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Fairfax County Police to Collect Expired, Unused Medicine

Fairfax County police stations will collect unused or expired medications during its “Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout” on Saturday (Oct. 27). Residents can drop off medicine like pills or liquids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at any of the county’s eight district police stations.

The take-back program offers residents a safe method for disposing of prescriptions drugs in a way that is closely monitored by state, local and federal government agencies, according to FCPD.

The initiative is made possible with partnerships with county departments like police, health, neighborhood and community services, public works, environmental services, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

Disposal is free and confidential. No pressurized canisters and needles can be disposed of, however.

The drop-off site for Reston is 1801 Cameron Glen Drive.

Photo via FCPD

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Summer Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Campaign by Local Police Targets Problem Intersections

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety is on the radar of local police at the Reston District Station, particularly as the area becomes more urbanized.

In response to an increase in accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians during the summer, local police officers launched a public safety campaign. Although the campaign was focused on educating the public instead of enforcing violations, local police offered tips about safety, including obeying traffic signals and using traffic laws, to more than 1,000 residents.

The public safety campaign ran from June 4 through the end of the summer following the death of a 71-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car in May. Police officers met with hundreds of residents to promote pedestrian safety and distribute literature in order to reduce accidents.

Accidents between pedestrians and cars have become more frequent, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

FCPD’s first priority was areas where pedestrian and car accidents have happened in the past. Other areas that were targeted have heavy traffic and pedestrian crosswalks, Sgt. Aaron Pfeiff told Reston Now.

“The public was very appreciative of the officer’s efforts and it was noticed that more pedestrians and bicyclist were obeying traffic signals and using crosswalks,” Pfeiff said.

Pfeiff identified the following intersections where officers focused their efforts:

  • Georgetown Pike/Walker Rd
  • Bluemont Way/Library St
  • Reston Pkwy/New Dominion Dr
  • Sunset Hills Rd/Michael Faraday Dr
  • Sunset Hills Rd/Isaac Newton Dr
  • Sunset Hills Rd/Whiele Ave
  • Parcher Ave/Centreville Rd
  • Coppermine Rd/Thomas Jefferson Dr
  • Hunter Mill Rd/Hunter Station
  • Sunrise Valley Dr/Cross School Rd

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Crime Roundup: Police Department Fires Reston Police Officer Charged in Baby’s Death

A police officer who last worked in the Reston District Station and was charged in connection with the death of his six-month-old daughter was fired on Friday (Sept. 28).

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. fired Jason Colley, 38, following his arrest in Maryland in connection with the baby’s death, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Colley, of Monrovia, Md., turned himself in after an indictment was signed in late August by a Maryland judge. He was charged with child abuse in the first degree resulting in death, child abuse in the first degree resulting in severe physical injury and felony assault in the first degree. The baby died on in October last year.

Roessler Jr. called the charges against Colley “abhorrent.” No other information was released by the police department about the incident.

Colley was relieved of all law enforcement powers on April 20 when Fairfax County police learned he was a suspect in the care.

In a separate incident, a man was robbed on Friday while walking near Hunters Woods Shopping Center at around 1:30 p.m. The suspect assaulted the victim and stole personal items from him when he said he did not have any money. Police described the suspect as a white male approximately 5’11” – 6’2″ and about 150 to 180 pounds. 

Sometime between Sept. 18 and 26, a man was found sleeping inside a vacant house on the 12000 block of Kinsley Place. The owner of the house discovered a man in his 20s who appeared to be sleeping inside the home as it underwent repairs, according to police.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2500 block of John Eppes Road, steering wheel and airbags from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, cash from business

12900 block of Park Crescent Circle, airbag from vehicle

2000 block of Royal Fern Court, wallet from location

South Lakes Drive/Pinecrest Road, wallet from vehicle

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, ring from location

13500 block of Virginia Randolph Avenue, airbag from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Photo via FCPD

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Body Worn Camera Pilot Program in Reston Ends

Police officers in Reston will no longer be equipped with body-worn cameras, as the pilot program ends in three Fairfax County police stations.

The program began in mid-February after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the pilot program in November last year. Three stations – Mason, Mount Vernon and Reston – participated in the program.

Reston was added to the program in March because extra equipment was available. Police department officers also said Reston’s location near several high-rise buildings and the Silver Line provided unique data from patrol units.

A research team at American University will study the program’s effectiveness and interview trained officers and community members to determine the effect the equipment on police activity and perception of police legitimacy in the community.

