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<sh>Drunk-Driving Death Arrest

<bt>Landon Cousins was arrested Tuesday, April 25, in Franklin, Tenn. A former Clifton resident, he was accused of buying alcohol for Lauren Sausville, a 16-year-old Fairfax Station girl who was killed when she lost control of the SUV she was driving and hit another car after flipping over an embankment. Her blood alcohol level was 0.08 at the time of her death.

"Why he was arrested or how he was found, we don't know yet," said Fairfax County police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick. But she said Cousins will eventually be extradited to Virginia to face two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

<sh>Builder's Business Is Burglarized

<bt>Burglars struck the business of a Fairfax homebuilder, over the weekend, stealing nearly $150,000 worth of computer equipment. According to Fairfax County police, on Sunday, April 23, around 10 a.m., an employee of Equity Homes arrived at work at 4035 Ridge Top Road and encountered computer problems when he tried to send an e-mail.

When a second employee came to assist him, they discovered that a large amount of the company's computer equipment had been stolen. Items taken ranged from servers and computer switches to hard drives. Police believe the break-in and thefts occurred sometime between the previous night at 7 p.m. and that morning, when the crime was first came to light. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Man Foils Would-Be Robbers

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for two people who tried to rob a Centreville man last Friday night at gunpoint. The incident occurred April 21, around 11 p.m. Police say the man, 49, was walking in the area of Machen Road and Callaway Court in Centre Ridge when two men ran up to him.

One of the men pointed a gun at the man and demanded money. But instead, the Centreville man pushed one of the would-be robbers and ran away. The two suspects then fled the area; the man was not injured.

Both suspects are described as black and in their 20s. One was about 5 feet 8 inches and 150 pounds; the other was about 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds. Both wore medium-length black jackets and full ski masks. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Meeting about Stringfellow Rd.

<bt>The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a Citizens Information Meeting, Thursday, May 2, from 5-8 p.m., at Chantilly High about the widening of Stringfellow Road. The purpose is to informally review, discuss and provide input on design concepts for improvements to Stringfellow Road from Route 50 to Fair Lakes Boulevard.

<sh>Clifton Town Council Mtg.

<bt>Because Tuesday, May 2, is election day for the Clifton mayor and Town Council, this month's meeting of the Town Council will be held on Wednesday, May 3. It's at 7 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton.

<sh>Public Hearing on Sully Woodlands Master Plan

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a public hearing Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., in Chantilly High's auditorium on the proposed Sully Woodlands Regional Master Plan. It encompasses some 4,400 acres of parkland in the Bull Run and Cub Run watersheds.

It addresses approximately 2,150 acres of recently acquired park property in western Fairfax County, as well as 2,250 acres of existing parkland including E.C. Lawrence, the Cub Run Stream Valley and Richard W. Jones Park.

To speak at the hearing, call 703-324-8662 or e-mail parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. The proposed plan may be reviewed at the Park Authority offices in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, or at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Comments will be received by the Park Authority for 30 days after the hearing. Send them to Angie Allen, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. Or e-mail them to: parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. After all comments have been reviewed, the plan will be presented to the Park Authority Board for final consideration.

<sh>Six-Year Transportation Program

<bt>A public hearing on the Northern Virginia Six-Year Improvement Program will be held Wednesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., in rooms 4 and 5 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

The public may comment about rail, public transportation, commuter service, bicycle, pedestrian, and highway projects (except local/secondary roads) in the working draft of the Six-Year Improvement Program for FY 2007-2012.

This draft, which allocates funding to transportation projects over six years, may be viewed at www.VDOT.Virginia.gov or by visiting the VDOT district and residency offices. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will take public comments into consideration prior to adopting a final program by July 1.

Comments may also be sent by May 20 to: Public Information Officer, Virginia Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation, 1313 E. Main St., Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23218-0590.

<sh>Child Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 9, from 5-9 p.m. each day, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They’ll make sure the carseat is correct for the child’s age, height and weight, 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 times. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Senate, Congressional Candidates Forum

<bt>The Democratic Women of Clifton and the Springfield Democratic District Committee are co-hosting a Candidates Forum on Sunday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m., at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. It's at 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton, and all Senate and Congressional candidates running in the June 13 primary have been invited.

The list includes Harris Miller and James Webb, both running in the Senate primary race, and Congressional candidates Andy Hurst and Ken Longmeyer. All Virginia Democrats are encouraged to attend this event, and all Northern Virginia Democratic women are invited to join the DWC. Contact CliftonWomenDems@aol.com or call 703-631-5262 for more information.

<sh>Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

<bt>The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program is in immediate need of drivers to deliver meals, Monday through Friday, to senior adults living in Fairfax County. Volunteers who speak Vietnamese are also needed.

The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m.-noon and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Drivers may choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<sh>Role Models for Children

<bt>Volunteers are needed throughout Northern Virginia to be positive role models for children who currently have an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with children two hours per week. Weekly meetings are supplemented by monthly group recreational activities. The only qualification required is a desire to help a child in need.

To sign up for the mentor training session at the Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, call Ellen Klene, Volunteer Program manager, at 703-533-3302, ext. 107, or see www.cmhs.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.