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A 25-year-old woman is facing a number of charges after a series of crashes.

Police say the Arlington resident first crashed into a parked car with people inside along Washington Blvd, shortly before 10 p.m. this past Thursday. She allegedly fled that scene but soon crashed into another car, causing her vehicle to flip over, Arlington County police said.

The scene, in the Lyon Park neighborhood south of Clarendon, was captured and posted on social media by local public safety watcher Dave Statter.

The suspect — who did not have a driver’s license — also allegedly bit an officer after being taken into custody and tried to grab an officer’s gun while at the hospital, according to police.

The ACPD crime report item is below.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-02220253, Washington Boulevard at 3rd Street N. At approximately 9:47 p.m. on February 22, police were dispatched to the report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries. It was determined the suspect was travelling eastbound on Washington Boulevard when she allegedly hit a parked, occupied vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene and was travelling westbound on Washington Boulevard when she struck another traveling vehicle, resulting in her vehicle flipping over. No injuries were reported by the occupants of the two struck vehicles. Responding officers located the suspect on scene and detained her on suspicion of driving under the influence. While in custody, the suspect became combative and bit an officer. She was then transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation. While at the hospital, the suspect became aggressive and grabbed the handle of an officer’s firearm before being restrained. [The suspect], 25, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Assault on Police, Disarming a Police Officer, Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run and No Driver’s License. She was held without bond.

A person of the same name and approximate age was profiled in a 2022 Washington Post article about homeless individuals in Arlington being housed at a Days Inn motel during the pandemic.

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Gold’s Gym in Ballston (staff photo by James Jarvis)

Looser parking requirements could encourage more gyms and shops to fill Arlington’s commercial real estate vacancies, the county believes.

The Arlington County Board on Saturday unanimously voted to have staff research possible changes to the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance and advertise requests to amend it. In addition to slashing parking minimums for gyms, the county is considering whether to allow parking lots to designate more spaces for compact cars.

Public hearings about these requirements are scheduled to take place in April. The county argues some of the regulations — set decades ago — may be outdated and an aggravating factor for Arlington’s rising commercial vacancy rate.

For instance, Arlington fitness centers must offer five times more parking spaces per square foot of floor area than other retail or service businesses. This is more restrictive than requirements in Alexandria and Fairfax County and, according to a report, a holdover of transportation patterns from the 1960s.

“The minimum parking ratio for athletic and health clubs is a standard set decades ago and does not reflect current land use and development patterns, public transportation access or regulations in Arlington,” the report says.

County staff noted that many potential office tenants look for nearby fitness facilities when selecting a location. Fitness centers also tend to attract establishments such as spas and physical therapy centers.

“Minimum parking ratios… can derail an athletic or health club from filling high demand, ideally located vacant space,” the report says.

The document also argues that the county should reconsider a 2002 regulation that disallows compact car spaces in areas “that were assumed to have a high turnover.” This includes retail stores, grocery stores and medical and health care facilities, as well as anywhere “where there is likely to be a large number of elderly [people].”

“Staff believes this prohibition is worth reexamining,” the report says.

Finally, another county report argues that loosening off-street parking requirements could help some shopping centers and small commercial sites attract new tenants. It notes that current parking regulations, as well as insufficient shared parking within commercial and mixed-use districts, can create barriers for businesses.

“This is especially true when multiple businesses are required to use the available parking on-site with limited capacity,” the document says. “Expanded shared parking regulations can be an effective measure to help address similar on-site parking deficiencies.”

All of these initiatives are part of a larger effort to combat Arlington’s high commercial vacancy rate. In another bid to boost Arlington’s commercial resiliency, the Board authorized public hearings for April about whether to loosen restrictions on large media screens in outdoor areas.

Later this year, the Board is expected to discuss guidance on office-to-apartment conversions as well as potentially simplifying the major and minor site plan amendment process, which landowners must navigate when repurposing or renovating large development projects.

Within the next several months, Board members are also expected to consider plans to facilitate changes of use within existing buildings and adopt a more flexible ordinance around signage.

Other possible ordinance changes concern storage uses at office buildings as well as the process for repurposing underutilized parking spaces.

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Bonefish Grill in Pentagon City is permanently closed.

Situated at 1101 S. Joyce Street in the Westpost shopping center (formerly Pentagon Row), the seafood restaurant — known for its wood-grilled fish, steaks, and signature “bang bang shrimp” appetizer — has placed several “closed” notices at its entrance, directing patrons to its closest branch in Fairfax County.

Google has listed the restaurant as “permanently closed.”

When ARLnow visited the site to verify the closure, an employee was removing the “Bonefish Grill” lettering from the revolving door. The employee declined to comment when asked about the reason for the closure.

The Pentagon City outpost, which opened in 2014, isn’t the only casualty. The Burn reported that the Ashburn location has also shut down. Last week, Bonefish Grill’s parent company, Bloomin’ Brands, announced it will be shuttering 41 underperforming restaurants nationwide.

Bonefish Grill has not been the only eatery to shutter in Pentagon City recently. A location of New York-based Mexican restaurant chain Rosa Mexicano closed its doors earlier this month after just over a year in operation.

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Are you searching for a super cute, super silly and super fast friend?

Meet Leo, an adventurous gerbil up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Leo is currently in foster.

