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Police Log: Christmas Trees Without Permit, Flying Sandwiches

The following arrest information was supplied by the Vienna Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A man was issued a summons last week for allegedly selling Christmas trees without the proper permit.

A citizen reported between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. an individual was selling Christmas trees without the required town permit at the BP Gas Station on Maple Avenue East.

Police responded and spoke with the man selling the trees, who said he had permission for the sale from the owner of the gas station and the town's planning and zoning department. Police contacted the planning and zoning department and were told the man hadn't gotten the proper permit. Edward Justin Stalcup, 55, of Vienna, was issued a summons for soliciting without a license, and relased after signing it.

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A citizen reported while she was standing at a bus stop at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Maple Avenue and Beulah Road NE, a white sedan drove by and one of the occupants threw a sandwich at her. The sandwich hit her. Though it did not injure her, she said her jacket was ruined by the mayonnaise in the sandwich. The woman couldn't provide any of the license plate information for the vehicle to police.

Other highlights from the Vienna Police Log, Nov. 30 to Dec. 6

  • An employee reported between 1 a.m. Sept. 19 and 10:42 a.m. Nov. 16, someone had broken and taken used cooking oil from Tumeric Indian Dining, 405 Maple Ave E. The container was later located in the alley. Police are investigating the case. 
  • A resident told police a suspicious vehicle had been parked for about two weeks -- from around 7 p.m. Nov. 16 to 2:58 p.m. Dec. 3 -- on the side of the road near Lovers Lane and Short Street NW. AN officer responded and after locating the vehicle, determined it was reported stolen from Fairfax County. The car was reunited with its owner. 
  • A construction employee told police at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 a resident was getting too close to his work equipment and site on Drake Street SW. The employee asked the resident to stay back from the site out of concern for his safety, he told police, but the resident became argumentative then returned to his residence. The resident later returned with a handgun in a holster on his belt. The employee said the resident never threatened him or removed the handgun from the holster. The citizen later apologized for the incident.
  • A woman reported after a spa treatment, two of her credit cards went missing from her wallet. They went missing between 3 and 5:48 p.m. at Trinity Med Spa, 226 Maple Ave W. Police are investigating the case.
  • Vienna's animal control officer contacted a resident at noon Nov. 29 about the "frequent barking" of his dog at the home on Cottage Street. The resident pledged to keep the dog inside during the day. The ACO is following up on the issue. 
  • Police discovered an injured deer at 1:10 a.m. Nov. 30 at Maple Avenue and St. Bernard Drive NE. Responding officers determined the deer could not be saved. 
  • A woman reported between noon Nov. 30 and 9:45 a.m. Dec. 6, her sister continued to send her harassing texts and emails and also relayed the messages over the phone. She asked her sister to stop contacting her. Police are investigating the case.
  • Upon opening her door to a knock from a neighbor at 1:40 p.m. Nov. 30 on Park Terrace Court, a woman reported she found her neighbor yelling at her for smoking cigarettes in her home. The neighbor was upset because she believed her health problems were due in part to the cigarette smoke that comes into her apartment. Police responded and advised the neighbors to avoid each other. 
  • An employee reported two people rented a room between 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1:20 a.m. Dec. 2 at Wolf Trap Hotel, 430 Maple Ave. SW, and he believed there was illegal activity occurring. 
  • An employee of the Vienna Drug Center, 150 Maple Avenue SW, reported at 6:25 p.m. Nov. 30, a female individual attempted to have a prescription filled. The employee stated he believed the prescription was a forgery. Police are investigating the case.
  • A resident reported at 7:04 p.m. Nov. 30  a neighbor had been playing loud music from his garage on Frederick Street SW. Police responded and determined the music was not in violation of the Town Noise Ordinance.
  • A resident reported between 10 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10:10 a.m. Dec. 1, a neighbor had been throwing partially eaten food over his fence. It seemed the food was meant for a compost pile, but on several occasions the food ended up in his yard. Police spoke with the neighbor who said he would prevent the food from going over the fence in the future.
  • A citizen reported at 10:10 p.m. Nov. 30 a vehicle had been seen driving slowly near Cottage Street and Yeonas Drive SW for several minutes. Police found the vehicle and discovered the driver, a juvenile, had more passengers than was allowed by the restriction on his driver’s license. Police ensured all the passengers were able to get home safely.
  • During a traffic stop at 11:11 p.m. Nov. 30 near Maple Avenue and Niblick Drive NE, police detected the smell of marijuana coming from the juvenile driver. Police then located marijuana in the vehicle. Police issued a summons to the driver for posession of the substance; the driver was released after signing it. 
  • During a traffic stop at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 1 near Maple Avenue and Westbriar Drive NE, police detected he driver was impaired. After failing to successfully complete several field sobriety tests, Stephen M. Rawles, 22, of McLean, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Vienna Police Station for breath analysis and then to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with DWI. Rawles was held until he was sober. 
  • During a traffic stop at 2:52 a.m. Dec. 1 on Maple Avenue, West, police detected he driver was impaired. After failing to successfully complete several field sobriety tests, Honey Bahl, 26, of Chantilly, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Vienna Police Station for breath analysis , but could not complete it. He was then taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. After providing a blood sample for analysis, he was charged with DWI. Bahl was held until he was sober. 
  • A citizen reported seeing an individual sleeping in the stairwell of a business at 11:21 p.m. Dec. 1 on Church Street. Police found the man and told him he could not sleep there. The man left. 
  • During a traffic stop at 3:27 a.m. Dec. 2 at Nutley Street and Princeton Terrace SW, police detected the driver was impaired. After failing to complete several field sobriety tests, Carlos Guillermo Quiroga, 30, of Silver Spring, Md. was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  He was taken to the Vienna Police Station for breath analysis and then to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with DWI, third or subsequent offense. He was held without bond. 
