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Wiehle-Reston East Opens for Metro Riders

Herndon Connection Oak Hill/Herndon News - - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:37 -0400

Fairfax County held an open house at the Wiehle-Reston East Garage on July 19 to show potential Metro riders access and parking options.

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Libraries Promote Summer Reading

Herndon Connection Education - - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:38:23 -0400

Every summer, the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) offers a summer reading program for children ages preschool-12th grade.

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Fairfax County Police combat the rise of sex trafficking among young girls

ABC 7 WJLA News - Jeff Goldberg - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:47:51 EST

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) – Fairfax County Police are seeing an increase in the sex trafficking of young girls, and investigators say the Internet is helping criminals expand their business.

Fairfax County Police are a major part of the Human Trafficking Task Force in Northern Virginia, and they’re taking an aggressive stance on the issue, closely following the methods of criminals to stop them before they find more victims. In the case of an Alexandria man who was arrested on federal charges on Monday, that’s exactly what happened.

Tayron Weeks had been staying with his uncle on West Glebe Road in Alexandria, where neighbors thought they knew the 23-year-old.

“He’s a good guy, as far as I know,” one neighbor said.

Now that Weeks is facing charges of attempted sex trafficking of a 14-year-old child, another neighbor called him a “monster.”

According to court documents, Weeks, who has a history of larceny, theft and assault, first approached the female victim at a bus stop at the Braddock Road Metro station. The two then had sex at Weeks’ uncle’s home.

Weeks later attempted to involve the girl in prostitution, saying she could earn $15,000 a night. He also told her she would be on heavy drugs, like cocaine, so she wouldn’t feel any pain when having sex.

But instead of following Weeks, the young girl went to the authorities.

“She felt a civic responsibility to report to the police, to ensure other kids were not being affected by this individual,” said FCPD Detective Bill Woolf.

Det. Woolf says authorities are seeing an increase in online recruitment for sex trafficking, and with younger victims.

“We’re attacking and addressing the issue with zero tolerance, and really focusing on what the methods are for these traffickers, specifically online, like Facebook,” Det. Woolf said.

While recruiting another potential victim on Facebook, under his page name, “Made Man,” Weeks seemed to know he was in dangerous territory. He wrote, “After you read this delete these messages.” After the potential victim wrote she was just 14 years old, Weeks responded, “Okay, so listen. You’re not 14, you’re 18!

Weeks was planning to operate out of the Days Inn near Landmark Mall in Alexandria, but instead was arrested last month at the McDonald’s on West Glebe Road, where he was scheduled to meet the potential victim.

Though Weeks was arrested last month and bonded out of jail, he is once again in jail after being re-arrested Monday on federal charges, including attempted sex trafficking of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and attempted coercion and enticement.



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Police: jogger assaulted on trail in Fairfax

WRIC Abc 8 News - - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:16:00 EDT

Police in Fairfax County say a woman running on a residential trail near Rocky Run Park was assaulted by a man riding a bicycle.

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Woman assaulted while running on Fairfax trail by man on bike

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:16:42 EST

A woman was assaulted while running on a residential Fairfax trail by a man who was riding a bicycle, police say.

The woman was running about 7 p.m. on Thursday on a path between residential neighborhoods in the 12900 block of Point Pleasant Drive when she was assaulted, according to a statement from the Fairfax County Police.

Police described the man as white or Hispanic in his 20s, about 5&rsquo:9&rdquo: with an average build. He was clean shaven and wearing a neon yellow shirt.



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Fairfax Co. Police: Be on the lookout for ATM credit card skimmers

Virginia WJLA - Roz Plater - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:33:08 EST

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: The Fairfax County Police Department is warning area residents to be on the lookout for credit card skimmers at ATM machines.

FCPD first alerted the community to the problem in June and on Friday, the department released pictures of a new suspect&mdash:a woman.

&ldquo:That is really shocking,&rdquo: said ATM customer Dora Fitzgerald. &ldquo:It really, truly is. You would not expect a woman to be doing this.&rdquo:

The suspects have gone to great lengths to disguise themselves: one is even wearing a surgical mask.

