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by RestonNow.com June 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm 11 Comments

A 20-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with a stabbing on May 31.

Fairfax County police charged Herndon resident Denis Alexander Castillo Hernandez with aggravated malicious assault. The victim was taken to Reston Hospital in life-threatening condition. The incident occurred on the 1300 block of Parcher Avenue, police said.

In a separate incident, Anthony Devine, 27, of Reston, was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breath test and obstruction of justice. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Devine was driving over the speed limit near Route 28 and Nokes Boulevard on June 2 around 2:41 a.m. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

FCPD reported the following incidents in the past week, including the theft of a sword from a home on the 2600 block of Barnside Court in Herndon:

LARCENIES:

13400 block of Coppermine Road, jewelry from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, jewelry from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, necklace from residence

1800 block of Jonathan Way, laptop computer from residence

12400 block of Marstan Moor Lane, bag and cash from vehicle

1400 block of Northgate Square, license plate from vehicle

2500 block of Polly Jefferson Way, property from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, license plate from vehicle

11600 block of Stoneview Square, license plate from vehicle

2700 block of Viking Drive, property from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported.

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by Fatimah Waseem May 29, 2018 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

The body of a 45-year-old swimmer was recovered Monday afternoon from Lake Audubon.

Kevin Ruby was competing in the 31st annual Jim McDonnell Lake Swim when a family member noticed he was missing for more than an hour. Ruby finished a one-mile race but never showed up at the end of race two, which covers two miles.

Police believe Ruby may have drowned. Foul play is not suspected and a medical examiner will determine the cause of death, police said.

More than 600 people participated in the event. Swimmers wore bracelets, which were used to check in and out of the event. Event organizers were not immediately available for comment.

Remi Currell, who was a guard at the event, said the event was handled professionally.

“This sort of accident is not exclusive to our race. There is no way to completely [foolproof] this type of event, and the only way I can think of making it safer is to have one lifeguard per person, which is impossible.”

Police and fire and rescue personnel searched the area from Sunday noon through the night. The helicopter-assisted search resumed Monday. Ruby’s body was found around 12:45 p.m. that day.

Nearly three years ago, a 63-year-old man participating in the swim died after losing consciousness during the event.

The event happens at a Reston Association lake, but is organized by the Reston Masters Swim Team.

The team issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

Reston Masters is honored to have had Mr. Ruby compete at our Jim McDonnell Lake Swims for many years. He was a very talented top finisher. Earlier Sunday morning Mr. Ruby won his age group in the 1-mile race with a time of 23:38.

As part of all our races, Fairfax County on-water EMS staff are an integral part of our operations. We are especially grateful for the timely and extensive additional support from Fairfax County Police and Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

Please join Reston Masters in keeping Kevin Ruby in our hearts and memories as an accomplished distance swimmer.

Photo by Fairfax County Police Department and Jessica Peachey

by Fatimah Waseem May 25, 2018 at 10:15 am 8 Comments

(Updated at 10:25 a.m. to include information about Cherry’s previous arrest) Carlos Cherry, 38, was arrested and charged with shooting a missile at an occupied building on Wednesday.

Members of a neighborhood patrol unit saw Cherry, who has a pending warrant for failing to appear in court for a felony offense, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

When they approached him, he stood up and pointed a firearm at the Reston District Station (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). The move was followed by three to four ‘pops,’ police said.

Cherry was taken into custody. The weapon was “a realistic looking BB gun,” according to police.

On March 22, Cherry was arrested after police said he hit a police officer with his fist, police said. He was arrested and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, brandishing a firearm and intoxication in public.

Information about the most recent incident was released late Thursday.

Photo via FCPD

by RestonNow.com May 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

Several major crime incidents surfaced over the last week. As we reported over the weekend, a Reston doctor was arrested on May 19 for assaulting an adult male patient during two separate visits. Police believe there may be other victims, but no new information has been provided.

Yesterday, a 71-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car as she crossed at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way. The crash remains under investigation.

One week ago, a former Langston Hughes Middle School teacher was charged with indecent acts with a child. Although the teacher was arrested last year,  police only recently released details of the incident after a report by the Washington Post.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents:

Larcenies:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, laptop computer from vehicle

1700 block of Clubhouse Road, cell phone from vehicle

2200 block of Colts Neck Road, cash and property from business

11400 block of Isaac Newton Square, purse from vehicle

12000 block of Kinsley Place, wallet from business

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, plumbing material from construction site

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from business

Stolen Vehicles:

None reported

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

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by RestonNow.com May 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

Local police say there is no evidence connected to a threat of violence at South Lakes High School.

