<bt>Herndon High School principal Janice Leslie, after consulting with numerous parents and students, has decided to move the school's graduation ceremonies.
The class of 2004 will graduate on June 18, at 2:30 p.m., at the George Mason Patriot Center.
<sh>Herndon Man Sentenced
<bt>Scott W. Tyree of Hemlock Court was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison Sept. 26 in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Pa., after pleading guilty to federal charges of taking a minor across state lines for illicit purposes and sexually exploiting a minor. He was also given three year's supervised probation upon his release and ordered to pay $1011.66 in fines and special assessments, confirmed a clerk at the Pittsburgh Courthouse.
According to accounts at the time of his arrest Jan. 4, 2002, Tyree had apparently had an Internet relationship with a then-13-year-old girl from Pittsburgh who turned up missing from her home New Year's Day. Tyree reported picked up the girl at her home and drove her to Herndon. He then sent an Internet photograph of the girl to a friend in Florida, who called the FBI.
When Herndon Police and FBI arrived at the home Tyree was renting on Hemlock Court, they reportedly found the girl chained to a bed. She was returned to her parents the next day.
At the time of his arrest, Tyree was an employee of Computer Associates International and had lived in Herndon for six years. Prior to moving to Herndon, Tyree lived in San Jose, Calif.
<sh>Higher Speeds on Parkway
<bt>The Herndon Town Council raised the speed limit on Herndon Parkway last week. The change was slated to go into effect immediately.
The speed limit will be raised from 25 mph to 35 mph on the parkway between Dulles Place and the southern intersection with Springtide Place.
The speed limit will remain at 25 mph in two locations along the parkway — between Van Buren Street and the eastern intersection with Campbell Way, and Elden Street on the eastern side of town to Reneau Way.
<sh>Howell Releases Supporters List
<bt>State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32) has announced a list of major endorsements in support of her candidacy for re-election in the 32nd Senate District. The endorsements include business, education and environmental associations in Northern Virginia including the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Virginia and Fairfax County Education Associations, the League of Conservation Voters and Clean Water Action.
<sh>Dean Supporters Organize
<bt>Howard Dean supporters from Herndon, Manassas and Reston will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 1 to urge elected officials and Democratic Party leaders to support the candidacy of Gov. Dean for President of the United States. The grass roots meeting set for 7 p.m. will be held at Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Voters nationwide will prepare hand-written letters of support for the candidate.
For more information about the Dean for America campaign, visit www.DeanForAmerica.com.
<bt>Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Farmers' Market. Station Street Parking Lot.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
Herndon Community Association Coalition meeting. Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St.
Monday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Planning Commission public hearing. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Town Council work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Farmers' Market. Station Street Parking