Our network

VSP trooper hit by car on I-66 speaks for the first time


DALE CITY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two of three Virginia State Police troopers who were hit by vehicles last month have spoken out for the first time. They are lucky to be alive and say they want drivers to be more careful.

"All of a sudden I felt an explosion, an explosion and being pushed forward," recalled Trooper Michael McSellers.


McSellers was responding to a crash on 495 the day after a snow storm last month when a driver of a pickup truck lost control and hit the back of his patrol car.



"Within a matter of seconds, God told me to grab the steering wheel. I grabbed the steering wheel turned it to the right," he said.


His near death experience is similar to Trooper Michael Campbell's close call.

Community Sponsors

“Your Feet are the Foundation to Healthy Living.”
Psychological Services for your Best Quality of Life
When You Think ride to airport , always think luxury but affordable prices
Investigations, Process Service & Courthouse Research
A family-friendly neighborhood restaurant

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Fairfax County


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured on US 29 and Stone Road, authorities said.

Some lanes on US 29 were closed, however have been reopened. The striking vehicle stayed on the scene of the accident.

We will continue to update you as more information comes in.


Fairfax County police impersonator arrested


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Fairfax County police have arrested a police impersonator who they say was trying to stop vehicles on Virginia highways.

Tyler Scott Polkinghorne was driving a black Volkswagen sedan with Virginia tags when he activated emergency lights and pulled up behind vehicles, police said. It happened three different times since October 2014, according to officials.

On each occasion, the driver being followed did not pull over because they did not believe the sedan's driver was a police officer. The suspect then drove away without further contact.

Polkinghorne turned himself into police on the evening of Monday, March 2.

This investigation remains ongoing and further charges are possible.

PHOTOS: DC area mug shots

RELATED LINKS:

Geer shooting prompts Fairfax Co. panel to review police policies


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax Board Chairman Sharon Bulova has created a commission to review police department policies after an officer shot, John Greer, an unarmed man.

The 25 member panel will include law enforcement, academia, neighborhood organizations and media representatives, including WUSA9's Peggy Fox.

Peggy reported that Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Michael Frey and Cathy Hodgins voted against the commission. Frey said he is concerned about the investigation and if the commission would prevent a fair trail from happening.

Community Sponsors

When You Think ride to airport , always think luxury but affordable prices
A family-friendly neighborhood restaurant
Investigations, Process Service & Courthouse Research
“Your Feet are the Foundation to Healthy Living.”
Psychological Services for your Best Quality of Life

Fairfax police investigating spotlight incident on helicopter


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police are investigating after someone shined a spotlight on the agency's helicopter.

It happened on February 24 around 8 p.m. A Fairfax One pilot was returning the helicopter to base when he saw a bright light illuminating the aircraft and its entire cockpit.

Police say the light, which appeared to be coming from a home, created dangerous visibility issues for the pilot and crew.

The pilot was not using night vision goggles at the time. If he had been, police say the bright light would have been extremely dangerous and have caused temporary blindness.

The investigation into the light beam is ongoing. Police are working on identifying the suspect and then appropriate charges will be placed.


School closings lead to large cost saving


FARIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- For each snow day Fairfax County saves $40,000 in fuel costs and $100,000 in substitute teacher costs.

So far Fairfax County has had seven snow days and that adds up to $980,000.

Thursday Fairfax County first decided to delay then when the snow kept coming. It closed along with most of the other schools systems. Fairfax County now counts hours not days so delayed openings must also be counted for missed hours.

There are actually close to four full unused missed days left in the county.

Loudoun County has about six days left, they had a total of 15 and have used nine days

Arlington County has used two and has about two left.

Prince William County has used six and has about five days left

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 60 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during January. For more information, call 703.368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our winter coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.