an emergency decontamination station.
Eleven people were treated for symptoms and three were transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. Symptoms included a nose bleed and a burning sensation, according to initial reports.
A Marine Corps official released a statement saying that the victims were Marines.
“An envelope containing an unknown substance was received, today, aboard Joint Base Ft. Myer-Henderson Hall,” the statement said. “Personnel in the affected building took immediate preventative measures by evacuating the building. Base officials are coordinating with local hazmat teams and the FBI. Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said via Twitter that he is “closely following the situation.”
With the help of the local hazmat teams “the building was screened and cleared, and the letter was removed,” the Marine Corps said late Tuesday. The FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are now conducting a joint investigation.
National news media, including major television networks, gathered outside of the base in Arlington’s Foxcroft Heights neighborhood to report on the story. A press conference to be held outside the base was later cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation.
During the incident police closed off the road near the entrance to Henderson Hall, at the intersection of S. Orme Street and Southgate Road.
Engine 161’s crew evacuated and decontaminated 11 patients from the hazard area, all evaluated by EMS-3transported to area hospital. All units have picked up, scene turned over to @FBIWFO @FBI pic.twitter.com/cAbNW75zOJ
— IAFF LOCAL F253 (@FortMyerFire) February 28, 2018
#Update: Ft Myer Hazmat, 11 people started feeling ill after letter was opened in consolidated admin building. 3 were transported. Condition not known. Ft Myer PIO enroute.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 27, 2018
#Update: Ft Myer, 3 transported patients in stable condition. Command is scaling back incident starting to put some units in service. Investigation ongoing.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 27, 2018
Closely following the situation at Ft. Myer in Arlington. This is scary, I hope very much that everyone involved will be alright. https://t.co/19WHBmUNCp
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) February 27, 2018
— IAFF Local 2141 (@IAFFLocal2141) February 27, 2018
Police say 36-year-old Stephanie Desai was caught stealing prescription drugs from a fellow firefighter’s personal belongings. She was arrested at Fire Station No. 2 in Bluemont yesterday around 4:30 a.m.
A tipster tells ARLnow.com that Desai was caught on camera, but police declined to confirm that, citing an ongoing investigation. We were also told that Desai was subject to previous internal investigations, but a fire department spokesman declined to confirm that, citing the ongoing investigation.
More from an Arlington County Police Department press release, below.
At approximately 4:25 a.m. on February 11, police responded to Arlington County Fire Station #2, located in the 4800 block of Wilson Boulevard, for the report of a narcotics violation. Upon arrival, it was determined that prescribed medication had been removed from the victim’s personal belongings within the fire station. During the course of the investigation, a suspect description was developed based on evidence located at the scene and witness interviews. Following an interview with police, Stephanie Desai, 36, of Alexandria, VA was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Narcotic, Possession of Schedule IV Narcotic and Petit Larceny. She was released on an unsecured bond.
Representatives with the Arlington County Fire Department continue to cooperate with the ongoing police investigation. Firefighter Desai, a two-year veteran of the agency, has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and an internal investigation conducted by the Fire Department. “Arlington County Fire Department strives to maintain the highest degree of professionalism and public trust. Firefighter Desai is entitled to due process, however, I want to assure the community that allegations of criminal or other inappropriate behavior by staff are taken seriously and comprehensively investigated both internally and by the police department,” said Fire Chief James Bonzano.
(Updated at 5:05 p.m.) Amazon has just revealed the top 20 finalists for its second headquarters, and the D.C. area figures in prominently.
Northern Virginia, D.C. and Montgomery County are all included in the list, below. Arlington is not explicitly mentioned but is included within “Northern Virginia,” a county spokeswoman confirmed to ARLnow.
“Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America,” the company said in a press release. “Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process.”
The list of areas is below.
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Montgomery County, MD
- Nashville, TN
- Newark, NJ
- New York City, NY
- Northern Virginia, VA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Raleigh, NC
- Toronto, ON
- Washington D.C.
“We’re pleased that Arlington and our partners in Northern Virginia are being considered for Amazon HQ2” County Board Chair Katie Cristol said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase why Arlington’s excellent workforce, schools, transit options and proximity to the nation’s Capital make it an ideal location for innovative, field-leading businesses.”
In all, 238 communities in North America submitted proposals.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s office sent out a press release touting the top 20 selection Thursday afternoon. An excerpt:
The Northern Virginia proposal included four sites for consideration in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Loudoun County. Northern Virginia is a region positioned at the cutting edge of innovation and technology, comprised of bustling mixed-use developments; 11 Fortune 500 companies; thousands of top technology firms; a top-five talent base; a hub of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors; diverse cultural amenities; and one of the friendliest business climates in the U.S.
“We couldn’t be prouder that Northern Virginia has been selected as one of 20 candidate locations for this historic project,” said Governor Northam. “The Commonwealth’s strong proposals for the Amazon HQ2 project represent an unprecedented level of local and regional collaboration, as well as strong support from Governor McAuliffe’s Administration and leaders in the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia’s outstanding business climate and world-class workforce make our Commonwealth the right place for Amazon to place this key base of operations. We look forward to a continuing partnership with our Northern Virginia communities to show Amazon and job creators all over the world that the Commonwealth is the best place to locate and grow.”
“This is an exciting time for Virginia,” said Victor Hoskins, Director of Arlington Economic Development. “The opportunity to showcase Northern Virginia’s incredible assets, from our top-notch workforce and unparalleled transportation access to our vast residential opportunities and proximity to the nation’s Capital, to Amazon’s top executives is truly a win for all of us, and it would be a win for all of us. We in Arlington look forward to working together with our Northern Virginia partners to demonstrate to Amazon that the Commonwealth is indeed the ideal location for HQ2.”
More from an Amazon press release, after the jump.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018.
Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
With more than 540,000 employees worldwide, Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 in Fortune’s World Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazon was also recently included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans. Over the past five years, Amazon has invested more than $100 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its teams.