Fairfax County Employee Charged with Embezzlement

<bt>A 19-year Fairfax County employee and resident of Centreville has been charged with three counts of embezzlement of government property. He is Donald E. Travers, 44, of 7615 Bull Run Drive in the Bull Run Estates community.

According to Fairfax County police, a two-week investigation revealed that, between 1999 and 2003, Travers allegedly stole five computer-processing units and three monitors. Travers worked for the Facilities Management Division, which oversees all the county's public facilities.

Police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings said the amount of loss has not yet been completely determined because the investigation is still continuing. Following his arrest Tuesday, Sept. 7, Travers was released on $7,500 bond. He has an Oct. 26 court date and, if convicted, could receive as much as 15 years in prison.

<sh>Sully Land-Use, Transportation

<bt>The Sully District Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131. The members will learn about a proposal from Stanford Hotels Corp. seeking an increase in the allowable building height in the northeast quadrant of Route 50 and Route 28.

<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition

<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.

<sh>Ox Hill, Union Mills Plans

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public hearing Monday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. to present a proposal for the general management and conceptual development plan for two historic sites. One is Ox Hill Battlefield Park, and the other is the Union Mills/Confederate Fortifications Historic Site.

Both locations represent important, local, historic and cultural resources relating to the Civil War, and both warrant protection and interpretation. The public hearing will be in room 106/107, on the first floor of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

<sh>Youthful Driver Improvement

<bt>Fairfax County police will hold a one-day, hands-on driving course geared to youth, ages 16-18. The FCPD Youthful Driver Improvement Program provides advanced driver-training techniques to young motorists. Students drive a four-door sedan as they attempt to master proper braking techniques, crash avoidance, skid control, steering-wheel management and off-road recovery techniques.

The next class is on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center at 3725 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly — a secured facility just off Route 50. The track is a 1.1-mile circuit completed in 1994 and is one of only a handful in the country built specifically for law-enforcement driver training.

Interested students may pick up applications from their high-school resource officers. For more information, call Officer David Kuhar at 703-818-1924, ext. 204.


<bt>In the article, "18 Months Prison for Centreville Man," on page 3 of the Aug. 26-Sept. 1 Centre View, Robert Michels did not own the townhouse at 5218 Stoney Branch Court; he was only a tenant there.

<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 personal care products, tomato products, juices, cereal (single size boxes), canned fruit, chick peas, black beans, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) and toilet paper. 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>Blood Donations are Sought

<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.