The team will also analyze data about the number and type of complaints filed against officers during the time the pilot program was in effect.

A report is expected in early 2019. The program cost roughly $684,000 in fiscal year 2018.

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Police: Man Charged with Shooting a Missile in Occupied Building

(Updated at 10:25 a.m. to include information about Cherry’s previous arrest) Carlos Cherry, 38, was arrested and charged with shooting a missile at an occupied building on Wednesday.

Members of a neighborhood patrol unit saw Cherry, who has a pending warrant for failing to appear in court for a felony offense, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

When they approached him, he stood up and pointed a firearm at the Reston District Station (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). The move was followed by three to four ‘pops,’ police said.

Cherry was taken into custody. The weapon was “a realistic looking BB gun,” according to police.

On March 22, Cherry was arrested after police said he hit a police officer with his fist, police said. He was arrested and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, brandishing a firearm and intoxication in public.

Information about the most recent incident was released late Thursday.

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Crime Roundup: Thefts Around Reston

It’s been another relatively quiet week around Reston, with no arrests or stolen vehicles reported.

Police reported the following thefts around Reston between Tuesday, May 1 and Monday, May 7:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from business

2000 block of Capstone Circle, license plate from vehicle

500 block of Nalls Dairy Court, bag from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, leaf blower from vehicle

800 block of Seneca Road, wallet from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, wallet from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, cell phone from business

10500 block of Leesburg Pike, cell phone from business

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, property from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, liquor from business

 

Anyone with information about any crimes 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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Fairfax County Police to Collect Expired, Old Medicine

Fairfax County is participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet Clean-out, a program by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, on Saturday (April 28).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents are encouraged to drop off unused or expired medications at any Fairfax County Police district station. Only pills or liquids are allowed. No pressurized canisters or needles will be accepted.

Organizers say the disposal is free, confidential and safe. The program is intended to prevent accidental poisoning and drug abuse. Reston’s District Station is located at 12000 Bowman Towne Drive.

The initiative is part of a partnership between county departments, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and local businesses.

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Reston Police to Hold Prescription Medication Drop Off in April

Reston residents looking to safely dispose of their prescription drugs can drop them off at the Reston police station (12000 Bowman Towne Drive) on April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The medication drop off is a part of a wider effort by Fairfax County government called “Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout.”

Only pills and liquid medication are permitted for the drop off, officials will not accept needles or pressurized canisters.

Properly disposing of unused or expired prescription medication can prevent drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning and environmental pollution, Fairfax County officials said.

In 2016, 42,249 people died from opioid drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Reston District Station Police Gear Up for Pilot Body Cameras

Selected police officers from the Reston District Station will begin wearing body cameras in March as part of the Fairfax County Police Department’s pilot program that was approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors last month.

The station was added to the program, which originally would have outfitted all patrol officers in the Mount Vernon and Mason district stations, because extra equipment is available, police said.

Researchers from American University who are studying the program determined it was more appropriate to outfit half of the patrol officers in each district in order to create a control group that would allow researchers to compare data between officers who do and do not have body cameras and work in the same area of the county.

“The Reston area was chosen because it differs from the two police districts already included in the program. The patrol areas within the Reston District include a number of high-rise buildings as well as stops along Metro’s Silver Line. Additionally, our Reston District Police Station is the newest building among our stations, and already has the physical infrastructure in place to accommodate the technical needs of the program,” the police department said in a statement.

The pilot program includes 230 cameras, which will be worn on the outside of the officer’s uniform or vest on a full-time basis. The addition of the Reston District Station is not projected to increase the cost of the three-month program, which will cost roughly $684,000 in fiscal year 2018. The department has the option of extending the program from three to six months.

In an Oct. 2015 report, the county’s Ad Hoc Police Review Commission recommended the program in order to increase community trust, improve evidence collection, decrease the number of complains against police officers and drive a “civilizing effect.”

“Statistics have clearly shown a decrease in use of force encounters, and in the resultant number of complaints by civilians against the local police departments once those departments employ [body cameras]. The reduction in complaints and the level of violence from both law enforcement officers and civilians with whom they interact daily perhaps serves as the greatest motivation for FCPD to begin using the cameras,” according to the report.

Cameras will record during any encounter of law enforcement and the pubic related to a call for service, a law enforcement action, subject stop, traffic stop, search or police service. Police officers are also expected to activate the devises in a private resident so long as officers have the legal authority to be in that location.