On Friday, police investigated the possibility of a threat after receiving a report that a student threatened to “shoot up” the high school on social media.

According to the report, the student posted a picture on Snapchat with guns. If anyone reported the incident, the student threatened to shoot at the school, according to a parent of one of the students who reported the incident.

In a statement to Reston Now, Fairfax County Police Sgt. Brad Woehlren said the threat was investigated and “no threats, charges or arrests” were made.

The parent said he was impressed with how the school and its security officer handled the report.

I personally am very happy with how South Lakes is protecting our kids and I think it would help empower others to feel safe coming forward if they knew that South Lakes takes these issues seriously and can show that action was taken to prevent anything from happening,” said Ray Boatwright.

The school was under a lockdown in March after police received reports of a student with a gun. No weapon was found.

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by Fatimah Waseem May 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm 1 Comment

A doctor based in Reston is facing charges after an investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department determined he had inappropriate contact with an adult male patient during two separate visits.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Dr. Ticoni Barte, 63, of Herndon, practiced at Community Health Care Network in the 1100 block of Washington Plaza West in Reston. The practice is part of a private partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department.

Police became aware of the issue in February. Barte is charged with two counts of assault, which police believe occurred in October and January.

His license has been suspended. Barter turned himself in on Saturday and has been released on a $10,000 bond, police said.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the major crimes bureau at  703-246-7830.

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by RestonNow.com May 15, 2018 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

A Fairfax County firefighter was assaulted in the emergency room of Reston Hospital Center (1850 Town Center Parkway) on Saturday at 9:40 p.m.

Thomas Feeley, 25, of Reston, was charged with assault on a firefighter. Emergency personnel brought Feeley to the hospital because he was bleeding and stumbling around Reston Town Center.

Once he arrived at the hospital, police said he began fighting hospital staff and emergency personnel. He was charged after being released from the hospital, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

FCPD also reported the following incidents:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash and electronic devices from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, bicycle from residence

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, tires from vehicle

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, laptop computer from vehicle

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, keys from vehicle

11600 block of Stoneview Square, jewelry from residence

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, cell phone from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

A 23-year-old Reston resident was caught sleeping in a stranger’s front yard on the 800 block of North Sterling Boulevard on Saturday around 1:14 a.m. Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Julio Cabrera-Mercado with public intoxication.

On Friday, a 21-year-old Herndon resident was also arrested and charged with public intoxication. Police believe the man, Erick Portillo-Guevara, refused to leave a restaurant on the 2000 block of Minot Drive in Ashburn.

File photo via FCPD

by RestonNow.com April 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments

Police believe three Herndon teenagers were involved in a robbery on the 1100 block of Crestview Drive in Herndon on Wednesday, April 11.

A minor said he gave money to trio so they could buy him age-restricted nicotine products. But police said the teenagers took the money and threatened the minor with violence if he did not leave.

Kevin Alexander Fernandez, 19, of Herndon, was arrested for robbery. Warrants are outstanding for Olivia Rose Lovgren Paulson and Brandon Leonel Hernandez, both 19, of Herndon.

In a separate incident, a man was found lying down on the ground at the 20000 block of East Hampton Plaza in Ashburn on Saturday (April 21) at around 1:30 a.m..

Police arrested and charged the man, Marvin Ayala, 27, of Herndon, with public intoxication. He was released from Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents this week:

Larcenies: 

2400 block of Centreville Road, bicycles and electronic devices from business

11700 block of Decade Court, laptop computer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

2400 block of Misty Dawn Court, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, cell phone charger from business

2600 block of Puritan Court, cash and jewelry from residence

2300 block of Stone Fence Lane, sunglasses and phone cord from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from business

Stolen Vehicles: 

11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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

by Fatimah Waseem April 24, 2018 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Spot a helicopter? — Don’t be alarmed. Helicopters are flying low in the area as crews conduct maintenance on power lines and wires in the coming days. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Obsolete offices — Fairfax County’s oldest office buildings have some of the lowest vacancy rates — even though they’re considered obsolete. That’s despite the fact that trophy towers are going up in Tysons and Reston. [Washington Business Journal]

Ashburn Shooting Arrest — A Centreville man has been arrested in connected with the shooting of a Reston man on Sunday at an Ashburn home. [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office]

A new age — Metro’s Silver Line brings in a new age for Reston. Some fear development will ruin the community’s character. Others say it will fulfill its vision. [The Washington Post]

Photo submitted by Wade Gilley

by RestonNow.com April 23, 2018 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

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

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 10:40 am 3 Comments

Local police have identified a man found dead in Fairfax Station on Wednesday as Michael Cooker, 30, of Herndon.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Cooker was found on the 6500 block of Colchester Road around 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday. A passerby saw a man laying on the side of the road and alerted police.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Cooker sustained upper body trauma. No weapons were found on the scene.

