<hd>Gregory Pleads Guilty To Hit-and-Run, Etc.
<bt>A man responsible for a five-car crash with injuries pleaded guilty, last week, to four charges. He is Raleigh Lee Gregory, 39, of 11009 Blake Lane in Bealeton. According to Fairfax County police, on April 29, around 5 p.m., he drove on the shoulder of Route 28 south, near Braddock Road, "at high speed."
A police officer from the Sully District Station tried to stop him, but he sped off and tried to turn onto Braddock, causing the accident. Gregory then fled from his car, but was apprehended. Police charged him with felony hit-and-run, felony speeding to elude, felony operating a vehicle by a habitual offender, possession of marijuana and reckless driving.
The last charge was later dropped. But on Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Circuit Court, Gregory pleaded guilty to all the others. Judge Stanley Klein then set his sentencing for Jan. 21.
<sh>Charge Goes to Grand Jury
<bt>The case against a Fair Oaks man charged with robbery is moving ahead in the court system. He is Willie Lee Jackson, 24, of 4104 Monument Court, No. 303. On Oct. 4, Fairfax County police charged him with the Sept. 7 robbery of the Dunkin' Donuts store at 6699-C Frontier Drive in Springfield.
Police said he allegedly lifted up his T-shirt and showed the female clerk the grip of a handgun before she gave him money from the cash register. The incident was recorded by a closed-circuit TV security system, and police said it reportedly showed that Jackson was the robber.
He appeared last Monday, Nov. 22, in General District Court and, at that time, Judge Mark Simmons certified the charge against him to the next grand jury for possible indictment.
<sh>Sully Land-Use, Traffic
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.
<sh>Land-Use Committee Mtg.
<bt>The Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in rooms 4 and 5 of the Fairfax County Government Center.
Applicant Randolph Bender wants to rezone eight acres on the south side of Route 29, directly across from Forum Drive, near the Government Center. He'd like this property rezoned from commercial to residential (an antique store is there now) so he can build 16, single-family, detached homes there.
KSI Services Inc. of Vienna will also present information about a mixed-used project it's considering on an 18-acre parcel north of Route 29 and east of Ridge Top Road. For more information about the meeting, call Marlae Schnare at 703-324-2500.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Adding Your Number To 'Do Not Call' Phone Directory
<bt>According to the Federal Trade Commission, a directory of cell phone numbers will soon be published for access to all consumers. This will open the doors for solicitors to call people on their cell phones, using up precious minutes for which the receiving customers are required to pay.
So the Federal Trade Commission has set up a "do not call" list. It's called a cell phone registry, but home phone numbers may also be placed on the list. To be included on the "do not call" list, go to www.donotcall.gov and add your number to the list.
<sh>Salvation Army Needs Help
<bt>Last year, the Salvation Army in Fairfax helped more than 600 families at Thanksgiving and provided more than 900 families with clothing and toys at Christmas. And it's in need of volunteers to lend a hand, this year. Bell-ringers at kettles are needed Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., from now through Christmas Eve, and may pick the days and times most convenient for them. For more information and/or to volunteer, call 703-385-8700, ext. 11.
From Dec. 1-18, except for Sundays, the Salvation Army also needs people from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to help receive, sort and box food and gifts in preparation for Christmas distribution. In addition, from Dec. 20-22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., volunteers over age 18 are needed to assist with the actual distributing. Call Judy at 703-385-8700, ext. 23.
<sh>Blood Donations are Sought
<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're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.