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by Dave Emke — May 24, 2017 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Pair of Meetings Set for Tonight — The third community meeting on the County’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment to increase the density cap in Reston’s Planned Residential Community District is tonight at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lake Anne Elementary School (11510 North Shore Drive). In addition, the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District meeting with RA Board Director Victoria White is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at Southgate Community Center (12125 Pinecrest Road).

RTC Rooftop Video Being Investigated — Boston Properties says it is working with police to investigate after a video posted to YouTube shows someone sneaking onto the roof of the One Freedom Square building at Reston Town Center. The individual is also seen in the video going into rooms that appear to be for staff only. [Reston Patch]

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled — County police will have a checkpoint set up within the boundaries of the Reston District on Friday night, from 11:15 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Pool To Be Closed for Four Days  — In an emailed announcement, Reston Community Center says the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center will be closed from Tuesday, June 6 to Friday, June 9 in order to conduct soil testing around the pool. According to the announcement, “this testing is necessary for proper maintenance and improvement of the aquatics center. The pool and spa will resume their regular schedule of rentals, classes and drop-in programs on Saturday, June 10. Reston Community Center Hunter Woods will remain open for non-pool activities during the closure.”

by RestonNow.com — May 23, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

A security alarm at a Herndon elementary school alerted a responder to teens inside.

According to Fairfax County Police, the alarm at Fox Mill Elementary School (2601 Viking Drive) went off between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Sunday. A school security officer who came to the scene found a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl inside the school. He took the teens into custody until police officers arrived, at which time they were released into the custody of their parents.

Police say they are investigating the case to determine whether charges will be filed against the juveniles.

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

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1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle

2200 block of Centreville Road, cash from vehicle

11600 block of Gas Light Court, passport from vehicle

11000 block of Granby Court, computer and money from vehicle

10900 block of Harpers Square Court, property from vehicles

2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

13300 block of Jefferson Commons Court, cellphone from vehicle

2500 block of John Milton Drive, merchandise from business

900 block of Locust Street, cellphone from school

11700 block of Plaza America Drive, wallet and gun from vehicle

1800 block of Post Oak Trail, garage opener from vehicle

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, gift cards from business

11400 block of South Lakes Drive, bicycle from residence

400 block of Walker Road, jewelry from residence

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, license plate from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1900 block of Upper Lake Drive, 2014 Volkswagen Bug

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 — May 22, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

No Charges Against Officer In Herndon Shooting — The Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai, ending a chaotic hostage/barricade situation in January, will not face charges. The Fairfax County Police Department will conduct an internal investigation in accordance with its standard operating procedures. [Fairfax County]

Firm Invests in Breast Milk — Reston-based venture firm PROOF and its investors are putting $3.25 million into Prolacta Bioscience Inc., which uses breast milk to make products for premature, critically ill babies. PROOF has also invested in drone delivery company Zipline, legal research and publishing startup Casetext, and beauty products data and marketing company Memebox. [Washington Business Journal]

Local Students Honored at FBLA Conference — At the recent 2017 Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference, held in Reston, a number of local student took home accolades. Among the winners were South Lakes High School students Davi Meran (first place, securities and investments); Ian Hughes (third place, economics); Ayah Elnafe, Jennifer Alvarez and Rabia Mohamednur (third place, public service announcement); Juhi Chandrabhatha, Rachel Kessler and Jesse Lynch (third place, global business); Conor Gill, Jarius Johnson and Noah Goldstein (fourth place, business ethics); and Ahmed Rabani (fifth place, sales presentation). From Herndon High School, winners were Adam Asif (first place, advertising), Cyril Antoney (second place, organizational leadership) and Rahbar Chowdhury (second place, spreadsheet applications). [Fairfax County Public Schools]

by RestonNow.com — May 16, 2017 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

City of Fairfax Police say a Herndon man made “repeated harassing telephone calls” to a restaurant in the city.

