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by RestonNow.com September 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

Police say a Herndon man sprayed a group of middle-schoolers with pepper spray while on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Ashburn last week.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year-old Marcos A. Catalan sprayed the kids as he passed by them on a bicycle in the area of Gloucester Parkway at about 4:05 p.m. Thursday:

A group of middle-school aged children were in the area of the Washington and Old Dominion trail. A cyclist approached and reportedly was holding a can in his hand. As the cyclist passed, he sprayed what the juveniles believed to be pepper spray in the direction of several of the children. Deputies located the cyclist in the area of the W & OD trail and Ruritan Circle.

Two girls were taken to a local hospital and treated, according to police. Catalan was charged with two counts of malicious injury by use of caustic substance, along with one count of attempted malicious injury in the same manner.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Centreville Road, wallet from residence

1400 block of Church Hill Place, property from residence

11900 block of Democracy Drive, purse from business

11500 block of Embers Court, cash from vehicle

2400 block of Fieldcreek Drive, property from vehicle

13100 block of Fox Hunt, bicycle from residence

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, wallet from business

11100 block of Glade Drive, guns from vehicle

500 block of Herndon Parkway, wallet from person

11900 block of Heathcote Court, wallet from vehicle

10800 block of Hunter Gate Way, property from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

2000 block of Lake Audubon Court, laptop computer from vehicle

11100 block of Longwood Grove Drive, property from vehicle

11500 block of Maple Ridge Road, laptop from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

1000 block of Murphy Drive, merchandise from business

1300 block of New Bedford Lane, wallet from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

11600 block of Sourwood Lane, wallet from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from residence

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from residence

11000 block of Thrush Ridge Road, laptop computer from vehicle

2100 block of Whisperwood Glen Lane, property from residence

2300 block of White Tail, sunglasses from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2000 block of Lake Audubon Court, 2015 Hyundai Tucson

2200 block of Lofty Heights Place, 2009 Chevy Silverado

FCPD also reports that a burglary took place in the 11400 block of Links Drive between Sunday and Monday. According to the report, a resident returning home from a trip found that someone had entered his residence and stolen a laptop.

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

In Herndon, HPD says a robbery took place on Aug. 28 after two people provided a ride to a pair of strangers. When they arrived at the destination, in the 500 block of Florida Avenue, three suspects robbed the victims of personal property valued at about $125. The suspects are described as tall black males; one was wearing a white tank top, one was wearing a green hoodie and the third was wearing a buttoned-down shirt. The case remains under investigation.

In Loudoun County, in addition to the above W&OD Trail incident, several other recent crimes ended with arrests of men from Herndon.

On Aug. 26 at about 7:44 p.m., LCSO deputies responded to the 27000 block of Gum Spring Road in Chantilly for a report of a vehicle driving recklessly in the area and the vehicle was found on the side of the roadway with a flat tire. The driver, 26-year-old Daniel J. Lee, 26, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a concealed weapon.

On Saturday, police say a vehicle that had its keys left inside was stolen from the 46000 block of Stonehelm Court in Sterling. The vehicle was reported to have struck a parked vehicle nearby, along with several mailboxes in the neighborhood, before it was found running in a driveway. Deputies located the suspect, 18-year-old Brandon Hernandez, and charged him with public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and hindering a police investigation.

Another Herndon 18-year-old was arrested in Loudoun County on Monday morning after it was reported that he jumped on the hood of a vehicle and smashed out the windshield. The suspect was identified as Alex J. Czernowski, who was charged with destruction of property, public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and obstruction of justice.

by Dave Emke September 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm 45 Comments

An announcement Tuesday morning from the Trump Administration that it will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy has elicited spirited response from Virginia’s Democratic delegation in Congress.

DACA, implemented by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants living in the United States to apply for renewable two-year visas. It is available to individuals who arrived in the United States before the year 2007 who were under the age of 16 at the time of arrival and under the age of 31 at the time of implementation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement Tuesday morning on behalf of the Administration. Afterward, both of Virginia’s senators released statements of outrage on their Twitter accounts. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says the decision is “heartless.”

The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act has been introduced several times in Congress in recent years. The current version was introduced in July by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). It would institute a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors (so-called “DREAMers”) in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), in his statement, said DACA is a “promise” that has allowed children of undocumented immigrants to “realize their full potential.”

In a statement released following Sessions’ remarks, President Donald Trump said DACA has “helped spur a humanitarian crisis — the massive surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America including, in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country, such as MS-13.”

