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Police Roll Out Pink BMW to Fight Drunk Driving in Arlington

The Arlington County Police Department revealed a new tool today (Monday) to discourage drunk driving as the region gears up to celebrate the Fourth of July: a bright pink BMW.

The “SoberRide Vehicle,” developed in partnership with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program and ride-hailing service Lyft, is a redesigned 2004 BMW 330ci, seized following a drug conviction. Wrapped partially in eye-catching pink, courtesy of Lyft, the vehicle will be on display at community events and areas with nightlife to remind Arlington residents not to drive under the influence.

The vehicle complements the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide campaign, which will offer up to 1,500 free Lyft rides on Independence Day.

Riders will be able to request a free ride home worth up to $15 from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. by using a Lyft promo code that will be posted to the SoberRide website 5 p.m. Wednesday.

WRAP’s SoberRide program has previously provided free rides home to area residents on holidays like St. Patrick’s DayCinco de Mayo and Halloween. Last year, 513 people in the Washington metropolitan area used the Independence Day SoberRide promotion, according to WRAP president Kurt Erickson.

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Crime Report: Boy Playing in Park Touched Inappropriately

A man touched a boy inappropriately while he was playing in a park last week, police say.

The boy was playing in Doctor’s Run Park, near Randolph Elementary School, on the morning of Wednesday, June 20, when a man approached and touched him in a sexual manner, according to a crime report. The suspect then fled on foot.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

SEXUAL BATTERY (late), 2018-06200138, 1300 block of S. George Mason Drive. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 20, police were informed of the late report of a sexual battery. At approximately 9:45 a.m. while the juvenile victim was playing in the park, an unknown male suspect approached the victim and touched him inappropriately before fleeing on foot. The suspect is described as an older dark skinned male, with a medium build, little facial hair and wearing a black, gray and white shirt, black pants and gray shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

Early yesterday (Tuesday) morning, meanwhile, police investigated a shooting in the Courthouse area — blocks from ACPD headquarters — that apparently stemmed from a road rage incident.

A man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and the suspect is still at large.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING (late), 2018-06260028, 1100 block of N. Courthouse Road. At approximately 2:23 a.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the report of a person with a gun. Arriving units searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or reporting party. At approximately 2:46 a.m., police were dispatched to Virginia Hospital Center for the report of a person with a gunshot wound. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim was driving in the area when another vehicle began to follow him after a traffic infraction. The suspect vehicle then closely approached the victim’s vehicle while stopped and the suspect brandished a firearm and fired a shot at the victim, causing non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is described as a black male with a medium complexion with short, black hair and a goatee wearing a gray tank top. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver Honda Accord. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, after the jump.

ASSAULT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, 2018-06260181, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 3:55 p.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, two suspects in possession of allegedly stolen merchandise were located at the metro and detained. During the course of the investigation, one subject was determined not to be involved in the larceny and released. The second subject in possession of stolen merchandise became combative and allegedly kicked and spit at officers multiple times while they attempted to detain her. Niccole Berry, 26, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement (x3) and Petit Larceny. She was held on no bond.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-06260053, 700 block of 12th Street S. At approximately 7:49 a.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on June 26, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a building under construction, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect(s) description(s). The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210004, 1200 block of S. Scott Street. At approximately 12:51 a.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that at between 3:00 p.m. on June 20 and 12:00 a.m. on June 21, an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210133, 6300 block of 29th Street N. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:50 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210143, 5600 block of 32nd Street N. At approximately 2:19 p.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

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ACPD to Begin Enforcing Clarendon Drop-off and Pick-up Zones Tonight

Arlington County Police will begin issuing tickets as it enforces its new drop-off and pick-up zones in Clarendon tonight (Thursday).

ACPD made the announcement via Twitter this morning. It follows several weeks of public outreach about the new rules, which are intended to stop double parking, blocking of crosswalks and bike lanes, and other bad driver behavior.

The enforcement comes as an event has taken over Clarendon’s Metro plaza.

