News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Nov. 13-19.
AOL to Offer Reruns
America Online Inc. is planning to put old television shows such as "Welcome Back Kotter" on its Web site, where high-speed Internet users can watch them free of cost. Kevin Conroy, executive vice president for the Dulles-based company's media networks division, said the service could potentially increase traffic on other AOL sites.
Mother Charged With Poisoning
A Leesburg woman was charged with attempting to poison her 1-year-old daughter on Halloween as part of what authorities believe was an attempted suicide. Police said Anita Sakyi's parents took her and her daughter to the emergency room after being told that Sakyi had swallowed a small amount of a potentially poisonous liquid and had given some to her daughter. The girl was treated and released, and Sakyi was subsequently released on bail.
A former Loudoun County sheriff's investigator was indicted on two counts of grand larceny. Mike Grau allegedly took one or more firearms from the evidence room of the county Sheriff's Office, authorities said. Grau resigned last winter after accidentally shooting his wife while cleaning an antique gun at home. He was not prosecuted in the shooting.
Woman Arrested in Bank Heists
After a hunt for a woman who talked on a cell phone as she robbed four banks in Northern Virginia, police arrested a Chantilly woman and her boyfriend. Candice R. Martinez and Dave C. Williams told investigators that they planned and carried out holdups at banks in Vienna, Manassas, Burke and Ashburn, according to authorities. Martinez, a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College, was arraigned three days later in a Loudoun district court.
Road Needs Discussed
Meeting at Lansdowne for their annual retreat, members of the Virginia House of Delegates House Appropriations Committee said tax increases shouldn't be necessary to pay for road improvements when the legislative session opens in January. But that may not sit well with some Republican members of the Senate, where a commission is working to raise billions of dollars for transportation.
Fire at Apartment Complex
A predawn fire at a Leesburg apartment complex displaced 17 people from four units, authorities said. No one was injured in the fire at the Glen Apartments. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.
Growth Controls Considered
Loudoun County supervisors voted to start the formal legal process needed to pass far-reaching growth controls in a broad swath of the county. The vote came nearly four months after supervisors first signaled their intention to institute new home-building limits in the western two-thirds of the county. The proposal would block construction of tens of thousands of homes with a range of new rules that would generally require 7.5 acres to 40 acres per home, depending on parcel size, location and other factors.
Tri-County Route Approved
Virginia transportation officials approved a route for a new outer-county highway. The road would begin where the Route 234 bypass hits Interstate 66, west of Manassas National Battlefield Park, and run directly north to the Loudoun County line, where there is no connection to other major roads. Although the road has been popularly known as the tri-county parkway, the approved route does not goes into Fairfax County.