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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Alfredo Prieto death sentences in Fairfax upheld

A Fairfax jury and judge imposed two death sentences for the rape and murder of a young couple outside Reston in 1988.

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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/03/2011

7 years for Loudoun banker Linda Tribby

Linda Tribby, the Loudoun County banker who admitted she stole more than $14 million from her customers, was sentenced Friday morning to seven years in prison.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Albert Haynesworth Va. trial postponed

The misdemeanor assault trial of Redskins lineman Albert Haynesworth, set for Thursday morning in Fairfax County General District Court, was postponed until next week.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Fairfax County bus caused fatal Rt. 1 crash: Police

A Fairfax County Fastran bus started a chain reaction crash that killed a Fort Belvoir man on Route 1 Monday afternoon, when the bus failed to stop for traffic that had slowed for a red light, Fairfax police said Tuesday.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:05 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Plea halted in "goth" slaying case

A Fairfax County woman entered a plea Monday morning in the slaying of a well-known District nightlife figure last year, but the hearing broke down as the woman's lawyer tried to build a case for the future dismissal of all...

By Tom Jackman  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Fairfax man arrested in stabbing death

A man who was stabbed to death in Fairfax County Monday afternoon has been identified as Kenneth J. Russell, and his roommate has been charged with murder. Russell, 55, lived in a garden apartment in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue, just off Buckman Road in the Hybla Valley area of southern Fairfax County. A search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday said that police received a call at 3:07 p.m. and that the "caller stated he had killed his roommate."

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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Man found dead in Fairfax County

An unidentified man was found dead inside an apartment in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County Monday afternoon, a second man was in police custody, and police are investigating the death as a homicide. The man was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue, in a garden apartment complex just off Buckman Avenue, north of Richmond Highway.

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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/28/2011

1 yr. for man who embezzled $600K

The executive director of a Fairfax County-based national association of opticians was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for his part in a scheme which authorities said stole about $1.7 million from the association. Hugh Michael Robey, 48, of Bowie, had been the executive director of the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners, a nonprofit group on Loisdale Road in the Springfield area. Fairfax prosecutors said he used about $600,000 of the association's funds to take trips and buy expensive items for his family and friends, but in the end he did not wind up with any cash, his lawyer, James C. Clark said.

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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Wolf demands report on ICE database

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requesting a prompt report on an apparent shortcoming in the agency's electronic databases, namely the fingerprints of many people deported from this country before 2005.

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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Man stabbed Friday in Fairfax dies

An Arlington man, who was stabbed Friday evening by an acquaintance in Fairfax County, died Sunday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, in the county's first homicide of 2011. Police said Dennis Bryant, 47, of the 700 block of South Florida Street in Arlington, got into an argument and then a fight with another man about 7 p.m. Friday, in the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive, in an industrial park just south of the Franconia Springfield Parkway. Bryant was stabbed in the upper body, police said, but his assailant remained at the scene and Bryant was taken to the hospital in what was thought to be non-life threatening condition.

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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Fairfax City bar arsonist gets five years

A Fairfax City bar owner was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for torching the bar on Halloween night 2009. Ajmal A. Aman, 29, of Herndon, was a part owner of Bridges Billiards and Grill, on the first floor of the Mosby Tower on Main Street in downtown Fairfax City. After Bridges closed, early on Nov. 1, 2009, a fire erupted. Firefighters and investigators arrived to find Aman, smelling of gasoline. Lab tests later determined that gasoline was used to set the fire, and that gasoline was on Aman's clothes, and Aman was arrested.

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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Fairfax sex fugitive extradited from Poland

A Fairfax County man who fled the country in 2009, shortly before he was scheduled to plead guilty to molesting a 12-year-old boy, has been extradited back to Fairfax after his capture in Poland last August. John E. Hamilton, 39, lived in Centreville but was a longtime baseball coach in the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association. A boy who played for him in 1997 came forward in 2009 to say he'd been sexually assaulted years earlier, and Hamilton was arrested. He was scheduled to plead guilty to six felony sex crimes in October 2009 but failed to appear in court.

