Damp, cloudy weekend begins with foggy shroud in DC area

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WASHINGTON — Fog blanketed the D.C. area overnight, giving way to a mild but damp weekend.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday in D.C. and its surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia.

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Visibility will be reduced to less than one quarter mile, and the National Weather Service advised drivers to low down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance between vehicles ahead of you.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in D.C. and its surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)

After the fog moves on, Saturday will be mild with highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees, Storm Team 4 Somara Theodore said. Moderate showers can are forecast Saturday night and will linger during the first half of Sunday.

Sunday will be warm by breezy and could reach 70 degrees. But Monday will be cooler.

Below is the forecast for the next few days.

  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy but warmer. Showers likely at night. Highs in the upper 50s to 60 degrees.
  • Sunday: Cloudy, breezy, warm. Rain in the morning. Drying by the afternoon. Highs around 70 degrees.

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Damp, cloudy weekend begins with foggy shroud in DC area

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WASHINGTON — Fog blanketed the D.C. area overnight, giving way to a mild but damp weekend.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday in D.C. and its surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia.

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Visibility will be reduced to less than one quarter mile, and the National Weather Service advised drivers to low down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance between vehicles ahead of you.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in D.C. and its surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. (WTOP/Abigail Constantino)

After the fog moves on, Saturday will be mild with highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees, Storm Team 4 Somara Theodore said. Moderate showers can are forecast Saturday night and will linger during the first half of Sunday.

Sunday will be warm by breezy and could reach 70 degrees. But Monday will be cooler.

Below is the forecast for the next few days.

  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy but warmer. Showers likely at night. Highs in the upper 50s to 60 degrees.
  • Sunday: Cloudy, breezy, warm. Rain in the morning. Drying by the afternoon. Highs around 70 degrees.

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ICE officer kills fugitive at Prince William Co. hotel

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WASHINGTON — A fugitive wanted on several warrants was fatally shot Friday morning by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer after a federal task force tracked him down at a Dumfries, Virginia, hotel.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had received a lead that 37-year-old Mario Dantoni Bass of Woodbridge was at a Days Inn in Dumfries, Virginia, said Prince William County police. Task force officers found Bass, who broke through an upper-floor window and fled before encountering the ICE officer.

A struggle ensued, police said, and the suspect was shot.

Prince William County police had been seeking Bass on 11 active warrants, most recently in connection with a domestic-related abduction earlier this month.

Additional warrants for the fugitive — including ones for felony grand larceny auto and identity theft — date as far back as September 2015.

No other injuries were reported. Prince William County police are leading the investigation.

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How Fairfax Co. police deal with school shooting threats

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school, schools across the D.C. area are now seeing a spike in shooting threats, leaving local authorities busy with investigations.

Maj. Paul Cleveland with the Fairfax County police in Fairfax County, Virginia, said it takes a lot of work.

These threats are often found online, and sometimes, they’re easy to track. But other times, police have little to go off besides a screenshot of the threat making rounds on social media platforms.

“We’ve got to track down possible IP addresses, where it came from,” Cleveland said.

He added that the work that goes into tracking the threats accounts for many “man hours.”

“Trying to track down anonymous threats through the computer, the cyber area, it takes a lot of time to figure out,” he said.

Many people, such as investigators and school officials, get involved before the inevitable confrontation with the suspect.

“Unfortunately, kids do dumb things,” said Cleveland. “They may be angry about something … so they’re going to make a bold statement. They’re going to make a rash statement. Many of the cases that we’ve seen, we’ll investigate it through, the kid will say something and didn’t realize the ramifications for it.”

In some cases, the threat is serious enough that charges are filed against the suspect. Other times, a child might be steered into diversionary programs or other forms of help.

But sometimes, it’s just a kid who thinks they’re being funny.

“We have to treat everything as if it’s possible for them to do it, and then we’ll downgrade it as we go through it,” said Cleveland. “A couple of the recent cases we’ve had … the kids were just [saying], ‘I’m joking around, I didn’t mean to do it.’ We do want to let them know that even if you’re just joking around, obviously that’s not acceptable.”

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Rex Tillerson to speak at VMI’s 2018 graduation exercises

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute has announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will speak at its graduation exercises on May 16.

Tillerson concluded a career of more than 40 years in the petroleum industry before retiring as chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil at the end of 2016. He was sworn in as Secretary of State in 2017.

Tillerson is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America’s executive committee and served as the national president of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012.

Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, superintendent of VMI, cited Tillerson’s career in managing an international energy company and as Secretary of State. He said Tillerson’s success and his long record of service “will resonate especially well with our graduates.”

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Police seek suspects in string of 19 Northern Va. robberies

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WASHINGTON — Police are searching for the suspects they believe are responsible for more than a dozen robberies in Northern Virginia over the last few months.

Two men have been involved in five commercial robberies in Fairfax and Loudoun counties since Monday. The robberies are among the latest in a string of 19 robberies detectives throughout the region say they believe are connected.

Around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, an armed suspect entered the 7-Eleven in the 25100 block of Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly and demanded cash and cigarettes, according to police. The suspect — who wore a black hoodie, a black mask, black pants and black boots — fled when the alarm went off.

About a half-hour later, a similarly dress armed suspect entered the Sunoco gas station in the 42800 block of Creek View Plaza in Ashburn and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot.

The suspects are believed to be responsible for a total of eight Loudoun County robberies, said Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell.

“The suspects are mostly targeting cash, and on some occasions are targeting cigarettes,” Troxell said. It’s not yet clear how much money the suspects have stolen.

In Fairfax County, police say the same suspects robbed three gas stations earlier this week — a Shell on Leesburg Pike in Herndon on Monday night; a Sunoco on North Point Village Center in Reston on Monday night; and a Sunoco on Westone Plaza in Centreville on Wednesday night.

Over the last five weeks, the suspects robbed nine locations in Fairfax County, police said. An “undisclosed amount of money” was stolen in the Fairfax robberies, said Sgt. D. R. Lingenfelter, with Fairfax County police.

Additionally, they robbed two stores in Herndon. During a robbery at the Exxon gas station in Herndon on Feb. 10, one of which a suspects was armed with a rifle, police said.

Detectives have released surveillance photos of the suspects, who are described as men between 5 feet 4 inches and 6 feet tall. Police are asking anyone who can identify the suspects or has more information about the cases to contact them at 703-246-7800.

Fairfax County police, Herndon police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are working together to investigate the robberies.

“We are working closely with the other police departments and the FBI task force to try to identify these suspects,” Troxell said.

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‘Chasm’ separates Virginia House and Senate adopted budgets

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Almost half a billion dollars separates the Virginia House and Senate adopted budgets.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, as saying the $500,000 difference makes impending negotiations equal to “starting off with one person on Mercury and the other on Pluto.” Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, called the difference in the in budgets adopted Thursday a “chasm.”

The House budget accepts more than $2.5 billion in federal funding for Medicaid expansion, allowing a redirection of at least $370 million in savings to education and mental health care, among other areas. It also offers several raises, including a 2 percent boost for public employees. The Senate budget, which also includes new spending for Virginia’s mental health care system, offers a 2 percent raise for public employees if funds are available.

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