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Police Seek Public’s Help After Fatal Crash on Fairfax County Parkway

Two people were killed and two others were injured after an early morning crash on Fairfax County Parkway near Walnut Branch Road yesterday.

Tonnisha McCoy, 21 and Joselyn Herndon, 23, were killed in the crash.

Detectives are looking for witnesses to help with the investigation. Alcohol and speed may have been factors that caused the crash around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Police believe the driver lost control of the car as it traveled northbound on Fairfax County Parkway. The car rotated and left the roadway.

At least one other car was on the scene during the crash and remained on-site when officers arrived.

Due to the complex nature of the investigation, detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information to call 703-280-0564.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

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Developing: Two People Killed in Car Crash Near Walnut Branch Road

Two people were killed and two others were injured in a car accident that happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The crash happened at Fairfax County Parkway near Walnut Branch Road. Northbound Fairfax County Parkway at Baron Cameron Avenue was closed for roughly three hours.

A crash reconstruction unit is investigating the incident. Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This story will be updated.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

 

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County Officials to Hold Meeting on Deer Management in Reston

Having trouble with deer? Each year, Fairfax County officials hold a meeting on deer management in collaboration with the Fairfax County Authority and NOVA Parks.

This year’s meeting in Reston is planned for August 9 at 7 p.m. in the North County Government Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). The deer management program is conducted will by the Fairfax County Police Department.

The program attempts to use safe and sustainable deer management techniques as permitted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, including archery, managed hunts and sharpshooting.

Other meetings will be held on August 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax) and on August 16 at the Mount Vernon District Police Station (2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria).

Photo by Twitter user @MrErrett

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Developing: Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Herndon

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that happened at  BB&T Bank on 2130 Centreville Road in Herndon.

Officers are searching for the suspect, who was initially described as a 5’9″ black male, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing jeans, a black baseball hat and jacket.

No further information about the incident was immediately available. This story will be updated.

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Friday Morning Notes

Search for missing endangered man — Local police are searching for a 78-year-old missing man who may be driving a black Mercedez Benz with tags WNX-6310. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Sully’s Pour House to reopen — After its roof collapsed at 754 Elden Street, Sully’s Pour House announced it plans to reopen on July 20. [Sully’s Pour House]

Stateside: A clear pipeline — “The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld, for the third time, a hotly debated state law allowing natural gas companies to enter private property without landowner permission to survey possible routes for new pipelines.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Photo by Keith Hartke

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Save the Date: First Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Reston Town Center

The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting the first annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Reston Town Center on July 21.

Proceeds from the event will support athletes from Special Olympics Virginia. The event will begin at the pavilion at Reston Town Center. Runners will travel down the green trail and back, a roughly 1.5-mile distance. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. and the run will start at 8 a.m.

Registration is $20 per participant and is open online. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraising campaign that began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981. Police departments and law enforcement agencies participate in runs to raise money for the Special Olympics.

During most runs, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “flame of hope” in the opening ceremony of local competitions. The initiative has raised more than $600 million for Special Olympics programs since it began.

Photo via Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Speeding Charges Filed After Fatal Pedestrian Crash

The driver involved in a fatal pedestrian crash that happened in late May is facing a speeding charge.

According to a Fairfax County Police Department release, Michael Peter Fruitman, 67, of Herndon was charged with speeding 20 mph above the posted speed limit of 40 mph. Fruitman was issued a summons pending a future court date.

On May 21, Glanetta Miller Nunn, 71, of Reston was hit by a car and killed as she tried to cross Reston Parkway at Bluemont Way. Fruitman, the driver of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra that hit her, was traveling northbound on Reston Parkway. He remained on site as police investigated the incident. Nunn was pronounced dead at the scene.

Information about a second fatal pedestrian crash that happened in early June has not yet been released. In that incident, a 63-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a car at the intersection of Baron Cameron Avenue and Fountain Drive. 

Photo by Fairfax County Police Department

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Wednesday Morning Notes

A local ‘dream house’ – This millennial couple used eBay, Craigslist and Ikea to design their dream house in Reston. The 29-year-old photographer and her 30-year-old husband transitioned from a group house in Herndon to a modern house that one Washington writer says “looks like a million bucks.” [The Washingtonian]

Opening celebrations — Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market officially opens on Friday. Special tastings and chef demonstrations will be offered this weekend. [Reston Town Center]

STRETCH for it — Five local artists have been selected to participate in the art invitational, which challenges selected artists to create new work based on the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?” [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Burglary reported in garage — Someone entered a garage on the 9700 block of Lindsay Blake Lane on June 18 and stole a bike. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Robbery Reported Along Wooded Path in Stoneview Square

An armed man robbed a purse from a woman as she and her five-year-old son walked home along a wooded path near the 11600 block of Stoneview Square yesterday at 3:20 p.m.

The incident forced Terraset Elementary School and South Lakes High School to go under “secure the building” status — a condition in which individuals are not allowed to enter or exit the building.

Police said the man was armed with a handgun and jumped out of the bushes. He took the woman’s purse, pushed both victims to the ground and ran into the woods.

The woman and her son were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police believe the suspect is a 30- to 35-year-old black man with a mustache. He was last seen wearing a white sweater with “USA” on the front, black pants and white shoes.

