Police pursue tip in unsolved Alexandria slayings

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Police are investigating whether a man arrested in West Virginia could be linked to the unsolved slayings of three Alexandria residents over the last 10 years.

Alexandria Police said Friday that the man, a longtime city resident, came to their attention on a tip. Police say they then learned that the man was illegally in possession of a firearm as a felon in Loudoun County, where he was living most recently. Police in Wheeling, W.Va., arrested him Thursday, and Virginia is seeking his extradition to Loudoun County on the weapons charge.

Authorities cautioned, though, that the tip is merely one among many they continue to pursue in the case. Alexandria Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said Friday that police are "nowhere close to charging someone with murder" and declined to name the man as a suspect.

Alexandria Police said last week that ballistics evidence found links between last month's unsolved shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato and two other unsolved homicides — the November killing of transportation planner Ronald Kirby and the 2003 slaying of Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning. All three were prominent members of the Alexandria community, and all three were shot at the same time of day after answering a knock at their door or presenting themselves at the front door.

The ballistics evidence was not conclusive, though, and police say they are not certain that the cases are linked.

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