Jason Allen Johnson wanted for murder in Arlington County Virginia

The Arlington County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jason Allen Johnson, 37, of Washington, DC. Johnson is wanted for Murder for his role in this weekend’s homicide in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Arlington. Johnson is described as a black male, approximately 5’5” and weighing 145 pounds. He was last known to be heading towards Maryland.

At approximately 3:22 a.m. on February 19, 2017, Arlington County Police responded to the 6300 block of N. 29th Street for the report of shots fired. Arriving officers located one male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and immediately began performing CPR. Arlington County Fire Department medics transported Michael Gray, 23, of Manassas, Virginia to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The initial investigation revealed that this shooting resulted from a dispute that took place during a party at a residence in the 6300 block of N. 29th Street.

Johnson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911 immediately and not approach the suspect. If you have additional information regarding this investigation, contact Detective J. Trainer of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4185. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Metro plans full-scale emergency response drill on the Yellow Line Bridge Sunday, August 28

Metro Transit Police, the District of Columbia and Arlington County will conduct a full-scale response drill Sunday, August 28, on the Yellow Line Bridge that will allow emergency personnel to practice the evacuation of a train during a simulated derailment.

The exercise, which will take place on the elevated track approaching the Pentagon station over the Potomac River, will allow emergency responders to test their capabilities on the aerial structure in coordination with water rescue teams. In addition, the drill will simulate real-world conditions to test coordination and communication between on-scene responders, Metrorail operations staff, Metro Transit Police and support personnel.

The exercise will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 2 p.m. In addition to Metro Transit Police and Metrorail operations personnel, emergency responders throughout the region will participate including:

  • Arlington County Fire Department
  • DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services
  • Alexandria Fire Department
  • US Park Police
  • US Park Service
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department
  • Prince George’s County Fire Department

More than 100 emergency responders and volunteers are expected to attend.

Metro conducts quarterly drills with emergency responders throughout the region.

Customer Information:

  • Yellow Line service will be suspended between  the L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations from opening until approximately 2:00 p.m. Customers traveling to/from National Airport and Washington DC should use Blue Line trains from L’Enfant Plaza or Metro Center and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Metro will notify customers when normal operations resume via email, text message and social media. To receive notifications, sign up for MetroAlerts.
  • Regular route Metrobus service will operate normally.
  • Members of the public in the area of L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations as well as the shoreline on both sides of the bridge may notice a large number of emergency vehicles on site. Please be assured that this is only a drill.

(Photo via keever04, on Flickr)

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Arlington to complete their portion of transitway Spring 2016

Metroway MapArlington’s Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, which will complete the area’s first dedicated transit lanes, is now expected to be completed in spring 2016, County officials said today. Alexandria’s portion of the project, running from Potomac Yard to Braddock Road, opened in August of 2014.

“We had complications during construction that caused delays and threatened to push the project over budget,” said Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz. “But we have made changes, including scope modifications, to ensure that we finish this project within budget and get it done by next spring.”

Arlington began building the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, a joint project with the City of Alexandria, in summer 2014. The County’s portion of the project includes 0.75 miles of new transit-only roadway, 1.5 miles of on-street dedicated transit lanes, seven new stations and traffic signal upgrades along the Transitway route.

Long Bridge Park rendering

Given the lack of space in Alexandria, and the fact that Alexandria has had to shutter some pools recently, I’m thinking this partnership is a great idea. Arlington County put the construction of the facility on hold when planned construction costs were deemed too high.What say you?

In a press release issued this morning, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria plan to ask their residents if their governments should explore the possibility of a partnership to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park to meet the recreation interests of both communities.

“If the synergy is there, and both communities are interested, we will explore this further,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hughes Hynes. “Partnerships are just one of the many creative ways we are approaching the development of our facilities and programs.”

Both jurisdictions to survey their residents

Both jurisdictions will survey residents as part of needs assessments for their respective park and recreation systems. Alexandria is asking residents this summer about their interest in collaborating with Arlington to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park. Arlington will do the same this fall as part of its community discussions to update its Public Spaces Master Plan.

A question included in the Alexandria survey asks about community interest in “a proposal to partner with Arlington County on development of a 50-meter pool at Long Bridge Park. This would be done instead of the expansion of the facility at Chinquapin Park.”

Arlington’s fall survey will ask a similar question. If both communities show an interest, the next step will be to consider cost and operational questions, and report to respective leadership.

Arlington Board interested in partners for Long Bridge Park

In March, the Arlington County Board asked the County Manager to seek broad public input to review Phase 2 of the 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan. The fall survey will be the Department of Parks and Recreation’s broadest outreach effort. Phase 2 includes the aquatics, health and fitness facility; 10 acres of parkland; continuation of the esplanade; and more environmental remediation. The County Board further instructed the County Manager to continue to seek partners for the project.

Park improvements continue

Meanwhile, the County continues to improve Long Bridge Park. The County Board voted unanimously in June to begin construction of playgrounds on three lawn areas at the south end of Long Bridge Park between 6th Street South and the sports fields. The $1.082 million contract — including $90,000 for contingencies — will provide play equipment for children ranging in age from two to 12 years. Children helped design the new playgrounds, which will include a cooling “fog” system, sculpted play forms, a tunnel, bridges, a shade structure covering the pre-school area, accessible paths, benches and fencing. The playgrounds complete the southern portion of the park with a much-needed, family-friendly amenity; these should open in the third quarter of 2016.

Background

Long Bridge Park is an approximately 30-acre park in Crystal City, overlooking the Potomac River. Close to 10,000 people celebrated July 4 at the park this year. Long Bridge, once a brownfield and industrial wasteland, is now a sustainable park that offers stunning views of the Capital monuments, together with three full-size, multi-sport, lighted, rectangular synthetic-turf fields (home of Marymount University soccer and lacrosse teams); a network of walkways with an esplanade; and a striking public art feature, Wave Arbor.

(Image credit: Hughes Architects)

124The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is warning the public of a home invasion robbery scheme that has victimized at least one area resident.

The robbers appear at the door as representatives of a utility company then, once they are inside, forcibly lock the victim in a room while they steal the victim’s valuables.

ACPD would like to remind area residents to confirm the identity of utility company representatives prior to opening the door for them.

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