Alexandria City News Briefs

Alexandria City News Briefs

Stabbing Investigation

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred on Saturday.

At approximately 5:59 p.m. on Saturday, Feb, 4, 2023, APD responded to what was reported as a shots fired incident in the 300 block of South Reynolds. 

Upon arrival, Alexandria officers discovered a male victim, 29, with a stab wound to his midsection. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

The suspect, Akkeim Edwards, 45, a non-city resident was arrested without incident and charged with felonious assault. 

The investigation is ongoing. The Alexandria Police Department is asking that any witnesses with information regarding this incident to please contact Detective Edmund Dougherty by phone at 703-746-6697, email: or call our non-emergency number at 703-746-4444.

Pedestrian Struck, Serious Injuries

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a serious pedestrian crash that occurred Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at the intersection of East Monroe Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue.

At approximately 9:37 a.m., police responded to the scene and discovered a driver had struck a pedestrian. The preliminary investigation suggests that the pedestrian was walking southbound in the crosswalk on Mount Vernon Avenue through the intersection when she was struck by the driver. A vehicle driven by a 57-year-old female, was making a left turn onto Monroe Avenue when they struck the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.

The victim, a 58-year-old female, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  

Alexandria Police Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. The Alexandria Police Department is asking that any witnesses with information regarding this incident to contact the investigator of this incident, Officer Lisa Kolodzinski by phone at 703.859.4447, by email, or call our non-emergency number at 703.746.4444

Provide Back for Safety Audit

Community feedback on mobility, safety and access issues at the intersections of Duke Street & South Patrick Street, and Duke Street & South Henry Street is part of a safety audit in progress.

Provide your feedback by Feb. 28.

This feedback is being collected as part of the Duke Street & Route 1 High Crash Intersection Audits Project. The purpose of this project is to evaluate existing safety issues or risks and develop conceptual designs for future improvements.

There have been more than 70 crashes at these two intersections since 2014. Of those, four resulted in severe injury and more than 20 resulted in non-life-threatening injuries. Both intersections are ranked among the City’s high-crash intersections and are on the City's high-injury network.

70% of all fatal or severe crashes from 2016 to 2020 occurred on roughly 10% of the City’s street network.

The City’s adopted Vision Zero goal is to eliminate fatal and severe crashes. 

The adopted Alexandria Mobility Plan also calls for prioritizing high-crash intersections and corridors for safety improvements. 

This project is supported by a technical assistance grant through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Regional Roadway Safety Program.

Visit for more information about the Duke Street & Route 1 High Crash Intersection Audits Project

Washington’s Birthday Parade

The City of Alexandria, adopted hometown of George Washington, celebrates his birthday each year with events throughout February. The highlight will be on Feb. 20, 2023, when Alexandria residents and visitors will line the streets of Old Town Alexandria to cheer on the oldest and largest George Washington Birthday parade in the country. The parade features drum corps, color guards, bands, community and fraternal organizations, youth groups, local merchants, city dignitaries, and, of course, General Washington and Martha Washington. This year, the theme is George Washington: The Man, The Mason, The Cornerstone of Our Republic. The Grand Marshal will be George D. Seghers, Executive Director of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the Memorial’s cornerstone. For more information, including parking, maps, route, and status, visit

Draft Energy and Climate Change Plan Comment Period Extended to Feb. 10

The City of Alexandria is seeking public comment on the Draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan. The comment period is extended until Feb. 10, 2023. Comments may be submitted online

The Draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (ECCAP) provides strategies and actions to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and 80 to 100% by 2050, and includes strategies focused on climate change adaptation to both increased precipitation and extreme heat. This Action Plan helps the City better respond to climate change impacts and environmental emergencies and aligns with the Environmental Action Plan 2040. The ECCAP builds upon existing City energy, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate action efforts.

The Energy and Climate Change Task Force, established by City Council on September 22, 2020, helped guide the City during the process of updating the ECCAP.

For questions or more information about the Draft ECCAP, visit or email Ryan Freed at

Apply for Stormwater Credits by Feb. 15

Property owners have until Feb. 15 to apply for reductions on their annual Stormwater Utility Fee for eligible stormwater management practices, including newly added flood mitigation practices.

The Stormwater Utility Fee is paid by all property owners and is the City’s dedicated funding source for stormwater management program services. Reductions are granted to property owners who take steps to improve water quality or mitigate flooding on their properties, including a new list of flood mitigation practices added this year. The credit application window is open each year from Dec. 1 to Feb. 15.

In addition to adding flood mitigation practices, now a property can apply for up to 50% reductions in the Stormwater Utility Fee.

For example, a typical single-family home with a Stormwater Utility Fee of $294 in 2023 can apply for 35% in reductions if the property owners have a rain barrel, rain garden and mature tree, to save $102.90 off the Stormwater Utility Fee.

In November, City Council approved the revised Credit Manual, which expands the list of eligible practices and increases reduction amounts property owners can claim.

To view the revised Credit Manual adopted by City Council or learn more about the Stormwater Utility Fee, visit the City’s Stormwater Utility Fee website.

City of Alexandria Health, Community and Human Services, Other Services To Move to Mark Center

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Alexandria Department of Health (AHD), Neighborhood Health Clinic, Permit Center, part of the Finance Department, and limited Clerk of Court services are moving this month to a new, centralized location: the Redella S. “Del” Pepper Community Center at 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311.

The move will begin in February 2023. More than 600 City employees will be moving from their existing offices in phases based on current location and department.

The move to the Redella S. Del Pepper Community Center was planned with all Alexandrians in mind. Currently, health and community services are provided across many sites in the city. This new centralized location is intended to create a “one-stop shop” for health and community clients with seamless transition between related services. This includes a “no wrong door” approach, so that clients experience a continuum of services available at all points of entry.

Free Tax Prep for Some Starting Feb. 18

City of Alexandria is offering free tax preparation services to qualifying residents. Taxpayers are eligible if their income is below $59,000 for individuals and families. Expert volunteers from Community Tax Aid, Inc. will ensure that taxpayers apply for all applicable credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which people may not realize they are eligible to receive. Electronic filing is provided.

Services will be offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb, 18 through April 19, at the Department of Community and Human Services, now located at 4850 Mark Center Drive. 

The following documentation is required: a social security or taxpayer ID card for each family member; a photo ID for the taxpayer (and spouse, if filing jointly); W-2 forms and other income records, receipts or records for expenses such as childcare and education; if possible, a copy of last year’s tax return; and as applicable: Form 1095-A if you had health insurance through the Marketplace; IP PIN letter if the IRS issues you an Identity Protection PIN; Any other letters from the IRS or state/Washington DC tax agency.

The location is a five-minute walk from the Mark Center Transit Station and is served by DASH transit, where all rides are free.

For more information about the free tax preparation service, call 202.830.1480 (English) or 202.869.2999 (Spanish).