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TRAFFIC ALERT: Military Road Closed Due to Downed Wires

Some downed wires have closed both lanes of Military Road in Donaldson Run.

County police say the wires are down along the 3000 block of the road, not far from Zachary Taylor Park and Taylor Elementary School.

A county traffic alert warns that the road will be closed for “an unknown amount of time,” and urges drivers to seek other routes.

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Tree Falls on Car Near H-B Woodlawn

(Updated at 5:15 p.m.) A tree fell on a car in the Donaldson Run neighborhood Friday afternoon, amid the ongoing wind storm.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on the 4200 block of Vacation Lane, not far from the Stratford building that houses the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.

Initial reports suggest that a tree fell on a car, trapping the driver inside and sending live power lines down across the street. Firefighters were able to extricate the driver, who was reportedly not injured, within about 15 minutes.

Vacation Lane is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time, awaiting the power and tree removal crews.

Photo via Google Maps

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Donaldson Run Sewage Leak Stopped Overnight, Repairs Continue Today

Workers from the county’s Department of Environmental Services stopped a sewage leak into the Donaldson Run stream overnight.

According to a tweet from DES, crews installed a bypass overnight into a sewage pipe, which broke due to its age, damage from tree roots and the recent cold temperatures.

Repairs to the pipe, which is in a remote location next to Zachary Taylor Park (2900 Military Road), are ongoing.

A DES spokesman said that the remote location made the leak hard to find, but that staff had been aware since last weekend.

“[S]taff did log the leak report over the weekend and the search began soon thereafter,” the spokesman said. “It just took a while for crews to find the leak because of the remote location — which you can see on the tweet photo.”

The spokesman reiterated that the “discharge that entered Donaldson Run will be diminished by natural flushing of the stream over time.”

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Sewage Leaks into Donaldson Run Stream After Pipe Breaks

A broken sewer pipe caused a sewage leak into the Donaldson Run stream, affecting the water in two parks in Arlington County.

A spokesman for the county’s Department of Environmental Services said a resident reported discharge of sewage into the stream in Zachary Taylor Park (2900 Military Road) this morning.

On further inspection, the spokesman said, DES crews found that a sewage pipe had broken due to its age, damage from tree roots and the recent cold temperatures. Crews plan to repair it tomorrow (Tuesday), the spokesman added.

Those in the area should avoid contact with the water in the stream in Zachary Taylor Park downstream from N. Upshur Street, and also in the nearby Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 Marcey Road).

“The discharge that entered Donaldson Run will be diminished by natural flushing of the stream over time,” the spokesman said.

Both parks will remain open to the public.

Image via Google Maps

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More Than 2,000 Without Power in Arlington

Just over 2,250 Dominion customers are without power this morning in Arlington.

Strong winds overnight knocked out electricity to a large swath of Ballston and the Donaldson Run neighborhood. Other smaller, scattered outlets have also been reported.

A number of businesses are reportedly closed in Ballston as a result of the outage, including the Sport+Health club. So far Dominion’s website does not list an estimated time of restoration.

Arlington remains under a Wind Advisory through 10 a.m.

Map via Dominion

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Residents Launch Petition Opposing Donaldson Run Tree Removal

A group of local residents have launched a petition against an Arlington County plan to remove more than 80 trees at the Donaldson Run Nature Area.

The nature area, part of Donaldson Run Park at 4020 30th Street N. between Military Road and N. Upton Street, is set to have a section of its stream restored early next year.

The project on Tributary B is designed to help prevent erosion by creating a new natural stream and re-connecting it with the flood plain. Opponents said the project would remove 81 trees, endanger another 52 and remove vegetation along 1,400 feet of Donaldson Run. Work to restore the stream’s Tributary A was completed in 2006.

But a group of residents have launched an online campaign against what it described as the “rapid loss of trees on public and private lands” and urged the county to reconsider.