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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Capital murder trial starts in Fairfax

The trial of a Fairfax County man for the beating death of Genevieve "Gini" Orange, inside her apartment in the Falls Church area in September 2008, began Monday with jury selection, and with prosecutors seeking the death penalty, the selection process is expected to last about two weeks. Orange, 29, was a popular member of McLean Bible Church and worked for the Futures Industry Association in Washington. When she didn't appear for work on Sept. 25, 2008, co-workers notified police, and officers found her lying in her living room. Authorities said she had been beaten with more than 30 blows to the head, and her attacker left semen and saliva on her body.

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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Richmond police drop demand for documents

The Richmond Police Department is dropping its demand for the return of dozens of internal documents it provided to a group called Richmond Copwatch, a week after filing suit in Richmond Circuit Court seeking an emergency protective order. The 600 pages of documents were supplied last month, at a cost of $89.25, after a Freedom of Information Act request by an anarchist who uses the name "Mo Karn," short for "Mo Karnage." Richmond police turned over materials such as their Emergency Operations Plan, the Homeland Security Criminal Intelligence Unit Operating Manual and the Mobile Command Center Operating Manual. Karn then put them online.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:13 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011

'Baby' for sale on Craigslist

Under the "For Sale" category on Craigslist, there is a sub-category of "baby+kids." But rarely has a living baby been offered for sale. Until now. Fairfax County police are investigating a posting from Friday listing "a 2-month-old female for sale," which was promptly taken down by Craigslist administrators. No one has been charged, and there is some good news amid this seeming latest step in the devolution of the species: 1) Several Craigslist readers immediately called Fairfax police on Friday after seeing the listing, as did one in West Virginia, and 2) There appears to be no actual baby involved.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Arlington lawyer gets year in prison

An Arlington County lawyer who defrauded the parents of special needs children was sentenced Friday to a year in prison by an Arlington Circuit Court judge. Howard D. Deiner, 54, specialized in representing parents who wanted to challenge local school boards' handling of their children. Four different parents testified at Deiner's trial in October that Deiner told them he was a lawyer, and that he could appeal their cases to the courts if they lost at the schools' administrative level. One parent said he hired Deiner after losing at the administrative level, specifically to appeal in federal court. But Deiner had allowed his bar license to lapse from January 2006 to April 2009, and he was not legally able to file court actions. But he did file a federal suit on behalf of one family, and forged another lawyer's signature on the pleading, that lawyer testified.

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Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Donations sought for victim's funeral

Many Washington Post readers have asked how they can donate to the family of Jabrill Mara, the 20-year-old Fairfax County man who was found fatally wounded near Interstate 66 in Vienna last week. Mara's funeral is set for Friday, and his family is desperately in need of funds to pay for the services.

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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Richmond police: Give that back

It was an innocent enough request from a citizen to the Richmond Police Department: Please, under the Freedom of Information Act, give me copies of your various operating manuals. The Richmond police complied, and last month sent over 600 pages, and charged $89.25 for the processing cost. But then they learned that the citizen was an anarchist, and a member of a group called Richmond Copwatch, and that the documents were promptly posted online. The police now want their stuff back. And taken down from the website. And they've filed for an emergency protective order in Richmond Circuit Court, as well as a permanent injunction to prohibit the dissemination of the information.

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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/04/2011

Ex-AOL exec gets jail for nude filming

A former executive and founding employee of America Online, facing a trial in circuit court Tuesday for secretly filming teenagers undressing in his house, quietly admitted his guilt last month and served five days in the Fairfax County jail. Craig D. Dykstra, 52, of Centreville, was arrested on June 7, two days after hosting a pool party for Westfield High School graduates after their prom. On June 5, according to a Fairfax police affidavit, a teenaged boy and girl who were changing in a room inside Dykstra's house found a small digital video camera hanging on a pair of shorts, actively recording the. The boy removed the camera and took it to his parents.

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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Man found shot to death in Fairfax park

A 19-year-old man was found shot to death in a Fairfax County park Sunday afternoon, and police are investigating the case as the county's 16th homicide of the year.

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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/20/2010

No bond in Tysons toddler death

The Fairfax County woman accused of hurling her two-year-old granddaughter off a Tysons Corner walkway to her death was denied bond Monday morning in a hearing in Fairfax juvenile court. Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, who lived just outside Fairfax City on Ellenwood Drive, has been in the Fairfax County jail since Nov. 29. On that night, with her husband and 22-year-old daughter walking in front of her as they walked on a fifth-floor bridge from the Tysons mall toward the parking lot, Dela Rosa allegedly scooped up Angelyn Ogdoc and dropped her over the railing. The incident reportedly was captured on surveillance video, sources familiar with the case said.