Make Music Day kicked off at 11 a.m. and is planned to run through through 9 p.m. tonight. Performers include Americana group Know1Else, who will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., and 9:30 Club veterans Skyline Hotel, slotted for 8 p.m.

Make Music Day began in France in the early 1980s and takes place annually on the summer solstice. The event is now celebrated in 800 cities across 120 countries, said Carol Leonhart, co-director of Make Music Day D.C. and co-founder of Global Jam 4 Peace.

The event also featured booths for music organizations like the Songwriters’ Association of WashingtonCancer Can Rock and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.

Melanie Pincus contributed photos and reporting

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Morning Notes

It’s Summer — Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in terms of daylight. [Fortune]

Verizon 911 Outage Updated at 11:40 a.m. — From Arlington Alert: “Due to a regional Verizon outage, Verizon mobile phones may not be able to reach 9-1-1 or non-emergency numbers in the area at this time. Please use Text-to-9-1-1 or another phone carrier if the voice call does not go through.” Callers in Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William are also affected by the outage. Service was restored around 11 a.m. [Twitter, WJLA]

Crash Leads to All-Time Terrible Commute — Yesterday’s evening commute was “atrocious” and the “worst I’ve ever seen” in Northern Virginia, per transportation reporter Adam Tuss. Traffic was especially slow on northbound I-395 and the northbound GW Parkway approaching D.C., after a deadly and fiery truck crash shut down a portion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Capital Beltway. [WTOP, Twitter, Twitter]

New Details in Police Shooting — There are new details in the police shooting of a man near Columbia Pike last month. According to court records, Steven Best and his passenger “were involved in a drug transaction with a man outside a hotel.” Police then boxed in his van to make an arrest, but Best allegedly tried to flee, driving “forwards and backwards, striking multiple police cars,” leading to the shooting. Best’s family, which has questioned the police account of what happened, says they have a video of the shooting. [WJLA]

Housing Costs Still Rising — The average per-square-foot cost of an existing home in Arlington is now $475, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to last year and the highest such figure among Northern Virginia localities. [InsideNova]

New ACPD Officers — Ten new Arlington police officers took the oath of honor to protect and serve the residents of Arlington County earlier this week after graduating from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. [Twitter]

Bishop Burbidge on World Refugee Day — Catholic Diocese of Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge released a statement in honor of World Refugee Day yesterday, saying in part: “may we… stand with refugees and commemorate their courage, resilience and perseverance. May we always remember to ‘treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and … love him as yourself, for [we] were strangers in the land of Egypt’ (Leviticus19:34).” [Arlington Catholic Herald, Twitter]

Food Truck Inspections — The Arlington County Fire Department has been performing inspections this week of food trucks that operate in Arlington. Officials have been specifically looking at fire suppression systems and the storage of cooking fuels. [Twitter]

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Crime Report: Serial Flasher Strikes Again?

A pair of indecent exposure incidents in the Rosslyn area is may be linked to a serial flasher who has been at it since the beginning of the year.

Both incidents, which were reported to police an hour apart, happened Thursday night in the Radnor-Fort Myer heights neighborhood. Both times, a woman witnessed a man exposing himself and masturbating.

The suspect descriptions differ, and are not do not match up precisely with the serial flashing suspect, but the suspect behavior is similar.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-06140250, 1300 block of Fort Myer Drive. At approximately 10:20 p.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was walking in the area when she observed a male suspect exposing himself and masturbating. The suspect then approached the victim and touched her inappropriately before fleeing the area on foot. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’6, in his mid 20’s, with an average build, approximately 120 lbs., wearing dark grey sweatshirt and dark pants, with a hood pulled tightly around his face. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-06140269, 1300 block of N. Meade Street. At approximately 11:19 p.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of a peeping. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside her residence when she noticed movement outside her window and observed an unknown male suspect exposing himself and masturbating outside the window. The suspect is described as a tall white male, with a muscular build, wearing a maroon or dark red short sleeved shirt and jeans. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, after the jump.

