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Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

Courtyard Marriott in Springfield Gets a Facelift

The Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, VA is almost done with the renovation that it began in April. Renovations of this Marriott include a brand-new lobby, updated business center, and new places to eat, including The Bistro restaurant and Market. Renovations to the courtyard and fitness center are still a work in progress and should be complete this fall.

Va. Police Seek Help in Identifying Human Remains

LORTON, Va. (WUSA) - Detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department are asking for the public's help in identifying human skeletal remains found Monday, July 12 just off Furnace Road.

Police said the medical examiner's office reported the victim died of trauma to the upper body and ruled the death a homicide. It is estimated that the remains went undiscovered for up to one year, detectives said.

A forensic anthropologist working with the medical examiner's office believes the skeleton is that of a European male with the possibility of East Asian or Hispanic ancestry. The anthropologist believes the man was in his mid 30s to early 40s and approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall.

The man had on a chain necklace with a stone-heart pendant and an evil-eye talisman attached. The stone pendant is multi-colored and has a geometric design on it.

Power Restored For Thousands Of Northern Virginia Residents

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA) -- "I heard five big booms. It sounded like an explosion," said John Mason who lives near Fairfax County's new Crosspointe fire station where a dangerous mistake could have been deadly.

"We don't like that this happened, especially to us, but thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," said Dan Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 

Ironically, the accident happened during a routine safety check at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Schmidt says a firefighter on the ladder truck was raising and moving the ladder when it hit the 230,000 volt transmission line above. 

Vipar Heavy Duty Adds Local Distributor to Network

Northern Virginia Supply Company is a full-line, heavy-duty distributor headquartered in Springfield, VA.  Vipar Heavy Duty is adding Northern Virginia Supply Company and Western Trailer Sales to their distributor network. This will expand Vipar’s network in the Washington D.C. metro area, as well as Idaho with Western Trailer Sales. Northern Virginia Supply currently covers the DC metro area from four different locations in Virginia and Maryland.

The President and CEO of Vipar Heavy Duty, Steve Crowley said that both of these two companies are well known and respected in their markets as qualified distributors.

Savantage Solutions to Open Springfield Office

CEO of Savantage Solutions, Lisa Kazor, announced today that her company will be opening a new office in Springfield, VA. Savantage Solutions is now headquartered in Rockville, and their consistent growth has allowed the company the opportunity to expand to Springfield. Along with Rockville, they also currently have offices in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA.

Savantage Solutions provides consulting and technology support solutions to Federal agencies. Along with opening the new office in Springfield, Savantage Solutions is planning on physically expanding their Rockville office by almost 20,000 square feet. The Springfield office will be around 5,000 square feet and will feature eco-friendly design and décor concepts.