Local police have launched an investigation after a person was found in a body of water in Herndon.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the body was found shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) in the 1300 block of Pellow Circle Court.
Preliminarily, police say the individual is a woman.
No information on the cause of death was released publicly. More details are expected this week.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances that led to this death. Preliminarily, detectives believe the victim is a woman. https://t.co/fwNi0psycl
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) December 17, 2020
The Herndon Police Department plans to join a regional team that will investigate officer-involved investigations, a move that the department hopes will create an expert-led, independent and objective process for investigations.
For over a year, police chiefs from Northern Virginia worked to create a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to investigate officer-involved critical incidents like police shootings, use-of-force incidents that result in death or life-threatening injuries, police officer suicides, and in-custody deaths.
At a Herndon Town Council meeting on Dec. 1, Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said the team would boost public confidence in the investigation process, rule out potential conflicts of interest, and create a process for objective investigations.
“It’s a way for us to make sure these are done independently without bias, which really has been one of the outcries of police reform across the country,” DeBoard said.
Currently, HPD works with the Fairfax County Police Department to address similar issues. Absent a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), DeBoard said the process is challenged by FCPD’s limited availability if multiple incidents require a prompt investigation.
DeBoard also noted that HPD can develop the expertise of its staff by taking part in investigations of other jurisdictions.
Alexandria recently pulled out of the proposed team because of delays in bringing the project forward to its City Council. But 11 other jurisdictions have committed to take part in the task force:
- Arlington County
- Falls Church
- Manassas Park
- Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police Department
- Prince William County
Members of the Herndon Town Council agreed with the need for the program at the meeting.
According to a Dec. 1 staff report, taking part in CIRT will not result in additional expenses, other than overtime expenses that are already allocated in HPD’s current budget.
CIRT will not investigate car crashes that result in death, unless the car itself was used as deadly force. Completed case investigations will go before the Commonwealth’s Attorney, who will decide whether to prosecute any individuals.
Fairfax County police say a 64-year-old man died in a crash involving two vehicles in Great Falls yesterday.
The crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Walker Road — near the Great Falls Elementary School and Arnon Cemetery.
“A preliminary investigation determined the Ford F350 was traveling eastbound on Walker Road when it crossed over the double yellow, left the roadway and struck the Dodge Ram that tried to avoid the crash,” police said. “Subsequently, the Ford F350 struck a utility pole and overturned back onto the roadway.”
Police said today that Billy White, the driver of the Ford, died at the scene. The driver of the Dodge Ram was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Detectives are investigating the crash. They do not believe alcohol was a factor, but are looking into whether speed or a medical emergency contributed to the crash, police said.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.
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(Updated at 12:30 p.m.)
A Reston resident shot and killed a “suspected intruder” late Friday night, according to police.
Daniel Matheson, 29, of Reston was killed in the incident, which happened in an apartment community on the 12000 block of Starboard Drive.
The tenant found Matheson standing in his doorway with a firearm “pointing in his direction,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department. He shot the 29-year-old in the chest.
Matheson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police do not believe the two men knew each other. Detectives continue to conduct interviews and process evidence. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will determine if charges will be placed.
Detectives responding to 12000 block of Starboard Dr in Reston where a man reported he shot an armed intruder breaking into his apartment. The reported intruder taken to hospital and pronounced dead. Scene is contained and no apparent ongoing threat to public safety. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/zjDjGtoqj7
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 11, 2020
A homicide investigation is underway in Reston after a 29-year-old woman was found dead in the basement of a home she rented on the 11000 block of Great Owl Circle.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Maryam Ali Mohammed Al Jaberi was found around 6:30 p.m. yesterday (Monday) by her landlord.
The Office Of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide after an autopsy was conducted this morning. Officers found Al Jaberi in the basement of the home and noticed “suspected trauma to her upper body,” according to FCPD.
The case is under investigation. No other information was immediately available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web.
Local police are conducting a death investigation in a Reston neighborhood.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, detectives are investigating a report of a death at the 11000 block of Great Owl Circle in Reston.
“The scene is contained to a house and there is no apparent threat to public safety,” FCPD wrote around 8:30 p.m. today (Monday).
The department did not release any other information about the incident.
