Archive for 'Crime'

Social media helps return food truck to local owner

Social media helps return food truck to local owner

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Rich Arslan, owner of the local food truck business Popped! Republic, feared the worst when he realized his food truck, customized for selling gourmet popcorn, had been stolen last Friday. “I’m [...]

BREAKING: Local food truck stolen overnight

BREAKING: Local food truck stolen overnight

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Rich Arslan, owner of the local food truck business Popped! Republic, noticed his bright orange truck was not in the parking lot along South Dove Street as he got to work [...]

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

By Chris Teale (Photo/Alexandria Police Department) Authorities have accused a former Alexandria social worker of sexually abusing a minor he had a supervisory relationship with during scheduled therapy sessions. Gary Hankins was a licensed clinical social [...]

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite the indictment of at least two Alexandria MS-13 members on murder charges earlier this month, city officials have said gang-related activity in Alexandria is infrequent. Alexandria police and federal officials [...]

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

By Kenric Ward (File photo) Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from Virginians, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in the commonwealth. “Current Virginia law allows for seizure of personal property without [...]

Gang members indicted in Arlandria homicide

Gang members indicted in Arlandria homicide

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alexandria police and federal law enforcement officials announced the indictments last week of three men in the June slaying of a local man in Arlandria. Jesus Alejandro Chavez and Jose Del [...]

Police: Five-year-old murder case solved

Police: Five-year-old murder case solved

By Derrick Perkins City police say they closed the book on a longstanding unsolved murder case Tuesday, accusing an incarcerated man of slaying a fugitive from justice in 2009. Authorities said Willie Smith, who [...]

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

By Kathryn Watson The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones and, as of next July, police and other authorities [...]

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

An Alexandria judge found the former cab driver who shot and grievously wounded police officer Peter Laboy during a traffic stop last year not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday afternoon. Kashif Bashir, 29, was charged [...]

City police search for mugger

City police search for mugger

By Derrick Perkins Alexandria police remain on the hunt for a mugger who robbed a pedestrian on the 400 block of S. Fairfax St. on September 22. Though a police department spokeswoman did not [...]