Man killed in Alexandria part of Fairfax County — “A man was found dead inside an Alexandria apartment building Wednesday night and police said detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. Fairfax County Police Sgt. Tara Gerhard with the Fairfax County Public Affairs Bureau said the shooting was reported just after 7 p.m. in 3100 block of Southgate Drive in Alexandria. Gerhard said a family member found the man with a gunshot wound to the upper body. When first responders arrived on the scene, medics pronounced him dead on the scene.” [WUSA9]

Help name new tunnel boring machine for Alexandria to build cleaner waterways — “Alexandria’s wastewater authority, is seeking the community’s input to name its 250-ton tunnel boring machine (TBM). The TBM, currently being manufactured in Schwanau, Germany, will bore through 100-foot-deep soil to construct the 12-foot-wide, 2-mile-long Waterfront Tunnel — ultimately preventing millions of gallons of combined sewage from polluting the Potomac River, Hooffs Run, and Hunting Creek.” [Zebra]

ACPS to give update on Minnie Howard expansion — “With the Alexandria High School Project in the design phase, the community will receive the latest design update on the Minnie Howard Campus and aquatic facility at an Aug. 10 meeting.” [Patch]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Storms could contain damaging winds. High around 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%… Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Clear skies overnight. Low 73F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Closing assistant — “Universal Title, an established title company with over 20 offices throughout the VA-DC-MD area, is seeking a Closing Assistant for our Old Town Alexandria office. Industry experience is preferred, but no experience is necessary to apply. As a Closing Assistant, the successful applicant will need strong interpersonal skills, drive, and the ability to work as part of a team to accomplish complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.” [Indeed]

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A Woodbridge man was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a coworking office in Old Town North on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Alexandria Police found the man dead at a computer work station, according to a search warrant affidavit.

After moving his body, police found an orange prescription pill bottle under his desk. inside they found suspected crystal meth. Police also found a small mason jar with a white powdery substance in the man’s coat pocket, in addition to $1,420 in U.S. currency and multiple cellular phones.

The man, who is now suspected of being a narcotics dealer, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2021, and owned a web design firm and a distribution company.

A search of his red 2020 Dodge RAM yielded a black Glock 19 handgun with a single bullet in the chamber, a black rifle with three loaded magazines in the bed of the truck, and five orange prescription bottles in nylon/toiletry bags.

The man’s vehicle has since been impounded.

A 62-year old suspected bank robber at the Alexandria Jail died at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a suicide attempt on May 18, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Christopher Lapp was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:37 a.m., and he later died at 6:32 p.m. that same day. The manner of his death was not released.

Lapp allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Great Falls in 2018, and suffered from severed mental issues, according to the Washington Post. He was transferred to the Alexandria Jail in March.

The Post also found that a clinician at the jail discontinued giving him psychotropic medication “after a staff clinician opined Lapp was not mentally ill.”

“Because this is an in-custody death, the Alexandria Police Department will conduct the death investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is conducting its own internal review.”

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Alexandria Police say that the recent death of an adult male in the Landmark Area on Sunday morning (April 25) does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

Police found an adult male dead after “an apparent fall” in the 300 block of Yoakum Parkway at around 6 a.m., according to an APD tweet. The area where the incident occurred is full of apartment buildings between Edsall Road and Stevenson Avenue.

“It did not appear to be suspicious in nature,” APD Senior Public Information Officer Amanda Paga told ALXnow. “It remains an active investigation. The ME (medical examiner) will determine the cause and manner of death.”

The man’s age and identity were not released.

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A number of Alexandria politicians support the guilty verdict against last year’s murder of George Floyd.

Mayor Wilson that Floyd’s memory will be honored in Alexandria when it improves the inequities associated to wealth, education, housing, health and injustice experienced by residents of color.

“We have a lot of opportunities to attack some of these systems that exist in our city that unfortunately prey upon the Black and brown residents of our city,” Wilson said in a candidate forum last night. “I proposed, with the support of all of my colleagues, to eliminate fares on our DASH bus system to help our transit-dependent residents in a significantly challenging time, which is a way that we can bring equity to that system.”