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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Pr. William prosecutor arrested

An assistant commonwealth's attorney in Prince William County has been arrested in Fairfax County for drunk driving and felony drug possession, court records show. Douglas Bradley Marshall, 32, of Haymarket, has been an assistant prosecutor in Prince William for three years. Fairfax police said he was stopped shortly before 3 a.m. on December 11, as he drove a 2007 Cadillac DTS east on Interstate 66 near the exit for Route 29. Officer Tawny Wright said an officer who had been operating a radar gun pulled Marshall over, found indications of alcohol consumption including an open beer can, and arrested Marshall.

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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Serial killer to be executed

Serial killer Alfredo Prieto, convicted of three murders and suspected of six more, was given two death sentences Thursday morning by a Fairfax County judge. Prieto, 45, was convicted of the rape and capital murder of Rachael A. Raver, 22,...

By Tom Jackman  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Fairfax deputy chief is leaving

Deputy Fairfax County Police Chief Stephen L. Sellers is leaving his post as head of investigations to become the police chief in Albemarle County, Va., Albemarle officials announced Monday. Sellers, 49, has been on the Fairfax force for 28 years, and was scheduled to retire next year. He helped oversee the Sniper Prosecution Task Force after the arrests of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in 2002, which led to the conviction of both men in Prince William and Fairfax counties, respectively.

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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Fairfax gold burglar gets 3 years

A New York City woman who admitted being part of a ring that burglarized dozens of homes in Northern Virginia, specifically seeking gold and ignoring other valuables, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison. Melinda M. Soto, 34, and her husband, Dagoberto Soto Ramirez, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to regularly traveling from New York to Fairfax and Loudoun counties, targeting homeowners with South Asian-sounding names. They admitted to burglarizing 37 homes and stealing nearly $600,000 worth of gold heirlooms between January and November of last year, when they were arrested along with a third alleged co-conspirator, Francisco Gray.

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Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Bond revoked for teen murder suspect

A 15-year-old Fairfax County boy was certified Wednesday to stand trial as an adult for murder in the October stabbing of another teen in the Rose Hill area of eastern Fairfax. Wyatt Campbell, 18, was stabbed 12 times in an alley behind the Rose Hill Shopping Center on Oct. 14, prosecutors said in a juvenile court hearing Wednesday. Campbell's friend, Randolph Taylor, 21, of Fredericksburg, testified that two teens he had not seen before had attacked him and Campbell at a nearby 7-Eleven store, and a few minutes later the two pairs fought in the alley behind the store.

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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 11/26/2010

Police: arrests in phony robbery report

A Prince William County woman who reported she was robbed while trying to deposit cash from her employer has been arrested, along with two of her pals, for allegedly faking the holdup, Prince William police said Friday.

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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Murder indictment for Fairfax man

A Fairfax County man, who had previously fought with a neighbor after a traffic altercation, has been indicted for murder and three other felonies after allegedly invading the neighbor's home, tying him up and then shooting him in the head. Stephen A. Carr, 48, was watching a Redskins game with his girlfriend in his home in the Springfield area on Sept. 12 when a man burst in and ordered them to the floor at gunpoint. Carr's girlfriend, Rina Cabrera, testified last month that she did not recognize the man, but Carr and the man had had an altercation in front of Carr's house in June and the man -- David A. Patton, 44 -- was due in court later that week to face an assault charge.

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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Woman, 20, dies after Va. crash

A 20-year-old Falls Church area woman, who police say allowed an unlicensed teenager to drive her car while she was a passenger, has died from injuries sustained when the teenager lost control of the car and drove down an embankment,...

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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Reston murder trial begins

A man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the head inside his Reston apartment last year went on trial Monday in Fairfax County Circuit Court for murder. Karen Deck, 42, was found dead on Oct. 24, 2009, inside the apartment of Ronald L. Robertson Jr., 46, who lived on Winterthur Lane in the Hunters Woods section of Reston. Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kelly Pearson said Monday that Robertson did not call police on the day he shot Deck, and only after he called his parents seeking help did they notify the authorities.

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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Alleged molester's plea deal rejected

A Fairfax County judge on Monday rejected a plea agreement for the former pastor of a Fairfax church, who admitted molesting two boys in the 1990s, because the agreement did not put the pastor behind bars.

