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by Dave Emke — April 26, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 Comments

Full-Scale Terror Response Exercise Today — Fairfax County is one of six sites in the DC Metro area participating in a drill today “designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the region.” The county’s exercise site is the former Lorton Reformatory prison site. [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Amazon to Move Into Herndon Office Tower — One Dulles Tower (13200 Woodland Park Drive) will be leased out by Amazon Web Service, the Washington Business Journal first reported. That building is just across the Toll Road from Amazon’s facility on Worldgate Drive. [Bisnow]

BXP First-Quarter Earnings Down from 2016 — Boston Properties, owner of Reston Town Center, announced Tuesday that profits are down 8.9 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Revenue fell 5.1 percent. In addition to the DC region, BXP has properties in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. [Nasdaq]

Seahawks Soccer Team Ranked in Region — The South Lakes High School boys’ soccer team, 6-2-2 so far on the season, is ranked No. 8 in the Washington Post’s Metro region Top 10. The team next plays Thursday night at Hayfield. [Washington Post]

Golf Tournament Will Benefit Families of Heroes — The 47th annual HEROES Inc. golf tournament will be July 13-14 at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton. The event benefits the HEROES scholarship fund, which provides financial aid and professional counsel to the surviving family members of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

by Dave Emke — April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Safe disposal of unused and expired medications is the goal of Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and local dropoff points are available.

The Fairfax County Police Department is encouraging anyone looking to get rid of prescription drugs to visit a district station between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. (The Reston District Station is located at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive.) Only pills and liquids will be accepted; no needles or pressurized canisters.

According to FCPD, safe handling of unused and expired medication prevents accidental poisoning, protects the environment and prevents drug abuse.

The Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway) is also asking residents to bring their medication in Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for proper disposal. Needles and liquids cannot be accepted by HPD.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been promoting Drug Take-Back Day for 12 years. It says studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg has said. “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

There are many other collection sites available Saturday. Search the DEA website for more locations.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

by RestonNow.com — April 25, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Reports from the Fairfax County Police Department show two car thefts in the community in the past week.

A 2002 Nissan Altima was reported stolen from the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Drive in North Reston. In addition, a 2011 BMW 528.i was reported stolen from the 2300 block of Ridgehampton Court, off Colts Neck Road.

Other reports from the Reston District Station in the past week are listed below:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from business

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Cooperative Way, credit cards from business

12000 block of Greywing Square, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, property from business

10800 block of Murray Downs Court, ring from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, merchandise from business

11700 block of Plaza America Drive, ring from residence

12800 block of Tewksbury Drive, cash and sunglasses from vehicle

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, beer from business

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — April 24, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Local Students Excel at State Science Fair — Among the honorees at the 2017 Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair was Michael Gamarnik of South Lakes High School, who took third place in electrical and mechanical engineering for his project, “The Effect of Vortex Generator Angle on the Downforce of an Airfoil.” Rini Gupta and Shalini Shah of Herndon High School took third place in behavioral and social sciences for their project, “Effect of Binaural Beats with Isochronic Tones on PTSD & GAD Patients.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Baby Deer Should Be Left Alone — The Fairfax County Police Department’s Animal Protection Police is reminding residents that in almost all cases, white-tailed deer fawns found alone are not orphaned or abandoned. They should be left where they are, as their mothers will return for them. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Learning Facility Coming to Fox Mill Center — Ashish Gandhi and Sapna Chordia are opening a branch of Sylvan Learning later this year, offering tutoring programs and camps to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. They plan to open in June, in time for summer programming. [Fairfax Times]

by Dave Emke — April 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

Police say a 17-year-old from Herndon was driving under the influence when she was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Loudoun County last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says the teenage girl left the scene of a collision that took place just before 11 p.m. last Monday in Sterling. When police found her a short time later in the area of Atlantic Boulevard and Magnolia Road, she was issued a charge of underaged DUI. Further charges were pending as of the time the police report was disseminated.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports the following larcenies from the Reston District in the past week:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, belongings from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, cellphone from residence

2000 block of Headlands Circle, wallet from business

2200 block of Lovedale Lane, wallet from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, copper from construction site

700 block of Walker Road, jewelry from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, beer from business

FCPD in the past week also handled the apparent intentional killing of a Fairfax pedestrian by a Reston man, a man attacking employees at a Fox Mill Center restaurant with a chain, an indecent exposure case on a walkway, and a sexual abuse report from a Herndon day care. Click the links to view any of those stories on Reston Now.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — April 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 48 Comments

The man Fairfax County police say struck a 75-year-old woman twice with his car, killing her, is from Reston.