“The Donaldson Run Tributary B [stream] restoration project, costing taxpayers over $1 million, sacrifices broad local natural environmental benefits for a narrow distant storm water purpose,” the petition reads. “This project must be put on hold until… comprehensive technical and cost/benefit reviews can be completed that include better alternatives that use the money most effectively to meet all the community’s goals.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had received 14 signatures.

Opponents of the project will host an event on Sunday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the nature area to hand out free saplings to “expand our urban forest.”

Photo No. 4 via petition, photo No. 5 via Google Maps.

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Morning Notes

Blooms on ice

Arlington’s Irish Bars on St. Patrick’s Day — Today is St. Patrick’s Day and that of course means that Guinness will be flowing like water at Arlington’s half dozen Irish pubs. Among them: The Celtic House on Columbia Pike (recently lauded by Yelp and Travel + Leisure), Samuel Beckett’s in Shirlington, Ireland’s Four Courts in Courthouse, O’Sullivan’s in Clarendon, P. Brennan’s on Columbia Pike and Sine Irish Pub on Pentagon Row.

Arlington’s High-Earning Millennials — “Arlington has more millennials with a household income of $350,000 or more than any other jurisdiction in the country, with 8.7 percent of millennials among that wealthy cohort.” [Washington Post]

Donaldson Run Neighborhood Profiled — “Tracy and Jeremy Penfield bought their first house in Donaldson Run in Arlington County because they liked the location and the price. After living close to Metro for almost a decade, they welcomed the hilly, wooded neighborhood, which is largely car-oriented.” [Washington Post]

WeWork Creator’s Awards — WeWork, which has both co-working and co-living space at an office building in Crystal City, is giving out $20 million in grant awards to creators around the world, including here in the D.C. area. Applications to pitch an idea in D.C. are due this coming Monday. [WeWork]

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Hundreds Without Power in North Arlington

Power outage 2/9/17

Nearly 600 Dominion customers are without power in the Donaldson Run, Maywood and Riverwood neighborhoods of north Arlington.

Initial reports suggest Dominion crews shut down power to the grid after a tree or a large branch fell on a power line, which started arcing. Those crews are currently working on the lines on the 2600 block of Military Road, according to scanner traffic.

Power crews are keeping busy due to the high winds today. Nearly 2,500 Dominion customers are without power throughout Northern Virginia, though so far no other outages have been reported in Arlington.

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Photos: Bobcat Spotted in Donaldson Run Neighborhood?

A Donaldson Run resident photographed what appears to be a bobcat in a neighbor’s backyard over the weekend.

Evelyn Powers says her husband spotted the big cat Saturday morning.

“She was awesome… super chill-relaxing in the sun,” said Powers. “We enjoyed [the] visit… from afar of course.”

Photos and video provided by Powers show the animal casually exploring the neighbor’s backyard.

Bobcats are predators that have been known to inhabit wooded and “urban edge” environments. They usually hunt rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels and other small game, but are generally not considered a threat to humans.

Another bobcat made news last week; “Ollie” the bobcat escaped from an enclosure at the National Zoo in D.C. but was later found and captured on zoo property.

Update at 12:25 p.m. — Some additional insight from Susan Sherman of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:

I am not aware of a previous [bobcat sighting] in Arlington. Bobcats are a rare part of the native wildlife that can be found in Arlington. They are larger than traditional cats ranging from 2-3.5 ft long and around 1.5 ft at the shoulder. They are known for their shy nature and posing no threat to humans, property, or companion animals. They are a rare sight because of their reclusive nature — but it is mating season (from Dec. to around Feb.) and that could be why they caught this glimpse. They will traditionally be spotted in only the wooded urban areas throughout the county. We ask that the public call the Animal Control Department with any questions or concerns.