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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 11/05/2010

Man charged after police shooting

A man who led Fairfax County police on a strange chase Thursday afternoon, which included his temporary commandeering of a police car and then his being shot by a Fairfax officer, was identified Friday as Joseph Lawrence Michel, 50, and he was charged with grand larceny -- but not of the police car.

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Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Fairfax City bar owner convicted of arson

One of the owners of Bridges Billiards and Grill in Fairfax City was convicted by a federal court jury Wednesday of setting fire to the Main Street bar after a Halloween night party last year. Ajmal A. Aman, 29, of Herndon, was one of six owners of Bridges, court records showed, and served as the company's treasurer. After the bar closed at 2 a.m. on Nov. 1, a fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Fairfax City fire marshals quickly suspected arson due to the smell of ignitable liquid, and Aman, whose clothes had the same odor, admitted he was the only person there when the fire occurred.

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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/26/2010

15-yr-old charged in Fairfax killing

A 15-year-old Fairfax County boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of another teenager in the Rose Hill area of eastern Fairfax. Police believe Wyatt Campbell, 18, was involved in an altercation with two other...

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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/25/2010

40 years for 2009 Herndon murder

A Fairfax County teenager who admitted strangling and stabbing his girlfriend to death last year was given the maximum sentence, 40 years, for second-degree murder on Friday by a Fairfax judge. Siobhan L. Russell, 19, was found slain inside the Herndon-area bedroom of Lee T. Wiggins on April 12, 2009. Wiggins was 17 at the time but prosecuted as an adult, as Virginia law requires for all murder suspects 14 or older.

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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Police probe Va. man's death

An 18-year-old Fairfax County man died Thursday night after showing up at a Springfield health center, and Fairfax police said his death was a homicide.

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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Traffic charge dropped for 'Skins rookie

A reckless driving charge against Redskins' offensive lineman Trent Williams was dismissed by a Fairfax County judge Wednesday because the calibration of the arresting officer's speedometer was not properly notarized. Williams was driving a Porsche west on the Dulles Toll...

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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Slain man's Lexus found in Fairfax

A Fairfax County police officer found the missing sport-utility vehicle of slain car wash owner Yong S. Yun in Annandale Monday night, but police still have no suspects in Yun's killing. Yun, 61, was discovered by his wife in their...

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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Rape victim testifies in Prieto trial

A California woman, who was abducted at gunpoint by Alfredo Prieto in 1990, then raped and stabbed by another man while Prieto was raping and killing her best friend, made a surprise appearance in a Fairfax County courtroom Wednesday to bolster the prosecution's case that Prieto should be executed. It was a second day of new developments in a trial that has largely been a repeat of two previous prosecutions in Fairfax. On Tuesday, Prieto spoke in court at length for the first time.

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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Arlington lawyer's license suspended

Arlington lawyer Howard D. Deiner, who faces trial in Arlington County Circuit Court later this month for practicing without a license, has now had his license suspended by the D.C. Bar, after a District court ruled that "he appears to pose a substantial threat of serious harm to the public." Deiner, 56, specialized in representing families of children with special educational needs. He was licensed in the District, but practiced mainly in Northern Virginia. But from January 2006 to April 2009, he failed to pay his bar dues and his license lapsed. Numerous parents said he continued to represent himself as a lawyer, and many of those parents filed complaints with the D.C. Bar when Deiner failed to return phone calls, refund fees or provide their case files.

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Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Prieto speaks in Fairfax murder trial

Alleged serial killer Alfredo Prieto, who has not testified or spoken at any length through countless hearings and two full murder trials in Fairfax County, spoke in open court in Fairfax for the first time Tuesday, and provided his side of a dispute over whether he has cooperated with a mental health expert for the prosecution. It was a jaw-dropping moment at the end of an abbreviated day of testimony in Prieto's resentencing for a double murder and rape outside Reston in 1988. Prieto has watched attentively but sat mute through two previous trials in Fairfax, occasionally answering a judge's questions with a "yes sir." Prieto also did not testify during his capital murder trial in California in 1991, which resulted in the death penalty,

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Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Priest pleads guilty to molesting girl

A Catholic priest from West Virginia pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Wednesday to aggravated sexual battery, for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl while he was visiting the girl's Herndon home. Felix Owino, 44, was arrested after the girl told her parents of the incident in July, which occurred while Owino, the girl and others were watching a movie on television. Police described Owino as a family friend.