Wilson continued, “I’m proposing that we decriminalize some of our quality of life infractions that right now we send our police out to enforce areas that are primarily problem mediation opportunity. I want to get rid of escalating fines that criminalize poverty for a lot of our residents.”

Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, and the video of his death sparked outrage throughout the country, including in Alexandria. Portions of the city were shut down during the summer for protests and vigils, and the event even turned the spotlight on the Alexandria Police Department.

Police Chief Michael Brown said last year that he was appalled by the video that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes.

“I witnessed a homicide at the hands of a cop, and the victim of that homicide was Mr. George Floyd,” Brown said. “I had a very difficult time processing what I saw in that video, and it brought back a flood of memories from my youth in the 1960’s and various times throughout my career working with cops.”

Former Mayor Allison Silberberg, who is running against Wilson for the democratic nomination, said, “Thank God justice has been served.”

Councilman Canek Aguirre said that the guilty verdict is the first in a long list of steps that need to happen.

Councilman Mo Seifeldein tweeted that the conviction was an appropriate judicial outcome.

“Many victims of law enforcement brutality do not get access to justice due to a system that protects the bad actors,” Seifeldein said. “I am mindful of the resources and the public outrage that led the authorities to give this case its due consideration.”

City Council candidate Patrick Moran said that Floyd’s murderer would have gotten away with it 50 years ago when his father moved to Alexandria,.

“My dad moved to Alexandria 50 years ago to Del Ray,” Moran said. “It was redlined. There were no cell phones, let alone cameras on them. George Floyd would have been murdered by a policeman who would never have had a trial, let alone a conviction… So much injustice by the white folk that continue to keep the black folk in their place.”

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A video has surfaced of 35-year-old chase suspect Anthony Louis of northeast D.C. after he jumped off an over pass while allegedly eluding police.

In the video, an observer is heard telling officers to be careful with Louis, who died after falling and getting tased by an arresting officer.

Louis is seen twitching on the ground, and then an officer pulls on his limp arm and drags him a short distance.

Louis later died on the way to the hospital.

Louis’ family are seeking answers, according to NBC4.

Six Alexandria Police officers have been placed on administrative duties as an internal review continues. U.S. Park Police officers also assisted in the arrest and have reportedly been placed on administrative duties.

Three other suspects were arrested in the incident, which began after shots were fired in the 800 block of North Patrick Street at around 8:40 p.m. last Tuesday night.

Police chased the alleged suspects, and Louis, who was reportedly driving the getaway car crashed on Interstate 295 before jumping.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for Louis’ family. It has raised about $1,200.

The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting the death investigation.

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Six Alexandria Police officers have been placed on administrative duties as an internal review continues on the in-custody death of a suspect after a chase on Tuesday night.

Multiple buildings and vehicles were hit by bullets in the 800 block of North Patrick Street on Tuesday night, and police chased the suspects all the way to Interstate 295. The driver of the vehicle crashed and then jumped over an overpass barrier and was tased by police, arrested and later died.

The identity of the dead man has not been publicly released.

“While attempting to take the driver into custody, a U.S. Park Police officer deployed an E.C.D. (Electronic Control Device),” APD said. “Several Alexandria Police officers assisted the effort to take the driver into custody. The driver was conscious and breathing when the ambulance arrived. The driver lost consciousness in the DC Fire & EMS ambulance and was pronounced dead by medical staff at the hospital.”

The three other suspects in the car were identified as Joseph Stokes, 41, of Washington, D.C., Sean Pendleton, 37, of Washington, D.C., and Merton Thomas, 37, of the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The suspects were charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.

The Metropolitan Police Department is handling the death investigation.

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(Updated at 4:55 p.m.) One suspect is dead after Tuesday night’s shots fired incident in Old Town and three others are in custody after a police chase that ended in a crash on Interstate 295 in D.C.

The suspect who died has not yet been publicly identified, and neither have the other three suspects arrested. Police said that the driver crashed his vehicle on I-295 in Southeast, D.C., and then jumped over the jersey barrier and fell to Malcolm X Ave. SE.

