Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon


<bt>Last week's calendar section entry about the "Poker Run" sponsored by the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 64, incorrectly reported the registration fee for the 100-125 mile motorcycle ride for charity. The fee is $10. For more information, call SPO Dave Patterson, Det. Jim Moore or Det. Kevin Nuckolls at 703-435-6846.

<sh>Police Looking for Robbers

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for four armed men who robbed a 44-year-old Herndon woman, Monday morning, at the intersection of Fair Lakes Boulevard and Great Heron Drive in Fair Lakes.

The woman was driving to the bank to make a commercial bank-deposit, around 10:15 a.m., when a car passed her and pulled in front of her on Fair Lakes Boulevard. A second car immediately pulled up behind her, blocking her in.

Four men wearing hoods and armed with guns then approached her car. Two came to the passenger window and two guarded the driver's-side window. Police say one of the men shouted in English, telling the victim to give him money, and another did the same, in Spanish. According to police, the men threatened to kill the woman if she did not comply.

The victim then handed them an envelope and a bag containing an undetermined amount of cash and checks, and the suspects drove away. The victim immediately called police to report the incident.

The suspects' cars are described as a late-1990s, white Nissan and a late-1990s, red Mitsubishi Eclipse with a black convertible top. The victim was driving a maroon Toyota van. Anyone who saw this incident or has any information about the suspects involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<1b>— Bonnie Hobbs

<sh>Herndon Robbery Suspects Caught

<bt>Three suspects forced their way into an apartment in the 600 block of Dulles Park Court in Herndon and assaulted the occupants on Sept. 12, Herndon police said. A 44-year-old woman was struck in the face and received minor injuries. A 41-year-old man was, according to police reports, assaulted with a blunt object. He was transported to Columbia Reston Hospital for treatment of head and facial injuries. Gail Jackson, 39, of no fixed address, was charged with burglary and assault on the 44-year-old woman. Jackson was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and is being held pending a $20,000 bond, police said. Herndon resident Karim Kahil, 40, was charged with burglary and malicious wounding of the 41-year-old victim. He, too, was taken to the Fairfax County prison and is being held without bond. According to police, the third suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

<sh>Herndon House Fire

<bt>A fire gutted a single-family home at 1108 Treeside Lane in Herndon causing an estimated $150,000 in damages at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, fire officials said. One adult male and two dogs escaped the early morning fire without injuries.

The cause of the fire was accidental and started from a malfunctioning pump motor attached to a hot tub on the deck behind the home, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said. First arriving units reported heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure. Moving from the deck, the fire extended onto the roof and inside the house and garage. The occupant inside the home, according to fire officials, was awakened by a smoke alarm.

<sh>Woman Robbed at Home

<bt>On the afternoon of Sept. 11, a 28-year-old Herndon woman's home was robbed at her home along the 13400 block of Hamer Court, Fairfax County Police reported. The victim, who was not injured, told police she was alone in the house when she heard a noise. When she went to check out the noise, three men forced their way into her home. The suspects proceeded to search the house and left one hour later with a large sum of money. The suspects are described as Asian and in their twenties. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Multicultural Summit in Herndon

<bt>The second Multicultual Summit, a conference of more than 70 civic, faith and service organizations, will be meeting on Friday, Sept. 20 in Herndon. The one-day conference, sponsored by the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Herndon, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Days Inn Hotel at 2200 Centreville Road, and will attempt to find new ways to reach out to the area's growing multicultural community. Since their first meeting in April, the working group has been attempting to define the specific problems pertaining to the areas of health, legal services, cultural assimilation and employment. The conference, which includes lunch, will run from noon to 1 p.m. The coast for participants is $15. The public is invited.

<sh>HHS Hosts Battle of Bands

<bt>Herndon High School will be the host for the 7th Annual Virginia's Showcase of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 21. This year's event will draw 25 high school marching bands from Virginia and Maryland. The showcase gets underway at 1 p.m. with the Class A and AA bands, followed by an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Class AAA and AAAA bands will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 10 p.m. For more information, log on to the Herndon High School Band's Web site at www.herndonband.org.

<sh>NatureFest 2002 Coming Soon

<bt>Food, music and lots of wildlife will be on hand at Herndon's Runnymede Park on Sunday, Sept. 22. From 1-5 p.m., visitors of all ages will have a chance to check out nature stations with artifacts, live animals, displays and games. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 703-787-7303, ext. 121 or 703-471-4337. NatureFest 2002 organizers encourage participants to carpool, bike or walk or to use the satellite parking shuttle at the Atrium Building on Elden Street.