ROBBERY BY FORCE (late), 2018-06190271, 935 N. Stafford Street. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on June 19, police were dispatched to the late report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 2:00 a.m. on June 19 an unknown male suspect approached two male victims in the parking lot of a business. As they were entering their vehicle, the suspect threatened them with a glass bottle and demanded cash. After the victims complied with the suspect’s request, he fled on foot. The suspect is described as white male, approximately 6’2″, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with black, medium length hair, an unshaven face, wearing a long sleeve white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and gray pants. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY BY FORCE (late), 2018-06180243, 4200 block of 2nd Road N. At approximately 11:25 p.m. on June 18, police were dispatched to the report of a possible assault in progress. Upon arrival, no victims or suspects could be located. At approximately 1:11 a.m. on June 19, police were dispatched to the report of a possible breaking and entering in progress at the same location. During the course of that investigation, the victim from the initial call for service was located. It was determined that at approximately 11:00 p.m., the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown male suspects who began asking him questions. When the victim declined to respond and attempted to walk away, he was grabbed and assaulted by the suspects, who then stole items of value from him and fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. Suspect One is described as a black male with a thick mustache. Suspect Two is described as a medium build Hispanic male. Suspect Three is described as a skinny Hispanic male with tattoos on his arms. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-06140040, 2300 block of N. Columbus Street. At approximately 4:03 a.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that approximately 10-15 minutes prior to police arrival, the victims were awoken by noise inside the residence and observed an unknown individual fleeing on foot. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that an unknown suspect gained entry to the victims’ residence and vehicle, causing damage to the residence, and tampered with items inside the vehicle. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle or residence. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2018-06150240, 4400 block of 31st Street S. At approximately 7:10 p.m. on June 15, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside her residence when she heard two voices demanding she let them into her residence and attempting to forcibly gain entry. The suspects left without gaining entry after the victim yelled that she was calling the police. There are no suspect descriptions. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2018-06170064, 1600 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 4:21 a.m. on June 17, police were dispatched to the report of an audible alarm. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the business. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-06170161, 2800 block of 21st Road S. At approximately 3:00 p.m. on June 17, an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle cut off another vehicle and repeatedly swerve in the travel lane on I-395. The vehicle, which appeared to also have a flat tire, then exited at the S. Glebe Road exit. A subsequent check of the tag indicated the vehicle had previously been reported stolen out of Fairfax County. The officer initiated a traffic stop and, with the assistance of other units arriving on scene, both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. During the course of the investigation, the passenger of the vehicle was found to be in possession of marijuana and released on a summons. The driver of the vehicle, Eyael Gebreyesus, 21, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Goods, Driving with a Revoked License and Giving False Identity to Law Enforcement While Detained.

PEEPING (late), 2018-06150301, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. At approximately 10:42 p.m. on June 16, police were dispatched to the late report of a peeping. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was informed by a neighbor, who, while outside walking in the area, witnessed an unknown male suspect looking into the victim’s residence. The suspect is described as a male wearing all black clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06140076, 2100 block of N. Pollard Street. At approximately 9:25 a.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of possible breaking and entering of a business. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:00 p.m. and 9:20 a.m. an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06140227, 200 block of N. Cleveland Street. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on June 14, police responded to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

 

ROBBERY, 2018-06130159, 2700 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 3:10 p.m. on June 13, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that a loss prevention officer observed two suspects enter a business, begin browsing and then conceal merchandise. Suspect One took multiple pieces of merchandise, exited the business and was approached by loss prevention, at which point a brief struggled ensued before the suspect fled on foot. Suspect Two remained inside the business, but fled on foot with stolen merchandise when approached by loss prevention. Suspect One is described as a black male, approximately 16-20 years old, roughly 5’11, approximately 140 lbs., with short, puffy-like hair, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and dark pants. Suspect Two is described as a black male, approximately 16-20 years old, roughly 5’11, approximately 140 lbs., with short, puffy-like hair, wearing a green/gray sweater and dark pants. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-06130222, Route 110 East at I-395. At approximately 7:31 p.m. on June 13, a license plate reader lookout was broadcast for a vehicle stolen during an armed carjacking in Leesburg, V.A. Responding officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the lookout in the area of I-66 Eastbound at Sycamore Street. Officers effected a traffic stop just prior to Route 110. Devonta Skinner, 25, of Warrenton, VA was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant and also charged with Revoked Operator’s License.

