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.
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.
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.
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.
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.