Someone found a box full of money in Vienna’s Northside Park this week, according to police.
The find was reported to the Vienna Police Department around 5 p.m. Tuesday. There’s no word on how much money was found or what it was doing in the park, which sits along the W&OD Trail.
Also in the latest Vienna police highlights, a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a snow plow Sunday morning.
359 Block Maple Avenue, East 19-000516 January 13 6:50 a.m. Vehicle-1 (a pickup truck with a snow plow) was plowing the parking lot. Pedestrian-1 was walking across the parking lot and was struck by Vehicle-1 as he was backing up. Pedestrian-1 suffered minor injuries
Last Friday, a Vienna woman reported being harassed by a man she met online.
A resident began corresponding with a man over social media. After the two met in person, the man expressed interest in the resident and began continuously harassing her when she declined his advances. On January 11 the woman found an envelope in her mailbox that contained innocent photos of her taken from social media along with sexually explicit photos of an unknown person.
Map via Google Maps
Scam Alert for Businesses from FCPD — “These scams consist of an email being sent to an employee (secretary, assistant, etc.) claiming to be their boss, and asking the employee to do something such as change direct deposit information or buy several gift cards and send the codes back. The scam email comes from an address that looks similar to the boss/executive’s actual email.” [Facebook]
New Tysons Building Offers $639K One Bedroom Condo — “The Monarch luxury condo development in Tysons has put up units for sale. This unit is a one bedroom priced at $639K. The units offer sweeping views, outdoor areas and high-end finishes. Community amenities include a club room, outdoor pool, rooftop social room, pet spa and more.” [Patch]
RV Owner Reprimanded for Dumping in Vienna — “A resident living in the 200 block of McHenry Street, S.E., told Vienna police on Jan. 4 at 5:45 p.m. that a man was dumping waste illegally from a recreational vehicle into the street’s gutter. An officer spoke to the man, who advised he was fixing the plumbing in the kitchen of the vehicle and had dumped the contents from kitchen drain into the gutter, mixing the contents with bleach.” [InsideNova]
Should Teachers Be Armed? — “Virginians are divided on whether they would support legislation to train schoolteachers and administrators to be armed on school grounds, according to a poll conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University. ‘It was almost split right down the middle,’ said Robyn McDougle, director for the Center for Public Policy in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.” [Connection Newspapers]
Snow May Disrupt Evening Commute — “The main band of snow is likely to come through during the evening and overnight hours. As the onset of snow may coincide with the evening commute, especially in our western areas, build in extra time to get home or consider leaving a little early to beat the rush. Some slick spots could develop, especially on untreated roads.” [Capital Weather Gang, Twitter]
Free Connector Rides for Unpaid Feds — “Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, Fairfax Connector will provide free rides system-wide for federal government employees affected by the government shutdown who are still required to report for work. You must show your federal photo ID to the bus operator when boarding to ride free.” [Fairfax County]
County: Lend a Hand with Shoveling — “While snowstorms are exciting for many of us, for neighbors who are older, injured or have a disability, snowstorms can cause a great deal of anxiety and pose a threat to their well-being. If you are willing to help shovel out a neighbor in need, consider adding a discussion to your Nextdoor neighborhood, Facebook group, email list or HOA site letting your neighbors know you are willing to help.” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]
Group Still Pushing for New Potomac Bridge — “Traffic congestion continues to be a major thorn in the region’s side and Jason Stanford of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance said state and local officials are seeking several possible solutions. The alliance’s top priority is advocating for construction of a new Potomac River crossing north of the American Legion Bridge.” [InsideNova]
Bitter Cold Coming Next Week — “Weather models project the onset of a severe and punishing winter weather pattern… A blast of a bitter Arctic air is forecast to plunge into the eastern U.S. late this week and this weekend, the coldest of the winter so far.” [Capital Weather Gang]
As local leaders work to make Tysons more walkable, a big part of that push is going to involve keeping the sidewalks clear during snowstorms.
One day after the first snowstorm of 2019, Tysons seem to have mostly — but not entirely — met that goal.
While most of the roads are cleared by the Virginia Department of Transportation, Robin Geiger, head of communications for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, says private organizations and individuals around Tysons are entirely to credit for the clear sidewalks.
“Neither VDOT nor the county clears snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and most trails),” Geiger wrote. “While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe, when possible, by clearing snow off the sidewalks in front of their property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely.”
“Homeowner associations may require members of their communities to clear the private walkways abutting their property,” she added.
According to Geiger, the only sidewalks cleared by the county are those outside county-operated facilities, like police stations, fire stations, libraries and community centers.
