<sh>Clerk from Centreville Robbed
<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for the man who robbed the Express Mart in Hybla Valley, Monday night, while a clerk from Centreville was working there. The robber entered the store at 7830 Richmond Hwy. around 8:30 p.m. and approached the clerk, 55, behind the counter.
He then held a gun against the victim's hip and demanded money. The clerk opened the cash register but, when the robber reached for the cash, the clerk grabbed the gun and the two began to struggle.
The clerk then attempted to detain the robber, but he broke free and ran from the store. Police later determined that the weapon was a BB gun. The victim was uninjured, however the police department stresses that it "does not encourage victims of armed robbery to become combative with suspects."
The robber was described as black, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, and about 145 pounds. He wore a black T-shirt, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black 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>Police Charge One with DWI
<bt>One person was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) last weekend as a result of a police sobriety checkpoint. Officers from the Sully District Station conducted the checkpoint from Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m. in Centreville's Singleton's Grove community.
All motorists were stopped, and drivers were checked to assure that their abilities to drive were not impaired by alcohol or drugs. Some 556 cars passed through the checkpoint at Braddock Road and Montiero Drive.
Besides the DWI arrest, police cited two people for driving without a license, one for driving on a suspended license, one for having expired registration and one for not having a state inspection.
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 24, 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>Caputo's Town Hall Meeting
<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67th) will hold a town hall meeting on education, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon, in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.
Guest speakers will include Kathy Smith and Cathy Belter, Fairfax County School Board representatives from the Sully and Springfield districts, respectively, and Robert F. DuPree Jr., Loudoun County School Board chairman and Dulles District representative. Direct questions to Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb, Caputo's legislative assistant, at 703-476-6944 or at email@example.com.
<sh>Sully District Council Mtg.
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations will meet Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Oct. 25, 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>Animal Shelter Open House
<bt>The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2-4 p.m., to answer citizens’ questions regarding the shelter’s component of the 2006 Public Safety Bond Referendum, which will appear on the ballot in Fairfax County this November.
Shelter leadership will be available to walk citizens through the shelter and provide information about the county’s existing public animal sheltering facility and operations.
The animal shelter component of the bond comprises $17 million of the $125 million public safety bond for construction, expansion and renovation of four existing police facilities. Located at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax. To learn more, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/bond.
<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>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.