Morning Notes

Greetings from the City of Fairfax mural (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

FCPD Cracks Down on Retail Theft — The Fairfax County Police Department is launching a 2023 Summer Crime Prevention Initiative that will focus on retail theft for June, with increased patrols and public engagement efforts in affected areas.  Deputy Chief of Patrol Bob Blakely says 20% of all crime in the county only occurs at 20 addresses, and “most of that crime is larceny.” [ABC7]

Police Called on Local Prosecutor at Manassas Bar — “Police body camera footage shows a Deputy Fairfax County prosecutor refusing to leave a Manassas bar after closing…A second woman, who identified as an assistant Fairfax County prosecutor, and the drunken woman as her superior, was also trying to coax the woman into the car so that she could drive her home.” [Potomac Local News]

Reston Man Charged With Animal Cruelty — “According to court documents, authorities seized 30 cats from a home on Southgate Square on Nov. 17, 2022. The living conditions included ‘large amounts of fecal material and urine inside and outside the litter boxes, poor lighting, poor air circulation, and prominent smell of ammonia and feces.'” [DC News Now]

Vienna Eatery’s Burger Named Among Region’s Best — The double-stacked Nick-ster from Social Burger in Vienna landed at no. 9 on food critic Tim Carmen’s ranking of the 10 best burgers in the D.C. area. Fairfax County is also represented at no. 2 with the Red Apron Original from the butcher shop Red Apron, which has a location at the Mosaic District in Merrifield. [The Washington Post]

Vienna Releases Full Draft of Zoning Code — “Three years — and about 30 meetings and work sessions — after initiating the sweeping new ‘Code Create Vienna’ zoning rewrite, the Vienna Town Council on June 12 voted unanimously to discuss the draft proposal at joint public hearings with the town’s Planning Commission July 10 and 12.” [Gazette Leader]

Laurel Hill Golf Club Adds Training Lab — “The new Performance Lab provides a fantastic proving ground for seasoned golfers looking to advance their game and beginners looking to get their start under the tutelage of experienced instructors…Come tour and test out the new lab on June 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our opening day event!” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

New Private Preschool Coming to Merrifield — “The Goddard School of Falls Church, a childhood education franchise, will open its first Falls Church area location at 2921 Telestar Court in September. It will provide early childhood education and care for 190 children between 6 weeks and 6 years old as well as 30 teaching jobs.” [Patch]

A Look at County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team — “Fairfax County’s USAR program has deployed on 134 missions and has responded to the most devastating natural- and human-caused disasters. From the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana in 2005 to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to the 2011 earthquake in Japan, team members have aided victims across the globe.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Thursday — Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. At night: A slight chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. []

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