<b>Police Plan For Night Out</b>
Arlington police will join county civic associations and neighborhood groups out and about in the county next Tuesday, Aug. 6, for the 19th annual National Night Out.
"It gets people out, and heightens awareness for citizens," said Lt. Karen Hershenroder, in the department of community operations. It increases community awareness, she said, of the department’s work to stop crime, and increases communications between the community and police
National Night Out, traditionally observed on the first Tuesday in August, is an anti-crime event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, intended to emphasize the importance of a visible community presence in fighting crime.
The program is in keeping with Arlington’s policy of community policing, said Police Chief Edward Flynn, and offers a chance for officers to improve their relations with residents around the county, both north and south.
In Arlington, police officers will join community groups across Arlington for picnics, potluck dinners, cookouts and neighborhood walks. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. next Tuesday, Arlingtonians are asked to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors and Arlington police, and 13 neighborhoods have already set up activities for the evening.
Woodbury Park will hold a block party in the 2300 block of North 17th Street; the Penrose Civic Association will hold a picnic from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Butler Holmes Park at 1011 S. Barton St.; Arlington Village apartments and the Columbia Heights Civic Association will both hold community meetings starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by neighborhood walks; and Our Lady of Lourdes Social Hall, at 830 S. 23rd St., will also host a neighborhood walk from 8-9:30 p.m.
Any other Arlington community or civic group that wants to schedule a police visit or be included on the list of National Night Out participants should call the ACPD Operations Division at 703-228-4120 as soon as possible.
<b>County Gives Away
From August 2-Sept. 1, Arlington County will distribute coupons good for four free rides on Arlington Metrobus routes or ART buses.
"Arlington Commuter Guide" books will be mailed to county residents the week of Aug. 5, and distributed by Arlington employers during the first two weeks of August. The four-free-ride coupons are included in the book.
The coupons will also enter the passenger in a drawing for one of 10 Palm VII personal digital assistants, to promote the availability of <ahref="http://www.CommuterPage.com/handheld">county bus schedules</a> over Palm Pilots and cellular phones.
For more information on commuting in and through Arlington County, visit <a href="http://www.CommuterPage.com">CommuterPage</a>. For additional copies of the Commuter Guide, call 703-228-RIDE. For more information on Metrobus, visit <a href="http://www.metroopensdoors.com">www.metroopensdoors.com</a> or call 202-637-7000 or 202-638-3780 (TTY).
<b>Police, Secret Service
Crack Counterfeit Case</b>
Arlington police, with the U.S. Secret Service, are investigating a report of counterfeit money.
Arlington officers were called to Pentagon City Mall on July 16, where merchants told them a woman had passed several counterfeit $100 bills, making small purchases to get change.
Police stopped Evelynn M. Marinucci, 42, of Kensington, Md., and found her carrying $1,900 in counterfeit $100 bills. Police called in Secret Service agents from the Washington field office, launching a joint investigation. Agents and police found another $15,200 in counterfeit bills in Marinucci’s car and home. Ultimately, the investigation turned up a total of $18,590.
Marinucci was charged with counterfeiting in a criminal complaint filed in federal District Court, in the Eastern District of Virginia. She turned herself in to authorities last Monday, to face trial on those charges.