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2012: A Look Back at Reston's Top News

What were the top stories on Reston Patch this year?

As 2012 comes to a close, here is a look at some of the top stories on Reston Patch this year, along with an update on the subjects.

 

Murder of Dunkin Donuts Co-Owner Bharat Patel - Abir Ali was charged with killing Patel, his boss at the Hunters Woods Dunkin Donuts. The case went before a grand jury last week, and will likely go to trial in early 2013.

Barnes & Noble Closing in Early 2013 - The longtime anchor store of The Spectrum will close at the end of February, leaving Reston without a store in which to buy new books. Coming to the spot in the fall of 2013 - a Container Store.

Reston Makes Money Magazine's Top 10 Best Places to Live List  - Money Magazine, citing Reston's access to good jobs and recreational amenities, lists Reston as the No. 7 small city in the country in its 2012 list.

Homicide of Reston Life Coach and Professor Ruth Allen - Allen was allegedly shot by her brother Charles Hamilton. The case is pending a court date.

Derecho Hits Reston - On June 30, Reston and the rest of Northern Virginia was taken by surprise when a rare Derecho hit the area with winds above 70 mph. Power outages lasted for days, but the community showed its support by

Reston Zoo Director Charged in Wallaby Death - Reston Zoo Director Meghan Mogensen was charged with animal cruelty and drug possession after an injured wallaby was euthanized at the petting zoo. Mogensen was found guilty in a Fairfax County General District Court bench trial in September. She is appealing the verdict and is scheduled for a Fairfax County Circuit Court hearing in February.

Reston National Owners Look Ino Zoning Change - The owners of Reston National Golf Course asked Fairfax County whether the public course could be zoned residential. The county said no, and the owners, RN Golf Management, will go before the county board of zoning appeals on Jan. 30. The issue has caused a grassroots effort of citizens supporting keeping the golf course as open space.

 

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