Morning Notes

A Fairfax Connector bus passes campaign signs in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

FCPD Touts License Plate Reader Tech — “Fairfax County Police launched its license plate readers in November 2022 using technology from Flock Safety and Axon to help solve crimes and find missing persons. According to police department data, 335 cases have involved license plate reader technology in the first year of the program.” [Patch]

Urgent Care Center Coming to Penn Daw — “The South Alex mixed-use development in Penn Daw has landed its second retail tenant with the signing of a lease earlier this year between Combined Properties and Inova-GoHealth Urgent Care. The urgent care center will occupy a vacant space near the Aldi supermarket, which opened this past March.” [On the MoVe]

Proposals for New I-495 Toll Lanes Questioned — “The Virginia Dept. of Transportation is mulling expanding the Express Lanes system to a section of I-495 from Fairfax County across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and into Maryland. The city of Alexandria, however, is skeptical of the current plans, as many of the alternatives come down to adding traffic lanes.” [ALXnow]

McLean Police Shooting Crops Up in D.C. Police Chief Confirmation — The D.C. City Council was expected to give acting police chief Pamela Smith the Metropolitan Police Department’s top job yesterday (Tuesday), but the former U.S. Park Police head still faces some challenges. Among them is her “handling of the Bijan Ghaisar case, in which Park Police officers shot and killed an unarmed man on the George Washington Parkway in 2018.” [Washington City Paper]

Metro Watchdog Leader Resigns — “Metro’s inspector general resigned Tuesday after being told the transit agency’s board planned to replace him, according to a letter he sent to Metro board members and elected leaders. The move comes one day after his office released an audit critical of the board for not giving Inspector General Rene Febles and his staff more autonomy, as required by a law Congress passed last year.” [Washington Post]

Task Force Considers What It’ll Take to Save Lake Accotink — “The Task Force on the Future of Lake Accotink is looking at a broad array of issues…as it develops a recommendation on how much of the lake should be saved…At the task force’s Nov. 6 meeting, there was some discussion about the need to gather more data, but chair Sharon Bulova expressed concerns about delays in getting the work done to stabilize the lake.” [Annandale Today]

Vienna Police Share Drug Take-Back Results — “The Vienna Police Department on Oct. 28 teamed up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 25th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. During this event, Vienna police gathered and properly disposed of 228 pounds of expired or unneeded medications that local residents voluntarily turned in.” [Gazette Leader]

Vienna Fire Department Renovates Event Hall — The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will hold a grand opening next Tuesday (Nov. 14) to celebrate its newly renovated event hall, which “has been transformed into a lovely event space fit for weddings, birthdays, and celebrations of all levels.” The event will showcase local hospitality businesses and offer snacks, drinks and wine tastings. [Vienna Business Association]

It’s Wednesday — Expect sunny skies and a high of 61 degrees, accompanied by a north wind at 6 mph, later becoming light and variable. For Wednesday night, the sky will be partly cloudy with a low temperature around 49 degrees and a southeast wind at 6 mph. [Weather.gov]

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