  • A woman reported at 10:38 a.m. Dec. 2, the owner of a vehicle parked alongside her own opened his door into her car, and caused a scratch to the door. The driver of the vehicle that caused the scratch left the Giant parking lot without providing any information. Police located the driver and convinced him to give his information to the owner of the parked vehicle.
  • A resident reported a neighbor’s dog had been barking for approximately three hours between 12:35 and 3:35 p.m. Dec. 2 on Lakewood Drive SW.  The dog had stopped barking prior to the arrival of the police officer. Police are following up on the case. 
  • A resident reported she had lost her iPhone  at 8:42 p.m. Dec. 2 while she had been shopping at the Pennywise Store, 144 Church Street NE. The resident later contacted the police department to say her iPhone had been found by a coworker and returned.
  • A citizen reported at 5:49 a.m. Dec. 3 a man was sleeping in the stairwell of a business on Church Street. Police found the man and told him he could not sleep there, and if he returned he would be charged with trespassing. The man left. 
  • An employee reported at 9:32 a.m. Dec. 3 a student was in possession of marijuana at the Cedar Lane Center, 101 Cedar Lane, SE. Police located the student and released him to his mother. The Cedar Lane Center will follow up with this case.
  • A resident reported at 2:18 p.m. Dec. 4 he had been receiving harassing telephone messages from an employee concerning the lack of work he had been given.
  • A resident reported at 3:53 p.m. Dec. 4 she had received an envelope in the mail that contained pictures of her and other family members. The envelope did not contain any information as to why they were sent. The woman told police she believed the envelope had been sent by an individual she had not had contact with in several years.
  • An employee reported at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 another employee had intentionally struck him in the leg with his wheelchair. The employee in the wheelchair said he had accidentally struck the other employee as they were blocking his path and preventing him from getting to a meeting. Both employees agreed to try and resolve the issue by themselves.
  • An employee at the Vienna Police Department, 215 Center Street South, had received a telephone call at 6:36 p.m. Dec. 5 from an individual who stated President Obama and his wife were in danger of being assassinated. The Secret Service is following up on the case.
  • An employee reported a man made a purchase with a counterfeit $100.00 bill around 7:11 p.m. Dec. 6 at Walgreen's Pharmacy, 225 Maple Ave E. The individual is believed to have made purchases at other businesses in Vienna with additional counterfeit $100.00 bills. Police are investigating the case. 
Wien December 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
"Edward Justin Stalcup, 55, of Vienna, was issued a summons" - I guess this answers last week's article on what the Stalcups are up to post-hardware store. I've been surprised how many new tree sales groups/locations have popped up this year compared to prior. "a white sedan drove by and one of the occupants threw a sandwich at her" - okay, this is obviously a pretty mean crime all things considered...but I had to laugh at the description. Who throws a sandwich? Honestly?
John Smith December 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It saddens me greatly to read that Mr. Stalcup was issued a summons for selling Christmas trees. I know absolutely nothing about the Stalcups from a personal standpoint, but I always viewed them and their hardware store as positive forces in our community. You could count on Justin to be riding his tractor in town parades, etc. Any store that has an old chocolate lab named Rocky as its mascot and guard dog can't be all bad. I hope the Stalcup family has not somehow fallen on hard times. Isn't this supposed to be the season to be forgiving? Peace on Earth, good will toward men? Couldn't some arrangement have been worked out so that the proper permit could have been issued in a timely manner? Just out of curiosity, was the person who complained about Mr. Stalcup a competing tree vendor? If anyone knows any more of the "back story" on all this, it would make for interesting reading. So in the meantime, Mr. Stalcup, Merry Christmas!??
chandra December 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
John, the Stalcups really where not the best business owners. They keep a store that was infested with rodens and did not pay their rent... I hear for one year the landlord let them stay and in the end they were evicted. It is sad that a small business closed because I prefer them however we can not help the fact that not every business owner if going to be responsible. So to every responsible business owner in Vienna, Merry Christmas!
carol December 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I totally agree, leave the poor guy alone. He was in the parade waving to all. Too many rules and regulations!!!!!!! Best wishes to his entire family!!!!
ViAnna December 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I had the very same thoughts, John Smith. A big bah-humbug to the small person that thought it was necessary for them to "notify" the police someone was trying to earn an honest dollar. That person is an embarrassment to our community.
Carol Lewis December 29, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I find this idea of selectively enforcing the law rather odd. I don't know Justin Stalcup personally but I grew up with other members of the Stalcup family, and yes they are good people and yes Justin contributed a lot to the Town. But so do the Lions and the Optimists, also selling trees. If they were required to get a license so should Justin. The dollar the clubs were earning are just as honest, even more so if they obeyed the law. He was also in competition with those clubs who've sold trees in Vienna for years. Give the police a break. They were just doing their job
ViAnna December 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
No problem with the police; just the busy-body that felt compelled to file the complaint.
Carol Lewis December 31, 2012 at 04:18 PM
ViAnna, she was concerned about them competing with the Lions and Optimists. He was breaking the law, period, and she had every right to contact the police. If I recall the incident, she simply asked how come they were selling trees in competition with the other groups; she had no idea that they didn't have a license. Apparently the police checked it out. I just have a problem with posters who think he should have gotten off just because he's a nice guy. That's not how our laws work. That said, Happy New Year to all! Carol
Carol Lewis December 31, 2012 at 05:15 PM
This was the citizen's original (and as far as I know, only) comment on Patch: Why did they set up selling Christmas trees on the BP gas station lot directly across from the Lions? The Lions are a highly regarded service organization who have been selling Christmas trees in Vienna for many years, and depend on the Christmas tree sales to fund their charities all year. Not very neighborly.

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