Crime Roundup: Three Herndon Men, One Reston Man Arrested on New Year’s Day

Police arrested and charged Juwan Seegars, a 23-year-old man from Reston, with destruction of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, along with 20-year-old Samir Abdalmajied of Springfield on New Year’s Day.

Police arrived at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant Acres Motel (12723 Lee Highway) in Fairfax after three people broke into a room at the motel after being told they could not rent a room, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police told the three people to come outside and then arrested them. While searching the room, police found a loaded pistol and digital scale.

Police also arrested and charged a 17-year-old girl who was in the room with destruction of property. She had outstanding petitions from Prince William County.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

13000 block of Cabin Creek Road, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

2200 block of Centreville Road, package from residence

2400 block of Cypress Green Lane, cell phone from location

11900 block of Market Street, cell phone from location

10100 block of Nedra Drive, property from residence

1200 block of Vintage Place, luggage from vehicle

11400 block of Washington Plaza, watch from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13000 block of Cabin Creek Road, 2007 Subaru Legacy

Loudoun County police arrested three men from Herndon in separate incidents on New Year’s Day in Sterling.

Aa sheriff’s deputy observed 37-year-old Oscar A. Flores Avila of Herndon unable to keep his balance in the 150 block of Enterprise Street in Sterling at 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Avila was arrested and charged with being drunk in public. He has since been released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

In a separate incident on the same day, deputies responded to the 455500 block of E. Severn Way in Sterling at 4:12 a.m. for a report of disorderly subjects in a hotel. Police arrested and charged 23-year-old Muhammad Aatif of Ashburn and 22-year-old Billan Waberi of Herndon with being drunk in public and disorderly conduct. Additionally, Aatic was charged with possession of marijuana.

Aatif was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $2,500 secured bond. Waberi was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Later that day, deputies responded to the 150 block of Enterprise Street again for a report of possible narcotics activity at 1:36 p.m.

Loudoun County police arrested 22-year-old Kevin Urbina-Morales of Herndon and charged him with being drunk in public. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

The Herndon Police Department is investigating a purse-snatching that took place on Dec. 28 in the 1000 block of Alabama Drive. The victim reported to the police that after she left a bank two men took her purse and ran off. The purse contained an undisclosed amount of cash, various forms of identification and insurance cards, as well as bank cards, the report said.

Herndon police are also investigating a commercial burglary that took place sometime in the overnight hours of last Wednesday (Jan. 2) in the 900 block of Herndon Pkwy. “An unknown individual forced entry into the business through a back door and took an undisclosed amount of cash,” the report said.

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Reston Real Estate: Not Just About the Houses

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.

It’s not just about the houses.

One of the biggest surprises of being in real estate was realizing how little the work turns out to be about houses and how much more it is about walking with people as they navigate different life transitions.

I love the HGTV real estate shows where the real estate agent shows a buyer 3 homes and voila, they pick a house, write a contract, move in and the next time you see them they’re at a house warming party — all this in 30 minutes. As is often the case with realty TV, it’s not very real.

In real life people are dealing with all kinds of events that are driving them from one place to another place.

Some are happy, some are sad, some are speculative but it is mostly about life changes, marriage, births, deaths, retiring, divorcing, new jobs and lost jobs. Sometimes it’s about more than one thing, a new marriage and a new job.

Change is almost always hard for people; we are rarely at our best when we’re moving through transitions. Real estate agents spend a lot of time with people who aren’t at their best, but they might be more real than if you had met them at a cocktail party.

It’s one of the things I like about my job, the connections that are made if only for a short while.

Here are the Reston numbers. There are currently 104 fully active properties on the market in Reston. We have 55 pending properties which leaves us with a little less than two months inventory. Obviously in our market a prolonged government shut down will be damaging to our housing market but hopefully we’ll find a way past that impasse soon!

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Reston Association Adds Online ‘Resources for Better Aging’

Reston residents ages 55 and older now have an online resource created just for them.

The Reston Association launched a new page on its website yesterday (Jan. 7) that provides information on housing, transportation, recreation, home services and wellness.

The “Resources for Better Aging” webpage also lists more than 75 local organizations that offer different services around Reston that older residents might want to check out, including AARP RestonHerndon Senior CenterSeniors-On-The-Go and Reston Runners.

The webpage can be found under the “Around Reston” section on the RA’s website.

RA’s 55+ Advisory Committee and the Reston for a Lifetime, a citizens’ group, initiated the webpage project. The committee, which advises the Board of Directors on how to enhance the welfare of RA members ages 55 and older, collaborates with the citizens’ group to encourage aging-in-place.

Photo via Reston Association

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Sprouts Farmers Market to Bring 140 Jobs to Herndon This Year

Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store will bring about 140 new jobs when it arrives in the Herndon Centre later this year as part of a broader expansion.

The grocer announced today (Jan. 8) that it will open approximately 30 stores this year. Nine of those stores are set to open in the second quarter of 2019, including the one at 494 Elden Street.

