By Susan Larson
Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and Washington. Here are some of the top stories from around the region this week.
Capitol Shooting: A police officer and Secret Service agent were injured and the U.S. Capitol and neighboring government buildings went into lockdown Thursday afternoon after gunshots were fired on Capitol Hill following a high-speed car chase from the White House. The woman who led the chase was shot and killed.
Vienna Teen Missing: An 18-year-old from Vienna has been missing since Sept. 29. Joseph “Jojo” Jumaili was last seen at his home on Hilltop Road, according to his sister, Noelle. Jumaili is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and approximately 180 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo off a pasta noodle on his left elbow. He is hypoglycemic. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jumaili is asked to called the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax City Mayor Assembles Task Force to Discuss Pet Shops After Second Petland Dog Death: Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne said Thursday he is assembling a working group to explore how the city can tighten standards for pet shops after he received “countless" emails and phone calls from residents disgusted by the local Petland's recent actions. Patch reported on Oct. 2 that a puppy from the store died less than two weeks after being purchased. The new owners were then sued by the store manager for money he said was stilled owed for the puppy. The death of the puppy was the second reported in less than two months.
Dogs From Hoarding Operation End Up at Local Rescues: After eight years, hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars, about 50 dogs are in the custody of animal rescue operations across Northern Virginia and the state after being removed from what rescuers call an animal hoarding operation in Goochland County. Many of the dogs are being medically evaluated and cared for by area rescuers who hope they will be able to eventually be adopted.
Police: Man Assaulted, Robbed on Huntington Avenue: A man walking in the 2200 block of Huntington Avenue about 8 p.m. Sept. 29 was assaulted and robbed by three men, Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker said. The men were all described as in their 20s. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Five Arrests in Armed Robbery of Herndon Home: Several people forced their way into a home in the 1400 block of Summerset Place on Sept. 24 and robbed the residents at gunpoint. Herndon police said they believe the incident may be gang related. Five arrests have been made and more are pending, according to police.
Woodbridge Man Charged With Abducting Lorton Woman For a Week: Police have charged Woodbridge resident Riaz Noory, 22, with abduction and attempted abduction after a Lorton woman reported being held against her will for a week at his house, Prince William County police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said. Police originally responded to Thenia Place at 1:09 a.m. on Sept. 25 for the report of a domestic incident.
Woman Charged With Intentionally Setting House Fire: An Alexandria woman is accused of intentionally burning a Mount Vernon home in May, resulting in $60,000 worth of damages and displacing five adults. According to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Tynekia Rogers, 38, of Claremont Woods Drive, allegedly started a fire in a bedroom while the others were outside grilling. The residents were alerted to the fire by the alarm. On Oct. 2, Rogers was charged with burning personal property greater than $200 and intentionally burning a house.
Jose Andres' America Eats Tavern to Open in Tysons: The America Eats Tavern, a product of chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, is on track to open this winter at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Andres is also the chef behind Spanish tapas restaurant Jaleo and several other Washington-area eateries.
Leidos HQ Opens in Reston: Leidos, the $6 billion publicly traded spinoff from SAIC, officially opened for business last week. The company moved into office space at Reston Town Center, where more than 600 employees working in analytics, cyber security and engineering will be located.
Fredericksburg's First Rooftop Restaurant Opens: Vivify Burger & Lounge has opened in downtown Fredericksburg. The restaurant, at 314 William St., is the first in the city to offer rooftop dining. It's the second dining establishment from restaurateurs Blake and Aby Bethem, who also own Bistro Bethem at 309 William St.
Construction for Falls Church Harris Teeter Could Start January 2014: Plans for the new Harris Teeter grocery store are progressing, and construction could begin in January, said Gary Fuller, principal planner with the Falls Church Planning Division. The Winter Hill Association has expressed concerns about noise, parking and rodents once digging begins. They are scheduled to discuss the issues this month.
Treasured Child Consignment Store Closes: After 22 years in Burke, Treasured Child consignment store has closed. According to a post on their Facebook page, store management was given five days notice that the lease was being given to another company.
Years-long Baseball Pursuit Continues to Tease Loudoun: It became clear last week that even a season playing at a borrowed baseball stadium would not happen for the Loudoun Hounds in 2014. Teams participating in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs released their 2014 schedules with no sign of the Hounds. Last month, team representatives expressed hope that arrangements could be made to play at another ballpark since work has yet to begin on the Hounds' stadium at One Loudoun.
Oakton High Teen Named National Student Poet: Oakton High School sophomore Aline Dolinh was recognized as a National Student Poet for the class of 2013. The program recognizes one student from each of five regions of the country.
McLean Holiday Homes Tour Tickets on Sale: Tickets are now on sale for the 47th annual McLean Woman's Club annual Holiday Homes Tour. Last year, the Holiday Homes Tour raised about $20,000 for local and regional charities, said Laura Sheridan with the club. Tickets may be purchased at stores in McLean, Great Falls and Vienna.