Lorton Teen to Stand Trial as Adult in Killing of Reston Couple

A Lorton teenager will stand trial as an adult for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend’s parents before Christmas three years ago.

Nicholas Giampa, 19, will be tried as an adult after a Fairfax County juvenile court judge found there was enough evidence to move the case to a grand jury in the county’s circuit court, the Washington Post reported yesterday (Tuesday).

Police believe Giampa, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Scott Fricker, 48, and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, in their Reston home. Giampa then shot himself in the head.

The case gained national attention after Giampa’s social media accounts indicated he espoused neo-Nazi views.

During the hearing on Tuesday, detectives said they found Giampa in the daughter’s bedroom. When Scott Fricker told Giampa to get out of the house, Giamp pulled out a gun and shot both parents, the Post reports.

The daughter, who is now 17, testified at Tuesday’s hearing about the shooting.

Here’s more from the report:

Janet Kuhn has said the events were set in motion earlier that week. Kuhn-Fricker, who owned an elder-care business and had a law degree, sent the email to the principal at the Dominion School laying out her concerns about Giampa on the Sunday before the killings.

Kuhn-Fricker discovered Giampa’s Twitter account, which has since been deleted, while looking at her daughter’s phone. The account featured tweets praising Adolf Hitler, supporting Nazi book burnings, calling for “white revolution,” making derogatory comments about Jews and featuring an illustration of a man hanging from a noose beneath a slur for gay people. The tweets also featured Atomwaffen, a white-nationalist group whose members have been tied to a handful of killings.

Kuhn-Fricker wrote in the email to the principal that their daughter told her over the previous summer that the boyfriend was very good at history and that her daughter asked, “Did you know that Jews are partly to blame for World War II?”

Giampa’s attorneys did not comment during the hearing.

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Baby Rhino Adopted by Rhino-Inspired, Reston-Based Cybersecurity Company

ThreatQuotient, a Reston-based cybersecurity firm, has a new creature under its wing: baby rhino Mtetho.

In honor of World Rhino Day on Sunday (Sept. 22), The company recently adopted the rhino in order to bring awareness to conversation efforts and raise money for initiatives that will protect endangered species.

The baby rhino’s name means justice in the isiXhosa language, which is one of the official languages of South Africa.

John Czupak, ThreatQuotient’s CEO, told Reston Now that rhino culture its a central part of the company’s identity and culture.

“Our goal is to contribute positive change for the fortunes of the species, which mirrors our goals for our customers and mission within the cybersecurity industry,” Czupak said.

Nearly seven years ago, ThreatQuotient selected the rhino as its official mascot in order to evoke the values of strength and steadiness. Rhino decor is common in the Reston-based office and employees receive a stuffed toy rhino on their first day of work.

The company also whips up an internal newsletter called “The Rhino Reader” to update employees about important news related to the company

Mtetho was adopted through Helping Rhinos, a charity based in the United Kingdom and the United States that helps develop new habitats for rhinos and protects them from poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

The company plans to donate $1 to Helping Rhinos for every event attendee at 11 national and international conferences who scans their badges at its booth.

Photo via ThreatQuotient

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CertiPath Moves Headquarters from Reston Town Center to Reston Station

CertiPath, a company that offers assurance credentialling in the federal government and commercial industry, is moving its headquarters from Reston Town Center to Reston Station.

The company announced that it has signed a 7,000-square-foot lease at Comstock’s 1900 Reston Metro Plaza. Company officials said the move brings employees and customers immediate access to the Silver Line and creates an office environment “equipped for the company’s continued growth.”

“CertiPath serves a broad range of clientele requiring the highest assurance digital identity solutions,” said Jeff Nigriny, CertiPath’s President.  “Our services and products are collaborations with our customers.  It is essential that our headquarters environment enable and enhance this collaboration while serving to instill confidence for first-time customers.”