Kenan M. Ozcan, 31, was arrested Friday afternoon on Fair Ridge Drive in Fairfax after police say he assaulted a woman in a parking lot. Investigating officers noticed front-end damage to his vehicle and connected him with the death of 75-year-old Maria Ascencio earlier that morning.

Police say Ozcan, driving a 2016 Dodge Dart, struck Ascencio at about 10:15 a.m. Friday while she was crossing Rugby Road in the Fair Oaks area of the county. Ozcan then allegedly turned the vehicle around and struck Ascencio a second time before leaving the scene. Police say Ozcan and Ascencio had no prior relationship.

Ozcan has thus far been charged with felony hit and run for his role in Ascencio’s death, as well as with attempted robbery for the parking-lot altercation.

Ozcan is listed in a Friday media release from FCPD as being from Fairfax. Don Gotthardt of FCPD, however, tells Reston Now that the department’s management system lists Ozcan’s address as being in the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square in Reston. That may be a relative’s address, Gotthardt said, but no Fairfax address for Ozcan exists in the system.

Records on file with the State Corporation Commission show a taxi company, Capital Flyer Transport and Taxi, was once registered to Kenan M. Ozcan from the Reston address. All reviews of the business on Yelp gave it 1 star, including one that claims a driver named Kenan “flipped his lid” and “began yelling and spewing profanity” at customers, with the reviewer calling him a “mentally unstable, dangerous person.”

A LinkedIn page in Ozcan’s name lists him as a molecular biologist with a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from George Mason. A GoFundMe page apparently set up by Ozcan in February asks people to help him turn his life around.

“Im a Virginia Tech Graduate, and I have my Masters in Biology, however I have been going thru some tough times recenetly and I am an ex-felon, I thought going to school would change my life and I could really use any support to help my life, I really appreciate it.” [sic]

In 2014, Ozcan was jailed after being found guilty of grand larceny following multiple armed robberies in Herndon. He was given a six-year sentence; however, all but 2 1/2 years was suspended.

Ascencio had three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, her family told DC’s WJLA.

Image: Kenan Ozcan courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by RestonNow.com — April 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm 6 Comments

A 33-year-old Herndon man faces a litany of charges after police say he attacked employees at a Fox Mill Center restaurant before breaking into a nearby home.

At about 12:37 a.m. Friday, police say Quan Anh Ly approached employees and patrons on the front patio of Glory Days Grill (2567 John Milton Drive) and began swinging a large chain while threatening them, sending them scrambling to lock him out. According to police:

“The suspect broke the front doors to the business with his chain, entered and continued to swing his chain at employees. He confronted the bartender, who was on the phone with police, and grabbed the phone from him, and then proceeded to break numerous glasses and bottles. The suspect walked to the rear of the restaurant, encountering another employee. The suspect struck the 58-year-old man, injuring his hand, and exited out the back.”

Police say they were called to a home in the 2500 block of Freetown Drive a short time later for a reported burglary. The homeowner told them he was awakened by the sound of glass breaking and found that a man had broken both windows by the front door. The suspect fled the scene when the homeowner shouted, police say, and he was found beneath a nearby car. He was apprehended at the scene and charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, burglary and felony destruction of property.

More charges may be issued against the man as the investigation continues, police say.

by Dave Emke — April 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking suspects after they say a woman was intentionally run down by a vehicle.

The incident happened at about 10:16 a.m. in the area of Route 50 and Rugby Road. An adult female was struck twice by the car, police say.

“The woman was crossing Rugby Road,” said Tawny Wright, Fairfax County Police Department public information officer, in a Facebook Live video. “It looks like the car struck her, turned around and then struck her again.”

Police are looking for a black or blue Chevrolet or Mercedes-Benz sedan. The car was last seen traveling northbound on Rugby Road.

The driver is described as being a “younger” white male with sandy blonde hair. The car has blue and yellow license plates, police say, and it may have front-end damage.

