Va. attorney dismisses several voter fraud cases over DMV registration issues; WETA-TV signs letter of intent to stay in Shirlington

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Jan. 5.

In light of issues that voters have been experiencing with registering through the Department of Motor Vehicles, Chuck Slemp, an attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton, said in an email that he dropped multiple prosecution cases because it cannot be determined if the DMV information is accurate.

The WETA-TV station currently located at 3939 Campbell Ave. in Shirlington has signed a letter of intent to stay, potentially selling their studio to Arlington County and building a new studio nearby. The county could then use the space to expand Jennie Dean Park.

Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam has decided to join other governors who are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s five-year plan to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.

A SWAT team arrested a man in a Clarendon parking lot on Thursday around 3:30 p.m. The man, who surrendered to police behind the WeWork and WeLive building (2221 S. Clark St.), is being investigated for drug-related activity.
(ARL Now)

At least 17 people in the United States have fallen ill due to a possible E. coli outbreak stemming from bad romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating.

Two days after Christmas, an Uber driver from SterlingKal Y. Hartemariam, allegedly sexually assaulted a female passenger. The adult woman said that Hartemariam pulled over in the Rutherford Circle area and assaulted her in the backseat.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)