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by Dave Emke — March 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments

DWI enforcement police vehicle (Photo via Fairfax County Police Department)Police in both Fairfax and Loudoun counties say a group of teens was shooting pellets at vehicles on Leesburg Pike (Va. Route 7) overnight.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, officers from the Reston District Station reported at about 4 a.m. to the area of Middleton Ridge Road after a report of a car being fired upon by a BB gun. Police checked the area and found a car matching provided suspect information. Police say five teenage boys inside the car allegedly were involved.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, reports a related incident in the area of Dranesville Road. They say a vehicle in that area suffered minor damage.

The FCPD officers apprehended the teens. According to LCSO, they were released to the custody of their parents.

No one was injured in either of the incidents. Charges and juvenile petitions are pending.

by Dave Emke — March 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy Nextdoor/Fairfax County Police Department

The Fairfax County Police Department celebrated Thursday the one-year anniversary of its partnership with neighborhood networking site Nextdoor, and several local communities were honored for their participation as well.

At a press conference, FCPD said its involvement on Nextdoor has helped it more effectively communicate and engage with residents. On Nextdoor, community members can form social networks that are specific to their neighborhood, and only visible to registered members of those neighborhoods. According to information provided by Nextdoor, more than 100,000 residents in more than 760 county neighborhoods are using the site to connect with each other and police — numbers that have doubled in the past year.

“Our county is stronger and safer when we have informed and involved residents,” said Edwin C. Roessler, FCPD chief. “Nextdoor has been a great way for residents to become more engaged within their own communities and with the police department. We are excited that so many neighborhoods are participating and encourage more residents to join.”

Good things are happening thanks to FCPD’s partnership with Nextdoor, the company’s senior city strategist Joseph Porcelli said.

“The Fairfax County Police Department is one of the top Nextdoor counties in the country,” he said. “Many residents feel a stronger connection to their neighbors and the police department, and we are honored that Nextdoor has played a role in that.”

Several Fairfax County communities were honored for their engagement with the site, including three in Reston:

  • Hunters Green Cluster, which won an award for being the most supportive neighborhood. They had the highest number of “thanks” per member on Nextdoor among Fairfax County neighborhoods. (Nextdoor has a “thank” button, similar to the “like” button on Facebook, where neighbors can thank each other for a post.)
  • Old Trail, which won for being the most watchful neighborhood. They’ve shared the most crime and safety posts on Nextdoor among Fairfax County neighborhoods.
  • Bentana Park, which won for being the most talkative neighborhood. They’ve shared the most content on Nextdoor among Fairfax County neighborhoods.

Eighty Reston communities have established networks on Nextdoor, according to its website.

Photo courtesy Nextdoor/Fairfax County Police Department

by RestonNow.com — March 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm 0

Fairfax County Police Department shieldThe Fairfax County Police Department is investigating after a man found unresponsive in a car down an embankment died at Reston Hospital Center.

According to a release from FCPD, 30-year-old Cory Lee Boback of Sterling was found at about 9 p.m. Wednesday in a car off Hiddenbrook Drive near Dranesville Road, in the Herndon area. Boback was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition and pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say their preliminary investigation suggests the car was stopped at the light at the intersection of Hiddenbrook Drive and Dranesville Road when Boback may have passed out and the car rolled backward, down the embankment and off the road, without striking anything.

The incident remains under investigation, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers, text a tip by sending “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637), or call 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.

by Dave Emke — March 21, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Police linePolice say a Reston man was caught in the act of assaulting a woman in Sterling last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Fredy F. Alfaro was observed by deputies to be assaulting a woman in a car in the 46000 block of Community Plaza at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested and charged with assault. Alfaro was also charged with distribution of narcotics and public intoxication, and he was transferred to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Beaver Court, tire inflator from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cellphone from business

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, license plate from vehicle

2500 block of Centreville Road, wallet from vehicle

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, electronic device from residence

2300 block of Freetown Court, documents from business

2300 block of Freetown Court, medication from residence

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

1700 block of Port Place, jewelry boxes from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, beer from business

11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, license plate from vehicle

12000 block of Town Square, purse and cellphone from residence

13000 block of Weeping Cherry Walk, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Wheelwright Court, jacket 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).

by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

Police line

A D.C. woman stabbed a man in the arm last week in Herndon, police say.