Photos and video courtesy @designpowers

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Morning Notes

Sunrise over Route 50 (Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi(

New Invasive Species Found in Arlington — A county contractor has found Wavyleaf Basketgrass, a particularly prolific invasive species, in Donaldson Run Park. The plant was removed but the county is now on the lookout for more. [Arlington County]

Murky Coffee Owner Still Owes County — Nicholas Cho, the proprietor of Murky Coffee, which closed six years ago in Clarendon, recently repaid his tax debts to the District of Columbia but still owes Arlington more than $84,000 in unpaid meals taxes and interest. [Washington Post]

‘Pub in the Park’ Coming to a Close — Rosslyn’s Friday evening Pub in the Park event series, which includes a mobile bar offering beer and wine, is ending for the season tonight. [Twitter]

Lyft Sees Lift in Arlington Corporate Customers — For some reason ride hailing service Lyft is seeing a relatively large increase in business from corporate customers in Arlington. [Pymnts]

Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi

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Six Arrested in Military Road Home Invasion Robbery

Military Road home invasion robbery suspects (photos courtesy ACPD)

(Updated at 3:05 p.m.) A half dozen teens have been arrested and charged in connection with a home invasion robbery in the Donaldson Run area.

A witness said the armed suspects, dressed in masks, invaded a house party on N. Military Road around midnight last night.

Police on scene of a reported robbery on N. Military Road (courtesy photo)“Masked men stormed a house with guns, knives and pepper spray where a group of high school aged kids were having a party,” said a passerby who witnessed the end of the alleged robbery and wished to remain anonymous.

“I immediately called 911 and informed them of what I saw, which was a group of people attacking someone and then people fleeing in a dark Honda Civic,” the witness told ARLnow.com. “It turned out that the group doing the attacking were the party-goers and the person being attacked was one of the robbers. The person being attacked got into the Honda and took off. They were apparently apprehended not too long after that.”

Police say five of the suspects were taken into custody after an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area. Another was “located on foot.” One of the suspects was an 18-year-old Arlington man, while the rest — including one 17-year-old juvenile — were from Annandale and Alexandria.

In a press release, below, police say the crime happened at a home on the 3000 block of Military Road, after the suspects forced their way through a rear door.

The Arlington County Police Department has arrested and charged 6 suspects, 5 adults and 1 juvenile, for their role in an armed home invasion robbery in the 3000 block of Military Road. At approximately 12:00 a.m. on August 5, officers were dispatched to the area for a fight in progress near the street. A responding officer conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in the area and took five of the suspects into custody without incident. An additional suspect was located on foot a short while later.

The investigation revealed that the suspects forced entry into the home through a rear door. Once inside, the suspects, armed with a handgun, knife and pepper spray used the threat of bodily harm to rob the victims. The victims were robbed of various items of value and an undisclosed amount of cash. One victim received a non-life threatening stab wound which did not require medical treatment.

The following individuals have been arrested as a result of this investigation:

  • George Nymbal, 18, of Arlington VA has been charged with Robbery (x2), Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Attempted Malicious Wounding, Using a Mask to Conceal Identity
  • Marcos Powers, 18, of Annandale VA has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Using a Mask to Conceal Identity, Burglary
  • Misael Leaver, 18, of Alexandria VA has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Robbery, Using a Mask to Conceal Identity, Burglary
  • Landry Bryant, 18, of Alexandria VA has been charged with Robbery, Use of a Mask to Conceal Identity, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Burglary
  • Samir Boufnichal, 19, of Alexandria VA has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
  • A 17-year-old juvenile has been charged with Robbery (x8), Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective R. Munizza of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4171 [email protected] Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Photos: Pets Rescued from House Fire in Donaldson Run

(Updated at 11:30 a.m.) Firefighters battled a house fire in the Donaldson Run neighborhood around 10:20 p.m. last night (July 4).

The blaze broke out in the garage of a home on the 2300 block of N. Randolph Street, not far from the Stratford School (H-B Woodlawn). The fire extended into part of the home itself.

Via Twitter, the Arlington County Fire Department said that the flames were extinguished by 11:15 p.m. and all of the home’s occupants were accounted for.

