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A man was arrested for three felonies after allegedly stealing a necklace from the First Cash Pawn Shop at 516-C S. Van Dorn Street (via Google Maps)

A 29-year-old Washington, D.C. man was arrested last month for allegedly stealing a $1,300 necklace from the First Cash Pawn shop in Alexandria’s West End and then trying to resell it the following day at the pawn shop’s Arlington location.

The 14-karat gold necklace was reported stolen from the shop at 516-C S. Van Dorn Street on August 19, 2023, and the suspect allegedly pawned it the following day at the First Cash Pawn at 89 N. Glebe Road in Arlington, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The suspect and his girlfriend were videotaped at the Alexandria location waiting to be served. The male suspect is seen showing a clerk the functionality of a television that he wanted to sell, while the female suspect then allegedly took an envelope that contained the necklace from the counter, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The female suspect was not arrested. The male suspect was arrested on Jan. 19 and released the following day on a $2,000 secured bond. He was charged with three felonies — receiving more than $1,000 in stolen goods, selling more than $1,000 in stolen property and conspiracy to commit larceny. Each count is a Class 5 felony punishable by one-to-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

The suspect goes to court on March 1.

Via Google Maps

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Sanger Avenue (image via Google Maps)

Sanger Avenue, a West End road that runs from William Ramsay Elementary School to I-395, could be getting some safety and cycling upgrades.

A memo (page 12) from Department of Transportation Deputy Director Hillary Orr to the Transportation Commission included a note that the street could receive some improvements as part of an upcoming paving project.

“City staff is working on providing safety and cycling mobility improvements along Sanger Avenue as part of the upcoming paving project,” Orr wrote. “The focus is on providing additional and safer pedestrian crossings, daylighting intersections due to pedestrian crashes and vehicular angle crashes and providing more buffer space for pedestrians and cyclists under the I-395 bridge near Van Dorn Street.”

Orr said that more information will be shared with the community and a presentation will go to the Traffic and Parking Board sometime this spring.

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Four people were injured at a construction site at 6336 Stevenson Avenue on Feb. 19, 2024 (via Google Maps)

Four people are in stable condition after being injured in an electrical incident at a construction site in the West End on Monday, according to the Alexandria Police Department (APD).

APD said that at around 11 a.m. they responded to 6336 Stevenson Avenue for a “reported industrial incident involving four males who were working at the construction site.”

“Three victims were transported for medical treatment, two with life-threatening injuries and one with non-life-threatening injuries,” APD said in a news release. “A fourth victim was treated and released on-site. All are currently stable.”

Police at the scene told a dispatcher that the injured workers were erecting scaffolding that hit power lines, resulting in the high-voltage exposures.

APD said that the power was shut off for the entire block to investigate the incident. No official cause has been disclosed.

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Construction of Inova Alexandria at Landmark is expected to be done in four years, and city staff are in favor of the hospital system’s comprehensive sign plan. Here’s what that looks like.

On Tuesday (Feb. 6), the Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Inova’s sign plan for the 10.4-acre development on the 52-acre WestEnd property that was formerly home to Landmark Mall.

No electronic signs are allowed in the zoning districts, according to the city’s zoning ordinance.

According to the city:

The Comprehensive Sign Plan proposes to provide clear and consistent guidance on the quality, design, and materials for building, wayfinding, and open space signs in the site. Per §9-103(C), the applicant is requesting the Coordinated Sign SUP to encompass two blocks plus streets within West End Alexandria. Through the SUP, the applicant seeks to increase the number, type, and area of signage to align with the density, scale, and activity expected within the campus.

Inova’s signs at the site must be approved by a special use permit, and include:

  1. Digital text or graphic signs, Parking ID, that would be up to 58.75 square feet, freestanding, and on approach to the garage entrances.
  2. Two types of illuminated signs that may be located higher than 35 feet above the grade… only allowing one such sign per building.
  3. Site identification and landscape signs up to 97.5 square feet and 65.25 square feet, respectively, with heights of 8.67 feet and 7.25 feet, respectively. § 9-202(A)iii.2 restricts these signs to no more than 24 SF and no taller than 6’ in CDD zoning districts.
  4. The applicant requests window signage for a secondary building entrance
  5. Freestanding wayfinding signs that exceed the city’s restriction of a maximum height of six feet, freestanding and parking identification signs that are 8.67-feet-tall, and outdoor recreation signs that are up to four-feet-tall.
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A man was allegedly shot in the face on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 (via Google Maps)

A 25-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly shooting an adult male in the face with a BB gun on Monday night inside a hotel in the 5000 block of Seminary Road.

Police said that the victim sustained a non-life-threatening wound after getting shot with a BB gun at around 11:30 p.m. and was transported to a local hospital. The victim called 911 and told police that he was shot in the face by a coworker, according to the police scanner.

The suspect, Marcos Santos, Jr., was charged with malicious wounding and discharging an air gun in a public place. APD said that Santos remained at the scene after the incident.

