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by Katherine Berko — June 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

This summer, the Herndon Police Department is ticketing children.

The catch? Rather than punishing bad behavior, the tickets reward good behavior with a free 12-ounce 7-Eleven Slurpee at any participating store.

The program is called Operation Chill and has been around for more than 20 years. It includes hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

“Operation Chill is a partnership between 7-Eleven and local law enforcement,” said Jane Ross, HPD public information specialist. “Its purpose is to encourage children to be good citizens and to help reduce crime and enhance relationships between police and youth.”

Whenever officers spot children engaging in model behavior, such as playing together nicely or cleaning up after themselves, officers will hand them tickets.

Millions of the Operation Chill tickets have been distributed nationwide in the program’s history. Officers will continue to give out tickets to children until they run out. The coupons are good through the end of the year.

“We love anything that can help that crossover between us and the kids,” Ross said. “All of our officers love interacting with the kids in the town. I think it’s one of their favorite things to do.”

(Note: According to Tawny Wright, public information officer for the Fairfax County Police Department, FCPD is not participating in Operation Chill this summer.)

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

Northam, Gillespie Win Governor Nominations — Virginia’s lieutenant governor will face the former Republican National Committee chairman in November’s general election to fill the Governor’s Mansion. Their running mates will be Justin Fairfax (D) and Jill Vogel (R). [WTOP]

Herndon PD Establishes Drug Collection Station — The new unit at the Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway) will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. [Herndon Police]

Former Phys-Ed Teacher Gets Principal Job — Nick Napolitano, who was a physical-education teacher at Aldrin Elementary School from 2011-2014, has been named the principal of W.C. Taylor Middle School in Warrenton. [Fauquier Now]

Diversion First Info Session Tonight — Interested in learning more about the county’s Diversion First program, which was developed to limit the number of mentally ill and disabled people in jail? A presentation is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza N.). [Reston Now]

Farmers Market, Church Have Strong Partnership — Smart Markets operates out of the parking lot at St. John Neumann Catholic Community (11900 Lawyers Road) from 3-7 p.m. each Wednesday. [Arlington Catholic Herald]

Photo courtesy Radhika Murari/RSTA

by Dave Emke — June 7, 2017 at 9:30 am 7 Comments

Backpacks Checked Out at Festival — Herndon Police say abandoned backpacks Friday and Saturday at the Herndon Festival brought out the department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. No threat was found in either case. [Herndon Police Department]

SLHS Student-Athletes Honored — Spring sports players at South Lakes High School were honored Monday night for their performances on and off the field. [South Lakes Athletics]

Official Name Change for RTC Street — The private street at Reston Town Center that is home to The Avant, CVS, Barcelona and Bartaco is officially known as Town Square. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, as an administrative item, approved a name change to Town Square Street. [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors]

Area Player to Go High in MLB Draft — Ashburn’s J.B. Bukauskas, a Stone Bridge High School grad and a star pitcher at the University of North Carolina, is projected to be picked in the Top 7 of next week’s Major League Baseball Draft. [EIN Presswire]

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 1, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Appian Going Public — Reston-based software developer Appian Corp. has filed for an IPO, making it the first DC-area company to do so in 2017. They are looking to raise up to $86.25 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Reston Expo Event Coming Up — Reston Association’s Home and Garden Expo is slated for Saturday, May 13. It will feature a variety of interior and exterior home improvement vendors and retailers; music, workshops and kids’ activities; and food trucks on site. [Reston Association]

Herndon PD Plans Another Coffee Meetup — HPD officers will meet informally with community members Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guapo’s (1042 Elden St.). [Herndon Police/Twitter]

County Park Authority Readying for Eclipse — A solar eclipse Aug. 21 is expected to cover 80 percent of the sun in Fairfax County. County parks are partnering with schools and libraries to provide eclipse learning opportunities. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

by Dave Emke — April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Safe disposal of unused and expired medications is the goal of Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and local dropoff points are available.

The Fairfax County Police Department is encouraging anyone looking to get rid of prescription drugs to visit a district station between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. (The Reston District Station is located at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive.) Only pills and liquids will be accepted; no needles or pressurized canisters.

According to FCPD, safe handling of unused and expired medication prevents accidental poisoning, protects the environment and prevents drug abuse.

The Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway) is also asking residents to bring their medication in Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for proper disposal. Needles and liquids cannot be accepted by HPD.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been promoting Drug Take-Back Day for 12 years. It says studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg has said. “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

There are many other collection sites available Saturday. Search the DEA website for more locations.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

by RestonNow.com — April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

Police say a 31-year-old Herndon man crashed into two HPD vehicles, injuring one officer, as he attempted to avoid arrest last Wednesday.

According to a police report, Trevor John Herasingh Jr. is accused of assaulting a woman in the 600 block of Center Street. The woman, who knew Herasingh, suffered minor abrasions and bruising, but declined medical attention.

That’s when, police say:

“Officers located Mr. Herasingh in the parking lot, and ordered him to stop. He refused to comply, walked away, and entered his vehicle. He then backed his vehicle up, and side-swiped a police vehicle as he fled. A short pursuit ensued that ended when he drove head-on into another police vehicle stopped in the parking lot. Herasingh then exited his vehicle, and continued to act in an aggressive manner towards officers until he was subdued by the officers and taken into custody.”

