UPDATED: Trapped Person Removed From Car After Crash on Lawyers Road

Lawyers Road at Drop Forge Lane in Reston is now open after rescue personnel removed someone who was trapped inside a burning car.

Crews extricated  someone who was trapped inside a car involved in the crash. Local fire and rescue crews said the person was conscious and was flown to an area hospital. The car was on fire and the person suffered serious injuries.

The Fairfax County Police Department urged motorists to avoid the area and use an alternate route. The crash happened today (April 13) at around 2:15 p.m.

This story has been updated.

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BREAKING: Herndon HS Theater Director Charged With Unlawful Filming

Updated at 9:42 p.m. — The teacher has been placed on leave, according to a spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Fairfax County Police have arrested Raphael Schklowsky, the theater director for Herndon High School, on charges of unlawful filming at a Reston home.

A woman told police she found a hidden camera in an air conditioning vent at a home on the 1800 block of Cranberry Lane in Reston, where she was working, according to a crime report.

FCPD arrested and charged Schklowsky, a 36-year-old Reston resident, with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming after detectives conducted an investigation and “found evidence of unlawful filming.”

He was held at the Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

Photo via FCPD

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BREAKING: Police Investigating Another BB&T Bank Robbery on Fox Mill Road

Updated at 3:30 p.m. on March 13 — Police said a man entered the bank at 1:14 p.m., implied he had a gun and demanded money. He was given cash before leaving the bank on foot, according to the police report. Police also added a height range to the description of the suspect, saying that the man was “5’6″-5’7″ tall.”

Earlier: Just weeks after a robbery in late February, police are back at the BB&T Bank at 2513 Fox Mill Road in Reston investigating another robbery.

Police officers were on the scene at 2 p.m. today (March 12), the Fairfax County Police Department tweeted.

FCPD described the suspect as a “Middle Eastern man wearing black hat and black clothing,” adding that he left in a vehicle that was possibly a silver SUV or minivan.

People are advised to avoid the area.

The same bank was robbed on Feb. 21, according to police. Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect in that robbery, who was described as “light-skinned, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8″ tall, thin build, wearing a dark gray shirt, light-colored jacket and a gray cap,” according to a police report.

Image via Google Maps

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BREAKING: Google Doubling Its N. Va. Workforce, With New Offices and Data Centers Planned

Google is significantly expanding its operations in Northern Virginia, as part of a $13 billion round of investment in new offices and data centers across the U.S.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the plans in a blog post Wednesday afternoon.

“With new office and data center development, our workforce in Virginia will double,” Pichai wrote.

The post did not specify exact locations or other details, but Google currently has an office at Reston Town Center and was reported to be considering a major new lease near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

It was also previously reported that Google had purchased sites in Ashburn and Leesburg for two new data centers.

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Developing: Body Found on Browns Chapel Road

A body has been found on the 1500 block of Browns Chapel Road.

Detectives are investigating the scene, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a tweet at around 8:43 a.m., FCPD stated they preliminarily believe there is no threat to public safety.

An observer on the scene said the body was found off of the path on the dam side of Lake Newport. Access to both ends of the dam has been cut off, the observer noted.

No other information was immediately available.

This story will be updated.

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Updated: Former Reston Association Employee Yells Profanities at Driver

A 37-second video of a former Reston Association employee yelling “Why are you such a b**** Afghanistan?” and other profanities at a driver is gaining traction online. The man was described as a seasonal employee who worked with RA from March through August 2015.

 

During the exchange, the man repeated yells profanities and tells the driver “you’re a b**** Afghanistan.” The driver responds by asking “What’s your problem?” and clarifies he was born in this country. The driver also responded with expletives. 

The man with the RA T-shirt also says, “It’s a good thing you got that to protect you.” The circumstances of the incident are unclear. Towards the end of the video, the man appears to return to his car. 

The individual who posted the original video on Facebook and the individual who tweeted the video did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reston Now. 

RA’s Acting CEO Larry Butler issued the following statement today:

Reston Association became aware of a video posted on social media today that shows a former RA seasonal employee making inappropriate comments to a man seated in a vehicle. The association strongly condemns the remarks made by the former employee, who briefly worked at RA from March-August 2015.

As an organization founded on Robert E. Simon Jr.’s vision of a community that embraces diversity, RA rejects comments or actions that display intolerance. RA members and staff support the core values upon which our community was founded. As an organization, we strive to meet the unwavering standards of our members and remain the respectful and welcoming community that was founded over 50 years ago.

