State ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving possible; Fairfax real estate taxes could increase by more than $250

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, March 7.

Tuesday, the state Senate approved a bill that would ban all hand-held cellphone use by drivers while the car is in motion. Those using their phone for navigation would have to utilize a mount and could only otherwise hold their phone if the car is legally parked or if there is an emergency. The bill has been passed on to the House of Delegates.

Tuesday, the 2019 fiscal year budget calling for an increase of $268 in Fairfax County real estate taxes was presented. In May, the board of supervisors will vote.

The couple that was arrested on Sunday after walking through an Ashburn development and arriving at a Sterling hotel completely naked will appear in Loudoun County General District Court for an April 25 hearing. A spokesman from the sheriff’s office said that the pair did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol upon being arrested.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after writing about his intentions to harm individuals at George Mason High School.

The Reston Town Center’s Red Velvet Cupcakery will close on May 27. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls will occupy the space after summer construction.
(Reston Now)

A man from Virginia Beach is giving away an engagement ring he purchased—he and his significant other broke up before he had hoped to propose—to a deserving  couple that cannot afford a ring. The man, Steven Crocker, will determine the winner by reviewing video submissions.