Monday Morning Notes

Reston Developer Focuses on Affordable Housing in Campaign for Board Chair — Timothy Chapman, one of four Democrats running to succeed Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova, says expanding affordable housing is a key component of his campaign platform. Chapman grappled with homelessness growing up and is the co-founder of BrunoClay Management, a construction contractor based in Vienna. [Fairfax County Times]

Herndon Police Department Says Goodbye to K9 Leon — Leon was medically retired in February after losing a battle to cancer on Thursday.  [Herndon Police Department]

Review: Another Reason to See ‘Annie’ by Reston Community Players — “There’s an old adage in performance that you should never work with children or animals since they tend to steal the show. Reston Community Players do not shy away from this challenge with their excellent production of the musical ‘Annie,’ now playing at the Reston Community Center through May 18.” [Reston Community Players]

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Updated: Traffic on Elden Street Clear After Crash

Update (11:22 p.m.): Delays have cleared, according to the Herndon Police Department. No information about the crash was released.

Earlier:

If you’re headed down the southbound lanes of Elden Street, be on the alert.

The Herndon Police Department said to expect significant delays on the 1200 block of the street due to an accident.

No other information was immediately available.

This story has been updated.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Bollywood Dance Fitness Tonight — Local instructor Aparna Rao offers a new Bollywood dance fitness program specifically for adults and teens at Reston Regional Library. The class runs from 6:30-8 p.m. [Reston Regional Library]

A Primer on Reston Association — RA is out with new video with details on what the organization is about. The video is centered around the theme “Together we make Reston great.” [Reston Association]

Shoutout: High Honors for Cpl. Sullivan — Devin Sullivan of the Herndon Police Department recently returned from Air Force Basic Training in San Antonio, TX. He finished in the top ten percent of his class and now heads to technical training school. [Herndon Police Department]

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BREAKING: Police Make Arrest in Clearwater Court Homicide Case

A Herndon woman has been arrested in connection with a homicide on Clearwater Court in Herndon earlier this month.

The Herndon Police Department arrested Stephanie Fyfe, 29, on Tuesday (April 9). The victim, David Puryear, 45, of Clinton, Md., was found unresponsive on April 5 at around 1 a.m. at the 600 block of Clearwater Court.

According to a crime report, Puryear had a stab wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at Reston Hospital. Police said the victim and the suspect know each other.

Anyone with information should contact the police department at 703-435-6843.

In other news, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, cash from location

11800 block of Spectrum Center, cash from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

11400 block of Washington Plaza, wallet from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES

None reported

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Police Investigating Man’s Death Near Downtown Herndon

Police are investigating the death of a man who was reportedly suffering from “upper body trauma” near downtown Herndon, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Around 1 a.m. today (April 5), police responded to the 600 block of Clearwater Court for a report of an unresponsive man with trauma to his upper body, according to the report. The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. at the Reston Hospital Center, police say.

Police say there is no known threat to public safety and are asking for anyone with information regarding the incident at contact Detective Miranda at 703-435-6843.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Arrest Resident for Alleged Strangulation, Assault

Town of Herndon police arrested a resident for felonious strangulation and misdemeanor assault.

Police arrested 29-year-old Dennis Michael Markley on last Wednesday (March 20), the day after he allegedly tried to strangle someone he knows, police say.

He is currently being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

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

LARCENIES:

1100 block of Center Harbor Road, license plate from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, bicycle from residence

9692 block of Farmside Place, cell phone and computer from residence

1800 block of Golf View Court, laptop computer from residence

1700 block of Jonathan Way, book bag and cell phone from residence

11500 block of Olde Tiverton Circle, painting from residence

11400 block of Washington Plaza, cash from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In February, Herndon police arrested 77-year-old Nhan Pham in connection with a domestic assault that caused her husband’s death, according to the Herndon Police Department.

As of March 18, the grand jury amended the charges to murder, according to the March 26 police report.

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Fairfax Police Discover Guns Used in Robberies, 450 THC Vape Pens in Herndon Man’s House

Fairfax County police recently arrested a Herndon man and charged him with seven larcenies in connection with a stash of guns and drug paraphernalia.

Two weeks ago, an officer smelled marijuana coming from a car, which had been sitting in the 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road for awhile, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

After speaking with the driver, Brandon Hernandez, 19, of Herndon, officers searched the car and discovered more than a pound of marijuana along with a handgun, ammunition, THC cartridges and cash, police say.

Police arrested Hernandez and the two passengers in the car — Kevin Fernandez, 20, of Herndon and Guillermo Alfaro, 20, of Reston.

FCPD then teamed up with the Herndon Police Department to obtain a search warrant for Hernandez’s home. Police say they ended up seizing seven loaded weapons, which have been linked to several burglaries and armed robberies in the area, and more than 450 THC vape pens.

Hernandez is currently being held without bond, and more charges are pending as detectives continue to investigate, according to police.

Images via FCPD/Facebook

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Monday Morning Notes

Introduction to Facebook — Learn the basics for how to use Facebook during a one-hour session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Reston Community Center. [AARP]

Nose to toes yoga — Young kids can try out yoga poses while enjoying books and songs with a children’s yoga instructor from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]

Crash closed Elden Street — A crash on the 1000 block of Elden Street closed the road for about two hours on St. Patrick’s Day while police conducted an investigation. The road is now open. [Herndon Police/Twitter]

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Police: Expect Delays on Elden Street From Utility Work

Updated at 3:25 p.m. — Herndon police tweeted at 3:18 p.m. that all of the lanes are now open.

Earlier: Plan on giving yourself more time if you’re going to drive on Elden Street by the Town Hall today.