The decades-long failure of Washington, D.C. to enforce federal immigration law has had both predictable and tragic consequences: lower wages and higher unemployment for American workers, substantial burdens on local schools and hospitals, the illicit entry of dangerous drugs and criminal cartels, and many billions of dollars a year in costs paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Yet few in Washington expressed any compassion for the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system. Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers, and jobseekers.

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by Eve Thompson September 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

12273 Angel Wing Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $495,500

2548 Brenton Point Drive, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price; $620,000

11906 Crosswind Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $365,000

11744 Decade Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $475,000

2049 Headlands Circle, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $407,000

1344 Garden Wall Circle, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $300,000

11612 Ivystone Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $285,000

1649 Valencia Way, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $380,000

by RestonNow.com September 5, 2017 at 11:30 am 9 Comments

Residents looking for a place to leave items for Hurricane Harvey relief can do so at Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins’ office at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).

According to a statement from Hudgins:

Like you, I am in shock from seeing the devastation Hurricane Harvey has brought to the people of Houston and its surrounding counties. In an effort to help those victimized by this storm, my office [at] the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive Reston, VA) will act as an American Red Cross Drop Off Center from September 5th until noon on September 15th. I ask that items are dropped out during our normal business hours, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, and are not left in the lobby which may interfere with Police operations.

Hudgins said items that are being sought include new or gently used clothing, shoes, household items and kitchenware. In addition, she said, “there has also be a large cry for unused underwear for those of all ages and diapers.”

“I thank you for your generosity and support of your fellow human,” Hudgins said.

For a full list of items that can be accepted, follow this link.

by Dave Emke September 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 25 Comments

Looking to improve conditions it sees as hazardous for pedestrians and bicyclists, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation is considering options for altering a crossing of the Fairfax County Parkway Trail in the area of the Dulles Toll Road.

At the location in question, the trail crosses the eastbound on-ramp for the Dulles Toll Road. FCDOT, as part of its Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG) II improvements project, says that is a problem spot. In its analysis, FCDOT has presented two options for making the crossing safer: making at-grade improvements including a signalized crosswalk, or constructing a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the ramp.

The options have a huge difference in cost. The at-grade improvements would cost about $633,000 to implement, according to FCDOT, while the cost of the bridge would near $7 million.

“Cost estimates consider construction mobilization, clearing and grubbing, earthwork, pavement, incidentals, drainage, erosion [and] sediment control, maintenance of traffic, and bridge construction,” the FCDOT report reads. “Engineering design cost and construction engineering inspection cost are also included in each cost estimate.”

A community meeting to discuss the options has been slated for Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Dogwood Elementary School (12300 Glade Drive).

Comments on the project can also be made online, by writing the FCDOT Bicycle Program at 4050 Legato Road, Suite 4050, Fairfax, VA 22033; or by calling 703-877-5600. Comments will be collected through Friday, Sept. 29.

by Dave Emke September 5, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

County Water Rescue Team Coming Home — The 14 members of Fairfax County’s Task Force 1 water rescue crew are on their way home after helping flood rescue efforts in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. The team is expected to arrive home later this afternoon. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

SLHS Football Shuts Out Falls Church — The Seahawks improved to 2-0 on the season last Friday with a big 42-0 win over the Falls Church Jaguars. Statistical leaders included QB Devin Miles (9-13, 193 yards, 3 TDs), RB Spencer Alston (2 carries, 49 yards; 4 catches, 145 yards, 3 TDs), RB Albert Mensah (13 carries, 153 yards), DB Joseph Dagbe (8 tackles) and LB Chris Logan (2 sacks). The Seahawks next play Friday night at Oakton. [South Lakes Athletics]

FCPD Again Reminds of Vehicle Thefts — Due to an increase in cases of thefts from vehicles in the county, the Fairfax County Police Department is continuing to remind residents to lock their doors and to not leave valuables in plain sight. [Fairfax County Police Department/Twitter]

Back to School Nights This Week — South Lakes High School’s parent orientation night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, and parents of seniors will have an information night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Parents of Herndon High students are invited to attend the HHS back-to-school night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with pre-event activities will beginning at 5:30 p.m. [South Lakes High School/Herndon High School]

Reston Woman Re-Appointed to State Nursing Board — Louise E. Hershkowitz, a retired certified registered nurse anesthetist, has been named by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to another term on the state’s Board of Nursing. She was first added to the board in 2013 by then-Gov. Robert McDonnell. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

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