CertiPath is the latest company to join a growing number of tenants at the first of three office towers at Reston Station. Google is setting up offices in the office tower, which was designed by internationally renowned architect Helmut Jahn.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Pet of the Week: Adorable Archie

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Archie, a male Tibetan Spaniel mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

Adorable Archie is a little 3 year old Tibetan spaniel mix and quite exotic.

He is only twenty pounds, so very portable and able to go on all sorts of adventures.

This great little guy is a nice blend of friendliness and affection and will bring his new family lots of joy!

Are you and Archie a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of eight Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Reston-based Comscore Pays $5 Million to Settle Securities Fraud Charges

Comscore, a media measurement and analytics firm headquartered in Reston Town Center, and its former CEO Serge Matta have been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors and making false and misleading statements about the company’s performance.

In a Tuesday release, the SEC stated that Comscore and Mata agreed to pay $5.7 million in penalties. Matta will also reimburse Comscore $2.1 million.

“As the SEC orders find, Comscore and its former CEO manipulated the accounting for non-monetary and other transactions in an effort to chase revenue targets and deceive investors about the performance of Comscore’s business,” said Melissa R. Hodgman, Associate Director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “We will continue to hold issuers and executives accountable for such serious breaches of their fundamental duty to make accurate disclosures to the investing public while giving appropriate credit for a company’s prompt remedial acts and cooperation.”

The investigation revealed that the company — which measures audience engagement across different platforms — overstated revenue by roughly $50 million. Between February 2014 and February 2016, the company attempted to increase its reported revenue by exchanging data sets with another party by inflating revenue, according to the release.

The SEC also said Comscore and Matta create an “illusion of smooth and steady growth in Comscore’s business” by making false and misleading public disclosures about the company’s customer base and products. Specifically, the SEC found that Matta lied to the company’s internal accountant and external audit firm, allowing the company to artificially exceeds its analysis’ revenue target in seven consecutive quarters.

The last few months have been rocky for the media measurement firm. In April, the Wall Street Journal reported the company’s chief executive, Bryan Wiener, left the company after less than a year due to disagreements over the board’s execution of the company’s strategy.

Comscore is located in the heart of Reston Town Center at 11950 Democracy Drive.

Image via Google Maps

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Fairfax County School Board to Vote on Changes to School Names with Confederate Ties

After flagging a number of schools with Confederate ties, the Fairfax County School Board is considering aligning its school renaming and naming policy with the county’s commitment to building an inclusive, respectful learning environment.

At a Thursday meeting, the school board is expected to vote on a proposal to ensure school are named “appropriately.” Seven Fairfax County schools, including Robert E. Lee High School and Mosby Woods Elementary School, have ties to Confederate soldiers and and other individuals with Confederate ties.

The school board has been discussing the issue over the past year. At a recent meeting, school board members noted that “Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community.”

If the proposal is approved, the board can proceed with changing the name of a school or facility if it conflicts with One Fairfax, a county-wide policy that aims to ensure the county considers equity when making policies or delivering program and services. Additionally, school names and mascots associated with those names should be consistent with that policy.

It is unclear if the school board will immediately pursue changes to the names of schools if changes to the procedural process are approved on Thursday.

In recent years, ties of public institutions, statues and public installations to the Confederacy have been scrutinized by some regional and national entities.

Photo via FCPS

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Herndon-based Company Acquires Silicon Valley Company — iDirect Government, a Herndon-based unit of Singapore’s ST Engineering paid $20 million in cash to acquire Glowlink Communications Technology. [iDirect Government]

Reston Semi-Annual Book Sale Kicks Off Today — The book sale is open for Reston Friends today from 5-8 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. It will open up to the public for the rest of the week. [Reston Regional Library]

Last Week to Vote in Preference Poll — The deadline to vote in Reston Community Center’s annual preference poll for online and in-person ballots is on Friday, Sept. 27. Mailed ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. [Reston Community Center]

‘Meet Me at the Movies’ for Seniors — Reston Association and Reston Town Center Bow Tie Cinemas presents the 25th anniversary of the movies series. This month, seniors can watch “The Best of Enemies” at 9:15 a.m. at the cinema. [Reston Town Center]

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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