Local Teen Pleads Guilty
<bt>In September 2003, Fairfax County police charged Alexander Robles, 18, of 13434 Elevation Lane in Oak Hill, with the manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance. They also charged him with credit-card fraud in connection with purchases made at Best Buy and Tweeter with a card belonging to someone else.
The grand jury indicted him, March 15, and he was slated for a jury trial, last Wednesday, May 19, in Circuit Court. However, at that time, Robles instead pleaded guilty to both charges before Judge Leslie Alden. He's scheduled to be sentenced on June 18. The credit-card charge, alone, carries a possible penalty of five years in prison.
<sh>Burning Charge to Grand Jury
<bt>One of the charges against a Centreville man is heading to the grand jury. He is Reyes Najarro, 46, of the 14300 block of Summertree Road. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department investigators charged him with setting a vehicle fire, Feb. 21, in Centre Ridge.
On Wednesday, May 19, in General District Court, his charge of setting a fire capable of spreading was dismissed. His charge of burning and destroying property over $200 — which is punishable by as much as 10 years in prison — was sent to the next grand jury for possible indictment.
<sh>Sully Police Open House
<bt>The Sully District Police Station at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly will hold an open house, Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to visit with members of the police SWAT team, K-9 team, Dive Team, Motorcycle Squad and Crime Prevention and Crime Solvers units.
Even McGruff the Crime Dog will make a special appearance. It's planned as a fun event for the whole family. Tour the station, see the Police Department cruisers and helicopter, chat with officers and enjoy everything from pony rides and a moonbounce to popcorn, cotton candy and balloons.
<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>Clifton Town Council Mtg.
<bt>The next meeting of the Clifton Town Council will be Tuesday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. It's in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall at 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton.
<sh>Click It Or Ticket
<bt>The Fairfax County Police Department has joined Virginia Law Enforcement in the "Click It Or Ticket" program to enforce the Virginia's safety belt and child safety seat laws. Police will participate in high-visibility patrols through the Memorial Day holiday.
Virginia law allows law enforcement to cite anyone driving a car in which an occupant under age 16 is not wearing a safety belt or is not properly secured in a child safety seat. The law also provides that drivers stopped for other violations can be cited if they are not properly restrained. This also applies to all front-seat passengers over age 16.
<sh>Blood Donations are 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.