Archive: Crime

Crime Up 6 Percent in 2007

Crime rose by 6 percent in Fairfax County in 2007 according to statistics released last week. The spike is largely driven by an increase in larcenies. Today's Fairfax Extra has the details....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 6/18 Trooper Testifies in Koger Shooting Charges

Updated 6/18 The latest on this story was detailed in this morning's Metro section: a state trooper testified in court yesterday that police later identified as Jeffrey Koger pointed a shotgun at him during the the February incident. Updated 2/5 The Post's reporting on the charges against Koger is here. Updated 2/4 Fairfax County police have released information that the suspect in the shootings near the Springfield Mall on Saturday was Jeffrey Koger of Koger Management. Koger has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. More updates to follow. Updated 11/29 According to a lawsuit filed last month, some of it may have gone to a hip steak and sushi place in the District. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section. Updated 7/20 The latest news comes from a report from a forensic accountant to state regulators. The story is here. Updated 3/23 According...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/1: Teens in Christmas Eve Attack Face Charges as Adults

A judge has ordered felony aggravated malicious wounding charges against James Clarke and Anthony Nellie in the attack. The news is here. Updated 2/19 Three teens have been arrested in the Dec. 24 unprovoked attack on a 14-year-old McLean boy. The news was in Saturday's Metro section. Originally posted 1/4 A 14-year-old boy from McLean was beaten by two older teens in a Dec. 24 assault that was apparently unprovoked while two other teens videotaped the attack, police said. The victim, who had just finished seven years of orthodontic treatment had all of his front teeth knocked out. Police are asking for help to find the assailants. Read this article for the details....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 1, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 4/29: Woman Recants Rape Claim

Updated 4/29 The woman who claimed she had been raped Saturday is now saying her story was not true. Read about it here. From Saturday's Metro section: A Fairfax County woman, walking with her infant daughter in a Springfield shopping center, was abducted and raped Thursday night, Fairfax police said yesterday. The 18-year-old victim, who lives in the Springfield area, was carrying her 3-month-old daughter in a portable car seat at the Commerce Plaza center, just off Backlick Road, Officer Tawny Wright said. Shortly before 8 p.m., a man armed with a gun approached the woman, ordered her to walk down nearby Dana Avenue and directed her behind a house, Wright said. Police said the man threatened the baby, then raped the woman and fled. The baby was not hurt, and the woman was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The woman told police her attacker was a brown-skinned man in...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 29, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Email a Comment

Indictments In Springfield Mall Gang Killings

Saturday's Metro section ran this story that reports on indictments of two men for a gang slaying outside Springfield Mall in December. The story also has information on the recent history of gang-related criminal convictions in the area....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 28, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Child Support Dodgers Face Monitoring, Not Jail

A bill recently approved by the http://legis.state.va.us/ will place many of those people convicted of failure to pay child support under close supervision of authorities while allowing them to stay out of jail. Officials hope the measure will reduce jail overcrowding. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 17, 2008; 09:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sting Reveals Child Porn on 20,000 Virginia Computers

During a 30-month investigation law enforcement officials received child pornography from nearly 20,000 private computers in the state. Herndon, a town of 23,000 is reported to have 1,058 known computers with child porn files which users sent to undercover investigators. Read this article from today's Fairfax Extra for more information....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 10, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

Police Arrest Five Boys Suspected Of Gang Activity at Twain Middle

From today''s Metro section: Fairfax County police said yesterday that they have arrested five boys ages 12 to 14 suspected of gang activity at Mark Twain Middle School in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County in recent months. Police said gang-related graffiti were scribbled in a boys' bathroom at the school in January. A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old were charged with destruction of a public building. Upon further investigation, police said, they found additional gang activity. This month, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged with gang participation and gang recruitment. Police said the recruitment occurred at the school. In a separate case, graffiti were sprayed on buildings at Robert E. Lee High School in early December, shortly after a homicide occurred outside a nearby Springfield Mall restaurant. In late February, police said they charged three men and one juvenile with felony property destruction and gang participation. The men are...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 26, 2008; 09:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/13: Police Used Hidden GPS Device To Nab Sexual Assault Suspect

Updated 3/13 According to this story from today's Metro section, Fairfax County police hid a global positioning system device on Foltz's van to track his movements. Foltz's attorney is questioning the legality of the police action that led to his client's arrest. Updated 2/8 According to this story in today's Metro section, the suspect in custody is David Lee Foltz Jr., a suspected rapist. Police are investigating a possible connection to the series of attacks. Updated 2/7 Falls Church city police arrested a man at 7:30 last night. The news is here. Updated 2/4 More details on the series of attacks on women by a masked man were in this article from yesterday's Metro section. Originally posted 1/30 Fairfax and Alexandria police now say they believe that the same man is responsible for ten attacks, some sexual, on women in the area, going back to August of last year. The...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 09:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Zero Tolerance for Street Racing in Fairfax

Read in this Fairfax Extra article about how two teens might lose their cars, their drivers' licences, their freedom and some money if they are found guilty of street racing. Louis Violetta and Oscar Cornejo both 18 of Fairfax, were arrested Feb. 26 after a police officer witnessed them racing side by side at more than 70 mph in a 40 mph zone....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 6, 2008; 01:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: 2/14: Woman Shot Over Car Keys

Update 2/14 The latest on the October murder of Joan M. Gillinson is here. Updated 12/21 Kevin C. Kline, the 18-year-old Woodbridge man who is suspected in the murder of Gillinson, was sentenced to five years in prison for another attack for which he was free on bail at the time Gillinson was killed. The judge in the case has tendered his resignation from the bench. Today's Metro section has the story. Update 10/22 The victim in the fatal shooting linked to last week's bus standoff has been identified as Joan M. Gillinson, 60 of Alexandria. This article from Saturday's Metro section has more. Updated 10/19 The suspect in Wednesday's standoff and in the killing of a woman whose body was found nearby, was free on bond awaiting sentencing on an assault conviction. The news is here. Originally posted 10/18 Fairfax County police shut down Route 1 in Hybla Valley...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 14, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Chantilly Teacher Accused of Soliciting Sex With Minor

Matthew E. McGuire 29, a Spanish teacher and track coach at Chantilly High School has been charged with using his computer to solicit sex with a minor. The details are in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 11, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Operation Highway Men Nabs Scores

According to an article in today's Fairfax Extra, seventy-four convictions and counting have followed since a crackdown on drug and gun crimes in Northern Virginia began last summer. Read more about the feds' local fight on violent crime....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 10, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Email a Comment

Busted? Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop

An Annandale man, now sitting in the county jail, made the mistake over the weekend of choosing to impersonate an undercover officer and choosing as a victim, a real off-duty Fairfax County police officer. Read more here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 8, 2008; 04:24 PM ET | Email a Comment

Alexandria, Fairfax Investigate Sex Attacks

From today's Metro section: A woman who was attacked in Annandale on Wednesday night might have been the seventh victim of a masked sexual predator, Fairfax County and Alexandria police said yesterday. Police said the Falls Church area woman, 28, was walking along Little River Turnpike toward a bus stop at Columbia Pike about 6 p.m. when a man wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing pulled her down from behind. The woman fought the man off and was not seriously hurt, police said. Earlier Wednesday, an Alexandria woman, 47, was grabbed from behind by a masked man in the 6100 block of Edsall Road sometime before 6 a.m., police said. The woman struggled and escaped, they said. On Monday morning, police said, a similarly dressed and masked man molested a woman after hitting her in the face as she walked near Backlick and Braddock roads, also in the...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 21, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

House Fire Kills Seven Cats, Bird

From today's Metro section: Seven cats and a bird were killed when fire swept through a pet-filled home in the Falls Church area Monday afternoon, but 60 animals survived, Fairfax authorities said yesterday. Fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. at a Cape Cod-style house in the 6900 block of Jefferson Avenue. Firefighters found 54 dogs inside, none seriously hurt. Police took 52 of them to the county shelter, and two service dogs remained with their owner. Of 13 cats found, seven died, five were taken to a veterinarian and one went to a shelter, police said. Police charged residents Denis J. Downey Jr., 51, and Mark D. Snyder, 31, with a misdemeanor animal care violation and began seizure proceedings against them. Police were not certain why the men had so many animals. -- Tom Jackman...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 14, 2007; 07:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sully Station Shooter's Father Sentenced To Three Years

Brian H. Kennedy, the father of the teenager who killed two county police officers at the Sully district station last year, was sentenced today for lying on a gun application and illegal possession of a firearm. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 8, 2007; 03:53 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man Arrested in Sex Assault

Fairfax County police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into a woman's home and raping her at knifepoint early Saturday, and officers said they think the man had worked on a crew that renovated the woman's bathroom two weeks earlier. The incident began about 3 a.m., when a 58-year-old woman was confronted by a man in her home on Moon Rock Court in the Alexandria area of Fairfax. According to a search warrant affidavit filed yesterday, the man raped the woman, who kicked and scratched the attacker. The woman then pretended to faint, according to the affidavit by Detective Thomas M. Holland, and her attacker carried her downstairs. At that point, the woman escaped to a neighbor's house, and the surprised assailant fled without some of his clothes, Holland wrote. Police investigated the crew that had worked in the woman's house and questioned Marlon Berrioz, 27, of no fixed...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 8, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/5: Va. Launches Investigation After Woman Kills Boyfriend an Hour After Leaving Mental Facility

