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Husband's house to be searched in Arlington murder


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police searched the home of a man whose wife was found dead inside of her Arlington home in April.

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Arlington police obtained a field search warrant for the home of David Black located at 1109 South 21 St. in Arlington, an Arlington police spokesperson said.

Bridge dedicated to first black female Va. trooper killed on duty


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) – A bridge will be named after the first black and female Virginia State Police trooper killed on duty.

The Interstate 395 bridge over South Glebe Road will be designated as the Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge in memory of the slain trooper, officials said. 

On August 16, 1988, 32-year-old Vernon stopped a vehicle along northbound I-395 when she was struck and killed by a commuter bus. The crash happened between the Shirlington and Glebe Road exits. 

Officials say she was the department’s 42nd death in the line of duty, but the first female and first black Virginia State Police trooper to be killed on duty. 

7th Arlington sexual assault in a month


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man who stopped and asked a woman for directions in Arlington groped her and then kissed her on the cheek, Arlington County police said. 

The sexual assault happened Monday around 9:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Columbia Pike when a man approached the victim asking for directions. Police say, the victim looked at her cell phone for directions and the man then groped her. He pulled the victim closer and kissed her on the cheek, according to authorities. 

The man fled when the woman screamed. 

Police say, the suspect is described as a Middle Eastern man, about 5'4" tall and has a thin build. The suspect does not seem to match the description of the man who has been attacking women on park trails in the area, police said. 

Woman groped on Arlington trail is month's 6th assault


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 27-year-old woman, who was with her three-year-old daughter, was groped and grabbed by a man Friday night on a trail in Arlington, Va., according to Arlington police.

This is the sixth report of sexual assaults in area parks in the past month.

The sexual assault happened around 8 p.m. when a woman entered the trail on Lubber Run Park from George Mason Drive, police said. The woman became uncomfortable about being on the trail while it was dark and headed back to G. Mason Drive. A man then appeared on the trail and touched her inappropriately, authorities added.

She screamed and the suspect ran away. Officers searched the area, however did not find anybody.

Group alleges church knew accused priest was in DC area


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A group of protestors stood outside the Arlington Diocese Monday to bring attention to sexual abuse allegations against a priest who taught in Maryland and Virginia.

According to a church memo obtained SNAP chapter of Washington D.C. and Virginia, Catholic Church officials knew that Rev. Manuel Gallo Espinoza was in Maryland years after he fled the country in the wake of sexual abuse allegations.

In 2003, Rev. Espinoza allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at a New Jersey church. According to SNAP, two church officials urged Rev. Espinoza to go back to his native Ecuador before he got in trouble.

Man dies at detention facility in Arlington County


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Officials say a 48-year-old man with a history of medical issues has died in a detention facility in Arlington County.

Officials say the man died early Saturday after being found unconscious in a medical unit cell of the Arlington County Detention Facility. Officials say the man, Anthony R. Gordon, was convicted last year of assault and battery and was sentenced to five years.    

The county said in a statement that Gordon's family was informed Saturday morning of his death.

An autopsy will be conducted Sunday. As is standard procedure, the death is being investigated by police.

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Man tasered in Arlington strong-arm carjacking arrest


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- One of the three men arrested Tuesday night in connection with a strong-arm carjacking in Arlington was tasered, Arlington County police said.

The carjacking happened on 12th Street S. in the area of Pentagon City mall. The men who stole the vehicle were spotted by police and then stopped, authorities said.

The suspects tried to flee but were eventually detained. One of the suspects resisted arrest and was then tasered.