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Woman arrested for Arlington hit and run


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman is in custody after running over a man on Columbia Pike on Tuesday morning, police said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Alexandra Mendez of Fairfax has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding, two counts of hit and run and driving on a suspended license. She was arrested at 6 a.m. at her home in Fairfax, say Arlington County police officials.

She is being held without bond in jail.

Mendez's car was also recovered from the home, say police.

FRAUD ALERT: Jury Duty Phone Scam Resurfaces


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a missed jury duty phone scam.

According to police, the latest incident was reported Monday, when an Arlington County resident received a phone call from an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. The caller accused the victim of failing to appear for jury duty and a warrant for their arrest was to be issued unless a fine is paid, police said. The caller asked for a "good faith" payment to be made with a debit card and PIN number. Police say the victim provided this information and fraudulent charges appeared in the victim's account.

Man killed in Arlington house fire ID'd


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is dead after a fire at a single family home in Arlington on Thursday morning, Arlington County Fire Department said. Arlington Fire has identified the man as 73-year-old Dennis Leigh.

A total of 70 firefighters responded to the house fire at 2112 South Randolph early Thursday morning, officials said.

Leigh was trapped inside of the home and crews quickly rescued him from the first floor. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries to Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington County Fire Department said. The victim was pronounced dead later Thursday. The cause of death is smoke inhalation, officials said.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out within 30 minutes. Nobody else was injured in the fire, according to the Arlington County Fire Department.

Report of dogs being poisoned in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Residents in North Arlington are concerned that someone is poisoning their dogs.

Police say they've received reports of dogs being poisoned by pill-stuffed sausages.

The Animal Rescue League of Arlington says two dogs became ill. Both dogs have been released from Hope Center Animal Hospital and are recovering at home.



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Arlington police arrest grinch who stole packages from doorsteps


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Arlington County Police Department has arrested a holiday grinch for stealing numerous packages from the front doorsteps of residences.

Keith Moore, of District Heights, Md. and Washington, D.C., was arrested Monday after undercover, plain-clothes officers observed him in the 1100 block of North Vermont St. in Ballston, Va., where police say he was acting suspiciously. They eventually saw Moore opening packages he took from doorsteps and removing the contents.

It is believed that Moore, 22, is responsible for at least 40 thefts of packages over the last several months, according to police.

"Most of these larcenies are ooccurring when people are at work, when the packages are left unattended, so it's a crime of convenience for them," Lieutenant Kip Malcom from the Arlington County Police Department said.

Woman's car towed with pet dog inside


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Arlington woman was outraged when her vehicle was towed on Sunday, but it wasn't just the car she was upset about.

Jennifer Geisler parked in a Clarendon parking lot to stop in to an AT&T Store, and left her dog, Red Dog, in the car with the window cracked.

When Geisler's car was towed for illegal parking, Red Dog went along for the ride.

"There has to be some type of ethical issue here, when they're going to tow a car with a live animal inside, " Geisler said.

Geisler went to retrieve her towed vehicle, and alleges that Advanced Towing would not let her see her dog until she paid the appropriate fines.

There are no regulations regarding animals in vehicles being towed in Arlington County.

There is a $135 maximum fine for towing from a private property. Advanced Towing charged Geisler exactly $135.00.

Ballston store robbed 3 times, suspect sought


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Arlington police are searching for a suspect in connection with three robberies at a Ballston convenience store.

The suspect was caught on camera using a weapon to rob the City News Gift Shop at 950 N. Stafford Street on three separate occasions, police said.

The first armed robbery took place on November 8.

The suspect entered the store at about 3:10 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money, police said. The suspect then fled towards Fairfax Drive. The suspect was wearing black pants and a Washington Nationals jacket layered over a red and white striped polo shirt and black hoodie, police said.

The second armed robbery took place on December 3.