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Defensive Driving Taught At New Police Center

NOKESVILLE, Va.  (WUSA) - Two driving simulators help police recruits learn how to handle all kinds of surprises on the road, like when people don't stop for their sirens.

Senior officer Vic Hatcher with the City of Manassas says it's all about teaching police officers to make good decisions.

The new $16 million Emergency Vehicle Operations Center is located on 92 acres in Nokesville. It's run by the Prince William and the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academies and serves more than 3,000 area officers and deputy sheriffs in Northern Virginia.

Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William counties along with the city of Alexandria all helped fund the new facility. For the past 30 years, those departments used the Old Dominion Speedway for driver trainer. But a racetrack doesn't provide real life situations; this new facility does.  

Northern VA Black Chamber Announces 2011 Board of Directors

From Gaea at Northern Virginia BCC:

Alexandria, VA – The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2011 Board of Directors:  

Gaea L. Honeycutt, Chairwoman

G.L. Honeycutt Consulting, LLC

Alexandria, VA

Woman Gets 3 Years For Conspiring To Steal Gold

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Bronx woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for conspiring to steal nearly $600,000 in gold and other valuables from South Asian families in northern Virginia last year.

Thirty-four-year-old Melinda Marie Soto pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Alexandria. Soto and her husband, Dagoberto Ramirez-Soto, were initially charged in state court but the case there collapsed. Federal prosecutors then stepped in and brought charges.

More than three dozen northern Virginia families, many of Indian descent, were burglarized last year and lost valuable heirlooms.
The three-year prison term is in line with what prosecutors had sought.

Ramirez-Soto has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month.

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Va. Bar Owner Pleads To Harboring Korean Illegals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The owner and managers of a northern Virginia "room salon" that catered to Korean men with provocatively dressed hostesses have pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens.

Authorities say that since 2007, dozens of female employees at the salon -- which operated under the names "High Society" and "Tomato" -- were illegal immigrants from South Korea.

Patrons at the Falls Church establishment paid $300 for bottle service in private rooms and were served by women who were required to drink and flirt with customers. Court documents indicate some women were also encouraged to engage in sexual relations with customers.

The three defendants -- Annandale residents Sang Bun Surh, Young Mi Kim and Fairfax County resident Hyeon Chul Kim -- all face up to 10 years in prison.

Va. Bar Owner Pleads To Harboring Korean Illegals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The owner and managers of a northern Virginia "room salon" that catered to Korean men with provocatively dressed hostesses have pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens.

Authorities say that since 2007, dozens of female employees at the salon -- which operated under the names "High Society" and "Tomato" -- were illegal immigrants from South Korea.

Patrons at the Falls Church establishment paid $300 for bottle service in private rooms and were served by women who were required to drink and flirt with customers. Court documents indicate some women were also encouraged to engage in sexual relations with customers.

The three defendants -- Annandale residents Sang Bun Surh, Young Mi Kim and Fairfax County resident Hyeon Chul Kim -- all face up to 10 years in prison.

Rain Pushes Back Beltway/Telegraph Rd. Ramp Closures

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Road work scheduled for this weekend related to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project will be moved to next weekend due to weather conditions.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project authorities say construction will require the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495 South) to be narrowed from the Route 1 exit to just after Telegraph Road Dec. 10 through Dec. 12.

That Friday begininng at 9 p.m., this is what you can expect:

Fire Crews Battle House Fire On Braddock Rd.

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax Fire were called to a two-alarm house fire in the 9600 block of Braddock Road Tuesday around 9:40 p.m.

Authorities tell us there were 2 people inside the home, but they were not injured.

It appears to be a basement fire that spread in the two- story home.