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Mars co-owner charged in northern Va. fatal crash

ALDIE, Va. (AP) - The Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney's Office says Jacqueline Badger Mars, an owner of McLean-based candy company Mars Inc., will face a reckless driving misdemeanor charge in a fatal crash.

The office says Mars was served Tuesday with a summons. The sheriff's office says Mars was driving a Porsche SUV in Aldie on Oct. 4 when it crossed the center line and hit a minivan. The sheriff's office says 86-year-old minivan passenger Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, died at the scene.

Seventy-four-year-old Mars, the company founder's daughter who has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as the world's seventh richest woman, is set to appear in court on Dec. 5.

A personal spokesman says Mars "regrets this tragic accident" and her thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered injury and loss.

103-year-old woman dies in Va. crash

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal crash in McLean that left one person dead.

Police have identified the deceased as 103-year-old Katie Grosse of McLean, Virginia. 

It happened in the area of Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Boulevard on October 28 around 3 p.m.

Police say that an 81-year-old Falls Church woman was travelling north on Dolley Madison, with Grosse in the passenger seat, when she lost control of the car while trying to turn right onto Old Dominion.

The car jumped the center median on Old Dominion and hit an Audi and a Camry in the westbound left turn lanes.

Both occupants of the Sienna were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where Grosse was pronounced dead at approximately 6:15 p.m., officials said.

Alcohol was not a factor in this crash. Detectives are still attempting to determine if speed was a factor.

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Teacher sentenced to 43 years for molesting students

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former Potomac School teacher who admitted to molesting students decades ago has been sentenced to 43 years in prison.

Christopher Kloman, 74 a teacher at Potomac School, an elite college prep school in McLean, Va. for nearly 30 years, molested female students between the ages of 12 and 14 years old during the 1960s. Many of the victims are now adults, and were at the Fairfax County Courthouse on Friday.

The victims were represented by Gloria Allred.

It was only until Ann Sullivan ran into Kloman 2 years ago substitute teaching at her son's school at Washington Episcopal school in Bethesda, that she came forward with her story. 

The women say their teacher made them feel special. He invited them to pool parties, baseball games and ski trips. They trusted him but instead he stole their innocence and their childhood.

MORAIS VINEYARDS WINES featured at CARMELLO’s OCT. WINE DINNER

MORAIS VINEYARDS WINES featured at CARMELLO’s OCT. WINE DINNER

 

Morais Vineyards of Bealeton, Va. is hosting a five-course, fall wine dinner with Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Menu items highlight Caremello’s new fall menu, including clam cataplana, braised rabbit and beef short rib. Cost is $75 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The five-course menu includes: Clam Cataplana, clams with coriander cilantro broth, served with Morais Vineyards Battlefield Green Wine; Spinach Salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, cherry, tomatoes, citrus vinaigrette, served with Morais Vineyards Rose; Braised Rabbit with fennel, leek and orange, paired with Morais Vineyards Touriga National; Beef Short Rib, with carrots and pickled shallots, paired with Morais Vineyards Cabernet Franc; and Poached Pears with moscatel wine syrup, served with Morais Vineyards Moscatel. 

Judge opens McLean ball field closed in shutdown

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A judge has temporarily opened a northern Virginia ball field that the National Park Service had closed because of the government shutdown.

A consortium of youth sports organizations in McLean filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria over the closure of Langley Fork Park, near the CIA.

The field is used in the fall by lacrosse and football teams. But the park service closed the field Oct. 1.

The lawsuit says the closure was unnecessary because, while the land is owned by the park service, it is maintained and operated by Fairfax County.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/19Fb78q ) that Judge Liam O'Grady issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday reopening the park. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 to determine whether it can stay open.

 

MONZA MENU ITEM HONORS LOCAL WAR VETERAN; DONATES $1000 to USMC WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT

MONZA MENU ITEM HONORS LOCAL WAR VETERAN; DONATES $1000 to USMC WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT

 

Monza and Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. became almost a second home to retired Col. Jack Lilley II, a long-time Catharpin resident, retired United States Marine Corp (USMC) and a war veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. After being a regular customer at Carmellos since 1978, the ‘Jack Special’ was born on Monza’s menu, with $1 of every order going to Lilley’s favorite charities:  the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment and The Freedom Museum. From June through August, Monza’s donated $1018, collected from the ‘Jack Special’. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.