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<sh>Impersonating Police Alleged

<bt>A man identified himself as a police officer with the intention of seeking a lower rate on a hotel room and was subsequently arrested, according to Fairfax County Police. The incident occurred at the Red Roof Inn, located at 6868 Springfield Blvd. in the Springfield area. Mohamed A. Awl, 24, walked into the hotel about on Saturday, Nov. 22, around 3:20 a.m., and showed a gold badge to the front desk clerk, police said. Awl claimed to be a Fairfax County Police Officer, working on a narcotics investigation in the area, and requested the lowest hotel rate he could get. After paying cash, Awl went to the room he was given and the desk clerk called police to verify Awl's identity. Officers determined Awl was not a police officer and he was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and larceny by false pretense. He was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

<sh>Alcohol Sting

<bt>Fairfax County Police's Traffic Safety Services Unit, along with the West Springfield District Community NPU Unit, conducted an alcohol sting at several locations within the West Springfield District on Friday, Nov. 21. The sting is part of the Youth Alcohol Initiative/Pre-Holiday Campaign and was conducted using underage Fairfax County Police Cadets, dressed in plain clothing, who attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. According to police, the following locations improperly sold alcoholic beverages: Rite Aid, 5230 Ravensworth Road, Springfield; CVS Pharmacy, 8330 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Twenty other locations did not sell alcoholic beverages to the cadets, police said. Two arrests were made in the two establishments where alcohol was sold to the cadets.

<sh>Two-Alarm House Fire

<bt>Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a two-alarm house fire in the Bonnie Brae area of the county on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at approximately 9:10 p.m. First arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the basement window and from the rear area of the ranch-style home in 10300 block of Zion Drive. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. One occupant was home when the fire started and escaped unharmed. The occupant has been displaced. The house was scheduled to be torn down to make room for redevelopment. The home is a total loss and the damage was estimated at $100,000. Fire investigators are investigating the fire.

<sh>Hair Cut for Charity

<bt>Hidden Oasis of Fairfax Station is participating in Hope Cuts 2003, a fund-raiser for the City of Hope Cancer Center. On Sunday, Nov. 30, the salon, which is located at 9013-A Silverbrook Road, plans to offer its services at reduced rates and donate its earnings to help find a cure for cancer and HIV/AIDS. All of the proceeds will go to the City of Hope Cancer Center. Hidden Oasis will be open 12-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-495-8880.