Updated 11/5 The news about the investigation was in Saturday's Metro section. Originally posted 10/24 "Why did they let that lady out of the hospital?" asked Lolitla Richardson whose former husband was stabbed to death by his girlfriend hour after she left the Woodburn Mental Health Clinic in Annandale where she had agreed to go following an domestic dispute with him. Some are saying the story is the latest illustration of problems with Virginia' mental health system. Learn more in this story from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 5, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Asst. Principal Charged In Marijuana-Growing Operation

Leonard E. Marsh, 50, an assistant principal at Cub Run Elementary School has been arrested and charged by Fairfax County police with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana in his Fairfax Station home, according to this article in today's Metro section. School officials said Marsh has been placed on administrative leave from his job at the school....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 2, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Police Seek Man Suspected in Fatal Stabbing

Luis Miguel Abrego Romero, 20, is being sought by police in connection with the death of another man with whom he was seen fighting at a party on Saturday night. The details are here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 30, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Girl, 9, Fends Off Sexual Assault in Store

A man was arrested yesterday for molesting a nine-year old girl at a Richmond Highway Wal-Mart. Police say that Jaime Francisco Calacan Jr., 36, of 212 North Furman Street in Alexandria was impersonating a police officer and told the girl he needed to check her pockets for stolen merchandise. Calacan allegedly assaulted the girl, but she was able to kick him in the groin and run to her mother. Details are in this article from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 23, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Boarding House Operator Jailed For Contempt

Rosita Lim Ong Chang, 66 was arrested Friday and sent to jail for contempt of court for failing to obey a judge who cited her four years ago for illegally boarding tenants in her single-family home near George Mason University. Chang is the first person arrested for such an offense since the county stepped up its enforcement of zoning codes. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 16, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Men Try to Abduct Boy, 12

From today's Metro section: Two men in a van tried to abduct a 12-year-old Fairfax County boy as he walked to school Tuesday morning, but the boy fled to a neighbor's home, police said. The incident began about 8:30 a.m. on Rhododendron Circle in the Lorton area. As the boy reached Native Violet Drive, he heard the van's horn blowing but ignored it, police said. The driver continued honking and seemed to be following the boy, so the boy called his father on his cellphone, and the father told him to call police. The boy ran to two nearby houses but got no response, and a passenger in the van rolled down his window and grabbed the boy's arm, police said. The boy wrested free and ran back to Rhododendron Circle and escaped into another home. He told police that the vehicle appeared to be an older Ford panel van...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 12, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Screening for Illegal Immigrants To Begin at County Jail

Fairfax County Sheriff Stan G. Barry has pledged to screen inmates for immigration violations and to work with federal authorities to deport those here illegally. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 11, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Charge Man With Sexual Assault

From today's Metro section: A Fairfax City man was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at an ice cream shop owned by the city's mayor. Peter V. Lupo, 34, a former owner of the now-defunct Il Lupo restaurant, was assisting the owners of the Sweet Life Cafe with business matters, police said. On Sept. 19, he allegedly stayed in the cafe with a 19-year-old employee after the shop in the city's downtown closed, provided her with alcohol and molested her, they said. Police said the woman reported the incident Sept. 28. Lupo was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with aggravated sexual battery, animate object sexual penetration, providing alcohol, and keeping or allowing alcoholic beverages without a license, court records show. He was being held without bond last night in the Fairfax jail. Mayor Robert F. Lederer, who owns the shop with his wife, Maureen, said he was shocked...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 5, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Rash of Break-Ins in Springfield, Annandale

Fairfax County police are warning store owners to take precautions; 24 smash and grab robberies from stores in Springfield and Annandale have been reported since March 31, including seven last Friday night. The news story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 26, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang-Related Crime Falls in Fairfax

According to this article from Saturday's Metro section, gang crimes dropped more than 32 percent from 2005 to 2006. Local officials say that the news shows that a pro-active approach to combating gangs is working. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said the decline is evidence that the county's approach to crime and illegal immigration is the correct one; to focus on illegal behavior rather than on attempts to enforce federal immigration laws....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 24, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Tech Victim's Family Plans Memorial

The family and friends of Mary Read, who graduated from Annandale High School in 2006 are preparing memorials to the teenager who was killed during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech in the spring. In this article from today's Fairfax Extra, the Reads share their plans and explain how they are coping with their loss....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 13, 2007; 01:21 PM ET | Email a Comment

Weekend Crime Briefs

From Sunday's Metro section: Baby's Body Found In Garbage Truck A garbage truck driver discovered an infant's body in the back of his truck yesterday morning in the Great Falls area, and Fairfax County police yesterday were tracing the driver's route to try to determine the baby's identity and how he or she died. The driver told police he began his route about 7 a.m. with an empty garbage compartment, Fairfax Officer Donald R. Gotthardt said. While making his rounds on Utterback Store Road, the driver pulled over about 9 a.m. to check the compartment, just south of Beach Mill Road, and found the baby. It was not clear whether the driver was working alone, Gotthardt said. The infant's age, race and sex were not released yesterday, and police said an autopsy would be needed to determine the cause of death. Police declined to discuss the driver's route. Fairfax police...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 10, 2007; 11:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Crime Briefs

Leader of Gang Pleads Guilty to Racketeering A Fairfax County man who admitted that he was the leader of a violent Asian street gang pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal racketeering charge that includes two slayings committed in the 1990s. Hoang Anh Tran, 29, of the Fairfax City area admitted being one of three men who burst into a Falls Church pool hall in January 1997 and fatally shot Long Hung Nguyen, 27, in retaliation for the beating of a fellow gang member. The other two shooters were previously convicted. Tran admitted that he was a leader of the Dragon Family gang and that he shot Trung Duc Le, 21, while both men were driving on the Capital Beltway near Greenbelt in April 1999. Tran's brother, Tam Anh Tran, 34, of Centreville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to one count of drug conspiracy. -- Tom Jackman Man...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 5, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Former PTA President Charged With Embezzling

According to this article from today's Metro section,Triantafilitsa Mattfeld, the former president of the parent-teacher association at Navy Elementary School has been charged with embezzling $180,000 from the association....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 24, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 7/30: Teen Sentenced to A Year in Jail After GW Parkway Crash

Updated 7/30 Muslu will spend a year in jail and perform community service. Details of her sentencing are here. Originally published 3/15 Saadet Muslu, 18, of Great Falls, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in the death of Jesse H. Little, 21 of Great Falls. Little died when the car Muslu was driving at more than 100 miles per hour crashed on the George Washington Parkway in September. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 30, 2007; 09:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Crime Drops Across the Region: COG Report

According to a report released by the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, though robberies by groups of people have increased, the rate of other types of crime is down all across the region. Read the news here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 26, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Teen Assaulted by Man Claiming to be Officer

From Saturday's Metro section: A 17-year-old Loudoun County teenager was assaulted Thursday night by a man who identified himself as a police officer after using flashing blue lights to pull over her car in western Fairfax County, police said yesterday. The driver was headed west on Route 50 near the Greenbriar Shopping Center in Chantilly when a dark-color four-door sedan flashed its lights, and she pulled over about 11:50 p.m., Fairfax police officer Don Gotthardt said. The driver of the sedan quickly flashed a badge, ordered her out of the car and then touched the teen inappropriately, Gotthardt said. The teen screamed and reached for her car horn, and the man fled. It was the fourth time in recent weeks that drivers have reported being accosted by police impersonators in Fairfax, but Gotthardt said police believe that the first three might not have been impersonators. Gotthardt said if drivers are...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 23, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Three Charged In Abduction of Herndon Girls

Two men and a teenage Dumfries girl were arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile after two missing Herndon girls were found safely in the Atlanta area yesterday. Police were investigating whether the abductors were planning to sell the girls into prostitution. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 19, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

700 Lbs. of Explosives Found in Centreville After Fire

A Centreville homeowner was apparently engaged in an illegal and very dangerous hobby, the making of large homemade fireworks, when an explosion and fire engulfed his property this week. Today's Metro sections has the tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 17, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Taco Bell Robber Posed as Health Inspector

From today's Metro section: A man in a suit and tie and posing as a health inspector took notes as he toured a Taco Bell in the Falls Church area Wednesday afternoon and then locked an employee in an office and robbed the restaurant. Fairfax County police said yesterday that the man showed up at the Taco Bell at 8200 Lee Hwy. about 1:30 p.m., identified himself as an inspector, observed the food items and commented on the storage conditions. Then, when he said he wanted to write his report in the restaurant's office, he locked the door with the employee inside and demanded money, implying he had a gun, police said. But there was no money in the office, so the man took some other property, which police would not describe, and ran down the street and into another restaurant. No one was hurt, and no gun was shown....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 13, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 7/9: Retrial in 1988 Reston Slayings Set For January

Updated 7/9 While Focus on Fairfax was on vacation, a mistrial was declared after a juror committed misconduct during preliminary deliberations in the sentencing phase of the trial. A retrial is set for Jan. 7, and retiring prosecutor Horan may return to take the case. Read about it here. Updated 6/19 Prieto was found guilty yesterday of two counts of capital murder. Now the defense will try to prove that he is mentally retarded and ineligible for execution. The story is here. Originally posted 6/4 Alfredo R. Prieto, on California's death row for rape and murder for the last 15 years, will be on trial here beginning this week for a 1988 Reston-area double homicide of which he is suspected. Virginia prosecutors say that they can get a conviction and have Prieto executed within five years, whereas in California Prieto's appeals could last another ten years. The story is in...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 9, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Brothers Admit Operating Betting Racket

