Here’s a look at some of the top Patch stories of the past week from across southern Fairfax County and a look at what’s coming up:
More than two dozen people from Northern Virginia were arrested in connection with a Honduran cocaine ring. According to case documents, those charged — largely Honduran immigrants who have lived in Northern Virginia for the past seven years — hired couriers to smuggle cocaine to the United States, usually through wooden shoes or picture frames.
In other crime news, police arrested Gloria Alfreda McMillan and charged her with a felony hit and run that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Shelinda Delores Arrington earlier in May on Harrison Lane in the Groveton area.
School Security Cameras
The principals at Mount Vernon High School and West Springfield High School both hosted meetings this week to hear community input on whether those schools should install security cameras in high-traffic areas, such as cafeterias and hallway intersections. The Fairfax County School Board approved a video surveillance policy in December 2011. According to Fairfax County Public Schools' policy, each individual school can decide whether to install cameras. Cameras are allowed only in “hot spots” such as cafeterias and lobbies.
Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions
Fairfax County Public Schools officials this week revealed which middle school gets the most students admitted to the highly competitive Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. In separate news, the school was named the second-best high school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Three women and a bevy of assistants evaluated more than 600 pieces of needlework ahead of the 49th annual Woodlawn needlework exhibition. Judging the pieces is a complicated endeavor requiring years of training.
Coming This Week
Friday is Bike to Work Day. Commuter Connections, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) and Fairfax County government will have rest stops throughout Fairfax County for people who choose to bike to work that day.