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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Specialists in Action

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

In 1989, a hostage situation was unfolding at 316 Hopkins Court. A man trying to collect on a drug debt had taken hostages at gunpoint inside a house and the Special Operations Team (S.O.T.) was called out to the site in response.

Alexandria: Accomplice in Beverley Park Homicide Sentenced

Teen’s attorney details background of abuse.

On April 28, the family of Jose Luis Ferman Perez met the girl who was at least partially responsible for his death. The defendant, 16-year-old Leidi Granados Gutierrez, is one of three MS-13 affiliated suspects connected with last year’s Nov. 9 homicide of Jose Luis Ferman Perez.

Alexandria Brief: Business Settles Civil Fraud Allegations

Agape Health Management, Inc., which operates under the name Agape Adult Day Healthcare Center, in Alexandria, has agreed to pay $385,917 to settle federal and state civil fraud allegations that claimed Agape submitted false claims for reimbursement to the Virginia Medicaid Program.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Crisis

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol. In the sixth week of the course, citizens learned more about how the Alexandria Police react to crisis situations, including hostage situations and riot control.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Gala

At the 30th Anniversary Spring Gala of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria were seven scholarship winners, all students of the International Academy at T. C. Williams High School, from left, Daniel Villarroel, Jesusina Abankwa, Isha Rashida Sankoh, Eyosias Agonafer, Subinuer Aikebaier, Nada Elhawary and Melak Alradhi.

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Alexandria: Management Misfiring at Torpedo Factory?

Torpedo Factory hangs in balance between artistic enclave and commercial asset.

Everyone seems to be in agreement: the Torpedo Factory is one of the star attractions of Old Town Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Higher Power

Power outage along Duke Street on Tuesday, April 19 interrupted Shiloh Baptist Church’s service, so Pastor Taft Quincey Heatley organized his congregation and the visiting worshippers from Arlington’s Macedonia Baptist Church to take the service into the adjacent parking lot. “We came to worship, so that’s what we’re going to do,” said Heatley. “The church is not the building, it’s the people.”

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Inside Alexandria Police Department: On the Job

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

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Alexandria Brief: Honoring Ronald Kirby

A plaque honoring Ronald F. Kirby, director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Alexandrian resident, will be installed at the entrance to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge he helped design.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Food4thought

Agents and staff of the Long & Foster Old Town office gathered on Friday, April 8 to put together 120 food packs for students at Woodley Hills Elementary School in Fairfax County as part of Food4thought, a program sponsored by Our Daily Bread. Food4thought, run by volunteers, compiles food packs to be sent home with children each Friday. For $28 a month, anyone can provide one child a food pack to sustain them throughout the weekend for a month. See woodleyhillsfood4thought.org.

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Alexandria: Raising $37,800 for Homeless

The Motown sound of The Intruders brought down the house while raising funds for Community Lodgings at the 11th annual Spring Forward Fundraiser April 10 at Union Street Public House restaurant.

Inside Alexandria Police Department: Use of Force

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

Alexandria: Council Hears Ethics Recommendation

A pledge for city’s elected and appointed officials.

The ethics pledge makes no changes to the law, increases no reporting qualifications, and includes no complaint process, but after months of City Council fights over its necessity and implications, the draft presented by the Code of Conduct Review Committee at the April 12 City Council meeting was received with relatively little fanfare.

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Alexandria: Civil War Still Reverberates

Indecision and conflict continues over Confederate street names and statues.

After four tumultuous meetings, the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names has not managed to settle the 150-year-old conflict over the legacy of the Confederacy in Alexandria.

Alexandria Brief: Lawsuit Filed Against General Registrar of Voters

Anna Leider, the general registrar of voters in the City of Alexandria, is now faced with a lawsuit that alleges she failed to maintain proper voter rolls and refused to permit the plaintiffs to inspect list maintenance records as required by federal laws.

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