According to this story from today's Metro section, brothers Nicholas Kumar Bansal and Steven Kumar Bansal are preparing to testify against their father Raj Kumar Bansal, that the family operated an illegal sports betting operation that raked in millions, collecting their money at a Springfield butcher shop....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 28, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Link in Lorton Homicide: Police Investigating

According to this story from today's Metro section, Fairfax County police are investigating whether a man found shot to death behind an abandoned house near Lorton on Monday had ties to gang activity in the Los Angeles area. The man's death marks the fourth homicide in the county this year....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 27, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Man Assaults Woman Near Metro Station

From today's Metro section: A woman walking away from the Vienna Metro station was sexually assaulted Saturday night, an attack that is similar to attacks last year. The 50-year-old Vienna area woman was walking on a footpath near the 9500 block of Lagersfield Circle about 10:30 p.m., Fairfax County police said. A man grabbed her, kissed her and pushed her to the ground. The woman screamed, and the man fled. The woman was not hurt. Last summer, five women reported that they were groped or their pants were pulled down by a man in the vicinity of the Metro station between Aug. 24 and Sept. 11. The description of the attacker in those cases was similar to the description of Saturday's attacker: a dark-skinned man in his late teens or early 20s, about 5 foot 6 and thin. -- Tom Jackman...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 5, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

Man Caught in Sex Sting Charged Again

From today's Metro Section: A Fairfax County man who was featured in a "Dateline NBC" television report on sexual predators after he walked naked into a house in Herndon in 2005, expecting to meet a 14-year-old boy, has been arrested again for allegedly exposing himself to two teenage girls in a Centreville park. In 2005, John M. Kennelly, 45, of the Falls Church area was one of many men who engaged in online chats with men posing as teenagers seeking sex. He and others were directed to the Herndon house in August 2005, where an NBC camera crew awaited. Kennelly followed instructions to enter naked and ran off when confronted. But he went back online the next morning, again with a man posing as a teen, and again went to a supposed rendezvous, only to be confronted by cameras, according to court documents. Kennelly pleaded guilty last June to one...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 1, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Initiation in Schools Restrooms

News that police arrested four students at South County Secondary School in March for conducting a gang initiation in a school restroom -- the second such incident in a county school in recent months -- was in this morning's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Kill Man in Alexandria Area Drug Raid

One suspect is dead and two are in custody after Fairfax County police conducted a drug raid at an Alexandria area motel. Police said they fired on the suspect who was killed after he failed to obey their orders and exhibited a gun. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 25, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Resident Pushes to Better Supervise Sex Offenders

Diane C. Beatty took the experience of her own childhood sexual abuse and focused her energy on helping police keep convicted sex offenders from committing further offenses. Read all about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 02:16 PM ET | Email a Comment

Immigration and Overcrowded Houses

This front page article in yesterday's paper on neighborhood disputes over overcrowded houses in Fairfax County has spawned a spirited discussion with people from Fairfax, the Washington region and elsewhere in the country, joining in by posting comments about the problem. Focus on Fairfax invites readers to continue the discussion here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 14, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/9: Arrest in School Food Tampering

Updated 5/9 Police said today they have arrested a student at the school. The news is here. Originally posted 5/8 Three straight pins have been discovered in school cafeteria food at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon over the past two weeks. Police think the pins were inserted by someone at the school. A news story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/4: Jury Recommends Maximum Sentence for Child's Murder at Unlicensed Care Center

Updated 5/4 From today's Metro section: A Fairfax County jury took less than 15 minutes yesterday to recommend the maximum 40-year prison sentence for a man convicted of killing a 21-month-old boy last fall. Mohammad A. Ahmad, 24, was in his rented Kingstowne townhouse Sept. 12, watching three small children while his wife, who ran a home day-care center, was out doing errands. When the wife returned several hours later, Myles Simon was lying dead in a bedroom, witnesses said. A medical examiner said Myles had suffered severe blows to the head that probably killed him instantly. The jury found Ahmad guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday, then returned to consider a sentence in the range of five to 40 years. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Leslie M. Alden will sentence Ahmad June 14. The judge can impose or reduce the 40-year term. -- Tom Jackman Updated 5/3 From today's Metro Section:...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/3: Assistant Prosecuter Resigns in Wake of Criticism

Updated 5/3 Toni S. Fay announced yesterday that she will resign effective next Friday. The news is in this morning's Metro section. Originally posted 3/22 The Fairfax County prosecutor in charge of the case of a Fort Washington minister accused of raping and beating a woman in Fairfax City last year, informed neither the victim nor her superiors that she would seek reduced charges against the man. Even as Rev. Eugene A. Marriott Jr. was sentenced to 16 months in prison Assistant Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Toni S. Fay, said "I wish Mr. Marriott well." The victim in the crime said she was "shocked" and Fay's boss, Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr., said he was stunned by the action. Today's Metro section has the story....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Foul Play Suspected in Death of County Peace Corps Vol

Police in the Philippines are treating the discovery of the body of Peace Corp volunteer Julia Campbell, 40, of Fairfax, as a criminal investigation according to this article in today's Metro section. Campbell's body was discovered Wednesday after she disappeared while hiking in a mountainous region of the islands....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 19, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Ties to Virginia Tech Shootings

With so much attention on Monday's shooting deaths of 33 students and faculty and Virginia Tech, Fairfax County was home to several of the victims and the suspect, whose family lived in Centreville. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Faith Communities in Action will host a community gathering at 7:30 p.m. tonight, April 18 Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, "to assemble, grieve and celebrate the lives of those killed."...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 18, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 4/9: Sully Station Shooter's Dad Released on $100,000 Bond

Updated 4/9 Brian Kennedy was released Friday on a $100,00 bond and ordered to stay away from guns and drugs. The latest news is here. Originally posted 4/6 The father of the teenager who who shot and killed two Fairfax County police officers has been charged with illegally procuring the guns that his son later used in the ambush of the Sully District police station last May. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 6, 2007; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Prosecutor's Office Woes

Cecilia A. Ruiz, 30, a former administrative aide in the Fairfax County prosecutor's was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison yesterday for erasing an Annandale man's drunk-driving conviction. It's the second bit of embarrassing news for the prosecutor's office this month. Last week an assistant prosecutor was criticized for reducing charges against an accused rapist. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 29, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Students Charged In Gang Initiation at Hayfield

Fairfax County police have filed felony charges against four teenagers who were discovered Thursday by a teacher at Hayfield Secondary School, performing a gang initiation in a school bathroom. The news is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 28, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Crime Rate Continues its Fall

Crime in Fairfax County is at a 30-year low according to this news from the Fairfax Extra. The latest crime statistics show that fewer crimes were committed last year than in 1972 when the county's population was less than half what it is now....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 22, 2007; 02:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/21: Family Sues County, Police for Shooting Death

Updated 3/21 According to this story from today's Metro section, the Culosi family filed their lawsuit yesterday in federal court. Updated 1/12 An article in today's Metro section provides details from a report by the Fairfax County Police Department on the shooting in January, 2006. Updated 1/5/07 An attorney for Salvatore and Anita Culosi has written a letter to Board of Supervisor's Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) as required by state law before the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. The Post's article is here. Originally posted 1/27/06 Fairfax County police were using SWAT tactics when an officer accidentally fired his weapon, killing the unarmed suspect of a gambling investigation on Tuesday night. Now the victim's father wants to know how this happened and why such tactics were necessary in the first place. Read the latest article here....

 

By | March 21, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Female County Detective Subject of Docu-series

June Boyle, The Fairfax County homicide detective best known for her work on the 2002 Washington area sniper shootings will be featured on the pilot episode of a new show about female investigators on the Oxygen cable network. Boyle was chosen because of her work on a three year investigation that led to the arrest of Matthew Harper for the 1995 murder of his sister, Anne, in Burke. The story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 12, 2007; 09:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax News Briefs

From today's Metro section: Police Arrest Suspect in Several Robberies A District man has been charged with an armed robbery in Fairfax County last month and is being investigated in a string of similar holdups, including two in which the gunman fired shots inside the businesses. Police arrested James Rose, of the 3400 block of Fifth Street SE, on Saturday at an apartment in Annandale. He was charged with the Jan. 31 robbery of a 7-Eleven in the Hybla Valley area, which was captured on video that shows a masked man wielding a long-barreled gun. Police said Rose was also a suspect in the Jan. 18 robberies of Chin's Kitchen and Huntington Market in the Huntington area and the Jan. 14 robbery of a Sunoco gas station in the Hybla Valley area. -- Tom Jackman Man Killed While Trying to Cross Route 1 A man trying to walk across Route...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 27, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 2/28: Another Road Rage Case Involving "Missile."

