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by Dave Emke September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm 18 Comments

A Lake Anne-area resident was robbed while he slept last week.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, officers responded to the 11400 block of Waterview Cluster early Sept. 5 to a report of a burglary. The victim said he went to bed at about 11 p.m. the previous night and, while he was in bed, someone entered his home and stole his car keys, wallet and two laptops before leaving in his car.

Police say the victim’s car was later recovered and searched for evidence. No suspect information is available, they say.

A pair of midday burglaries in the Great Falls area were also reported to FCPD last Thursday. Police say that between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., jewelry was stolen from a home in the 10000 block of Columbine Street while its occupants were out shopping; also, between noon and 6 p.m., jewelry, handbags and alcohol were stolen from a home in the 900 block of Redberry Court while the occupant was at work.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, package from residence

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

2200 block of Centreville Road, wallet from residence

1300 block of Dasher Lane, computers from vehicle

11900 block of Democracy Drive, phone from person

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, merchandise from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

11700 block of Indian Ridge Road, wallet from person

2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, wallet from residence

11700 block of North Shore Drive, property from vehicle

9200 block of Old Dominion Drive, wallet from vehicle

1500 block of Old Eaton Lane, property from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cellphone from business

2200 block of Rock Hill Road, money from business

11400 block of South Lakes Drive, cellphone from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

11700 block of Stevenage Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

As we’ve already reported, FCPD also responded this past week to reports of gunfire near the South Gate Community Center and a woman found eating pizza late at night in someone else’s house.

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 commercial burglary took place in the 1200 block of Herndon Parkway on Labor Day. An unknown suspect or suspects broke a window, entered the business, and stole a computer and cash valued at approximately $250. The case remains under investigation, HPD says.

Then, in the 400 block of Madison Forest Drive on Saturday, HPD says a caller reported a suspect was spotted stealing items from an open car. Several other vehicles, mostly unlocked, in the area were also entered. A total of more than $800 worth of property was stolen, police say, and some was recovered after the suspect fled. An FCPD helicopter and K9 unit assisted in the search for the suspect, but he was not found. HPD says the suspect “is described as possibly being a Hispanic male in his mid- 20s wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.” This case remains under investigation as well.

In Loudoun County, police say they responded to the 43000 block of Watercrest Square in Chantilly at about 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man “ringing the doorbells and acting disorderly.” Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the suspect — 30-year-old Corey P. Robertson of Herndon — and they say he “resisted arrested and he did not comply with lawful commands from the deputy.” Robertson was charged with assault on law enforcement, obstruction of justice and public intoxication and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

by Eve Thompson September 12, 2017 at 2:45 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:

1528 Goldenrain Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $439,500

10972 Harpers Square Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $470,000

1925 Logan Manor Drive, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $990,000

10717 Midsummer Drive, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $727,000

11415 Summer House Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $600,000

1783 Whisperhill Drive, 2 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $335,000

by Dave Emke September 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

Concerts, art exhibits, theater, film showings — there is always something entertaining to do in Reston.

But what about live comedy? A Reston native is trying to make it a more regular event here as well.

“I went out and scoped out the comedy scene, and I’m bringing the best comics back to Reston,” said Robin Rex, a six-month veteran of comedy who has already started her own show-booking company, Funny Friend Productions. “We don’t have comedy [here], and I want people to have a place to go to see comedy, good shows.”

In July, Funny Friend Productions put on its first show at Café Montmartre, a longtime favorite venue of Rex. The show had about 75 attendees and was a success for all involved, she said. Another show at the restaurant (1625 Washington Plaza N.) is planned for Sept. 23.

“I grew up on that side of Reston, and I’ve always loved being at Lake Anne,” said Rex, who now lives in Centreville. “There’s places is Centreville [to do shows], but Lake Anne is where my heart is.”

Rex, 43, is a 20-year high school teacher who said she has been performing at venues around Northern Virginia this year as she begins to gain experience in the comedy business. She got started at the suggestion of a co-worker who also works as a standup.

“He just thought that I would be good at it because I’m talking all day [and] I’m good at keeping the kids’ attention, at being funny,” she said. “I finally had my opportunity and I went for it, and from my first night people have started asking me to do other shows.”

She said she has been intimidated at times in the past months as she has started getting her feet wet in the business, but that her confidence is building and she is comfortable once she gets on stage.

“I’m still beside myself nervous, but once I get up there I’m able to flip a switch,” she said, saying her brand of comedy is influenced by standups such as Amy Schumer. “My friends say, ‘You don’t look nervous at all,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m dying on the inside.’ … But I just put it out there, and I’m not embarrassed.”

The Sept. 23 show  — planned as Rex’s 44th birthday celebration — has numerous area comedians on the bill. In addition to Rex, the show will be headlined by Franqi French, who also grew up in Reston. Other standups slated to perform are Sumedha Ahuja Bahri, Kevin Skington, Wendy Wroblewski, Gil Segev, Leon Scott, Dan Kaufman and Steve Coltrain.

