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Police Investigate a Series of Hit-and-Run Crashes

Police Investigate a Series of Hit-and-Run Crashes

From Virigina State Police:

ARLINGTON CO. – Virginia State Police are coordinating with Arlington County Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police to investigate a series of hit-and-run crashes that occurred Monday morning (Dec. 13).

At 9:24 a.m., Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.T. Johannes was called to investigate three hit-and-run crashes that occurred near the 70 mile marker in the westbound lanes of Interstate 66. A blue “SuperShuttle” van was headed west on I-66 when it twice sideswiped the passenger side of a Dodge Charger. The van then rear-ended a Chrysler Pacifica, which caused the Pacifica to run off the right side of the interstate and into a ditch. Next a taxicab was struck from behind by the van. The taxicab ran off the right side of the interstate and struck the guardrail.

Do You Ride or Park Your Bicycle in Arlington? Take steps to prevent bicycle theft

From Arlington County Police Department:

ARLINGTON, VA. - The Arlington County Police Department is reminding residents that ride or store their bicycle in Arlington County to remain vigilant. 394 bicycles were reported stolen in 2010, and many of these larcenies may have been preventable. Most of the owners used chains with padlocks or cable locks as a means of locking their bikes. Neither chains nor cables provide sufficient protection. A properly secured U-lock is strongly recommended.

Do not make your bicycle an easy target, or a crime of opportunity. Do not leave your bike unlocked on the front porch, in a shed, or in an open garage.

Be prepared:

Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Shoplifting Incident at Ballston Mall

Late afternoon on Tuesday October 5, there was a shoplifting incident in Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, VA. A woman attacked the store’s manager with mace after shoplifting, and sent four other mall bystanders to the hospital with the pepper spray as well.

Arlington County police said the woman was allegedly stealing from the Payless shoe store. When the manager tried to confront her, she sprayed the mace and it harmed the manager and four other bystanders.

WUSA9’s Lindsey Mastis was at the scene shortly after the incident. The mall was not evacuated after the incident and the alleged shoplifter managed to run away.

Assault and Robbery at Hotel in Arlington

Arlington County Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred this past Saturday, August 14, at a hotel in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road in Arlington, VA. The incident occurred at 11:45 p.m. when a suspect, described as an African American male around 40 years old, 5’8” and 180 pounds knocked on a woman’s hotel room and forced entry. He restrained two female occupants and sexually assaulted one of them. He stole electronics and money and then fled from the scene.

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.