&ldquo:They want to cover up now,&rdquo: said ATM customer Rene Ovando. &ldquo:Ha ha, too late for that.&rdquo:

The suspects&rsquo: pictures were released weeks ago. Police say the group has hit a handful of SunTrust banks in Northern Virginia&mdash:in Fairfax, Loudoun and Stafford counties. Surveillance cameras have caught them in the act, attaching skimming devices to ATMs. Thieves use them to capture credit card and PIN numbers to steal victims&rsquo: money.

&ldquo:Now that you tell me, I want to go back and get my money back,&rdquo: said ATM customer Tony Joyce.

Police are advising bank customers to look for any signs something is taped or glued to an ATM. Look for pinhole cameras that could be anywhere, even overhead, and protect your PIN number, using your hand or an object to shield the number while entering it into the machine.

&ldquo:People work hard for their money, and that&rsquo:s just not right,&rdquo: said ATM customer Adrian Varela.

Now, police are hoping someone will recognize the thieves and help shut down their skimming operation.



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Fairfax tax preparer to serve three years for fraud

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - astewart@princewilliamtoday.com(AmandaStewart) - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:27:00 -0400

A woman who ran a tax return preparation business from her Fairfax home was sentenced Friday to serve three years in prison for tax fraud.

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Turner Farm Revisited

Great Falls Connection - - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:22:58 -0400

Many citizens of Great Falls hope to keep The Turner Farm a low-impact park. Great Falls Citizens Association held a Turner Farmhouse informational session on July 8, the day before Fairfax County Parks Authority released the plans for the resident curatorship program.

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GMU Honors Fairfax Mayor Silverthorne

Fairfax Connection News - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:18:00 -0400

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne capped off his Fourth of July by enjoying the fireworks at Fairfax High. But he began his day by receiving an award from GMU. It was presented by GMU President Angel Cabrera during a Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce breakfast reception at Red, Hot & Blue before the City’s Independence Day parade.

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Virginia officials announce construction plans for new I-66 lanes

ABC 7 WJLA News - John Gonzalez - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:09:34 EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - As traffic seems to be getting worse on Interstate 66, state officials were part of a much-anticipated board meeting Thursday with the Commonwealth Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne.

The focus was on the future of this old and overwhelmed highway, from the Capital Beltway to Route 15 in Haymarket.

":There will be three free lanes in each direction at all times. But there will be an addition of what are called 'managed lanes' - or toll lanes - where, if you choose, if you don't want to stay in the backup when there is one, you can choose to pay and speed along at a higher speed than sitting in the free lanes,": Lane explained Thursday.

The expansion of light rail, bus rapid transit and VRE are also in the works.

Several Virginia delegates expressed concerns Thursday about how much congestion will be alleviated with this idea.

":What's the benefit going to be motorists on I-66?": asked Del. James LeMunyon (D-67th) ":That's an answerable question, but I didn't hear the answer [o that today.":

Environmental assessment, engineering design and data collection is underway, and after public input over the next several months, construction is expected to begin in 2017.

":People will demand that they find [a solution],": said Gainesville resident Bruce Davis, who attended the meeting to listen in. ":People get tired of just sitting on the interstate like it's a parking lot.":

With the expiration of the highway trust fund looming, the question was raised Thursday about how much of an impact this project will have on taxpayers in the commonwealth.

Toll revenue will more than likely pay for much of the construction of this plan, which will reportedly cost between $2 billion and $3 billion dollars.

":There will be tolls, but there will always be a free alternative,": Lane pointed out. ":The public should take that much away.":



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Serving Alzheimer’s Patients for 30 Years

Centre View News - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:36:17 -0400

The Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax has come a long way in the past three decades. Thirty years ago this month, the day program for Alzheimer’s patients was launched in the basement of a local church. What started as a support group for families of Alzheimer’s patients has evolved into a full-fledged day program for 40 patients per day. Insight, a non-profit organization that also provides free Alzheimer’s support groups and education classes, will be celebrating its landmark birthday at its Merrifield location on July 24. "We were started in 1984 in the basement of a church out of an Alzheimer's support group," Robin McGlothin, director of donor development, said. "It was family members of Alzheimer's patients that that thought it would be really great to have respite during the day." Since Day One in that church basement, IMCC has added much to its offering. Not only is it a day health care program, but there are also programs for those in early stages of the disease as well as community education and support classes. Executive Director Joel Bednoski said in his two years at Insight, he has seen some of these changes. “I have been with IMCC for over two years,” Bednoski said. “We have added to our programming. This includes a Music and Memory program, a multi-sensory environment and a new early stage program called Reconnections. We have also increased the number of education and support services we provide.” The more things change for Insight, the more things stay the same. Although the staff is planning for a move to a larger location next year, the goals and heart of the organization remain the same. “The core values and basis of the organization are still true today,” McGlothin said. "We are still serving the families that need the support that they are not getting. We are enhancing lives. Even though it is an awful disease, people are just trying to find the best quality of life that they can. “We are open from 7:30 in the morning until 5 at night, with therapeutic activity throughout the day, two meals and snacks,” McGlothin said. “There is a recreational therapist on staff who provides all of our programming. We do cognitive stimulation, redirecting different behaviors.” Bednoski said IMCC is unique among the 17 adult day health centers in the D.C. metropolitan area. “IMCC is the only center in the area to provide a minimum of 1-to-4 ratio of staff to participants, improving on the state licensure requirement of 1 to 6,” Bednoski said. “IMCC’s adult day health center provides a safe, engaging, and therapeutic environment for individuals with memory impairment. Without meaningful activity, individuals with dementia become bored, restless, and often exhibit behavior challenges that lead to impossible caregiving situations. Our adult day health care center allows individuals with memory impairment to remain in the earlier stages of the disease for a longer period of time through mentally stimulating activity, physical exercise, and socialization.” Nights and weekends are also busy at center. “We provide education classes and support groups for the families as well as community training,” McGlothin said. “We provide boot camp on Saturday for our caregivers. We also provide free consultations to our families or any individual that calls and wants information about newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients with referrals. “As one of our family members shared, ‘the fact that this center has been taking such wonderful care of my mother, I am able to take care of my own needs at work, et cetera,’” Bednoski said. “IMCC provides care to support the whole family affected by memory impairment.” Both McGlothin said Bednoski said IMCC would not be where it is today without the support of its community. McGlothin said the 30th anniversary party is not only to celebrate Insight but also for its community whose support has been vital to its growth and success. “We really want to celebrate and thank all of the families and the community that has supported us,” McGlothin said. “This is a free event at our center. We are going to provide a barbecue meal and we will also be able to provide a tour through the organization.” Bednoski said he foresees IMCC playing an increasing role in the Alzheimer’s Northern Virginia community in the next 30 years. “With the rate of Alzheimer’s disease expected to increase by 22 percent in Northern Virginia by 2025, the demand for our programs and services is dramatically increasing,” Bednoski said. Regardless of the growth that IMCC will experience in the upcoming years, Bednoski said it will always stay true to its founding principles that have guided its founders and staff over the first 30 years. “IMCC remains dedicated to our founding principles: enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with memory impairment, providing holistic and collaborative care for our participants and families, anniversary party is not only to celebrate Insight but also for its community and caring for individuals who are not being served by existing community services,” Bednoski said. “IMCC’s programs allow individuals and families affected by memory impairments to achieve the highest quality of life, in all stages of the disease. As each disease progresses in its own unique way, IMCC staff is trained in all forms of dementia care.”

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Update on Local Road Projects

Centre View News - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:53:40 -0400

When Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) addressed the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations on June 25, he also provided an update on local road projects. A Fairfax County transportation bond was discussed, as well. “There will be a transportation bond this year, probably for $100 million,” he said. “About 15 or 16 million will be for roadway projects and 84 or 85 million will be for pedestrian and walkway projects. That includes bike lanes and bike-way improvements, and that’s a huge shift. We used to do these bonds for roads and Metro.”

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Fairfax School Board Elects Chairman, Vice Chair

Fairfax Connection Politics - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:36:19 -0400

Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) and Ted Velkoff (at-large) were elected chairman and vice chair of the Fairfax County School Board on Thursday night, July 10, following an abstention from some members in the election of chairman. Both will serve in their positions for one year.

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Talking Transportation, County Revenue

Centre View News - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:55:34 -0400

Transportation and Fairfax County revenue ideas were the top topics when Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) spoke recently before the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. “It’s an interesting time to be in the county,” he said during the group’s June 25 meeting. “It’s undergoing a tremendous transformation.”

