Charge Goes to Grand Jury
<bt>The case against a Missouri man accused of committing crimes in Fair Oaks is moving forward in the legal system. He is Steven Dale Troy Yokel, 29, of 304 W. 17th St. in Joplin.
According to Fairfax County police, a Fairfax woman, 36, and her sons, ages 5 and 3, were shopping in the Hallmark store at Fair Oaks Mall, Sept. 20, around 6 p.m., when he allegedly exposed himself to them.
A witness immediately alerted a mall security officer who called police and also responded to the store. The security officer stopped the suspect inside the mall but, after being approached by a second witness, police say the suspect ran.
However, a county police officer and an off-duty Metro Washington Airport police officer chased the man into the mall parking area where he was arrested. Police reportedly identified him as Yokel.
They charged him with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor child (felony charges) and one count of indecent exposure. He appeared last Friday, Oct. 28, in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and, at that time, one of his indecent liberties charges was certified to the grand jury for possible indictment.
<sh>Pizza Delivery Man Robbed
<bt>Fairfax County police say a pizza delivery man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night in Chantilly's Franklin Farm community. The incident occurred Oct. 29, around 11 p.m.
According to police, a 36-year-old Manassas man was trying to deliver food in the 3300 block of Rosemere Court when two men approached him. One man displayed a handgun and both robbed the victim of cash. He was uninjured, and the robbers fled toward Franklin Farm Village Center.
The suspects are described as black, 25-30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches and wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information about them or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.
<sh>Barn Fire Memorial Fund
<bt>Ten horses lost their lives in a barn fire, Oct. 26, at the Little Full Cry Farm in Clifton. Anyone wishing to make memorial-fund donations may make checks payable to “Little Full Cry Memorial Fund” and bring them to the Clifton Saddlery, 12644 Chapel Road in Clifton (behind the Clifton Post Office). Or mail them to: Memorial Fund c/o Cindi Glaspy, 12522 Knollbrook Drive, Clifton, VA 20124.
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, this Thursday, Nov. 3, and next Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5-9 p.m. each day, at the station at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They'll make sure the seats are correct for the child’s age and height, the child is securely placed in the seat and the seat is properly installed in the vehicle.
No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves, so the technicians may properly inspect and make adjustments, as necessary. Call the Sully District Child Seat Information line (703-814-7000, ext. 5140) to confirm dates and time. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.
<sh>Help Plant Rocky Run
<bt>Fairfax ReLeaf, in partnership with Fairfax County's Stormwater Planning Division, will be restoring a portion of Rocky Run Stream Valley Park's riparian buffer. And the public is welcome to come help plant native trees and shrubs, this Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon. The planting will be where Big Rocky Run crosses under Majestic Lane in Greenbriar. Contact Fairfax ReLeaf at email@example.com or 703-324-1409.
<sh>Sully Land Use, Transportation
<bt>The Sully District Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Members will hear about a request for a special-exception permit to allow an increase in building height, plus a rezoning, for property on the south side of Wall Road, 800 feet west of Centreville Road.
They'll also receive information about a rezoning and final development plan sought for land in the southeast quadrant of the Route 28/Frying Pan Road intersection. Office, hotel and multifamily uses have been proposed for that site.
This plan was initially opposed by Westfield High parents because of the large number of students it would add to the already-overcrowded school. But the housing east of the spine road is now proposed to be limited to adult, age-restricted homes in conformity with HUD guidelines, thereby eliminating any student generation.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<bt>The Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Transportation and Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) are holding a public meeting to discuss the Route 28/Braddock Road/Walney Road intersection. It's slated for Monday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.
Modifications are being reviewed to this intersection to improve traffic flow through the corridor. Things being considered are the elimination of crossover movements and the restriction of some turning movements. After the presentation, those attending may ask questions and offer their concerns and suggestions.
<sh>WFCM Needs Donations to Help Local Needy Families
<bt>Each month, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) provides food, personal-hygiene and cleaning items to some 300, low-income, working families of all races and religions in western Fairfax County. Its food pantry and clothes closet are at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, and it's in great need of donations from the community.
The 10 most-needed items are: Cooking oil (22-34-ounce bottles), flour, (2-5-pound sizes), complete pancake mixes and syrup, juices (preferably concentrate), spaghetti sauce, feminine-hygiene products, deodorant and laundry detergent. Food and personal-product donations are accepted Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at WFCM's back door.
WFCM's thrift shop is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, household items, miscellaneous donations are accepted Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the back door. Call 703-988-9656 with questions or to volunteer, or see www.wfcmva.org.
<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.