Morning Notes

Cherry trees line Elden Street in Herndon, seen from under Fairfax County Parkway (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Five Vehicles Crash on Route 123 in Lorton — Non-life-threatening injuries were reported in a five-vehicle crash on Ox Road near Silverbrook Road in Lorton, Fairfax County police reported at 7:18 p.m. yesterday (Thursday). One lane in each direction was open, but police advised drivers to use an alternate route. [FCPD/Twitter]

Case Against Suspect in 1994 Murder Advances — “Prosecutors argue that [Stephan] Smerk fatally slashed Robin Warr Lawrence, 37, in her West Springfield, Va., home in November 1994. On Thursday, Judge Gary H. Moliken in Fairfax General District Court found probable cause that Smerk killed Lawrence and allowed the case to proceed to a grand jury.” [Washington Post]

New Crosswalk Planned on Route 1 After Fatal Crashes — “This spring, VDOT is slated to install a new signalized crosswalk under the traffic signal at the intersection of Buckman Road/Radford Avenue and Richmond Highway.” Fairfax County is also reviewing whether an “existing utility pole at the intersection of Belfield Road and Richmond Highway in Belle Haven can be retrofitted with a streetlight fixture to improve local lighting.” [On the MoVe]

Vienna Road to Partly Close for Sidewalk Construction — “Beginning April 8 at 9 a.m., there will be no through traffic allowed on Beulah Road NE between Church Street and Ayr Hill Avenue due to the construction of a Robinson Trust sidewalk project. Traffic will be detoured and parking on Ayr Hill Avenue will be restricted. The work will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and is expected to last until mid-June.” [Town of Vienna/Instagram]

Herndon Company to Expand Satellite Network — HawkEye 360 “has scored a $40 million investment to increase the constellation of satellites it uses to detect and convert radio frequencies on Earth into geospatial insights for defense and commercial interests.” After successfully launching 21 satellites, it hopes to “have 60 satellites…orbiting at about 360 miles above Earth’s surface by 2025.” [DC Inno]

Spring Cleaning Begins at County Parks — “Cleanups have been scheduled at various locations throughout the county and offer a diverse array of activities to be involved in. From collecting and bagging trash to tackling other projects, volunteers will have the chance to contribute to the beautification and preservation of our natural spaces.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Vienna Businesses Partner for Boozy Book Fair — “Bards Alley Bookshop and Caboose Brewing Co. in Vienna will join forces this weekend for Books ‘n Brews, an inaugural boozy bookfair full of books, beer, and literary fun. The event is set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Caboose Tavern.” The fair is scheduled to return on June 2 and Sept. 8. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Friday — Expect a mostly sunny day with a high of about 54 degrees and a 20% chance of showers after 3pm. In the evening, the sky will be mostly clear, and the temperature will drop to around 37 degrees. The 11 to 14 mph northwest wind is expected to gust as high as 21 mph. [NWS]