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Roundups: Week of July 17

Centre View News - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:51:17 -0400

Fairfax County police are looking for the person who robbed someone last weekend in the 14200 block of St. Germain Drive in Centreville. Police say the victim was walking Saturday, July 12, at 5:57 p.m., when he was approached by a teenager. The teen grabbed cash and property from the victim and fled on foot: no one was injured. The suspect was described as black, 16-17, and wearing a striped shirt with khaki shorts.

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Arlington court officials ultimately to add online options for marriage licenses

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:29:00 -0400

Arlington court officials hope eventually to emulate their counterparts in Fairfax County by providing online support for those seeking marriage licenses.

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Dogs tussle with raccoon in Vienna, find themselves quarantined

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400

Fairfax County police dispatched an animal-control officer to the 2200 block of Richelieu Drive in the Vienna area on July 2 at 7:27 a.m. after receiving a report of an injured raccoon in a residentia

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Triggerman in Fairfax Hall robbery gets 20 years

The Daily Progress - news - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:15:00 -0400

A Staunton man who played a pivotal role in a home invasion robbery last year at Fairfax Hall, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday in Waynesboro Circuit Court.

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Fairfax Co. police cracking down on jaywalking near Vienna Metro station

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:12:00 EDT

Police have kicked off a campaign to make the area around the Vienna Metro station safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Fairfax County Prepares Bus System For Silver Line

Herndon Connection Oak Hill/Herndon News - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:51 -0400

Among the changes are elimination of old bus routes and the closure of the Sunset Hills Interim parking in Reston near the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway.

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Karen Garza, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, endorses later start times proposal

Virginia WJLA - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:55:32 EST

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Karen Garza has endorsed a proposal to push back school start times for high school students.

The proposal would push times back to at least 40 minutes, according to the Washington Post. Garza also reportedly approves of modifying the plan to include an early middle school start time after 7:30 a.m.

It&rsquo:s estimated that the proposal will cost the school system $5,580,000 in new buses to accommodate the changes, the Post reports.

The school system held a series of community meetings in May and June to gather feedback from community members about whether to adjust the bell schedule for schools.

FCPS has been considering changing school start times to push them back until after 8 a.m. since April 2012.



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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 7/17/14 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400

News of business and economic development across Fairfax County.

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Fairfax Schools & Military, 7/17/14 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400

News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.

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Fairfax County History, 7/17/14 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0400

News that was making news in years gone by.

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July 15th Sportstalk with Brad Edwards

ABC 7 WJLA Sports - - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:20:34 EST

GMU Athletic Director Brad Edwards joins Alex Parker to discuss taking over responsibilites in Fairfax, VA. Plus, former George Mason guard Lamar Butler analyzes the moves during NBA free agency.

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Fairfax Co. Police to ticket jaywalkers at Vienna Metro station

Virginia WJLA - Joce Sterman - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:57:11 EST

VIENNA, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Fairfax County Police are now issuing tickets to jaywalking pedestrians at the Vienna Metro station: they say too many people exiting the station are failing to use the crosswalk, leading to a number of accidents.

Despite the bright red brick and fluorescent yellow signs marking the crosswalk, people are colorblind come rush hour.

Monica Johnson, a Metro rider from Centreville, Va., sees it all the time&mdash:the 5 p.m. free-for-all, when people press their luck instead of pushing the button to get safely across the street.

&ldquo:Everyone gets off, runs up these stairs to their cars or runs across the street,&rdquo: Johnson said. &ldquo:Everybody has somewhere to be, they gotta get home, they&rsquo:re running late, so, they probably just go for it.&rdquo:

In an effort to curb this bad habit, this week Fairfax County Police are giving jaywalking commuters a lesson in safety&mdash:one that comes in the form of a $15 ticket and $60 in court fees.

&ldquo:They shouldn&rsquo:t be writing them: they should at least give you a warning,&rdquo: said Metro rider Charlie Garner.

But police have already issued a warning. Last week, Fairfax County Police say they canvassed the Vienna Metro stop, giving out more than 1,000 flyers about pedestrian safety. Now, they&rsquo:re cracking down, after seeing 24 crashes in the last 18 months involving walkers or bikers near the station.

