Sterling 21-year-old suspected of obstructing investigation into terrorist activity; Va. Dept. of Elections aware of voting issues since 2015

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Jan 2.

A 21-year-old from Sterling has been accused of obstructing an investigation into terrorist activity because he destroyed a computer thumb drive that authorities believe could have contained important information. The man, Sean Andrew Duncan, will appear in federal court in Alexandria on Tuesday.
(The Washington Post)

The Virginia Department of ElectionsFredericksburg’s Electoral Board and Bill Howell, speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, were initially made aware of issues related to where voters had been assigned in early 2015. The Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner said to WTOP in an interview that they thought that the issues had been taken care of.

Sprynt, the free ride-hailing service in the Rosslyn-Ballston region, is out of service and will not reappear until April 2018.
(ARL Now)

A New Year’s Day fire engulfed a home in the 4900 block of Columbia Road in Fairfax, killing a 94-year-old man who was inside.

One of the winning tickets sold in the state’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle was purchased from a Weis Markets in Stafford.
(Potomac Local)

A comprehensive writing program launched in 2012, NoRedInk, has released its first year-end report in which it listed Virginia as 38th in students’ writing skills. The program analyzed 3 million students in grades 5-12 across the nation.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The Metropolitan Police Department has released a statement asking that individuals stop calling 911 to complain about dockless bikes.