<sh>Sexual Assault is Charged
<bt>A Leesburg man is facing a possible 21 years in prison after being charged with sexually assaulting two Clifton girls at Fair Oaks Mall. He is Andrew Kozak, 46, of 7758 Gateway Drive. Fairfax County police say he was at the mall Saturday, around 2:15 p.m., when a citizen observed him allegedly fondling the girls, 12 and 14, who were standing by a railing.
Police say the citizen — who is not related to the girls — stopped Kozak and was able to detain him until security personnel arrived. Kozak was charged with one count each of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault — which pertains to victims under age 13. The latter charge is punishable by as much as 20 years behind bars. Kozak was held on $40,000 bond in the Adult Detention Center. He has an Aug. 2 court date.
<sh>Boy Babysitter is Arrested
<bt>Fairfax County police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old Chantilly boy with two counts of forcible sodomy. His name is not being released because he is a minor. But, according to police, he babysat children in the Poplar Tree Estates and Sutton Oaks areas of Chantilly.
Police say the teen sexually assaulted a young child that he was babysitting and that the incidents occurred during May. To protect the victim's identity, police are not revealing the age or sex of the child. It is still unknown if there are any other victims, but the investigation is continuing.
<sh>Man Charged with Indecent Exposure
<bt>Fairfax County Police have charged Tam Dinh, 41, of 6496 Palisades Drive in Centreville with indecent exposure. Police say that Monday, around 3:30 p.m., he was in the parking lot of the Pep Boys Automotive Repair Shop at 7125 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. According to police, a 51-year-old Fairfax man noticed Dinh allegedly masturbating while standing near the shop. Officer Chad Ellis of the Mason District Station was dispatched to investigate and reportedly observed Dinh underneath a tree masturbating. Police then arrested him and took him to the Adult Detention Center. He was later released on $250 bond. Dinh is employed by Fairfax County as an automobile mechanic.
<sh>Cut-A-Thon Sunday for Ashley
<bt>Fund-raising cut-a-thons for Ashley Dubey, 5, of Centreville's Crofton Commons community will be held two Sundays, June 30 and July 7, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Salon Cielo in the Tysons II Galleria. It's on the first floor, in front of Legal Seafood, and Ashley's mother, Seema Dubey, has been a hairdresser there for eight years.
Ashley was injured by a hit-and-run driver, and proceeds from the fund-raisers will help her family with her medical bills. Contributions, payable to Harsh and Dubey, may also be sent to: Bank of America, 14122 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20120.
<sh>37th District Primaries
<bt>Two primaries will be held this week to choose the final candidates for Sen. Warren Barry's 37th District seat in the state legislature. The Republican candidates are Mike Thompson and Ken Cuccinelli, and their primary will be Thursday, June 27, from 4-9:30 p.m., at Robinson Secondary School. A limo and minivans will be at Rocky Run Middle School to ferry Sully District voters to and from Robinson, on the hour.
Jim Mitchell and Cathy Belter are the Democratic candidates, and their primary is Saturday, June 29, from noon-5 p.m. Their three polling sites are Stone Middle School, Fairview Elementary and White Oaks Elementary. Winners of these primaries will then face off in a special election, Aug. 6.
<sh>New London Towne Principal
<bt>Andrew Camarda, former assistant principal at Dogwood Elementary in Reston, has been named the new principal of London Towne Elementary. He will begin July 1. Former London Towne Principal Walt Mallory will be working with the Fairfax County school system's Education Accountability Office.
<sh>Local Burglar Pleads Guilty
<bt>London Towne's Nelson Martinez-Quintanilla, 38, pleaded guilty to burglary last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court. In April, police charged him with burglarizing a house not far from his own home at 14802 Hancock Court in Centreville.
Officers from the Fair Oaks District Station responded April 18, around 9:15 p.m., to the 6100 block of Early Autumn Drive, off Stone Road, after receiving a report of a residential-alarm activation. Police noticed a window in the rear of the house had been smashed out, and officers saw Martinez-Quintanilla inside and arrested him.
