Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fairfax County Police said man called bomb threat in by telephone.
Fairfax County Police charged a Herndon man with making a bomb threat following an alleged shoplifting in Merrifield. The man is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center with no bond. Police were called to the 2900 block of District Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday for a report of two men shoplifting. One of the men, a 29-year-old Herndon man, was detained by security and charged with grand larceny. According to a press release, the second alleged suspect, a 30-year-old Herndon man, was able to make it outside and allegedly called in a bomb threat to the business. There were no other details available about the incident at press time.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More than 75 Fairfax County residents have had false tax returns filed in their names — here are some tips to protect your identity.
While some are under the stress of a looming tax deadline less than a week away, some Fairfax County taxpayers are dealing with a different problem. More than 75 people have called Fairfax County Police complaining their identities have been stolen and false tax returns filed in their names. Lucy Caldwell, a county police spokeswoman, said taxpayers don’t realize they’re victims until they go to file their tax returns and are told that the IRS has already received and documented their returns. Victims are being told by the IRS to call their local police department, Caldwell said. “Here in Fairfax County, they file an online report and will receive their number electronically from our system,” Caldwell said. “Supervisors in the Financial …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 20. Affordable housing continues to be a major topic of discussion in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation sold Hunting Point, two eight-story apartment buildings, to a realty firm. Alexandria's City Council had asked that any purchaser not turn the buildings into luxury apartments that could displace its current tenants who require more affordable housing. That message was passed on to the new buyers, according to VDOT, but was not a condition of the sale. 19. On the west side of Alexandria, the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to major rezoning in the Beauregard area that will tear down …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
An 18-year-old is accused of taking cash Sunday from a store on Lee Highway.
A Vienna man is facing charges after allegedly using a handgun to take cash from a business on Lee Highway, Fairfax County police say. At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a 41-year-old store clerk told police someone entered his business brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The man allegedly took cash and fled the scene. Fairfax County police responded to the business in the 8000 block of Lee Highway and searched the area. Ultimately, they located a suspect. Police arrested Mohammed Minni, 18, of Vienna, and charged him with robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He will appear at a hearing for both charges at 9:30 a.m. April 8 in Fairfax County General District Court. Find up-to-the-minute police news on Facebook and …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Fairfax County police are charging teens whose grocery store video went viral with destruction of property, disorderly conduct.
The Vienna teenagers involved in a prank that became a YouTube sensation are facing multiple charges, including disorderly conduct and destruction of property in connection with seven incidents at four area stores, Fairfax County Police said. The "Gallon Smashing" video, which lasts just more than three minutes, seemed to be filmed mostly in Giant Food stores, though the Pan Am Safeway and a Whole Foods also appear to have a cameo. In the prank, a teen appears to purposely smashes two milk jugs and then falls, and keeps slipping as passersby try to help him up. The viral video has spurred many copycat videos on YouTube, and teens in copycat cases in New Jersey and Montana are facing charges. Fairfax County authorities said last week they …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Eastbound lanes on Route 7 near Gallows Road closed as crews work at scene.
Update 1:26 p.m.: Route 7 is now open. A goose is apparently to blame for the incident. Original: A fallen power line caused a small brush fire Thursday morning in the median of Route 7 near Gallows Road, Fairfax County police said. Eastbound lanes of Route 7 were closed as of 9:50 a.m., spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell confirmed to Patch, but a nearby access road was acting as a detour. No estimate was available for when the road will reopen. There are slight delays reported; drivers should seek alternate routes. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Still talk of possibly opening a sub-police station in a mixed use building in Tysons Corner.
The 126 sworn officers and 40 to 50 non-sworn personnel have simply outgrown the McLean District Police Station. For now, they are waiting on the completion of their new $20.1 million home that is scheduled to open in September 2014. Capt. Dan Janickey, commander of the station that covers the non-town areas of Vienna, long with Merrifield, Dunn Loring, Falls Church, McLean, Tyson’s Corner, and Great Falls, said he can’t wait for the new station to open. “The roof has been leaking for years and we don’t have anywhere to park our cruisers,” Janickey said of the current station built in the 1970s. “It’s a good time to be at the McLean station.” Construction on the state-of-the-art station, which will include more meeting rooms and an updated…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Gainesville man charged with murder after man found dead in car in Vienna.
A Gainesville man was charged Saturday in the apparent murder of a man found dead in a car Friday off Chain Bridge Road in Vienna. Johnny E. Bonilla, 22, of Gainesville, was located at his home around 4 p.m. Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Service and Prince William County and Fairfax County police officers. He was charged with murder. Police said in a statement Saturday night they believe Bonilla and the 19-year-old victim, Zavier O. Stringfellow, 19, of the Manassas area, had planned to meet up Friday night. They met, police said, but there was allegedly a struggle during which Stringfellow was stabbed. Officers found Stringfellow dead around 7 p.m. Friday in a car on an access road off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive. Police said…
Fairfax County officials investigate death as a homicide.
The man found dead Friday night in a car off Chain Bridge Road in Vienna died of a trauma wound to the upper body, not injuries related to the car crash, the Office of the Medical Examiner said Saturday. Zavier O. Stringfellow, 19, of the Manassas area, was found dead at the scene of a crash Friday night off Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive. Fairfax County Police said in a statement they are investigating the death as an apparent homicide. Police said the investigation is ongoing. For more on the crash, click here. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. Stay up to date with all things Vienna through our breaking and daily email alerts. Related: UPDATED: Body Found in Car off Chain Bridge Road
Man's injuries "may not have been caused by the crash," police said.
Update 11:09 a.m.: Fairfax County Police say the man found dead Friday night in a car off Chain Bridge Road may not have died from injuries caused by a crash. In a statement Saturday morning, police said an officer discovered a minivan crashed into a barrier at the end of a service road around 7 p.m. Friday off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive. After calling for rescue personnel, and determining the driver was dead, officers found evidence suggesting "the driver's injuries may not have been caused by the crash." The driver was identified as a 19-year-old man from the Gainesville area. The cause of death is not clear, officials said. An autopsy is being performed by the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine how exactly the …