<sh>Crime Solvers Seeks Help
<bt>Fairfax County is seeking the public's help in identifying the man who broke into a local business, tied up an employee and stole some money. The location was the Elizabeth Arden "Red Door Spa" in the Fairfax Corner shopping center.
Police say the intruder entered the business Sunday, Dec. 26, around 7 p.m. and was confronted by a 29-year-old Centreville woman who was employed there. He then bound the victim, took cash from the money box and fled. The woman then called police.
The suspect was described as white, in his 30s, 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He wore a green-hooded coat, a blue ski mask and light blue jeans. Anyone with information about him or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information leading to his arrest. As always, callers never have to give their names or appear in court.
<sh>Sexual Solicitation Charged
<bt>Fairfax County police have arrested a 61-year-old Chester, Va., man and charged him with soliciting sex from a minor over the Internet. He is Ivor Davis of 182 Crest Way.
Police say Davis allegedly exchanged e-mails with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. But in actuality, that person was a detective with the police department's Child Exploitation Unit.
According to police, Davis reportedly arranged a meeting in Centreville with the "teen" for sexual activities, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. But when he arrived at the designated spot, police put the moves on him, instead. They charged him with the use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.
Davis was released from the Adult Detention Center, Dec. 22, on $10,000 bond. He has a Feb. 8 court date and, if eventually convicted, he could be sentenced to a possible maximum of five years in prison.
<sh>Fire Causes $100,000 Damage
<bt>A fire last Monday night, Dec. 27, caused an estimated $100,000 damage to a home and its contents in Centreville's Crofton Commons community. Fairfax County firefighters responded around 10:20 p.m. to a two-story townhouse at 6918 Hovingham Court.
First-arriving units found heavy fire visible from the front of the second floor. An additional alarm was then dispatched, bringing more than 50 emergency personnel to the scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack and brought the blaze under control in approximately 20 minutes.
Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. They say the culprit was an electrical fault between the light switch and the light on the second floor.
<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition
<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.
<sh>Westfield Community Coalition
<sh>The next meeting of the Westfield Community Coalition will be Monday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.
<sh>Gang Awareness Seminar
<bt>The Sully District Crime Prevention Office will hold a Gang Awareness seminar Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Due to the material that will be presented, the seminar is only open to adults.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900 in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Cuccinelli Seeks Citizen Input
<bt>Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37th) is conducting an online survey for residents — especially those living in the 37th District — Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, parts of Clifton and Fairfax Station, Burke and Springfield.
To get a better idea of how his constituents feels about particular issues, participants will be asked to respond to questions about certain issues, such as transportation, schools, etc. In addition, they'll also be able to provide their own, independent feedback on whatever else is important to them. To participate, go to www.cuccinelli.org, and there'll be a link to the survey.
<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.