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Police Believe Serial Burglar Is Back

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) -  Police are investigating more cases that may involve the serial burglary suspects in northern Virginia.

Fairfax County Police are investigating more attempted burglaries that happened sometime overnight, including one that was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 10700 block of Riverscape Run.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

New Walmart Brings Jobs and Fresh Produce

While this is not the first Walmart to appear in Alexandria, VA, it is the first of its kind in Virginia. This new "green" Walmart, which opened last Wednesday, offers a full line of groceries including an expansive produce section. The new store is located at 6303 Richmond Highway, in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Not only did this new Walmart employ over 200 local community members, it will also use as much locally grown produce as possible to help sustain the local economy.

Direct competitor Target brought in fresh produce last month, according to Gwendolyn Smith of Washington D.C. She believes they were probably forced to renovate due to its proximitiy to this new Walmart. She will, however, shop at Walmart for the better prices.


Metro Terror Suspect Appears In Court

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The man accused of plotting to attack multiple Metro stations in Virginia and a D.C. Hotel appeared before a federal judge Friday.

Farooque Ahmed from Ashburn, was represented by a federal public defender during his detention hearing Friday afternoon. He did not contest detention.

Judge John F. Anderson ordered that Mr. Ahmed remain in custody pending further court action. 

Ahmed did not say anything in court.  When he was being escorted out of the courtroom he glanced back at the corner of the room where it is believed his family, including his wife and child were sitting.  The woman waved to him.

No further court dates are scheduled at this time.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Metro Riders Post Terror Scare

Federal officials arrested 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, VA on Wednesday for attempting to help members of al-Qaeda plot and carry out terrorist activities against four different metro stations in the Washington D.C. area.

The stations threatened included Pentagon City, Courthouse, Arlington Cemetery and Crystal City. Yesterday afternoon I went to a few of these metro stations to get reactions from riders. Even though WMATA released a statement to “assure riders and employees that at no time was the public in danger during this investigation,” I felt a little wary myself as I went down the escalator at one of the suspected locations. The day after a metro terrorist threat can be chilling for daily metro commuters, but that doesn’t alter the way people commute. Douglas Wetzel, who grew up Ashburn, commuted to work yesterday just as he does every day, only maybe with a little more vigilance.

Owner of Fairfax Bar Convicted of Setting Fire to His Business

From United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury today convicted Ajmal A. Aman, 29, of Herndon, Va., of setting fire to Bridges Billiards & Grill in Fairfax, Va.

        Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and David Rohr, Fire Chief for the City of Fairfax, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Aman will face a mandatory minimum period of five years imprisonment and faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment when he is sentenced on Jan. 14, 2011.

Flash Flood Warning Issued for the City of Alexandria

From the City of Alexandria:

The National Weather Service has issue a Flash Flood Warning for the City of Alexandria until 4:15 p.m.  Rainfall rates are expected to be more than one inch per hour.  Residents and businesses are urged to be alert for flash flooding, particularly along streams and rivers and in low-lying areas.