Updated 2/28 The victim in the incident said in this article from today's Metro section that there is more to the story and that coffee throwing wasn't the worst of it. Originally posted 2/27 Keep your cups and glasses inside the vehicle at all times. Virginia's law regarding "missiles" hurled from vehicles is in the news again today after a conflict between motorists escalated into coffee throwing at a Chantilly area intersection. Allan Tat Le, of South Riding, was charged with one felony count of unlawfully throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle. It brings up an interesting topic for conversation: Road Rage. We all have probably felt it to at least a small degree at some point, if not in whopping daily doses. How do Focus on Fairfax readers cope with their own stress levels while negotiating the region's traffic messes? Why aren't missiles more regularly launched? And please...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 27, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cold Case Squad Solves Old Abduction, Sex Crimes

This story from today's Metro section introduces us to the officers of the Fairfax County Police Department's cold case squad for sexual assaults and abductions. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the squad has solved 14 rape cases dating back to the 1980s....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 13, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

A Challenge to Herndon's Anti-Solicitation Law

A Reston man facing up to six months in jail or a fine of $2,000 for hiring a day laborer in Herndon to do yard work will challenge the town's anti-solicitation law which makes it illegal to hire off the street or to search for work on public sidewalks. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 18, 2007; 11:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Youths Charged With Robbery, Hate Crime

The boys, ages 12 to 14 were arrested on felony charges stemming from a series of robberies in December and with an assault on a 48-year old man. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 12, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bank Robberies Up 126 Percent in 2006

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/10/AR2007011000719.html from today's Fairfax Extra looks at a notable Fairfax crime statistic for 2006, a year in which the rate of bank robberies more than doubled....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 11, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Sketch Released of Suspect in Two Break-Ins

From today's Metro section: Fairfax County police released a composite sketch this week of a man they think broke into two houses on Christmas Eve in the area where two women have been killed since August. Investigators are trying to determine whether the four cases are related, police said. The first attack Dec. 24 occurred on Frontier Drive, near Springfield Mall, between 8 and 9:40 p.m. A woman told police that a man knocked at her door, then forced his way in and stabbed her in the arm. While investigating that case, officers learned that a man had entered a home on nearby Alamo Street about 8:30 p.m. and told a resident that he was looking for food. He did not show a weapon or attack anyone, Officer Richard Henry said. Henry said there was no evidence to link the man to the slayings of Marion B. Marshall on Aug....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 5, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 1/3/07: Police Suspend Officer Who Killed Springfield Teen at IHOP

Updated 1/3/07 Alexandria Police announced yesterday that they have suspended officer Carl Stowe and are revising their policies on officers stepping in front of, and shooting at moving vehicles. The news article is here. Update Posted 3/2The police officer's attorney defended his client's actions to reporters yesterday. The Metro section article is here. Update Posted 3/1Two of the teens that were passengers in the Jeep disputed the police account of the shooting when they spoke to reporters yesterday, saying that the officer was not directly in the path of the vehicle when he began firing. Update Posted 2/28:More on this story, including the name of the police officer, is in today's paper. Read "Fatal Shooting In Alexandria Fuels Debate On Police Policy". Originally Posted 2/27:A 18-year-old Northern Virginia Community College student was shot and killed by an off-duty Alexandria police officer after the teenager and a group of friends allegedly...

 

By | January 3, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Homeless Face More Dangers Than Cold

The murder of David Feliz last week is illustrative of one of the dangers homeless people face in addition to the obvious ones that come with their lack of regular shelter. Nationwide, nearly 170 homeless people have been killed in the last six years. Here is the article from this morning's newspaper....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 22, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sully Officers Honored; New Details of Shootout Released

Slain Fairfax County Police officers Michael E. Garbarino and Vicky O. Armel will receive posthumous gold medals of valor from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce as part of the chamber's annual Valor Awards. The announcement was made yesterday even as new details about the May shootout at the Sully police station were released. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 20, 2006; 09:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 12/18: Robbery Suspect's Family Says Killing Was Avoidable

Updated 12/18 Suspected bank robber Edward R. Argus Jr.'s family spoke about his death on Friday. The news article is here. Updated 12/15 More details on the robbery and the slaying of the suspect are here. Originally posted 12/14 A man suspected of a string of robberies along the Route 1 corridor was shot and killed by Fairfax County police yesterday after another apparent robbery attempt. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 14, 2006; 09:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Off-Duty Officer Charged With DWI

From today's Metro section: An off-duty Fairfax County police officer was arrested yesterday and charged with drunken driving after crashing his Hummer H3 sport-utility vehicle into the back of a delivery truck in the county's Alexandria area, police said. Officer Walter R. Fasci, 32, was driving the SUV south on South Van Dorn Street, just past the Capital Beltway, when he slammed into a 1993 Chevrolet truck near the intersection with Oakwood Road, Officer Richard Henry said. The collision, at 5:40 a.m., did not injure Fasci or the truck driver, a 30-year-old Woodbridge man. Fasci refused to take a breath test, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a breath test. Fasci, who has been a Fairfax officer for four years, is assigned to patrol duties, although police declined to say in which district. He was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 13, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: 12/13 County Police See Three Homicides in 12 Hours

Updated 12/13 From today's Metro section: One of Three Homicides Described A day after Fairfax County endured three homicides in 12 hours, police said they had not filed any charges in the three unrelated cases. In a stabbing Monday in an apartment on Edsall Road in the Alexandria area, officers arrived to find Martha Majors, 56, lying on top of her niece, Laquetta Shawrie Sanders, 22, shortly before 8 a.m., according to court records. Majors "was stabbing herself in the presence of the arriving police officers," according to a search warrant affidavit filed after the killing. Sanders died at the scene. Majors was being treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital for her stab wounds. Police think they have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting Sunday night of Orator "Jose" Hall, 24, in the Burke area. They said they had no suspects in the slaying of David R. Feliz, 45. His...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 12, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police See Connection in Springfield Murders

Fairfax County police said yesterday that the murders of two elderly women, killed three months apart in Springfield, are connected. They are urging area residents, particularly seniors, to take precautions. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 7, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 12/4: Man Sentenced for Murder Of Alexandria Area Lawyer

Updated 12/4/06 The man who killed Miller was sentenced Friday to 33 years in prison. The story is here. Originally Posted 9/9/05 An arrest was made Wednesday night by D.C. police in the murder of Fairfax County lawyer Eric N. Miller, whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car in the District last week. The story appeared in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 4, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Employees Suspected of Fuel Thefts

Widespread abuse of fuel pumps used to fill tanks of county vehicles may have been going on for years, according to an internal audit by the county. The Metro section article is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: Falls Church Man Admits to Burglaries

Updated 11/30 Dalmas admitted guilt in court yesterday. The news article is here. Originally posted 2/8 George C. Dalmas III, 44, an employee of the CIA was in a Fairfax courtroom yesterday where a judge set bail at $1.65 million for the McLean area break-ins. Today's Metro section has the story....

 

By | November 30, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/28: Suicide Connected to Annandale Teacher's Murder

Updated 11/28 New details in the case are revealed in this story from today's Metro section. Originally posted 11/27 The murder of Julie Mansfield Adams, a special education teacher at Virginia Run Elementary School in Centreville, was discovered after a note was found near the site of an apparent suicide in W. Va. The story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 27, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: Abducted Fairfax County Child Found Unharmed

UPDATE: Here is a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department. The following was posted on washingtonpost.com at Noon today. The Associated Press Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse say a one-year-old child in Fairfax County has been abducted. Authorities have issued an Endangered Missing Child Alert for the boy. The Fairfax County Police Department is looking for one-year-old Zian Armani Holeman. Police say he was last seen in Alexandria yesterday evening with the suspect -- 26-year-old Vernice Simmons -- and is believed to be in danger. Simmons is described as black, 5-foot-6, about 210 pounds, with brown eyes and straight black hair. She was wearing a blue hooded shirt, dark jeans and white sneakers. Vernice Simmons (Fairfax County Police Dept.) The baby is described as a black male, 18-inches tall and weighing 21 pounds. He was wearing a black-and-red hooded shirt, blue jeans, black Timberland...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 20, 2006; 02:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Rob, Return, Repeat

Fairfax County police believe that a bank robber who held up a Huntington Wachovia branch last week brazenly returned for a second helping of cash in another robbery at the same location yesterday. This Metro section story has all the details....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 1, 2006; 11:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Ex-CIA Worker Expected to Plead Guilty to Burglaries

From today's Metro section: A former CIA employee who was arrested after a string of burglaries in the McLean area -- after which police found piles of stolen women's undergarments in his home -- waived his preliminary hearing in Fairfax County court yesterday as prosecutors said they expected him to plead guilty next month to 10 break-ins. Police arrested George C. Dalmas III, 45, at his Falls Church home Jan. 31, after a McLean woman found him in her home, chased him out and got his license plate number. When police searched his house, they found cash, stolen jewelry, antiques and bags of women's underwear, according to court records. Dalmas was charged with 17 burglaries and 16 counts of grand larceny. The CIA said Dalmas was a midlevel administrative employee who was suspended in January and later fired. In court yesterday, Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Ian M. Rodway agreed to...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 11, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police: Street Racing Dangers Increasing

No longer limited to deserted rural roads, police say that street racing is a problem in the region. This Fairfax Extra article looks at the phenomenon and how deaths caused by the illegal sport has affected some local families....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 6, 2006; 03:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Homeless Man Says He Attacked Cyclists

David Michael Johnson, 39 said in federal court that he attacked as many as 15 bicyclists on July 10 along the Mount Vernon trail, using his own bicycle as a weapon. Here is the strange tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 3, 2006; 09:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 10/2: Man Arrested In Father's Death