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

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Crime Roundup: Man Caught Relieving Himself On Car

Loudoun County’s sheriff’s deputies spotted a man relieving himself on a parked car in the 1700 block of Bridge View Court on Saturday (June 10) around 7:16 p.m.

Deputies arrested and charged Richard Quaye, 35, of Reston with driving under the influence and refusal of a breath test. Quaye was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.

The Fairfax County Police Department reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, gun from vehicle

1800 block of Explorer Street, credit and debit cards from business

12300 block of Fan Shell Court, wallet from vehicle

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, merchandise from business

1800 block of Jonathan Way, laptop computer from residence

11300 block of Reston Station Boulevard, bicycles from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, sunglasses from business

12500 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

10300 block of Eclipse Lane, 2007 Jeep Wrangler

Local police have not yet provided an update the investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that happened in late May.

File photo

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Local Police Launch Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Campaign in Reston

Following the death of a 71-year-pedestrian who was hit by a car in May, local police have launched a pedestrian and bicyclist public safety campaign in Reston.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District station will display information signs at busy intersections and step up enforcement of violations. The campaign began on Monday (June 4) and will continue through the end of the summer.

Changes in traffic patterns and an increase in pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents motivated the police department to launch the campaign, according to Sgt. Aaron Pfeiff.

Historically the Reston district has seen an increase in pedestrian versus motor vehicle accidents, and with the WOD bike trail running through the district, there are larger numbers of bicyclists,” Pfeiff told Reston Now.

Police will have an increased presence at “problem intersections” and intersections with heavy traffic from vehicles and pedestrians. Pfeiff said the department will also monitor the number of accidents at problem intersections. The police department was not immediately able to identify intersections that will be the top priority.

On May 21, Glanetta Nunn was crossing at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way when she was hit by a car and killed. The incident remains under investigation.

Photo via FCPD

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Thursday Morning Notes

Local start-up secures funding –– Real Time Cases, an educational technology startup, has raised $3.5 million and plans to move into a new 3,000-square-foot headquarters in 13461 Sunrise Valley Drive. The company offers courses in management, marketing, finance and hospitality. [Washington Business Journal]

Beware of coyotes — A small dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in the Parklawn community. Police advise that coyote and dog confrontations are more likely during coyote mating season, which occurs between January and March, and when coyotes care for their young, which happens between March and August. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Fairfax County Police help with Ellicott City disaster response — After the second major flood in three years hit downtown Ellicott City in Maryland, local police have mobilized to help with recovery. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Dollars and sense tonight — A guest speaker, Mr. Jack Zarinsky of the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA). Mr. Zarinsky will be discussing investing to support financial goals and strategies for successful retirement at Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]

Stateside: Budget bills pass — “After months of inaction, Virginia’s General Assembly passed a budget Wednesday that expands Medicaid to around 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House voted 67-31 Wednesday night to send the two-year budget bill to the governor, and 68-30 to send the “caboose” bill to the governor that the Senate approved earlier in the day.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Tuesday Morning Notes

An artsy flashback — In this blast to the past, check out some artistic contributions to early Reston, as seen in a new online gallery published by the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. [Reston Historic Trust and Museum]

Something’s fishy — PassionFish, a restaurant in Reston Town Center, is closed temporarily through around June 5. Major repairs are planned. [PassionFish]

On the run — A Herndon man wanted for multiple charges, including abduction, may have already left the area. Police believe Osman Osman traveled to New York City. [WTOP]

Free ice cream today — Come out to the pool to enjoy ice cream by the poolside. Dessert is free, but supplies are limited. The event will take place in the North Shore Recreation Area (11515 North Shore Drive) from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. today. [Reston Association]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

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Thursday Morning Notes

A peek inside Reston’s trauma center — Take a look at how experts and employees at Reston Hospital Center’s trauma center work together to help seriously injured patients. [WUSA 9]

The DMV on wheels — The DMV2GO wireless office will be at the main pavilion in Reston Town Center today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer services ranging from driver’s license renewals to license plate applications. [Reston Town Center]

‘Trends in TV Viewing’ presentation tonight — “Allan Hide from Fairfax County’s Department of Consumer and Cable Services will cover “enabling devices” (including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Blu-ray players, and game consoles) required to access streaming and online TV services. He will also share tips on ways to lower your cable bills.” [Reston Regional Library]

Stateside: Police investigate death of inmate — “Police say they are investigating the death of a 68-year-old inmate in Virginia. The Washington Post reports the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center inmate was found unconscious in his cell Wednesday morning. Police say preliminarily, there are no signs of foul play.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Robot night at Reston Hospital Center tonight — Meet and mingle with surgeons trained in using various surgical robots. Attendees can check out the latest technology in person and learn more about how they’re used. [Reston Hospital Center]

Reston Community Center to resume full service — After the internet and phone lines went down yesterday, RCC Hunters Woods is expected to resume full-service today. [Reston Community Center]

Stateside: Putting off the budget — “Virginia senators are putting off debate on the state budget and whether to expand Medicaid. The Senate did not take up budget discussions Tuesday, but instead scheduled a meeting next week for the Senate Finance Committee to take up a newly proposed budget plan.” [WTOP]

Photo by Melinda Purnhagen

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