Tuesday, July 4, 2006


2 Dead, Girl Injured in Car Crash

Two women were killed yesterday morning when their car swerved across traffic into a pole in the Hybla Valley area, but a 3-year-old girl in the back seat survived.

Fairfax County police said Catalina Villacorta, 43, of the 7200 block of Fairchild Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax was driving the Toyota sedan south on Richmond Highway. After the car passed Sherwood Hall Lane, it veered from the left lane across the other southbound lanes and into the metal support of a billboard. Investigators did not know yesterday what caused the car to swerve.

Villacorta and her passenger in the front seat were pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger's name was not released pending notification of her family. Villacorta's daughter Natasha Michelle Bonilla-Villacorta was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was in stable condition.

-- Tom Jackman

2 Held in Jewelry Store Burglaries

A District man and woman suspected of jewelry store burglaries in Falls Church and Montgomery County have been arrested in Fairfax County, Falls Church authorities said yesterday.

A man and woman were captured on surveillance cameras breaking into the Bach Tuyet Jewelry Store in the Eden shopping center July 18 and stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Video cameras recorded what appeared to be the same pair prying open the lock at the Silver Spring Jewelry store on New Hampshire Avenue on May 29 of this year. But police said the display cases were empty, and the two left with nothing.

Falls Church police think the pair also may have tried unsuccessfully to rob another jewelry store there May 21, city spokeswoman Nicole Gobbo said.

After receiving a tip from the FBI, Fairfax police and U.S. marshals arrested Michael Eugene Williams, 45, and Selenna A. Winston, 38, last Tuesday, Falls Church authorities said.

Williams was charged with six felony counts in the two Falls Church incidents. He was being held in the Arlington County jail.

Winston was not charged in Virginia but was held without bond in the Fairfax jail pending extradition to Montgomery.

-- Tom Jackman

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