TC Williams

On Wednesday, April 2, Alexandria Fire Department Fire Marshals arrested Xavior R. L. Courtney, a 19-year-old Alexandria resident, in connection with a small fire at T.C. Williams High School two days earlier. He has been charged with arson.

Alexandria Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the school, located at 3330 King Street, at 10:14 p.m. on Monday, March 31, following reports of a possible fire in a bathroom and activated smoke alarms. On arrival, firefighters found evidence of a small fire in a men’s bathroom. Smoke was still present in the room but the fire had been extinguished. There were no reported injuries and investigators estimate only $50 in damages.

Fire marshals with the Alexandria Fire Department, in conjunction with the Alexandria Police Department, investigated the incident Monday and took Courtney into custody on Wednesday evening.

George Washington Distillery

Image via @BeschlossDC

Today (April 1, 2014) marks the first time in 200 years that this brandy has been made available for sale at Mount Vernon.

Via Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog

According to historians at Mount Vernon, the first American president oversaw the production of 11,000 gallons of rye whiskey at his home distillery each year, which he bottled and sold. Even lesser-known is his affection for peach brandy. The same site produced about 60 gallons a year, which Washington mostly poured for guests at the Alexandria estate. Now, for the first time in more than two centuries, you can sip a similar sweet spirit.

The George Washington Distillery, a reconstructed version of the circa-1797 original, announced it has produced 400 bottles of a similar brandy using 18th-century techniques. The project began in 2010 when staff from several distilleries, including Virginia producers Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and A. Smith Bowman Distillery, gathered to advise on the project. The brandy was then double-distilled in copper pot stills powered by wood fires, and aged for more than two years in toasted oak barrels.

Read more at this link. For more information on the brandy, visit this link.

Prices of the bottles start @ $150.


Coffee, java, wake-up juice – whatever you call it, you can get a free cup of it at McDonalds on Monday.

The fast-food chain will offer free small cups of coffee between March 31 and April 13 as part of its first national Free Coffee Event. Customers need only go to a McDonalds restaurant during normal breakfast hours to receive their free cup of McCafe coffee at participating restaurants.

The McDonalds in the City of Alexandria are located at:

  • 3510 Duke Street
  • 5311 Duke Street
  • 3646 King Street
  • 1468 North Beauregard Street
  • 1000 N Henry Street
  • 121 West Glebe Road

If I missed one, let me know in the comments below.

APD BadgeThe Town of Huntersville, NC recently announced the appointment of Cleveland Spruill as Chief of Police. Spruill will leave his position as Deputy Chief of the Alexandria Police Department to become the new chief of the 93 member (83 sworn officers and 10 civilians) Huntersville Police Department.

Chief Spruill brings more than 26 years of law enforcement experience to Huntersville. He began his career in law enforcement with the Alexandria Police Department in August 1987. During his tenure, he held assignments in all of its four major bureaus, was promoted to deputy chief in June 2006 and last served as the commander of the Investigations Bureau. Prior to his assignment to the Investigations Bureau, Chief Spruill headed the Patrol Operations Bureau and oversaw the design and implementation of the department’s Strategic Response System (SRS) model of policing. This model of policing is credited with helping the City achieve 40-year record low crime rates and marked improvements to citizens’ quality of life.

Chief Spruill is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) at the Robins School of Business (University of Richmond). Chief Spruill holds an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Northern Virginia Community College and a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University.

“Deputy Chief Spruill is a capable, talented and committed law enforcement professional. He will be an outstanding chief for Huntersville,” said Alexandria City Manager Rashad M. Young when notified of Chief Spruill’s departure.

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson was pleased that a new police chief has finally been selected. “We engaged in an exhaustive nationwide search for the new chief. Throughout the process, Chief Spruill established himself as a standout among other outstanding candidates and we are confident that he is exceptionally qualified to lead the Police Department.”

Chief Spruill will begin in his new role as Huntersville Police Chief on May 5, 2014.