Alcohol Sting Nets Six Arrests
<bt>McLean District officers conducted alcohol stings at 31 locations within the McLean, Falls Church, Merrifield and Vienna areas of Fairfax County on Wednesday, June 28. This operation is part of the ongoing youth alcohol enforcement campaign conducted using underage Fairfax County police cadets, dressed in plain clothes, who attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. Fairfax County police cadets in plain clothes made 31 attempts to buy alcohol and clerks at the following six locations improperly sold alcoholic beverages: Balducci’s, 6655 Old Dominion Drive, McLean; Magruders, 2800 Graham Road, Falls Church; 7-Eleven, 7222 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church; CVS, 8124 Arlington Boulevard, Merrifield; 7-Eleven, 2828 Gallows Road, Merrifield; Great Wall Market, 2982 Gallows Road, Merrifield. Each clerk who sold alcohol to a cadet was issued a summons for violation for illegally selling alcoholic beverages to a minor.
<sh>Tysons Corner Petco Robbed
<bt> According to Fairfax County Police, employees were closing the registers for the night at a Tysons Corner PETCO store, when three men entered the store through a back door. One man who was armed demanded the victims lie down. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled through the back door. This occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Old Gallows Road. None of the five victims, aged 17-29, were injured. Not all victims were employees of the store. One suspect was described as a black male 18-25 years old. He was about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds. He wore a black-hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and tan boots. The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male 18-25 years old. He was about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 210 pounds. He wore a gray sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes. The third suspect was described as black. No additional information about him is available at this time. 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>ExtravaCATza Adoption Event
<bt>The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host an ExtravaCATza — a cat and kitten adoption event — throughout the month of July at its facility located at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax. Families interested in adopting a cat or kittens are encouraged to drop by the shelter throughout the month to meet the wonderful animals that are available and looking for a loving new home. The first 100 cats and kittens adopted in July will receive a spay or neuter free of charge to the adopter as part of the special event. As part of the ExtravaCATza the shelter is partnering with DC Metro No More Homeless Pets, a local non-profit animal welfare organization, to bring cats and kittens from nine different private animal rescue organizations to the shelter on Sundays (July 9, 16, 23 and 30). Two rescue groups will appear at the shelter each Sunday with additional cats and kittens available for adoption. Adoptions processes and fees vary by group. The shelter will also be open during its normal adoption hours throughout the month: Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special Sunday adoption hours will be from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on July 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information about the ExtravaCATza, visit www.fairfaxpets.org.
<sh>Raising Money for 'Best Buddies'
<bt>McLean-based Best Buddies has been designated as the charity recipient for the Liberty Festival, celebrating Bastille Day, July 4-14 at Brasserie Les Halles Restaurant, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C. A special menu has been created and for every item ordered from the Liberty Festival menu during this period, a contribution will be made to Best Buddies Virginia.
The festival will culminate with the annual Waiter and Waitress Race on Bastille Day from noon-4 p.m. Among the participants of the Waiter's Race will be Best Buddies Virginia Advisory Board Members Steve Mutty and Gerry Counihan. They will attempt to raise over $10,000 in sponsorships for Best Buddies Virginia to benefit the expansion of programs designed to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through one-to-one friendships at middle schools, high schools and colleges. To volunteer for the event as a participant or a helper, call Best Buddies Virginia at 703-734-6425. Visit www.bestbuddiesvirginia.org.