Route 50 was closed in both directions in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Eastbound lanes have since been reopened, but may later be closed again during the investigation. Westbound lanes remain closed at Fairfax County Parkway.

“Traffic will be impacted significantly, probably for several hours,” Wright said in the original media briefing.

by RestonNow.com — April 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

A worker was killed in a construction accident Thursday morning at a Great Falls site, police say.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place at about 10:30 a.m. at the construction site in the 10500 block of Georgetown Pike. Investigation shows that 50-year-old Pedro Banegas of Sterling was working on mechanical issues at the front of a dump truck when another worker got into the truck. Apparently unaware of what Banegas was doing, the other man began moving the truck forward.

Banegas was struck by the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say no charges are expected to be filed. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Crime Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

In an unrelated incident near the same site Wednesday, a dump truck overturned on Georgetown Pike.

by Dave Emke — April 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Reston Rotary Ball Set for April 22 — The annual “Blackbeard’s Ball” event next weekend at Hidden Creek Country Club will benefit the Lake Thoreau Project by the South Lakes High School STEAM team, as well as the nonprofit organization Stop Hunger Now. [Reston Rotary/Facebook]

Men Who Killed SLHS Grad in Israel Charged in US — Two Palestinian men already serving life sentences in an Israeli prison for killing Kristine Luken, a 1984 South Lakes High School graduate, in 2010 have now also been charged with murder by U.S. prosecutors. [Washington Post]

Seahawks Lacrosse Team Has Strong Start — There were no games this week because of Spring Break, but the lacrosse team at South Lakes High School will come back next week looking to improve on their 5-1 early-season record. [South Lakes Athletics]

Arrest Made in Anti-Semitic Graffiti Incidents in Fairfax County — A 20-year-old Annandale man has been charged with committing the vandalism, called “hate-motivated” by police, earlier this week. [Fairfax County Police Department]

by Dave Emke — April 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 17 Comments

Board of Directors Election Winners Announced — David Bobzien, Eric Carr, John Mooney and Victoria White were announced Tuesday night as the winners of the Reston Association Board of Directors election. A full story will be posted later today on Reston Now. [Reston Association]

Report: Man Charged With Sexual Abuse Was Deported Felon — Media in D.C. reports that Oscar Perez Rangel, charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in Herndon, had previously been deported and was in the country illegally. [NBC Washington/WJLA]

Connolly: Hate Graffiti an Attack on Society — Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Fairfax) says of anti-Semitic vandalism at the Jewish Community Center and Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale that “an attack on one faith is an attack on all.” [Rep. Gerry Connelly/Facebook]

GMU Professor, Students to Perform in Reston — A free concert Thursday by Dr. Patricia Miller, director of vocal studies at George Mason University, and her advanced students will include performances from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera “Iolanthe.” [Reston Community Center]

by RestonNow.com — April 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm 4 Comments

A 40-year-old Herndon man is being held without bond after police say he repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old girl being cared for at an in-home daycare where he lived.

Oscar Perez Rangel faces several child abuse-related counts including felony aggravated sexual battery in relation to the alleged abuse, which the Fairfax County Police Department says took place between October and December. Rangel was not the operator of the daycare; however, he did live at the residence.

FCPD’s Major Crimes Division Child Abuse detectives received information about the alleged abuse March 28, after the victim had reported it to staff at her school. Perez Rangel was arrested April 7 at the home.

Detectives, Victim Services and Child Protective Services are working with the victim and her family to provide assistance as needed. There is no indication that there are any other victims connected to Perez Rangel; however, any information that may be useful in this case can be directed to Det. Elizabeth Melendez at 703-246-7885.

Photo: Oscar Perez Rangel courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke — April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

A Herndon woman was surprised to find two men in her garage on a recent afternoon, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

According to a police report, the woman found the burglary suspects in her garage in the 1600 block of Winterwood Place at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. The men attempted to flee, but the woman was able to detain one of them without injury. The man, 19-year-old Richard Reyes of Herndon, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, possession of marijuana and being drunk in public.

The other suspect was also identified, police say. The investigation is ongoing, but police say it has been determined that the duo also burglarized another home.

FCPD also reports a robbery that took place Thursday between 10:30 and 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Autumnwood Drive in Reston. Property was reported stolen from an open garage and a car parked outside.

