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Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

From Loudoun Sheriff's Department:

Loudoun County, VA:  This morning’s snow has the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in our area where we normally receive a mixture of ice, freezing rain and snow.   

Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson is advising motorists to make sure their vehicles are equipped with a well-stocked winter driving kit. A winter driving kit should include the following items:    

Properly fitting tire chains

Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter)

Traction mats

Snow shovel

Snow brush

Ice scraper

Booster cables

LCSO Seeks Missing 14-year-old from Chantilly Area

LCSO Seeks Missing 14-year-old from Chantilly Area

From LoudounCounty Sheriff's Office:

Loudoun County, VA: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager from the Chantilly, VA area.  
Jennifer K. Sanford, 14, was last seen on December 2, 2010 when she left her home on Sandman Terrace to go to school. She is described as 5’4 tall, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Jennifer also wears glasses.  
She is possibly in the company of Nicky Liu, a 20-year-old male from Berryville, VA.  Liu drives a 2008 Gray Honda with Virginia tags KJX 4615.  
If you know the whereabouts of Jennifer or Nicky Liu, please call Investigator W. Promisel of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475.

Dulles CBP Intercepts Suitcase Surprise

Dulles CBP Intercepts Suitcase Surprise

From U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

STERLING, Va. – Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Washington-Dulles International Airport were in for a bit of a surprise Dec. 3, when a passenger from Ghana opened his suitcase. Staring back at them was a plethora of animal products including a hedgehog, elephant tails, chameleons, genet skins, seed pods, bloody sheets and a lot of soil.

“This is by far one of the strangest suitcases we’re ever opened. The passenger told us that the items were to be used for spiritual purposes. From what we were able to learn, the items seem consistent with that explanation,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington (DC). 

“Regardless of its intended purpose, each item posed potentially severe animal and plant disease threats to American agriculture,” Hess said. “Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists were required to destroy them.”

Dulles Toll Road New Rates Go Into Effect on January 1

Dulles Toll Road New Rates Go Into Effect on January 1

From Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority:

Effective January 1, 2011, toll rates on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the Main Toll Plaza to $1.25. Toll rates on the on/off ramps will remain 75 cents.

A three-year schedule for new toll rates was approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November 2009 after conducting a series of public hearings. At that time, the Board also approved a toll rate increase that took effect on January 1, 2010, the increase for 2011and a third toll rate increase that will be effective January 1, 2012.

Armed Robbery of Convenience Store on Cascades Parkway

From The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office:

Dulles Flight To S.F. Forced To Land In Iowa

STERLING, Va. (WUSA/CNN) -- A flight taking off from Dulles Airport was forced to land because of an "unusual smell" United Airlines officials said.

Flight 846, from Dulles to San Francisco, landed in Des Moines, Iowa as a precaution because of the smell.

The plane carrying 244 passengers, took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. 

While the crew inspects the aircraft, another plane will be sent from Chicago to Des Moines to carry the passengers the rest of the way.