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Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."

Securing Your Home

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.

Suspicious Death in Rose Hill area

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Police Department:

Franconia Police District - Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred around 11 p.m. Thursday, October 14. An 18-year-old man sought medical treatment at the Inova Springfield Healthplex around 10:30 p.m. and died shortly after 11 p.m. The victim had apparently been involved in an altercation earlier in the evening that resulted in bodily trauma.

Detectives are currently investigating and attempting to determine the nature of the relationship between the victim and suspect(s). An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of the victim’s death.

UPDATE: Victim Identified; Suspect Charged

Update to the homicide that occured Wednesday, October 6 at 5T Bar and Grill:

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

The victim has been identified as Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenney Drive in Falls Church. The suspect, Lam Dang, 40, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, is in the hospital in stable condition but has been charged with murder.

Further investigation determined the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife; she died as result of trauma to the upper body. This incident was domestic in nature.

Woman Fatally Stabbed In Springfield Restaurant

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- Fairfax County police say a 37-year-old woman has been stabbed and killed at a Springfield area restaurant.

Police spokeswoman Officer Tawny Wright says police were called Wednesday night to the 5T Bar and Grill where they found the woman dead inside. Wright says investigators believe a man who was an acquaintance of the woman's attacked her with a weapon and then tried to harm himself with the same weapon.

The 40-year-old man was taken into custody. His injuries were not life-threatening.

The restaurant is in the Brookfield Plaza mall on Spring Garden Drive.

No Boats This Weekend at Lake Accotink Park

There will be no boats allowed on the water this weekend at Lake Accotink Park due to the inclement weather. However, the rest of the park will be open. Residents will still be able to play minature golf, use the carousel, and use the snack bar.