Other incident reports this week from the Reston District Station of FCPD include:

LARCENIES:

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, passport from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, wallet from business

2500 block of Freetown Drive, wallet from residence

2600 block of Reston Parkway, battery from business

12200 block of Streamvale Circle, shoes from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, jeans from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In Loudoun County, police say a Reston man fled from a traffic stop just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Charles Town Pike (Route 9). The driver, identified as 37-year-old Joel E. Hyduke, allegedly took off down Purcellville Road before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Hyduke was apprehended and charged with DWI and speeding before being taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Also in Loudoun County, a Herndon man was charged with driving under the influence after a reported crash at about 3:50 p.m. Saturday in the area of North Sterling Boulevard and East Church Road in Sterling. Brayan L. Palma-Camacho, 24, allegedly drove off after the collision, and deputies found his vehicle a short time later near Relocation Drive, about three miles away.

Palma-Camacho was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, from which he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

In the Town of Vienna, a Reston man with warrants out for his arrest from the Fairfax County Police Department was tracked down by a Vienna Police Department officer in the 200 block of Patrick Street SW at 9:41 a.m. Monday, April 3. The 20-year-old from Colts Neck Court, who was not identified by police, was charged with assault, destruction of property and making threatening telephone calls, and he was served with an emergency protective order.

In Fauquier County, a pair from Herndon were charged after police say one was spotted riding an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Erik Gjormand, 19, was charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol and operating an ATV on a highway at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Dumfries Road. Gabriel Coltrane Walker, 18, was also charged with being drunk in public.

Photo: Richard Reyes courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

The Fairfax County Police Department has released its crime stats for 2016, which show a 2 percent countywide increase in police calls from 2015.

Locally, however, the numbers are slightly down. According to the data, the Reston District Station handled 45,845 calls in 2016 — down 1,925 calls, or about 4 percent, from 2015. The Mount Vernon District Station was the only other precinct to see a decrease from 2015.

Overall, in 2016, Reston District Station responded to 6,605 crime-related calls, 21,967 service calls and 17,273 traffic calls. All three numbers are down from 2015.

FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler said countywide, the increase in the number of calls is due in part to significant increases in narcotics offenses. That shows in the Reston District Station numbers, where such offenses increased by 13.6 percent (360 to 417) from 2015 to 2016.

Weapon law violations nearly doubled from 2015, when there were 34 reported. In 2016, the Reston District Station worked 64 such cases.

Assaults were down about 4.5 percent from 2015. There were 23 sex offenses reported, up three from 2015. Larceny and theft calls were down about 8 percent from 2015, while robbery calls also decreased from 43 to 36.

The average response time to top-priority calls from the Reston District Station increased from 2015 to 2016, from 7.1 minutes to 7.3 minutes. This is in line with trends across the county, as all but two districts (Sully and West Springfield) had increased average response times to such calls.

Across all calls, emergency and non-emergency, Reston District Station’s average response time increased from 7.8 minutes in 2015 to 8.4 minutes in 2016. Only Mount Vernon, which increased from 5.8 minutes to 6.9 minutes, had a greater increase. Countywide, the number increased by only 1/10th of a minute.

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Document-Shredding Program Set for Saturday — The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will sponsor a secure-document shredding event at the North County Human Services building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive) on Saturday morning. Residents can have up to four boxes of materials of a sensitive nature, such as tax documents and financial records, shredded. [Fairfax County]

Board of Supervisors Adopts Resolution on Diversity, Inclusion — At their meeting Tuesday, Supervisors voted to reaffirm that the county is “a welcoming and accepting community where residents of all backgrounds deserve to feel respected and safe.” [Sharon Bulova/Facebook]

Checkers to Expand in D.C. Region — The fast-food chain plans to open 20 locations in the Metro area and is currently in the process of seeking franchisees. [Washington Business Journal]

Longtime Coach Goes Into Local Hall of Fame — Al McCullock, who won 235 games and two regional championships in 15 years as Herndon High School’s baseball coach, was recently inducted into NOVA Baseball Magazine’s “Home Plate Club” Hall of Fame. [NOVA Baseball Magazine]

Beware of Bears as Weather Warms — The Fairfax County Police Department is sharing precautions for how to keep bears away and what to do should you encounter one. They say while bears tend to avoid humans, they sometimes wander into suburban areas in search of food. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Image via @NickDowsett on Twitter

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