&ldquo:Some people need that to get the point across, or else they&rsquo:ll keep doing it,&rdquo: said FCPD Sergeant Andy Missler. &ldquo:A lot of people, they&rsquo:re just too busy, caught up in their own lives, listening to their iPods, crossing the street, not even paying attention to what&rsquo:s going on.&rdquo:

Police officers handing out personal reminders with a price tag will make anyone snap to attention, but even ticket supporters say getting one is a road they&rsquo:d rather not cross.

Officers told ABC 7 News that they would be at the Vienna Metro station for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening each day this week, during rush hour.

Fairfax County Police have so far given out at least 25 citations to pedestrians who either crossed against the light or didn&rsquo:t use the crosswalk at all.



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Fire at vacant Vienna house causes $100,000 damage

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded on July 11 at about 8:10 a.m. to a single-family house fire at 200 Mashie Drive, S.E., in Vienna.

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Leesburg man charged in shoplifting case from Target

Northern VA - Wasington Post - - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:48:55 GMT

 : Leesburg police Tuesday announced that they have formally charged a former Fairfax County deputy in an alleged shoplifting case in which a Target security officer said he lost his job when he reported the incident: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Monday July 14, 2014, the Leesburg Police Department obtained two Petit Larceny warrants on Robert […:]

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Sheriff's employee to be charged in shoplifting at Target

Roanoke Times Dispatch - News - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:58:00 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leesburg police say a Fairfax County Sheriff's Office employee will be charged with shoplifting in a case that drew attention after the Target security guard who reported the alleged

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Sheriff's employee to be charged in shoplifting

WRIC Abc 8 News - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:30:00 EDT

Leesburg police say a Fairfax County Sheriff's Office employee will be charged with shoplifting in a case that drew attention after the Target security guard who reported the alleged crime was fired.

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Fairfax County Sheriff warns of phone scam demanding money to avoid arrest

Virginia WJLA - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:03:38 EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA/AP) The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is warning of a new phone scam from callers claiming to be deputies.

Callers are telling people there is a warrant out for their arrest and they must pay a fine by credit card over the phone to avoid going to jail.

The amounts sought have ranged up to $1,000.

The department says it will never ask for money over the phone.

"The sheriff's office or any other law enforcement in this county would ever call demanding money or threatening arrest because someone missed court," said Lt. Steve Elbert, whose name has been used by some of the phone scammers.

There have been reports of these types of scams taking place across the region and around the nation since April, according to Associated Press archives.

Fairfax County authorities offered these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this latest scam:

Contact the court yourself if there is any doubt.

Be skeptical if someone asks/demands you pay with a Green Dot Moneypack, Western Union, or any electronic wiring service.

Report suspicious or harassing calls to police online.

Remember, once money has been wired/sent, it is impossible to recover.

Click here for more information on common scams.

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Fairfax County deputy to be charged with shoplifting

Loudon Times News - -

Criminal charges against a Fairfax County Sheriff's deputy accused of shoplifting at a Leesburg Target in May will move forward, Leeburg Police announced today.

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ATM skimmer thieves strike in two more northern Va. counties

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:00:15 EST

LEESBURG, Va. (WJLA) -- It appears ATM skimmer thieves who struck in Fairfax County last week have now hit two more counties in northern Virginia -- this time in Loudoun and Stafford counties.

Police in Leesburg on Monday asked for the public's help in identifying the men who placed skimming devices July 12 on Sun Trust Bank ATM machines in Leesburg's Battlefield Shopping Center and at a location in neighboring Stafford County.

Images released by police from bank surveillance cameras showed men - or possibly the same man - at the two locations. Those pictures are similar to those released by authorities in Fairfax County on Friday, where several Sun Trust Bank ATM locations also fell victim to skimmers.

Leesburg police asked anyone who might be able to identify the individuals pictured to contact Det. Chris Vogel at 703-771-4524 or via email at cvogel@leesburgva.gov.

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Fairfax Park Authority wins national honor for inclusiveness

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0400

The Fairfax County Park Authority has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the 2014 Excellence in Inclusion Award.  

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Fairfax animal shelter offering special deals on cats through July 19

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0400

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption charges for cats through July 19.