Updated 10/2 Dail Brown Jr. was arrested in Ohio on Friday night. The story is here. Originally posted 9/29 From the Fairfax County Police Department: Victim Identified, Homicide Investigation Continues Detectives have identified the body found in the trunk of the car. An autopsy was conducted and results determined that the dismembered remains were those of 64-year-old Dail Brown. Cause of death was due to traumatic injuries. The victim's son 35-year-old Dail Brown Jr. is a person of interest in this murder investigation and detectives are still seeking his location. The silver Ford Escape with Virginia license plate YCT 4771 is also still missing Anyone who might have information regarding the location of Dail Brown Jr.or the vehicle is as asked to call Fairfax Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Human Remains Discovered at Home On Thursday, September 28 at about 5:15 p.m., human remains were...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 29, 2006; 03:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man Sought in Reston Attacks

From today's Metro section: Police believe a man wielding a knife may have accosted five women in the Reston area in recent days, including one who was sexually assaulted near Lake Anne Elementary School last week. The first two incidents occurred Sept. 14 about 90 minutes apart, Fairfax County police said. Two women walking separately on North Shore Drive near Moorings Drive reported being grabbed by a man with a knife but escaping. On Sept. 19, a woman walking on North Shore Drive near Fairway Drive was pulled into a wooded area and sexually assaulted by a man with a knife. On Tuesday, a woman sitting outside in the Northgate Square apartment complex on North Shore Drive was approached by a man with a knife, but she fled. On Wednesday, a woman walking near the northern intersection of North Shore Drive and Wiehle Avenue told police she was grabbed by...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 29, 2006; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Truck Shot at on I-395, Police Say

A dump truck driver travelling north on Interstate 395 yesterday suffered a minor injury when his passenger-side window was pierced by what police say was likely a small caliber bullet. A subsequent investigation turned up no other evidence of a shooter. The Post's story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Man Killed in Car Race; Teen Charged

From today's Metro section: A 23-year-old Fairfax County man was killed late Tuesday while racing against a teenager on Hayfield Road, police said. Michael S. Garcia of the 7000 block of Darby Towne Court in the Alexandria area of the county died after his 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse struck a tree heading east on Hayfield Road near Kingstowne Village Parkway, police said. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, whom police identified as Bryan Flores, 18, of the 6000 block of Liverpool Lane in the Alexandria section of the county, has been charged with reckless driving, police said. Officer Tina Prescott, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, said the investigation is continuing. -- Fredrick Kunkle...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Women Assaulted Near Vienna Metro Station

Updated 9/13 The number of assualts is now up to five and police have a sketch of the assailant that they are circulating. A detailed article is here. A police sketch of the suspect. (Fairfax County Police Dept.) Originally posted 8/30 From today's Metro section: Three women have been assaulted near the Vienna Metro station in the past week, and Fairfax County police said yesterday they think the same man was involved in each attack. All three women were accosted in or around Nottaway Park, about a quarter-mile northwest of the station, police said. The assailant tried to pull down their shorts or groped them before running away when the women screamed. Two of the assaults took place Thursday, and one took place Sunday, police said. -- Jerry Markon...

 

By | September 13, 2006; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Battered Fairfax Station Woman Wins Suit Against Former Husband

In an example of legal experts say is becoming a more common occurrence, a Fairfax Station woman has won a $550,000 award against her former husband who served jail time for beating her in their home in 2003. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | August 18, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/17: Woman, 72, Found Slain in Springfield Home

Updated 8/17 From today's Metro Section: Help Sought in Woman's Death A Fairfax County woman found slain in her Springfield home Monday night had been shopping at a nearby Giant grocery that morning, and yesterday Fairfax police appealed for help from anyone who might have seen her in the Bradlick Shopping Center. A neighbor found Marion B. Marshall's body inside her home on Bostwick Drive at 6:10 p.m. Monday. An autopsy determined that Marshall, 72, had died from unspecified trauma. Marshall lived alone, and police said there were no signs of forced entry. A surveillance camera captured Marshall in the Giant store at 6980 Braddock Rd., blocks from her home, about 11:15 a.m., Lt. Richard Perez said. Anyone who might have seen her is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS (8477). -- Tom Jackman Originally posted 8/16 Fairfax County police are investigating the death of Marion B. Marshall whose body...

 

By | August 16, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Taylor Behl's Killer Sentenced to 30 Years

Benjamin Fawley, the 39-year-old Richmond man who in court yesterday admitted killing VCU freshman Taylor Behl, 17, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Behl, of Vienna, disappeared last September and her body was discovered in a shallow grave in rural Mathew's County a month later. Metro coverage is here....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Homicides, Robberies and Rapes Up in Region

A report form the Metropolitan Council of Governments said that the number of crimes in the region held steady between 2004 and 2005, but there were more instances of killing, rape and robbery. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By | July 27, 2006; 11:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

Life Sentence For Murder of Mother, Child

Dinh Pham, 34, who pleaded guilty four months ago to the strangulation deaths of Loan P. Nguyen, 30 and Ashley N. Ton, 22 months, of Merrifield in Jan. 2004, was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. Pham's attorney successfully argued that he should be spared the death penalty because of post-traumatic stress disorder. The story is here....

 

By | July 25, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lawyer's Killer Sentenced to 30 Years

Dana Moro was convicted yesterday of murdering Alexandria attorney attorney Eric Miller in a Route 1 motel room last August. Today Moro was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder and to three years for the theft of Miller's credit card. Read about the circumstances in today's Metro....

 

By | July 20, 2006; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

AU Student Indicted in New York

From today's Metro section: A grand jury in New York has returned an indictment against an American University student from Vienna accused of striking four people with his Jaguar after a bar fight at an upscale golf club on Long Island. But the student's attorney insisted that his client was the victim of a racial attack that caused him to flee the club in a panic. Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, an Egyptian national, was indicted Tuesday on four counts of first-degree assault, two counts each of second- and third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated, said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. El-Waraky, 24, started a fight at the Glen Cove Golf Club's Soundview Bar June 18 before threatening to kill a bouncer who threw him out, prosecutors said. El-Waraky, who was at the bar drinking with some fraternity brothers, got into his 2005 Jaguar and began to leave. He...

 

By | July 20, 2006; 10:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Arrest 61; Suspect They Planned Drag Races

The crowd, mostly young men, were arrested by county police in the wee hours of Sunday morning in the Lorton area. They responded to a tip of suspicious vehicles at the site of the county's Energy Resource Recovery Facility, and made their arrests for trespassing. Post coverage is here....

 

By | July 19, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

See Extra for Home Sales, Crime Watch, Food Reviews

A review of Pasa Thai's cuisine is only one of several features in this week's Fairfax Extra. Check out the weekly animal for adoption, home sales and local crime. What's your favorite local restaurant? Let us know....

 

By | July 6, 2006; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Undercover Operation to Add Teeth to Meth Law

Fairfax County police plan an undercover operation to curb manufacturing of methamphetamine. Today's Fairfax Extra reports that police will test stores to see if they sell more than the limit of 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine a day to anyone. This is designed to enforce a law now in effect in the state limiting sale of the allergy and cold medicines, a key ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine....

 

By | July 6, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Two Arrested in Area Jewelry Store Burglaries

Tuesday's Metro section reported that a District man and woman suspected of jewelry store burglaries in Falls Church and Montgomery County have been arrested in Fairfax County, Falls Church authorities said yesterday. A man and woman were captured on surveillance cameras breaking into the Bach Tuyet Jewelry Store in the Eden Shopping Center on July 18, 2005 and stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry. Video cameras captured what appeared to be the same pair prying open the lock at the Silver Spring Jewelry Store on New Hampshire Avenue on May 29 of this year, but police said the display cases were empty and the two came away with nothing. Falls Church police believe the burglars may also have tried and failed to burglarize another jewelry store there on May 21, city spokeswoman Nicole Gobbo said. After receiving a tip from the FBI, Fairfax police and U.S. marshals arrested Michael Eugene...

 

By | July 5, 2006; 11:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Dangerous Drivers Targeted; Does It Do Good?

This happens every time a holiday comes up, and the population of speeders and aggressive drivers just seems to grow. Will this time help? Today's Metro section reports that 90 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania will be targeting speeders and aggressive drivers this summer as part of the Smooth Operator Program. The public safety program steps up enforcement in four-week waves when officers are redeployed to target areas where violations are most frequent....

 

By | June 23, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Traffic Stop Leads To Weapons and Drugs Caches

Here are the details from Monday's brief about the routine traffic stop near Chantilly that eventually led to the arrest of two Centreville men who were charged with multiple drug and weapons offences....

 

By | June 15, 2006; 02:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

55 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Dulles Airport Raid

55 undocumented workers at a construction site at Dulles International Airport were arrested yesterday according to this article from today's Metro section. All Latinos, most were sent to Texas to face deportation proceedings....

 

By | June 15, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

HOV Violators Target of Police Crackdown

Anyone who flouts Virginia's rules for high occupancy vehicle lanes is the target in what police say will be an aggressive enforcement campaign. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | June 9, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Crime Briefs

From today's Metro section: Man Abducted, Robbed A Centreville man was abducted at gunpoint outside his apartment early yesterday, forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash, then ordered into the trunk of his car and driven a short distance before being released, Fairfax County police said. The 24-year-old victim was returning to his home in the 6200 block of Ridge Pond Road in the Centre Ridge neighborhood about 1 a.m. Police said the robber demanded the man's money, forced the man back into his 1998 Lexus ES 300 sedan and made him withdraw cash from an ATM. Next, police said, the victim was ordered into the trunk while the robber drove. The gunman entered Interstate 66 heading east and drove about 12 miles. He then pulled over near the ramp to the Capital Beltway to let the victim out of his car and drove off. The victim, who...

