Pilot safe after crash
in experimental plane

A Washington-state man flying a one-seat experimental plane from Virginia to Georgia crashed landed his aircraft on Saturday in a field near the Leesburg Executive Airport, according to authorities.

Joseph R. Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., the pilot, was not injured in the incident. He had taken off from Leesburg in the morning, but bad weather forced him to turn his Sonex aircraft back north toward Loudoun County an hour into the flight. Then he had engine trouble, which forced him to crash land in a field in the 19000 block of Sycolin Road, near the airport, at about 9:20 a.m.

Virginia State Police, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department and Virginia Transportation Department assisted on the scene.

— Ian Shapira

Arlington board approves new school

The Arlington County Board voted unanimously Saturday to approve the building of a new 752-seat elementary school next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, more than two years after it rejected the same project for a lack of community consultation.

The four-story, Y-shaped school will house students from the existing Patrick Henry Elementary. Its campus will then become home to other programs. That will make room for more students at Drew Model Elementary School.

The two-year construction is expected to cost about $59 million and will deliver an energy-efficient structure with the possible addition of rooftop solar panels. Most of its parking will be underground. Earlier plans to put play space on the roof were shelved.

The board’s permission was needed because the school is being built on county-owned land rather than on school property. The schools and county are working out parking for users of Jefferson’s theater, which may require the relocation of some performance groups for the next two years.

— Patricia Sullivan

Suspect in shooting incident surrenders

A 27-year-old man was shot in the upper body at a home in Manassas on Friday night, allegedly by a relative, Prince William County police said.

He was flown to a hospital for treatment. Additional information about the victim’s condition was not available on Saturday.

Authorities initially sent a tactical team to the house in the 11100 block of Privates Court because they believed the suspect was still inside. They later determined that the suspect had fled in his vehicle.

On Saturday, the suspected gunman, Ronald Aaron Ausberry II, 24, of Manassas, surrendered to police without incident. It was not clear how Ausberry and the victim were connected.

Ausberry was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond.

— Ian Shapira

Man crashes truck into apartments

Police said that a truck crashed into an apartment complex in northern Virginia after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Virginia State Police said that the flatbed truck was driving in Sterling on Friday when the driver lost control. Police said that the truck hit the curb, went across a median and crashed into a residence in the Parc Dulles Apartment Homes. No one in the building was injured.

Police identified the driver as 41-year-old Joshua H. Ritter of Glen Burnie, Md. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said that Ritter has been charged with reckless driving.

— Associated Press