New fire chief in Alexandria, Leesburg woman slain, Silver Line moves closer to reality

VIRGINIA
Alexandria has new fire chief

Alexandria has appointed Robert C. Dubé as its new fire chief, several months after Adam K. Thiel moved to Richmond for a position in state government.

Dubé comes from the small central Virginia county of Louisa, where he served as fire chief and later county administrator. He previously worked as a deputy fire chief and emergency manager in Clearwater, Fla., and he began his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Fairfax County.

— Rachel Weiner

Woman stabbed to death in Leesburg

A 43-year-old Leesburg man Friday fatally stabbed a woman with whom he was in a romantic relationship, then critically wounded himself by slashing his own arms, police said.

While the motive for the slaying was unclear, Leesburg police said they believed the incident to be “domestic-related.” They said the man and the woman lived together on Clubhouse Drive SW, where the killing occurred, and the couple was in a romantic relationship.

— Matt Zapotosky

THE REGION
Metro could soon take control of Silver Line

Metro could take control of the Silver Line as early as next week, but the final week of May is a stronger possibility, people involved with the inner workings of the project tell The Washington Post. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the project.

The hand over from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to Metro would be the most significant step forward in the effort to open the rail line.

Once Metro takes control of the project, it will have 90 days to conduct testing and training before it opens the line to passengers. The Tri-State Oversight Committee, which has oversight of Metro’s operations, also will conduct its own safety review. Officials from the Federal Transit Administration must also sign off before the Silver Line opens.

The line is being built in two phases. This first phase will have four stops in Tysons Corner and one in Reston. Work has already begun on the second phase, which will have a stop at Dulles International Airport.

The Silver Line is the first full line to be added to the 38-year-old Metro system in more than two decades.

— Lori Aratani

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