A Fairfax County grand jury on Monday indicted three people for crimes committed in the local area. They are Alesha Janelle Saunders, 23, of 7585 Margate Court, Apt. 203, in Manassas; Gregory Park Moldenhauer, 26, of 9334 Tartan View Drive in Fairfax; and Shewaye Yemane of 12304 Field Lark Lane in Fairfax's Pender community.
<bt>Friends Moldenhauer and Thomas Edward Bolt Jr. celebrated Bolt's 27th birthday on Dec. 12. But as they returned home to Chantilly, Dec. 13, around 12:30 a.m., Moldenhauer lost control of his 2003 Acura RSX on Walney Road, near E.C. Lawrence Park.
His car crossed over the southbound lanes, hit an embankment and struck a tree. Bolt, of Chantilly's Brookside community, was the front-seat passenger and died at the scene. Authorities charged Moldenhauer with DUI involuntary manslaughter.
During his preliminary hearing, April 19, in General District Court, a paramedic testified that Moldenhauer told him "he'd been out celebrating his buddy's 27th birthday and consumed several drinks throughout the night." Following his indictment, Moldenhauer is scheduled for a July 21 jury trial.
<bt>The grand jury indicted Saunders on 12 counts. Eleven of them pertain to a series of mail thefts in Centreville's Sully Estates community. One stems from a hit-and-run that happened a year ago.
The thefts occurred earlier this year; police estimate the loss as at least $10,000. Authorities say Saunders allegedly stole outgoing mail from mailboxes on Chandley Farm Circle, removed checks from their envelopes, created a bank account and deposited the checks into it. On March 22, police charged her with three counts each of forgery and uttering (passing off phony checks as valid) and one count of obtaining money through false pretenses.
On Monday, the grand jury indicted her on all these charges, as well as on four additional offenses — two counts of credit-card theft and two counts of embezzlement. Saunders was also indicted for felony hit-and-run.
The hit-and-run occurred in May 2003 on I-66 at Route 123. The male victim was injured and is a Chantilly resident. Following her recent arrest, she was also charged with this crime. She is scheduled to enter pleas on all these charges, July 13, in Circuit Court.
<bt>Last August and September, police charged Yemane with 11 crimes. The offenses involved nearly $4,000 worth of credit-card theft and fraud, plus shoplifting from the Tysons Corner Neiman Marcus.
Three of them — one count each of credit-card theft, credit-card fraud and grand larceny — were later sent to the grand jury for possible indictment. And Monday, Yemane was indicted on all three charges. If convicted of them, she could receive as much as 15 years in prison. She is slated to enter pleas on July 19.