Washington Gas agrees to replace lines in Chantilly
The State Corporation Commission has approved a settlement proposal between Washington Gas Light Co. and SCC staff that ends an investigation into the explosion of a Chantilly home on Dec. 19, 2010.
According to the SCC, Washington Gas — without admitting or denying any violations of safety standards — has been directed to undertake several safety improvements, including the replacement of all copper service lines in the Brookfield Community where the explosion occurred.
Washington Gas also is paying the Commonwealth of Virginia $154,800 as part of the settlement, with an additional $219,700 due if the remedial actions set forth in the SCC order are not met.
The company has until Nov. 30 to replace all of the copper service lines in the neighborhood. The company also must test and collect information on the copper service lines as they are replaced, and use that information to assess the integrity of the remaining copper service lines in its Virginia service territory. Washington Gas must report its findings to the Commission, and take actions that are deemed appropriate based on the results.
An investigation of the explosion by the SCC’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety cited nine alleged violations of the Commission’s gas pipeline safety standards.
In addition to the removal and testing of the copper service lines, Washington Gas has been directed to revise several procedures, including the procedures used for responding to an emergency. The company also is required to conduct refresher training for all field employees and contractor personnel on identifying and reporting to the company abnormal operating conditions by no later than July 31.
Fire at Kohl’s intentionally set, investigators say
A fire at Kohl’s department store in Herndon on Tuesday was intentionally set, according to fire investigators.
Firefighters responded to the store, 2100 Centreville Road, shortly before 6:30 p.m.
According to firefighters, a rack of women’s clothing had been set on fire.
Sprinklers in the store put out most of the resulting fire. Fire officials said no one was injured.
Two plead guilty to trafficking of teen girls
Two men associated with the Underground Gangster Crips, based in Fairfax County, have pleaded guilty to participating in a prostitution business that recruited and trafficked high school girls.
Donyel Pier Dove, aka “Bleek,” 27, of Alexandria pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison. He also pleaded guilty to use of a firearm during a crime of violence in relation to two armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores in Manassas in March, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Fairfax, which also occurred in March. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 10 by United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.
According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Dove admitted to being an associate of UGC, which was engaged in sex trafficking of juveniles and adults from April 2009 through March. Dove served as a bodyguard in the UGC prostitution enterprise. On at least two occasions, in 2009 and 2011, Dove harbored juveniles, ages 16 and 17, while they were engaging in commercial sex acts. He also admitted to purchasing a credit card that was used to pay for advertisements on Backpage.com to solicit customers for the prostitution enterprise.
On May 14, Henock Ghile, aka “Knots,” 23, of Springfield pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile. In court, Ghile admitted he was a UGC gang associate and that from May 2011 through September 2011 he transported two 17-year-old girls to work as prostitutes. Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 3 before United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
On April 14, two others associated with the UGC prostitution operation — Michael Tavon Jefferies, aka “Loc,” 21, of Woodbridge and Christopher Sylvia, 23, of Springfield — pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile.
BB&T Bank in Vienna robbed
Town of Vienna police are seeking a suspect in a bank robbery.
Around 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a bank robbery at the BB&T Bank, 260 Cedar Lane, police said. Upon their arrival, officers determined a lone perpetrator had exited the bank with an undetermined amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a wool hat, dark colored jacket, dreadlocks, with mud smeared on his face. The man entered the bank and presented a note demanding money from a teller. According to police, nobody inside the bank was injured as a result of the robbery. A weapon was implied but not displayed.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Detective Leroux of the Vienna Police Department at 703-255- 6332.