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Assaults in the Franconia Area

On Tuesday, July 30, there were two unrelated assaults. The first incident took place in the area of Briarleigh Way and Crestleigh Way at approximately 10:14 in the morning. A 30-year-old woman was walking when a man appeared and inappropriately touched her and then fled. She was not injured.

The suspect was described as white or Hispanic, in his late 20s. He was approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt and light colored pants.

The second event occurred near Backlick Road and Highland Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. A 23-year-old woman was grabbed from behind and inappropriately touched. The man fled. She was not injured.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and skinny. He was wearing a black, short sleeve shirt and black jean shorts.

Residents are reminded to immediately call the police if they are the victim of a crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed

Officers responded to the 8300 block of Windfall Road for the report of a pizza delivery driver who had been robbed at gunpoint. Around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, the 49-year-old driver delivered a pizza and was walking back to his car. He was approached by a man who displayed a handgun and demanded money. The victim was not injured. The suspect fled toward Great Lake Lane.

The suspect was described as black, in his mid-20s, around 6 feet tall and approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt, blue jean pants and a red bandana partially covering his face.

The police helicopter and a K9 team responded to check the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

American Red Cross Blood Drives for August

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region. Donors are encouraged to give all summer long, but especially near key summer holidays when donations decline. From May 23 to Sept. 13, donors, recipients and blood drive coordinators will be asked to share their inspirational videos and personal messages about how their lives have been touched by blood donation. Call 1-800–REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your blood donation appointment today.

Blood drive schedule for the area:

  • Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax,

  • Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church—Sharon Chapel, 3421 Franconia Road, Franconia,

  • Aug. 20, 1:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. at American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield,

  • Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant, 9399 Richmond Highway, Lorton.

Area Teachers, Programs Honored

Six Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers and two programs were recognized for excellence in technology and engineering education in Virginia by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) at its annual conference held last week.

The following teachers and programs were recognized by VTEEA:

  • Doug Kaltenbaugh and Oakton High School were recognized for the VTEEA High School Program of the Year.

  • Kara Fahy, Nancy Rowland, Rachael Domer, and Fort Belvoir Elementary School were recognized for the VTEEA Elementary Program of the Year.

  • Timothy Threlkeld of Hughes Middle School was recognized as the Northern Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  • John Alukonis of West Springfield High School was recognized as the Northern Regional High School Teacher of the Year.