Robbery Suspect Arrested at Motel
<bt>A 28-year-old man was arrested in a City of Fairfax motel in connection with two robberies in Clifton and Centreville.
The first robbery occurred on Monday, Aug. 11. at the First Virginia Bank on Saint Germain Drive in Centreville. At 12:10 p.m., according to police, a man approached a teller who was behind the counter, implied that he had a knife and demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled the scene.
On Friday, Aug. 15, a man robbed a teller at a Chevy Chase Bank in the Clifton area at about 1:45 p.m. The man demanded money from a 21-year-old Centreville area woman, who was employed as a teller at the bank in the Giant Food Store on Union Mill Road. The teller gave the cash to the man, who then ran from the store.
Warrants were obtained for Kevin Blakeney, of no fixed address, for the robbery at the First Virginia Bank. Officers from the City of Fairfax Police Department found Blakeney in an area hotel and took him into custody. He was later charged with the robbery at the Chevy Chase Bank and held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.
<sh>Rabies Alert for Clifton
<bt>A rabid raccoon was captured in the Clifton area on Monday, Aug. 11. Animal Control officers were called to the 7500 block of Maple Branch Road after a dog found the raccoon in a yard. The dog's owner, a 44-year-old Clifton area woman, said her dog found the raccoon but she was not sure if her dog had any direct contact with it. The woman was instructed to have her dog's rabies shot updated and to quarantine the dog at her home for 90 days. Animal Control Officers located the sick raccoon nearby and euthanized it. The carcass was taken to the Fairfax County Health Department where it tested positive for the rabies virus.
<bt>Union Ridge Stables in Centreville does not offer riding lessons, trail rides or horse shows. The stables provide boarding for privately owned horses at rates ranging from $210 to $390 per month.
<sh>Charged with Crimes against Nature
<bt>Fairfax County police report that a 36-year-old man solicited a 15-year-old boy for sex and has subsequently been charged with attempting to persuade an underage person to commit crimes against nature. Kaleb S. St. Clair of Castleford Court in the Centreville area, made contact with a neighborhood boy on Aug. 16 according to police and asked the boy to call him. The boy, believing St. Clair wanted yard work done, called St. Clair a short time later. St. Clair asked the boy to come to his house, and the boy gathered two of his friends and went to St. Clair's house, according to police reports. When they arrived, St. Clair invited them in and asked the boys if they wanted to watch pornographic movies with him, according to police. The boys declined and left. Later that day St. Clair solicited one of the boys for sex, police said. The boy refused and the incident was reported to police. St. Clair was arrested later that day and was taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and released on a $50,00 unsecured bond. Further charges may be pending.
<sh>Centreville Man Dies on Trail
<bt>Hugh L. Day, 37, of Centreville was found unconscious on the W&OD bike trail near Van Buren Street, mid-morning Aug. 17, by Herndon police who had been called to the scene. They found a citizen performing CPR on Day and took over until the arrival of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. Day was transported to Reston Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. Currently, there are no indications of foul play according to police. The Herndon Police Criminal Investigation Section is working the case. No cause of death has been determined at this time.
<sh>Police Looking for Flasher
<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for the man responsible for exposing himself to a 22-year-old Centreville area woman. According to police the victim was in her home on Bodley Square on Aug. 16 about 10:30 a.m., when she heard a knock on the rear patio door. When she looked outside, she saw a man masturbating in her backyard. She called police and when she looked back, the man was gone. He is described as white, in his early twenties, about five-feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing khaki shorts, plaid boxers and a baseball hat.
<sh>Centreville Community Foundation
<bt>The Centreville Day committee of the Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) will meet Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in Supervisor Michael R. Frey's (R-Sully) conference room in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly. Call Sandy Shapiro at 703-266-3653.
<sh>Sully District Council Meeting
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations will meet Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in conference room 7 of the Fairfax County Government Center. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. It's in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>WFCM Urgently Needs Food
<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is in desperate need of canned goods and groceries for its food pantry for local needy families. Much-needed items include: breakfast cereal, canned tuna, canned meats, spaghetti sauce, canned pasta or meat meals, "dinner in a box" meals, jelly, dried pasta, canned fruit, fruit juice, baby food, diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, bagged rice, bagged beans and personal-care products.
All food donations may be dropped off either at Key Kopy in Centreville's Newgate Shopping Center or Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Shepherd Center, 13924 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly (next to Payless Shoes) in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center. Call 703-988-9656.
WFCM asks that no donations be brought to its offices the final week of August because the ministries is moved to a new location at 13981 Metrotech Drive Chantilly, next to Midas Muffler. Donations will be accepted there beginning Sept. 2.
In addition, on Sept. 2. WFCM's Shepherd Center and business office will be consolidating in the new location.
Volunteers are needed to help pack up and move both locations to their new home; call 703-988-9656.
<sh>What to Do With Trash
<bt>Fairfax County wants to know how people feel about their trash. Community input will influence the way the county deals with trash for the next 20 years. Do residents want to recycle additional materials curbside? Should small business recycling requirements change? How should the county fund community benefit programs? What should the county's role be in managing trash collection and recycling services?
Fairfax County residents can visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes to offer opinions via an online survey about solid waste management in the county. The survey has 24 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Questions range from curbside recycling to the cost of trash collection. The planning process also includes a series of public meetings held throughout November at locations throughout Fairfax County. General information about the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program and the community meetings is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes. A public hearing will take place in the spring of 2004 to review and approve the final plan.
<sh>Silver Diner to Host Classic Car Rally
<bt>Classic cars and a good cause will take center stage as Silver Diner restaurants, including the Fair Oaks location, host a special "Taste of Summer" celebration on Aug. 24, with proceeds to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Classic "dream machines" will compete for special honors and coveted trophies. Classic Car Clubs can register their cars by contacting their local Silver Diner. The program, running from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include entertainment for the whole family such as raffles, music, children's games, summer refreshments and special activities such as face painting, culminating with the Silver Diner's "Taste of Summer Giveaway," occurring simultaneously at each participating restaurant at 5 p.m. Prizes include a two year lease on a 2003 Ford Thunderbird, weekend getaways to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, Baltimore Orioles tickets, Silver Diner meals for four and T-shirts.