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Officers seek overhaul of salary system

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) City police officers have petitioned Alexandria’s top elected officials for pay raises this year, warning of dire consequences unless changes are made. Citing sinking morale and a worsening brain drain, leaders [...]

Severance returns to Alexandria

Severance returns to Alexandria

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Officials with the Alexandria’s sheriff’s office took Charles Severance into custody Monday after Loudoun County prosecutors dropped their firearm charge against the former fringe mayoral candidate. Severance stands accused of committing [...]

Chapman seeks improvement in police, community relations

Chapman seeks improvement in police, community relations

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As scrutiny of police-involved shootings intensifies in light of the deaths of unarmed civilians in Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere, City Councilor John Chapman wants to ensure Alexandria isn’t the next city [...]

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Updated at 2:50 p.m. UPDATE: ACPS schools all are dismissing students normally, with the exception of Maury Elementary School, officials said. At Maury, students who take the bus are being dismissed normally, [...]

Medical examiner: D.C. official beaten, strangled

Medical examiner: D.C. official beaten, strangled

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Friday ruled the high-ranking D.C. Department of Corrections official found dead in Alexandria was beaten and strangled to death. Agency spokesman Arkuie [...]

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) There aren’t too many requirements local law enforcement agencies in Virginia must meet to acquire excess military equipment. And once they do, they don’t always let the public know what they [...]

New council meeting schedule brings work sessions into the light

New council meeting schedule brings work sessions into the light

By Erich Wagner (File photo) If you watched city council’s first legislative meeting since June on Tuesday night, you may have noticed that things worked a little differently than in the past. That’s because councilors adopted [...]

Local policymakers, experts analyze turmoil in Ferguson

Local policymakers, experts analyze turmoil in Ferguson

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Even before tensions began finally easing in Ferguson, Mo., local officials and experts began drawing what lessons they could from the unrest that captured the national spotlight. Ferguson became a household [...]

Transportation, redevelopment top city councilors’ priorities this session

Transportation, redevelopment top city councilors’ priorities this session

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As city councilors return to City Hall this week for the first council sessions of the new legislative year, one word is on everybody’s lips: transportation. That is not without good [...]

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field is doable, Alexandria City Public Schools officals announced last week. At a September 4 school board meeting, district director of educational facilities William Holley said [...]