Great Falls This Week

Great Falls This Week

<sh>Rape in Jefferson 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>MCA Hosts Bus Rapid Transit Presentation

<bt>On Monday, Oct. 24, at the McLean Citizen's Association membership meeting, there will be a presentation on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a revolutionary new approach to moving people through urban areas. The MCA has invited two internationally recognized experts on BRT to discuss and illustrate how BRT is reducing traffic congestion in the United States and cities around the world, and to show that BRT can be constructed at a fraction of the price of a Metro line. Alan Hoffman, founding principal of The Mission Group, a planning firm in San Diego, Calif., and Peter Midgley, an internationally recognized expert in urban transportation, will be the guest presenters. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the McLean High School lecture hall, located at 1633 Davidson Road in McLean, and the public is welcome to attend.

<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 participates 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

<sh>Great Falls Looking for Volunteers

<bt>The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a recruitment and information session for those 18 and over who may be interested in becoming a fire, EMS or administrative volunteer. No previous experience necessary. Training provided. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department, 9916 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Contact John Szajgin at 703-966-3962.