Here’s a look at some of the top Patch stories of the past week from across southern Fairfax County and a look at what’s coming up:
Those Aren’t Kittens…
A Fort Hunt family rescued what they thought were very young kittens from under their backyard shed. When they brought them to a local park on a nice spring day a few weeks later, a park ranger spotted them—and said they weren’t kittens. Find out what they were in the story here.
This past week had a lot of police-related news across southern Fairfax County:
Monday, a passenger in a taxi from Prince William County overtook the driver, stole the vehicle and crashed it in Lorton.
On Friday, 21-year-old Shelinda Arrington was killed in what police believe may have been an assault during an argument following a car accident in the Groveton area. Police are looking for the driver of a dark SUV with temporary tags.
Shooting at Target
A 12-year-old girl was reported missing from the Mount Vernon area on April 27, and police put out a public call for information this week. The girl was found safe with relatives on Friday, and police noted there is a complex set of custodial issues involved in the case.
County Budget, Local Elections
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted its fiscal year 2013 budget on Tuesday. The budget raises taxes and fees to support funding for human services and other programs. Supervisors Pat Herrity (Springfield) and John Cook (Braddock) voted against the budget, maintaining their opposition from the markup session on April 24.
Farmers Markets are Open
Farmers Markets throughout the county, including in Kingstowne, Lorton and Mount Vernon, opened.
She Said ‘Yes!’
Did you see the Super Moon Saturday night? There were intermittent clouds in the D.C. metro area, but if you were lucky enough to spot it and take a photo, you can upload photos of the Super Moon here.
Coming Up This Week
Sunday, a man from Fairfax Station will be rappelling down a skyscraper in Chicago to raise funds and awareness for lung diseases. Tom Classick will participate in an event dubbed Skyline Plunge! Chicago, hosted by Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
You have until Friday to enter the Patch Best Mom in Fairfax County contest. You (or your mother) could win a $50 gift certificate.