Fairfax County is nearing its 12,000th COVID-19 case, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
As of today, the county has a total of 11,904 cases, 1,401 hospitalizations and 410 deaths.
Of the 389 outbreaks in Virginia, 61 are in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the county and its towns and cities. Fifty-one are at long term care facilities, while two are healthcare settings and a correctional facility and educational setting both have one.
The Fairfax Health District also has Virginia’s only two reports of cases of the virus with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children.
The Fairfax Health District continues to lead the commonwealth in the number of PCR tests, which directly detect antigens, with more than 55,000 testing encounters.
Statewide and in the Fairfax Health District, the weekly average of the percent of positive tests has been steadily declining since late April and the number of testing encounters has increased, according to VDH.
Even with the increased testing, Fairfax County officials say more is needed to address a growing racial disparity with the cases.
The Hispanic population makes up 16.8% of the population in the Fairfax Health District, but 66.2% of the COVID-19 cases where race and ethnicity data is available, according to Fairfax County and the state health department. In mid-May, the Hispanic population made of 61.3% of the cases. (Roughly 20% of the cases don’t have race and ethnicity data.)
Officials said on Tuesday that they want to see more neighborhood testing sites and testing available for people who are asymptomatic.
A body was found in the woods near Lake Anne Plaza yesterday afternoon, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
The deceased individual was found by a local resident in the 1600 block of Chimney House Road around 2:45 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday).
FCPD says that “nothing appeared to be suspicious” about the death. Detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the incident.
A source told Reston Now that the body appeared to that of a man in his 30s.
Photo via FCPD
Darryl ‘Smitty’ Smith, the first African American officer hired by the Town of Herndon and a community fixture known for his volunteerism, has died.
Smith, who was hired by the department in 1973 and retired in 2004, made history once again in 2004 when he became the first African American elected to the Herndon Town Council. He served as vice mayor from 2004 through 2006.
After his retirement, Smith served as the police chief o the Purcellville Police Department for nine years. He lived in the Town of Herndon with his wife, Maria.
The Town of Herndon’s Police Chief Maggie DeBoard wrote the following about Smith:
“Daryl spent much of his life as a highly respected law enforcement professional in service to the Herndon community before moving on to Purcellville. He will be forever remembered for his huge heart, compassionate nature, and sincere commitment to improving the lives of our youth in town. Our HPD family sends our sincere condolences to his wife, Maria, and the entire Smith family.”
Smith was first hired by the police department in April 1974 as the first detection and youth crime prevention officer. He rose to the rank of captain by September 2004. He founded Neighbors United, a volunteer after-school program to provide a safe haven for local youth. In 1998, he received the Virginia Municipal League Achievement Award — one of the most prestigious awards in local government.
During his time on the council, Smith was a staunch advocate for public improvement projects like downtown planning, revitalization of the town’s older neighborhoods, Sugarland Run Trail and Jefferson Street Park, and the expansion of the Herndon Community Center.
He collected many other accolades in his career, including the Herndon Rotary Club Citizen of the Year Award in 1986 and 2006, the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1997 and the Best of Herndon Dulles Award in 2000.
Photo via Herndon Police Department
Fairfax County has had a recent jump in COVID-19 deaths as the number of cases continues to rise in the county and statewide.
As of today (Friday), Fairfax County had 85 deaths due to the respiratory illness, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The cities of Fairfax and Falls Church have both reported two deaths.
In total, the Fairfax Health District, which includes the county and its towns and cities, reported 89 deaths — up from 80 deaths reported yesterday (Thursday).
Yesterday, Fairfax County reported the first coronavirus case claiming the life of someone under the age of 50. Most of the people who died from the illness in the Fairfax Health District were above the age of 65.
More data on the Fairfax Health District:
- 2,584 cases
- 460 hospitalizations
- 10,887 tests
- 26 outbreaks: 24 at long term care facilities and one each at a correctional facility and healthcare setting
Statewide, there are 11,594 confirmed cases and 410 deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The state has had 176 outbreaks with half at long term care facilities.
Data via Virginia Department of Health
A man in his 60s is the second person to die from complications from COVID-19 in the Fairfax County, according to officials.
