Man faces capital murder, rape charges in Nabra Hassanen’s death; ‘Boys in Blazers’ program teaches Stafford fourth-graders etiquette

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Darwin Martinez-Torres was indicted on capital murder and rape charges in the death of Nabra Hassanen, a teen whose body was found in a Sterling pond shortly after she and a group of friends were on the receiving end of a road rage incident. Hassanen and other teens were walking/biking home after a Ramadan service at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society when Martinz-Torrez reportedly approached the group with baseball bat, hit and abducted Hassanen. A capital murder charge can result in the death penalty, which a Fairfax County Circuit Court prosecutor plans to pursue, in situations where there is premeditated murder during a rape.
(Reston Now)

Fourth-graders at Hartwood Elementary School are undergoing a pilot “Boys in Blazers” program designed by Principal Scott Elchenko. Once a week for six weeks, boys will wear blazers to school and attend an etiquette class.

Triple Canopy Inc., a government contractor based in Reston, will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $2.6 million to settle allegations that Triple Canopy Inc. filed false payment claims for unqualified security guards in Iraq.
(Reston Now)

Kappa Farms plans to construct a closed-loop nutrient cycle aquaponics facility as part of a $865,000 Sterling investment. The new facility, which will create 21 new jobs, will use water and fish waste nutrients to produce organic baby lettuce and arugula.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The Prince William County School Board is selling 4.46 acres of the 101.5 acres that they recently purchased for the construction of a 13th high school to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). NOVEC will pay the same per-acre value that the school board paid ($158,558) and use the land to expand their Linton Hall Road and Limestone Road substation.
(Potomac Local)

New BWI Marshall Airport security procedures require that all electronic devices larger than a cellphone (tablets, e-readers, cameras, etc.) be removed from carry-on bags and placed in their own bin with nothing above or below them.