Youth Group Volunteer Arrested
Centreville Fairfax County police have charged a church youth-group volunteer with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He is James West, 23, formerly of Hope Park Road in Fairfax.
He wasn’t a member of the paid staff of the King’s Chapel Church, 12925 Braddock Road, but volunteered there for several years. However, police began an investigation after receiving a call from the parents of a 14-year-old who reportedly said that West had given him or her — and other teens — a massage. After questioning the teenager further, the parents learned of the alleged abuses and contacted police on Aug. 3.
Police later arrested West and charged him on Aug. 31. They ask anyone with information to contact Detective L. LaBarca at 703-246-7810. Or call Crime solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County police urge motorists to be extra vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists, now that school is once again in session. Commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the week and build time into their schedules to accommodate for this traditionally heavy time period.
Police also remind drivers that, when bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median. In 2011, officers issued 1,364 citations for speeding in school zones. They issued 364 citations for improperly passing school buses and not stopping for school buses with flashing lights.
Free Carseat Inspections
Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.
However, because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct use of the child seat. Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.
Park Authority to Meet
The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900 in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
Charitable Donations Still Accepted
Proceeds from the 13th Annual Labor Day Car Show in Clifton went to Life with Cancer and the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program. But tax-deductible donations to these charities will still be accepted until Oct. 1. To contribute, send checks payable to the Clifton Lions Club to: Jim Chesley, 7207 Main St., Clifton, VA 20124-0225.
Draft Bicycle Master Plan
After more than a year of effort — including public meetings with area cyclists, focus group meetings, workshops and meetings of the master plan Bicycle Advisory Committee — on July 31, Toole Design Group gave Fairfax County the final draft of the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan.
Charlie Strunk, the county bicycle coordinator, is now incorporating final comments into the plan and finalizing the map of recommended bike facilities. It’s expected to go before the Planning Commission in early 2013 and then to the Board of Supervisors for possible adoption.