<cl>Edebiri Tempitope Aihevba

<sh>Rape in Jefferson District Park

<bt>A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred at 7900 Lee Highway in the Merrifield area, according to Fairfax County Police. On Saturday, Oct. 1 around 8:30 p.m., two 12-year-old girls went to the Jefferson District Park where they met a man who worked there. The three talked and then walked behind a building where the man had inappropriate contact with both of the girls, police said. The girls went home, where one of them told her parents, and the parents contacted the police.

On Friday, Oct. 7, Edebiri Tempitope Aihevba of the 7300 block of Lee Highway in Falls Church was arrested. He was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor and one count of rape. Aihevba was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

"We obviously had a good description from the girls, and we went back to the park and found him," said police spokesman Officer Bud Walker.

<1b>— Mike DiCicco

<sh>Vienna Woman Robbed

<bt>A 31-year-old Vienna-area woman was robbed in the 8100 block of Arlington Boulevard, according to police reports. On Friday, Oct. 7 around 1:30 a.m., a woman was walking in the CVS parking lot when she was grabbed by a man. While the man held the woman, another suspect attempted to take her purse, said police. One of the suspects sprayed the victim with what appeared to be pepper spray. The woman was able to run away. No property was taken from the victim. She was treated for minor injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The suspects were described as two black men in their 20s with short, black hair. Both of the men were approximately 6 feet tall. One was wearing a gray shirt with jeans and the other was wearing jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Town cleanup day

<bt>Annual Fall cleanup day will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-noon. The cleanup, which is sponsored by Vienna's Community Enhancement Commission, welcomes individuals, families and community service groups. Check in at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna, on cleanup day to receive garbage bags and gloves. Walk-ins are welcome, however, organizations are asked to sign-up before Nov. 1. For more information call Cathy Salgado 703-255-6356.


<bt>In the story "Council Holds Brief Meeting" in last week's issue, the Vienna Connection reported that Councilmember George Lovelace "agreed that a work session should be held soon" on the issue of stormwater runoff. What Councilmember Lovelace actually called for was that action be taken without waiting for a work session, which he understood could not be held until December.

In the story "Bikers for Babies," in the same issue, photo credit was given to reporter Mike DiCicco, although two of the photos were taken by Nate Brown of the March of Dimes.

<sh>Civitan Offers Leadership Conference

<bt>The Civitan Club of Tysons is seeking several local high school students to attend its annual “Leaders in Freedom” conference Nov. 17-20. The long weekend will consist of workshops and presentations emphasizing the tenets of citizenship necessary to perpetuate a free society. Students will be encouraged to explore the foundations of American democracy and the elements of a free enterprise system. Through discussion and debate, participants will examine major national/international issues and their responsibilities as good citizens. A few of the presenters are: retired Cmdr. Paul E. Galanti, U.S. Navy, a former Hanoi Hilton prisoner of war; Mr. Bob Tryanski, a well-known motivational/organizational speaker who targets high-school and college-age audiences; Dr. Akiba Covitz, Ph.D., a political science professor on constitutional law; Mr. Mughim Bilalagic, a Bosnian refugee in 1992; and Mr. Paul Mellor, a professional memory trainer and avid marathoner.

Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade, attending Northern Virginia area high schools are eligible and need to contact the career center at their respective schools to express interest in participating. Applications are due Oct. 28 and each school will administer the selection process. Civitans will cover the fees, which includes round-trip transportation from Northern Virginia to Blackstone, Va., room, board and program.

For information unavailable at the school, please contact Pat Koepsel at 703-356-0156 or