The incident took place Friday in the 600 block of Elden Street, according to the Herndon Police Department’s weekly report. Police say 24-year-old Ronice Pannell stabbed the man after arguing with him. The victim was transported to the hospital, treated and released. Pannell was charged with malicious wounding and held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

In a separate incident, a 34-year-old Herndon man faces multiple charges including possession with intent to distribute PCP. Those charges were filed after the man, Lefonte Hogan, fled from an officer who attempted to initiate a traffic stop Thursday near the intersection of Elden Street and Alabama Drive.

Police say Hogan drove down Parcher Avenue and stopped in a wooded area at the end of the street before fleeing on foot. He was apprehended and charged with eluding, resisting arrest, destruction of property and driving on a revoked license, in addition to the drug charge. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Meanwhile, the Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, cell phone from residence

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cash from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business

Soapstone Drive/Stoneview Square, cash from vehicle

2000 block of Twin Branches Road, wallet from vehicle

2000 block of Wethersfield Court, license plate from vehicle

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).

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

VDOT Traffic Cam - Wiehle Ave./Reston Station

Accident Reported on Dulles Access Road — An accident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Access Road, in the area of Hunter Mill Road.

Reston Hospital Center Using New Breast Cancer Technology — A new device is being used by surgeons at the hospital to precisely localize small tumors and direct their removal during surgery. RHC is the first medical center in the area to use the SAVI SCOUT radar localization technology. [Reston Hospital Center]

Dozens of Guns Stolen from Chantilly Store — Three suspects were caught on video surveillance stealing 35 guns from 50 West Armory on Metrotech Drive on Saturday. Fairfax County Police are trying to track them down and is asking for any help the community can provide. [Fairfax County Police Department]

SLHS Alum to Play in NCAA Basketball Tournament — Princess Aghayere, a 2015 South Lakes High School graduate, will play with the University of Pennsylvania Quakers women’s basketball team in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. The Quakers’ first-round game against Texas A&M will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Saturday. [NCAA]

VDOT traffic cam image from Wiehle Avenue at Reston Station

by Dave Emke — March 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Morning Notes

More Speak Out Against Paid Parking — The owner of Obi Sushi says sales are down about a third since Boston Properties initiated paid parking at Reston Town Center. Meanwhile, the president of the Reston Citizens Association says it’s just one more sore spot to a community battling an increasing cost of living. [Washington Post]

Retired Detective’s Story Gains AttentionAs we reported, retired Fairfax County Police Department detective Bruce Wiley took care of a 17-year-old intruder at his Beaver Circle home last week using no more than a flashlight and a baton. Since, he has shared further details about the incident with Washington television stations. “I was lucky that he didn’t have a gun,” he told one. [Fox 5 DC/WJLA]

Nominations Still Open for Reston Volunteer Awards — Candidates for Reston Association’s Volunteer Service Awards can still be nominated until Friday. The awards recognize individuals, families, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to the community through volunteer service. [Reston Association]

SLHS Baseball Star Continues His Success — Jared Abelson, a 2015 South Lakes High School graduate, picked up two hits for Macalester College in a game over the weekend against Marian University in the Tucson Invitational. The sophomore is batting .478 through six games this season. [Macalester College Athletics]

by Dave Emke — March 10, 2017 at 10:15 am 18 Comments

Retired detective Bruce Wiley/FCPD(This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. after more information was released by the Fairfax County Police Department.)

A retired Fairfax County Police Department detective had crime come into his Reston home earlier this week.

According to FCPD, retired detective Bruce Wiley was awakened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday by “suspicious noises in his house” in the 1700 block of Beaver Circle. From the police release:

“He grabbed a flashlight and a collapsible baton and went to investigate. He found the intruder, who was wearing a full black mask over his face, in the process of stealing items from the home. Wiley pointed the flashlight at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect did not comply with Wiley’s commands, as he repeated his commands, Wiley closed in on the suspect, struck him once with the baton and took him to the ground. Meanwhile, Wiley’s wife called police.”

Officers responded took the 17-year-old suspect into custody.

Police say Wiley was a detective on the force for 28 years before retiring in 2010.

“During his tour of duty, Wiley responded to every type of call for service imaginable, from a cat stuck in a tree to a murder scene. He dealt with crime victims with sensitivity and compassion, and investigated crimes with tenacity and dogged determination, but he never thought that he would someday be a crime victim himself.”

