Monday, May 6, 2013
Park is located in Arlington, off of George Washington Memorial Parkway and just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Update (4:53 p.m.): The body found Monday afternoon in the area of Gravelly Point Park in Arlington is that of 83-year-old Victoria Kong, who was reported missing Friday, the U.S. Park Police have confirmed. "The exact location was north of the airport, south of Gravelly Point off the George Washington Parkway approximately 30 feet from the bike trail in a wooded area," spokesman Paul Brooks said in an email. A search and rescue team with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department found Kong, according to Brooks. The investigation is ongoing. Original story (4:11 p.m.): The U.S. Park Police are investigating the body of a woman found Monday afternoon at Gravelly Point Park. The body was found about 30 feet off a bike …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Officials also increase dollars available for overtime pay for the Sheriff's Office.
Arlington's community policing effort will continue unhindered. Elected officials rejected a number of proposed cuts this week as they finalized Arlington County's $1.1 billion budget for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The Arlington County Board formally approved the spending plan Saturday morning. [More: Arlington Board Approves $1.1B Budget, Property Tax Increase] The final budget includes nearly $904,000 to keep the Arlington County Police Department's roster intact, along with another $403,000 to keep three floating firefighters on the payroll to fill in the gaps when others are out sick, on vacation or in training. And it gives an extra $80,000 to the Arlington County Sheriff's Office for overtime pay, an effort to reduce the …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Arlington Fire Capt. Gregg Karl: Calls are increasing as more people are aware of the goings-on of Capitol Hill.
About 800 people were evacuated from the Naval Support Facility at 701 S. Courthouse Road on Thursday after a white, powdery substance was found in the facility's mailroom, according to the Federal Times. The Arlington County Fire Department's Hazmat Team responded and determined it to be a non-hazardous substance, Capt. Gregg Karl told Patch. Investigators were in the process of clearing the scene shortly after noon. Fire personnel also were dispatched to reports of white powder on the Ballston Pond near Fairfax Drive and Interstate 66. That turned out to be pollen, Karl said. The FBI on Wednesday arrested a Mississippi man in connection with letters that initial tests showed may have been laced with the poison ricin that were sent to …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of North Dinwiddie Street at about 10:40 a.m.
A two-alarm fire destroyed a North Arlington home on Tuesday, and at least two people were hospitalized, according to fire officials. The Arlington County Fire Department was first called to the 2300 block of North Dinwiddie Street at about 10:40 a.m. Firefighters arrived quickly, and the blaze was extinguished about 30 minutes later, Capt. Gregg Karl told Patch. Investigators believe three people were inside the home. Neighbors said two people jumped from a second story window to escape and were taken to Washington Hospital Center for burn and respiratory injuries before the Fire Department arrived, Karl said. Firefighters rescued the third person, a young woman, from the basement. She was evaluated at the scene and was not taken to a …
Monday, April 8, 2013
One leg of every Pentagon symbol aboard the USS Arlington is darkened to highlight the southwest wall that a plane crashed into on 9/11.
NORFOLK — One leg of every Pentagon symbol aboard the USS Arlington is darkened to remind its crew of the southwest wall of the structure that a plane crashed into on 9/11. Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz, who served as incident commander at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said he was glad to see all the "touches from home" aboard the USS Arlington. The U.S. Navy commissioned the ship this weekend at Naval Station Norfolk. The Arlington County Fire Department had about 30 firefighters and their families at the commissioning ceremony, which saw some 5,000 people attend. Fire Capt. Bo Bennett, who responded to the Pentagon on 9/11, told Patch that the chief planned to present a special plaque to the Arlington's commanding officer…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The fire was reported on the 2000 block of South Lowell Street.
A fire on the 2000 block of South Lowell Street Thursday morning sent two children to the hospital, according to Arlington County Fire Department officials. The fire was reported at 7:36 a.m. and was extinguished about 15 minutes later, according to Arlington County's Chief Fire Marshall Dan Fitch. "On arrival, they had fire showing from all the windows on the front of the house," Fitch said. Two adults and two children were in the home at the time. The adults were uninjured, but the two children had to be taken to an area hospital to be treated for what Fitch described as injuries that were not life threatening. A family dog also died in the fire, Fitch said. Investigators are currently investigating the cause.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The fire was reported in the 900 block of South Orme Street in Arlington.
Six people were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a fire broke out at an Arlington duplex. The fire was reported at about 10:45 a.m. in the 900 block of South Orme Street off of Columbia Pike, according to Arlington County Fire Department Capt. Gregg Karl. Six people reported injuries that were described as non-life threatening, Karl said. The fire is being investigated by Arlington County fire marshals.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The fundraiser for 9/11 first responders is at 6 p.m. Monday.
This article originally appeared on Patch on Jan. 11. In case you missed it: The EPIC Smokehouse in Crystal City is hosting a fundraiser Monday evening to help raise money for a first responders tribute at the fire station that served as the staging area on 9/11. At 6 p.m., firefighter Derek Spector will serve as guest bartender at the restaurant on South Fern Street. One dollar from every sale of the Bacon Bourbon Old Fashion or Blackberry Lemonade cocktails or the Port City Brewing Co. Monumental IPA will be donated to the fund. Boots will be set up on the bar to collect additional donations. The money will be used to help create a first responders tribute at Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 on South Hayes Street. "It was something …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
County bought Courthouse-area building in November.
The Arlington County Fire Department responded to a commercial fire alarm at about 7 p.m. Thursday at 14th Street North and Courthouse Road. The fire was in a back room of a dry cleaning business, one of three retail establishments in the county-owned Thomas Building. Responders knocked the fire down "pretty quickly," Capt. Gregg Karl told Patch. Karl was unaware of any injuries. At about 7:30 p.m., firefighters remained on scene checking to make sure the fire didn't spread to adjacent businesses or nearby buildings. "It sounds like it was pretty much contained to a back room," Karl said. Damage estimates were not immediately available. Arlington County bought the Thomas Building, at 2020 14th St. N., in November to convert to county …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Food drive benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center starts Saturday.
Arlington County firefighters will collect food for the needy starting Saturday. “It’s a myth that no one in Arlington goes hungry,” Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz said in a news release. The Arlington County Fire Department along with the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association is collecting food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, or AFAC. Every week, on average, AFAC serves 1,600 families in Arlington. The drive runs through Dec. 21. The items that are most needed are: Bring non-perishable donations to any fire station in Arlington or the city of Falls Church, or the Arlington County Government Center, Courthouse Plaza Lobby, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Find your Arlington fire station.