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(Updated at 8 p.m. on September 16) Alexandria Police are reporting that the toddlers have been returned to their mother.

“Thanks to the assistance of everyone in the community the toddlers have been returned safely to their rightful custodial parent,” police said on social media.

The twin two-year-olds, Mariah and Bailey Fostion, went missing with their non-custodial father on August 29. No word as to whether the father, John Gaddy III, will face charges.

Via APD/Twitter

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Morning Notes

City phones undergoing maintenance this afternoon — “FYI: Most City government phone numbers will be unavailable 3-6pm on Wednesday, Sep 15 due to system maintenance. Emergency 9-1-1 and police non-emergency numbers will be unaffected. 311 and 703-746-4311 numbers will be unaffected.” [Twitter]

Police looking for man missing since August 28 — “Abdulkarim Godah, 36, was last seen at his home in the 300 block of Yoakum Parkway. He is described as 5 foot 10 and 150 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.” [Patch]

Virginia Department of Health says measles cases came from Afghanistan — “Out of an abundance of caution, health districts in northern Virginia are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to one of three people diagnosed with measles. These individuals recently traveled from Afghanistan as part of the United States government’s emergency evacuation efforts.” [VDH]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy skies (during the day). High around 90F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph… Overcast (in the evening) with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the evening. Low around 70F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Fitness center assistant at Northern Virginia Community College — “Under directions of the fitness center supervisor, this position will assist with the daily operations of the fitness center, provide answers to general questions, and explain policy and procedure to new/current members. Assist with opening and closing the fitness center. Check patron’s identification on daily basis. Monitor faculty, staff and students in usage of the equipment. Clean fitness center and equipment area on daily basis. Assist fitness center supervisor with intramural activities.” [Indeed]

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Alexandria chooses historic trolley as 2021 holiday ornament — “The City of Alexandria is now taking orders for its 2021 Trolley ornament, depicting Car 303 of the Mount Vernon Alexandria & Washington Electric Railway. The fleet of art deco cars were purchased in 1918 for the essential trolley line that connected Del Ray commuters to DC and tourists to Mount Vernon. Car 303 ran until the railway’s closure in 1932. It became a diner in 1936.” [Zebra]

Missing 83-year-old West Ender found safe — “Mr. Navia has been located.” [Twitter]

Early voting starts Friday — “Early voting for the Nov 2 General Election begins Fri, Sep 17. In Alexandria, ballot includes contests for VA Governor; Lt. Governor; Attorney General; House of Delegates; Commonwealth’s Attorney; Sheriff; Mayor; City Council & School Board.” [Twitter]

Chamber ALX sets legislative agenda — “Over the last decade we have been an outspoken voice for the completion of Potomac Yard metro, redevelopment of Landmark Mall, streamlining small business regulations and a champion of countless issues directly impacting the business community. We are proud to be entrusted with amplifying the voice of the diverse businesses in our city…” [Alexandria Living]

Today’s weather — “Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. Hot. High 92F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph… A few clouds (in the evening). Low 71F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Chef De Cuisine at The Alexandrian — “Sage Hotel Management is currently seeking a Chef De Cuisine for our King & Rye restaurant located inside The Alexandrian Hotel, in Alexandria, VA.” [Indeed]

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Missing man found safe in West End — “Mr. Robert Johnson has been found. Thank you for helping get the word out.” [Twitter]

New Census data shows surge of Latino residents — “The last 10 years have marked a dramatic shift in the demographic makeup of the United States, with a marked shrinkage of the white population and the rapid growth of the Hispanic/Latino community, according to 2020 Census data. These changes were reflected in the City of Alexandria, where the share of the white population decreased by 3,001 people (-3.5 percent) since 2010, while the Hispanic/Latino population grew by 6,848 people (30.4 percent). The Asian population grew by 2,922 people (34.7 percent), and Black/African American population grew by 1,412 (4.6 percent).” [Patch]

VDOT reminds residents to turn on headlights while it’s raining — “The message is simple. If your wipers are on, turn your headlights on! It’s the bright thing to do!” [Twitter]

Today’s weather — “Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Cloudy skies late. High 87F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%… Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers later at night. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Temporary bilingual COVID-19 vaccine promotor — “The Vaccine Promotor(a)/[Certified Vaccine Navigator (CVN); training provided for certification] will assist with Neighborhood Health’s efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in its service area (Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County) for Latinx communities most affected by the pandemic. The Vaccine Promotor(a)/CVN will engage with residents of underserved communities to provide education about COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination. The Promotor(a) will work with Neighborhood Health’s COVID-19 Outreach team to plan an overall outreach strategy and provide support to other vaccine-related activities.” [Indeed]

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Missing man identified as car crash victim — “Jose Eduardo Gonzalez Calimayor has been located.  He was identified as the driver who died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Prince George’s County on June 4, 2021.” [Alexandria Police]

Suspect arrested after murder near Hybla Valley — “A man is dead after a fatal shooting in Alexandria Saturday night. The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) is investigating a homicide that occurred at the 7400 block of Vernon Sq. Dr. in Alexandria.” [WDVN]

There’s no face mask mandate in Alexandria… Yet — “No, there is not currently a mask mandate. @CDCgov recommends masks in indoor public places for communities in a state of substantial or high transmission, regardless of vaccination status. Alexandria is currently in a state of substantial transmission.” [City of Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Intervals of clouds and sunshine (during the day). A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph… Partly cloudy (in the evening). Low 73F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Teller at Wells Fargo Bank — “At Wells Fargo, we are looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. We are seeking candidates who embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in a workplace where everyone feels valued and inspired.” [Indeed]

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The Alexandria Police Department is searching for 24-year-old Jose Eduardo Gonzalez Calimayor, who was last seen at around 2 p.m. working as a landscaper in Old Town.