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Morning Notes

FBI Renews Search for Hotel Rapist — A cold case is getting hotter as the FBI steps up the search for a man who raped hotel employees in the D.C. area, including in Arlington, between 1998 and 2006. Authorities still don’t know who the suspect is, but in a first for the region, the man’s DNA profile has been indicted for the crime. [FBI, NBC Washington, WTOP]

‘Unaccompanied Minors’ Housed at Local Facility? — “The feds may use a local juvenile detention center to house some of the nearly 2,000 children they’ve separated from their parents at the Mexican border. Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg said she’s expressed ‘strong concerns’ with the board that runs the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center, which has a contract to hold as many as 30 unaccompanied minors. The detention center is jointly run by Alexandria and Arlington.” [WUSA 9]

ACPD Helps Kid’s Dream Come True — “After over 900 days in foster care, Cameron’s wish came true when he found his forever family. During last week’s @Capitals visit, we were able to help him with his 2nd wish-touching the #StanleyCup! Today he stopped by to thank Officer Rihl for helping make his dream a reality!” [Twitter]

Local Tech Firm Signs Rosslyn Lease — As expected after being selected for a $60,000 Gazelle grant from Arlington County earlier this year, local tech firm Higher logic has signed a lease and is moving employees into a new 31,000 square foot headquarters space at Waterview Tower (1919 N. Lynn Street) in Rosslyn. The company, which makes community engagement software, acquired four companies last year. The new office offers “floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Potomac River, an open, collaborative environment, and much needed room to expand.” [Washington Business Journal]

Firefighters Help Cool Kids Down — Earlier this week, with sweltering temperatures putting a damper on outdoor activities, an Arlington County fire engine helped Patrick Henry Elementary students cool down during their field day. [Twitter]

ACFD Trains for Water Rescues — The Arlington County Fire Department has a water rescue team, and before yesterday’s rains the team was training in the rapids at Great Falls. [Twitter]

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

A heat wave is just around the corner, just in time for the weekend (and Father’s Day).

The forecast is set to be gorgeous for the next two days, before things get especially steamy Sunday.

It’s the perfect weather to, say, stop by a beer garden and crawfish boil, or check out the new Rosslyn observation deck. There are plenty of other events on tap this weekend too if you’re looking for something to do with the dads in your life.

In the meantime, check out some of our most popular stories of the last week:

  1. Caps Stop in Clarendon, With Stanley Cup in Tow
  2. Washington-Lee High School to be Renamed
  3. Man Jumps in Front of Train at East Falls Church Metro
  4. Video: Crystal City Metro Station Gets Unexpected Visitor
  5. Overhaul of Tricky ‘Clarendon Circle’ Intersection Could Start This Fall

Speaking of the Caps stopping in Clarendon with the Stanley Cup last Friday, there was more Capitals excitement in Arlington today. Alexander Ovechkin and Caps owner Ted Leonsis brought the Cup to the Arlington County Police Department for a quick photo opportunity.

Head down to the comment to discuss these stories, the Caps, your Father’s Day plans or anything else local. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Tom Mockler

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Morning Notes

Free Admission at New Observation Deck — The new observation deck in Rosslyn is holding “Arlington County residents day” this weekend. Arlington County residents with valid ID can present it at the Observation Deck at CEB Tower box office for free admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. [Observation Deck at CEB Tower]

Stanley Cup to Visit ACPD Today — The Arlington County Police Department is set for a visit from the Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and the Stanley Cup today. [WUSA 9]

Pike May Get New ‘Showplace’ Library — “The current two-story community library in the corridor is tucked away on the Arlington Career Center campus, which is slated for a massive, if currently undefined, redevelopment effort in coming years. A library space is expected to be part of the redevelopment package, but county officials are looking at other options, including a full-frontal signature space facing Columbia Pike itself.” [InsideNova]

Road Closures for 5K Race — Several roads will be closed in and around Pentagon City Saturday morning for the 2018 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk/Dash for Dads 5K Race. [Arlington County, ZERO]

Flickr pool photo by GM and MB

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Crime Report: Maryland Man Arrested for Car Theft, Assaulting Police

A man was arrested this past Friday morning and charged with assault and battery on police and a litany of other charges.

