Stafford County investigating BB&T skimming incidents; Amazon looks for second headquarters home

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating more than 30 reports of fraudulent withdrawals from BB&T bank accounts whose owners had used the 375 Chatham Heights Road ATM. The Sheriff’s Office believes that a skimming device was placed on the ATM, collecting all the information on a bank card’s magnetic strip and allowing whoever placed the device to access that account. Those affected have similarly reported three separate withdrawals of approximately $500.

Amazon is on the hunt for a location to house its second North American headquarters, Amazon HQ2. Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said on the LCED’s Facebook page that the group “will pursue this opportunity with our full resources.” Amazon’s Seattle headquarters reportedly resulted in a $38 billion addition to the city’s economy and 53,000 jobs indirectly generated by its 33-building, 24-restaurant/cafe campus.
(The Loudoun Tribune)

Alexandria’s City Manager Mark Jinks announced that the city council will drop its plan to create an Old Town business improvement district. The city council spent more than a year developing its plan, which was eventually voted upon by opposing small-business owners in June.
(Alexandria Times)

D.C. Metro bus drivers and train operators are tired of mistreatment from passengers, and their representative union is asking that “drastic measures” to be taken for bad behavior. According to a Metro Transit Police Department report, in the first six months of 2017, assaults against Metro bus drivers rose 20 percent compared to the first six months of 2016.
(NBC 4 Washington)

Major Warner, Fauquier schools’ associate superintendent of instruction and previous Kettle Run High School principal, will receive the 2017 Roland Tapscott Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of the Piedmont District’s Fauquier Division on Oct. 27. The award honors the life of Roland Irvin Tapscott, one of the first African-Americans to enter into the U.S. Marines Corps and who helped to end racial segregation is Fauquier County Public Schools and restaurants.