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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Day care worker accused of molesting girl

A Fairfax County day care worker was arrested Saturday as he tried to flee the country, Fairfax police said, and he is being held on a charge that he molested a four-year-old girl. Police said Siyamand Salehzadeh, 22, of the 7700 block of Lavenham Court in Manassas, worked at the Minnieland day care center, on Compton Village Drive in the Centreville area. On Sept. 21, Officer Tawny Wright said, police were alerted to allegations that the girl had been sexually assaulted that day at Minnieland. Detectives obtained a warrant for Salehzadeh on Friday, charging him with sodomy.

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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 09/28/2010

Victim dies after years in vegetative state

A Fairfax Station man who had been in a persistent vegetative state since riding in a car crashed by a drunk driver in November 2007, died Friday, his family said. He was the second person killed in the accident. Daniel B. Fath, 26, was a passenger in a BMW 540i driven by his close friend, Christopher D. Plaisier, now 24. Morgan E. Cooke, 18, was also in the car. In addition to drinking, Plaisier admitted he had been smoking marijuana when he drove the BMW over a hill on Wolf Run Shoals Road in Fairfax Station on Nov. 28, 2007.

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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Army sgt. admits taking bribes

An Army staff sergeant admitted Friday, in federal court in Alexandria, that he accepted $400,000 in bribes while stationed at a fuel distribution outpost in Afghanistan, which allowed $1.5 million in fuel to be stolen in a three-month period. Stevan Nathan Ringo, 26, of Marrero, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to one count of bribery.

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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Vienna dance instructor busted for theft

A dance instructor at the Vienna studio "Born to Dance" was arrested Thursday after allegedly taking a woman's wallet while she was dancing and using her credit cards to ring up $3,200 worth of quick purchases, including a large-screen TV and a Yorkshire-poodle puppy. Police searched the man's home Thursday and seized the three-month-old puppy, Vienna Sgt. Bill Murray said. The dog, alleged to be extremely cute, was being kept separate from other seized evidence, Murray said.

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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Heart attack kills Herndon man on I-66

A Herndon man driving on Interstate 66 during the morning rush hour suffered an apparent heart attack Friday morning, collided with other vehicles as he veered out of control near the entrance to the Roosevelt Bridge, and died, Arlington County police said.

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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Va. court reconsiders police GPS use

Two weeks after the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that it was fine for police to use portable global positioning systems to track criminal suspects, the court has now decided to rehear the case, according to an order entered on Thursday. The court ruled in the case of David L. Foltz Jr., a convicted sex offender whom Fairfax County police suspected might be assaulting women. Detectives placed a global positioning system device inside the bumper of his work van, then reviewed his movements and found he had been in the vicinity of a recent assault. Then police followed him and actually arrested him in the process of attacking another woman.

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Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 09/17/2010

Official gets 6 years for child porn

A former administrator for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for receiving child pornography. Edwin Torres-Feliu, 49, of Woodbridge, was director of administration for laboratory systems at Customs. In April, the Richmond-based Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified Torres-Feliu as someone sharing child pornography on the Gnutella peer-to-peer file-sharing network. In May, FBI agents searched his home and found a very large cache of child pornography, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said it was the largest child pornography file-sharing case in the Alexandria federal court.

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Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 09/09/2010

Fairfax restaurateur arrested

The owner of three Vietnamese restaurants in the Fairfax County area was arrested Wednesday on charges of knowingly employing and harboring illegal immigrants. Kiet Quoc Bui, 50, who lives in Centreville, owns the Viet House restaurants on Main Street and Lee Highway in Fairfax City, and a third Viet House on Richmond Highway in the Alexandria area of Fairfax. Court records show that Arlington police began investigating him last year for money laundering, and later determined that he and his wife, My Tran, were hiring illegal immigrants as employees.

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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 08/27/2010

Va. man gets 12 years for $53M fraud

A Loudoun man who owned four restaurants in Maryland and Virginia, drove flashy sports cars, and then vanished when his finances collapsed, was sentenced Friday to spend 12 years in prison for defrauding banks out of more than $53 million. Osama El-Atari, 31, formerly lived in Ashburn and owned four Original Steakhouse & Sports Theatre restaurants. But federal authorities say, and El-Atari acknowledged in a guilty plea in April, that he presented numerous banks with fraudulent life insurance policies as collateral to obtain millions of dollars in loans.

