Virginia House of Delegates race recount to happen Dec. 13; VDOT has no set plan to change I-66 tolling algorithm or hours

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Dec. 7.

Republican Tim Hugo and Democrat Donte Tanner’s Virginia House of Delegates race results—which put Hugo 106 votes ahead of Tanner—will be recounted on Dec. 13.

Despite criticism of I-66’s new toll lane hours and costs, the Virginia Department of Transportation has no set plan to change toll hours or the algorithm that determines the toll price. While Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne said to WTOP that he would be open to lowering target speeds, Layne said that traffic is moving and the algorithm appears to be serving its purpose.

A federal appeals court has ruled that Manassas City Detective David E. Abbott Jr., who committed suicide in 2015 after being charged for molesting two young boys, violated then 17-year-old Trey Sims’ Fourth Amendment right when Abbott obtained two search warrants to photograph Sims’ genitalia while Sims was being investigated for sexting his then 15-year-old girlfriend.
(The Washington Post)

Yesterday, second lady Karen Pence took to Arlington community radio station WERA to talk about her family ties to the area and make mention of her “Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART” program.
(ARL Now)

Over 300 law enforcement officials arrested 28 people—22 of them in Northern Virginia— on charges of possessing guns, drugs and potential involvement in area Blood gangs.

At a public hearing tonight, the Virginia Department of Transportation will discuss their plans to expand the Fairfax County Parkway to six lanes between Routes 123 and 29. If approved, the $191 million project could open in late 2023.
(Potomac Local)