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<sh>Fairfax Man Receives Suspended Sentence

<bt>A Fairfax man received a suspended sentence, last Friday, for a crime committed last fall at the Fair Lakes Target store. He is Craig James Herberg, 51, of Tapestry Drive in Fairfax.

During the winter, Fairfax County police obtained evidence that Herberg had been creating phony bar codes, placing them on Vtech 2520 portable telephones in Target and then purchasing them there for prices lower than the actual cost.

After obtaining further evidence in his home, police arrested Herberg on Dec. 11, charging him with one count of altering a price tag and two counts of grand larceny. All but one count of grand larceny was later dropped and, on March 24, he pleaded guilty to it in Circuit Court.

Herberg returned Friday for sentencing, and Judge M. Langhorne Keith gave him two years in prison. He then suspended all that time, placed Herberg on 18 months active probation and ordered him to receive mental-health treatment.

sh>Bolvin Campaign Kickoff

<bt>Del. Tom Bolvin (R-43rd) will kickoff his 2003 re-election campaign on Saturday, May 3, from 3-5 p.m., at Lee District Park. U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th) will speak at the event.

Lee District Park is located at 6601 Telegraph Road. Food and drinks will be provided as well as activities for children. For more information, call Julie Dime 703-719-7301

<sh>Meeting for Shelter

<bt>A proposed Fairfax County homeless shelter will be discussed at the Tuesday, May 6 meeting of the Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., in conference rooms 4 and 5 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

The shelter would be built near the intersection of Route 29 and Stringfellow Road, just west of Meadows Farms Nursery. It would serve parents with infant and elementary-school age children, and would include transportation for the clientele.

<sh>O'Brien Runs for Re-Election

<bt>Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien (R-39th) is running for his second term in this post. He announced his re-election bid, on April 22, at the Twin Lakes Golf Course clubhouse in Clifton.

"It is an honor to represent the constituents of this new district," he said. "If re-elected, I will continue to work for the best interests of our families, businesses and taxpayers."

A Clifton resident, O'Brien served 10 years in the House of Delegates, representing the 40th District, before being elected to the Senate last fall in a special election.