The Herndon Police Department tweeted at 9:41 a.m. that utility work in the downtown area has traffic alternating one lane on Elden Street between Spring and Center streets.

The utility work will continue until around 3 p.m., police say.

Drivers should expect delays.

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Crime Roundup: Homeowner Finds Three Strangers Inside House

Updated at 9:45 a.m. — Corrects the area for the home’s location. 

A homeowner near Reston found three unknown men standing in the home last Thursday (Feb. 28), according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police say the homeowner heard a noise coming from the back of the home in the 1400 block of Wynhurst Lane around 6:06 p.m. The three men “ran away after being startled by the homeowner,” the report says.

“All three males were dressed in dark clothing with hoods pulled over their heads,” according to the report.

No property was taken, according to the report.

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

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, 2016 Ford Explorer

Herndon police arrested and charged a 27-year-old Herndon man with burglary after they found him locked inside of a store in the 1000 block of Elden Street attempting to steal a case of beer on Friday (March 1).

The man told officers that he fell asleep in the bathroom before the store closed and was planning on leaving the store with the beer, according to the report. He was transported to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

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After Cancer Diagnosis, K9 Leon Retires From Herndon Police

After two years on the force, Leon recently retired from his police dog duties at the Herndon Police Department.

The 4-year-old German Shepherd was diagnosed with advanced stages of an undetermined form of cancer, a spokeswoman for the Town of Herndon told Reston Now.

Leon graduated from the Fairfax County K9 School in late December 2016. He was trained in tracking and narcotics detection.

In 2017, Leon received his ballistic vests from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, which provides vests for police dogs in honor of fallen K9s.

Officer Trent Ashman, Leon’s handler and partner, told Reston Now that Leon has been deployed to the field 125 times since his 2016 graduation. Leon helped police discover and seize narcotics and weapons 49 different times, he added.

During his time at the police department, Leon aided with nine criminal apprehensions, Ashman said.

A highlight was when Leon tracked and found two suspects in a stolen vehicle case who were hiding in a creek miles away. “The stolen gun used in the crime was also located approximately 20 yards away from where the suspects were taken into custody,” Ashman said.

Leon officially retired on Feb. 22. “He will remain comfortably at home surrounded by his family,” the Herndon Police Department tweeted. “Thank you for your service, Leon. You’re a good boy.”

Photos via Herndon Police Department 

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Herndon Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect in Attempted Abduction

The Herndon Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in an attempted abduction back in September.

The sketches are of the same suspect as described by two different witnesses, according to the police department.

Police said a woman was walking home in the area of Elden and Locust streets at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 when a man tried to convince her to leave the area with him. When she refused, he grabbed her and tried to lead her away, but the woman was able to escape and run away, according to police.

The suspect then approached the woman a second time and attempted to carry her away. A witness intervened, prompting the man to leave the area to an unknown location.

The police say “the suspect is a Hispanic male, 20-23 years old, with short, black hair, facial hair, a black t-shirt, khaki/light brown shorts, and off-white shoes.”

Anyone who identifies the suspect should call the police department at 703-435-6846.

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Crime Roundup: Reston Man Charged for Valentine’s Day Assault

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Reston man on Valentine’s Day after he allegedly assaulted a woman in Sterling.

Deputies responded around 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to the 400 block of Bailey Court — the area where a female reported that a man she knows unlawfully entered her residence twice that day.

The man woke up the woman after entering her home in the morning and then fled with the woman’s purse after another resident in the home confronted him, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“He then returned later in the day and again entered the home unlawfully,” the report says, adding that the man grabbed the woman and would not allow her to use her phone to call for help.

“The suspect then pushed the victim and a brief altercation ensued” before the man fled the area, police say.

Police arrested 20-year-old Chester S. Wesley of Reston and charged him with two counts of burglary, two counts of simple assault, trespassing, stalking, petit larceny, grand larceny, abduction and robbery.

Wesley is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

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

LARCENIES:

11100 block of Saffold Way, wallet from vehicle

6500 block of Springfield Towne Center, cell phone from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

11000 block of Saffold Way, 2014 Hyundai Sonata

Herndon police are trying to find the armed robber who took off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Herndon business.

The robber entered the business in the 1100 block of Crestview Drive shortly after midnight on Feb. 10, according to the Herndon Police Department. The suspect then “displayed a weapon and indicated to the victim he wanted cash” before getting away.

“The suspect is described as possibly a black male, wearing all black, a mask, and gloves,” according to the Herndon Police Department.

The case is currently under investigation.

Herndon police say an unknown number of suspects broke a basement window and entered a Herndon home in the 800 block of Locust Street sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Nothing was reportedly taken from the home. Police are currently investigating the case.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Herndon police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an Elden Street business.

Around 5:55 p.m. on Jan. 20, the suspect entered the business in the 1000 block of Elden Street, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, according to the Herndon Police Department.

After a confrontation with the victim, the suspect then fled the store without cash or merchandise, police say.

The report gave the following description for the suspect:

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, Hispanic male, wearing a dark gray and orange color jacket with the hood on, orange or red beanie hat under the hood, light color pants with a square pattern, dark color gloves, and a white bandana with black spots covering the bottom half of his face. He was wearing black Nike shoes with white swoosh and soles.

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

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

1700 block of Jonathan Way, package from residence

1700 Lake Shore Crest Drive, theft of services

11000 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Accident Closes Part of Spring Street in Herndon

Spring Street is shut down between Elden and Locust streets due to an accident.

Herndon Police tweeted that the street closed shortly before 10 a.m. today (Jan. 22).

Drivers and pedestrians should follow police direction, according to the tweet.

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