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Kidnapping Scam Baits Woman in Stafford: Police

A woman who received a phone call Monday threatening her grandchild unless ransom money was paid actually was the victim of an attempted extortion scam, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. During the call, the woman told police, she heard what sounded like a child crying in the background. The caller told her unless money was paid immediately, “horrible consequences would follow.” Read more.

Former Metro Transit Police Officer Indicted For Aiding ISIS

A Fairfax man was indicted Thursday for charges he attempted to aid ISIS, according to federal prosecutors. Nicholas Young, 37, a former officer with Metro Transit Police, is accused of attempting to protect ISIS personnel from capture or harm by attempting to mislead the FBI as to what Young believed to be his friend’s travel to Syria to join ISIS; and the provision of gift cards for ISIS. Read more.


Patch Weekend Movie Guide: ‘Collateral Beauty,’ ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Solace’

Metro Votes to Kill Late-Night Service

It’s happening: Metro’s board of directors voted Thursday to suspend late-night service for at least two more years. Metro has traditionally stayed open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but WMATA has proposed rolling that back significantly for the foreseeable future in light of chronic issues throughout the system and a looming budget crisis. Read more.

Alexandria Driver Faces Misdemeanor Charge After Crash That Killed Pedestrian

  • “There is no evidence suggesting that the driver was under the influence of intoxicants or was driving in a criminally negligent manner.”

Top 2016 Christmas Lights in Northern Virginia: Which Homes Made the List This Year?

  • Holly Zell’s list is out if you haven’t already seen it — check out her map here for the top Christmas lights in Northern Virginia.

How Virginia Ranks on 63 Key Health Measures

  • Overall, Virginia is ranked slightly ahead of average in America’s Health Rankings. See state’s rankings on cholesterol, diabetes and more.

Bank Robbery Wednesday in Dumfries: Police

  • Two masked men with guns robbed the United Bank, according to Prince William County Police

Weed Eating Goats Helped Ashburn Neighborhood Win Green Award

  • Weed eating goats helped Belmont Community Association in Ashburn win the 2016 ‘Associa Green Award’ for promoting green living.

12 Tips to Stay Safe During Extreme Weather

  • With winter weather expected to impact the region, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue advised residents to take additional safety precautions.

Al Sharpton is Taking on Donald Trump in DC

  • The fiery activist is planning a major rally on the National Mall days ahead of Trump’s inauguration.

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