Police Seek Bank Robber

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Centreville, early Saturday morning. The incident occurred around 9:50 a.m. in the Mercantile Potomac Bank at 13826 Lee Highway. Police say the man entered the bank, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller.

The teller relinquished an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber fled in a late 1990s maroon Ford Explorer with Virginia temporary tags. According to police, his getaway driver was a dark-skinned man. No one was injured.

The bank robber is described as black, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches, slim, bald and wearing glasses. He was wearing a FUBU leather jacket with black, yellow, white and red accents. He also wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt, black T-shirt, jeans shorts and white Velcro sneakers.

Anyone with information about him or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Fair Oaks Home-Invasion Robbery

<bt>None of the people playing cards in a Fair Oaks home Sunday night ended up winning. That's because, in the midst of their game, two armed men appeared and robbed them of their cash.

The incident occurred Nov. 20, around 11:20 p.m., in the 3800 block of Alder Woods Court. Several people were participating in a poker game when the men entered the residence. Fairfax County police say one intruder displayed a shotgun and the other showed a handgun.

After the robbery, they made off with the money in a blue Nissan Exterra. One suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds. The other is described as a white man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. Both wore black clothing and had their faces covered. Anyone with information about them or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Strickland at Sully Council

<bt>Hal Strickland, chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority, will discuss Sully District parks and their uses at the next meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. Among other things, he'll talk about where the ballfields are and places where people may walk their dogs, ride bikes, fly model airplanes and take a hike.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5-9 p.m. each day, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They'll make sure the seats are correct for the child’s age and height, 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 time. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Our Neighbor's Child Toy Drive

<bt>Our Neighbor's Child provides toys and clothes, each year at Christmastime, for more than 500 families in the local area. And on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ONC volunteers will be receiving toy donations in front of the Wal*Mart in the Fair Lakes Shopping Center. Those who'd like to help may select a paper ornament from the giving tree inside the store, purchase the item listed on it and then drop it in the ONC collection box outside the store.

<sh>Volunteer for County Posts

<bt>A number of county boards, authorities or commissions have vacancies available for either the Sully District or at-large representative. Anyone interested in serving on any of them should contact Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) at 703-814-7100 or The following positions are available:

Advisory Social Services board (four-year term), Child Care Advisory Council (two years), Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (four years), Engineering Standards Review Committee, Human Rights Commission, Human Services Council and Road Viewers board.

<sh>WFCM Needs Donations to Help Local Needy Families

<bt>Each month, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) provides food, personal-hygiene and cleaning items to some 300, low-income, working families of all races and religions in western Fairfax County. Its food pantry and clothes closet are at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, and it's in great need of donations from the community.

The 10 most-needed items are: Cooking oil (22-34-ounce bottles), flour, (2-5-pound sizes), complete pancake mixes and syrup, juices (preferably concentrate), spaghetti sauce, feminine-hygiene products, deodorant and laundry detergent. Food and personal-product donations are accepted Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at WFCM's back door.

WFCM's thrift shop is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, household items, miscellaneous donations are accepted Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the back door. Call 703-988-9656 with questions or to volunteer, or see

<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.