By early afternoon yesterday (Monday), many of the sidewalks near Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria were mostly or entirely cleared of snow. Undaunted by the cold, there were also a fair number of people taking advantage of the snow day to shop at both malls and other surrounding businesses.
Many of the outlying streets, like Jones Branch Drive, also had sidewalks on at least one side of the road clear, with some of the streets near residential developments remaining snow-covered. For many of the sidewalks on the fringes of Tysons, even those with a path through the snow are still covered with ice.
Geiger said if sidewalks in front of private property are not cleared by the owners or other private entities, the job falls upon Mother Nature.
“Many businesses, [homeowners associations], and residents clear sidewalks, but they are not required to by county ordinance,” said Geiger. “Some sidewalks do not get cleared during snow events.”
In Fairfax City, Falls Church, Alexandria and Arlington, ordinances do require business owners and residents to clear their sidewalks.
Fairfax County government offices are opening at 10 a.m. today as VDOT crews continue to work to clear roads around Northern Virginia.
Most highways and main routes around Tysons appear to be clear. VDOT says it is working to clear neighborhood streets, some of which remain snow-covered.
“We’re focusing on neighborhood streets today,” the agency said on Twitter. “If you haven’t seen us yet, don’t worry, you will. If you’re clearing your driveway today, please pile snow to the right or it may get pushed back. No one wants to shovel a driveway twice.”
County courts opened on time today and trash collection started after daybreak, according to Fairfax County. Vacuum leaf collection has been suspended. Fairfax Connector service is operating on a Saturday schedule, with some delays expected.
Officials are urging residents to completely clear snow from their cars before driving and to be careful on the roads.
You cleared your sidewalk and your driveway of #snow. How about your vehicle? Before you head out in your vehicle PLEASE remember to clear snow from it! Especially the roof! Not doing so could prove dangerous to others on the roads. #FCFRD #traffic #vatraffic #fairfaxcounty pic.twitter.com/kzdN7p8rji
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) January 14, 2019
We're responding to weather related events as road conditions continue to deteriorate causing hazardous conditions. Please stay home and off of the roads. Expect delays on your commute in the morning. Tips for driving in #inclementweather visit this link: https://t.co/9Z6upYu13a pic.twitter.com/DWtXvihCHa
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 14, 2019
Update at 4 p.m. — Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Monday, the school system just announced.
All Fairfax County public schools will be closed Mon. Jan. 14, 2019, due to the snow and hazardous travel conditions. School offices and central offices will open 2 hours late, to be opened by 10:00 a.m. (Cond 5) with an unscheduled leave policy in effect for 12-month employees.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) January 13, 2019
VDOT crews have been working hard to clear roads throughout Fairfax County, but officials are still urging residents to stay home due to slick conditions.
Earlier this afternoon Virginia State Police said troopers in its Fairfax Division have responded to 34 crashes and 52 disabled vehicles since midnight. Statewide, more than 230 crashes were handled by VSP during that timeframe.
“Drivers be advised — looks can be and are deceiving!” state police said. “Highways may appear to be clear, but slick and icy conditions still exist.”
“On the second day of winter weather across northern Virginia, drivers are asked to continue to avoid unnecessary travel for crews to safely clear accumulating snow,” VDOT urged.
As of 1 p.m., just over 6 inches of snow had fallen on McLean, according to the National Weather Service.
In Tysons, NBC 4’s David Culver has been broadcasting from the parking lot of a local shopping center for most of the day.
The Vienna Community Center is closed today and “all programs, services, and rental activities for today (January 13) are cancelled,” according to the Town of Vienna.
In the City of Falls Church, a snow emergency has been declared and parking restrictions are in place.
Snow Plowing: All roads are treated. Snow Routes are plowed and crews are working on side streets. We expect another front, so we'll make more passes, first concentrating on Snow Routes.
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) January 13, 2019
More scenes from around the area, via social media:
@PatsSnowStick Pat – Will your snow stick measure this high?
(Just ran into David Culver who took these pics) I feel like Edmund Hillary climbing this parking lot Mt Everest here in Tysons Corner! Bet no one has climbed this high in your challenge! Big fan! #snowsuitchallenge pic.twitter.com/ZoTGCSHTw3
— Eddie (@WFOcom) January 13, 2019
— Ted Lopatkiewicz (@tedlopat) January 13, 2019
— Jake Kimball (@jakekimball789) January 13, 2019
— Fazli Erdem (@fazli12345) January 13, 2019
— Sam Klein (@Samck22) January 13, 2019
— Circumlocuxon Cannon (@rcannon100) January 13, 2019
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency tonight (Saturday) as this weekend’s winter storm got underway.
