Man Charged with Abduction
<bt>Fairfax County police believe a 30-year-old Centreville man attacked a 26-year-old Centreville woman while she walked her dog in The Meadows neighborhood. As a result, they've charged Diego Reynozo Chavez, of Saguaro Place — in that same community — with abduction with intent to defile.
The incident occurred Monday, May 29, around 10 p.m. Police say the woman was walking her dog in The Meadows apartment complex, near Cool Oak Lane, when Chavez approached her and struck up a conversation.
Then, say police, he allegedly grabbed the woman from behind and fondled her. She screamed and he walked away; she was not injured. Responding officers found Chavez nearby and took him into custody. He is being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center and has an Aug. 8 court date.
<sh>Robbery, Burglary at Hotel
<bt>Fairfax County police have charged two Louisiana men with robbery and burglary at the Extended Stay America hotel in the 12000 block of Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy. in Chantilly. They are Alfred L. Custard, 28, of 43495 Willow Villa in Hammond, La., and Marvin D. Levine, 32, of 10037 Ave. H in Baton Rouge.
The incident occurred Saturday, May 27, at 12:45 a.m. According to police, that's when both men reportedly entered a room on the fourth floor. "One of the men [allegedly] grabbed a gun that was in the room and used it to rob the two victims of cash and a cell phone," say police. "Before fleeing, one of the suspects was injured with a beer bottle by one of the victims."
The suspect was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries; the victims were not injured. Police say both Custard and Levine were found staying in a room on the first floor. The men were each charged with robbery, burglary and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Custard was also charged with brandishing a firearm.
Both were taken to the Adult Detention Center where they're being held without bond. They have Aug. 7 court dates.
<sh>Two-Alarm Apartment Fire
<bt>A two-alarm fire last week in Centreville damaged five apartments and displaced four adults and five children. Fire officials were unable to determine the cause of the blaze, but they estimated the damage at $45,000.
The incident occurred last Tuesday, May 23, around 8:15 p.m. at 6425 Paddington Court in the Lee Overlook community. First-arriving firefighters saw heavy fire coming from the rear of the second floor of the three-story apartment building.
However, they were able to bring it under control in about 15 minutes. One apartment was damaged by the fire; the other four sustained damage from the smoke and water. There were no injuries, and the Red Cross and the property manager are assisting the displaced residents.
More than 60 emergency personnel responded from both Centreville fire stations, 17 and 38, as well as from the Fair Oaks, City of Fairfax, Oakton, Herndon, Frying Pan and Merrifield stations.
<sh>Sully Land-Use, Transportation
<bt>The Sully District Council Land-Use Committee will meet Monday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.
The committee will consider an out-of-turn amendment to Fairfax County's Comprehensive Plan. The proposal would change a site currently planned for office use to one with an option for an independent-living facility with up to 200 units for elderly residents. The parcel is east of the Dominion Virginia Power substation on Route 50 and behind the Hilton Hotel on Fair Ridge Drive in Fair Oaks.
<sh>Clifton Town Council Mtg.
<bt>The next meeting of the Clifton Town Council will be Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. It's in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall at 12641 Clifton Road in Clifton.
<sh>Open House about Watersheds
<bt>An open house about the Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds will be held Wednesday, June 7, from 7-9 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Residents will be able to learn and provide feedback about proposed improvement projects in the Centreville, Chantilly and Westfields areas within these watersheds.
The focus will be on the final watershed management plan which includes restoring streambanks, reforesting streamside buffers, restoring habitats and regional ponds, retrofitting existing stormwater controls and implementing low-impact development techniques in areas lacking stormwater controls. These steps are important to ensuring clean and safe drinking water and enhancing wildlife quality to improve the quality of life for all residents.
The watershed management plan will also be available online at www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net. Written comments will be accepted through July 7 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing them to 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 449; Fairfax, VA 22035. The plan then goes to the Board of Supervisors for its approval.
<sh>Chantilly Library Wireless Access
<bt>Free, wireless access to the Internet is now available at the Chantilly Regional Library. "Wireless access is something many of our customers have requested, and we're pleased to offer this service," said Library Director Edwin S. Clay III of Centreville's Virginia Run community. He said the Fairfax County Public Library system plans to expand this service to all 21 library branches next year.
<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 email@example.com.
<sh>Don't Block the Box
<bt>Congestion worsens when intersections are blocked and traffic patterns become disrupted. Therefore, officers from the Sully District Station have begun a traffic initiative aimed at encouraging drivers not to “block the box.”
An electronic message board will be posted for several months at designated areas. It is intended to educate the public about their legal obligation to keep intersections clear of vehicles.
Officers will target their enforcement efforts at intersections with the most prevalent traffic violations. Police will ticket offenders at the intersections of Lee Highway and Pleasant Valley Road; New Braddock Road and Sully Road; Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Airline Parkway Enforcement began last week and will continued for six months, primarily during morning and evening rush hours.
<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.