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Morning Notes

An excavator at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Nine Displaced by Herndon Townhouse Fire — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded to a fire in the 2100 block of Monaghan Drive at 5:46 p.m. on Monday (Aug. 22). Investigators determined it was ignited by a malfunctioning electrical circuit above the second-floor bathroom. There were no reported injuries, but the fire displaced nine people and caused about $70,000 in damages. [FCFRD]

Courthouse Road Lane Closed in Vienna — “The southbound traveling lane of Courthouse Road SW (south of Maple Ave and north of Nutley Street SW) will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the preparation of storm, sanitary, and waterline tie-ins. Please use caution when in the area.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]

Governor Criticizes County for Police Shortage — Gov. Glenn Youngkin says Fairfax County “better get it together soon when it comes to supporting law enforcement,” attributing a personnel shortage to officers being “demoralized.” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay said the shortage is a concern but hasn’t undermined public safety, while Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano expressed disappointment “that the governor would come and lie about the work we are doing.” [ABC7]

DMV to Build New Center in Fairfax Area — “Linda Ford, acting commissioner of the Virginia DMV, informed Fairfax County government officials that a contract was awarded for construction of [the] DMV’s Braddock Road Customer Service Center, according to Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw. The facility will be located on state-owned property at 9911 Braddock Road, east of Erickson Senior Living’s new Woodleigh Chase community.” [Patch]

Woman Reports Attack in Herndon — Herndon police are investigating an attempted abduction of a woman outside her home on Aug. 16, according to the weekly crime report. The victim told police that, around 11 p.m, a man walked up behind her and attempted to pull her behind some bushes. She was able to escape, and the suspect ran away. [Patch]

Falls Church Seeks Suspects in Motorcycle Burglaries — “Suspects are wanted for an overnight burglary of Coleman Power Sports (435 S. Washington Street). At about 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, two Polaris Slingshot 3-wheeled motorcycles were stolen: a 2022 blue Polaris Slingshot valued at $33,600 and a 2020 blue and black Polaris Slingshot valued at $40,000.” [City of Falls Church]

Vienna Open for Halloween Float Applications — “Vienna’s Halloween parade will be here before you know it, but what’s a parade without the floats!? Vienna Parks and Recreation is accepting float applications for the parade until Friday, Sept. 16.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]

McLean Church Plans Middle Eastern Food Festival — “Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church will host its 29th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4…The festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food including kibbee, shish kebab, roast lamb, falafel, fattoush, hummus and stuffed grape leaves, along with Arabic pastries and coffee.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 86 and low of 68. Sunrise at 6:32 am and sunset at 7:53 pm. [Weather.gov]