Herasingh and an HPD officer both suffered minor injuries in the collision, according to the report.

Herasingh was charged with assault, strangulation, reckless driving, and two counts each of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and destruction of property. He was taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

by Dave Emke — March 29, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

(Updated at 2:15 p.m. after Bella was reunited with her owner.)

Police in Herndon, along with the help of residents, reunited a service dog with her owner Wednesday.

According to Jane Ross, Herndon PD information specialist, service dog Bella went missing after her owner was involved in a minor car accident at about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Elden and Grant streets.

“When [her owner] opened the door, Bella unfortunately got out of the car and ran,” Ross said.

Herndon Police used their social media pages to spread information about Bella and engage the public in helping track the 8-month-old Anatolian Shepherd mix down.

Bella was spotted by a citizen at about 11 a.m. Wednesday near the police station, Ross said. Police officers along with members of the public attempted to reach the dog, who was eventually corralled at about 12:10 p.m. by an employee at Flagship Car Wash (632 Grant St.) and reunited with her owner, safe and sound.

Image via Herndon Police Department/Twitter

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 10, 2017 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Morning Notes - Lake Thoreau

Have Coffee with a Cop — The Herndon Police Department is inviting community members out to Virginia Kitchen (450 Elden St.) on Monday morning for coffee and conversation. [Herndon Police Department/Facebook]

Metro Rate Hikes Get Approval — As expected, the Metro Finance Committee voted Thursday to increase rates and reduce rush-hour service. The Board will make the final vote March 23 on what would be Metro’s first rate hike in three years. [WTOP]

County Seeking Input on New Website — As Fairfax County has plans to update its website, it is inviting feedback from the community in the process. The county has devised four example pages of possible new designs, as well as surveys to find out what is most important to users. [Fairfax County]

Local Artist’s Work Displayed at NYC Gallery — The art of Herndon-based Lisa Tureson is being exhibited at New York’s Touchstone Gallery through April 2. “Scribbles” was inspired by street art in Denmark. [Reston Connection]

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 Dave Emke — March 7, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes

Reston School Profiled for Educational Model — The partnership between Berthold Academy (11480 Sunset Hills Road) and educational startup AltSchool is garnering attention. The goal of the revolutionary program is to modernize the Montessori education experience. [Education Dive]

Public Session Planned on Herndon PD Body Cams — Police officers in Herndon recently evaluated the effectiveness of body cameras during a pilot program. The next step for the department, before full deployment of the program in April, will be a public meeting March 30. [Herndon Police Department]

‘Giver’ on Stage at NextStop Through Sunday — NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) is performing “The Giver” through this weekend. A reviewer says the production is “acted by an extremely capable cast” and it “not only lives up to the promise of the book, but also adds another layer of depth to the story for those familiar with it already.” [DC Metro Theater Arts]

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]

by Dave Emke — February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Morning Notes

Police: Reston Woman Rammed Vehicle During Argument — Police in Herndon say 24-year-old Kimberling Serrano had her two kids in the car when she followed a man after an argument and intentionally struck his vehicle three times. [Herndon Police]

Students Honored for Musical Talents — Top Fairfax County vocal and instrumental students were recognized recently during the annual James A. Bland Music Competition, co-sponsored by the Reston Lions Club and Reston Community Center. Among the honorees was Lauren Spar from South Lakes High School. [Reston Connection]

Skydiver from Reston Hurt in Florida — Nikolay Likhachev suffered a head injury and a compound leg fracture after an accident near Daytona Beach. Likhachev had successfully completed more than 200 jumps, according to the incident report. [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Redistricting Reform Rejected in Richmond — Bills that advocates hoped would stop gerrymandering in Virginia were voted down in committee Tuesday. One of the measures — a constitutional amendment stating that “no electoral district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or other individual or entity” — was sponsored by Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), of Reston. [The News Leader]

by Karen Goff — October 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 12 Comments

Michael Richard Carr/Herndon PoliceAn employee of the Herndon Police Department has been charged with filming women in the police communications center bathroom, Herndon Police said.

Michael Richard Carr, 30, of Herndon, had been working in the station’s communications center since 2009. He abruptly resigned his job and went missing on Sept. 26; police discovered the alleged taping during the missing persons investigation, a police spokeswoman said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the video recordings were captured between November of 2011 and March of 2012,” police spokeswoman Jane Ross said in a release. “Carr was working as Communications Technician II, non-supervisory civilian position within the department.”

Carr was located in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 1. He was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with five five counts of videotaping a non-consenting person in a location where there is an expectation of privacy.

He is currently being held in Orange County Adult Detention Center, Orange County, Fla. awaiting an extradition hearing to be returned to Virginia.

Ross said the initial investigation indicates the video recordings are limited to two victims; however, the investigation is ongoing. Both victims have been notified.

“The department has taken all necessary actions to ensure the Herndon Police Department facility where this occurred is free of any type of unauthorized recording devices,” she said.

 

 

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