The incident happened in Arlington’s Nauck neighborhood. It reportedly started when officers located a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Prince George’s County.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON POLICE, 2018-06080065, 2000 block of S. Langley Street. At approximately 7:07 a.m. on June 8, a lookout was broadcast for a vehicle stolen out of Prince George’s County. Officers located the vehicle and activated their emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop. As the officers approached the vehicle on foot, the suspect fled the scene and struck an occupied police cruiser. The suspect turned onto a dead end roadway and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody. Nehemais Mejia, 22, of Riverdale, MD was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery on Police, Felony Hit and Run, Felony Eluding, Felony Destruction of Property, Grand Larceny Auto, Driving Under the Influence and No Operator’s License. He was held on no bond.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, after the jump.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-06080145, 2600 block of 11th Street S. At approximately 1:15 p.m. on June 8, police were dispatched to the report of a late breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 7:30 a.m. on June 8, a witness arrived at the unoccupied home and discovered damage to the rear door. No other damage was reported and no items were reported stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

PEEPING, 2018-06060272, 2800 block of 8th Street S. At approximately 10:48 p.m. on June 6, police were dispatched to the report of a peeping incident. Upon arrival, it was determined that a witness observed an unknown male inside a courtyard looking into the window of a residence. When the suspect saw the witness in the courtyard, he attempted to hide in the bushes before fleeing on foot. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 6’0″, wearing a dark blue jacket and baseball hat pulled down covering his face. The investigation is ongoing.

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Morning Notes

Construction Kicks Off at The Berkeley — Work is underway on The Berkeley, and “obsolete” apartment building at 2900-2910 S. Glebe Road that is doing a significant redevelopment. The $100 million project will turn the 137 units currently on the site into 256 apartments. [Multi-Housing News]

Remains May Be Linked to Missing Person Case — Remains found in Stafford County are reportedly those of a woman who went missing in Arlington in 1989. The missing woman’s husband — Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, who’s currently in jail for another woman’s murder — told police at the time that his wife left and was living in the Miami area. Later D.C. police learned that it was his second wife’s sister, who had assumed the identity of Rodriguez-Cruz’s first wife. [Fox 5]

Vida Fitness Eyeing Rosslyn Location — “[Vida Fitness] has a letter of intent for space in western Rosslyn, owner David von Storch told the Business Journal… The location — which will include SweatBox, a boutique studio within a gym that offers high-intensity interval training in a fast-paced, heart-monitored workout — would open in the fourth quarter of 2020. Von Storch already has a deal to open a Vida in Ballston.” [Washington Business Journal]

ACPD Motor Squad Escorts the Caps — Members of the Arlington County Police Department’s motorcycle squad helped escort the Washington Capitals and the Stanley Cup in yesterday’s victory parade in D.C. Other regional police agencies, including Montgomery County Police, also participated. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

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Bike Races Prompting Road Closures in Clarendon, Crystal City This Weekend

The return of the Armed Forces Cycling Classic to Arlington will prompt a few road closures this weekend, with Clarendon impacted Saturday (June 9) and Crystal City facing closures Sunday (June 10).

Cyclists of all skill levels will compete in the 21st annual “Clarendon Cup” Saturday. The event features professional cyclists competing in what is billed as “one of the most difficult criterium races in the USA, due to technical demands of the course and the quality of the participant.”