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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 08/19/2010

Police seek help in identifying remains

The skeletal remains found in the Lorton area of Fairfax County last month were those of an unidentified man who was murdered, Fairfax police said Thursday, and investigators asked for help in identifying the man.

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Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 08/17/2010

Salesman charged in Va. sex assault

A door-to-door salesman from North Carolina was arrested in Fairfax County on Monday on charges that he molested a teenage girl who was home alone, Fairfax police said Tuesday. The incident happened on Plaskett Forest Lane near Route 1 and...

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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 08/17/2010

Sex-for-rent scheme leads to jail

In these tough economic times, Fairfax County police say it's not unheard of for a tenant to offer her landlord sexual favors in exchange for a month's rent. But when the scheme extends to extorting the landlord, or else his wife finds out, that's when people get arrested.

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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 08/12/2010

False accusation in Harrington case

An Alexandria man has been convicted of obstruction of justice for calling in a false tip to Virginia State Police in which he accused another man of kidnapping Morgan Harrington from a Charlottesville rock concert last fall, police said Thursday. Police set up a tip line for people to call after Harrington's disappearance on Oct. 17, 2009. State police said that Alvin T. Daniels, 51, called the tip line on Nov. 11 and anonymously provided the name of a 34-year-old Prince William County man he said was responsible.

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Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 06/15/2010

Two indicted in fatal Loudoun attack

A Loudoun County grand jury Monday indicted two men in an attack on a couple in the Lansdowne area last year, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against one of them. William and Cynthia Bennett were taking a pre-dawn...

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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Man killed in mansion attack ID'd; Police look for white pickup

Fairfax County police say the man killed by intruders at a Centreville mansion on Monday was a handyman for the family that owned the house. Jose Ramiro Rosales Cardona, 39, of Courtney Drive in Manassas, was married with two children,...

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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 05/07/2010

Man who used 911 to dial a ride in Charles County to face charges

It's a little-known fact, but when your cell phone is out of minutes, it still works for calling 911. And so early Thursday, a man walking on Route 225 in the Ripley area of Charles County dialed 911 to report he'd just been robbed at gunpoint even though the minutes on his mobile phone had expired.

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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Mother of baby that overdosed on heroin gets 30 days

The mother of a five-month-old Fairfax County boy who overdosed on heroin last year, was sentenced to 30 days in the Fairfax jail Friday for felony child neglect.

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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/21/2010

Fairfax middle school gang initiation posted on YouTube

A street gang-related beating in the stairwell of a Fairfax County middle school reportedly was videotaped by another student and posted on YouTube, where it apparently was viewed for about two months before being removed, according to a Fairfax police affidavit.

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Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 04/16/2010

Boy had teacher's computer password

A 9-year-old Fairfax County boy who changed course content and passwords in the Fairfax school system's online teaching system -- including the superintendent's -- accessed it using a teacher's password, officials said Thursday. The school district detected the problems last...

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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/16/2010

Woman bank robber arrested in Chantilly, Fairfax police say

A woman who allegedly robbed a Fairfax County credit union around noon today was arrested as she left the institution, and Fairfax and Vienna police said they are investigating her for possible links to four other bank and credit union...

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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2010

Fairfax officer cleared in shooting of mentally ill Herndon man

The Fairfax County police officer who shot a mentally ill Herndon area man in his basement on Feb. 5 will not be charged with a crime, the Fairfax prosecutor said Friday.

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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/19/2010

Fairfax crime dropped 5 percent in 2009; violent crime down 14 percent

Serious crime in Fairfax County decreased nearly five percent in 2009 over the previous year, driven by significant drops in larceny and auto theft, according to statistics released Friday morning by Fairfax police. Even better, violent crime -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- decreased by 14.6 percent over 2008

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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Man killed when he rear-ends VDOT truck

A man driving north on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County smashed into the back of a stopped state safety patrol truck Friday afternoon and was killed, Virginia State Police said. The man’s name was not released pending notification of his...

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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/05/2010

Herndon man in hospital after police shooting

A Herndon man shot by Fairfax County police early Friday after brandishing a gun at them is hospitalized with life-threatening wounds, police said. The shooting occurred at a house in the 2500 block of Fallon Drive, just west of the...

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