Week In Review: Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested At Vienna Metro; Tuesday Prayer Service Scheduled For Duesterhaus
Town Council approves budget
Friends and family of Tom Duesterhaus, the 37-year-old Vienna native and McLean resident who disappeared last week, are planning a prayer service at his childhood church in Vienna on Tuesday.
The service is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, in Vienna.
Duesterhaus never returned to the McLean home he shared with other Youth Apostles last Friday night. He was spotted three times in Virginia Beach in the two days that followed.
Bishop O'Connell High School administrators confirmed on Saturday that Duesterhaus is no longer an employee at the school. It's not clear when Duesterhaus, who began teaching English at the school in 1999, was told about the decision. President Kathleen Prebble said in an e-mail Saturday morning that she could not comment on individual personnel matters.
Duesterhaus' father, Rich, said earlier this week he believed such news would cause his son distress and could have led to his disappearance. Fairfax County Police also said they believe Duesterhaus is distraught, and are concerned for his safety.
The story as it developed (most recent links first)
- Saturday:Duesterhaus 'No Longer An Employee,' Bishop O'Connell Confirms. School administrators say they're praying for missing man's safety, well-being
- Friday:As Search Continues, Friends And Family Of Duesterhaus Take To Social Media Twitter, Facebook blasts create a national network looking for missing Vienna native, McLean resident, O'Connell teacher
- Thursday: Update: Fairfax County Police Say Duesterhaus Was Distraught When He Disappeared. Fairfax County Police search for Vienna native, O'Connell teacher 'Still Very Much A Missing Persons Case'
- Wednesday: Update: Family Of Missing Vienna Native, Bishop O'Connell English Teacher Tom Duesterhaus Asks For Help
A 33-year-old Fairfax Station man was arrested and charged with four counts of distributing heroin during evening rush hour at the Vienna Metro Station on Wednesday. Garrett R. Acker of Fairfax Station allegedly sold and delivered heroin to undercover Fairfax County narcotics detectives on four occasions over the course of two months.
"Undercover detectives told Acker that the drugs would be distributed to Fairfax County juveniles," said a police news release.
The Vienna Town Council passed its $29.8 million fiscal year 2011-2012 budget on Monday night with a last-minute reduction in the property tax rate.The proposed budget included a real estate tax rate of $0.02435 per $100 of assessed value. But the town accepted a much lower bid than anticipated for a Town Hall exterior painting and wood replacement project, which allowed it to lower that rate to $0.02421, town officials said. The change means the average Vienna resident's property tax bill will increase by about $36.60, instead of the $43.59 annual increase the town had projected with the initial proposed rate.
Business leaders from Fairfax and Loudoun counties have sent a letter to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors calling for significant cost reductions in the Phase II segment of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Estimated costs for Phase II have reached $3.5 billion, about a $1 billion higher than original projections. MWAA's recent decision to build the Dulles International Airport station below ground rather than above ground has added about $330 million to the price tag. At a press conference on Thursday across the street from the under-construction Wiehle Avenue station in Reston, business leaders - who represent more than 6,000 businesses and 500,000 residents and taxpayers - outlined their suggested cost-cutting measures.
U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovell announced Tuesday that his office will determine if Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority policies and procedures comply with the law and whether the board of directors has been transparent with and accountable for its actions with the controversial Dulles Corridor Metrorail project.U.S. Representatives Frank Wolf (R-Virginia 10th) and Tom Latham (R-Iowa 4th) asked for the investigation earlier this year. The investigation announcement comes at a time when frustration with MWAA board members is at an all-time high.
On April 6, the MWAA board found itself in more hot water when it voted 9-4 to build a more expensive underground Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport. MWAA's decision would add $330 million to a project that totals more than $6 billion.The addition makes the second phase of the Silver Line project that includes new stations at the airport and into eastern Loudoun County is now estimated to cost $3.5 billion, which is $1 billion over earlier estimates.
Not only have lawmakers asked for an investigation of MWAA's policies and procedures, but Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) requested an investigation into possible ethics violations of at least one MWAA board member. Even Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli chimed in recently when he called the project an "economic boondoggle" and asked Loudoun County voters to elect an anti-rail majority this November.
As part of Vienna's re-enactment of the Battle Of Vienna on Saturday – an 1861 skirmish that marked the first time a train was used tactically in battle – Historic Vienna Inc. and other volunteers took residents back in time with a recreated Civil War-era encampment on the grounds surrounding the Community Center.The all-day encampment featured demonstrations, games and activities for kids, adults and families alike. At 6 p.m., re-enactors recreated the battle scene with guns, horses, a train and a cannon.
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After an intense double headery, the Vienna Nationals were crowned the winners of the American League Babe Ruth Championship Series at Waters Field.
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Louise Archer Elementary School students re-enacted battles with sponges as part of the history curriculum. Click through our photos from the event, in Viewfinder: The Civil "Sponge" War
Thousands of girls and their parents came to Saturday's grand opening of the new American Girl Place venue at Tysons Corner Mall.
Ben Davis, a 25-year-old running enthusiast from Little Rock, Ark.,invited Northern Virginia residents to his Ben Does Life running tour stop in Vienna on Wednesday.His 5k run with residents on the W+OD trail is part of a 31-city tour, a grass roots movement that grew out of a promise Ben made to his grandmother to change his life and get a handle on his obesity. He's taking his story from city to city hoping to inspire others to get fit. Watch this video of his Vienna stop.
In rock-n-roll, it's almost impossible to imagine an artist, who, 40 years in, has made his masterpiece. It's a short list. But you can ink in Garland Jeffreys' name right near the top.His newest record, "The King Of In Between," sports all the musical styles with which Jeffreys is so versed: cool, caffeinated, streetwise rock, revved-up soul, folk, ska. This time he's added city and country-blues to the mix. All the while grafting his sassy, insouciant, street poetry onto these songs. Maybe, just maybe, the best lyrics he's ever written. For a guy known for "Wild In The Streets," "35 Millimeter Dreams" and "Matador," that's saying somethin'. Jeffreys brought both his new work and his cult classics to Jammin' Java on Thursday.
Though this Saturday's seventh annual Rally For Ally in Nottoway Park in Vienna had a namesake — Allyson Kelso, 6, of Burke — it is not for her. Instead, it's for the organization that gave them not just information, but hope when Ally was diagnosed with a rare condition. Read Ally's story here. Click through photos from the event here.
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