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Morning Notes

A bridge over Reston’s Lake Audubon in autumn (photo by Marjorie Copson)

Halloween Events Galore This Weekend — “Whether you’re looking to be scared silly or for some Halloween events for kids to just have some good old-fashioned family fun this year, check out the activities below to find the perfect Halloween activities. And beware, you never know what could turn up on these hallowed grounds at these Halloween events.” [Visit Fairfax]

Escaped Inmate Arrested at Springfield Hotel — “Naseem Roulack, 21, was arrested at approximately 9 a.m. at a hotel in the 6700 block of Commerce Street…Roulack was serving a 13-year sentence for charges of aggravated malicious wounding, grand larceny and hit-and-run when he escaped custody, but is also facing kidnapping, armed robbery, armed carjacking, first-degree assault and vehicle theft charges for a Sept. 1 incident in Gaithersburg, Maryland.” [U.S. Marshals Service]

Homes Cleared for Mount Vernon Gateway — “Property demolition and site clearing activities are underway for the impending construction of a multifamily residential building in a suburban neighborhood between Hybla Valley and South County. The nearly five-and-a-half-acre site will eventually be home to a five-floor, 280-unit apartment building that represents the first phase of the ‘Mount Vernon Gateway’ project.” [On the MoVe]

Former Fort Belvoir Doctor Convicted of Sexual Assault Again — “A former Army doctor from Springfield, Virginia, who’s already serving a 10-year prison sentence for rape, is now facing up to life in prison for abducting and attempting to sexually assault his wife inside the couple’s home. Drew Steiner, 60, was convicted by a jury in a second trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Wednesday.” [WTOP]

School Speed Cameras Lead to Thousands of Tickets — “In August and September, nearly 13,000 drivers were caught going 10 or more miles per hour above the posted speed limit. Over 3,500 speeders were caught in August, and over 9,300 were identified in September. Since April, when the county initiative started, more than 55,000 drivers were caught speeding.” [WTOP]

Reston Parkway Repairs to Take Rest of Year — “Motorists traveling southbound on Reston Parkway can expect the lefthand lane on the bridge over the Dulles Toll Road to remain closed until December, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.” The lane has been closed since July 10, when a truck struck the bridge, damaging the “deck beams and other elements.” [Patch]

FCPS Seeks Input on Website Redesign — “FCPS will be updating our current websites to improve user experience. Our website vendor will focus on key elements including design, layout, navigation, content, and accessibility. Please take our survey and let us know your thoughts about our websites and how well they are serving you.” [FCPS]

New Playground Finished at Lake Accotink Park — “Construction of the new playground began in early September and final inspections were completed last week. The new playground will officially open with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting next Thursday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park.” [The Walkinshaw Advisory]

It’s Friday — Expect partly sunny skies with a high around 81, accompanied by a gentle west wind at 3 to 6 mph. As night approaches, the sky will be partly cloudy, and the temperature will drop to approximately 62. [Weather.gov]