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Robbery Suspects Are Sought

Fairfax County police are looking for the two men who robbed three people in Chantilly. The incident occurred Saturday, May 17, at 11:27 p.m. in the 4100 block of Meadowland Court in Chantilly.

Police say two men and a woman were talking in a parking lot when they were approached by two suspects. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and both of them took property from the victims. No one was injured. The suspects were described as black, 18-20, and about 6 feet 3 inches with thin builds.

Marsden’s Town Hall Meeting

State Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. According to Marsden, “I expect to have a frank exchange of ideas on a wide range of topics. [These include] Virginia’s Medicaid expansion, controversial votes from the 2014 General Assembly session and any issue that’s important to [my constituents].”

VIN-etching for Vehicles

A free, VIN-etching event will be held Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Virginians pay a high price for stolen vehicles. Thefts drive up the cost of automobile insurance and generate innumerable amount of social costs associated with the crime. But VIT etching is a safe and economical deterrent to auto theft because VIN-etched windows help police detect and identify stolen vehicles.

So this event will enable local residents to have their vehicles etched. They may also chat with some of the officers and learn new information about preventing auto theft. Some insurance companies even offer a discount for VIN-etched vehicles. Etching is easy and fast; vehicles will be etched in order of arrival. Sponsoring this event are the Fairfax County Police Department and the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) program.

‘Fame Jr.’ Auditions Set

Auditions for The Alliance Theatre’s production of “Fame Jr.” will be held Saturday, May 31, from 1-4 p.m., at Centreville Presbyterian Church, 15450 Lee Hwy. in Centreville.

Man Charged with Burglary

Fairfax County police have arrested a Centreville man in connection with a burglary Monday, May 26, at 5:30 a.m. He is Mitchell James Embley, 22. Police say a resident reported a man broke into their Centreville home in the 15400 block of Martins Hundred Drive while they were in it. Responding police officers located the suspect, took him into custody and charged him with burglary.

Fair Oaks Public Safety Center

The public is invited to celebrate completion of the expansion of the Fair Oaks Public Safety Center, 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, on Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. There’ll be a ribbon-cutting, plus a dedication of the THOR canine memorial.

Teen Girls May Explore Law-Enforcement

Rising 10th through 12th grade girls are invited to consider a career in law-enforcement by attending a week-long class this summer. A select group of young girls will learn firsthand about core police functions, such as patrol, K9 and crime-scene investigations. They’ll also discover the importance of having leadership skills, will meet today’s female law-enforcement leaders in Fairfax County and explore what it takes to become a police officer.

This opportunity is free but, to be selected, girls must first complete and submit an application and medical form by June 25. In return, they’ll either receive an acceptance letter or be notified that they’re on a wait list.

This class will be held Monday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Gatehouse Administration Building, 8115 Gatehouse Road in Falls Church. Participants are expected to attend the entire session. For more information, call 703-280-0713 or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov. Download an application and medical form at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/topics/0522214fwlle.htm.

Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, June 5, from 5 p.m. to dusk, 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.

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. (The inspection may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather). Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.

CPMSAC Awards, June 7-8

It’s almost time for the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee’s (CPMSAC) annual awards program. Middle- and high-school students will be honored Saturday, June 7, at 5 p.m., at Chantilly High. Elementary-school students will be feted Sunday, June 8, at 4 p.m., at Brookfield Elementary.

FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza will speak at the June 7 event, and the Mount Olive Baptist Church Junior Buffalo Soldiers will present the colors. Guest speaker will be Kaj N. Gumbs, a 2013 Westfield High grad and current student at Morehouse College.

Children, Come Touch a Truck

The Sully District Police Station and the Chantilly Regional Library have teamed up to present the second annual Touch A Truck. This free event is set for Saturday, June 14, from 1-4 p.m., outside the library at 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. And these aren’t toy trucks and cars – children can get an up-close look at the real thing.

They’ll be able to climb, explore and learn about their favorite vehicles. More than 20 different vehicles will be on hand, including (weather permitting) Fairfax One, the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter. There’ll also be live music and child fingerprinting. Parking is available across the street from the library at Chantilly High School.

Citizens Police Academy

People interested in law enforcement and who’d like to learn about the Fairfax County Police Department and meet many of those who serve in it may now do so. They may apply to join the Sept. 11-Nov. 15 session of the Citizens Police Academy. It’s a free, 10-week program put on by the Police Department and is open to people who live or work in this county.

Participants complete some 40 hours of learning to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for police via a combination of lectures, tours and hands-on activities. Topics covered include the 911 Call Center, patrol, traffic stops, Adult Detention Center, gangs, financial crimes and SWAT team.

To apply, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/services/citizens-police-academy.htm or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Food Donations for WFCM

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry urgently needs donations of Ramen Noodles, spaghetti sauce, fruit juice, canned vegetables (no green beans), cooking oil; canned pasta, sugar, flour and canned fruit and meat. Also needed are diapers in sizes 5 and 6, toothpaste, deodorant and baby wipes. (WFCM clients cannot purchase toiletries with food stamps).

Bring all items to WFCM’S food pantry, weekdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center.

Thrift-store needs include spring and summer clothing, quality shoes and like-new houseware. The store is at 13939 Metrotech Drive. In addition, Thrift Store volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts Saturdays, anytime between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.