Arlington County Police are planning to close the following roads around Clarendon from 4:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. that day:

  • Wilson Blvd., from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd.
  • Clarendon Blvd., from Washington Blvd. to N. Fillmore Street
  • Washington Blvd., from Wilson Blvd. to N. Highland Street
  • North Highland Street, from Wilson Blvd. to Washington Blvd.
  • North Garfield Street / N. Fillmore Street, from Wilson Blvd. to Washington Blvd.


On Sunday, riders will square off in the “Crystal Cup,” and police plan to close more roads from 4:30 a.m. to about 5 p.m.:

  • Crystal Drive, from S. 15th Street through S. 23rd Street
  • Wilson Blvd., from N. Kent Street to the Route 110 ramp
  • Route 110, from Rosslyn to Crystal City
  • S. Clark Street, from S. 20th Street to S. 23rd Street
  • S. 20th Street, from Crystal Drive to S. Clark Street
  • S. 18th Street, from Crystal Drive to S. Bell Street
  • S. 23rd Street from Crystal Drive to S. Clark Street
  • Crystal Drive (West side), from S. 23rd St to the Central Center Parking Garage
  • S. 12th Street and Long Bridge Drive

Police also plan to post “no parking” signs in the vicinity of both races. Anyone with their vehicle towed should call the county’s Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.

Photo via the Armed Forces Cycling Classic

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Crime Report: Patient Fights Medical Staff, Police

It was an especially light week for crime in Arlington, with ACPD only reporting one incident significant enough for a crime report write-up over the past 7 days.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night at a medical office on the 2100 block of Washington Blvd — the same block as Arlington County’s public health services office.

Police say a man became combative with medical staff and then later kicked and spit on a police officer who responded to the scene, while also spitting on a second officer.

More from the crime report:

ASSAULT & BATTERY ON POLICE, 2018-06050263, 2100 block of Washington Boulevard. At approximately 9:29 p.m. on June 5, medical staff at the hospital were evaluating a subject, when the subject became disorderly and combative. Officers already on scene intervened to assist hospital staff with the subject, who then allegedly kicked and spit on one officer and spit on another officer while being restrained. Once medically cleared, the subject was transported to booking. No officers required medical treatment. Gary Champagne, 54, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery on Police (x2). He was held on no bond.

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Morning Notes

‘Coffee With a Cop’ Comes to Clarendon, Pentagon City — The Arlington County Police Department is hosting a pair of “Coffee with a Cop” events later this month, at a Starbucks in Pentagon City and Northside Social in Clarendon. In a press release, ACPD said it “is committed to developing and maintaining strong relationships with those we serve, a vital component to ensuring the public’s trust.” [Arlington County]

Potomac Roaring Over Great Falls — Those within earshot of the Potomac River are being treated to an especially loud roar this week as the rain-swollen river “churned and even exploded into the air at Great Falls.” It also flooded parts of Alexandria and the Georgetown riverfront. [Washington Post, Twitter, Twitter]

Artisphere Closing Anniversary — It has been three years since Artisphere closed its doors in Rosslyn. The former county-funded arts venue is now a co-working and events space.

Photo courtesy @jimcollierjr

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County Police Investigating Series of Thefts at Arlington Elementary Schools

Arlington County Police and school officials are working to track down the people responsible for a series of thefts from local schools over the last few months.

ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage says her department has received 10 reports of larcenies of credits cards or wallets from Arlington schools since May 2017, with the most recent coming last Thursday (May 31).

She says police are investigating thefts from nine schools in all:

  • Ashlawn Elementary School
  • Barcroft Elementary School
  • Campbell Elementary School
  • Carlin Springs Elementary School
  • Drew Model School
  • Glebe Elementary School
  • Jamestown Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Elementary School

“The investigation into these incidents determined that in the majority of cases, the suspects enter the schools following dismissal and steal unsecured personal belongings to include wallets, credit cards and cash,” Savage told ARLnow via email. “These crimes are organized and believed to be regional in nature. While there is no indication that this individual is linked to this case, similar incidents have been reported in Maryland.”

Savage says the department is urging school staffers, particularly in elementary schools, to report suspicious activity and regularly monitor their bank statements. APS spokesman Frank Bellavia said the school system is taking steps to address the issue as well.

