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Monday, November 30, 2009

VIRGINIA

Woman fatally struck by car in Arlington

An Arlington woman was killed Saturday when she was struck by a car at 18th and South Fern streets, police said.

Larisa Taranova, 65, was hit by a sedan driving through the intersection about 7 p.m., police said. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.

The circumstances of the crash remained unclear Sunday. Police said the driver, a 30-year-old man, remained at the scene after the incident. He has not been charged, and police said they don't think alcohol was a factor.

-- Matt Zapotosky

Town office break-in leads to man's arrest

Police in Loudoun County have arrested a man who they say broke into an unoccupied government office and sheriff's station Saturday in Round Hill and ransacked the place.

Joseph S. Prizzia, 27, was charged with burglary and vandalism Saturday for allegedly breaking into a Town of Round Hill office that also houses a Loudoun sheriff's station and rummaging through much of the paperwork kept there, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell. Troxell said a deputy returning to the office, which is generally unoccupied outside of regular business hours, discovered the vandalism just after midnight Saturday.

It is not clear why someone broke into the office on Main Street, but investigators are exploring whether alcohol might have been a factor, Troxell said. He said investigators were led to Prizzia when they found evidence that "he had injured himself" at the scene of the crime. Troxell declined to specify the evidence but said it included broken glass. Police eventually located Prizzia at the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital, where he had sought treatment, Troxell said.

-- Matt Zapotosky


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