Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested in Aggravated Assault Case

A Herndon man was arrested in connection with an aggravated assault of a victim, according to police.

Police believe Irving Lazarus Duncan, 33, assaulted a victim that was known to him on Oct. 6 while the victim was released.

The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Reston Hospital. Duncan was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

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

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone and gun from location

11800 block of Barrel Cooper Court, purse from vehicle

11900 block of Barrel Cooper Court, clothing from residence

Reston Station Boulevard/Wiehle Avenue, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, battery from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, pants from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phones from business

10100 block of Clover Glen Drive, lights from residence

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, bicycle from location

1800 block of Discovery Street, electronic device from location

2200 block of Monaghan Drive, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, cash from location

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, construction material from location

1700 block of Seagull Court, cell phone from location

2400 block of Southgate Square, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Sycamore Valley Drive, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Photo via FCPD

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With Finalized Locations, County to Double Bikeshare Stations in Reston by 2020

Bikeshare in Reston is set to get a boost by early 2020.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation plans to install 21 new stations in Reston. The stations, which are currently in the design phase, will connect denser residential neighborhoods with transit and aim to improve access to retail, community resources, and recreational opportunities, according to the county.

The program is funded by a $1 million federal grant. All stations are expected to be installed by the end of next year.

  • Green Range Drive & Glade Drive
  • Charterhouse Circle & Glade Drive 
  • Olde Crafts Drive & Cartwright Place 
  • Ridge Heights Road & Seahawks Drive 
  • Baron Cameron Avenue & North Hampton Avenue 
  • Wainwright Drive & North Shore Drive  
  • Fairway Drive & Hook Road
  • South Gate Community Center 
  • Links Drive & Wedge Drive
  • North Village Drive & Park Garden Lane
  • Great Owl Drive & Great Owl Circle
  • Lake Newport Rd & Autumn Ridge Circle
  • Reston Parkway & Bennington Woods Road
  • Vantage Hill Road & Wainwright Drive
  • Inlet Court & Wiehle Drive
  • Ring Road & North Shore Drive
  • South Lakes Dr & Reston Parkway
  • Golf Course Square & Golf Course Drive
  • Soapstone Drive Convenience Center
  • Ridge Heights & Owls Cove Lane
  • Becontree Lane & Goldenrain Court

County transportation officials are also looking into the possibility of adding a bike share station at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.

As of last year, the stations at Wiehe-Reston Metro East and the Reston Town Center Transit Station were the most popular. Although ridership saw a dip earlier this year, the opening of phase two of the Silver Line is expected to boost ridership.

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Parcher Avenue Closed Due to Gas Leak in Herdon

A natural gas leak has prompted the closure of Parcher Drive between both intersections with Springer Drive as local crews handle a gas leak in the area.

The leak was reported earlier this afternoon at the. 2200 block of Chamblee Place. Several townhouses have been evacuated.

The road closure is expected to last between six to eight hours.

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Now Open: Virginia Tire & Auto in Herndon

Virginia Tire & Auto is now open at 199 Elden Street in Herndon.

The company, which has 16 locations and first opened up shop in 1976, offers automotive maintenance, repair and tire services.

The 11-bay facility will be Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It includes a kids’ play area, free WiFi, refreshments and a waiting area.

Mike and Julie Homles, CEOs of the company and also husband and wife, say they’re excited about expanding their footprint in Fairfax County.

Here’s more from Virginia Tire & Auto:

One of Virginia Tire & Auto’s hyper-local community initiatives is an automotive internship program for students at Fairfax County Public Schools. They also run Wheels for Work, a program offering free automotive repair service to low-income families through Shelter House, a Fairfax County-based non-profit organization that offers services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

Virginia Tire & Auto is also committed to keeping its youngest customers safe through hosting monthly Car Seat Clinics. During the clinics, certified Child Passenger Safety technicians inspect car seats and teach parents how to properly install and use child restraints.

Virginia Tire & Auto plans to host its next Car Seat Clinic at Virginia Tire & Auto of Herndon on November 12, 2019. The clinic is by appointment only. For more information about the Car Seat Clinic or to make an appointment, email [email protected]

To celebrate the opening of the Herndon location, the company is offering $20 off oil changes through Nov. 30 using the code HD20LOF.

Photo via Virginia Tire & Auto

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Pet of the Week: Charming Chase

Meet Chase, a male Chihuahua mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what Chase from Safe Haven Puppy Rescue has to say:

I am a sweet boy and I love being in the house with the people!