Police say Wiley has used his “extensive job knowledge, training and experience to train other law enforcement officers in use-of-force situations.”

Another break-in at the home had been reported to have happened last week between 11 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Small electronic items were stolen in that case, police reported. A Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson said police “have reason to believe the same suspect might be involved.”

Picture of Wiley courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke — March 8, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes

Possibly Rabid Fox Bites Woman, Cat — Animal Protection Police officers responded Tuesday to two different scenes in Great Falls where a fox had gone on the attack. A 71-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being bitten “multiple times” around 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road; about an hour later and about three miles away, a 54-year-old woman fought off a fox that had bitten her cat. The fox believed to have been involved in both incidents was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Metro Station Work to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be diverted onto the Toll Road on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The detours will be to allow workers to set large precast concrete elements for the future Herndon and Reston Town Center Metro stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Reston-Based Soccer Academy Gets Leader — Tom Torres has been named the head of the Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which is scheduled to start play in Reston this fall. Torres has been a coach with the D.C. United’s academy for the past 10 years. [Black and Red United]

With Spring Showers Comes Flooding — With the start of spring less than two weeks away, county officials are reminding residents of tips to keep themselves and their homes safe from potential flooding. [Fairfax County]

by RestonNow.com — March 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm 6 Comments

Herndon Police

(This post was edited at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday to correct the date of the incident. Due to an error in the Herndon Police Department report, these arrests were originally reported to have happened Feb. 3.)

A 19-year-old from Reston was jailed after Herndon Police Department officers say he ran from a traffic stop.

According to police, Tyquan Quantae Johnson was pulled over on March 2 in the 800 block of Alabama Drive. As soon as the vehicle stopped, according to the report, Johnson got out and fled on foot.

The Fairfax County Police Department helicopter was involved in the search for Johnson, police say, and he was located in the 400 block of Pickett Lane.

From the report:

“[Johnson] was arrested for driving while suspended, possession of marijuana, eluding on foot and displaying a fictitious license plate. He was transported to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on bond.”

Police say four occupants of the vehicle were also cited for possession of marijuana.

by RestonNow.com — March 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

New Police Car Logos/Credit: Fairfax County PoliceA home in Reston was victim of a nighttime burglary after police say the suspect took a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle.

Police say the incident took place sometime between 3 and 3:20 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 12100 block of Tryton Way. A purse and wallet were reported missing from the home.

A second burglary was also reported over the weekend on the 1700 block of Beaver Circle. The Fairfax County Police Department says the thief entered the home through a door sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Small electronic items were reported missing.

Other incidents reported by the FCPD’s Reston District Station in the past week include:

LARCENIES:

9700 block of Locust Hill Drive, sunglasses from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

2100 block of Wilkes Court, cellphone from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from business

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, merchandise from business

11900 block of Fallen Holly Court, cellphone from school

2500 block of James Madison Circle, wallet from residence

1600 block of Oak Spring Way, pressure washer from residence

2200 block of Wheelwright Court, license plates from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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

by Dave Emke — March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 Comments

Morning Notes - Lake Anne trail sign

Police: Bodies Found in County Park Linked to Gang Activity — Two sets of human remains were located Friday in a park near Falls Church. These are just the latest apparent victims of gang activity in Fairfax County, Police Chief Edwin Roessler said. [WTOP]

Registration for SLHS Summer Sports Camps Underway — Signups are now available for youths looking to participate in summer camps for basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse and volleyball. [South Lakes High School]

Another Round of Metro SafeTrack Work in State — Work on the Blue and Yellow lines in Northern Virginia began over the weekend and will last into April. This is expected to be the final round of the work. County supervisors Sharon Bulova and Cathy Hudgins are urging patience from commuters. [Washington Post]

Feds: Herndon Man Previously Jailed for Bank Robberies Strikes Again — Bruce Wayne Higgins Jr. served four years in prison after robbing banks in D.C. and Arlington in 2009. Now law enforcement says he committed heists at five more banks in December in Baltimore, Ocean City and Atlantic City. [NJ.com]

by Dave Emke — March 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Fairfax County Police Department shieldThe Fairfax County Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot and killed a Herndon man in January, ending a chaotic barricade/hostage situation.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Edwin Roessler said 16-year FCPD veteran Master Police Officer Lance Guckenberger fired the shot that killed 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai on Jan. 16.