With each new store, the grocer expects to bring 140 new jobs to each location, according to the press release.

Reston Now previously reported in September that the natural and organic grocer would join part of the space vacated by Kmart.

Construction is currently underway as Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization divides the former big box store into several businesses, including LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

Started 16 years ago, Sprouts Farmers Market  currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states.

Sprouts Farmers Market said that opening dates for each store will be shared separately.

Photo via Fatimah Waseem

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Free Panel in Herndon to Tackle Surviving the Government Shutdown

As the partial federal government shutdown nears its 19th day, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a free panel on Thursday to help companies and workers prepare for a long shutdown.

Certified public accountants, bankers, insurance experts and lawyers will provide advice during the panel from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (13869 Park Center Road) in Herndon on Jan. 10.

The individuals from the financial, legal and insurance industries will talk about the direct and indirect cost of the shutdown, along with how companies can remain solvent and what are the different options for their employees.

They will also give advice on remedies available to government contractors, what to do when this shutdown ends and how to prepare for a future shutdown.

The free panel is intended to help workers and local businesses of all sizes “mitigate the adverse effects the federal government shutdown and be ready to go when this shutdown ends,” Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Boylan said in a press release.

“Our region is disproportionately affected by federal government shutdowns, and the impact reaches deep into our community,” Boylan said.

More than 35 percent of Reston Now readers said in a poll on Jan. 3 that the shutdown affects them, with roughly 22 percent indicating they are federal workers.

The partial federal government shutdown started on Dec. 22 after Congress and the White House failed to reach a spending deal. It remains unclear if or when the White House and congressional Democrats could negotiate a deal as President Donald Trump keeps a firm stand for $5 billion to pay for a border wall.

With no immediate end in sight, Trump’s third government shutdown is nearing a record-breaking mark. (The longest government shutdown was 21 days during Bill Clinton’s presidency.)

“Beyond the direct effect felt among our friends and colleagues within the federal government, this shutdown imposes a real burden on many of the businesses in our region, especially contractors and subcontractors who are increasingly pressured each day this shutdown continues,” Boylan said.

Participants are encouraged to register for the event.

Photo via Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Janet Howell Pens Book with Daughter-in-Law on Female Leaders

State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) is set to debut in October a book about women leaders that she wrote with her daughter-in-law.

Candlewick Press announced yesterday (Jan. 7) that Howell and her daughter-in-law, author Theresa Howell, penned a book to share the stories of more than 50 female leaders, ranging from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Condoleezza Rice.

“Leading the Way: Women in Power” will include brief biographies of the women, how-tos for young activists, a timeline, index, and glossary, according to the independent publisher based in Somerville, Mass.

“I wish I’d had a book like this when I was a kid,” Janet Howell, who has been serving in the Virginia State Senate since 1992, said in the publisher’s press release.

Candlewick Press provided this description of the book:

Meet some of the most influential leaders in America, including Jeannette Rankin, who, in 1916, became the first woman elected to Congress; Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress; and Bella Abzug, who famously declared, “This woman’s place is in the House . . . the House of Representatives!” This engaging and wide-ranging collection of biographies highlights the actions, struggles and accomplishments of more than fifty of the most influential leaders in American political history — leaders who have stood up, blazed trails and led the way.

The book follows the record number of women who ran for and won elected offices in 2018 and will debut before the 2020 presidential primaries, the press release said.

“We at Candlewick could not be more proud to be publishing this timely and inspirational book,” Karen Lotz, the president and publisher of Candlewick Press, said, adding that “Leading the Way: Women in Power” has already garnered praise from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona and Secretary of Homeland Security.

Napolitano said that she wants the book to inspire young readers to become future leaders. “The women profiled here were once girls who not only dreamed big — they went big,” she said.

The book will also feature portraits and lettering design by illustrators Kylie Erwin and Alexandra Bye. The book’s visuals aim for an “accessible, inviting look ideal for the project’s mission to inspire middle-graders, young adults, and even adults to create change in their own communities,” according to the press release.

Recommended for ages 10 and up, the book is set to hit stores’ shelves on Oct. 8.

Images via Janet Howell’s office and Candlewick Press

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Polls open for the special election — Voters will decide today who will replace Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton for the 33rd District seat in the State Senate. Democrat Del. Jennifer Boysko, currently representing the 86th District, is running against Republican Joe May, who represented the 33rd District as an Independent delegate from 1994 to 2014. [Virginia Department of Elections]

Bollywood dance class — Get in shape with a fitness class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]

“Invisible Listeners” exhibit ends — Today is the last day to see Rahshia Sawyer’s photography at the Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature before it closes. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

But a new exhibit opens — The “Three Moves to Divine” exhibit opens today at ArtSpace Herndon to provide a photographic memory of Ghana by Randy Preston, along with written and read work from guest poets. [ArtSpace Herndon]

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