Gonzalez Calimayor, a resident of Fort Washington, Maryland, was last seen working in the 300 block of Commerce Street, police said in a release.

His green 1999 Mazda Millenia is also missing. The car has significant front-end damage, and has Maryland license plates reading 8BT1303.

“It doesn’t appear to be suspicious,” APD senior communication officer Amanda Paga told ALXnow. “It’s just unusual that he’s not been seen or heard from.”

Anyone who has seen Gonzalez Calimayor or has information is asked to contact Detective B. Gill at 202-420-6209 or Detective R. Clinch at 703-597-6255.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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Updated at 8:45 a.m. — Brynn Orrin-Brown was found safe on Friday morning, according to Alexandria Police.

The Alexandria Police Department issued a Critical Missing Person Alert for a verbal 13-year-old autistic boy who was last seen on North Pegram Street in the West End.

Police said on Twitter just before 7 p.m. that Brynn Orrin-Brown was last seen in the area at around 1:35 p.m. Thursday and was wearing a gray shirt, gray cargo shorts, black boot socks and hiking boots.

He was also carrying a green backpack, police said. Anyone who has seen him is asked to call 911 or the police non-emergency number at 703-746-4444.

Photo via Twitter / Map via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

No injuries in two-car crash in Old Town — “APD is investigating a two-vehicle crash at North Henry and Cameron Streets that happened around 3:40 pm. One vehicle struck a building at the intersection, causing damage. No injuries reported. That intersection is CLOSED, traffic is being re-routed.” [Twitter]

Missing woman has connections to Alexandria — “MISSING PERSON:: 30-year-old Bridget Nicole Lucas has connections to the Alexandria area. If you have any information, please call the Police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444.” [Twitter]

Emergency Food Distribution this Saturday — “ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute emergency groceries for Alexandria residents at two drive-through sites on Saturday, March 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive via Dawes Ave.).” [City of Alexandria]

Mark Shiffer taking another crack at City Council — “The list of candidates for the upcoming City Council election is growing longer by the day. Democrat Mark Leo Shiffer, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in 2018, filed paperwork on Tuesday to run again this year.” [Alexandria Living]

Chamber ALX Welcomes New Board Members — “Stephanie Beyer Kirby of the Beyer Automotive Group will serve as the 2021 Board Chair. Stephanie has served on the Board for five years and has previously served as Chair for the 40 Under 40 Recognition. She also began the Young Leaders Program.” [Zebra]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy early. Mostly sunny skies with gusty winds developing later in the day. High near 80F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph… Clear (in the evening). Low 51F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Home school instructor for teens with autism — “Unspoken Thoughts is a group of instructors from various backgrounds, and we are looking for a new member to join our team, specifically to work one on one with students at their homes in Alexandria City, VA. We teach students with autism and related disorders, using engaging academic lessons, how to communicate using AAC while addressing their motor, behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges.” [Indeed]

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Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert for a missing 81-year-old man suffering from a cognitive impairment last seen in the Hybla Valley area next to Alexandria on August 24 at around 7:00 a.m.

Jose Rodriguez is described as five-foot-nine, weighs 190 pounds and was last seen walking north on Davis Street.

He is possibly wearing a long sleeve black collared shirt, pleated black dress pants and black dress shoes, according to police.

“The missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment and the disappearance poses a credible threat to his heath and safety,” according to Virginia State Police.

Anyone who sees Rodriguez is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.

Posted by Rafael A. Arancibia Jr. on Monday, August 24, 2020

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Morning Notes

Missing Man Found and Returned Home — “Mr. Walter ‘George’ Winstead has returned home safe and without incident.” [Facebook]

Beyer Says Trump Colluded With Russians — “The Trump campaign was offered Russian government assistance. The Trump campaign sought Russian government assistance. The Trump campaign received Russian government assistance. Trump campaign personnel coordinated efforts with Russian intelligence operatives and Wikileaks.” [Twitter]

Social Justice Walk Passing Through Alexandria on Thursday — “Join Pastor Juli and people of faith who began walking for racial justice from Charlottesville to DC last week when they arrive in Alexandria Thursday afternoon.” [Facebook]

E60 Fitness to Open Gym in Alexandria — “Alexandria’s West End residents are getting a new fitness option! E60 is opening in September.” [Alexandria Living]

GET AIR Trampoline Park Bounces Back Into Business — “The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to provide a safe and fun environment for families to get out of the house and enjoy time together.” [Zebra]

Escape Room Live Reopening in Old Town on August 28 — “Feel the rush of adventure! A safe, PRIVATE, immersive, and FUN experience. We are committed to the health and safety of our community, guests, and team members and will be going above and beyond to ensure everyone has a safe ESCAPE!” [Facebook]

Today’s Weather — “Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. In the evening, mostly clear skies. Low 72F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Chief of Staff — “Islamic Relief USA is seeking a Chief of Staff to provide leadership support to the CEO by being a strategic partner focused on communications, policy development, management and oversite to enhance efficiency and create the capacity necessary for the CEO to focus on the most critical aspects of the CEO’s job. The Chief of Staff will serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the CEO.” [Indeed]

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