10,000 VRE Santa Train tickets sell out in hours; David Cassidy dies at 67

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Nov. 22.

In only seven minutes, 5,000 VRE Santa Train tickets were sold after becoming available online Monday morning, and by midday, 10,000 total tickets were sold across their local visitor center vendors. According to the ticket purchasing site, the tickets are sold out.
(Potomac Local)

David Cassidy, the 1970s The Partridge Family actor and singer who announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia earlier this year, died at 67 on Tuesday. According to JoAnn Geffen, Cassidy’s publicist, Cassidy began suffering from organ failure on Saturday.

A video released today by the United Nations Command shows a North Korean soldier escaping to South Korea through the Demilitarized Zone, chased and shot by fellow North Korean soldiers. This encounter challenges the 1953 armistice that brought an end to the Korean War.
(The Washington Post)

A U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 individuals and heading toward the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier from Japan crashed into the western part of the Pacific Ocean Wednesday. Eight crew members were found after 40 minutes and are said to be in good condition. Three are missing.

Virginia State Police will be upping their enforcement efforts Wednesday-Sunday through Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a national program sponsored by Virginia that hopes to reduce crashes and save lives by ensuring that drivers are traveling at a safe speed and wearing their seatbelt.
(ARL Now)

A 33-year-old man named Robert Williams-Dixon has been arrested in connection with a string of eleven Loudoun County robberies in which the thief was able to break into homeowners’ garages using the garage door opener found in their unlocked cars.
(Reston Now)