Accused Child-Porn Possessor Resigns from County Job
<bt>Charged Oct. 6 with possession of child pornography, Steve F. Garrison, 53, of 4312 Poplar Branch Drive in Chantilly, has resigned from his job with Fairfax County. According to county government spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald, he had been employed as a "master combination inspector" — meaning he was qualified to inspect a variety of structures, not just houses.
She said he worked for the county from January 1998 until he tendered his resignation, last Monday, Oct. 10. Garrison was arrested, four days earlier, by the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C., Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Virginia State Police say investigators seized a computer and "almost two dozen disks [allegedly] containing child pornography" from his home during an Oct. 6 consent search. A husband and father of three, Garrison has a Nov. 16 court date.
<sh>Officer Nabs Alleged Peeper
<bt>An alert police officer on foot patrol, Friday night, nabbed an alleged peeper in Centreville. Fairfax County police say the man — Hugo Arman Gonzalez-Estrada, 47, of 14233 St. Germain Drive, No. 101, in the Knolls of Newgate community — was reportedly peering in a window in his own neighborhood.
Fairfax County police say the officer was walking in the 14200 block of St. Germain Drive, Oct. 14, around 11:30 p.m., when he observed a man standing at an apartment window. Two Centreville women, ages 19 and 27, were inside the apartment at the time.
Police reportedly identified the suspect as Gonzalez-Estrada and charged him with peeping. He was released from the Adult Detention Center, Oct. 16, on $500 bond and has a Dec. 1 court date.
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, this Thursday, Oct. 20, and next Thursday, Oct. 27, 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>Kathy Smith at Oct. 26 Sully District Council Mtg.
<bt>Sully District School Board representative Kathy Smith will address the Wednesday, Oct. 26, meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.
There'll be a question-and-answer period, and the public is welcome to participate. Topics will range from new schools in the Sully District to school boundaries, issues that come before the School Board and what's on the upcoming school bond referendum. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.
<sh>Give Blood, Win Prizes
<bt>Free car care, dinner for two, $100 in free gas or two tickets to watch the Washington Redskins. Those are among the prizes being given away during the "Goal 700 Donations" campaign at Inova Blood Donor Services' CentreMed Donor Center in Centreville. The center must reach 700 blood donations in October before the prizes can be awarded.
If the goal is met, the prize drawing will be held the first week of November. And on Oct. 28, donors giving blood as part of Inova Blood Donor Services' Halloween party will receive lots of treats.
Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. CentreMed is at 6201 Centreville Road. Call 1-866-BLOOD SAVES (1-866-256-6372) or see www.inova.org/donateblood.
<sh>Fund-Raiser for Haidee Adkins
<bt>Friends and co-workers of Haidee Adkins, a Centreville Realtor fighting pancreatic cancer, are holding a fund-raiser for her Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. at 14926 Boydell Drive in Centreville's Country Club Manor community. For a small cover charge, attendees will enjoy a live band and food catered by The Famous BBQ Fool. Those who can't attend but want to send a donation may send checks payable to Friends of Haidee Adkins Trust, attn: Phil Gockenbach, 14514 Eddy Court, Centreville, VA 20120.