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Fund For Family Of 8-Year-Old Crash Victim

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- We have learned there is now a fund for the family of an 8-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a car on Duke Street on Sunday.

The fund was set up through the Alexandria Days Inn for the family of Brian Hernandez-Chavez. Brian's mother, Maria Chavez, works there as a housekeeper.

Click here to go to the donation page. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the website showed that more than $3,500 had been collected.

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Va. Legislator Promotes Possible Pot Sales In Liquor Stores

ALEXANDRIA,Va. (WUSA)-- Virginia house delegate David Englin wants to know how much money would be generated if marijuana sales were legalized and regulated in the commonwealth. So he's introduced legislation that would give him answers to his questions.

If Englin's plan moves forward, members of Virginia's house and senate would work with other experts to determine a dollar amount associated with legalizing pot sales. The marijuana Englin says would be sold at the Virginia ABC Liquor Stores.
The stores are owned and operated by the state and like the alcohol they sell there the marijuana will also be regulated by state laws.

Englin says Virginia needs the money to fund what he called "willfully underfunded services. He cited health care, schools, roads, and public safety as areas that could use the money.

Police Looking For Man In Suspicious Events At Elementary School

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County police are looking for a man who was spotted at Clermont Elementary School waving and calling to students.

According to police, in each incident a man was spotted in a red pickup truck staring, waving and calling out to students but no student was ever touched or injured.

The first two suspicious events happened near the school on Dec. 19 and 20, 2011 while students were walking to school. On Dec. 21, there was another event with a student walking home after school. The fourth event happened Jan. 12 after school and the last incident happened on Jan. 17 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Police Seeking Man Who Has Approached Children

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The cafeteria of Clermont Elementary School in Alexandria was crowded Thursday night with concerned parents, eager to hear from Fairfax County police about five disturbing incidents over the past month or so.

According to police, each of the events involved a white or perhaps Hispanic man between 30 and 35 years old, with a goatee, who was driving a red pickup truck.

Police say the man has approached children on their way to and from school in the neighborhood around Clermont Elementary. The man then allegedly has tried to get the kids attention. In some cases, he has spoken to the kids, though, for investigative reasons police, won't reveal right now what the man said.

So far, police say, the man has not committed a crime, but they're still very interested in talking to him, and, to that end, have significantly increased patrols around the school.

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Metro Workers Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Fare Machines

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A United States attorney and others have announced that two Metro workers are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins from Metro stations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Horace Dexter McDade, a Metro revenue technician, and John Vincent Haile, a police officer, were arrested late Wednesday night and will appear at the Alexandria federal courthouse on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Fifty-eight-year-old McDade of Bowie, Md., and 54-year-old Haile of Woodbridge, Va., were charged with conspiring to commit theft from programs receiving federal funds.  If convicted, they could serve up to five years in prison.

"I am thoroughly disgusted and dismayed by the allegations against these two employees," said Metro General Manger Richard Sarles. "It's a betrayal."

RIVERVIEW TERRACE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

GAYLORD NATIONAL RELOCATES FLAGPOLE

Clear Vistas of National Harbor Marina Ahead

 

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is pleased to announce that construction of RiverView Terrace, the capital region’s newest premier, outdoor waterfront venue,  remains on schedule for a spring debut. 

This week, Gaylord National relocated the American flagpole that marks the hotel’s waterfront from the Potomac River, allowing the new venue to feature 15,000 square feet of unimpeded event space.  The flagpole can still be saluted adjacent to Riverview Terrace, and guests will now enjoy a completely unobstructed sunset or, if desired, private fireworks display above the skyline – Gaylord’s signature “Kiss Goodnight.”

Explore The First President's Garden at Green Spring Gardens

Explore The First President's Garden at Green Spring Gardens

From Fairfax County:

For more than 150 years people have studied, researched and dug the earth for clues that have helped make Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, one of the most accurately restored 18th century estates in America. On Sunday, February 5, 2012 Dean Norton, the director of horticulture at the Mount Vernon Estate, will talk about the beauty, use and importance of the site’s gardens and landscape.