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Va. state Sen. Chap Petersen defends ‘Redskins Pride Caucus,’ Redskin name

Northern VA - Wasington Post - - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:00:58 GMT

Last month, a group of Virginia state senators and delegates formed the “Redskins Pride Caucus,” to defend the Ashburn-based team and its name, which has come under attack from some Native American groups. Fairfax State Sen. Chap Petersen (D) led the charge to form the caucus, hold a press conference and declare their support for […]

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Marc Cassell, Bethesda bomber suspect, arrested in Fairfax County

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:11:04 EST

A man accused of setting off explosive devices at his estranged wife’s parents’ home in Bethesda early Sunday has been arrested in Fairfax County.

Montgomery County Police say the homeowner recognized his son-in-law, Marc Cassell, 36, who was banging on the front door and was attempting to force his way into the house.

The father-in-law saw sparks and smoke coming into his home in the 11400 block of Marcliff Road in Bethesda. A second explosive device was set off near the garage and caused significant damage, police say.

Cassell and his wife are involved in an ongoing divorce and custody dispute, police say.

When Fairfax police were alerted that Cassell had fled to Virginia later in the morning, they arrested him and are holding pending extradition to Montgomery County.



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Virginia DMV stresses motorcycle safety following traffic fatalities

Virginia WJLA - Caroline Tucker - Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:47:43 EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (NewsChannel 8) – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is urging caution after seven motorcycle fatalities occurred over the previous two weekends.

Throughout the Commonwealth, some riders are taking safety into their own hands by getting some extra safety lessons.

“The thrill of it, it’s exciting, the freedom,” said motorcycle student Mike Brewer.

Before motorcycle riders can have that freedom on the open road, they must learn the basics.

Apex Cycle Education holds courses year round, including a beginner course at George Mason University.

“We go from people that are afraid to even touch the motorcycle to having very proficient people at the end of 15 hours,” said Steven Longstreet, a motorcycle safety coach with Apex Cycle Education.

Riders of all ages take the school’s beginner safety course voluntarily.

“We lose too many people because of carelessness, so it’s a purpose, a reason for safety,” said student Demetrica Jefferis.

The safety course is meant to prepare riders for the unexpected.

“We work on teaching more up here,” Longstreet said. “So, if they can get themselves in the right situations, they don’t have to be the best at stopping, they don’t have to be the best at swerving, they can avoid all that nonsense.”

Instructors say riding a motorcycle has changed.

“The traffic mix around here has changed dramatically … the types of vehicles that are out there, the volume of traffic activity that we have. Motorcyclists are just extremely more exposed,” said Apex Cycle Education Co-Owner David Hepburn.

These riders will spend two days getting a feel for the bikes before they get a license to ride—at least temporarily.

After completing the course, riders get a temporary 30-day license before they have to get the full license from the DMV. The beginner course is not required by Virginia law, but it can reduce insurance rates.

“It’s gonna come with time and experience, so I’m looking forward to it,” Jefferis said.

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Fairfax County police seeking ATM skimming suspects

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:36:00 EDT

Fairfax County Police want the public’s help to identify the thieves caught on surveillance video. Police say they placed skimmers on ATMs to access customers’ card numbers.

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Threat to Fairfax County Courthouse prompted police presence

Virginia WJLA - - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:57:45 EST

FAIRFAX (WTOP) -- Police kept a heavier presence than usual around the Fairfax County Courthouse Friday morning after a threat against the courthouse was received.

The threat was phoned in at 9:40 a.m., prompting the Fairfax County Police Department to put armed officers at the courthouse entrances and on patrol in the surrounding area.

Police said they swept the buildings and deployed a helicopter for an aerial search. The heavy police presence slowed morning traffic through downtown Fairfax.

The all-clear was given around 11 a.m. and the courthouse and public safety complex returned to normal.

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Va. to boost funding for Columbia Pike streetcar

Virginia NBC29 News - - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:22:00 EDT

A plan to run a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties has received a boost after state officials announced they will increase funding for the project by up to $65 million.

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Fairfax home sales continue along so-so trajectory

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:33:00 -0400

A slight increase in average sales prices couldn’t offset a decline in total real estate  sales across Fairfax County in June, leaving the market short of last year’s billion-dollar volume for the mon

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I-Team Investigates: Was last year?s deadly officer shooting of Springfield man justified?

ABC 7 WJLA News - Jeff Goldberg - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:52:31 EST

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Nearly one year after a Springfield man was fatally shot by a Fairfax County Police officer, the question remains: was gunfire justified? The case in question is still open and unresolved.

