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Huntington House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units were called to a house fire april 8 at approximately 6:30 a.m., in the Huntington area. The two-story, duplex-style home is located at 2234 Huntington Avenue.

The fire was brought under control soon after firefighters arrived. Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire. The Red Cross is assisting that family. Damage to the structure was estimated at $30,000.

According to officials, the cause of the fire was accidental. Discarded smoking materials ignited the exterior deck and extended to the structure itself.

Lorton House Vandalized

A vacant home in the 8400 block of Monacan Road in the Lorton area was vandalized and spray painted throughout the interior. On April 8, at about 6: p.m., a resident living near the home reported hearing glass breaking at the home. Police found most of the windows of the home broken and racially-offensive symbols and slurs spray painted throughout. Trash and other debris had been scattered in the house.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

Missing Lorton Man Found Unharmed

Eighty-three-year-old Oliver Jerry Giles was found in the City of Alexandria by a citizen on Thursday, April 1. He had been missing from the Lorton area since Wednesday, March 31. He had left his home in the 9100 block of Aspenpark Court, between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., and had not been seen since. When he was found, medical personnel were summoned and Giles was subsequently taken to Alexandria Hospital with non-life threatening injures. Giles has been reunited with his family.

Results of Sobriety Checkpoint

Fairfax County Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the Franconia District on Thursday, April 10. Between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturday, approximately 306 cars passed through a checkpoint conducted in the northbound and southbound lanes at 7900 Telegraph Road. One motorist was arrested for driving while intoxicated. In addition one criminal offense as well as two traffic summonses was charged against motorists.

Enforcement Operation Begins

Fairfax County Police will soon begin aggressively targeting motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians. A selected enforcement operation was supposed to have taken place on Monday, April 12, on Huntington Avenue near the Metro station, but it was postponed due to inclement weather.

When it is rescheduled, plain clothes officers will be used as well as patrol and motor units. Violators of the right-of-way law can receive fines between $100 and $500.

To re-educate drivers about their responsibility to pedestrians in the crosswalk, an electronic sign will be placed in the area reminding drivers to yield enforcedregulations. Violators will receive fines between $100 and $500. Violations of other laws will a. It is hoped that selected traffic enforcement will foster greater awareness of the "Street Smart" Pedestrian Safety Campaign which was launched Monday, April 5.