The manager of New York Pizza Factory (11143 Lee Highway) contacted police just before 3 a.m. Sunday to report a man had been repeatedly calling the business. Police say the suspect, 27-year-old Christopher Whayne Eberly of Nathaniel Oaks Drive, was contacted by their Field Operations Division and he “spoke profanely to an officer.”

Eberly was charged with harassing phone calls and vulgar language over the telephone. He was released on his own recognizance.

In other recent crime news, a Herndon man was charged with indecent exposure in the town. Police say 54-year-old Thomas Richard Hogan was seen May 3 in the vestibule of a building in the 600 block of Center Street, “naked from the waist down.” Hogan was released to the custody of a family member.

Also in Herndon, a 48-year-old woman was charged last week by Fairfax County Police with shoplifting from the Kohl’s store on Centreville Road. Police say Dhana Ramaswami briefly struggled with an officer at about 3:30 p.m. May 9 before she was arrested on charges of grand larceny and resisting arrest.

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

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, gun from vehicle

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, phone from park

1200 block of Cobble Pond Way, packages from residence

900 block of Locust Street, cellphone from school

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, bicycle from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, gift cards from business

1000 block of Utterback Store Road, property from vehicle

400 block of Walker Road, jewelry from residence

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, 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 RestonNow.com — May 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm 0

UPDATE: Mirella Anaya Aguilar was reported by Takoma Park Police to have been found safe May 12. Mariissa Pineda was “cooperative and very helpful to police” in helping to locate the girl, they say.

Police in Takoma Park, Maryland, say a missing 13-year-old girl may be in the Reston area.

Mirella Anaya Aguilar, 13, was last seen by her mother in the Montgomery County city on May 2. The girl is 5 foot 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. She is Hispanic, with a light complexion.

In an update to the case released Thursday afternoon, TPPD says their investigation shows the girl may be in the company of a 20-year-old, Mariissa Pineda, in the Reston area. Pineda and the girl are believed to have been frequenting the Tysons Corner Center and using the Metro from Tysons.

The Fairfax County Police Department is assisting in the investigation.

Anyone who has seen either Pineda or the 13-year-old is asked to contact Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100, referring to Case No. 170505618.

by RestonNow.com — May 11, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

‘BrouHaHa’ Returns to Reston — For one night only, Happenstance Theater Company will bring the funny and poignant show “BrouHaha” back to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). RCC staff describe the show as “a funny and poetic escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like ‘La Strada’ and ‘The Seventh Seal,’ and the existential comedy of Samuel Beckett.” The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. [Reston Community Center]

Police: Herndon Shoplifter Fights Officer — Police say a 48-year-old Fairfax County woman started a physical fight with the officer who tried to detain her when she was caught trying to steal merchandise from a Kohl’s department store in Herndon on Tuesday. The incident earned her a trip to jail, and charges of grand larceny and resisting arrest. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Reston Chorale Plans 50th-Anniversary Retrospective — In celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary, the Reston Chorale will present a special concert entitled “A Season to Remember” this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive). Musical numbers will include past favorites as well as works composed especially for The Reston Chorale. Alumni and friends of the group are invited to bring sheet music and join in for Handel’s “Messiah.” Adult tickets range from $20-$30. Youth under 17 and active military are free, but need to reserve tickets. [Reston Chorale]

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by RestonNow.com — May 10, 2017 at 11:15 am 2 Comments

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) A 10-year-old Reston child was rushed by helicopter to Children’s Hospital Tuesday evening with burns over 30 percent of the body following an accident with boiling water, according to fire and police officials.

First-responders from Fairfax County Police and Fire and Rescue rushed to the scene of the incident around 6 p.m. Tuesday, which took place in the child’s home in the 11800 block of Abercorn Court.

Reports indicate the child received second- and third-degree burns to the face, neck, back and feet from boiling water. A fire department spokesperson said the child accidentally tipped over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Authorities described what happened as an accident and said no criminal charges would be filed.

