<sh>Child Abuse is Charged

<bt>Fairfax County police have charged a Fair Lakes woman with one count of child abuse. She is Brenda Hyman, 50, of 4817 Green Duck Lane in the Autumn Woods community. Police responded June 22 to Chantilly's Greenbriar community for a report of an alleged assault of a 5-year-old girl.

According to police, Hyman — a licensed, child-care provider — reportedly struck the little girl "numerous times on her legs" while she was under the woman's care. Furthermore, say police, "Investigation [allegedly] revealed that the child-care provider exercised excessive discipline on the child."

Police then arrested Hyman and took her to the Adult Detention Center. She was released on $2,000 bond and has a July 27 court date.

<sh>Assault, Peeping, Exposure Charged

<bt>A Fair Oaks man was held in the Adult Detention Center on $9,000 bond after being arrested, early Saturday morning, and charged with assault, peeping and indecent exposure. He is Stephen A. Hawkins, 44, of 11733 Fairfax Woods Way in Fairfax.

Fairfax County police responded July 3, around 1 a.m., to the 2500 block of Heath Place in Reston after a woman there reported seeing a man exposing his genitalia on her deck. Police say the man, allegedly identified as Hawkins, struggled briefly with the responding officers before being taken into custody.

He was treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained as a result of him reportedly resisting arrested and was then taken to jail. Police charged him with two counts of assault on a police officer, peeping into an occupied dwelling and indecent exposure. He was released from jail, that same day, and has an Aug. 25 court date.

<sh>Police Seek Woman's Assailant

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for whoever accosted a Centreville woman last week while she walked home. The incident occurred Thursday, July 1, around 4 a.m., near the 14500 block of Olde Kent Road in Centreville's London Commons community.

Police say the woman had just parked her car and was walking toward her home when an unknown man grabbed her from behind. When she began screaming for help, the assailant fled on foot toward Stone Road. The woman was not injured.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, with a stocky build, 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds. He had short, bleached-blond hair and wore a long-sleeved, gray sweatsuit. Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

<sh>Police Charge Three with DWI

<bt>Police officers from the Sully District Station conducted a sobriety checkpoint from Saturday, July 3, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, July 4, at 2 a.m. at Route 29 and Bull Run Post Office Road in Centreville. During that time, 478 vehicles went through the checkpoint, and police charged three people with DWI (driving while intoxicated). They also issued one traffic summons.

<sh>Kathy Smith's Open Forum

<bt>Kathy Smith, chairman of and Sully District representative to the Fairfax County School Board, is holding an open forum and discussion on a wide range of school issues. It's scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, from 7-9 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. For more information, call Diane Thompson at 703-246-2252.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

<sh>WFCM Urgently Needs Food

<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is in urgent need of canned goods and groceries for its food pantry for local needy families. Especially needed is food for children, including: Breakfast cereal; peanut butter; jelly; macaroni and cheese; canned fruit and fruit juices; canned meats such as tuna, salmon, corned beef and Spam; spaghetti sauce; canned pasta meals; and baby formula.

Items may be brought to WFCM's Shepherd Center in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center. It's at 13981 Metrotech Drive, next to Midas Muffler and near Backyard Grill & Bar and Blockbuster Video.

<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.