 

By | June 9, 2006; 09:59 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fisher Columnizes on Parenting, Mental Illness

What if any culpability do the parents of Michael W. Kennedy have in the deaths of two Fairfax County police officers who died last month when Kennedy opened fire on a police station in Chantilly? In an opinion column this weekend, Marc Fisher wrote about the challenges that parents face finding help for mentally ill adult children who have not exhibited any overtly threatening behaviors....

 

By | June 5, 2006; 12:08 PM ET | Email a Comment

Safety Reviewed at Police, Fire, Sheriff's Buildings

When Michael W. Kennedy staged the ambush at the Sully district police station that killed two police officers last month, he was able to drive directly into the station's back parking lot; a gate that should have prevented him driving into the lot was not working. Now county officials are asking a committee to examine the policies and procedures for security buildings that house public safety operations. The story was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By | June 5, 2006; 11:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Seek Help In Pair of Bank Robberies

From today's Metro section: Fairfax County police believe the same man robbed two BB&T bank branches last month, and yesterday they released a photo of the man wielding a handgun in one of the holdups. The first robbery happened May 9 at the BB&T branch at 7000 Bland St. in Springfield. The armed man demanded money from one teller, was given cash and fled, police said. A similar holdup occurred May 11 at the branch at 7393-A Lee Highway in the Falls Church area, though the gunman received cash from two tellers in that incident. No shots were fired and no one was hurt in either robbery. Police said this man robbed BB&T branches in Springfield and the Falls Church area. (Fairfax County Police Department) Police described the gunman as a white man in his twenties, between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds....

 

By | June 1, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Detective Dead; Two Wounded, One Badly

Updated 5/31 Today's Metro section reports that police are seeking Michael Kennedy's phone records for evidence that he made threats against the police before the ambush. Updated 5/26 According to an article in today's Metro section, Michael Kennedy was rebuffed several times when attempting seek help for his mental health. Updated 5/23 ATF Investigates Parents of Teen in Shooting Updated 5/19 Friends of Michael Kennedy said he sought help for delusions in the months leading up to his attack on the police station. A front page story in this morning's Washington Post has the details. Updated 5/12 Attorneys for the Kennedy family released a statement last night saying that the guns stored in the family home were kept under lock and key. Coverage is in this morning's paper. Updated 5/11 According to a story in today's Metro section story, a police search of the townhouse shared by Michael Kennedy and...

 

By | May 26, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Armed Robber Hits String of Businesses

Updated 5/23 Another Gas Station Held Up Another Fairfax County gas station was robbed early yesterday, and police were investigating whether it was linked to four holdups last week in which one attendant was shot and a gun was fired in another. The Shell station in the 8300 block of Old Keene Mill Road, in the Springfield area, was the latest target. About 1:20 a.m. yesterday, an attendant was approached by a man who demanded money but did not show a gun. The robber was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. The suspect's description -- a black man in his twenties, 5 feet 4 inches and 150 pounds -- matches the description of a suspect in the four robberies last week. Three armed holdups Wednesday were committed between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., and a Crown gas station attendant in the Franconia area was shot in the face....

 

By | May 22, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Second Officer Dies from Shooting Rampage

Updated 5/22 Coverage of Garbarino's funeral is here. From Saturday's Metro section: Gunman's Family Offers Sympathy in 2nd Death As police prepared for the funeral of the second officer killed in a May 8 police station ambush, the family of the 18-year-old gunman, Michael Kennedy, offered condolences. Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino died Wednesday. His funeral is scheduled today at the same church where Detective Vicky O. Armel, who died at the scene, was honored a week earlier. Police have wanted to talk to Kennedy's family since he fired more than 70 rounds in the parking lot of the Sully District station before officers shot and killed him. The family has been in seclusion, releasing only faxed statements through an attorney. Yesterday's release from Richard MacDowell offered sympathy and regret to the Garbarino family on behalf of the Kennedys. "They are devastated that this tragedy has caused yet a...

 

By | May 17, 2006; 09:57 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City's First Homicide of Year: Son Charged in Mom's Stabbing Death

Nathan P. Jones, 24 is being held without bond in the stabbing death of Pamela Ann Jones, 57. The story is here....

 

By | May 15, 2006; 11:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Takes Tougher Sex Crime Stance

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) yesterday signed bills tol increase mandatory minimum sentences for sex crimes, making the sentence no less than 25 years for anyone convicted of crimes against children younger than 13. It will broaden the state's monitoring powers of registered sex offenders....

 

By | April 25, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Scammed on the Internet? He Investigates.

This story from today's Fairfax Extra introduces readers to Tom Polhemus, who is the go-to guy in Fairfax if you've been scammed on the internet....

 

By | April 20, 2006; 01:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Same Man May Have Hit 4 Banks in 3 Days

From today's Metro section: A man who robbed two banks in Loudoun County yesterday may be on a spree, with authorities saying he resembles the person who robbed a bank in Fairfax County earlier yesterday and another Fairfax bank Tuesday. The suspect is a white man in his forties, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and in surveillance photos from both counties he is wearing sunglasses on top of his head. The first robbery occurred at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday at the BB&T bank branch at 13821 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy. in Chantilly. The man demanded cash and did not show a gun. Police believe that at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, the same man robbed the Virginia Commerce Bank at 13881-G Metrotech Dr. in Chantilly. About an hour later, at the BB&T branch in the Junction Plaza shopping center in Ashburn, he is believed to have robbed again. Loudoun sheriff's office spokesman...

 

By | March 31, 2006; 11:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

Student Pleads Guilty to Rape

A Marshall High School student pleaded guilty yesterday in Fairfax County to raping two women near the Dunn Loring Metro station last fall and could face 30 years or more in prison at sentencing in July....

 

By | March 30, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Task Force Wants Faith-Based Groups to Help

Leesburg Police Chief, co-chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, community and religious leaders recently it is time that faith-based groups help combat Northern Virginia's gang problem. The story is in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | March 24, 2006; 03:59 PM ET | Email a Comment

No Charges in Police Shooting of Fair Lakes Optometrist

Updated 4/17 An article in Saturday's Metro section reports that the FBI has begun a preliminary review of the case. Updated 4/14According to a Metro section article in this morning's paper, Culosi's family is expressing frustration that their request to the FBI to investigate the case has not been acknowledged. Meanwhile they are saying that the police department's five-hour delay in notifying family members of Culosi's death prevented him from receiving last rites. Originally posted 3/24Fairfax County's chief prosecutor has declined to file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a man who was suspected of running an illegal gambling operation, according to this article from this morning's Metro section. His family decried the decision. Salvatore J. Culosi, 37 was killed in January while a police SWAT team was attempting to arrest him outside his Fair Lakes townhouse. Investigators have concluded that the shooting was an accident....

 

By | March 24, 2006; 01:09 PM ET | Email a Comment

Annandale Gang Slaying Trial

Updated 3/24 The jury has returned a guilty verdict in the case. Originally posted 3/21 The trial of an Asian gang member for the murder of a rival outside an Annandale pool hall in 2002 began yesterday with eyewitnesses to the shooting. The story is inside today's Metro section....

 

By | March 21, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Special Ed Teacher Arrested in Chantilly Student's Case

A special education teacher who has worked in the county school system since 1989 was arrested yesterday and charged with giving marijuana to a student at Chantilly High School during a break between classes on Friday. Read about it in today's Metro section. The school principal's letter to parents about the incident is here....

 

By | March 21, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Machete Attacker Gets 28 Years

Wilber A. Rivera, 19, of Falls Church was unrepentant for the 2005 machete attack in Merrifield at his sentencing  on Friday. The story is here....

 

By | March 13, 2006; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Legislation Seeks To Curb Gangs

Richmond lawmakers are working on a number of bills aimed at making it easier for police and judges to combat criminal gangs. A detailed story is in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | March 3, 2006; 04:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

Karate Instructor Admits Burglary

Andrew Jacobs, 43, a part-time martial arts instructor admitted yesterday in court that he was the masked man who was fought off by two of his 10-year-old students and their parents when he broke into a Vienna townhouse in October. Read about it here....

 

By | February 23, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Annandale Family Led Multimillion Dollar Gambling Ring

Police said they seized nearly $2 million and $1 million in jewelry during the two-year investigation, according to an article in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | February 17, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Detective Had Affair With Suspect's Wife

A married Fairfax County police detective is embroiled in a controversy after an internal affairs probe revealed that he was having an affair with the wife of the county government worker he had been investigating for embezzlement. The story was in Saturday's Metro section....

