Sexual Assault and Burglary
Fairfax County Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Centreville woman. The incident occurred Sunday, April 21, around 3 a.m. Police say the woman was asleep inside her home in the 13000 block of Winding Oak Circle when she was awoken by a man sexually assaulting her. But she fought him off and he fled on foot.
Investigation also revealed that electronic equipment had been stolen from her residence. Entry was apparently gained through an unlocked door. The suspect was described as possibly Hispanic, 25-35, about 5 feet 7 inches, with a medium build and wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.
Beware: Route 50 Delays
Motorists can expect lane closures and delays at the intersection of Route 50 and Lee Road in Chantilly this weekend as part of VDOT’s Route 50 widening project. From 8 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday (April 26-27) one or two lanes will be closed in each direction on Route 50 and traffic will periodically be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time.
In addition, the ramp from southbound Route 28 to westbound Route 50 will be closed. Signs will direct drivers to use Willard Road to access westbound Route 50. No left turns will be permitted onto Route 50 from Lee Road.
Crews will be removing the existing traffic signal heads, poles and span wire and installing temporary signals. Message boards will be posted alerting motorists to use alternate routes.
Police: ‘50 Means 50’
Fairfax County police are currently conducting a weeklong initiative, “50 Means 50,” by saturating the Fairfax County Parkway with officers to nab unsafe drivers. It will last until Sunday, April 28, and is targeting motorists engaging in aggressive and reckless driving, speeding, texting while driving, following too closely, and failure to pay full time and attention.
During the same time period last year, officers issued 714 citations on the Parkway for offenses in these categories. Police are using vehicles including motorcycles, Mustangs, Camaros, Impalas, pick-up trucks and other unmarked and marked police vehicles.
The stepped-up enforcement will take place 24 hours a day. The intent is to reduce the overall average speed on the parkway and to decrease the number of property-damage, injury and fatal crashes, making the parkway a safer roadway.
Stringfellow Road Night Closures
For the next eight weeks or so, night work will be done on Stringfellow Road between Route 50 and Fair Lakes Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The contractor will be placing pavement markings and installing temporary concrete barriers.
Expect alternating one-way traffic and temporary stoppages along Stringfellow. This work will begin at Route 50 and move south. Drivers are asked to be aware of any new traffic patterns after each closure, as traffic will be shifted away from the active construction areas.
Centreville High Art Show
The Centreville High Pyramid Art Show will be held this Thursday, April 25, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Besides art from that school, student artwork will also be on display from Bull Run, Centre Ridge, Centreville, Colin Powell and Union Mill elementary schools, Liberty Middle and Mountain View High.
Free Carseat Inspections
Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, April 25, 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.
Time for a Fiesta
A variety of ethnic songs, dances, food and fun are on tap for the third annual Centreville International Music and Dance Fiesta. It’s slated for Saturday, April 27, from 7-10 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road.
Hosted by the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) and the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC), the event is a fundraiser for both entities. The festivities will be in the church gym and are free and open to the public.
Recycle During Electric Sunday
Residents may recycle old TVs, computers, peripheral electronic devices – such as keyboards, speakers, printers and scanners, as well as household hazardous wastes – including fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, for free, during Fairfax County’s “Electric Sunday” events.
The next one is slated for Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5052.
Meeting on I-66/Route 28
VDOT is hosting a public information meeting on improvements for the I-66/Route 28 interchange, Monday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m., in the cafeteria of Stone Middle School, 5500 Sully Park Drive in Centreville.
Attendees will learn about the results of a preliminary study of alternatives to improve this interchange and be able to view displays about the project. VDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions. Further project information is available at www.virginiadot.org.
Fair Oaks CAC to Meet
The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.
Eat Chicken, Raise Money
Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford is battling a brain tumor, herself, but that doesn’t stop her from raising as much money as she can for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. So on Thursday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m., she and her fundraising organization, Team BT, will be at the Chick-Fil-A at the Dulles Expo Center, 4412 Chantilly Place in Chantilly.
During that time, the restaurant will donate a percentage of its sales to Team BT. Participants must present a copy of the event flier to the cashier. It may be downloaded in advance at http://teambt.org/images/Chick-fil-a_2013_v3.pdf.
Six Charged with DWI
All police officers from the Sully District Station worked Saturday night, April 20, to focus on catching impaired and unsafe drivers. They made contact with 318 drivers, gave 146 warnings and issued 164 citations. Six people were also charged with DWI.
Police Firing Range Tour
The next Sully District Police Station Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, Wednesday, May 8, from 7:30-9 p.m., will include a tour of the Police Department’s firing range and emergency vehicle operations center. Attendees will meet at the police station at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly and be bused to the site.
Residents will see how local police officers master some of the skills that keep Fairfax County citizens safe. Those wanting to attend must R.S.V.P. to 703-814-7018 or e-mail FCPDSulCPO@Fairfaxcounty.gov.
Food Donations for WFCM
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry urgently needs donations of spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, rice (2-lb. bags), canned pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna and meat, hot and cold cereal, fruit juice, and pancake mix and syrup. Bring all items to WFCM’S new food-pantry location at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels drivers in Chantilly and group Meals on Wheels coordinators in both Chantilly and Fairfax. Contact Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711, VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.
Give Caregivers a Break
Fairfax County needs Respite Care volunteers throughout the county to give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break. Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Volunteers are matched with families in or near their own neighborhoods. Support and training is provided. Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711, or Kristin.Martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Women's Self Defense Program
The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation is partnering with the Fairfax County Police Department to offer the Women's Self Defense Training program. It’s based on the SAFE program formerly provided by the Police Department, but now being taught by C&J Security Corp.
The program is a two-day class that will meet on consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15-9:30 p.m. It’s currently offered free and all class materials are included. Program funding is provided through the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation.
The course is offered to females, age 13 and older. A female guardian must accompany girls 13-18. No men other than the instructors are permitted to be present during a class. For more information, call 703-246-7806, e-mail WSD@fairfaxfoundation.org or go to www.fairfaxfoundation.org.