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Look Back, Look Ahead: Fairfax County News to Know

Take a look at the top Patch headlines from the past week.

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Former South County Football Coach Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

A former football coach at South County and West Springfield High Schools pleaded guilty Thursday to dealing anabolic steroids. Jeffrey Reagan, 44, of Bristow, was arrested last June with his alleged supplier at the Sully Plaza Shopping Center in Chantilly.

New Synthetic Drug 'N-Bomb' Banned in Virginia

Across the country the LSD-like substance commonly referred to as 'N-Bomb' is causing a stir. The hallucinogenic substance has caused multiple deaths, including one in New Orleans where a 21-year-old male died from taking one drop of it. Although it's not a problem in Northern Virginia, it is already banned.

Vandals Smash 44 Cars Overnight in Centreville

Residents living on several streets in Centreville awoke yesterday morning to find their car windows smashed and items stolen from their cars.

Sometime between 1 and 5 a.m. Thursday, suspects smashed the windows out of 44 vehicles in Centreville and stole items from them, according to Fairfax County Police.

Supervisors Approve Custom License Plates for Fairfax County

Fairfax County may soon have its own custom-designed license plates to bring in revenue for the World Police and Fire Games, which the county is set to host two years from now, and as a way to bolster its tourism budget afterward.

FBI Launches New Website Dedicated to Identifying Unknown Bank Robbers

The FBI recently launched a new national website dedicated to identifying unknown bank robbers from the FBI’s 56 field offices, according to a recent news release from the Department of Justice.

The website features traditional wanted posters, surveillance pictures of unknown bank robbers and will allow the public to search by the unknown robber's nickname, location and date of the robbery.

Springfield Area Being Considered for FBI Headquarters

Local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia.

NoVA Flu Cases at Three Times Normal Rate

While the Centers for Disease Control counts Virginia as one of the states seeing a spike in flu cases, flu is not a reportable disease, so hard numbers are difficult to come by. But Inova, the largest hospital system in Northern Virginia, is seeing a spike in the number of flu patients visiting their emergency rooms, a spokesman said.

School Board Member Schultz to Hold Three Town Hall Meetings on FCPS Priorities

Springfield District School Board Member Elizabeth L. Schultz will conduct three town hall meetings this month to discuss priorities within the Fairfax County Public School system.

Construction on I-95 Express Lanes Will Impact Fairfax County

Construction on the new express lanes on I-95 has begun and residents of Northern Virginia will be affected by the project. The express lanes will begin in Stafford County and end between Edsall Road and Duke Street on I-395 in Farifax County, where a ramp will be built to carry motorists from the express lanes to the regular roads. That ramp is expected to end right outside of Alexandria.

Fairfax Staff Organizing Gun Turn-In Days

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, Fairfax County officials are looking into hosting events for residents to hand over unwanted guns for destruction.

Enrollment Drives $2.5 B Fairfax Schools Budget

Superintendent Jack Dale unveiled a $2.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2014 on Thursday — a budget $62.7 million larger than last year's spending plan largely driven by huge enrollment growth and the staffing needed to accommodate it.

Leaders Worry Fairfax Teacher Pay Won't Be Competitive

As he presented his $2.5 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 on Thursday, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale threw up a "red flag" about the county's ability to pay teachers compared to other neighboring jurisdictions, which could hurt its ability to attract and retain educators, he said.

Mount Vernon Woods Teacher Dies

Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School teacher Gregory A. Harris passed away Wednesday night.

Harris taught sixth grade at Mount Vernon Woods. An email was sent by Interim Principal Molly Bensinger-Lacy to parents and community members Thursday morning announcing Harris' passing. The cause of death was not specified.

Fairfax County Releases 'Electric Sunday' Schedule

Own some old electric equipment you want to recycle? The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services recently released it's 2013 Electric Sunday Schedule.

Paisano's Pizza Coming to Shops at Telegraph Village

It's official. Paisano's Pizza will lease 1,500 square feet of the building at Shops at Telegraph Village where Capitol Martial Arts Academy was previously located.

Restaurant Replacing The Village Wharf Aims to Open in March

The River Bend Bistro is aiming for a spring 2013 opening in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center in the location formerly occupied for more than a decade by The Village Wharf.

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