Friday, May 17, 2013
More than 700 drunk teen drivers in Virginia were involved in accidents in 2011.
Kristin Cottrell Haynes is delighted to chauffer her daughter and five of her Falls Church High School classmates to their senior prom Saturday night in her Honda Odyssey. Some of her daughter’s friends are driving separately in other smaller cars and others have opted for a limo. Haynes said the soon-to-be graduates have planned everything out from what time they’ll meet up, where they’ll eat and even how much money to bring with them to tip servers. She said they left one thing out of their plans. “There has been no talk of a sneaking in alcohol in this great group of seniors,” Haynes said. Prom and graduation season has arrived and local police and the people at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and Mothers …
A South Riding man was charged with failure to pay full time attention, according to Fairfax County Police.
A multi-vehicle accident in Falls Church sent 10 people to two area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. David Francis, 30, of South Riding, was charged with failure to pay full time attention after he plowed his pickup truck into a utility pole and then five other vehicles. Fairfax County Police said Francis was traveling eastbound on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church near Graham Road Monday around 8:20 a.m. Police say Francis hit a utility pole on the right side of the road and then crossed into the westbound lanes and hit the five vehicles.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Three people charged for allegedly taking jewelery, electronics from homes across McLean, Vienna, Falls Church.
Fairfax County police have arrested three people in connection with a series of burglaries that hit homes across three jurisdictions this month — and more charges could be coming, police said Wednesday. Craig Hopta, 29, Michael Lewis, 29 and Diana Seaborn, 34, all of Maryland, were arrested this week and charged with four counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of larceny for resale, and possession of burglarious tools. The suspects are connected to a string of burglaries in McLean, Vienna and Falls Church, police said. Aside from the 10 burglaries that occurred in six hours May 4 in McLean, police have not commented on how many homes in total were involved in the spree. After the May 4 burglaries, officers had been …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The driver of the car sustained minor injuries. No one was home at the time of the incident.
The driver of a small car escaped with minor injuries after she drove her vehicle through the front of a home in the 2800 block of Great Oak Court in Falls Church Monday. Fairfax County Police are investigating why the woman drove her car into the home. Around 11 a.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to the empty home and when they arrived, they found the blue four-door car sitting partially inside the home, said Capt. William Moreland. The driver of the car, a visibly shaken woman with bruises to her face, refused to comment on the crash. Neighbors watching a tow truck remove the vehicle from the home also declined to comment on the crash. Moreland said a building inspector would look over the home to decide if it is safe for …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Fairfax County Police say the men got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police are looking for three men, one of whom pulled out a knife, who robbed 43-year-old Falls Church man on April 30 and ran off. Police combed the area looking for the three men from the air and land with a helicopter and police dogs. Around 9:30 p.m., a man was walking along Williams Lane in Falls Church near Columbia Pike when the trio allegedly walked up on him and demanded his money, according to a Fairfax County Police release. One of the men, police said, pulled out a knife. Once the men got an undisclosed amount of money from the victim, the men ran off. Police say the three suspects are Hispanic, and the knife wielding man is described to be between 25- to 30-years-old and stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a clean shaven …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Police say most Falls Church area high school students students caught in possession of marijuana are users, not sellers.
Arrests for possession of marijuana at the four Falls Church-area high schools have gone down this academic year. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Falls Church, JEB Stuart, George Marshall and George Mason high schools had a combined total of 10 student arrests for possession of marijuana. Through the end of April this academic year, the schools only accounted for eight such arrests. “Teens get marijuana from numerous people,” said Lt. Jimmy Cox with the Fairfax County Police Office of Organized Crime and Narcotics. “Parents, friends of parents, older brothers or sisters, suppliers of older brothers and sisters, suppliers in the school, and people who drive to Washington, DC and purchase it on the street.” Here are the number of …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Officer Long "Junior" V. Dinh was injured in a head-on car crash in February following a police chase that ended in a single fatality.
After about two months of recovery from injuries sustained following a head-on collision crash, Officer Long V. Dinh Jr. joined Fairfax County police officers, local officials, and community members at a fundraising event Sunday for his first major public appearance since the crash. Dinh, 28, was severely injured in the crash and spent most of March recovering from his injuries which included several broken bones. Dinh was also in a coma for a few days immediately after the collision. During that time, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77, established a rehabilitation fund to help offset the costs of medical needs. Sunday’s event at Hard Times Café in Fairfax was an opportunity for friends and supporters of Dinh to mingle and continue …
Bicycle patrols can reach areas police cars can’t.
By day, the Culmore section of Falls Church is a bustling business district with schools and heavy traffic especially along Leesburg Pike. When night falls, lurking in the shadows of the fluorescent lights from a variety of ethnic restaurants are sometimes drug deals, prostitution and drunks. Away from the bright lights of Leesburg Pike on dark side streets is where these activities take place and that’s where you’ll find the Fairfax County Police Department’s Mason District Police Station Neighborhood Patrol Unit, on their bicycles. “Late evening is when they get involved in most of their adventures,” said Lt. Charles Riddle, commander of the Mason Station NPU. For several years, Fairfax County Police have deployed their bike patrols …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Mason District Station Officer Long "Junior" V. Dinh was injured in a head-on car crash in February.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 will host a fundraising event Sunday for Mason District Officer Long V. Dinh Jr.'s rehabilitation fund. Dinh was injured in a head-on collision crash in February and was hospitalized for most of last month. All are welcome to attend the fundraiser, which will be Sunday at Hard Times Cafe located at 4069 Chain Bridge Road, in Fairfax from noon to 7 p.m. There will be food specials and a raffle during the event. Hard Times will donate a portion of the night's sales to Dinh and his family. According to a post on Reddit by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Dinh was raised in Springfield and graduated from George Mason University. Cook, who plans to attend the fundraiser, has been asking community …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fairfax County Police said man called bomb threat in by telephone.
Fairfax County Police charged a Herndon man with making a bomb threat following an alleged shoplifting in Merrifield. The man is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center with no bond. Police were called to the 2900 block of District Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday for a report of two men shoplifting. One of the men, a 29-year-old Herndon man, was detained by security and charged with grand larceny. According to a press release, the second alleged suspect, a 30-year-old Herndon man, was able to make it outside and allegedly called in a bomb threat to the business. There were no other details about the incident.