Man Charged in Machete Attack on Youth

Fairfax Police Probing Possible Link to Gang Fight

A Fairfax County man has been charged in a machete attack against a 16-year-old, and sources said police are investigating whether a fight between rival gang members at a carnival at the Potomac Mills mall 10 days earlier was related to the assault.

Hayner R. Flores, 18, a reputed member of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was arrested Wednesday night at his Annandale apartment. He was charged with malicious wounding and participation in gang activity.

Police said Flores was among a group of gang members who assaulted the youth, a member of rival gang South Side Locos, or SSL, as he walked along Edsall Road about 1 a.m. Monday. All four fingers on the victim's left hand were sliced off in the attack and his right hand was nearly severed, his doctor said. He had other unspecified wounds, police said.

Fairfax Fire Probed as Serial Arson Case

Task Force Ties Blaze to 35 Others in the Region

Authorities are investigating a Thursday morning fire that rousted a couple from their Fairfax County home as another case in the Washington area's string of arsons.

The regional arson task force linked the fire to more than 35 others set by a serial arsonist or arsonists. Fires have been set on the exteriors of homes in Maryland, the District and Virginia at similar times of day and using similar methods.

Thursday's fire occurred in the 3400 block of Beechcraft Drive in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County and could have been disastrous had it not been for a neighbor who happened to see the fire. The man called 911 and ran to the home to alert the sleeping family.

Students Treated in Abuse of Medications

5 Took Dramamine, Cold Drug at Loudoun School

Five Loudoun County ninth-graders were sent to the hospital last week after taking a combination of Dramamine and a cold medication in a school restroom.

The students, who attend Harmony Intermediate School in Hamilton, were found out after a teacher noticed that one of them was acting strangely in class and seemed sleepy. After a school nurse determined that the student's pulse and blood pressure were elevated, the student admitted to ingesting the medications and named two classmates who also were involved, schools spokesman Wayde B. Byard said.

School officials reviewed a surveillance video that showed three students entering a restroom. A search of the trash there turned up empty containers of the motion-sickness drug Dramamine and the cough-and-cold medication Coricidin, Byard said.

Two more students were sent to the hospital after they exhibited symptoms.

Doctor Charged With Molesting Patient

Alexandria Physician Gives Exams to Immigrants

An Alexandria doctor who specializes in providing physical examinations for immigrants who need them for permanent residency has been charged with sexually molesting a patient during an exam, police said.

Fausto D. Fernandez, 64, faces one count of misdemeanor sexual battery based on the allegations of a 38-year-old Alexandria man. Fernandez turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and was released from the Alexandria city jail that night on a $2,500 cash bond.

Two Road Projects Reach Milestones

Wilson Bridge, Mixing Bowl Work Proceeds

Highway officials announced milestones on two major projects: Water was drained from a marshy area on the Virginia shore where a widened Capital Beltway will be built in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project; and four newly paved inner-loop lanes opened Wednesday near the Springfield Mixing Bowl.

Rare catch: An angler hooked a northern snakehead -- the first one found in Virginia waters -- in this canal off Little Hunting Creek in Fairfax County.