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Blog Post Archive

Document: Judge’s order requiring information release in Geer case

The letter opinion and order issued Monday, Dec. 22, by Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows requiring Fairfax County police to produce, in a civil lawsuit, documents and other records from the investigation of the August 2013 police shooting death of John B. Geer in Springfield. Bellows is assigned to preside over the […]

Judge to rule on whether Fairfax must release information in John Geer killing

A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge heard nearly two hours of argument Friday on whether he should order Fairfax County to release information to the family of John Geer in their civil lawsuit, but he did not issue a ruling. Instead, Judge Randy I. Bellows said he would write a ruling on the case later, […]

Grassley now seeks answers from Fairfax prosecutor on John Geer police slaying

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his quest to break the silence surrounding the August 2013 Fairfax County police killing of John Geer in Springfield. After sending letters last month to the Fairfax police chief and the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Grassley has now sent a letter to Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh, asking […]

Ex-Redskin Laveranues Coles wants $240K engagement ring back, could make Va. law

It’s an age-old legal question: When an engaged couple breaks up, who gets the engagement ring? In courts across the land, and particularly in Virginia, the issue is unresolved and both the fiance and the fiancee have won. Now comes former Redskin wide receiver Laveranues Coles, and the ring in dispute is reportedly a 5.6-karat diamond […]

New ‘Justice for John Geer’ group forms, Grassley staff seeks information

Troubled by the lack of information that has emerged  about the Fairfax County police killing of John Geer in August 2013, a group of citizens has launched a protest movement called “Justice for John Geer.” The group is unrelated to, and has not contacted, Geer’s family or their lawyers, but since it launched late last […]

John Geer case moves to Justice Dept. civil rights division, Fairfax County remains silent

As the silence and the delay mount surrounding the Fairfax County police shooting death of John Geer in August 2013, Geer’s family has always had one question: Why won’t anyone tell us what happened? Forget about charges and liability and grand juries. Just, Why? The Post has now learned that the case, handled by the […]

Feds say Fairfax County slowed federal investigation of John Geer police shooting

The Justice Department, attempting to explain why there has been no visible movement in the 15-month investigation into the Fairfax County police shooting death of John Geer, says in a newly released letter that Fairfax “withheld materials” from the probe and that there were “a number of challenges in investigating this case.” The letter also […]

Fairfax County police respond to Grassley in Geer shooting, reveal little

The Fairfax County Police Department on Monday sent a six-page letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) responding to the lawmaker’s five detailed questions about the August 2013 police killing of unarmed John Geer in Springfield. Below is the letter. Below that is the police department’s general order on guidelines for the release of public information. Fairfax […]

Loudoun’s Karlie Harman, 14, makes final 3 in NFL’s football competition

Though she was the first girl quarterback to win Player of the Year in a Northern Virginia youth football league, in her first season ever playing football, Aldie’s Karlie Harman was done with the sport. On to basketball. And fashion design. And singing, and all the other things 14-year-old girls do. But the fall rolled around, and […]

Fairfax County hires former Mark McGwire lawyer in John Geer police shooting case

In response to an inquiry from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) about the August 2013 slaying of John B. Geer by Fairfax County police, the Fairfax Board of Supervisors has hired a Washington lawyer who previously counseled baseball slugger Mark McGwire to evade Congressional questions about steroid use. Fairfax police and prosecutors and federal prosecutors in […]

Manassas City detective in teen ‘sexting’ case sues teen’s lawyer for defamation

The lead detective in a high-profile teen “sexting” case from last summer, in which Prince William County authorities sought to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old teen to compare with the evidence, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the teen’s attorney for making critical comments about the investigation in The Washington Post. Media and […]

UPDATE: Loudoun supervisors decide against raising their pay

Though a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors committee recommended pay raises of between 22 and 40 percent for themselves, when the idea came before the full board last week, they quickly voted it down. The Post’s Jim Barnes was there and has the full story here. Virginia law prohibits elected boards from giving themselves immediate […]

Loudoun supervisors seeking $10,000 pay raises, $20,000 for chairman

Loudoun County’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors is looking to raise the pay for their jobs, a move which would not go into effect until after the next election. The supervisors are considering raising the pay of eight of the supervisors by $10,000 per year, or almost 25 percent, and the chairman of the board would get […]

A year later, still no ruling on Loudoun sheriff deputy’s embezzlement case

It was October 2013 when a personnel shift in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a troubling situation: A detective involved with asset forfeiture had allegedly embezzled more than $200,000, two sources close to the situation said. Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman called in the Virginia State Police to investigate. The deputy was placed on administrative […]

The death of Prince McLeod Rams: Where do Prince William prosecutors turn now?

The stunning revelation Friday that the chief Virginia medical examiner could not determine a cause of death for the 15-month-old victim in a capital murder case, combined with earlier developments in the case, may make it extremely difficult for Prince William County prosecutors to obtain the death penalty for Joaquin S. Rams, who they have long […]

Annandale’s Caleb Hymans runs 5K world record time (for 9-year-olds)

At this point there can be little doubt that Fairfax County is home to two bona fide distance-running prodigies, and the latest star is nine-year-old Caleb Hymans of Annandale. Last month, on the runways of Dulles International Airport, Caleb practically sprinted through a five-kilometer run in 18 minutes and 47 seconds, breaking the world record […]

Fairfax supervisors seek movement in John Geer slaying, get no reply from feds

A 13th month has now come and gone in the remarkable saga of the Fairfax County police killing of unarmed citizen John Geer. Still no information has been released about how or why a Fairfax police officer gunned down Geer as he stood in the doorway of his Springfield home in August 2013, or why […]

Popular Woodson High coach Derrick Pearson hired, then un-hired as baseball coach

Derrick Pearson was both a popular and successful assistant coach in three sports at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, with a wealth of experience in both the amateur and professional sports world. But when he applied to be the head varsity baseball coach at Woodson last summer, an odd series of events occurred in […]

Update: Reston’s Ayrton Climo, out of a coma, is headed home from Canada

Ayrton Climo, the 18-year-old South Lakes High graduate who suffered a traumatic brain injury while piloting a high-speed go-kart in Canada last month, is headed home. On Tuesday, he and his mother and a critical care paramedic entered an ambulance at the Regional Hospital in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and began the 14-hour drive south to Fairfax […]

At last, a new Fairfax police and fire headquarters is in sight (in 2017)

For those who run the Fairfax County police and fire departments, and have endured years of leaky ceilings, bad ventilation and asbestos, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. County officials on Tuesday morning broke ground on a new $142 million public safety center, in the current Fairfax government center complex near […]

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