Morning Notes

I-66 after the Nutley Street bridge (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Police Scooter Catches Fire at Dulles Airport — “Passengers preparing for departure were evacuated for roughly 90 minutes after a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police scooter burst into flames inside the terminal…For reasons not yet identified, an officer’s segway began to smoke before catching fire, creating a dark cloud inside the airport and injuring two officers.” [WTOP]

“Suspicious” Flyers Reported in Fair Oaks — “Officers and detectives from the Fair Oaks District have responded to numerous reports of suspicious flyers portraying bias material over the past two days…While there is currently no specific threat within our community, we are continuing to collect additional information about this incident.” [FCPD]

Herrity Wants County to Address Panhandling — “Pat Herrity, a long-serving Republican lawmaker representing the county’s Springfield district, has said he plans on reintroducing an ordinance next month to restrict panhandling that is closely modeled after the policy adopted by neighboring Loudoun County. Loudoun’s ordinance bans the exchange of objects between roadways, and allows police officers to cite those who ignore the ordinance after multiple warnings” [DCist]

Local Teacher Gets Winnings for World Cup Bet — “Kris Benton has finally received his winnings for bets he placed through the BetMGM app after they were originally canceled due to an ‘obvious error with odds.’ The Fairfax County teacher placed bets for a total wager of more than $3,000 on the Netherlands vs. Vietnam match in the Women’s World Cup through the app.” [WUSA9]

Springfield Company Banned From Working in D.C. — The Springfield-based construction company Prestige Drywall LLC “has been barred from working in the District for five years as part of a settlement with D.C.’s attorney general over alleged wage theft. The settlement…includes nearly $360,000 in restitution to more than 200 employees who were unlawfully deprived of overtime pay and benefits.” [Washington Business Journal]

Police Encourage Safety for First Day of School — “On August 21st, coinciding with the much-anticipated first day of school in Fairfax County, FCPD aims to promote a safe and enjoyable start to the school year by encouraging parents, guardians, and community members to adopt safe transportation practices and help ensure the well-being of our young students.” [FCPD]

Route 50 Lane Closures Planned in West Falls Church — “Beginning Monday night, Aug. 21, eastbound Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) will have lane closures between Graham Road and Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) for milling and paving work…Through Monday night, Sept. 18, the single-lane closures will occur Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.” [VDOT]

County Library Staff Win Award — “FCPL IT team members Gary Goodson and Atnaf Ameha were recently awarded the 2023 Public Library Innovator Award from the Virginia Library Association. This award recognizes public librarians or public library project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of a public library in Virginia through an innovative project, program or service during the nomination period (2022).” [FCPL/Facebook]

It’s Monday — The forecast for Monday indicates partly sunny conditions with a high temperature reaching around 94°F. As the evening approaches, expect increasing cloudiness and a low temperature settling around 71°F. []