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by RestonNow.com April 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm 0

A Sunday fire on Brown Fox Way has displaced two adults, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reports.

Units from the Fox Mill station were dispatched to the blaze in the 12300 block at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they saw smoke showing from the front of the two-story, single-family house. The fire was found in the kitchen, firefighters said, and they were told by residents that there had been a problem with a circuit breaker that had tripped.

Both occupants of the home escaped without injury. Smoke alarms had activated, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue says.

According to investigators:

“The fire started under the cook top, in the back of a base cabinet in the kitchen. The fire was accidental in nature and was caused from an undetermined electrical event. In addition, the fire caused the natural gas line to fail which led to a gas fed fire.”

Red Cross assistance was offered to the residents, who declined. Damages as a result of the fire have been estimated to be approximately $93,750.

by RestonNow.com April 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm 4 Comments

A 40-year-old Herndon man is being held without bond after police say he repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old girl being cared for at an in-home daycare where he lived.

Oscar Perez Rangel faces several child abuse-related counts including felony aggravated sexual battery in relation to the alleged abuse, which the Fairfax County Police Department says took place between October and December. Rangel was not the operator of the daycare; however, he did live at the residence.

FCPD’s Major Crimes Division Child Abuse detectives received information about the alleged abuse March 28, after the victim had reported it to staff at her school. Perez Rangel was arrested April 7 at the home.

Detectives, Victim Services and Child Protective Services are working with the victim and her family to provide assistance as needed. There is no indication that there are any other victims connected to Perez Rangel; however, any information that may be useful in this case can be directed to Det. Elizabeth Melendez at 703-246-7885.

Photo: Oscar Perez Rangel courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke April 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm 10 Comments

The Reston location of Willard’s Real Pit BBQ will open its doors to customers Monday at 10:30 a.m., “come Hell or high water.”

That’s according to restaurant owner Chris Janowski, who has been working for a year to prepare the location at 11790-E Baron Cameron Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center. Janowski opened his first barbecue restaurants in Massachusetts in 1995 before moving to Fairfax County in 2002 and opening the flagship Willard’s in Chantilly’s Dulles Expo Center the next year.

“We have a good business going in Chantilly — we have tons of regulars,” he said. “We see some people every day for lunch or dinner.”

The restaurant’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches and ribs, along with a full assortment of specialty items and sides. There is a 30-person seating area inside, and takeout and catering orders will also be available.

Janowski said the secret to his barbecue is in the smoker, which uses hickory logs to enhance the meat’s flavor. He said while Virginia doesn’t have its own established style of barbecue, he is fond of vinegar-based sauces and it shows in the restaurant’s menu.

“Nothing too sweet. Some barbecue for me is too sweet and thick,” he said. “To me, that’s like kids’ barbecue, you know?”

There are still jobs available at the restaurant as well, Janowski said. Interested applicants should stop by for more information.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Janowski said. For more information, call 703-429-1755 next week.

by Eve Thompson April 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Back in the late 1980s, the face of North Reston changed.

In 1989, Newport Springs Cluster joined the collection of close communities that line Reston Parkway. Newport Springs is a community of 28 townhouses designed with Folk Victorian architecture — homes that are relatively plain in construction and then embellished with decorative trim.

Grouped into six buildings fronting Newport Spring Court, the street meanders in a wide curve with a cul-de-sac at the end — providing privacy and safety, as there is no through street.

The homes are three stories high with a garage on the first level and a flight of stairs leading to the front entry on the second floor. The end units have wraparound porches; the others have recessed front entries. The three-bedroom homes range in size from 1,400 to 1,550 square feet. The lot sizes range from around 1,500 to 2,200 square feet.

Located off Lake Newport Road between Reston Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway, Newport Springs Cluster is walking distance to North Point Village Center. There you’ll find a Giant food store, Starbucks, restaurants, gym, a gas station and more.

This is a great neighborhood for a growing family.

by Dave Emke April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

A Herndon woman was surprised to find two men in her garage on a recent afternoon, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

According to a police report, the woman found the burglary suspects in her garage in the 1600 block of Winterwood Place at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. The men attempted to flee, but the woman was able to detain one of them without injury. The man, 19-year-old Richard Reyes of Herndon, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, possession of marijuana and being drunk in public.

The other suspect was also identified, police say. The investigation is ongoing, but police say it has been determined that the duo also burglarized another home.

FCPD also reports a robbery that took place Thursday between 10:30 and 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Autumnwood Drive in Reston. Property was reported stolen from an open garage and a car parked outside.

Other incident reports this week from the Reston District Station of FCPD include:

LARCENIES:

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, passport from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, wallet from business

2500 block of Freetown Drive, wallet from residence

2600 block of Reston Parkway, battery from business

12200 block of Streamvale Circle, shoes from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, jeans from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In Loudoun County, police say a Reston man fled from a traffic stop just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Charles Town Pike (Route 9). The driver, identified as 37-year-old Joel E. Hyduke, allegedly took off down Purcellville Road before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Hyduke was apprehended and charged with DWI and speeding before being taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Also in Loudoun County, a Herndon man was charged with driving under the influence after a reported crash at about 3:50 p.m. Saturday in the area of North Sterling Boulevard and East Church Road in Sterling. Brayan L. Palma-Camacho, 24, allegedly drove off after the collision, and deputies found his vehicle a short time later near Relocation Drive, about three miles away.

Palma-Camacho was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, from which he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

In the Town of Vienna, a Reston man with warrants out for his arrest from the Fairfax County Police Department was tracked down by a Vienna Police Department officer in the 200 block of Patrick Street SW at 9:41 a.m. Monday, April 3. The 20-year-old from Colts Neck Court, who was not identified by police, was charged with assault, destruction of property and making threatening telephone calls, and he was served with an emergency protective order.

In Fauquier County, a pair from Herndon were charged after police say one was spotted riding an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Erik Gjormand, 19, was charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol and operating an ATV on a highway at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Dumfries Road. Gabriel Coltrane Walker, 18, was also charged with being drunk in public.

Photo: Richard Reyes courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

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by Dave Emke April 11, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Today To Be Warmest of Week — Temperatures should get up into the mid-80s today, with humidity rising a little bit as well. The rest of the week should be “pretty springlike.” [Capital Weather Gang]

Tech Networking Event Set for Il Fornaio — Engineers, tech professionals and executives are expected to gather Wednesday evening at Il Fornaio (11990 Market St.) for a “Wine Wednesday” networking event. Registration is free. [Eventbrite]

Dispatchers Honored This Week — This is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and the county’s dispatchers are being recognized for their work at the “first of the first responders.” [Fairfax County]

Herndon TED Talks to Feature Powerful Speakers — The third annual TEDxHerndon event is slated for May 6. The lineup of presenters is filled with innovators, leaders and social changemakers including writers, nonprofit founders, CEOs and more. “Early bird” tickets, available through Monday, are $40. [TEDxHerndon]

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