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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Police at a sudden death investigation on E. Reed Avenue (staff photo by James Cullum)

This week continued to see the fallout of a fatal shooting in the Lynhaven neighborhood last Friday.

Junior Espinal-Calix, a 19-year-old Alexandria resident, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after fatally shooting 21-year-old Nabel Chávez.

Alexandria resident John Romano was also charged with attempted poisoning of a companion animal after allegedly throwing tainted meat into the backyard of a neighbor with multiple dogs. The incident was caught on camera and Romano faces a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail if convicted.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria said animal poisoning is extremely rare in Alexandria, but still offered some advice for concerned pet owners on how to keep their animals safe.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Alexandria teen charged with involuntary manslaughter after ‘sudden death’ last Friday
  2. POLICE: No arrest after 130 mph chase through Alexandria
  3. Notes: Suspect charged in alleged attempted dog poisoning in Del Ray
  4. Notes: Victim identified in fatal Lynhaven shooting
  5. Alexandria man arrested after alleged carjacking Saturday night in the West End
  6. The slippery ‘State of Scooters’ in Alexandria in 2023
  7. ARHA requesting $1 million loan and tax credit help after cost increases for Braddock project
  8. Notes: Did you know you can get a Virginia State Park Pass via the Alexandria Library?
  9. Motorcycle crash closes Callahan Drive
  10. Alexandria implementing new ‘slow zone’ for scooters in Old Town’s Robinson Landing neighborhood

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