He was charged with burglary and larceny — each carrying possible five-year prison terms. But on May 29, in General District Court, the larceny charge was dropped. On June 17, the grand jury indicted him for burglary. Martinez-Quintanilla returned to court last Wednesday, June 19, and entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Leslie Alden. He is scheduled for sentencing July 19.
<sh>WFCM Food Pantry Needs
<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministry's (WFCM) food pantry — which provides food to local needy families — is in serious need of several items. They are: Breakfast cereal, canned pastas, fruit, juices and meats (salmon and chicken), peanut butter, jelly and spaghetti sauce.
To donate, call 703-815-3238, or bring these things to the Shepherd Center. It's open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and is between Fashion Bug and Payless Shoes in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center at 13924 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly.
<sh>Fireworks Safety Presentation
<bt>Fairfax County fire marshals will be on hand Monday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at the fireworks stand in Centreville's Newgate Shopping Center at Routes 28/29. They will discuss how they inspect fireworks stands and how they issue fireworks permits to more than 60 retail operators throughout the county. Fireworks such as cherry bombs and firecrackers are not available in Northern Virginia because they are illegal. On display Monday will be both legal and illegal fireworks.
<sh>Land-Use, Traffic Meeting
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Supervisor Michael R. Frey's (R-Sully) conference room. It's in the Fort Hill Building at 5900 Centreville Road in Centreville. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.
<sh>OK for Jiffy Lube Sundays
<bt>The Jiffy Lube along Route 50 in Chantilly is well on its way toward having Sunday hours. Since a new carwash in the same area will be opening with Sunday hours, the Jiffy Lube wanted the same courtesy.
At last Tuesday's (June 18) meeting of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee, Jiffy Lube got its first approval. The hours would be 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The proposal now goes before the county Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
In an unrelated matter in the same vicinity, the WFCCA upheld county staff's denial of a free-standing, 76-foot-high sign for the Chantilly Animal Hospital. The WFCCA recommended that the sign be no taller than 10 feet.
<sh>WFCCA Approves New Antenna
<bt>Crown Castle/Verizon is asking Fairfax County's approval to add an antenna to the monopole at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department on Old Centreville Road. The antenna is for test purposes for a Verizon land line for broad-band service related to the Internet.
At last Tuesday's (June 18) meeting of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee, the members recommended that the county Planning Commission approve this antenna as a feature shown on the county's Comprehensive Plan.
<sh>Kids in Crisis Ministry
<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministry's (WFCM) Kids in Crisis Ministry provides emergency assistance to families impacted by a child's illness. Since such families are too distracted to research all the organizations that might help them, If anyone knows of a family in need, advise them to call the hotline at 703-378-3045. Leave a message on the "Kids in Crisis" box, and a volunteer will return the call.
This program offers a safety net for families whose income or expenses are affected by a child's illness. Besides medical bills, they'll incur costs such as travel, babysitting, special equipment and home health care.
Even families with adequate health insurance may find it difficult to meet these expenses. Kids in Crisis aids in areas not covered by traditional health insurance policies. For more information, call the hotline or Karen Dolan at 703-266-3144.
<sh>Blood Urgently Needed
<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They are accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. To make an appointment to give blood, call (703) 322-1970, or just drop in at your own convenience.
<sh>WFCM Personnel Needs
<bt>The Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) has several volunteer positions available.
* It needs a client coordinator to make follow-up calls to members of the community who have recently received assistance. This person would also cross-reference recipients with other WFCM services (food and clothing ministry). It would be a good job for someone who has to stay close to home.
* On-call volunteers are also needed. After receiving training, they'll monitor requests for help, coming from the local community, via a telephone mailbox. There's a social worker on staff, plus an extensive network of support to help and encourage people in self-sufficiency.
* WFCM's food pantry needs volunteers to work Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-2 p.m. To volunteer for any of these positions or for more information, call 703-378-3045 and leave a message on box 7.
<sh>Meals on Wheels
<bt>The Clifton Meals on Wheels program urgently needs a volunteer to coordinate the delivery of meals to frail, elderly residents. Call the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at (703) 324-5406.