Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has released additional information about a Monday fire on Hearthstone Court in South Reston.
According to a news release from Fire and Rescue:
On Monday, October 2, at approximately 10:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority Fire and Rescue Department responded to a reported townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement of the townhouse. Firefighters rescued two cats from the home and reunited them with their owners.
Two adult occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when the occupants investigated an explosive sounding noise in the home and found the house filling with smoke. The occupants safely evacuated and called 9-1-1. A smoke alarm in the basement did activate.
Fire investigators determined the accidental fire started in the basement of the townhouse. It was caused by an incandescent lamp that was too close to combustible materials, they say.
No one was injured in the fire. Two adults and three teenage children who were displaced by the blaze are being assisted by Red Cross.
The fire is estimated to have caused about $90,000 in damages.
Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office had their hands full Sunday with a pair of chases involving local residents.
At 3:14 p.m., on Route 50 near Aldie, a deputy saw a vehicle speeding. When the officer turned on his lights, the driver sped off. The pursuit ended in the area of Eagles Landing Place, in the Lenah Mill community. The driver was identified as 43-year-old Rama K. Grandhi, of Herndon. He was arrested and charged with eluding police and reckless driving, 20 mph or more over the posted limit. He was later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.
That same day, at about 8:04 p.m., a deputy spotted a black SUV going through a stop sign at the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Ryan Road in Ashburn “at a high rate of speed and almost [causing] the deputy to crash.” The deputy turned on his lights and pursued the vehicle. According to the report:
The vehicle then ran several stop signs and stop lights before striking a parked unoccupied vehicle on Olympia Drive before turning onto Regal Wood Drive. The driver fled on foot from the vehicle in the area of Regal Wood Drive and Vickery Park Drive. After a period of time, the driver was located in the nearby area and was taken into custody without incident.
The driver was identified as 18-year-old Alexander E. Fisher, of Reston. He was charged with auto theft, felony eluding police, destruction of property, reckless driving and driving without a license. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Meanwhile, in Fairfax County, FCPD’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:
2400 block of Alsop Court, credit cards from vehicle
11000 block of Burywood Lane, phone from person
11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, laptop computer from residence
2400 block of Clover Field Circle, airbag from vehicle
13400 block of Coppermine Road, beer from business
2500 block of Cornelia Road, airbag from vehicle
2400 block of Fieldcreek Drive, steering wheel from vehicle
1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business
1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business
13100 block of Kidwell Field Road, airbag from vehicle
13100 block of Plotner Farm Road, airbags from vehicle
1800 block of Presidents Street, cellphone from business
11800 block of Spectrum Center, liquor from business
1100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business
12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business
Elsewhere in the county, police have arrested a man in connection with a series of assaults on women using trails in the Fairfax area in recent weeks. Jeremiah Whitmore Tolley, 21, of Fairfax has been charged with eight counts of sexual assault. In each case, women said a man — who police say is Tolley — grabbed them from behind and groped them. Tolley is at the Adult Detention Center, being held without bond.
As we reported earlier today, a pair of Reston men were also charged in Loudoun County with vehicle tampering and an auto theft. The men, ages 21 and 19, and also suspected to be involved in a series of gunfire complaints in the area in recent weeks.
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).
No major incidents were listed in the Herndon Police Department’s weekly press report.
Mugshot of Tolley courtesy FCPD
Police believe the suspects are also involved with a series of gunfire complaints and personal property thefts over the past several months in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, according to a Tuesday news release announcing the charges.
On Sept. 11, Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report about suspicious entry of cars in the Willowsford community of Ashburn. Police located and arrested Justin E. Rubianes, 21, of Reston, along with a juvenile after an extensive search of the area, according to the police department.
Further investigation led to the arrests a pair of 19-year-olds: Bryan Sandoval, of Reston and Onan Nunez, of Ashburn.
All suspects were charged with auto theft, receiving stolen property and personal property theft from a vehicle, according to the release.
Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax County Police Department have conducted several search warrants in both counties since Sept. 11, leading to the recovery of firearms, ammunition and other items police believe were stolen from cars.
The investigation is ongoing and several other arrests have been made in Fairfax County, according to the release.
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:
1703 Ascot Way, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $259,900.
2237 Castle Rock Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $208,000.
2264 Cedar Cove Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $800,000.
2203 Coppersmith Square, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $299,500.
11887 Fawn Ridge Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $712,500.
1645 Fieldthorn Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $377,000.
12108 Kinsley Place, 2 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $730,000.
1567 Inlet Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $540,000.
11572 Lake Newport Road, 4 BR, 5 BA. Sale Price: $1.19 million.
1930 Lakeport Way, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $690,000.
12001 Market St., 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $260,000.
11415 Orchard Green Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $522,500.
1615 Purple Sage Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $315,000.
2065 Royal Fern Court, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $215,000.
2314 Southgate Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $299,000.
11119 Timberhead Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $530,000.
11605 Vantage Hill Road, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $160,000.
1300 Windleaf Drive, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $385,000.
The Fairfax County Police Department is holding a “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday in Reston as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day, a program that brings together police officers and community members over coffee.
Local police officers will be available to meet with residents at Starbucks at Reston Station (1908 Reston Metro Plaza) from 8-10:30 a.m.
Coffee with a Cop launched in Hawthorne, California as the Hawthorne Police Department sought to effectively engaged with local residents. Since its launch in 2011, the program has been hosted nationwide as part of the framework of community policing, a strategy that aims to establish trust between the community and police.
Pfc. Katy Defoe of the Fairfax County Police Department said the program is intended to bring local residents together for a “no-agenda” discussion.
“There’s no purpose. We’re just hanging out and talking to people. It’s a fun event for us. It gets us out of our offices and puts us in a place where people are already,” Defoe said.
The police department is hosting Coffee with a Cop events at seven other locations in the county and is working on plans to organize an Ice Cream with a Cop event in the coming months, she said.
The show, winner of four Tony Awards, will be performed Oct. 20 to Nov. 11 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).
According to information provided by Reston Community Players about the show:
This musical is popular and special because its story combines a tragedy of love and intriguing politics. Although set in Egypt centuries ago, theatergoers will experience the tension created by the forbidden love between a Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter. Sir Elton John, one of the most successful music artists in the modern era, composed Aida’s stirring music and the amazing Sir Tim Rice, who made his reputation writing hits like Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, wrote the lyrics. To the delight of audiences, they combined their talents to create Aida, Disney Theatrical Productions’ first Broadway musical for grown-ups.
The show will be performed Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. No show is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 22. Tickets are available from the Reston Community Players website.
For more information, call 703-476-4500, ext. 3.
In its 51st season, Reston Community Players is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been producing high quality theatrical productions since 1966. RCP is partially funded by grants from Fairfax County, in cooperation with the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Open Houses Scheduled at All Fire Stations — In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue stations will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Citizens are invited to meet firefighters, see the fire trucks, join in the activities and learn about fire safety. Local stations include Reston (1820 Wiehle Ave.), North Point (1117 Reston Ave.), Herndon (680 Spring St.) and Fox Mill (2610 Reston Parkway). [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]
Farm Harvest Days Coming Up — Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals, see traditional farm demonstrations, take a wagon ride, hop on the carousel and more during the annual Farm Harvest Days, Oct. 14-15 at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon). [Fairfax County Park Authority]
County Helping Residents Combat Scammers — This week’s Fairfax 50+ Podcast concerns the county’s new Silver Shield Anti-Scam Campaign, which works to protect older adults by sharing critical information to help them avoid being scammed. [Fairfax County/Soundcloud]
Car Tax Is Due Friday, But Why? — Some historical reference for why Virginia residents must pay an annual tax on their vehicles. [WTOP]
Walking Tour of Colvin Run Planned — The first phase of the Colvin Run restoration project, within Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive), was completed in August. A walking tour of the 2,220 restored feet of the stream is slated for 10 a.m. Friday. [Fairfax County Park Authority]