Thursday, December 22, 2011
Medical examiner can't release information on whether Casey Noriega suffered any sort of seizure before her car hit a pole.
Local Gymboree teacher Casey Noriega died of "blunt chest and abdomen trauma" Dec. 10 when the car she was driving struck a pole at Beulah Street and Windsor Avenue in Kingstowne, and the manner was ruled an accident, the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. It is still uncertain whether the 29-year-old mother who left behind a son suffered any sort of seizure or attack prior to the car accident that took her life because the medical examiner's office cannot release that information, according to Nancy Bull, district administrator, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Northern District. The Code of Virginia classifies any information regarding a medical examiner case as confidential and allows the Office of the Chief Medical…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Casey Noriega, 29, died Saturday when her car struck a pole in Kingstowne.
A Newington-area mom was involved in a single-vehicle fatal crash on Saturday, according to Fairfax County Police. At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Casey Noriega, 29, of Haynes Point Way, was driving a 2001 Toyota Camry southbound on Beulah Street approaching the intersection of Windsor Avenue. For unknown reasons, she drove off the road and struck a pole. She was 1.4 miles from her home, although it is uncertain if she was driving home or had just left home. Noriega was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. Noriega left behind a family, a group of friends and work colleagues, and students at Gymboree Play and Music of Alexandria, where she was an instructor. How to break the news to kids at Gymboree has …
Friday, July 15, 2011
People flooded the Regal Kingstowne 16 for the midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
The only thing that distinguished the Regal Kingstowne 16 from Lollapalooza Thursday night was the wizard wear. The parking lot was jammed and the theaters were full of men, women and children who had to be the first to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The film opened at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and in the grand tradition of Harry Potter, fans showed up hours ahead of time to tap their wands in anticipation and take part in some lively, theater-sanctioned activities. Kingstowne put together a Potter party that kicked off at 10 p.m. Thursday with games and prizes. Theatergoers were asked trivia questions like “What did Harry inherit in Sirius Black’s will?” and “What shape does the boggart take when Neville encounters it?” Folks …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
'Give me the money!' suspect yelled while aiming gun, according to eyewitness.
A masked man with a gun robbed Robeks smoothie shop in Kingstowne Towne Center Tuesday night. There were no injuries. A little before 8:45 p.m., a man entered the shop at 5824 Kingstowne Towne Center with a gun, demanding money. After receiving the money, he left the store. The suspect is described as a male in his 20s, around 5-feet-7-inches to 5-feet-8-inches tall, and between 150 and 180 pounds. He was dressed in all black, including a mask, long-sleeve shirt, shorts, and leggings. The robbery is under investigation. In an email to Patch, a female customer, who asked not to be named for privacy reasons, described the crime. A little before 8:45 p.m., the woman was waiting inside the store for employees to make her a smoothie. A manager …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Charges dropped against Sammy Gebrale, initial second suspect
Fairfax County police have arrested a third man allegedly involved in a robbery near Kingstowne Towne Center. Another man arrested earlier in the investigation was not actually involved, they say. On Thursday, police arrested Kibruysfa Aklilu Degefa, 19, of the 6000 block of Crocus Court in Alexandria. Degefa has been charged with robbery. Degefa and another teenager, Kareem Taylor, are accused of stealing a cell phone from a 16-year-old boy as he walked down the street Kingstowne Towne Center on April 23. Police say that the same evidence that lead police to Degefa also suggested that Sammy Gebrale, originally a suspect in the robbery, was not actually involved. Charges against Gebrale have been dropped.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Pizza delivery, florists get socked in the pocketbook
Drivers and the small businesses that employ them are feeling a lot of pain at the gas pump and the Kingstowne and Rose Hill area is no exception. According to AAA, the current national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.98. While the average for the entire state of Virginia is lower than that, gas at stations in Northern Virginia is priced higher. The most recent spike in oil prices can be attributed to unrest in Middle Eastern countries, but as summer approaches, experts say expect prices to continue climbing. According to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration, fuel prices are up about 25 percent from 2010 and that could climb to 40 percent over last summer. Orhan Buccino owns Buccinos, a local pizza restaurant at …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Area saw flurries when larger storm veered away from D.C.
Kingstowne dodged a large snowstorm Sunday but stil contended with flurries. Residents drove carefully and were busy shopping at Wal-Mart, Kohl's and other shopping centers. Snow plow trucks could be seen throughout Kingstowne either driving or idling on side roads, waiting for more snow that hadn't materialized by dusk. Some roads were powdered with sand. Federal offices were expected to open on time Monday, according to a release from the Office of Personnel Management.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Do you get in the spirit?
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- Erica Laxson
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Each week, we run brief interviews with people around Kingstowne about what they think of new issues in Kingstowne and Fairfax. This week: How do you prepare for Halloween? Are decorations important? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Art from all over Kingstowne was available for sale
Kingstowne's art community presented the variety of its work at an art show Saturday. The Kingstowne Area Artists Association (KAAA) is a community-run organization that unites local artists and their passion for sharing their work. "It's an opportunity for us all to be together and show our artwork and educate the community." President Sandy Mann said. "We come together and display our work and have camaraderie." 17 of the group's 22 members set up exhibits in the Snyder Center's main room. Everything from photographs and painting to pastels and pottery was available. This was their 7th and most prolific year hosting the art show. "Art brings a sense of culture and joy to the community and it makes your life complete," Vice-President …
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Over 200 people attendance estimated
Spooky ghosts and creepy monsters welcomed Kingstowne residents and families at the 6th annual Haunted Graveyard. The Kingstowne Residential Owner's Corporation hosted a free, family-friendly haunted house for two hours in the South Center on Saturday. "It's very, very popular so far," Denise Buck, the event's co-chair, said. "Last year we had over 150 people, but I bet we'll have over 200 this time." The event drew a large crowd of all ages that lined up out the door for almost a 30-minute wait. Inside the center, greeters mingled with guests in line and a police officer handed out trick or treating safety equipment and brochures. "It's important for children to been seen by their parents, wear reflective clothing and be safe when they …