News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Nov. 14-20.
Flyi Delays Buying Jets
Flyi Inc., parent of struggling low-cost carrier Independence Air, announced plans to delay the acquisition of 10 new Airbus jets, a money-saving move the company hopes can help avert a bankruptcy filing. Shares of Flyi jumped 54 percent on news the airline had struck a deal with Airbus to take delivery of the 10 jets in 2007, instead of 2005.
Teenage Boys Charged
Four teenage boys have been charged in a BB-gun shooting Halloween night that injured a 14-year-old Loudoun girl. Three 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old were each charged with four counts of malicious wounding, one count of brandishing a weapon and one count of underage possession of a firearm, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell. Troxell said witnesses reported that the boys fired into a crowd of about 20 teenagers outside a Sterling home, striking four people. The girl, who was struck between the nose and eye, was treated at Loudoun Hospital Center for facial wounds; three other teenagers who were hit did not require medical treatment.
Board to Settle Lawsuit
Loudoun County supervisors voted to settle a lawsuit challenging efforts to slow home building south of Dulles International Airport. The suit was filed by Roma Dawson, the campaign treasurer for Supervisor Stephen J. Snow (R-Dulles), and Greenvest LC, the county's largest landowner and a major contributor to the campaigns of Republicans who won control of the county board last November. Snow oversees land-use matters for the board.
The settlement will allow one house per acre on more than 200 acres near the airport. Several on the losing side of the 5 to 4 vote said members of the board's GOP majority had signaled by their action that they plan to settle scores of similar lawsuits that seek to overturn building curbs in the nation's fastest-growing county.
Drawing the Line on Museum
Has Loudoun County stolen the National Air and Space Museum's outpost in Northern Virginia? Loudoun's visitors Web site proclaims the county the "Home of America's newest Air and Space Museum," along with the rolling hills, horses, wineries and historic towns that are its better-known draws. But truth be told, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center off Route 28 at Dulles International Airport sits squarely in Fairfax County, on 176 acres in Chantilly. And Fairfax supervisors are incensed that their neighbor to the west would even think of taking away the county's bragging rights to the region's newest tourism jewel, which will celebrate its first anniversary next month.
Investor Warns Airline
The largest shareholder of Flyi Inc., parent of Independence Air, has demanded that the struggling Dulles-based airline abandon its plan to continue as a low-fare carrier and "aggressively" pursue an opportunity to return to its roots as a regional feeder for United Airlines. "You no longer have the luxury of blindly pursuing a strategy that will clearly require more financial resources than you have at your disposal," Edward L. Shapiro of PAR Investment Partners LP, a Boston-based private investment fund, told Flyi Chairman Kerry B. Skeen in a letter.
3 Arrested in DMV Raid
Federal and state agents arrested three people in a raid on a Department of Motor Vehicles contracting agency in Sterling, law enforcement sources said. The raid at the Valencia Agency arose out of a joint investigation involving FBI offices in Washington and New York, law enforcement sources said. Loudoun County sheriff's deputies participated in the raid, and Fairfax and Prince William county police aided in the arrests.
Battered Wife Wins Suit
To Nataliya Derkach, he seemed a terrific catch: caring, financially secure and serious about family. The Ukrainian woman, who met James Fox through an international matchmaking agency, imagined her future unfolding happily on 40 acres in Loudoun County. She and Fox married in November 1998, less than three months after they had met. The first indication, she said, that she had misjudged her new husband came the morning they exchanged vows, when he changed clothes and left for work. "I was waiting all dressed up and alone in the house, and then I started crying," she testified recently. The situation had grown far more desperate by July 2000, when she moved into a shelter for battered women, she said. Now, a federal jury in Baltimore has awarded her as much as $434,000, returning a highly unusual verdict against the Internet matchmaking agency that introduced her to James Fox. Both sides said there were few if any precedents for the case.