Report: Following Teen’s Death, Homeowners Association Installs Traffic Signs

A local homeowners association has installed yard signs to encourage drivers to slow down following aSouth Lakes High School teenager was killed in a hit-and-run last year.

Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, 16, was struck by a vehicle while returning home from work at Reston’s Cafesano. Local police have not disclosed any leads on the case.

Serrano was crossing South Lakes Drive toward Castle Rock Square near the Bristol House Condos when he was hit by a car.

According to a report by NBC 4, which first reported the installation of the signs, the local homeowners association installed signs in late November to encourage residents to slow down.

Residents are also considering implementing a fine if two or more neighbors spot someone driving at a speed of more than 10 mph.

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South Lakes High School Student Killed in Car Crash

A South Lakes High School student was killed in a car crash on Sunday (November 3) in Oakton.

Carter Smith, a junior at the school, was one of five passengers in the car, which was travelling eastbound on Stuart Mill Road around 6:30 p.m. that day when the car ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Five teenagers who were in the car at the time were taken to local hospitals. The driver remains in life-threatening condition. The SLHS student was pronounced dead at the hospital and the three other passengers were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in the accident. Preliminarily, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors that led to the crash.

With permission of Smith’s parents, SLHS Principal Kimberly Retzer released information about Smith.

On Monday (Nov. 4), Retzer wrote the following in a letter to the SLHS community:

Our sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of all involved, and to all members of our community who may be hearing of this terrible incident. I will maintain contact with the family and share about funeral services as that information becomes available.The unexpected death of a young person is very sad and difficult to process and can have an impact on anyone, whether they knew the person or not. South Lakes will provide counselors and clinical team members tomorrow, Tuesday, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Students should gather in the Lecture Hall. We will have additional supports on Wednesday as well when all students return.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact FCPD’s crash reconstruction unit at 703-280-0543.

No other information about the incident has been released.

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After Arrest of Juvenile, Police Search for Suspects in Robbery and Assault on Halloween

Local police arrested a juvenile in connection with a robbery and assault on Halloween and are looking for other suspects.

A victim said several males assaulted him and stole cash from his wallet when he was walking on the 2100 block of Ferguson Place at around 8 p.m.

A juvenile was arrested and charged after the incident.

Police are looking for an unidentified number of suspects involved in the incident. No description was provided by police.

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Friday Morning Notes

Victim Assaulted by Four Suspects — A man was assaulted by four individuals as he was walking alone along the 1200 block of Herndon Parkway on Oct. 23. The incident is under investigation. [Herndon Police Department]

Reston District Station Collects Drugs for Take Back Day — The station collected 13 bags and 145 pounds of drugs during the 18th annual drug take back day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Franconia collected the most pounds of drugs, with Reston ranking fourth in the number of donations. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Crime Roundup: Home Burglary Reported on Charter Oak Court

Someone broke into a home on the 11600 block of Charter Oak Court on Oct. 23.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident happened between 11:15 a.m. and 1:38 p.m. Personal items were taken.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

600 block of Deerfield Farm Court, laptop computer from vehicle

2500 block of John Milton Drive, merchandise from business

2100 block of Reston Parkway, property from vehicle

11300 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

13300 block of Parcher Avenue, tools from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, food from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Friday Morning Notes

Warning about World Series Ticket Scams — “Detectives are investigating an increasing number of online and phone scams involving the sale of World Series tickets.  Fans are reminded to use caution when purchasing tickets from sources other than Major League Baseball or authorized dealers. Be sure to research the vendor and review their security protocols before providing personal information or payment.” [Fairfax County Police Department]

Burglary Reported at 11600 Block of Charter Oak Court — Someone broke into the home on Oct. 23 sometime between 11:15 a.m. and 1:38 p.m. and stole personal items. The incident is under investigation. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Washington West Film Festival Continues Today — A happy hours, three shorts programs, and two films will air as part of the festival at Bow Tie Cinemas today. The festival continues through Monday (Oct. 28). [Washington West Film Festival]

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FCPD Will Accept Unwanted Medication This Saturday

Fairfax County Police are hosting an open house where people can drop off unwanted or expired prescription medication.

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout is an initiative that aims to keep unneeded medication out of the wrong hands and the environment, which can lead to abuse or accidental poisoning, according to the Fairfax County website. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 26), community members may drop off their extra medications at safe and confidential disposal at any Fairfax County Police district station.

This service is free and event organizers will accept any medication that is in the form of pills or liquid, no needles or canisters.

There are eight stations in the area participating in the event, including the Reston District Station (1801 Cameron Glen Drive.)

“Drug take-back programs are important because they are a safe method for disposing of prescription drugs and are organized and closely monitored by local, state, and federal government agencies,” the Fairfax County website said.

More than 42,000 people died in 2016 around the United States from drug overdoses and this drive will help eliminate the risk of drug abuse, the website said.

Anyone struggling with drug abuse can contact the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board for help and support or call Fairfax Detoxification Center at 703-322-9080.

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Friday Morning Notes

Reston-based company partners with Ford for EV charging network — “Reston-based Electrify America, whose coast-to-coast network already includes more than 120 ultrafast charging stations at Walmart stores in 34 states, will support the FordPass app with a comprehensive data feed that will show real-time locations and charger status data to Ford vehicles’ touch screens.” [WTOP]

Police search for man accused of exposing himself to kids in Fairfax County — “Fairfax County police are searching for a man who they say exposed himself to children on multiple occasions earlier this week. Both incidents are alleged to have happened in the middle of the day on Richmond Highway near Alexandria, about three miles apart.” [FOX 5]

Frost Advisory In Effect Today — A frost advisory is in effect for the region today (Friday) until 9 a.m. Residents are encouraged to take steps to protect outdoor plants from the cold. [National Weather Service]

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested in Aggravated Assault Case

A Herndon man was arrested in connection with an aggravated assault of a victim, according to police.

