Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More than 75 Fairfax County residents have had false tax returns filed in their names — here are some tips to protect your identity.
While some are under the stress of a looming tax deadline less than a week away, some Fairfax County taxpayers are dealing with a different problem. More than 75 people have called Fairfax County Police complaining their identities have been stolen and false tax returns filed in their names. Lucy Caldwell, a county police spokeswoman, said taxpayers don’t realize they’re victims until they go to file their tax returns and are told that the IRS has already received and documented their returns. Victims are being told by the IRS to call their local police department, Caldwell said. “Here in Fairfax County, they file an online report and will receive their number electronically from our system,” Caldwell said. “Supervisors in the Financial …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 20. Affordable housing continues to be a major topic of discussion in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation sold Hunting Point, two eight-story apartment buildings, to a realty firm. Alexandria's City Council had asked that any purchaser not turn the buildings into luxury apartments that could displace its current tenants who require more affordable housing. That message was passed on to the new buyers, according to VDOT, but was not a condition of the sale. 19. On the west side of Alexandria, the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to major rezoning in the Beauregard area that will tear down …
Monday, March 11, 2013
County seeing fewer DWI arrests overall from 3,223 in 2011 to 2,625 in 2012. Take a look at this video from Patch’s ride along with Fairfax County Police Officer Sepehri.
As Saturday night turned to Sunday morning, the lights atop Fairfax County Police Department cruisers along Leesburg pike lit up the night sky like swarms of blue fireflies. The routine traffic stops were plentiful but the McLean District officers weren’t finding many drivers under the influence. The diminishing number of driving while intoxicated arrests is a trend that has been consistent in the district since 2011. That year, 433 people were arrested and charged with DWI. In 2012, that number dropped to 350 DWI arrests in the McLean District - which covers Merrifield, Dunn Loring, Falls Church, McLean, Tyson’s Corner and Great Falls. “I do feel very good getting drunk drivers off the roads,” said McLean District Officer Ali Sepehri, who…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Police looking for a man who attacked a woman inside a Falls Church library.
The nation watched as President Barack Obama was re-elected Tuesday but locally, City of Falls Church residents turned out to the polls in record numbers. David Bjerke, general registrar for the City of Falls Church, said in 2008 about 82 percent of the city’s registered voters cast ballots. This year, more than 87 percent of the city’s voters cast ballots. Officials from the City of Falls Church and Fairfax County met last week to talk about selling Falls Church Water to the county’s water system but those talks only produced more future meetings with no resolution. Dozens of law enforcement officers and community residents attended a retirement ceremony for City of Falls Church Police Chief Harry Reitze. Reitze was with the department …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Alleged suspect may be involved in similar crimes in Fairfax County.
Falls Church police still are still looking for a man they say grabbed a woman’s buttocks and did not let go until she screamed in October. The man approached the woman while she walked pushing her baby carriage near the intersection of South Maple Avenue and Gibson Street around 4 p.m. on Oct. 19. Fairfax County believe the same man may be connected to several similar attacks in their area stretching from September to as recently as Nov. 1 in the Springfield area. Police ask the community to be aware of your surroundings: Anyone with information about the possible suspect should call Detective Richardson at 703-248-5238. See also: Two More Attacks, Police Still Searching for Fondling Suspect
Monday, November 5, 2012
Victim in house fire still not identified.
Hurricane turned Super Storm Sandy made her way through Falls Church early in the week and topped our headlines. The storm left some Falls Church customers without power but Dominion Power restored power to the area. Some people found ways to entertain themselves while their power was out. The storm didn’t stop people from getting out and voting as some Falls Church residents made it out Monday to cast their in-person absentee ballots. There are no hotdog carts in the City of Falls Church but a new restaurant is changing that. The Windy Apple brings the best of Chicago and New York-style hotdogs under one roof to bring that hotdog cart feel to “The Little City.” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue are still investigating a Falls Church fire …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Fairfax County adding patrols to areas between Seven Corners and Bailey’s Crossroads.
No one has been arrested for breaking out the windows of about 30 vehicles in September between the Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners communities in Falls Church. Capt. Gun Lee, commander for the Fairfax County Mason District Police Station, said patrols have been added to those areas to prevent another instance like the one in mid-September. Police quickly dispelled any rumors that the alleged suspects were targeting the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque. Several vehicles just outside the mosque’s gates were damaged including the car of Imam Johari Abdul-Malik. “We’re still investigating this,” Lee said Friday morning. “We’re confident we will close this case.” Police believe the vandals started their spree in a seven-mile radius late Sept. 14 and…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Three 16-year-old Fairfax County students arrested for possession of substance during off-campus DECA meeting.
Three 16-year-old girls were arrested last week in Springfield for allegedly being in possession of marijuana at an off-campus event. Officer Bud Walker, a spokesman for Fairfax County Police, say the teenagers were arrested at Waterford Receptions, an event venue that was hosting a regional high school leadership conference at the time of their arrests last Tuesday. They were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. On that day, Waterford Receptions hosted a fall leadership conference for several DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) clubs in Northern Virginia, part of an international group that trains young entrepreneurs in marketing, hospitality and other fields. Walker said officers responded to the address …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Man fled on foot from the scene with cash and cigarettes.
Fairfax County police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a Falls Church pharmacy Thursday and fled with an unknown amount of money. Around 1:30 p.m., a man walked into the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 7395 Lee Highway in Falls Church, and allegedly implied he had a weapon and demanded cash, according to a FCPD press release. The man left the pharmacy with an unknown amount of cash and cartons of cigarettes, according to police. Police said the man is in his 40s, black and about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavy build. The man was wearing a yellow shirt with darker horizontal lines, black shorts, white socks, black shoes and a light-colored baseball cap. The man was allegedly seen running east toward a nearby Safeway, police said. Anyone …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Alzheimer’s patient found "in good condition."
A 68-year-old missing Falls Church man has been found and reunited with his family. Irvin Chor, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was found Tuesday morning, said police spokesman Officer Bud Walker. Walker could not say where Chor was found. Chor had been missing since Saturday. A family member last talked to Chor by telephone at 6 p.m., police said. Relatives were also worried because Chor was on several medications, they said. Walker said Chor was found in good condition.