Teacher Is Charged With Custodial Indecent Liberties
<bt>A Fair Oaks man who taught at an elementary school and coached at Oakton High was arrested and charged Tuesday with custodial indecent liberties with a minor. He is Matthew Bianco, 28, of 12100 Elm Forest Way, #H.
According to Fairfax County police, detectives received information that he had formed a several-months-long relationship which allegedly involved inappropriate touching of a teen-aged student. Police say there's no indication that any such activity occurred on school grounds and that no other students were involved.
County school system spokesman Paul Regnier stressed Wednesday that the reported victim was not an elementary-school student. However, to protect that person's identity, police declined to reveal whether the alleged victim is male or female or was someone Bianco had coached.
Bianco has taught P.E. for three years at Stenwood Elementary in Dunn Loring and has been employed by the school system for three years total. He also served as assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Oakton High and, previously, was the junior varsity head coach and an assistant softball coach at Oakton.
However, he's no longer on the job at either school. Said Regnier: "He was placed on leave without pay as soon as we heard that he was under investigation."
Following his arrest Tuesday, Bianco was released on personal recognizance. He has a July 23 court date and, if convicted, could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
<sh>Two Drug Arrests Made at Police DWI Checkpoint
<bt>A police sobriety checkpoint last week didn't yield any DWI arrests, but it did catch two people in possession of drugs. Fairfax County police conducted the checkpoint between Thursday, March 25, at 10:30 p.m. and Friday, March 26, at 1:30 a.m.
Some 750 vehicles passed through the checkpoint on Route 29 near Buckleys Gate Drive. Police charged one person with possession of marijuana, and another with possession of cocaine. They also issued nine traffic summonses — including four for driving on a suspended license.
<sh>Time to Spring Forward
<bt>With warm weather comes Daylight Savings Time, and that means it's time to spring forward. So by this Saturday, April 3, at 2 a.m., area residents should turn their clocks, VCRs, watches, microwave ovens, etc., ahead one hour.
<sh>Wolf Hosts Town Meeting
<bt>Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-10th) will hold a town meeting on Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Middle School, 3300 Lees Corner Road in Chantilly. Constituents may access Wolf's complete voting record for the first session of the 108th Congress on his Web site at www.house.gov/wolf.
<sh>Sully Land-Use, Transportation
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.
Agenda items are as follows: T Mobile is proposing a 100-foot tower at the Vale Road United Methodist Church, Verizon Wireless wants to expand its switching station on Centreview Drive in Chantilly; and The Peterson Cos. wants to incorporate a residential component into its Dulles Discovery mixed-use project, east of Route 28 at the Air and Space Museum Parkway interchange.
<sh>Clifton Town Council Mtg.
<bt>The Clifton Town Council will meet Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton.
<sh>Land-Use Meeting, April 6
<bt>The next meeting of the Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee is Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. It's in conference room 8 of the Fairfax County Government Center; call Marlae Schnare at 703-324-2500.
The committee will hear details of a proposal by Random Hills Investment LLC to build 62 townhouses on 4.7 acres at the corner of Ridge Top Road and Random Hills Drive in Fair Oaks. The applicant is seeking a rezoning of this land from commercial to high-density residential.
<sh>Panel on Gang Activity
<bt>A panel discussion on gang activity in the local area will be held Thursday, April 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at George Mason University. It'll be in the Johnson Center, meeting room D, on the 4th floor. The discussion is titled, "Developing Public Policy in Response to Northern Virginia Gang Activity," and the American Society of Public Administration's Northern Virginia chapter is hosting the event.
Panelists will include Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock); Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, acting Fairfax County police chief; Karen Bune, adjunct professor, Department of Criminal Justice, GMU; and members of the Security Threat Group Management Program.
<sh>Blood Is Urgently Needed
<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.