An autopsy, which will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or via text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 703-691-2131.

Photo via FCPD

by Fatimah Waseem April 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

As the one year mark of the tragic slaying of Nabra Hassanen approaches, local students are coming together to remember the South Lakes High School student.

Hassanen, a Muslim, was killed near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Sterling.

Family and loved ones will gather on Saturday (April 14) — what would have been Hassanen’s 18th birthday — to package “blessing bags” with items like water bottles, deodorant, food and shampoo. Bags will be distributed to the homeless in D.C., organizers said.

Police believe Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, followed a group of teens as they walked and biked back to the mosque at around 3:40 a.m. during Ramadan, the prescribed month of fasting for Muslims.

Torres later caught up with the group in a parking lot, according to police, and struck Hassanen with a baseball bat before abducting her in his car. He then allegedly assaulted Hassanen a second time before dumping her body in a pond next to his apartment complex.

Organizers hope to preserve Hassanen’s love for charity projects and her caring nature through the initiative.

Afnan Abdelmeguid, a 17-year-old West Springfield High School student and event organizer, said Hassanen was like a sister to her. After meeting Hassanen nearly a decade ago, Abdelmeguid recalls the pair quickly became close friends, spending yearly holidays together and taking part in an annual Islamic spring camp.

In her absence,  Abdelmeguid wants to keep her giving nature alive. She also hopes it will help her and the local community heal as the one year anniversary of the high-profile case approaches and as Ramadan begins next month.

Other organizers include Abdelmeguid’s cousins, Shatha and Maysoon Ibrahim.

“She was very kind to everyone and was always smiling. She always cared about our problems and was always there to talk to you when you needed someone to talk to,” Abdelmeguid said.

by Fatimah Waseem April 3, 2018 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Man wanted for abduction — Police are searching for Osman Osman, a Herndon resident who police believe assaulted and abducted his wife and child in Chantilly. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Comstock shifts gears — The development company is shifting its business strategy from for-sale homebuilding to commercial development, asset management and real estate. [Nasdaq]

Breathe in, breathe out — Join a longtime meditator for an adults-only meditation workshop today from 2-3:30 p.m. [Reston Regional Library]

The price tag for Sheraton Reston Hotel — Remember the planned renovation we covered? The hotel was bought by Wurzak Hotel Group for $27 million. [Commercial Real Estate Direct]

Open for (more) business — Reston Farm Market has new hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. [Reston Farm Market]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

by RestonNow.com March 30, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Recycling 2.0 — Have old CDs and video games that you’d like to get rid of? A Reston neighborhood is hosting a recycling event in time for spring cleaning. [Facebook]

For crime junkies — Crime data for Fairfax County was released yesterday. Chief of Police Edwin Roessler Jr. said the county is the “safest jurisdiction of its size in the United States.” (Still, don’t forget to lock those doors tonight). [Fairfax County Police Department]

A chat with Reston Regional Library’s branch manager — Get the latest information on library reference services, libraries in the age of Google, and more. [Fairfax County Government]

Metro service changes this weekend — “As the cherry blossoms get closer to peak bloom, Metro has limited track work scheduled for Easter weekend. The track work that is scheduled is after 10 p.m. each night, similar to Metro’s new consistent weeknight track work policy.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

by Fatimah Waseem March 28, 2018 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Empty offices turn — The Fairfax County Planning Commission approved plans to convert empty offices in suburban neighborhoods without a site specific change to the comprehensive plan. [Fairfax County Government]

Sweet Leaf opens today — The locally owned chain opened its seventh location at Reston Metro Plaza at 8 a.m. today. [Reston Now]

Minor crime updates — A cell phone was taken from a business, cash was taken from a car on Library Street and items were taken from a business on Sunset Hills Road. [Fairfax County Police Department]

American Red Cross blood drive today — The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. today at the library. [Reston Regional Library]

A reminder about the election — Voting for Reston Association’s Board of Directors’ election ends on Monday. [Reston Association]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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