Local Digest

Thursday, September 30, 2010; B4

Man charged with molesting girl, 4

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 4-year-old girl.

Police said Siyamand Salehzadeh, 22, of the 7700 block of Lavenham Court in Manassas worked at the Minnieland Private Day School 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.

On Saturday, Salehzadeh was trying to enter Canada from Alexandria Bay, N.Y., but was turned away by Canadian authorities because of the Fairfax warrant, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

Salehzadeh was turned over to New York State Police in Jefferson County, N.Y., and he was arraigned Monday and agreed to be extradited back to Fairfax, the Daily Times reported.

- Tom Jackman

Fairfax considers biking in Tysons

Fairfax County hopes to redevelop Tysons Corner into a walkable, transit-oriented city. But what about a cycling-friendly city? The county's transportation department has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday to discuss recommendations on how bike-friendly design should become part of Tysons.

The future for the former rural crossroads could include a network of bike-travel facilities - paths, lanes, parking - connected to the four Metrorail stations under construction. Planners will look not only at the infrastructure needed for a bike network but also at the policies and programs that would have to be in place to encourage biking at Tysons.

The transportation department hopes to have a draft plan developed over the winter so it can begin working on it with the county Board of Supervisors. This Tysons plan would be the first phase of an intended countywide plan.

The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joyce Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna.

- Robert Thomson

Foundation named for U-Va. student

The family of Yeardley Love, the University of Virginia lacrosse player who was fatally beaten last spring, has created a foundation in her honor.

The Yeardley Reynolds Love Foundation Inc., also known as the One Love Foundation, will "encourage and develop in children and young adults four qualities of character that Yeardley exemplified . . . service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship," Sharon Love, Yeardley's mother, said in a news release.

The foundation is working with Yeardley's alma mater, Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, to create a turf field and a scholarship, both in her name.

The foundation also plans to help youths participate in service programs and develop a volunteer program to bring high school athletes and underprivileged children together.

Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., was found dead in her off-campus apartment May 3 after her ex-boyfriend, former U-Va. men's lacrosse player George Huguely, also 22, allegedly beat her. Huguely, of Chevy Chase, remains in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

- Gene Fynes

Teen gets 25 years in Potomac killing

A Montgomery County teenager was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for a 2009 murder in which he struck a man in the head with a shovel.

Artie Ellis, 16, had pleaded guilty in the case, part of an agreement that capped his maximum sentence at 25 years.

The penalty was fashioned as a partially suspended life sentence, meaning the governor would have to sign off on parole, according to lawyers.

Ellis's co-defendant, Emily Geller, 19, also has pleaded guilty. Her sentencing is set for next month.

In May 2009, Geller and Ellis conspired to rob the victim, car salesman Ali Zare, 57, along a path in Potomac. Ellis hit him with the shovel, and Zare fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement.

Ellis has maintained throughout the case that he never intended to kill Zare.

"To the Zare family, I am sorry," he said in court, part of remarks to the judge in which he also apologized to his family and asked to receive help during his prison stay.

- Dan Morse

67 years in home invasion robberies

A Beltsville man convicted of attempted murder and other offenses in a string of College Park-area home invasion robberies last year was sentenced to 67 years in prison Wednesday, a spokesman for the Prince George's County state's attorney's office said.

Leonard S. Riddle, 23, had pleaded guilty in June to charges stemming from three robberies, including one in which he and an accomplice brutally beat an 81-year-old man who had one leg, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey. The robberies occurred in November and December.

- Matt Zapotosky

Man convicted in 2009 slayings

One of the men charged in the 2009 slayings of a Ghanaian immigrant and his pregnant girlfriend in a gated community in Prince George's County was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder, prosecutors said.

Delford M. Barnes, 51, of Springdale had been accused in the slayings of Seth Aidoo, 40, and Eunice Bah, 36, who were found dead in January 2009 in their home in the community of Oak Creek, near Upper Marlboro, prosecutors said. Bah had been shot in the head, and Aidoo had been stabbed and cut several times - apparently by Barnes and an accomplice, 53-year-old Samuel Culley Jr., police said.

Barnes was the boyfriend of Seth Aidoo's estranged wife, Sheila Aidoo, and Culley was her brother, prosecutors and police sources said. Seth Aidoo had a $600,000 life insurance policy that listed Sheila as the beneficiary, and money was believed to be part of the motive, said Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

Culley pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges, Ivey said. He said prosecutors haven't reached "any final conclusions" on Sheila Aidoo's role.

- Matt Zapotosky

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