 

By | February 13, 2006; 10:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

Robert M. Short, 39 who embezzled almost half a million dollars from his law from and from his clients in 2003, was in a New Jersey courtroom recently to plead guilty to money laundering in connection with the embezzlement. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By | February 9, 2006; 03:15 PM ET | Email a Comment

Chantilly Company Under Investigation For Dumping Of Dead Pets

A Chantilly crematorium that specializes in disposal of the remains of deceased pets is under investigation by Fairfax County police after the carcasses of hundred of animals were discovered dumped in rural West Virgina. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 3, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Holiday Shoplifting Patrols Make Nearly 270 Arrests

From today's Fairfax Extra: County police said they arrested 269 people and recovered about $111,000 in stolen merchandise and cash as part of a holiday crackdown on shoplifting. The Christmas anti-theft teams worked undercover at area shopping malls to identify and arrest people on shoplifting charges. The breakdown: · From Nov. 24 through Jan. 5, the McLean District police station said, 73 people were arrested, 175 criminal charges were filed and $67,778 was recovered in merchandise and cash. · From Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, the Franconia District Station recorded 95 arrests, 148 criminal charges filed and $11,966 in recovered merchandise and cash. · From Nov. 23 through Jan. 3, the Fair Oaks District Station recorded 101 arrests, 101 criminal charges filed and $31,498 in recovered merchandise and cash....

 

By | February 2, 2006; 01:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Eight Cold Cases Closed

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at two Fairfax County police detectives who together have solved eight enduring murder mysteries....

 

By | February 2, 2006; 12:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Use Caution When Selecting Day Care

Julia Karpeisky of McLean offers advice to parents looking for a day care provider in this week's Voices of Fairfax guest column....

 

By | January 26, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Charges Filed In Death of Taylor Behl

A grand jury yesterday indicted Benjamin Fawley, the 38-year-old amateur photographer who reportedly had a sexual relationship with college student Taylor Behl, 17, of Vienna. Behl's badly decomposed body was found in rural Mathews County a month after she disappeared from the Richmond campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Fawley told police that Behl's death was accidental. The details are in today's Metro section....

 

By | January 18, 2006; 11:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Wolf Set to Speak At Meeting On Gangs

From today's Fairfax Extra: The Fairfax League of Women Voters will discuss the problem of gangs on Jan. 21 in Chantilly, with U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) as the featured speaker. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867.html','A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Wolf will talk about legislation he has sponsored to address the gang problem in Northern Virginia. The 10:30 a.m. meeting will be at the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Hwy. Registration is required; call 703-404-0498 by Saturday. Attendance is free, but a luncheon scheduled to follow is $25. For more information, call 703-658-9150 or go to http://www.lwv-fairfax.org and click on "What's New."...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:50 PM ET | Email a Comment

Woman Says Vienna Town Police Assaulted Her

Tara Shea, 28, of Bowie, who has been charged with DWI and possession of a concealed weapon, said officers bloodied her following her a sobriety test. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | January 9, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Accused Murderer Won't Face Death Penalty

Dinh Pham, 34 of Annandale who is accused of the 2004 murders of Loan P. Nguyen, 30, and her 22 month-old daughter Ashley N. Ton of Merrifield, will not face capital murder charges. Yesterday a judge ruled that Fairfax County police violated the Pham's rights by not informing the Vietnamese man that he could contact his country's embassy. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | January 4, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Christmas Killer Suspected In Earlier Shootings

Fairfax County police believe that Nathan Cheatham and Adam Price were involved in a Dec. 21 shooting spree that damaged a Great Falls home. Four days later the two were among five people dead by Cheatham's hand. The news about the earlier shooting suggests a motive in the Christmas Day murders, say police. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 30, 2005; 09:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Five Dead in Violent Christmas Shootings in County

Fairfax has not had such a day of killings in years. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/25/AR2005122500771.html...

 

By Steve Fehr | December 26, 2005; 10:45 AM ET | Email a Comment

Great Falls Poker Game Raided, Charges Filed

The homeowner was taking a cut from the game, which had a $300 buy-in. Today's Metro section has the story.   ...

 

By | December 23, 2005; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Life Sentence in Gang Killing

The murder trial for the accused man in the May 2004 slaying of Jose Sandoval 17, has resulted in a sentence of life in prison for Alirio Reyes 27, of Herndon. The story was in Saturday's Metro section....

 

By | December 19, 2005; 02:41 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man 89, Convicted of Molesting Girl, 13

Kenneth Bayer, 89, of Reston, an elementary school volunteer, was convicted of three felony counts yesterday. The retired geophysicist, whose lawyer said he is in the early stages of dementia, faces a possible 11 month sentence....

 

By | December 15, 2005; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

South Lakes High Student Arrested On Weapons Charges

From today's Metro section: A 15-year-old student at South Lakes High School was arrested on school grounds yesterday after police found that he was carrying a BB gun and two knives. No one was threatened or harmed with the weapons, Fairfax County police said. School administrators alerted police about 9:15 a.m. after hearing that a student had a gun. Police isolated the student, took him into custody and found the gun and knives while searching him, Fairfax police said. The boy was charged with three counts of carrying a concealed weapon on school property. South Lakes Principal Bruce Butler e-mailed a letter to South Lakes parents yesterday informing them of the incident....

 

By | December 15, 2005; 11:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Three Cited for Illegal Boarding Houses

A Fairfax County General District Court judge has cited three property owners for operating illegal boarding houses in their single-family homes, a violation of Herndon's zoning ordinance, town officials said. Neighbors reported crowding at 455 Virginia Ave., 1001 Jeff Ryan Dr. and 322 Missouri Ave. A town inspector found 10 or more people living in each home, several of them unrelated. Each owner, Marcia Garcia of Reston, Eduardo Murcia of Herndon and Jose D. Aguirre Portillo of Herndon, was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and was fined at least $100....

 

By | December 12, 2005; 02:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man Gets Life Sentence For Murder of Pregnant Girlfriend

Darius T. Hicks, 32 was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Shawndre N. Fulton. Fulton's body was discovered Thanksgiving Day of last year in Mount Vernon Woods Park. Hicks conviction is the first in Fairfax that includes prison time for the killing of a fetus....

 

By | December 9, 2005; 08:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Coincidences Abound In Separate Murder-For-Hire Cases

Two Fairfax County women, both named April Dawn, have been charged within the last three weeks in separate plots to hire someone to kill their respective  22-year-old boyfriends. Read about the cases here....

 

By | December 9, 2005; 08:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Moran To Discuss Illegal Dog and Cat Fur Trade on Larry King Live

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) is scheduled to appear on CNN's Larry King Live at 9 p.m. Saturday along with actor Alec Baldwin, animal rights activist Heather Mills McCartney and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to discuss the illegal trade on items from Asia that have been decorated with dog and cat fur....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 01:27 PM ET | Email a Comment

Home Invasion Robbery Targets Poker Game

Saturday's Metro section had a story about a poker tournament in the Fair Oaks area that was targeted by armed bandits. Police believe that the robbers may have known about the gambling party because of an online service the host used to invite more than 280 people. ...

 

By | November 28, 2005; 12:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Police Seek Help Identifying Field Vandals In Western Fairfax

Several athletic fields in the Centreville and Chantilly area have been recently targeted by vandals. Fairfax County police have released this statement and plea for information....

 

By | November 22, 2005; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Vandalism At Frost Middle And Woodson High Schools

Fairfax County Police officers are investigating acts of vandalsim at Frost Middle and Woodson High Schools. According to a department spokesman, sometime between 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 2:15 a.m. Nov. 15, 63 windows at Frost and four windows at Woodson were smashed, possibly with a baseball bat or golf club....

 

By | November 21, 2005; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bank Robbery In Centreville Has Police On Lookout For Suspect

The following new brief is from the Sunday Metro section: A Centreville area bank was robbed yesterday morning by a man who suggested he had a weapon and demanded cash, Fairfax County police said. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/19/AR2005111901072_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('Metro','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/19/AR2005111901072.html','A Centreville area bank was robbed yesterday morning by a man who suggested he had a weapon and demanded cash, Fairfax County police said.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Police said he entered the Mercantile Potomac Bank at 13826 Lee Hwy. just before 10 a.m. He fled with an undisclosed sum in a 1990s maroon Ford Explorer with Virginia temporary tags that was driven by a second man, police said. Police described the suspect as black, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a slim build. He is bald and wore glasses. He wore a black, yellow, white and red FUBU leather jacket, a...

 

By | November 21, 2005; 10:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cell Phone Bandit and Boyfriend Stole $48,000

A Saturday Metro article provides new details about the cell phone bandit robberies....

 

By | November 21, 2005; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Woman Charged In Cell Phone Bandit Case

Candice R. Martinez, 19, of Chantilly was arrested early this morning n Centreville and is being held on a warrant for armed robbery....

 

By | November 15, 2005; 01:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

Have You Seen This Woman?

She has robbed four banks in Northern Virginia, talking on her cell phone all the while. The full story was on the front page of this morning's Washington Post....

 

By | November 11, 2005; 10:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lawmakers To Announce Federal Funding For Anti-Gang Programs Today

Update 11/11: The Post's Metro section published this article on the topic. Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-Fairfax) office today announced that a bipartisan group of local congressional leaders will hold a press conference today to announce new funding to combat gangs in Northern Virginia and Maryland. The conference will be held at 2 p.m.  at the U.S. Capitol....

 

By | November 10, 2005; 01:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Former Springfield Girls' Soccer Coach Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Christopher H. Allen, 36, of Springfield, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of possession of child pornography. Among the images found on Allen's computer were digitally altered pictures of children he had coached.The full story was in today's Metro section....

