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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Ex-officer for CIA arrested in Norfolk

The CIA's former top officer in Algeria was arrested Monday at a Norfolk hotel after he failed to show up for a federal court hearing on a sexual assault charge, authorities said.

Andrew M. Warren, 42, who had worked at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District in June. He was free on personal recognizance. Authorities have alleged in court filings that Warren drugged and raped two women at his residence in the North African country in September 2007 and February 2008. He is charged only in the 2008 allegation.

Warren told investigators that he had consensual sex with the two women, court papers say. A judge ordered that a bench warrant be issued after Warren failed to appear for an April 21 status hearing and did not check in with pretrial services, the papers say.

-- Maria Glod

Fairfax approves budget for 2011

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved its annual budget for fiscal 2011 on Tuesday. The spending plan includes a 5 cent increase in the property tax rate and a reinstituted $33 vehicle license registration fee.

The board approved the $3.3 billion budget in a 7 to 3 party-line vote, with Republicans John C. Cook (Braddock), Michael R. Frey (Sully) and Pat S. Herrity (Springfield) voting against.

The approved tax rate is $1.09 per $100 of assessed value. Officials said that still-declining home assessments would result in the average county taxpayer paying about $27 less in taxes next year. Better-than-expected state funding, coupled with the use of millions in reserve money, allowed officials to avoid $11 million in anticipated cuts to agencies and programs.

The budget also includes a 77 cent increase in the sewer service charge per 1,000 gallons and the elimination of roughly 175 positions, about 70 to 80 of which are filled. It goes into effect July 1.


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