<sh>Asian Food Mart Robbed
<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for the person who robbed the Phil Asian Food Mart in the 14500 block of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. The incident occurred Saturday, Sept. 30, around 5 p.m.
Police say a 59-year-old Centreville woman employed as a clerk there was near the back of the grocery store when she heard someone enter the store. As she began walking to the front of the store, a man armed with a handgun confronted her.
He demanded money, and she complied. The robber then fled; the victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches and 150 pounds. He wore a black jacket, black pants, brown boots and a "Scream" mask. Anyone with information about him or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.
<sh>Parcel Plus Store, Too
<bt>A robbery occurred Monday evening, Oct. 2, at the Parcel Plus store at 5667 Stone Road in Centreville. According to Fairfax County police, a man brandishing a gun entered the store around 6:20 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.
He received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area. The clerk was not injured. The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 265 pounds. He wore a black hat, black jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information about him or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5-8:30 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>Sully Police Open House
<bt>The Sully District Police Station will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Besides displays of police equipment and vehicles, this year's event will especially feature lots of fun activities for children.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Fire Stations Welcome Public
<bt>All four local fire stations — Centreville (Station 17), West Centreville (Station 38), Fair Oaks (Station 21) and Chantilly (Station 15) — will welcome the public to open houses Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are invited to visit the stations as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Fire engines and ambulances will be on display, and fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to answer questions.
<sh>Commemorative T-Shirts Available
<bt>Special, commemorative T-shirts in honor of Det. Vicky Armel and MPO Mike Garbarino — the two slain police officers from the Sully District Station — are still available. Proceeds benefit the trust funds for their families.
T-shirts in adult sizes from small through extra large cost $15; sizes 2X and 3X are $17; prices don't include shipping. Orders and checks payable to Fairfax Coalition of Police, with "Armel/Garbarino Trust" written on the memo line, may be sent to: JoAnn Rohmann, P.O. Box 29, Great Falls, VA 22066. For shipping cost or to obtain an order form for groups, e-mail her at FairfaxPDFund@aol.com.
<sh>Chantilly Teen in Easter Seals Walk
<bt>Eric Latcheran, 19, of Chantilly's Poplar Tree Estates community, is this year's Easter Seals ambassador. He has Down Syndrome and graduated from Chantilly High's work/study program in June 2005. He's now employed at the Fair Oaks Marriott.
On Oct. 14, Eric will be participating in Easter Seals Virginia's fourth annual Walk With Me, in Fredericksburg, as his way of helping others. To contribute toward this fund-raiser for Easter Seals Virginia, checks payable to Easter Seals may be mailed to: Eric Latcheran, 4444 Woods Edge Court, Chantilly, VA 20151-2410.
<sh>Look Out, Sully Speeders
<bt>Throughout October, patrol officers from the Sully District Police Station will conduct a speed reduction, stop sign and red light campaign. “Give us a Treat. Respect our Streets” will target speeders, stop-sign and red-light runners in areas of concern served by this station, with specific emphasis on cut-through streets.
Enforcement will be emphasized on streets including: Oday Drive, Awbrey Patent Drive/Newton Patent, Sully Station Drive, Cabells Mill Road/Northbourne Drive, Green Trails Boulevard/Rock Canyon Drive, Bay Valley Lane, Singleton’s Way/Old Centreville Road, Fillingame Drive, Sully Park Drive and Sequoia Farms Drive, plus the Town of Clifton.
The effort won't be limited to these streets, but will encompass the entire Sully District. The goal is to promote compliance on residential streets with school zones and bus stops. The campaign will run during morning and evening rush hours.
<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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
<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.