“Due to the escalating violent and threatening behavior by Mohammad Azim Doudzai and the urgent safety concerns for the person trapped in the home who was reporting to dispatchers that he was having trouble breathing, Master Police Officer Lance Guckenberger, a 16-year veteran currently assigned to the Special Operations Division, deployed his department-issued firearm to stop the active threat created by Mohammad Azim Doudzai and allowed the rescue of the trapped man in the home.”

First-aid was performed on Doudzai by officers at the scene, according to the statement, but the man died at the hospital.

Police say Guckenberger has been involved in two previous incidents where deadly force was deployed. Both incidents, according to the statement, were “determined to be lawfully justified uses of force in which the officer used great restraint while being exposed to suspects who were using weapons against the involved officer while the officer was attempting to preserve the sanctity of human life for others.”

In each of the previous incidents, in 2005 and 2010, the suspect had opened fire on police and Guckenberger’s shot was not fatal. For his role in the 2005 incident, Guckenberger was recognized with the Award of Valor from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Guckenberger was placed on routine administrative leave after the Jan. 16 incident in Herndon. His name had not been previously released as police were waiting for a threat assessment against him to be conducted. No credible threat was discovered.

by Dave Emke — March 2, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Rhonda VanLoweA Reston woman is one of nine citizens who have been appointed to Fairfax County’s new Citizens Police Review Panel.

Rhonda VanLowe was appointed Tuesday to a one-year term on the panel. She is a member of the Governor’s Taskforce for Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response and served on the Public Safety workgroup.

According to a news release from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors:

“[VanLowe] has devoted much of her community service work to serving those with unique physical, mental, emotional, intellectual or cognitive backgrounds. Ms. VanLowe practiced law in law firm and corporate settings, served as Board Chair of The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., and received the National Women of Color Special Recognition Award at the 2008 STEM Conference. Ms. VanLowe is a 36-year resident of Fairfax County and looks forward to working together with members of the Panel to develop procedures that will set the foundational tone and tenor for the work of the Panel.”

According to her LinkedIn page, VanLowe has served as legal counsel for Rolls-Royce North America Inc. since 1999. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington.

The Citizens Police Review Panel was created in December by the county Board of Supervisors. Its goal will be to look over police complaints and internal probes as part of a new effort to increase transparency in the area’s law enforcement.

The county’s Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission called for the panel in an October 2015 report to the Board of Supervisors. While the commission was established in the aftermath of a fatal police-involved shooting in 2013, the new panel won’t handle matters concerning potentially criminal uses of force.

Members of the panel can serve up to two three-year terms. The inaugural members of the board were randomly assigned one-, two- and three-year initial terms so that term expirations would be staggered, supervisors said Tuesday.

The full makeup of the panel is listed below:

  • ONE-YEAR TERMS: Hansel Aguilar (Fairfax), Hollye Doane (Oakton) and VanLowe
  • TWO-YEAR TERMS: Randy Sayles (Oak Hill), Jean Senseman (Lorton) and Adrian L. Steel Jr. (McLean)
  • THREE-YEAR TERMS: Kathleen Davis-Siudut (Springfield), Steve Descano (Springfield) and Douglas Kay (Fairfax)

Steel will serve as the panel’s first chairman.

Image via University of Mary Washington

by Dave Emke — March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes

No Increase to Property Tax Rate — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to advertise a property tax rate for FY2018 that is equal to the FY2017 rate. [Washington Post]

‘Epiphany’ Returning to NextStop — Herndon native and South Lakes High School graduate Derek Jasper is a magician, mentalist and deception expert. His show, “Epiphany,” returns to NextStop Theatre in Herndon (269 Sunset Park Drive) next weekend. [Connection Newspapers]

Herndon Police Led on High-Speed Chase — A traffic stop Sunday near the intersection of Crestview Drive and Herndon Parkway turned into chase when the driver fled. Herndon Police later found the vehicle, but not the driver. [Herndon Patch]

FCPD Gang Unit Involved in Search for Remains — Acting on recently received information, Fairfax County Police Department homicide, gang unit and crime scene detectives have been looking for human remains in Holmes Run Park and Lemon Road Park, near Falls Church. This follows an earlier investigation in which 10 people (including a Reston woman) were charged with gang activity in connection with the killing of a 15-year-old whose body was found near Lake Accotink Park in Springfield. [Fairfax County Police Department/WTOP]

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