Local sheriff’s deputies were called to Ashburn on Sunday around 2 a.m. for a report about two unconscious women in the back of a car.
Rescue personnel treated the women, including Skylar Dowdy, 18, of Herndon. Dowdy and another man in the car, El H. Birame-Se, 21, of Leesburg, were arrested and charged with public intoxication, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
A third female involved in the incident, Summer Mirzian, 18, of Ashburn, was released on a summons for public intoxication and remained at the hospital for further treatment. The incident happened on the 43000 block of Burstall Court in Ashburn.
The Fairfax County Police Department reported the following incidents in recent days:
11600 block of Plaza America Drive, merchandise from business
2700 block of Robaleed Way, property from vehicle
11900 block of Winterhur Lane, keys from residence
11700 block of Summer Chase Circle, 2000 Nissan Altima
In a separate incident, a Herndon resident was arrested on August 24 and charged with public intoxication. Local sheriff’s deputies saw Karol Rodriquez-Coto, 24, sitting on the side of Saulty Drive in Sterling at around 3:40 a.m. prior to the arrest.
The Herndon Police Department had no major crime incidents to report this week.
Shooting on Sunday in Ashburn — A Reston man was shot at early Sunday at a home on the 43500 block of Dunhill Court, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office]
Population density debate fires up — The Coalition for a Planned Reston will meet tonight to discuss a proposal by the county to increase the community’s population density. [Coalition for a Planned Reston]
Bookmark this, book lovers — Friends of the Reston Regional Library will host its semi-annual book sale from Thursday through Sunday. [Friends of the Reston Regional Library]
Alcohol enforcement update — Officers from the Reston Neighborhood Patrol Unit conducted business compliance checks late last week at 11 businesses. 10 passed. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Photo by Sarah Mccue
What’s the buzz — Expect your cell phone to buzz loudly today between 10 and 11 a.m.. The county is participating in a wireless emergency alerts test. [Fairfax County Government]
An eye for that — The Eyewear Gallery in Reston Town Center recently completed renovations. [The Eyewear Gallery]
Celebrating two years — Reston’s first and only craft brewery, Lake Anne Brew House, is hosting a second anniversary on April 14. [Lake Anne Brew House]
Awareness about alcoholism — In honor of National Alcohol Screening Day, the county is offering a free, confidential online screening, which includes referral information on how to get help. [Fairfax County Government]
Photo via Savannah Bassett
Total Wine & More is eying open day at Plaza America.
Hiring has begun for all positions at the beer, wine and spirit purveyor, which will be located on 11620 Plaza America Drive.
Although hiring is in full-swing, a corporate office representative declined to indicate when the store will open. It was expected to open by the end of last year, according to the Washington Business Journal.
“At this time, the exact dates and locales have not been finalized,” the representative wrote in a statement.
The store will replace Staples, which closed in October after opening in 2011.
According to the Total Wine & More website:
Our typical store carries more than 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world, including more than 2,000 wines not available in any other store. The typical Total Wine & More also carries more than 2,500 beers, from America’s most popular brands to hard-to-find microbrews and imports, and more than 3,000 different spirits in every style and price range.
Total Wine & More is also located in Sterling, Fairfax and McLean.
Photos by Fatimah Waseem
Inova Blood Drive Set for Tuesday — Locals can donate their blood at Reston Town Center beside the pavilion from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. On-site registration is available. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-866-256-6372 or www.inova.org/donateblood. [Reston Community Center]
Service Offered to Get a Free Ride Home — The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free rides home through the SoberRide program for people who have consumed alcohol and do not wish to drive. The program will be offered nightly between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. through Jan. 1. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Schedule Released — Reston Community Center has released the weekend schedule for this year’s 33nd annual birthday celebration. The program includes special performances, community service projects, and a voices of inspiration program sponsored by the Reston Martin Luther King, Jr. Church. [Reston Community Center]
Sabino Vasquez-Murcia, a 29-year-old Herndon resident, was killed on Saturday when a car struck a parked vehicle he was sitting in on Saturday night. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office identified him as the victim of the crash today.
The driver, Julio Rivera, 39-year-old Herndon resident, lost control of his car and hit the parked car and a townhouse on the 700 block of Colonial Avenue in Sterling, the sheriff’s office said. The crash happened around 10:45 p.m.
Vasquez-Murcia was taken to Reston Hospital where he later passed away. The townhouse sustained minor damages and no one was injured inside, according to the report.
Rivera has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI and driving on a suspended license. He is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond, the sheriff’s office said.
According to police spokeswoman, the checkpoint will take place from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Police did not give advance notice of the exact checkpoint location.
FCPD regularly holds checkpoints in various parts of the county in order to monitor for intoxicated drivers.
Officers from the Reston District Station will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this Friday. Don't drink and drive! pic.twitter.com/xkkzm5FSRJ
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) November 7, 2017
The 56-mile Reston District covers Reston, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna, Oak Hill and Herndon.
Along with publicity and awareness, checkpoints have proven to be effective in the fight against drunk driving, police say.
Image courtesy of FCPD