This story was written by Mary Ann Barton.
Editor’s Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn’t happening somewhere in the area. Here’s a look back at some weird goings on over the past week.
Bumping and grinding…in Glover Park? There’s was no shortage of weirdness this week in the region.
Glover Park in DC has become known as something of a mecca for families and an all-around wholesome place. The community is about to get a new kind of neighbor when JP’s, a strip club, opens.
The strip club set to re-open under new ownership in Glover Park applied to allow nude dancing on both table tops and in private alcoves, but the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided that the owners will have to apply for a separate review for such activity, reports Hyper Local Glover Park. Not to worry, there will still be dancing on two main stages should the club open as planned.Neighborhood groups opposed the private dancing suggesting there could be illegal behavior and that it might attract undesirable customers to the increasingly child-friendly neighborhood north of Georgetown.
Slow and steady wins the race: Across the river in Alexandria, things were a little more tame. A snapping turtle that somehow made its way into a garage in the 700 block of Hawkins Way was humanely trapped and returned to the wild. On June 10, an Animal Control officer called to the scene determined that the turtle most likely made its way into the home from a nearby stream; but how the reptile made it over a fence and inside the garage could not be explained. Although small by snapping turtle standards, the animal was large enough to cause injury if provoked.
Speaking of biting: A man at a Clarendon-area bar bit a bouncer there, leaving a 3-inch gash, according to Arlington County Police. The bouncer declined medical attention.
A sweet retirement: Another member of the wild kingdom had residents buzzing this week down in Lake Ridge. Members of a retirement community there are sweet on a honeybee colony in the butterfly garden, at Westminster at Lake Ridge. “The beehive is the crowning touch to an area of the community that already houses the butterfly garden, the vegetable garden and a large pond,” said resident Boyd Post, the head of the Landscape Committee. “I was fishing the other day when a bald eagle swooped in and snatched a fish out of the pond!”
A scrappy burglar: Someone swooped in and snatched something in nearby Manassas, too. A burglar got away with some cash after throwing a cement block through a window after-hours at Potomac E-Scrap store. Here’s what happened: At 8:21 a.m., police responded to the store on Wellingford Drive. An employee said that a burglary occurred between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. And for those of you wondering what E-Scrap means: The company gives you cash in exchange for scrap metal.
It’s the end game for the "Butt Slasher": Remember the infamous Butt Slasher? He’s back in the news this week. The former Fairfax County man was suspected of slashing women in the buttocks around the region in 2011, pleaded guilty Monday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel was arrested in January 2012 in his native Peru. Pimentel was suspected of using a box cutter to slash nine women in their teens or early 20s in the buttocks between February and June 2011 at Fair Oaks Mall, Tysons Corner Center and other locations. None of the women was seriously wounded.
Rah, rah…rah? And this week it came to light that an Islamic group is asking Fairfax County to bring charges against a former Redskins cheerleader for verbally attacking an Alexandria cab driver with a tirade of anti-Muslim talk and potty talk aka using the “F” bomb on multiple (and we mean multiple) occasions. The cab driver caught the former cheerleader on video (which the Islamic group shared with the media) in his cab when she decided to call 911. That’s when he pulled over near Dulles Airport and airport police responded.