Police believe Irving Lazarus Duncan, 33, assaulted a victim that was known to him on Oct. 6 while the victim was released.

The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Reston Hospital. Duncan was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone and gun from location

11800 block of Barrel Cooper Court, purse from vehicle

11900 block of Barrel Cooper Court, clothing from residence

Reston Station Boulevard/Wiehle Avenue, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, battery from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, pants from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phones from business

10100 block of Clover Glen Drive, lights from residence

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, bicycle from location

1800 block of Discovery Street, electronic device from location

2200 block of Monaghan Drive, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, cash from location

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, construction material from location

1700 block of Seagull Court, cell phone from location

2400 block of Southgate Square, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Sycamore Valley Drive, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Reston Man Suspected of Robbery During Cell Phone Exchange

A man was robbed during an in-person exchange of a cell phone with an online seller.

Police arrested Monzir Hassan, 18, of Reston for the robbery on Oct. 3 at around 5:53 p.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Authorities believe Hassan punched the victim in the face when the victim gave him money for the phone. Hassan was arrested after he attempted to escape in a black sedan, police said.

FCPD did not disclose how much cash was stolen.

In a separate incident, a home burglary was reported on Oct. 5 on the 2400 block of Old Farmhouse Road. Police believe someone broke into the home that evening and stole personal property.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Autumn Ridge Circle, license plates from vehicle

Carpers Farm Way/Colvin Run Road, batteries from location

11800 block Freedom Drive, camera from location

1700 block of Ivy Oak Square, book bag from car

1800 block of Sycamore Valley Drive, change from car

13300 block of Feldman Place, tools from location

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, purses from location

2300 block of Fox Fire Court, identification from location

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

10700 block of Midsummer Drive, 2007 Honda Accord

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Police Search for Man who Attempted to Rob Herndon Hotel

A man walked into a hotel in Herndon on Monday and demanded cash, police said.

The man entered Candlewood Suites (13485 Sunrise Valley Drive at around 3:42 p.m. on Sept. 30. He implied he had a gun, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his 40s, 5’10” and 160 pounds.

No other information about the incident was released.

Anyone with information about any 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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Monday Morning Notes

Sunrise Valley Elementary School Turns 40 — “When Sunrise Valley Elementary School (SVES) was established in September 1978, it was still under construction. Students were initially bused to South Lakes High School to attend classes. The school officially opened its doors on Sept. 4, 1979 with Principal William “Bill” Berkeley Martin welcoming the first 600 students as they walked through the front entrance, according to the SVES website.” [Fairfax County Times]

County Police to Offer Car Seat Safety Checks — The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting several free car seat safety and install events on a monthly basis this year. The Reston District stations will offer reviews by appointment only on Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Metro to Weigh Fare Increase — Metro could raise fares or make other changes next year, a prospect that is drawing pushback from the Metro Board’s Riders’ Advisory Council… The council had a budget briefing and discussion earlier this month, and urged the board to think more creatively about fare changes that could get riders onto the system. [WTOP]

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Crime Roundup: Fairfax Police Investigating Robbery, Assault in Herndon

Fairfax County police are looking for four of the five suspects involved in a robbery and assault in Herndon.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 9) in the 13100 block of Parcher Avenue.

“The victim was walking home when five suspects surrounded him,” according to a police report. “They assaulted him and removed personal items.”

Police said that they found one juvenile connected to the robbery after a lookout was provided. The juvenile was charged with robbery.

“The other suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late teens,” police said.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11700 block of Arbor Glen Way, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, purse from vehicle

12000 block of Creekbend Drive, property from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, camera from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

11900 block of Market Street, jewelry from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, wallet from location

1000 block of Preserve Court, license plate from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hill Road, electronic device from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

On Saturday, Sept. 7, a man was robbed by two men while walking home. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Ascot Way around 12:30 a.m.

“The men were described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” police said.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Local Firefighter Retires — Local fire and rescue personnel gathered over the weekend at Station 25 in Reston to celebrate the career of Captain Eric Cunningham, who retired after 28 years of service in the county. [Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department]

Furry Recruits for Fairfax County Police Department — “The department has long used dogs to search for illegal drugs or explosives or to track missing people. But Holmes and his fellow recruits, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, will have a far different role. Instead of helping to solve or uncover crimes, they will be tasked with helping first responders cope with the stress of the job.” [The Washington Post]

Farmers & Makers Market is Today — The market, which features local farmers and artisans, returns to Reston Town Center today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Reston Town Center

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Thursday Morning Notes

Take a Break Concert Series Today — Enjoy a performance by The Rick Whitehead Trio at Lake Anne Plaza today form 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. [Reston Community Center]

Reston Built to Live, Work and Play — “Reston is an unincorporated area in Fairfax County, approximately six miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 17 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. In 2018, Money magazine ranked it as the Best Place to Live in Virginia due to its many parks, lakes, golf courses and bridle paths and noted the shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities in Reston Town Center.” [The Connection]

Unlawful Entry Reported at Ledura Court Home — Police believe someone entered a vacant condominium on the 11700 block of Ledura Court sometime between August 24 and August 27. Nothing was taken. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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