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>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>Residents Invited to Budget Talk
<bt>The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (MCC) is inviting residents of Dranesville Small Tax District 1A to an Open Work Session on the Center’s fiscal year 2008 budget. The work session will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. MCC is supported by a real estate tax paid by district residents. The current tax rate is 2.8 cents per $100 of a property’s assessed value. Board committees have been working to develop recommendations to finance Center programs and events for FY 2008, which begins July 1, 2007 and ends June 30, 2008. These recommendations will be presented to the full board and interested residents at the work session which will be chaired by the board’s Finance Committee. District residents who have suggestions, comments or concerns will have an opportunity to voice them at the work session. Residents who call the center to announce their intention to attend the session will receive a budget package when they arrive at the meeting. A Public Hearing on the FY 2008 budget and the regular monthly meeting of the Governing Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Residents who wish to speak at the public hearing should call 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, to have their names placed on the speakers’ list. Visit www.mcleancenter.org
<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.