The devices are from Axon, a law enforcement technology giant formerly known as Taser International.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Charged with Grand Larceny

On Friday at around 8:18 a.m., the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report about an ongoing larceny at a store on the 46200 block of Potomac Run Plaza.

Cristian Hernandez-Mejia, a 32-year-old resident of Herndon, was charged with grand larceny after police caught him as he attempted to flee by foot to a nearby hotel. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

On Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported a burglary on the 12900 block of Park Crescent Circle. Someone entered the residence at around 8:30 a.m. and stole electronics, according to the report.

Meanwhile, in Fairfax County, FCPD’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from vehicle

1500 block of Church Hill Place, documents from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, cell phone from building

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, liquor from business

1700 block of Port Plaza, parts from vehicle

11800 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

12700 block of Thunder Chase Drive, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, property from business

900 block of Walker Road, property from construction site

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, purse from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported.

As we reported earlier in the day, Fairfax County Police are investigating the stabbing of a male juvenile on Friday in the Hunters Woods Plaza. The victim is recovering from the non-life threatening injury.

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

Herndon Police Department’s weekly press report has not yet been released. This story will be updated. 

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Crime Round Up: Man Involved in Indecent Exposure in Reston

Reston District police were unable to track down a man who was reported exposing himself to passers-by on Sunday night.

According to the police report, Fairfax County police were called around 9:30 p.m. to report a man who was allegedly exposing himself to others in a stairwell in the 13200 block of Overcup Court off of Sunrise Valley Drive. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect. A description of the man has not been released.

In a separate incident, a Reston man was arrested Sunday evening after Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies witnessed him make an illegal U-turn and strike another vehicle at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, according to the report. The man, identified as Alistair H. Temple, 30, was arrested for driving under the influence and refusing a breath test.

Another Reston man was arrested late Saturday night after Loudoun deputies reported he attempted to break into a home in Aldie while he was intoxicated. Deputies received the call just after midnight from residents of the home, located in the 25000 block of Green Mountain Terrace. When deputies arrived on the scene they located the man, identified as 43-year-old Lucio H. Cabrera-Sanchez, and arrested him for public intoxication and unlawful entry.

In other crime news from the FCPD’s Reston District Station over the past week:

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Browns Chapel Road, property from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, beer from business

11500 block of Drop Forge Lane, bicycle from residence

11500 block of Leesburg Pike, cell phone from business

11900 block of Market Street, bracelets from business

9800 block of Mill Run Drive, cell phone from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cell phone from business

2000 block of Post Road, jewelry from residence

12300 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, wire from residence

2200 block of Sanibel Drive, cash from vehicle

2200 block of Sanibel Drive, wallet from residence

12000 block of Town Square, beer from business

13200 block of Woodland Park Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13300 block of Coppermine Road, 1999 Honda Civic

Editor’s note: A list of incidents recorded by the Herndon Police Department was not immediately available by early Tuesday afternoon. This post may be updated. 

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Man Beaten, Robbed at Reston Laundromat

A man was beaten and robbed by men he encountered at a Reston laundromat this week, police reported Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Reston District, the male victim was doing his laundry at a laundromat in Hunters Woods Plaza around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Police said 10 other man were in the laundromat at the time.

The victim told police one of the men approached him and challenged him to “some type of physical game.” The victim agreed and left the laundromat with the 10 men. The group reportedly went to a nearby wooded area.

While in the woods, all 10 men reportedly assaulted the victim, beating him, and then took his wallet and other personal items he had on him.

Police said an investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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Crime Roundup: Woman Wakes to Find Man in Her Home, and More

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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Crime Roundup: Man Exposes Himself Near Young Girls, Firearms Stolen From Home

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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Crime Roundup: Man With Gun Arrested in Reston Town Center Area

111816mugshotrobertkaodailyA North Carolina man was arrested in the Reston Town Center area yesterday afternoon after Fairfax County police said he flashed a gun at security workers who confronted him for trespassing.

Police responded to a report of a man who had gone on private property without permission on the 12000 block of Bluemont Way about 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Before cops arrived, security workers confronted the man who then showed a gun, according to authorities. But when security workers challenged the man, he complied.

Police arrested 35-year-old Robert S. Kao of Charlotte, N.C., on charges of brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and trespassing.

No injuries were reported.

 FCPD’s Reston Station this week also received reports of:

 LARCENIES:

  • 12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, liquor from business on Thursday.
  • 11400 block of Isaac Newton Square, purse from residence on Wednesday.

BURGLARY:

  • 1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza between about 7 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators found that someone broke into a business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Image via Fairfax County Police Department

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