News Brief

News Brief

<bt>Ronald Sinacore, 55 of Long Boat Court in Fairfax County has been charged with producing child pornography and possession of child pornography. He was arrested on Oct. 19.

Sinacore is employed by George Mason University where one of his responsibilities was presenting sexual harrassment workshops. He has been placed on administrative leave, said Dan Walsch, a spokesperson for the university.

According to Fairfax County Police reports, four years ago, the victim, then 16, engaged in a two-year relationship with Sinacore. Recently, two years after the end of the relationship, Sinacore sent computer messages to the same man in an attempt to restart the relationship, police said.

The victim learned that he had been videotaped without his knowledge or consent during the relationship, and contacted police.

Police obtained search warrants for Sinacore's office, home and vehicle. Sinacore was arrested as a result of those warrants.

He is being held without bond in the Adult Detention Center.

<sh>Charge Goes to Grand Jury

<bt>The case against a Penderbrook woman accused of shooting a teen-age boy is moving forward in the legal system. She is Carrie Harris, 23, of the 12100 block of Penderview Lane in Fairfax.

City of Fairfax police arrested her Sept. 13, in connection with a shooting that occurred on Aug. 19. Police say that the victim, a 16-year-old boy from Capitol Heights, Md., was assaulted at the Turnpike Shopping Center in the 9500 block of Main Street in Fairfax.

Police said Harris and another woman had a confrontation there, around 11:30 p.m., with four young men and that Harris allegedly shot one of them in the shoulder. They said the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun.

Police charged her with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. If convicted, she could receive as much as 23 years in prison. She appeared last Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. At that time, the judge certified both charges against her to the next grand jury for possible indictment.

<1b> — Bonnie Hobbs

<sh>Hawkins Fined for Peeping

<bt>A Fair Oaks man has been fined for peeping. He is Stephen A. Hawkins, 44, of 11700 block of Fairfax Woods Way in Fairfax.

Fairfax County police responded on 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 said the man, later identified as Hawkins, struggled briefly with the responding officers before being arrested.

Police charged him with assault on a police officer, peeping into an occupied dwelling and indecent exposure. The assault charge was later reduced to escaping with force and, on Sept. 20, the grand jury indicted him for this offense. He's scheduled to enter a plea on Nov. 8.

Hawkins appeared last Wednesday, Oct. 13, in General District Court on the other charges. The indecent-exposure charge was dropped, but Judge Stewart Davis found Hawkins guilty of peeping. He sentenced him to 60 days in jail, suspended all that time and fined him $100. Hawkins also had to pay $67 in court costs.

<sh>3 Charged in Parking Lot Thefts

<bt>On Oct. 8, at 10:52 p.m., a City of Fairfax Police officer observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the parking lot of the Cavalier Court Apartments. Following the vehicle as it entered another apartment complex, the officer observed a male subject exit the vehicle and walk toward a building. Checking the vehicle, the officer discovered a subject hiding in it. A search of the vehicle uncovered several car stereos, speakers and other stereo equipment. Further investigation revealed that the some of the items had been stolen from several vehicles parked in the Cavalier Apartment complex.

The suspect was identified as Reyes Ever Antonio Velasques, 19, of the 1900 block of Hyannis Court in McLean. Officers found two other suspects in a nearby apartment who were also involved in the thefts. They were identified as suspect Jose Membreno Rodriguez, 23, and Wilfredo Montes Orellana, 24, both of the 11100 block of Cavalier Court in Fairfax.

Police arrest all three suspects, who were then taken to the jail. After speaking with a magistrate, the suspects were charged with grand larceny. Velasques was also charged with possession of burglary tools. The officer is still investigating this case in an attempt to locate the other victims and a fourth suspect that was involved in the theft.

<sh>Fairfax Man Arrested at PJ Skidoos

<bt>PJ Skidoos, a restaurant located at 9903 Lee Highway in Fairfax, reported a credit card fraud on Oct. 13, at 1:14 a.m. A Fairfax City Police officer responded to the call and began investigating the incident. The restaurant manager told the officer that a women’s purse was discovered in the men’s bathroom. Checking the purse, the manager found the owner's name and then asked the bartender to verify if anyone had used a credit card under the victim's name to pay a bar tab. After locating the receipt, the bartender remembered a male subject had used the credit card. The suspect was also still inside the business.

The officer questioned the suspect about the crime, but he denied any involvement. The victim was located and stated that she did not know the suspect and that her purse was taken after she left it unattended on a table in the restaurant.

Further investigation uncovered a credit located on the suspect that belonged to the victim. It was also the one he had used to pay his tab. The suspect is identified as Andrew Michael Davis, 22, of the 4200 block Sideburn Road, Fairfax. He was arrested and taken to the jail where a magistrate issued warrants charging him with felony credit card theft, felony credit card forgery and misdemeanor credit card forgery and misdemeanor defrauding an innkeeper. His bond was set at $7,500.

<sh>View Family Shelter Design Plans

<bt>The public may review the conceptual design plans for the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., in conference rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center. The shelter will be about 17,000 square feet on a 5.7-acre parcel at the intersection of Lee Highway and Hampton Forest Drive in the Fairfax area.

Design consultants and members of the county's Public Works department will be on hand to present the information, answer questions and gather community feedback about the building's design. For more information, call Carey Needham at 703-324-5800.

<sh>A Ride Home on Halloween

<bt>Washington Regional Alcohol Program sponsors the Halloween SoberRide program on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Northern Virginia residents who are 21 years old or older and plan to celebrate Halloween with alcohol should call 1-800-200-TAXI for a safe ride home. For more information on the program, call

<sh>Foreign Police Forum on Nov. 14

<bt>A panel of media specialists and journalists from the United States and around the world take part in the discussion, "What on Earth Do They Think of Us? International Press Coverage of U.S. Foreign Policy," on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pohick Regional Library in Burke. George Mason University Professor Richard Rubenstein will moderate a panel which includes Aidan White, general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists and Kaarle Tapani Nordenstreng, professor of journalism and mass communication, University of Tampere, Finland. For more information call 703-658-9150. To reserve a seat, call 703-644-7333 beginning Oct. 31.