The Fairfax County Health Department announced Friday evening that the man acquired COVID-19 through travel and later tested positive for the virus.
“This is a tragic loss and our hearts go out to his family and friends,” Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, the health department’s director, said in the announcement.
On Saturday, the county announced that a man in his 60s, who got sick through contact with a another coronavirus person, was the county’s first COVID-19 death, WJLA reported.
Earlier today (Friday), the number of known COVID-19 cases jumped to 124 in the Fairfax Health District, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and towns in the county.
Expanding testing capacity in the state could explain the increase in confirmed cases.
Inova Urgent Care locations in Chantille, Arlington and Tysons recently turned into respiratory illness clinics that offer the test.
“This most recent death, along with the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases we are seeing, is a reminder that we all need to be diligent in doing our part to help slow the spread of virus in the community,” Addo-Ayensu said.
“Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands and avoid touching your face, and stay home when you are sick,” she said.
Fairfax County Announces First Coronavirus-related Death — “The tally of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia reached 447 on Saturday as Maryland added 42 cases Friday and another 41 cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 191. Virginia reported a third death, a Fairfax County man in his 60s. On Saturday, Virginia reported another 38 cases for a total of 154. The District reported 21 new patients Saturday evening, including two girls, 9 and 11-years-old. There are now 102 cases in D.C.” [Washington Post]
Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force Created — State authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are collaborating to form the task force, which aims to identify, investigate and prosecute fraud related to the coronavirus pandemic in the state. [U.S. Department of Justice]
Local Volunteering Opportunities During COVID-19 — “The COVID-19 emergency has affected us all. Many nonprofits and organizations are working to meet the needs in our community, but there is a larger demand for services and a need for volunteers (in consideration of CDC regulations).” [Fairfax County Government]
Updated: Local Takeout, Delivery, and Dine-in Options — We’ve updated our roundup of local dining, delivery and takeout options. [Reston Now]
Photo via vantagehillFlickr
A Sterling man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for distributing large amounts of heroin that led to at least two fatal overdoses, including an incident in Herndon.
Nedrick Lamont Jackson, 42, and his co-conspirators distributed, repackaged and sold narcotics in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, according to the office of U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger.
According to court documents, Johnson gave $400 of heroin to a woman in Herndon in March 2018, even though he knew she was “highly-impaired,” according to court documents. The woman — whose name was identified as L.R. — was found dead in her home two days later due to mixed drug intoxication.
Here’s more from Terwilliger:
In January 2019, Johnson distributed fentanyl to one of his co-conspirators to sell to a customer. The customer ingested these drugs, overdosed, and then drove their car into a parked vehicle in Sterling. Loudoun County deputies revived this customer through CPR and administration of Narcan.
In February 2019, Johnson distributed fentanyl to one of his co-conspirators to sell to a user. That customer, referred to as K.P., ingested the narcotics along with other drugs that he had obtained from a second source. K.P. died shortly thereafter of mixed drug intoxication.
Photo via Michael Longmire/Unsplash
Baron Cameron Park’s facilities have reopened after a death investigation last week prompted a brief closure.
Fairfax County police received a call around 1 p.m. last Tuesday (Sept. 3) about a dead body, a police spokesperson told Reston Now. Police conducted a death investigation and said that there was no threat to the public.
Judy Pedersen, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Park Authority, told Reston Now that the park’s facilities were closed “for a short time on Friday” in connection with the police investigation.
Pedersen said as of yesterday (Monday) morning that the park’s facilities have now all reopened.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911 or the Department of Human Services’ emergency services line at 703-527-4077.
At a public meeting on Monday (July 29), local police turned to the community for help as it investigates a suspicious death that happened behind Hunters Woods Plaza in late June.
Local law enforcement and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins met with the community Monday night to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Jose Lorenzo Guillen Mejia, 24, of Reston, was found dead near a walking trail on Sunday, June 24 near a wooded area between Hunters Woods Plaza and Breton Court. Mejia was found with trauma to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Remember, the information you have, regardless of how trivial it may be, could be the critical link in solving this case,” according to handouts distributed during the meeting.
Police encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-866-311-TIPS or by texting “TIP187 plus the messages CRIMES.”
Photo via handout/FCPD