This is what his friends had to say:

Leo is a super social and adventurous gerbil. He is very responsive to play and loves designing his home with the materials in his cage.

Leo likes carrots and having fun. He LOVES lettuce, chew toys, and playing in mazes in a play pen. Leo is happy when you feed him and is kind.

Leo’s special talents are being super cute, running fast, and being silly.

His perfect day would be: waking him up by making a smooching noise, then giving him lettuce for him to eat. Finally, playing with his friends in a cardboard maze!

If Leo was an ice cream flavor, he would be vanilla with sprinkles because he is very sweet and surprising.

Leo must be a match for you! Read his entire profile to learn more and how to set up a virtual meet and greet.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with 2-3 paragraphs about your pet and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos.

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Arlington County police are conducting a death investigation along Langston Blvd, near Rosslyn.

A body was found in a wooded area late Sunday afternoon. Officers remain on scene today, collecting and documenting evidence. There’s no word yet on whether police consider the death to be suspicious.

“At approximately 4:18 p.m. on February 25, police were directed to the 2100 block of Langston Boulevard where human remains were located in a wooded area,” Arlington County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage tells ARLnow. “The Arlington County Police Department is conducting a death investigation with assistance by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will work to positively identify the deceased and determine cause and manner of death.”

“The preliminary investigation has not revealed an ongoing threat to the community,” Savage added. She noted that the investigation is “in the early stages.”

Arlington police officers (staff photo by James Jarvis)

The Arlington County Board is considering whether to authorize county-run firearm buyback events.

Buybacks would provide residents with cash, gift cards, vouchers or other payment in exchange for guns, according to a proposed ordinance. The voluntary events would be open to residents of Arlington and Falls Church.

The Arlington County Board on Saturday authorized a request to advertise the potential amendment to the county code. The item is scheduled to return to the Board for discussion on March 16.

“The purpose of this ordinance is to create a safer community and prevent firearm violence by creating a mechanism by which citizens can surrender unwanted or unneeded firearms,” the ordinance says.

The change would give the County Manager the authority to establish a buyback program. Police officers would oversee buyback events and Arlington’s chief of police would be responsible for destroying the guns.

Each event would require 15 officers, each of whom would receive $75 per hour in overtime pay, according to a county report.

The county could enter into agreements with private entities to fund or sponsor this program.

“The County may issue receipts, certificates or vouchers in exchange for surrendered firearms, which may be accepted or exchanged for things of value by any entity wishing to sponsor or otherwise participate in the firearms buyback program,” the proposed amendment says.

People could ask that a dealer auction off their firearm instead of destroying it but the county could deny this request. Machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and sawed-off rifles would not be destroyed, nor would firearms that federal law prohibits transferring.

The ordinance notes that the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America collaborated with county officials on this initiative. The group did not respond to a request for comment.

Gun buybacks are a well-established concept both regionally and nationally.

Last year in Prince George’s County, two mega-churches sponsored a buyback program in collaboration with the county police department. The Interfaith GVP Network likewise is scheduled to sponsor an event next month in Montgomery County.

Buyback events also took place in Richmond last year and in 2022.

These events, which date back at least to the 1960s, often allow people to hand over both legal and illegal guns with no questions asked. Empirical evidence for their effectiveness is limited but proponents argue that any effort to curb violence by removing unwanted guns from a community is worthwhile.

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For Five Coffee Roasters’ Rosslyn location was already bustling with activity just hours after opening its doors for the first time on Friday.

“I’m so excited!” customer Laura Durie exclaimed to a companion as she looked at the coffee shop’s menu. “Look, they have an omelet!”

Durie has been walking past the 1735 N. Lynn Street location every day for work, eagerly awaiting its opening. But she didn’t know the spacious, two-story café sold food until she walked in.

“We have a lot of coffee shops, but this is just gorgeous,” she told ARLnow as she waited for her drip coffee.

The café, which replaces the Chopt that occupied the location after a Starbucks closed in early 2021, sells pastries, stuffed cookies and breakfast and lunch items in addition to coffee. Additionally, unlike other For Five locations, it will transform on the weekends into a bar with beer, wine and cocktails.

Dusan Sokica, director of operations at For Five, said customers were waiting outside the coffee shop when it opened at 7 a.m. on Friday. He was doing the payroll at another location when the business’s owner called him that morning.

“’Where are you?’” he recalled the owner asking him. “’Why are you not here? The line is out of the door, man!’”

By around 10 a.m., customers had begun to occupy many of the booths in the coffee shop’s upper floor. Sokica expects even bigger crowds on other days of the week, when more people go to work in person.

“This was supposed to be, today, a little, soft opening, but it seems more like it’s a grand opening,” the operations director said.

At 4,316 square feet, the Rosslyn café is the biggest location yet for the New York City-based coffee company. Initially predicted to open in early 2022, the business is about a mile from For Five’s Courthouse location, which opened in 2020.

Asked for his coffee recommendations, Sokica encouraged customers to try the shop’s signature blend. Also popular are the freddo cappuccino and freddo espresso — nods to the founders’ Greek heritage that Sokica thinks will be especially in demand in the spring and summer.

Meanwhile, Durie, who grew up in Texas, is excited to try a dish that reminds her of home.

“I’m definitely going to be back and I’m definitely going to get the huevos rancheros,” she said.

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