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<sh>Two Embezzlement Charges Certified To Grand Jury

<bt>Embezzlement charges against a Centreville man are moving forward in the legal system. He is Donald E. Travers, 44, of 7615 Bull Run Drive in the Bull Run Estates community.

He was employed by Fairfax County for 19 years. Travers worked for the Facilities Management Division, which oversees all the county's public facilities.

However, on Sept. 7, 2004, police charged him with three counts of embezzlement of government property. Police said a two-week investigation revealed that, between 1999 and 2003, Travers allegedly stole five computer-processing units and three monitors.

After various continuances, his case came to General District Court last Wednesday, March 9. At that time, one of the charges against him was dropped. Judge Mark Simmons then certified the other two charges to the grand jury for possible indictment. If convicted, Travers could receive as much as 10 years in prison.

<sh>Children's Car-Seat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child car-seat inspections to make sure seats are properly installed and are the correct seats for children's ages and weights.

Upcoming inspection dates and times are: Thursday, March 17, 5-9 p.m.; Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Thursday, March 31, 5-9 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The Sully District Station is at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. For additional inspection times, call 703-280-0559.

<sh>Safety and Security Fair

<bt>A Safety and Security Fair — called "You've Got a Crime Prevention Friend Day" — will be held Sunday, March 20, from 2-5 p.m., at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle in Fairfax. Children may have their pictures taken with McGruff the Crime Dog on his 25th anniversary. Law-enforcement officers and vehicles from across Virginia will be on hand, and a state police racing car will be on display.

Child fingerprinting will be offered, and the event will be held, rain or shine. Call 703-352-2163. It's a joint presentation of the Fairfax County Police Department, the Allstate Foundation, the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police H.E.A.T (Help Eliminate Auto Theft).

<sh>Datta Discusses County Budget at Sully District Council

<bt>Susan Datta, director of the county's Office of Management and Budget, will explain the 2006 Fairfax County budget at the next meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. It will be held Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

<sh>CentrevilleDogs Mtg. March 24

<bt>CentrevilleDogs, a group of more than 150 Centreville residents, are seeking to establish an off-leash dog park. It's proposed for Quinn Farm Park, at Braddock and Old Lee Roads in Centreville.

To learn more about the organization or to get involved, attend CentrevilleDogs' next meeting, Thursday, March 24, from 7-8 p.m., at the Sully Station II Community Center, 5501 Sully Park Drive in Centreville. Those who can't attend, but want to get involved may e-mail CentrevilleDogs@yahoo.com and type "new member." Or see www.centrevilledogs.org.

<sh>Free Self-Defense Course

<bt>Master Police Officer Dave Patton of the Sully District Police Station will conduct a free, self-defense class Monday, March 28, from 7-9 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

It's a precursor to the upcoming Jujitsu martial arts classes that Patton will be teaching this spring at the new Cub Run Recreation Center near Westfield High. The class is open to both males and females, with no one younger than 13 accepted.

It's limited to 30 people and will be filled on a first-reply basis only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To register, contact Patton at David.Patton@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<sh>Lawyer's License Suspended

<bt>The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board last week suspended the license of an attorney who lives in Chantilly. She is Cara Lynn Romanzo of Chambers Drive. On Feb. 23, the Board suspended her license to practice law for 30 days, effective retroactively to Feb. 2.

During late 2003 and early 2004, Romanzo practiced law while her license was administratively suspended. According to the Virginia State Bar, "This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Romanzo."

<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.