UPDATE 2/13: Man Charged in School Training Center Fire

From today's Metro section:

An Annandale man has been charged with setting a fire that caused $1 million in damage to a Fairfax County school administrative building this month, after an officer reportedly saw him flee the scene and drop his cellphone.

The fire occurred at the Lacey Center, 3705 Crest Dr. in Annandale, shortly after 4 a.m. Feb. 3. Court records indicate that an officer responding to a burglar alarm saw Amer Ishtiwi, 22, running from the building. A car idling nearby contained items taken from the center and was registered to Ishtiwi's father, a search warrant affidavit stated.

Police obtained warrants for Ishtiwi, charging him with burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and arson, but Ishtiwi remained at large. The Lacey Center hosts instructional training for teachers and other specialized programs. A Fairfax schools spokesman said some employees were expected to return next week.

Originally published 2/5

A weekend three alarm fire has forced the closure of a Fairfax County Schools administration building in Annandale. The story was in yesterday's Metro section.

By Focus on Fairfax |  February 13, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Public Safety , Schools
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