I love snuggling, playing and wearing hats! I really like to cuddle my shelter helper Brian too! I am 2 years old and precious boys like me get adopted fast, so please send your application on in pronto so we don’t miss each other!

I am up to date on all shots and dewormings and have been neutered. I am a friendly fella and will try my hardest to make you smile every day.

Are you and Chase 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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County Board Appoints New Members to Reston Community Center Board

Two incumbents and a newcomer will join the Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors for a three-year term that begins in early November.

Incumbents Beverly Cosham and Paul Thomas, as well as newcomer Laurie Dodd, will begin their terms on Nov. 4. The candidates earned the most votes in RCC’s annual preference poll, which is used to guide board appointments.

At the request of Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed the three Reston residents to the board.

Michelle Moyer will leave the board after serving two three-year terms.

RCC wrote the following about the winning candidates:

Beverly Cosham is the current Chair of the RCC Board of Governors. She has served on RCC’s Board for six terms. She has been a resident of Reston since the 1960s and is active in many other civic and arts organizations, including the Reston Community Orchestra, the Reston Chorale and the Reston Community Players. She has served three terms on the Advisory Board of ARTSFAIRFAX. 

Laurie Dodd has lived in Reston for more than 20 years. She is an attorney in private practice. She has served on the boards of Reston Swim Team Association, Reston Children’s Center and her church. Dodd has been an active volunteer with Coalition for a Planned Reston, Rescue Reston, Reston Runners and the Embry Rucker Shelter, among others. 

Paul Thomas will serve his second term on the RCC Board of Governors. He grew up in Reston and has served many community organizations, including Reston Association, the Reston Swim Team Association and the Reston Historic Trust. He also served on the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, and is currently president of the South Lakes High School PTSA.

Thomas received the most votes (1,637), while Dodd came in second with 1,384 votes. Cosham earned 1,337 votes while Moyer received 1,219 votes and Robert Petrine received 1,143 votes.

Photo via RCC

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Here’s Where to Find Halloween Events Around Reston

Halloween is only two weeks away and there are a variety of events happening around Reston to help people get into the holiday spirit.

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow will guide guests through a trail lined with thousands of intricately carved pumpkins lit up with tiny lights, according to the website. People will also be able to enjoy beverages and food while picking out a pumpkin of their own.

Tickets are $17, and the event will take place on (Friday) Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive).

Halloween Fun Fest invites kids from ages five to 12 to Life Time Athletic (1757 Business Center Drive) for an afternoon of fun costumes and activities on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m. Admission is complimentary with a membership.

At the upcoming Trunk or Treet event, all ages are welcome to gather at YMCA Fairfax County Reston (12196 Sunset Hills Road) from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 24) for an evening of trick-or-treating, cornhole and a trunk decoration competition.

Tickets are $3 or $25, depending on whether people want to set up a trick or treating stop and participate in the competition. Participants for trunk competition are asked to register through email.

Halloween Family Fun Day is for families with children under eight years old and will feature live performances and carnival games from noon until 2 p.m. at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Saturday (Oct. 26).

Halloween Owls at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) will allow attendees to get a close look at live owls in a safe and secure environment while learning about the creatures before touring the Halloween House. Tickets are $15 and can be found online. Times are spaced out throughout the day on Friday (Oct. 25.)

Image via Facebook

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Wednesday Morning Notes

A Guide on How to Handle Peer Pressure — “Everyone has peers. Peers can be your friends who are about your age and have similar interests and experiences. Peers can also be other kids who are about your age and are involved in the same activities with you or are part of a community or group you belong to. You may not consider all of your peers to be friends, but they can all influence you.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]

A Legacy to Live on in Reston — “Commissioned by Public Art Reston, Volta took calculated measures during the production phase of the community-inspired project finalized in 2019 to protect the mural panels against sun and element damage as well as vandalism. A few days before the Oct. 17 unveiling of the Public Artwork at Colts Neck Road Underpass, Volta shared, in a one-on-one interview, key processes and materials essential in the successful creation of the paneled mural, and safeguards he took to protect the investment.” [The Connection]

Volunteers Sought for Halloween House and Trick-or-Treat Trail — Reston Association is looking for volunteers over 15 years of age for its annual event. An orientation Is set for today (Wednesday) from 6-7 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center. [Reston Association]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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