“While attempting to take the driver into custody, a U.S. Park Police officer deployed an E.C.D. (Electronic Control Device),” according to the Alexandria Police Department (APD). “Several Alexandria Police officers assisted the effort to take the driver into custody. The driver was conscious and breathing when the ambulance arrived. The driver lost consciousness in the DC Fire & EMS ambulance and was pronounced dead by medical staff at the hospital.”

The shots fired incident occurred at around 8:40 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Patrick Street (Route 1). Multiple buildings and vehicles were struck by bullets but no one was reportedly injured.

The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting the death investigation and the three other suspects are in custody. The Alexandria Police officers involved in the incident are on their days off, and information is being collected to determine whether they will be placed on administrative leave, APD told ALXnow.

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It was a cold and snowy week in Alexandria.

Our top story this week was on plans to redevelop the GenOn power plant in Old Town North. It looks like deconstruction of the plant will start in 2023 and developers are looking at converting it into an urban, mixed-use property with housing.

The short work week started with news that Alexandria reached 10,000 cases of COVID-19. The latest figures show that there are 10,113 cases and 104 total deaths in the city, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The city’s seven-day moving average is now 35.1 cases.

A 49-year-old homeless woman was found dead in Arlandria on Tuesday morning, and the mayor told us that homelessness is on the rise in the city. ALXnow is following up with the city on the issue.

Tuesday morning also brought news that Alexandria City Councilman Mo Seifeldein abandoned his run for mayor and will not seek reelection to council. Seifeldein was hired as a trial lawyer by the U.S. Department of Labor in Jan. 2020, and while he can finish out his term on council, he can not run unless he files as an independent candidate.

In other election news, the race for city council is starting to get crowded, as Bill Rossello, a co-founder of the Bring Integrity Back to Alexandria Facebook Group, just threw his hat into the ring.

On the vaccine front, the waiting list has surpassed 45,000 and it may be until late summer that the vaccine is widely available in the city. On Thursday, Mayor Justin Wilson also asked the governor to open vaccine eligibility for restaurant, personal care and retail workers.

More than 200 people responded to this week’s poll on power outages. There have been a number of outages over tha last year, and 73% of respondents reported experiencing an outage, while 26% report that their homes haven’t been impacted.

In case you missed them, here are some other important stories this week:

Here are our top stories of the week in Alexandria:

  1. Developers Lay Out Multi-Year Timeline for GenOn Plant Redevelopment
  2. BREAKING: Homeless Woman Found Dead on Mount Vernon Avenue
  3. Alexandria Boxer Troy Isley Goes Pro With Big Fight Next Week
  4. Seifeldein Not Running for Mayor, Leaving Alexandria City Council
  5. ALXnow’s Top Stories this Week in Alexandria
  6. Director of Finance: Alexandria’s Real Estate Assessments Are a ‘Tale of Two Markets’
  7. Local Business Owner Robbed of Car While Pumping Gas at Old Town Gas Station
  8. Torpedo Factory Overhaul Heads to City Council Next Month
  9. Snow: Up to 6 Inches of Snow and Ice Expected in Alexandria
  10. BREAKING: Alexandria Police Investigate Second Car Stolen While Owner Pumps Gas
  11. Local Facebook Watchdog Group Founder Bill Rossello Announces Run for City Council

Have a safe weekend!

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Alexandria Police have identified the homeless woman found dead in Arlandria on Tuesday as 49-year-old Isabelle Hernandez Saballa.

Police said Saballa, who went by the name “Dora”, was a known subject in the community and her death was not suspicious in nature.

“The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will determine Ms. Saballa’s cause and manner of death, but at this time, it does not appear to be suspicious,” according to police.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson said that there has been an increase of homeless in the city during the pandemic, and ALXnow has reached out to the city for more information.

“We certainly mourn the loss of the resident and our thoughts are with her family,” Wilson told ALXnow. “We have seen a notable increase in homelessness during the pandemic, which has not only created challenges for our residents, but also for our ability to provide homeless prevention services. While I do not know all of the details, my understanding is that this resident had been offered services on a few occasions. We’ll try to see what we can learn from this incident to prevent future loss of life.”

The city’s Department of Community and Human Services is asking residents to help homeless people in the community. Temperatures are expected to continue to dip into freezing territory until next week.

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