“What’s great about it is I’ve had the past six months to go around [the DC Metro area] and listen to other comics, and then I could handpick the ones that I want to book for my shows,” she said. “Also, it’s my birthday, so I have some of my friends who are comedians on the lineup.”

A door charge of $10 will be collected. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8.

“[Attendees] probably want to come [early] and get a table and eat, because it was standing-room-only last time,” Rex said.

For information about this show, or to inquire about bringing a Funny Friend Productions show to another venue, connect with Rex on Facebook.

(Note: In addition to the standup show, Café Montmarte will also be hosting a free improv comedy show with Reflex Improv this Friday at 8 p.m.)

Photo courtesy Robin Rex

by Dave Emke September 12, 2017 at 11:30 am 35 Comments

Rides on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in recent days have been damaging for some bicyclists, as tacks spread on the path in the Herndon area have disabled bikes.

Bernard Kocis, service manager at Green Lizard Cycling in downtown Herndon, said he’s had to fix about 10 flat tires in the past two days because of the issue.

“That’s just people who have come in,” Kocis said. “How many people have fixed their own or called for a ride or whatever, I don’t know.”

The Reston Bike Club is warning its social media followers of the concern.

There has been a rash of tacks on the W&OD west of Herndon, causing many flats. W&OD Maintenance has gone out…

Posted by Reston Bike Club on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In a comment on Reston Bike Club’s Facebook page, Green Lizard owner Beth Meyer said a majority of the tacks were reported to be in the area of the trail between Ferndale Avenue and Crestview Drive in Herndon. A moderator for the Bike Club’s page said they have been noted as far out as the Pacific Avenue crossing in Sterling, which is just west of Route 28.

“All the tacks look the same,” Kocis said, adding that while he rode into work on that area of the path Monday, he didn’t suffer damage.

Karl Mohle, park manager for the W&OD Trail, said a crew was sent out Monday afternoon with a magnetic sweeper in the effort to capture as many of the tacks as possible.

“They went down the trail and swept it clear, [and] we’re going to check it out almost daily,” Mohle said. “I don’t know if this is just a one-time, kind of high-school thing, or what.”

Mohle said that in his 10 years on the job, this is the first time he has heard of such an incident on the trail, which runs 45 miles from Purcellville in Loudoun County to Shirlington in Arlington County. Kocis also said this is an abnormal occurrence that is causing undue heartache to riders.

“[The bikers] are not happy when they have to have a tack pulled out of their tire and have to pay for service to have it repaired,” he said. “It’s an irritant, and people are riding bikes to have fun.”

by RestonNow.com September 12, 2017 at 10:00 am 21 Comments

A fight escalated to the point of gunfire Saturday afternoon in South Reston.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place at about 5:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Stone Wheel Drive. Police say groups of people were arguing in a parking lot near the Southgate Community Center. At some point, people in each group pulled out guns and shots were exchanged.

No one was hurt; however, police say “several vehicles” were damaged by bullets. Evidence was collected and the investigation in ongoing, FCPD says.

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

by Dave Emke September 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Chamber’s Legislative Scorecard Released — The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership annually grades local members of the Virginia General Assembly on their support of legislation that positively affects business, economic development, workforce development and related issues. Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), who represent Reston, both scored in the middle of the pack. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

Extreme Drunkenness Caused Crash That Killed Herndon Man — The driver in a July wrong-way head-on crash on U.S. 50 in Annapolis, which killed herself and a 34-year-old Herndon man, had a blood-alcohol content of .34. That’s more than four times the legal limit in Maryland. [WTOP]

Dominion Sending Workers to Help After Irma — Dominion Energy has mobilized more than 700 employees and contractors to respond to electric restoration efforts in after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and left millions without power. [Dominion Energy]

N.C. Real Estate Company Opening Reston Office — Commercial realtors The Morgan Cos. will move into 11955 Freedom Drive, Suite 11000 at Reston Town Center. It will be their third office, following ones in Charlotte and Fort Lauderdale. [Virginia Business]

SLHS Seahawks 3-0 on Season — The South Lakes High School Seahawks football team stayed undefeated last week with a 49-7 win over Oakton. Statistical leaders included QB Devin Miles (6-6, 154 yards, 2 TDs), RB Spencer Alston (109 yards rushing, 121 yards receiving, 4 TDs), RB Albert Mensah (60 yards rushing, 1 TD) and DL Spencer Coppage (sack, interception, forced fumble). Reserve QB Will Shapiro also threw a touchdown pass, connecting with WR Kazim Khan. SLHS will play its first home game of the season Friday night against Dominion. [South Lakes Athletics]

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