Tuesday, September 18, 2012
William Kennedy, of Arlington, is being held without bond.
A 53-year-old Arlington man has been charged with strangling his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Between 8 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday, William Kennedy and his girlfriend were arguing over Kennedy's son, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. The two were at Kennedy's apartment on the 2300 block of South 24th Road when the argument escalated into a physical altercation, Sternbeck said. During the fight, Kennedy choked the woman and wouldn't let her leave the apartment, according to police. He also allegedly prevented her from calling 911. Police eventually were called and the woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Preventing someone from leaving is the same as holding them…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell charged panel with reviewing the system losses that followed the late-June derecho.
Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette has been named to a statewide panel charged with reviewing 911 service in Virginia following the widespread system failures caused by the derecho that slammed this area in late June. Gov. Bob McDonnell's Secure Commonwealth Panel's 911 sub-panel consists of 15 state and local government and private sector leaders from across Virginia, according to an Arlington County news release. The group met for the first time last week in Richmond. “Every citizen of the Commonwealth has a right to expect that when you have an emergency, you can rely on 9-1-1,” Fisette said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we in Arlington — and in other Virginia jurisdictions — had a very different experience during the recent el…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Moran, Connolly, Wolf want the FCC to reconsider a regulation concerning backup power that the commission proposed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Northern Virginia's three congressmen called on the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to take action that will prevent future outages to the region's 911 systems. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf asked that the commission dust off a post-Hurricane Katrina regulation that would have required all telecommunications companies to provide at least eight hours of backup power for all cell phone towers. The regulation was subsequently struck down on a technicality related to how the commission handled public comments, according to a news release. “In the event of an emergency situation, whether it be a natural disaster or man-made threat, the public needs confidence …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
911 crippled for three days following Friday storm.
Northern Virginia officials are raising questions about how Verizon handled the loss of several 911 emergency systems, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The 911 problems in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties, among other places, started in the aftermath of Friday night's derecho and were not fully cleared up until Tuesday in some areas. In Arlington, Jack Brown, the head of the county's Office of Emergency Management, wanted officials to think carefully about proceeding with Fourth of July festivities because of the post-storm cleanup and communications situations. The main culprit seems to have been a Verizon "trunk line" in Arlington, Patch reported Saturday. A trunk is a "communications path connecting two switching …