Week in Review: Reston Zoo Director Found Guilty

A look back at stories in Vienna between Sept. 23 and 30

Reston Zoo Director Meghan Mogensen - accused of inhumanely euthanizing an injured wallaby - was found guilty by a Fairfax County General District judge Friday on counts of animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance.

After a one-day bench trial, Judge Ian O'Flaherty sentenced Mogensen, 26, to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail on the animal cruelty charge and a $250 fine and suspension of her driver's license for six months on the drug count. Both of the charges are misdemeanors.

Mogensen's attorney, Caleb Kershner, said they will appeal, which means there will likely be an additional, new trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Police, Fire:

A fire in the basement of a Malcolm Road home Monday has been ruled accidental, officials said. Damage was estimated at $60,000.

Police Log: Officer Witnesses Aggressive Driving Incident on Maple

Rohrer Appointed Deputy County Executive: As of Oct. 20, FCPD Chief Dave Rohrer will lead team overseeing public safety.

Water Main Break Closes Malcolm Road: Vienna crews repaired a water main break Saturday, shutting down Malcolm Road between Nutley Street and Lawyers Road.

Vienna Police to Participate in 'Take Back the Drugs': A collection site will be set up for residents to drop off medications

Vienna Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud: Nancy Preston admits to embezzling more than $600,000 from Clyde's Restaurant Group.

Fairfax County Police Log: Sept. 13-19

Live Training for Firefighters Scheduled on Park Street: Firefighters to conduct training drills Monday

Government, Schools:

Two months after local advocacy groups filed a discrimination complaint against Fairfax County Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights launched a formal investigation into the claims Wednesday.

The complaint asserts FCPS has committed "clear violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" in allegedly perpetuating discrimination against black, Latino and disabled students through the admission process for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

A Vienna neighborhood that is hearing just how much traffic travels along the Dulles Toll Road each day received notification it did not qualify for the Dulles Toll Road Highway Noise Program, falling 3 decibels short of the necessary level to qualify.

As U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) prepares a bill that would change the makeup of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are asking him to include language that would give Northern Virginia more influence in appointing members.

Letter to the Editor: Consider All Sides of School Discipline: Newly-approved committee charged with reviewing Fairfax County school discipline policy should research prevention, intervention, rehabilitation and restoration, community member says.

Save the Date: FCPS College Fair: High school students can check out higher learning choices Oct. 21 at Fair Oaks Mall.

Richmond Not Likely to Help Transportation Funding Gap: State senator weighs in as Fairfax County kicks off public meetings about $3 billion shortfall.

Connolly, Murray Talk Immigration and More at Asian American Forum: The forum included candidates (or their representatives) from the 8th, 10th and 11th congressional districts.


Vote for Liberty District's Game of the Week: There's still time to vote for the high school matchup you'd like to see featured on Patch the week of Oct. 1 to 5

Vienna Shops Celebrate National Coffee Day

What's Up with the Metro: Sept. 28 to 30

Fairfax County Launches Absentee Voting: Can't get to the polls on Election Day? Cast your ballot early.

House Hunt: Nine Vienna Homes Listed This Week

Mutts Matter: Brad's Second Chance


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