Reston resident the first black woman to qualify for U.S. Olympic speedskating team; Amtrak train traveled 50 mph over limit before derailing

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Maame Biney, a 17-year-old from Ghana who lives in Reston, is the first black female to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team.
(Reston Now)

Monday, a Washington Amtrak train that was traveling from Seattle to Portland derailed—13 of its cars jumped the tracks—killing three and injuring approximately 100 individuals. Early data shows that the train was traveling around 80 mph though the curve’s speed limit calls for trains to reduce their speed to 30 mph.
(The Washington Post)

Dumfries‘ former police chief and the Prince William Police Department’s first black police officer, Calvin L. Johnson, passed away on Dec. 18 at 68. Johnson was in a car crash on Dec. 1 and had been in the hospital since the accident.
(Prince William Times)

Su’a Cravens, the second-year Redskins safety who has been inactive this season, accused Loudoun County police of racial profiling when they pulled him over by an Ashburn mall for speeding. Cravens, via videos on Twitter, said that the police pulled him out of and slammed him against his car, handcuffed him and threatened his little brother. Cravens said that he is considering filing a lawsuit.
(The Washington Post)

Charlottesville’s first African-American police chief, Al Thomas, announced his resignation—effective immediately—on Monday. Two weeks prior to his announcement, Thomas’ response to the summer’s white nationalist rally was being reviewed and criticized.

A 92-year-old hunter who went missing in the Shenandoah County woods last weekend was found within 20 minutes after the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deployed its drone.

A $25,000 federal grant will go toward supporting Arlington County’s Art Truck, an arts and performance venue on wheels that was created last year to make up for Rossyln’s Artisphere closing.
(ARL Now)