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<sh>Police Arrest Robbery Suspects

<bt>On Dec. 18, 2006, two people robbed a 28-year-old Chantilly man at gunpoint while he was standing in the 14700 block of National Drive in the Meadows of Chantilly community. Now both suspects have been arrested.

One is a 17-year-old Centreville teen; the other is Anthony Gerard Kelly, 19, of 5576 Hibernia Drive, Apt. B, Columbus, Ohio. During the robbery, Fairfax County police say two men approached the victim and one pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

The victim relinquished his wallet to them and they fled toward Airline Parkway. The Chantilly man was not injured. Police then issued descriptions of both suspects and began a four-month investigation. They developed information which culminated April 11 when the Centreville teen turned himself in to the police.

Then last Friday, April 20, Kelly was arrested in Columbus, Ohio and extradited back to Virginia. The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, and Kelly was held in the Adult Detention Center. Each is charged with one count of robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

<sh>Sobriety Checkpoint Yields Charges

<bt>Fairfax County police conducted a sobriety checkpoint to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers, from Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Some 830 motorists were stopped near the intersection of Routes 28/29 in Centreville, and one person was charged with DWI. Another was arrested for failing to appear in court on a previous DWI charge.

And 13 traffic summonses were issued for the following offenses: five, driving on a suspended operator's license; six, driving without a license; one, expired registration; and one, expired inspection. Nine officers and five auxiliary police officers participated in the checkpoint.

<sh>Meeting about Family Shelter

<bt>The West Springfield District Council will hold a community meeting Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. about the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter. It will be in Room 232 of the Fairfax County Government Center. Kathy Froyd with the Department of Family Services will discuss the shelter and answer question about its operation.

The shelter is expected to mainly serve single mothers with children — elementary-school age and younger. It's being built on 5.7 acres just west of Meadows Farms Nursery in Centreville, between the Hampton Forest and Stringfellow Road intersections on Route 29.

The $6.6 million facility broke ground in April 2006 and should open its doors in late July 2007. The 16,931-square-foot shelter is planned to house up to 20 families — 60 people total.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, May 3, from 5-8:30 p.m., 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>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.

<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>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 melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.