The incident is under investigation, according to APD. Anyone with information on this incident can contact the APD non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Alexandria Police lights (staff photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria Police Department is investigating two incidents of gunfire Sunday night, though no one was reported injured.

Eight-to-10 gunshots were reported just before 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the shopping center in the 4000 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. The victim told police that he got into an argument with a Hispanic male in the parking lot and that the suspect fired his handgun at him, striking his car, according to the police scanner.

Two hours after the shooting, APD tweeted that the investigation is ongoing and that the entire block was shut down.

At around 11 p.m., a bullet was fired into the window of a home in the 400 block of N. Armistead Street in the West End.

Anyone with information on these incidents can contact the APD non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A man was arrested after an alleged stabbing in the 300 block of S. Reynolds Street on Jan. 17, 2024 (via Google Maps)

An Alexandria man was charged with felonious assault after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance inside his West End apartment on Wednesday.

The incident was reported Wednesday morning (Jan. 17) at around 7 a.m. in an apartment in the 300 block of S. Reynolds Street, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Harvey Lewis, Jr., 67, was arrested after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance in the leg. The victim was treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital for a non-life threatening wound.

Lewis was offered $1,000 bond and is currently being held in the Alexandria jail. He goes to court on Feb. 16.

via Google Maps

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A man allegedly brandished a firearm against his neighbor in the 6300 block of Stevenson Avenue on Dec. 15, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 42-year-old Alexandria man was arrested last month for allegedly brandishing a firearm against a neighbor living in the same West End apartment building.

Antwain Young, 42, was arrested Dec. 21, six days after the alleged incident. He was charged with brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon and possession of 11 to 49 marijuana plants. The marijuana charge was dismissed, and Young goes to court for the other offenses on Feb. 16.

The male victim told police that he first got into a shouting match with Young in the parking lot of their apartment building on Dec. 13, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

Two days later, the victim reported that he got into another argument with Young in the building’s parking garage. When the victim returned to the garage later in the day, Young allegedly approached him, pulled a handgun from his hooded sweatshirt and pointed it at him, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The victim told police that he was chased to the building’s leasing office. He was not injured.

Young faces up to a year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine for the brandishing (a Class 1 misdemeanor) and a year and/$2,500 fine for the possession charge.

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Talk about a good pairing: An Ethiopian honey wine-tasting room just opened on Vine Street in Alexandria’s West End.

Gize Negussie has a steadily growing list of about 40 Ethiopian shops and restaurants that he sells wine to, and late in the fall opened Negus Winery and Meadery Tasting Room in a renovated space in an industrial area at 5509 Vine Street.

The new tasting room is next door to his production room where giant vats of a half dozen wines ferment over the course of six months. He’s currently making this summer’s batches.

“I’m introducing 3,000-year-old wine recipes that have existed since the Queen of Sheba,” Negussie told ALXnow. “There are no sulfites, which means no headaches. It’s 100% natural with 100% pure honey.”

Negussie emigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia with his family in 2011, and first got into the alcohol business in 2015 when he launched Negus as an Ethiopian brewery, making beer with teff, a multipurpose starchy crop that is a staple of the Ethiopian diet. He said that the pandemic forced him to shutter his operation, which was in Manassas at the time, and that he and his two partners went their separate ways, but he kept the name of the business alive, as well as his equipment, and in 2021 he reopened the winery in Alexandria.

Negussie uses wildflower honey from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which he says is close to Ethiopian honey. He said his mom helped him develop the red, white, rosé, semi-sweet and semi-dry wines.

“I grew up drinking traditional Ethiopian honey wine, and knew the way I wanted it to taste,” he said.

A flight of six small glasses of wine costs $35, and bottles of wine cost between $20 and $25.

Negussie dreams of expanding by opening a vineyard within the next decade.

“I want to have a destination where we can grow our own grapes and have big honey hives,” he said. “I want to see people coming to our vineyard. That’s my big picture.”

The tasting room is closed Monday, but open Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Alexandria Police Department is looking for a 28-year-old man for allegedly striking his roommate in the head with a machete in an apartment in the city’s West End.

The suspect, Kory Anding, got into an argument with the victim in an apartment in the 5400 block of N. Morgan Street on Dec. 23. The suspect allegedly struck the victim with a machete at around 11 p.m., and the victim suffered a serious but non-life threatening injury, according to APD.

The victim’s girlfriend called 911 after the incident, according to the police scanner. Additionally, a K9 officer found a machete with blood on it near the scene at around 12 a.m., according to the police scanner.

APD released the following statement after the incident:

APD is seeking an adult male suspect, Kory Anding a resident of Alexandria, for the December 23 aggravated malicious wounding of another adult male inside an apartment in the 5400 block of N. Morgan. The two men reside at the apartment and were involved in a domestic dispute when the suspect struck the victim with a machete. The victim suffered a serious but non-life-threatening wound.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information on Kory Anding’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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