Photos showed firefighters in full gear hauling pet kennels out of the home. A photographer on scene said one dog and two cats were rescued.

A fire department spokesman could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning, but ACFD sent the following tweet after the initial publication of this article.

Photos (above) courtesy Andrew Pang

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Crime Report: Man Struck in Face By Wine Bottle

Arlington County police car(Updated at 1:05 p.m.) A barbecue in the Donaldson Run neighborhood turned violent last Saturday.

Police say a 26-year-old man suffered two large wounds after being struck in the face with a wine bottle.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 151010037, 4000 block of N. Lorcom Lane. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on October 10, a 26 year-old male victim was struck in the face with a wine bottle during a BBQ, causing two large lacerations to his head. The victim was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. Melissa Michelle Fredericks, 43, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 151011048, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 10:50 p.m. on October 11, a 50 year-old male victim was stabbed twice by a known acquaintance following a physical altercation. The victim was transported to the George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Warren F. Malcolm, 51, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.

ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT, 151010020, 2500 block of S. 9th Road. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on October 10, an unknown male subject attempted to kiss a 38 year-old female victim in an elevator. The suspect is described as a black male in his forties, approximately 5’10” and weighed 180 lbs. He was wearing a black coat and had a black duffel bag at the time of the incident.

ARMED ROBBERY, 151008061, 800 block of S. Frederick Street. At approximately 10:30 p.m. on October 8, a 50 year-old male victim was walking home when he was robbed of his wallet at gun point. One of the male subjects struck the victim in the face with the handgun and then fled the scene. The first subject is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’11”-6’2″ and weighed 180-220 lbs. He was wearing a black shirt, jeans, and a dark baseball hat. The second suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’11”-6’2″ and weighed 180-220 lbs. He was wearing a black shirt, jeans, and a dark baseball hat.

CARJACKING, 151008051, 1600 block of N. Fort Myer Drive. At approximately 6:40 p.m. on October 8, a male subject entered the passenger seat of a female victim’s vehicle. The 56 year-old female victim fled her vehicle and screamed out for help, causing bystanders to intervene until officers arrived on scene. Michael Thesing, 19, of Oakwood, OH, was arrested and charged with carjacking. He is being held without bond.

BURGLARY, 151007052, 1400 block of N. Taft Street. Between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on October 7, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence and stole three MacBook Pro laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.

BREAKING & ENTERING, 151007069, 5800 block of N. 16th Street. At approximately 8:35 p.m. on October 7, an unknown subject was seen attempting to gain access to a shed in the backyard of a residence. The residents confronted the subject causing him to flee. The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties, approximately 5’6″ tall and weighing 150 lbs. He was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black pants, and was carrying a big black bag.

STOLEN VEHICLES
10/08/15, VA ZWT-4005, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, black
2000 block of N. Adams Street
10/13/15, VA WZC2026, 2009 Acura TL, Black
3000 block of S. Abingdon Street

10/07/15
FRAUD, 151007021, 800 block of N. Randolph Street
TRESPASSING, 151007027, 900 block of S. Dinwiddie Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151007033, 3200 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
TRESPASSING, 151007035, 2500 block of S. 9th Road
PETIT LARCENY, 151007036, 2500 block of S. 9th Road
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 151007039, 900 block of N. Lebanon Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151007046, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151007049, 700 block of S. Courthouse Road
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, 151007063, 5100 block of S. 7th Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151007065, 1500 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
GRAFFITI, 151007037, 2000 block of N. Lee Highway

10/08/15
PETIT LARCENY, 151008015, 5200 block of N. Yorktown Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151008023, 1400 block of N. Wakefield Street
SHOPLIFTING, 151008029, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street
LARCENY OF CHECKBOOK, 151008041, 5100 block of N. 27th Street
COUNTERFIET, 151008048, 4700 block of Lee Highway
PETIT LARCENY, 151008057, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
PETIT LARCENY, 151008059, 700 block of N. Glebe Road