“We have been working with police to circulate the images of the suspects,” Bellavia wrote via email. “We are also asking staff to make sure to lock up their personal belongings so that they can’t be accessed. Front office staff as well as other staff members are being asked to be vigilant especially during dismissal when there are a lot of people around.”

A tipster told ARLnow that the thefts bring up larger questions about school safety.

“This put[s] the entire school community at risk,” the tipster said. “It is my deep concern about procedures in APS schools and the failure of the administration to properly address the school safety issue. If attention is not drawn to this now, it is my fear this will escalate into a crisis.”

An email sent to school staff from an ACPD sergeant, an image of which was sent by the tipster, has more details about how the thieves operate. (It also contained a link to an article about similar thefts in Maryland.)

We believe these crimes are organized, regional in nature, and possible based out of the area near the Prince George’s/District line. Most charges are near here and in Silver Spring.

We believe the schools that are targeted are mostly elementary schools and mostly near the outskirts of the county near a highway that links up to DC/MD.

We believe a group arrives at a school near dismissal time and parks nearby.

Some occupants stay inside the vehicle and some wander onto school property and look to enter an entrance that is not the main school entrance. They then look lost, look into open classrooms, and look through purses and only take credit cards. They cards are then maxed out using some type of purchase with money cards at a CVS. This allows the thieves to recover cash from their crimes.

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Duckling Rescue Effort at Fairlington Pool Sparks Neighborhood Dispute

Trista Nealon and some of her neighbors thought they were doing the right thing when they forced their way into the neighborhood pool to rescue some wayward ducklings — but now, their condo association is threatening them with criminal charges for their efforts.

Nealon tells ARLnow that one of her fellow condo owners in Fairlington Glen noticed seven ducklings stuck in the neighborhood’s community pool back on May 10 and she decided to go ask the pool’s manager if she could get in and help them leave.

When Nealon was rebuffed, she and her neighbors tried contacting a member of the Wildlife Rescue League to come help — again, they had no luck. So a group went back over to the pool, unlocked its gate by reaching in through a well-positioned mail slot, and fished out the baby ducks.

Nealon says a woman accosted the group at the time and threatened to call the police, before storming off, but she otherwise didn’t think much of the encounter. Yet when last Thursday (May 31) rolled around, Nealon and a few other neighbors involved in the rescue effort received a letter from attorneys representing the Fairlington Glen Council of Co-Owners informing her that the group’s Board of Directors “is currently considering whether to press charges or take other enforcement action.”

“I am a [27-year] Glen resident owner, and it is ridiculous that I am being threatened with criminal charges for being a Good Samaritan and saving baby ducks,” Nealon wrote in an email. She shared a copy of the letter with ARLnow and also posted it to a Facebook group for Fairlington residents.

Kristen Buck, an associate with the firm Rees Broome, said in the letter that the condo board felt a lock around the pool was damaged in the process of this rescue effort, and she’s requesting the people involved to pay the board $100 each to help reimburse the cost of replacing it.

“Such a good faith payment may influence whether the Board decides to press charges or take other action,” Buck wrote.

Nealon insists that no one damaged any property over the course of this episode, and she finds Buck’s suggestion that the neighbors should have simply called the county’s animal control to be without merit, given the “imminent danger” she felt the ducklings were in at the time.

Buck declined comment on the matter, as did Thora Stanwood, president of the condo association’s Board of Directors.

But, in a newsletter distributed by the condo association, there is a reference to a “break in” at the Fairlington Glen pool.

The newsletter claims a police report was filed about the incident, and that condo association’s Board of Directors “consulted with legal counsel about the recovery of damage from the break in.” County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage says she has no record of any police report being filed from the area that day.

Nealon isn’t sure what she’ll do next, but she at least plans to attend the condo association’s next meeting to protest her treatment, and she doesn’t expect she’ll be alone.

Her post on the Fairlington Appreciation Society Facebook page about the incident already has 125 likes and dozens of supportive comments.

Photo courtesy of Trista Nealon

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