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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The top two stories this week in Alexandria pertained to an incident inside one of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) buildings.

It was a mental health crisis where police were involved but no one was killed, but it has kept the offices shut down until Saturday and neither the USPTO nor the Alexandria Police Department are sharing more information about what took place, which has only further fueled questioning and rumors from employees at the site.

In lighter news, NOVA Parks reached an agreement with the Winkler Organization to take over Winkler Botanical Preserve, an off-the-beaten-path West End park hidden near the Mark Center development. There’s a sort of Rivendell-vibe to the Preserve, complete with trails and a waterfall, and in a signing ceremony yesterday city leaders said they were excited for the expanded opportunities NOVA Parks will bring to the location.

Top stories

  1. Police: Mental health crisis at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office resolved peacefully
  2. Patent and Trademark Office building closed until Saturday following ‘incident’
  3. NOVA Parks takes over a hidden gem in the Alexandria’s West End
  4. Why aren’t Metro shuttles using the Route 1 dedicated bus lanes?
  5. Commonwealth’s Attorney seeks to limit internet for man acquitted by insanity in brutal Old Town murder
  6. One injured after shots fired in Arlandria Sunday night
  7. The Alexandria Fire Department is ‘on fire,’ says union
  8. King Street Walgreens replacement headed to City Council
  9. Alexandria man arrested for allegedly brandishing handgun outside West End nightclub
  10. Tiki Bar Del Ray pop-up closing September 24, reopening as ‘Nightmare On The Avenue’

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