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Fairfax County Police Seek Help Identifying Suspects Stealing from Cell Phone Stores

The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying three individuals suspected of stealing from cell phones stores throughout the county.

Police believe the three individuals stole cell phones on display and from behind the counter in local wireless stores. The suspects may be driving a silver or gray sedan.

If you recognize any of the pictured individuals, contact Detective Jewett at 703-644-7377. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest

Photo via FCPD


Reston Association Summer Camp Registration to Begin in Late January

Registration for Reston Association’s summer camps will begin on Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. For more than 40 years, RA camps have offered children opportunities to grow physically, emotional and socially.

Programs include exploring the outdoors, arts and crafts activities, tennis, swimming and group sports.

“We pride ourselves in offering a fun, safe environment for kids ages three to 15,” said Dan Mernick, RA’s senior program manager.

The average counselor to child ratio is 1:8, according to Mernick.

RA’s website lists the following goals for the programs:

  • Operate a fun and safe camp
  • Maintain a non-biased atmosphere, free from stereotypes and inclusive of a diversity of people
  • Improve camper communication with peers and adults
  • Build self-esteem through positive interactions and reinforcement
  • Teach constructive ways to resolve conflict
  • Develop new strengths and abilities in the campers while increasing self-confidence
  • Foster an appreciation and respect for the natural surroundings

Search Warrants Reveals Details of Reston Couple’s Murder

Search warrants obtained by the Washington Post paint a disturbing scene inside the house of the Reston couple who police believe were shot and killed by a 17-year-old known to the family.

Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, were shot to death days before Christmas in their home on Black Fir Court.

Investigators found 10 cartridge cases, a knife, a hammer, and blood-stained walls in the hallway and bedroom, the hallway floor and the bedroom door. Bullet fragments were also found in an office, ceiling and hallway.

According to the Post, details unveiled in the warrants confirm national news media accounts about the incident. Family and friends have said the family attempted to stage an intervention with the daughter of the couple after her mother discovered a Twitter account she believed was tied to the teen. The account contains ant-Semitic and anti-gay posts and calls for a “white revolution.”

The warrants indicate the suspect and the family had a verbal confrontation. One individual told detectives that the couple heard a sound inside the home and found the suspect inside their daughter’s bedroom. Based on the account, the couple told the teen to leave, after which he shot himself in the head.

Investigators also found gun parts, ammunition and a gun box in the suspect’s Lorton home. The teen remains in critical condition.


Cold Weather Resources as ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Sweeps Through East Coast

As the historic bomb cyclone unleashes blizzard conditions from costal Virginia to New England sends reverberations to the Reston area.

A winter weather advisory for Fairfax County and other parts of the region has been extended to 1 p.m. today due to snow-covered, slippery roads and limited visibility, according to the National Weather Service.

As of around 7 a.m. this morning, Reston received half an inch of snow. All Reston Community Center events are cancelled.

Residents are advised to take several steps as frigid temperatures continue to follow the snow:

  • Avoid frozen pipes by eliminating drafts. Search for areas in the home where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Make sure the water line to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature even if you are away from home to prevent water pipes from freezer. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch due to the potential for electric shock.
  • Dress warmly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Avoid overexertion, dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors, particularly the elderly.

If you see anyone who is unsheltered and needs help, call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. The county has been housing between 200 and 220 people a night through its hypothermia program.

Through March 31, Cornerstones is offering housing for unsheltered homeless adults at the North County Human Services Building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive), which is near the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. The program operates every night regardless of inclement weather and on all holidays.

Just yesterday, local police found a 79-year-old woman who had been reporting missing when the temperature was just eight degrees. The woman is now recovering in a local hospital.


Collections for Christmas Tree Recycling End on Jan. 12

As the first week of 2018 winds down, it’s time to get rid of your Christmas tree.

If you receive Fairfax County curbside pickup of trash and recycling, you can recycle your live Christmas tree on your normal collection date during the first two weeks of January.

The last day of collections is Jan. 12. All lights, decorations and stand must be removed from the tree in order to ensure collection. After Jan. 12, all brush pickups must be scheduled by calling 703-803-3322.

If you are in a private Reston cluster, check with your cluster board or trash service provider to find out specifics for your neighborhood.


Thursday Morning Notes

Reston Community Center Programs Cancelled Today — All RCC programs are canceled due to inclement weather today. Rental activities are unaffected unless canceled by the rental client. [Reston Community Center]

Neo-Nazi Twitter Account Linked to Reston Double Homicide — On Twitter, Nicholas Giampa wrote about race war, convincing transgender people to kill themselves and using Jews as target practice, according to a news report. Police arrested Giampa in connection with the murder of Scott Fricker and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker. [The Huffington Post]

Free Friday at Greater Reston Arts Center — GRACE will open its doors on Friday for an evening of free art making, storytelling and exploration in the gallery. All ages are welcome. Register online here. [Greater Reston Arts Center]


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