A medevac helicopter landed nearby at Hunters Woods Elementary School to transport the child to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

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by RestonNow.com — May 9, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Reston District police arrested an 18-year-old Herndon man for breaking into a home in the middle of the night last week.

According to police, a resident of the 1400 block of Kingstream Drive in Herndon woke around 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 to the sound of a crash. The woman found a man in her kitchen rummaging through the refrigerator. He reportedly fled on foot when she approached him.

Responding officers located a man matching the suspect’s description going through the trunk of a car nearby. The man took off running but officers were able to catch up with him and apprehend him. Officers confirmed he was the same man who broke into the resident’s home earlier.

The man has been charged with burglary, petit larceny, vehicular trespassing and being drunk in public.

Other reports from the Reston District over the past week included:

LARCENIES:

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, wallet from vehicle

10300 block of Brittenford Drive, property from vehicle

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, clothing from residence

12000 block of Glade Drive, merchandise from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet and electronic device from vehicle

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, beer from business

2100 block of San Moritz Circle, wallet from business

11500 block of Seneca Farm, wallet from vehicle

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).

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by RestonNow.com — May 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm 4 Comments

A 23-year-old Reston resident was among those arrested in a recent sting operation conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Child Exploitation Unit.

The operation involved detectives posing as juveniles online. The police department says the juveniles quickly received sexual solicitations, warning parents that “this type of crime is prevalent within our community.”

In all, eight men are facing various charges, including computer solicitation of a minor. Among them is Joshua Veary of Reston, who is facing three counts of computer solicitation.

More from an FCPD press release:

Major Crimes Division detectives from the Child Exploitation Unit recently conducted a three-day operation targeting online sexual predators.

Detectives, posing as juveniles, went online and within a very short period of time, received solicitations and sexually explicit images from men wanting to meet the “child” for the purpose of engaging in inappropriate sexual activity. The suspect and “child” would arrange a time and place to meet and when the suspect arrived, he was taken into custody.

The hard work of our detectives, along with those from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation , resulted in the arrest of eight offenders. Approximately 25 local and federal criminal charges were placed, including, solicitation of a minor, solicitation of a minor for prostitution, attempted indecent liberties with a minor (including a registered sex offender), and drug possession charges.

Detectives want to emphasize, especially to parents, this type of crime is prevalent within our community. They encourage you to closely monitor your child’s online activity; not only for predators who want to engage in physical contact, but also for those who wish to send or receive pornographic images from children.

Anyone with information about crimes involving suspected child sexual exploitation is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800, or Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

by RestonNow.com — May 2, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Reston District police are investigating an incident of indecent exposure that reportedly took place around 1:30 p.m. at Reston Town Center on Saturday.

According to Fairfax County police reports, a man saw a car blocking traffic near 11900 Market St. The man said he got out of his car to approach the car that was sitting in the through lane, and saw that the driver was exposing himself and touching himself inappropriately.

“He looked toward the driver’s line of sight and saw a group of young girls,” police wrote in the report.

The witness yelled at the man, who then drove away quickly.

In other crime news, police reports from the past week also indicated that firearms were stolen from a home in the 11100 block of Forest Edge Drive on Friday evening.

The residents of the home contacted police just before 8:30 that evening to report that sometime that day, an unknown burglar had entered the home through a basement window and had stolen firearms.

Police are investigating the alleged burglary.

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by Dave Emke — February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments

Cindy Blanco Hernandez

(Updated 2:30 p.m. following law enforcement press conference)

Five of the 10 people charged with abduction and gang participation in relation to the killing of a Gaithersburg teen now face murder charges.

Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield; Wilmer A. Sanchez, 21, of no fixed address; and three 17-year-olds from Alexandria, Annandale and Springfield have been charged with murder as the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas continues.

Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Wintherthur Lane in Reston, is among the five suspects who have not yet been charged with any additional crimes.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Reyes Rivas was held against her will before she was taken to Lake Accotink Park, assaulted and killed. Police believe this happened on or around Jan. 8.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said it was a “savage, brutal killing.”

