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Home Invasion

<bt>Herndon Police responded to a home invasion robbery Wednesday, May 5, at 10:53 p.m. in the 1000 block of Kings Court. According to police, two subjects forced entry into a home and robbed the victims of an undisclosed amount of cash. The subjects are described as:

Suspect No. 1: black male with a dark complexion, 20-25 years of age, 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3 inches, thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black skull cap and dark colored pants. He was armed with dark colored handgun.

Suspect No. 2: black male with a light complexion, 20-25 years of age, 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inch, stocky build, hair in cornrows, has a large gap between his front teeth, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

One of the victims received minor injuries, and was treated and released. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Pihonak at 703-435-6887.

<sh>Herndon Woman Flees

<bt>A Herndon woman was taken into custody after a Sunday morning car chase that began in Sterling and finally came to an end outside Leesburg, according the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

The pursuit started shortly after 3 a.m. when a Loudoun County deputy noticed the taillights were out on vehicle heading westbound on Route 7 near Sterling Boulevard, and attempted to pullover the car near Potomac View Road. According to the report, the driver, later determined to be Amy Chandler, 42, continued down the roadway and began to accelerate.

The woman then ran a red light at the intersection of George Washington Boulevard and attempted to turnaround near Battlefield Parkway.

Members of the Leesburg Police Department set up a stinger tire-deflation device across the roadway near Cardinal Park Drive, which caused the driver-side tires to deflate on the vehicle. The woman continued into the Town of Leesburg where she ran several more red lights and almost struck two cars including a police cruiser.

The driver eventually made her way to southbound Route 15 where she lost control of the car and struck a tree near Route 704. The car fishtailed and came back into the roadway where it overturned coming to rest on the vehicle's roof.

Deputies pulled the driver from the vehicle, which had a small fire spreading from the engine. Others tried to extinguish the flames until fire-rescue could arrive.

Chandler was taken to Loudoun Hospital where she was being treated. Warrants for felony eluding and a summons for defective taillights have been obtained.

<sh>Students Charged in Assault

<bt>Charges have been filed against two Herndon Middle School students in the alleged robbing and assaulting of a 13-year-old female student at the school last week. According to Fairfax County police, on Wednesday, May 5, around 1:20 p.m., the victim was walking in a hallway of the school, located at 901 Locust St., when she was approached by two Herndon boys, aged 14 and 15, that were acquaintances. They cornered her and began to sexually assault her. The suspects then demanded jewelry from her to stop the assault. After she gave them jewelry, the suspects let her go and left the area. The victim made the report to police late Thursday night, May 6. The Fairfax County Police School Resource Officer assigned to the school continued the investigation on Friday, May 7, and petitions were obtained Monday, May 10, charging both suspects, as juveniles, with robbery and sexual assault.

<sh>Wounding on Trail

<bt>Herndon Police are investigating a malicious wounding that occurred in the area of the W&OD bike trail between Center Street and Grace Street. According to police, a 26-year-old male of Herndon was walking along the bike path when he came upon two black males. One of the black males produced a handgun and shot the victim. The victim received non-life threatening injuries to his arm and abdomen. The suspects fled the scene on foot. The area was checked by Herndon and Fairfax County police for the suspects.

<sh>Crime Solvers Golf Tournament

<bt>Fairfax County Crime Solvers is hosting its annual golf tournament Tuesday, May 11, at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 9009 Ferndale Ave. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The tournament is open to anyone who wants to play. The cost for an individual is $100 and $400 for a foursome, which includes green fees, a cart, use of the driving range, a chance at door prizes, breakfast and lunch.

The grand prize for a hole-in-one is a new car. In addition, there is the "Putt-4-Cash," where a person could win $10,000. Several other door and cash prizes will be given out as well.

A $100 donation can be made to sponsor a business name at a green or a tee. Donations to this event and other events enable Crime Solvers to pay out cash rewards to anonymous individuals who provide information, which leads to the arrests of individuals wanted for crimes.

Crime Solvers has helped to close more than 1,700 cases with more than 750 criminals arrested since 1979. A detailed itinerary and registration forms may be obtained by calling the Crime Solvers coordinator, Officer Shelley Broderick at 703-246-4280.

<sh>Special Planning Meeting

<bt>The Herndon Planning Commission will be holding a special work session to discuss the development of a Downtown Plan, Monday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Herndon Council Chambers conference room, 765 Lynn St.

The plan could address planned land uses, densities, design characteristics and other issues affecting the Herndon downtown area. The plan is expected to be considered as a Comprehensive Plan Amendment later in the year. There will be public hearings before any action is taken, and these hearings will be the subject of standard legal notice by the town.

For more information or any questions, call Dana Heiberg, senior planner for comprehensive planning, at 703-787-7380 or through e-mail at dana.heiberg@herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Free Home Buying Seminar

<bt>A free home-buyers' seminar will take place at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center Wednesday, May 19, from 6-9 p.m. Learn about home-buying options, the advantages of home ownership, qualifying and applying for a loan, and how to establish or restore credit. The Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center is located at 1086 Elden St. For more information call 703-435-3182.

<sh>Park Cleanup

<bt>Herndon Optimist Youth Softball and the Town of Herndon are sponsoring a park cleanup day at the Spring Street Park Sunday, May 23. The park is located at the intersection of Spring and Van Buren streets. Volunteers are needed to assist with the cleanup between 2-5 p.m. The parking lot at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, adjacent to the park on Spring Street, will be used for parking and as a staging area. Bring gloves.

The Spring Street Park Cleanup is part of the Cultivating Community Initiative, a program designed to promote neighborhood beautification and community spirit. Anyone wanting more information on how a civic group can host a cleanup day or Adopt-A-Spot, call the community forester at 703-787-7380.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m.

ARB/HPRB work session. Herndon Council Chambers conference room, 765 Lynn St.

Friday, May 14, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, The Legwarmers, '80s tribute act. Town Green,

Monday, May 17, 7 p.m.

ARB/HPRB public hearing. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council work session. Herndon Council Chambers conference room, 765 Lynn St.

Friday, May 21, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, Love Seed Mama Jump, Dewey Beach, Del., party band. Town Green.