10/09/15
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151009006, 700 block of S. Dickerson Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151009008, 1600 block of N. George Mason Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151007043, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151009014, 2700 block of N. Key Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 151009033, 900 block of S. 18th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151009035, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151009042, 1000 block of N. Quincy Street
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 151009052, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151009060, 500 block of N. Glebe Road

10/10/15
ASSAULT BY MOB, 151010004, 800 block of S. Ivy Street
FRAUD, 151010016, 4800 block of N. 27th Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151010017, 1500 block of S. Crystal Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151010023, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSE, 151010024, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151010028, 1000 block of N. Fillmore Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 151010029, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
THREATS, 151010030, 5100 block of N. 8th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151010035, 800 block of N. Pollard Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151010040, 3300 block of N. Wilson Boulevard

10/11/15
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151011002, 1900 block of N. Fort Myer Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151011007, 3000 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT ON POLICE, 151011008, 600 block of N. Vermont Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151011020, 3900 block of S. 14th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151011023, 900 block of S. George Mason Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 151011025, 2100 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 151011029, 2100 block of N. 15th Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151011030, 1600 block of N. George Mason Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151011033, 1600 block of N. George Mason Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151011034, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street
TRESPASSING, 151011046, 300 block of S. 23rd Street
STRANGULATION, 151011049, 4100 block of S. 18th Street

10/12/15
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151012008, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151012010, 3800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
HARASSMENT, 151012014, 2000 block of N. 15th Street
PRESCRIPTION FRAUD, 151012022, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
PETIT LARCENY, 151012027, 2800 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 151012028, 5300 block of N. 10th Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151012029, 1300 block of S. Joyce Street
LARCENY, 151012034, 700 block of N. Glebe Road

10/13/15
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151013009, 3000 block of S. Abingdon Street
LARCENY, 151013016, 1400 block of S. 24th Street
THREATS, 151013017, 1900 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
IDENTITY THEFT, 151013022, 1000 block of S. Frederick Street
ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151013023, 3400 block of S. Utah Street
ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151013024, 3400 block of S. Utah Street
SHOPLIFTING, 151013028, 1200 block of S. Fern Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151013037, 900 block of S. Dinwiddie Street
ASSAULT, 151013044, 5000 block of N. Little Falls Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151013051, 800 block of N. Wayne Street

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Popsicles Eaten, Pokemon Cards Played With in Donaldson Run Burglary

Arlington County police carArlington County Police responded to an unusual burglary call yesterday in the Donaldson Run neighborhood.

A homeowner returned to his or her residence on the 2700 block of N. Beechwood Street after a few days away, only to find that something wasn’t quite right — someone had been inside the house and had helped themselves to some sweet treats.

“Between 12:00 p.m. on August 9 and 9:00 p.m. on August 12, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence through a doggie door and ate the homeowner’s popsicles and whipped cream,” according to a crime report. “The suspect(s) proceeded to play with Pokémon cards that were found in the residence.”

“After they enjoyed some popsicles, they played a bit with some Pokemon cards and left,” ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said of the suspect or suspects, whose identity and motive remains a mystery.

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Donaldson Run Water Advisory Lifted

Signs line the Donaldson Run trail.

An advisory warning to people to avoid contact with water from Donaldson Run has been lifted.

The advisory was put into place on July 11 after sewage from a broken pipe leaked into the stream by Military Drive. Two additional leaks followed three days later, causing the county to issue another advisory.

The first leak spewed 4,500 gallons of sewage. The second leak released 9,000 gallons and the third had 11,250 gallons, county spokeswoman Meghan McMahon said.

The sewage in the water was naturally flushed out and the county fixed the broken pipe, as well as the protective casing around it.

The county recently tested the water downstream from the break for E. Coli and found normal levels, according to a county press release.

Although there is no more sewage in the water, people should still never drink or bathe in stream water, according to the county. Residents should also always wash their hands after coming in contact with water from local streams.

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