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Wrestling Official Arrested On Child Pornography Charges In Lorton

LORTON, Va. (WUSA) -- A tip to police from the Fairfax County Fire Marshals Office has led to the arrest of a wrestling official on child pornography charges in Virginia.

Fairfax County Police received the tip after fire investigators observed suspected child pornography inside the home of 51-year-old Mark Barget of the 8300 block of Green Heron Way in Lorton.  Barget was arrested Sunday following a subsequent three-month investigation.

Police say Barget is charged with ten counts of possessing child pornography.

According to officials, Barget judges middle and high school wrestling matches.

Detectives want to hear from anyone else who feels they have additional information in the case.

Last Section of Fairfax Co. Parkway Set to Open in Hopes of Easing Morning and Afternoon Traffic

The final extension of one of the D.C. Metropolitan area’s busiest commuter route is almost complete; and it has the potential to improve before and after work travel for everyone.

The last 1.9 miles of the Fairfax County Parkway will allow for a quicker and easier trip from Fort Belvoir and Interstate 95 to Herndon.

The northbound lanes will open after Friday night's rush hour. Southbound lanes will open next Tuesday.

Part of the road was dedicated as the "Trooper Charles Mark Cosslett Memorial Highway;” named after state trooper Charles Mark Cosslett who died in 2002 when a tow-truck struck his motorcycle on Interstate 95 southbound near Springfield.

BRAC Building To Bring 'Chaos' To I-395 Commute

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A rush hour nightmare is predicted when the new Department of Defense Building opens along I-395 in Alexandria next year.

The building, part of the BRAC realignment plan, will house 6,400 employees, but it was built no where near a Metro station.

Several studies show the influx of cars will add two hours to everybody's commute along the corridor.

"We have impending chaos here. It's the military's fault. They never should have located a building on I-395 and Seminary Road without building the proper infrastructure," said Representative Jim Moran.

Moran has a bill that restricts the Army from building more than one-thousand parking spaces there to force them to provide a bus service for their employees.

It passed the house, and is in the Senate.

Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.

Snakehead Fish Caught Near Lorton

On Wednesday, September 8, a Northern Snakehead Fish was caught in Little Hunting Creek, near Lorton, VA. This is the only type of Snakehead fish that can survive the winter conditions of the Potomac River.

These particular fish are aggressive and eat their prey whole. While they do not attack humans, and they are not taking over the ecosystem, as some feared a few years ago, they are continuing to spread and colonize throughout the lower region of the Potomac River. Snakeheads can be found in almost every creek; the Snakehead Fish are expected to have a record year.

 

 

 

Springfield, Va. Homicide Possibly Linked To Speed Bump Dispute

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police have charged a man with murder in the shooting death of another man Sunday night. A speed bump in their neighborhood may have been at the center of the dispute.

Police were called to a home in the 6800 block of Field Master Drive about 10 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived they found the body of 48-year-old Stephen Carr with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

David Patton, 44, of Conservation Way is charged with second-degree murder. Investigators said Patton was arrested in June after he allegedly assaulted Carr. Patton's assault trial was scheduled for Thursday.

Gallery After Hours: Art Out Loud...a fusion of art and music

The following event was sent to us from Workhouse Arts Center:

Escape to the Workhouse on September 18 for a night of live music and art! Art Out Loud...a fusion of art and music will feature the drawings of Mary Gallagher Stout and the eclectic alternative rock of "Big Green Cherry".  Mary will present many of her pieces, explaining the meaning and inspiration behind them. She will also sign copies of her new book: REAL Life Drawings: My Eye on Washington D.C., published in August 2010 by Sunbury Press.