The storm is expected to drop 6-12 inches of snow on Fairfax County over the next 24 hours or so.
Snow is now accumulating on local yards, parking lots and side roads throughout the county. A Winter Storm Warning, meanwhile, is in effect through Sunday evening.
From the National Weather Service:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST SUNDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES EXPECTED. * WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN AND NORTHWEST VIRGINIA. * WHEN…UNTIL 6 PM EST SUNDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1. &&
VDOT, which is responsible for clearing snow from roads in Fairfax County — except for those that are privately owned — is urging residents to remain inside during the storm if at all possible.
More from social media:
Friends, if you’re out and about, please finish up whatever you’re doing. We’d like you off the roads during the height of the storm. We continue to load and deploy trucks and are prepared for some unpleasant driving conditions later. pic.twitter.com/X9MvSXfktH
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) January 12, 2019
Who Does What: Snow Removal. A handy reminder as we go into our first snow of 2019 pic.twitter.com/fgGYmI1Xxt
— Fairfax County Government (@fairfaxcounty) January 12, 2019
Expected #snow totals have increased. We urge our community members to please stay home and allow #VaDOTNOVA to work on clearing the roadways. Tips for driving in #inclementweather, visit this link: https://t.co/EIBLpDcGf8 #FairfaxCounty #FCPD ❄️🚗 pic.twitter.com/e9QNp5k1BS
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 12, 2019
Here we go! First snow of 2019! Our crews are ready for the Winter Storm Warning. Have you checked on neighbors in need? Plan to clear the fire hydrant by your house? Staying off the roads? Stay safe and warm!! pic.twitter.com/V6TNUTvhaC
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) January 13, 2019
— B (@blb99) January 13, 2019
Resources for Furloughed Feds — “Thousands of federal workers, contractors, vendors and service providers in our county are being impacted by the partial federal shutdown… Whether it is food, financial assistance or other needs, we can provide you with the resources to get you and your family through this difficult time.” [Fairfax County]
AT&T Offering Flexible Payment Options — “AT&T says it is offering flexible payment options to Mid-Atlantic customers affected by the government shutdown. ‘Just because the government shut down, doesn’t mean that your phone, TV, and internet should stop working too,’ the company said in an email.” [FairfaxNews]
Local Summer Camp Guide — “It’s winter, it’s cold, and the kids still have many months left in the school year. But as many parents know, this is the time of year when many families look ahead to summer months and how the kids will spend it.” [VivaTysons]
The Tysons area narrowly avoided snowstorms that hit much of the rest of Virginia yesterday, but cold weather still ahead could pose a threat to the local homeless population.
According to the Mayo Clinic, visible signs that someone may be experiencing hypothermia include shivering, clumsiness, or signs of confusion or memory loss. Victims of hypothermia may have slurred speech or mumble, and may exhibit shallow breathing. Drowsiness, or unconsciousness, are also associated with hypothermia.
If you see a person who may be at risk of hypothermia, Fairfax County says you should call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131 for them to be taken to one of the local hypothermia prevention shelters.
The Hypothermia Prevention Program is part of the county’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. Local hypothermia shelters operate seven days a week with a no turn-away policy outside of normal operating hours, based on weather conditions and temperatures.
The closest shelter to Tysons is the Falls Church Homeless Shelter at 217 Gordon Road, which is scheduled to operate seven days a week until March 31. Doors at the shelter open at 6 p.m. and close at 8 a.m. The shelter can accommodate twelve individuals.
The shelter provides a warm bed and case management services, which includes employment and housing assistance. Hot meals, prepared by families, faith communities and local restaurants, are delivered every evening.
The next closest is the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston. Hot dinner, breakfast, bagged lunches, showers, laundry, and basic self-care supplies are all made available to individuals participating in the program.
At least once a week, nurse practitioners will be visiting the hypothermia shelters to check on patients, and medical outreach workers will visit to assist with enrollment into the Community Health Care Network’s free clinic.
Photo and graphic via Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Fairfax ICE Arrests Higher Than Some States — “More than 12,000 Fairfax County residents are facing deportation proceedings, surpassing the number of cases in other major localities, including Manhattan, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa., and even states like North Carolina and Louisiana, a new report says.” [Fairfax Times]
Officials: Avoid Va. Travel Today — If you had been planning on driving to parts of central, western or southern Virginia today, VDOT and Virginia State Police want you to consider delaying your travel due to snowy conditions. [VDOT, InsideNova]
Hedgehogs May Be Legalized in Fairfax — “Chinchillas, hedgehogs and hermit crabs are one step closer to legalized pet status in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Planning Commission [on Thursday] approved changing the definition of commonly accepted pets to include all three.” [Reston Now]