On Aug. 29, 2013, John Geer was shot and killed by an FCPD officer following a 50-minute standoff at his Springfield townhome. The 46-year-old was unarmed.

The ABC 7 I-Team is investigating why so many questions remain unanswered.

Investigators in the case have made nothing public about their investigation, and have not said whether they plan to charge the officer involved in the shooting.

But Brad Garrett, a former FBI hostage negotiator and expert on criminal investigations, says the delay in answers should not lead to conclusions.

&ldquo:It does seem like a long time, even to me,&rdquo: Garrett said. &ldquo:You can't assume because time has gone on that this case leads towards we wanna charge him [or] we don't wanna charge him.":

On the night in question, Geer had been fighting with his common-law wife, who called 911. He admitted to police he had been drinking and had a gun in the house, but not on him. Witnesses report that at one point, while standing in the doorway, Geer slowly lowered his hands before a gunshot was fired.

&ldquo:Does it really fit the parameters of a justifiable shooting?&rdquo: Garret said. &ldquo:At this point, we don&rsquo:t know.&rdquo:

In February, Fairfax County Commonwealth&rsquo:s Attorney Ray Morrogh turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney&rsquo:s Office, citing a conflict of interest.

Garrett says prosecutors may still not have all the evidence they need to make a decision. Prosecutors are likely interviewing witnesses and law enforcement, looking at the history of Geer and the officer in question, and reviewing the circumstances&mdash:all to get it right.

&ldquo:Really, the last thing you wanna do in a case like this, particularly involving police officers, is to charge them, but you don&rsquo:t have the back-up to potentially convict them,&rdquo: Garrett said.

Jeff Stewart, Geer&rsquo:s close friend, spoke with ABC 7 in February, expressing frustration felt by family and friends over the waiting.

&ldquo:At this point, we&rsquo:re looking for answers,&rdquo: Stewart said. &ldquo:We don&rsquo:t know, because we haven&rsquo:t been told anything.&rdquo:

The frustration is also shared among Geer&rsquo:s neighbors, like Chris Mizera.

&ldquo:Something like that happens in your neighborhood, you want answers, you wanna know exactly what happened,&rdquo: Mizera said. &ldquo:And that hasn&rsquo:t been answered yet.&rdquo:



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School Board Decreases Suspension Time

Burke Connection News - - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:38:36 -0400

Starting this fall, suspensions for certain student offenses in Fairfax County will decrease, thanks to a revision of the school system’s Student Rights and Responsibilities [SR&R]. The school board voted unanimously at the end of June to change the discipline handbook, which will now focus on in school suspensions to preserve time in school. Offenses that come with mandatory punishments are decreased under the updated handbook.

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Fairfax Updates Green Building Policy

Burke Connection News - - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:25:49 -0400

The green building policy in Fairfax has been updated, requiring higher standards for residential, retail, office and other construction projects seeking approval for rezoning in the county.

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Beloved Children’s Book Comes to Life on Stage

Centre View Entertainment - - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:14:33 -0400

A children’s classic comes to life when The City of Fairfax Theatre Company and Truro Anglican Church present “Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical.” It’ll be held at Lanier Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Road in Fairfax.

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Junior Buffalo Soldiers

Centre View Entertainment - - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:52:51 -0400

The Junior Buffalo Soldiers Drill Team participate in the City of Fairfax's Fourth of July parade.

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Fairfax Public-Safety Notes, 7/10/14 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400

News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week.

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Fairfax County police release suspect sketch in fireworks stabbing case

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:41:00 EDT

Do you recognize the man in this sketch? Fairfax County police say he stabbed a woman as she watched the fireworks on the 4th of July.

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Sketch released of July 4 Falls Church stabbing suspect

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:26:53 EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WJLA) -- Fairfax County police released a sketch Wednesday of the man wanted for stabbing a 65-year-old woman during a Fourth of July fireworks show.

The attack happened last Friday night in a shopping center parking lot on Leesburg Pike, across from George Mason High School.

The woman told police she was stabbed stabbed from behind while watching a fireworks display with some friends. The suspect fled on foot and witnesses gave chase but lost sight of him.

The man wanted by police is described as white, possibly 18 to 20 years old with short blonde hair. He was wearing a white tank top and shorts at the time of the attack.

The victim is currently recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

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