Check-Forgery Suspect Sought
<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for a woman suspected of cashing forged checks at banks in Chantilly, Arlington and Manassas. They say losses are estimated in excess of $5,900, and they're seeking information about the woman's identity.
According to police, she entered the SunTrust Bank at 13900 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly on Oct. 23 and cashed a check that was later determined to be forged. Detectives also tied the same woman to two other forged checks that were cashed, the same day, at SunTrust banks in Arlington and Manassas.
The suspect is described as black and about 30 years old; she uses the names Deborah North and Karen Bradshaw. Anyone with information about her is asked to call police at 703-691-2131, or Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888 or 1-800-673-2777.
<sh>You Can't Get There From Here
<bt>As of the week of Dec. 5, residents will no longer be able to reach the Sully Historic Site from Route 28 south. Susan Shaw of VDOT said Tuesday that "the signal for right in, right out traffic on Route 28 north will remain." However, a sign will be posted advising drivers that, to access Sully from Route 28 south, they'll have to turn around and take Route 28 north.
<sh>Alcohol Awareness Week
<bt>In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Week, from Dec. 1-6, the Westfield Community Coalition plans to increase parental awareness about this growing problem with teens in the community. The coalition recognizes the need to provide environments where teens can socialize without the presence of drugs or alcohol.
During the first week of December, the coalition is sending a WHS Parent Agreement to parents of Westfield High School students. The goal of the mailing is to educate parents about the Virginia Alcohol Laws and underage drinking. The agreement indicates parental concern and interest in maintaining the health and safety of our youth. The names of parents who have signed and turned in this agreement will be listed in the Watch Dog Newspaper and posted at WHS.
Over the Christmas holiday, the Westfield Community Coalition has worked in tandem with the Chantilly Coalition to provide movie theater leaders at the Centreville Multiplex and the Fairfax Towne Center locations. These will advertise the current issue of underage drinking in an attempt to increase awareness in the community during the holiday season. To find out more, contact Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.
<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 convenience.
<sh>WFCM Helps Needy Families
<bt>Groups or individuals wanting to adopt a family to help at Thanksgiving or Christmas should call Western Fairfax Christian Ministries' (WFCM) business office at 703-988-9656. In addition, donations to WFCM may be made by designating No. 8234 in the United Way Combined Federal Campaign.
<sh>Westfield Community Coalition
<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370 for location and further information.
<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition
<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet just once, this month, and in a different part of the Herrity Building than usual. The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in rooms 106-107 of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Route 28 Named Darrell Green Blvd.
<bt>Former Washington Redskin Darrell Green, a 15-year resident of Loudoun County, has dedicated his life to helping youth and strengthening families through the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, founded in 1988. To honor the retired cornerback — number 28, Sen. Bill Mims (R-33rd) sponsored a bill to name the Loudoun County portion of Route 28 "Darrell Green Boulevard." The bill received unanimous support and was signed into law by Gov. Mark Warner.