ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The George Washington National Masonic Memorial as seen from the roof of Metro’s Integrated Command and Communications Center in Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood, Oct. 27, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

It’s been a busy week in Alexandria.

The week started with a mob swarming the Seminary Road intersection early Saturday morning and taking over with loud noises and drag racing on the street, much to the chagrin of nearby neighbors. Yesterday, the city said that police would be cracking down on aggressive driving on streets like Seminary Road, King Street and other arterial roadways.

Meanwhile, Ryan Vega was sentenced to five years in the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice for the 2022 murder of 18-year-old Luis Mejia Hernandez at the Bradlee Shopping Center, with one year already served.

Judge James C. Clark said the sentence, much lighter than the 30 years asked for by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Lord, was swayed in part by his good behavior over the last year at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Notes: Large group of drivers take over Seminary Road intersection early Saturday morning (9175 views)
  2. Metro considering earlier closure, eliminating bus routes, and other cost cutting measures (7837 views)
  3. Alexandria City Council fires back after ‘woke’ criticism on renaming streets named after Confederate leaders (7326 views)
  4. ‘I Can’t Breathe’: Alexandria Police investigating display in police cruiser mocking police brutality victims (6571 views)
  5. Notes: Bike lane extension for Mount Vernon Trail in Alexandria approved (6411 views)
  6. Alexandria looking to make Duke Street intersection at Carlyle entrance more pedestrian friendly (4499 views)
  7. Notes: Del Ray Halloween Parade ranked one of the top ten in the country (4029 views)
  8. Multi-use apartment building proposed in 1970s-era office in Old Town North (3484 views)
  9. BREAKING: Bradlee Shopping Center murderer sentenced to five years with Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (2051 views)
  10. Alexandria NAACP condemns ‘disturbing’ police video (1622 views)