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Updated: Security Procedure Lifted at Two Reston Schools

The “secure the building” status has been lifted at both schools, according to an alert issued at 4:09 p.m.

Earlier: 

Dismissal has been delayed at Terraset Elementary School and South Lakes High School as both schools enter into “secure the building” status.

“All students and staff are safe and free to move around the building, however we cannot let people in or out at this time,” according to Terraset Elementary School’s Facebook page.

“Secure the building” alerts are issued in the following circumstances, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website.

Used if the danger is outside the building, e.g., a robbery near the school.

  • No students allowed outside of buildings and trailers (no P.E., recess, etc.).
  • All building and trailer exterior doors are closed and locked.
  • People in locked trailers remain in locked trailers.
  • Staff members and students are free to move about inside buildings and trailers.
  • Staff member posted at building main entrance to control visitor access, issue passes, and direct to reunification area, if necessary.

This story has been updated.

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Herndon Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Minor

A Herndon man was charged yesterday for having inappropriate sexual relations with a juvenile, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Marvin Ramirez-Ayala, 20, was charged with three counts of sending sexually explicit messages over social media and two counts of sexual assault. The relationship began last summer and only came to light this week, police said.

“There is no indication the suspect was involved with any other juveniles,” according to a statement from the office.

Ramirez-Ayala is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Photo via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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UPDATED: 10-Hour Barricade Ends Peacefully

A 10-hour barricade on Ladybank Lane ended today following the surrender of Anthony Moaf, 21.

At around 4 a.m. today, police arrived on the scene after receiving a report that an armed man was threatening to kill family members in the 13200 block of Ladybank Lane.

Moaf is being taken for a medical evaluation. He also faces charges for reckless handling of a firearm, police said.

Earlier in the day, the Fairfax County Police Department asked people to stay away from Ladybank Lane in Herndon due to ongoing safety concerns.

All family members are safe, but the man threatened to shoot responding officers. At around 6 a.m., police heard at least one gunshot. “It was not directed at anyone or at police,” according to the police department.

Police are attempting to resolve the situation peacefully and urge residents to avoid the area. They have made contact with the man over the phone and are continuing negotiations.

For the latest updates, visit the department’s Twitter feed. This story will be updated.

This post was updated at 3:38 p.m.

Photo via FCPD

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Lorton Teen Served Petition for Reston Double Murder

A 17-year-old Lorton teenager suspected of murdering a Reston couple in late December was served petitions earlier this morning, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The suspect, who has not been identified by police due to his age, has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of murder after an investigation determined he killed Scott Fricker, 48,  and his 43-year-old wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker on the 2600 block of Black Fir Court on Dec. 22, police said.

The teen then shot himself and has remained in a local hospital since the incident.

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UPDATED: Vehicle Crashes into Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s will remain closed today after a vehicle crashed into the building on 11958 Killingsworth Avenue, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

A woman’s vehicle struck the side of the building. Local police responded to the incident after receiving a call at 1:28 p.m.

The building’s bricks sustained some damages, but the extent of the damage is unclear, Officer Kent Bailey told Reston Now.

No injuries have been reported, he said.

An assessment of the building is ongoing, a store representative said. The store is expected to open tomorrow with regular business hours.

This post was updated at 5:23 p.m.

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Reston Man Killed in Front Royal Plane Crash

A Reston man has died in a plane crash in the Front Royal area.

According to Virginia State Police, Steven B. Zaboji was flying a single-engine prop plane when he “began experiencing problems and crashed onto private property… near the airport.” The plane caught fire as a result of the crash.

Zaboji, identified by VSP as a 76-year-old Reston resident, died at the scene. He had been a pilot for 55 years, according to an essay he penned for a pilot’s association.

More from a VSP press release, below.

At 1:39 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 7), Virginia State Police Trooper S.R. Marks responded to a report of a plane crash in Warren County.

The Piper Pawnee took off from the Front Royal Airport at approximately 1:35 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 7), with a glider in tow. After the glider safely disconnected, the Piper began experiencing problems and crashed onto private property in the 1700 block of Ridgeway Road near the airport. The impact of the crash caused the plane to catch fire.

The pilot of the Piper, Steven B. Zaboji, 76, of Reston, Va., died at the scene.

The glider safely landed after the crash. No one on the ground was injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

The FAA and NTSB were notified of the crash, and will respond to the scene Sunday. The NTSB will provide an update on their crash investigation to media at the scene at approximately noon Sunday (Oct. 8).

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