 

By | November 9, 2005; 11:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Murder in Fair Lakes

Police are investigating an apparent double shooting which occurred in the 12700 block of Fair Crest Court, in the Fair Lakes area about 10:26 p.m. Thursday. Police were called to the address regarding gunshots being heard.  Officers found a man fatally wounded and a woman suffering from apparent gun shot injuries.    The homicide victim has been identified as John M. Shirley, 53, of the 3200 block of Annandale Road in the Falls Church area.     ...

 

By Steve Fehr | November 4, 2005; 04:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Teen Charged in Dunn Loring Metro Rape

Michael Scott Acosta, an 18 year old Marshall High School student has been arrested and charged with one of several recent sexual assaults near the station....

 

By | November 4, 2005; 03:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Judge Dismissing DWI Cases

An article from this morning's Post reports on Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty, who has made it a policy in his Fairfax courtroom to dismiss drunk driving cases where the defendant's blood alcohol level was found to be .08 or higher on a breath test. O'Flaherty has said that he believes that the Virginia law that applies to these cases is unconstitutional because the law says that such defendants should be presumed guilty. Update 10/28: Fairfax prosecuters have challenged the judge on this issue....

 

By | October 27, 2005; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Woman Attacked In Bedroom

A 26-year-old woman who fought off an attacker in her apartment near the Dunn Loring Metro station may have confronted the same man responsible for two rapes and another assault in the same neighborhood recently. The story is in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | October 24, 2005; 11:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Party Shooter Gets 13 Years

Durrell M. Pretty, 19, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for the shooting death of Brendan A. Tash after Pretty fired into a crowd at a party last March in Springfield. The Metro article from Saturday's newspaper is here....

 

By | October 24, 2005; 10:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Suspects Arrested At County Park

The following brief appeared in Saturday's Washington Post:Fairfax County gang detectives, watching an apparent meeting of members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang this month, witnessed one group break into a car later and steal a stereo, and they arrested four of the suspects, Fairfax police said yesterday. The alleged gang meeting occurred Oct. 1 in Roundtree Park, off Annandale Road in the Falls Church area. A search warrant affidavit stated that detectives had been tipped that the gang, also known as MS-13, would be meeting, and police set up surveillance. Police then witnessed the car break-in, court records stated....

 

By | October 18, 2005; 10:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Witness Says Alexandria Area Lawyer Killed With A Pipe

A witness in a preliminary hearing in Fairfax General District Court said yesterday that Eric  N. Miller, the Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer found dead in a Route 1 motel in August, was killed with blow to the head from a metal pipe. A Metro section from this morning  article has details....

 

By | October 13, 2005; 12:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

Police Searching For Suspect In Dunn Loring Sexual Assaults

Three recent attacks on women in wooded areas near the Dunn Loring Metro station have police on the lookout for a single suspect. Details are here....

 

By | October 11, 2005; 12:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man Charged In Falls Church Stabbing Gave False Report Of Sniper Shooting

The man charged yesterday in the murder of a Falls Church woman gave police false eyewitness testimony in 2002   during the the Washington are sniper investigation. Matthew M. Dowdy, 40 is being held on charges that he beat and stabbed to death Judy "Jaime" Coate, 31, last week. The article from today's Metro section is here....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 12:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of Falls Church Woman

About 12:30 p.m. today, Fairfax County Police arrested 40 year-old Matthew M. Dowdy and charged him with the murder of Judy J Coate. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ps/police/reports/news.htm...

 

By Steve Fehr | October 5, 2005; 05:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

Pedestrian Killed in Annandale Area

From the county police press release: A 76-year-old pedestrian died in a fatal crash in the Annandale area. On Tuesday about 4 p.m., a 2004 Subaru, driven by a 78-year-old Falls Church-area woman was traveling westbound on Columbia Pike. The driver ran off the road, struck a pole, a sign and a womanwho was standing on the corner of Columbia Pike and Rose Lane. The victim was identified as Sung Paik Chu of 6925 Columbia Pike in the Annandale area.The preliminary investigation revealed that speed and alcohol were not factors. The investigation is ongoing...

 

By Steve Fehr | October 5, 2005; 01:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

Northern Virginia Home Contractor Guilty in Fraud

Alexandria home contractor Craig J. Oliver faces as much as 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January for defrauding 68 of his customers, most of them from Fairfax County. Oliver pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court on  Monday....

 

By | October 5, 2005; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

10-Year Old Twins Allegedly Fight-Off Their Martial Arts Instructor In Abduction Attempt

Andrew Jacobs, 42, a part-time martial arts instructor from Vienna is in jail today on charges of assault, attempted abduction and burglary. Jacobs is accused of trying to abduct twin girls, students at the school where he taught, from their Vienna townhouse. Today's Metro section has the full story....

 

By | October 4, 2005; 11:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Area Murder Victim Identified as Jamie Coate

From Fairfax County Police: The homicide victim has been identified as Jaimie J. Coate, 31, of Falls Church. She died of stab wounds to the upper body. Her body was found Tuesday. She was last seen Fri. Sept. 23 around 5 p.m. in the Lee Highway/Graham Road area. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 28, 2005; 03:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Prosecutor's Aide Charged With Forgery

An administrative assistant to Fairfax County's chief prosecutor has become the third county courthouse employee to be arrested and charged in the last six weeks. Cecilia A. Ruiz, 29, of Herndon was arrested Monday and charged with forgery in connection with the erasure of a drunken-driving conviction from a computer database. Two employees of the Circuit Court had been charged with grand larceny last month. The complete story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | September 28, 2005; 11:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Homicide in Falls Church Area

The county police issued the following statement today: The body of a woman was found in the Falls Church area. On Tuesday, September 27 around 9:50 a.m., a citizen contacted the police after finding a body in the 2700 block of Devonshire Gardens Court. Detectives on scene have confirmed that this is a homicide. The body appears to have sustained trauma to the upper body. The investigation is ongoing....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 27, 2005; 03:09 PM ET | Email a Comment

2nd Gang Member Convicted in Herdon Teens Shooting Death

A Metro section article from this morning reports that Alirio Reyes, 26, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal murder charges in the shooting death of Jose Sandoval, 17 last May in Herndon....

 

By | September 23, 2005; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Man Pleads Not Guilty In Plot To Kill President

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, of Falls Church, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges he planned to assassinate President Bush and to conduct a major terrorist attack inside the U.S. An article about Ali's indictment was in Friday's Washington Post....

 

By | September 15, 2005; 11:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

30 Cars Vandalized in Falls Church Area

About 30 vehicles were vandalized in the Falls Church area, police said....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 12, 2005; 05:16 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Garage Supervisor Pleads Guilty In Kickback Scheme

Donald Wray, 36, a supervisor with the county's Department of Vehicle Services, has pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud in U.S. District Court. Wray was accused of accepting more than $17,000 in gratuities in the form of retail gift cards from the Florida-based Stone Cold Chemicals company in exchange for using county government money to purchase overpriced and unnecessary automotive products. Wray faces up to 16 months in prison....

 

By | September 12, 2005; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Four Arrested in Katrina Scam

Four people were arrested Sunday for conducting a scam claiming to collect money for victims of hurricane Katrina, the county police said today. Here is the rest of the police news release:...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 6, 2005; 02:24 PM ET | Email a Comment

Sobriety Checkpoint in Franconia-Springfield Area Late Tonight

Police officers from the Franconia District station will conduct a sobriety checkpoint to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers from 11:30 p.m. tonight to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The police said all motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to determine whether their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 3, 2005; 06:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Member Pleads Guilty In Death of Herndon Teen

According to a Metro section article this morning, Osmin Heriberto Alfaro-Fuentes pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges in the shooting death of Jose Sandoval, 17, of Herndon. Sandoval and a female companion who survived the incident were shot on a Herndon street in May 2004....

 

By | September 2, 2005; 09:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Soldier Who Killed Roommate In Annandale Sentenced

Wayne S. Grimm, 22, who was charged with shooting to death his friend and roommate Michael Kenagy, 24, in February by Fairfax County Police, was sentenced Wednedsday to 4 1/2 years for manslaughter in a closed military court. The two were members of the Army's ceremonial Old Guard unit at Fort Myer in Arlington....

 

By | September 1, 2005; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Photo of Robbery Suspect

The Fairfax County Police Department has released a photograph of a woman suspected in an Annandale bank robbery Aug. 26....

 

By | August 31, 2005; 03:17 PM ET | Email a Comment

Day Laborer Charged With Murder of Burke Carpenter

An Annandale man is being held in the Fairfax County jail on charges that he stabbed to death a contractor who had hired him as a day laborer to do work in a Montgomery County home. This morning's Metro section story on the arrest said that police believe that Carlos H. Bustamante Medieta, 29, was discovered stealing from the Chevy Chase home were he was working, by Hak Bong Kim, 55, who had hired him that morning. Kim's badly charred body was discovered on Aug. 15 in the woods near St. Michael's Catholic Church on Ravensworth Road in Annandale....

 

By | August 31, 2005; 08:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Burke Man Pleads Guilty in Birthday Party Shooting Death

A Burke man who fired a pistol into a crowd of partygoers during a confrontation in March pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter and a felony weapons charge in the death of Brendan A. Tash, 20 of Springfield. Tash was killed when the .38-caliber slug, fired by Durrell M. Pretty, 19, struck him in the neck....

 

By | August 30, 2005; 08:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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