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Robbery Claim Leads to Arrest for Embezzlement

<bt>A man who told police he was robbed last week ended up being the person behind bars, charged with embezzlement. Fairfax County police say the incident occurred at the Greenbriar Town Center, last Thursday, July 5, around 2 p.m.

According to police, Hilmar K. Ferguson, 26, of 4116 Tyson Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., was delivering furniture for World Imports Inc. and parked his truck at the shopping center. Upon returning to his vehicle, he claimed he was robbed, possibly at gunpoint.

However, say police, officers and detectives learned through investigation that a robbery did not occur. Instead, they say, police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash reportedly hidden in Ferguson's possession. As a result, they arrested him and charged him with embezzlement.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 17, 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>Hanley Shelter on Agenda at WFCCA Quarterly Meeting

<bt>Aimed at serving mainly single mothers with young children, the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter is slated to open here in early August. And area residents wishing to learn more about it and its programs may do so at the quarterly meeting of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA).

It will be held next Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. And Kathy Froyd with the county's Department of Family Services will give a presentation about the shelter to the committee.

The $6.6 million facility is on 5.7 acres at 13000 Lee Highway in Fairfax. And it will be the first, family shelter in this part of the county.

<sh>WFCCA Land-Use Meeting

<bt>Portable storage units and a potential land swap are on tap for the next meeting of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee. It's set for Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

* The committee members will review the county ordinance that may be amended regarding the allowable size of PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) units.

* The panelists will also hear details about an acre-for-acre, land swap being proposed between a developer and the county Park Authority. The land is along Old Centreville Road, and the developer wants to construct an office building on it.

<sh>McConnell Hosts Community Mtg.

<bt>Supervisor Elaine McConnell (R-Springfield) is hosting a community meeting next Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m., in conference rooms 4 and 5 of the Fairfax County Government Center. At that time, area residents will be able to learn more about the lower-income housing available behind the Government Center.

<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.