Week in Great Falls

Week in Great Falls

One Suspect in Bank Robbery Caught

<bt>On Friday, July 28, at 11:10 a.m., a branch of BB&T Bank was robbed. According to Fairfax County police, two suspects entered the bank, located at 1953 Gallows Road, and announced a robbery while brandishing handguns. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank. The suspects fled the bank and no one was injured. On Friday, Aug. 4, Calvin L. Bowman was brought to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center after being arrested in Upper Marlboro, Md. Bowman, 38, was taken into custody at his residence on Merikern Lane on Tuesday, Aug. 1 for outstanding warrants from Fairfax County. Detectives previously developed information that led them to Bowman. With the assistance of the United States Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force, Bowman was taken into custody. He is charged with two counts of robbery, three counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, abduction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This investigation continues as detectives attempt to identify the second robbery suspect. Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.

<sh>9-11 Ceremony at Great Falls Freedom Memorial

<bt>The Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee invites all residents to the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, commemorating the lives of those who have died in defense of freedom. U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Great Falls resident who represents the state of Alaska in Congress, will be the keynote speaker. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed six Great Falls residents. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial on the grounds next to the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee welcomes all who wish to participate in planning their ceremonies and help maintain the memorial. Call President Bob Pattavina at 703-759-7727.

<sh>Keeping Drivers ‘Safe and Sober’

<bt>The “Safe and Sober Summer” squad finished the program with 141 DWI arrests. Officers issued 598 speeding tickets, 137 reckless driving tickets and 124 driving on suspended license tickets. They also made 51 criminal arrests throughout the campaign, which ran from July 1 to Aug. 4.

<sh>Community Flea Market

<bt>Area residents can purchase second-hand, and some new, items at low prices at McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Fall Community Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 9. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Business Bank parking garage, located at 1451 Dolly Madison Blvd., on Route 123 across from J. Gilbert’s Restaurant.

Professional flea market dealers and individuals selling household items both participate in this sale, offering shoppers a wide selection of goods. A limited number of selling spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $50 each. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 7. Registration forms can be downloaded from MCC’s Web site: www.mcleancenter.org Call 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255.

<sh>Calling Non-profit Organizations

<bt>All non-profit organizations are invited to participate in Macy's "Shop For A Cause" fund-raiser on Sept. 16 at the new Macy's Tysons Corner (formerly known as Hechts). Macy's will provide organizations with shopping passes to be sold for $5 each. Every dollar goes directly to your organization and Macy's will not receive any percentage of the money made. There will be different types of entertainment and prizes during the day. Organizations that would like to participate or have any questions for this event on should call Denise Schoepfer at 703-893-4900 ext. 499 or fax 703-790-8959.