“It was horrific,” Roessler said. “It was horrible.”

Reyes Rivas had been reported missing in Montgomery County in early December. The girl’s body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield on Saturday, and her death was ruled a homicide Monday after an autopsy.

Police believe the killing to be gang-related. The teen’s mother told NBC4 her daughter had been threatened by the gang MS-13.

At Tuesday’s news conference, law enforcement did not confirm the gang to be MS-13, but did go into detail about gang presence in the area.

“These illegal gangs are recruiting juveniles… [and] preying on those who are vulnerable, who are looking for security,” said Jay Lannom, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force director. “We are are seeing a lot of increase in recruiting in high schools and middle schools, which is alarming to us.”

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — January 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm 37 Comments

Updated 10:35 p.m. Sunday to include suspect description from Fairfax County Police Department

Two men in their 20s were stabbed in an argument during a pickup soccer game Sunday afternoon near South Lakes High School.

Police say the two men, ages 22 and 23, who were stabbed were transported to Reston Hospital Center. The injuries to the 23-year-old were first deemed to be life-threatening, but the man’s status later improved to stable.

The suspect in the stabbing has not yet been apprehended, but Fairfax County Police spokesperson Tawny Wright said there is no threat to the community at large.

“The suspect and the two victims were somehow acquainted,” she said. “An argument erupted related to the game.”

No students from the high school were involved, Wright said.

“From what we got from the initial investigation, there were two groups of people using the field,” she said. “During one their games, an argument erupted between a small group of them. It escalated until someone pulled out a cutting instrument.”

Wright said the 23-year-old was cut in the upper body and suffered a serious injury. The 22-year-old was cut in the leg.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, short-haired Hispanic male in his early 20s.

Photos courtesy Van Applegate/FOX 5 DC

by Dave Emke — January 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm 0

Fairfax County Police car

The Chipotle on Sunset Hills Road was robbed Sunday night.

Fairfax County Police say two employees were closing up shop at about 10:10 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was described as Hispanic. He was wearing gloves and all-black clothing, and he had his face covered, according to the description.

No one was injured in the incident.

If you have information about the suspect, contact the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District at 703-478-0904.

by Dave Emke — January 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm 19 Comments

Theron Boone (courtesy FCPD)A 19-year-old Reston man is facing a number of charges after police say he tossed a guinea pig to its death.

The incident happened Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square.

“Around 12:40 p.m. Animal Protection Police responded to assist officers on a domestic violence incident in the Reston area,” Fairfax County Police said in a report today. “The suspect had thrown the victim’s pet guinea pig off the balcony and left the area. APP took the animal for an evaluation and determined it was deceased.”

Theron Boone was arrested Saturday and taken to the Adult Detention Center. He faces charges of animal cruelty, domestic violence, destruction of property and preventing someone from calling 911.

Photo courtesy FCPD

by Jennifer van der Kleut — December 29, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Update at 5:30 p.m. — The teen has been found safe, according to Fairfax County police. “Officers located Elliott Byrum a short time ago,” the police department said Thursday afternoon. “He is in good health and will be reunited with his family shortly. Thanks to all concerned.”

Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a “critical” missing teen last seen in Reston.

Police said 17-year-old Elliot Byrum was last seen in front of the Giant grocery store in the North Point Village Center (1452 Reston Parkway) around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. Byrum reportedly works at the grocery store, but never went inside and checked in for his shift.

Police said they are concerned for Elliot’s well-being due to mental health issues.

“We have reason to believe he may be in danger due to mental disabilities and his family is concerned for his well-being,” police said in a statement early Thursday morning.elliot-byrum-courtesy-fcpd

Elliot is described as 5-foot-9, around 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing his Giant grocery work t-shirt. Photos distributed by police also show him wearing glasses.

Anyone who thinks they may have information about Elliot Byrum or his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Bill Woolf at 703-246-4059 or the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131. Anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Solvers at 1-865-411-TIPS.

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