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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 […]

Future bleak for the Loudoun Hounds? Lawsuits say yes, owner Bob Farren says no.

The Loudoun Hounds started with fan fests and t-shirts and bumper stickers and the promise of high-level minor league baseball and a new stadium in Ashburn in 2012. And then 2013. Then, at last, a groundbreaking, and promises of a stadium in 2014. But the lot at the corner of Route 7 and the Loudoun County […]

‘Lockup’ off to solid start in portraying life in Fairfax County jail

The fruits of spending four months, day in and day out, in the Fairfax County jail were unveiled Saturday night when “Lockup: Fairfax” premiered on MSNBC. The show did a fine job capturing slices of life in a jail in one of America’s wealthiest counties, particularly in portraying the professionalism of the deputies here, but […]

Fairfax County jail stars in ‘Lockup’ on MSNBC starting Sunday

The reality show “Lockup,” focusing on inmates in county jails around the country, will broadcast six shows on the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center beginning Sunday night at 10 p.m. on MSNBC. The crew from production company 44 Blue spent four months in Fairfax City last fall, for a documentary-style program which gets very high […]

The Geer slaying: Where are Fairfax’s elected officials?

After our latest story on the death of John Geer, shot while unarmed by a Fairfax County police officer in August 2013, a number of readers raised parallels with the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., and asked where the elected officials of Northern Virginia have been over the last year. The short answer is, they’ve […]

Document: Lawsuit in Fairfax County police slaying of John Geer

Here is the wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court by Maura Harrington, John Geer’s partner of 24 years. Geer was shot and killed by a Fairfax County police officer in August 2013. Harrington is the executor of Geer’s estate, but their two teenage daughters would be the beneficiaries:

Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

James E. Roop, who resigned as police chief of Haymarket last month after a tumultuous series of suspensions, was arrested and charged with drunk driving Thursday night after he allegedly drove the wrong way down a one-way street in Winchester, police said. Roop, 58, was picked up about 7 p.m. Thursday, Winchester police spokeswoman Lauren […]

Reston kart driver Ayrton Climo, 18, in coma in Quebec after crash

Now 18, Reston’s Ayrton Climo caught the racing bug at 10, when he first took a spin around the inside go-kart track at Allsports Grand Prix in Sterling. The recent South Lakes High School graduate eventually moved up to racing in World Karting Association events, ever aware of the dangers of zipping Formula One-style mini-cars […]

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

For movie buffs in Northern Virginia, Mark O’Meara has long been a revered figure. He launched the University Mall Theatres in 1991, and has kept it running until it’s now the last “dollar theater” or “second run” movie house in the Washington region. Then in 2000 he opened the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax City to […]

Document: Jayson Werth’s reckless driving ticket

After news spread Tuesday night that Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals had picked up a reckless driving charge last month, Post reporter Justin Jouvenal went to the Fairfax County courthouse and picked up a copy of the ticket. It confirms that Werth is accused of going 105 miles per hour in a 55 miles per […]

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