Thursday, May 23, 2013
Automatic Wireless Emergency Alerts system, set to launch June 1, can automatically target cell phones in the geographical area of an emergency.
Fairfax County is now part of a new system that automatically sends text messages to area phone users during the most dire of emergencies. In the event of an emergency, the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will be used to send out messages of 90 characters to mobile phone users in the vicinity of the event. The text alerts will be accompanied by a loud sound similar to the beeping tone of an emergency broadcast on a television, said Sulayman Brown, manager of Fairfax County’s emergency operations center. “Let’s say we have a hazardous material incident in Western Fairfax and we want to let people know to shelter in place,” Brown said. “We can go into it and have it send the alerts to phones in certain zip codes that might be affected…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department in the most recent daily reports released May 22. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
On the above map, the addresses are block numbers, not specific home or business addresses. The following items are from the recent daily activity report from the Mount Vernon Police District of the Fairfax County Police Department. Assault (red on map), 1:50 a.m., May 21, 6200 block of Richmond Highway, An employee was separating several patrons which were arguing. The employee was allegedly assaulted and the suspect fled. Officers located the suspects. Carlos Vasquez, 18, of Springfield, was charged with assault. Ginno Zambrano, 21, of Burke, was charged with assault and DWI. In separate and unrelated incidents: Larcenies (green on map):
The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department in the most recent daily reports released May 21. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
On the above map, the addresses are block numbers, not specific home or business addresses. The following items are from the recent daily activity report from the Mount Vernon Police District of the Fairfax County Police Department. Robbery (blue on map), 12:55 a.m., May 20, 5600 block of Kathryn Street, A 25-year-old man reported two men attempted to steal his book bag. The suspects approached from behind and grabbed the bag. The victim was able to hold onto his property. The suspects fled and the victim was not injured. Burglary (red on map), 4:45 p.m., May 20, 2000 block of Huntington Avenue, A resident reported someone entered his home and stole a handgun. There were no signs of forced entry. Larcenies (green on map):
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Kashif Bashir facing slew of charges in Feb. 27 shooting incident that wounded Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy.
The suspect in the February shooting of Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was indicted by an Alexandria Circuit Court grand jury Monday. Kashif Bashir, 27, is facing one count of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The attempted capital murder charge and aggravated malicious wounding charge each carry sentences of 20 years to life. The firearm charges each carry three-year sentences. Trial dates will be chosen in the next 10 days. Bashir is being represented by the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office. Prosecutors handling the case are Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Molly Sullivan and Assistant Commonwealth’s …
The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department in the most recent daily reports released May 20. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
On the above map, the addresses are block numbers, not specific home or business addresses. The following items are from the recent daily activity report from the Mount Vernon Police District of the Fairfax County Police Department. Assault (blue on map), 1:55 p.m., May 17, Richmond Highway/Sherwood Hall Lane, A 25-year-old man was allegedly attacked. Joshua Sims, 25, of Alexandria was charged with malicious wounding and drunk in public. The victim was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. In separate and unrelated incidents: Unlawful Entry/Assault (red on map), 6 p.m., May 17, 8600 block of Village Way, A 33-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by two juveniles who were attempting to enter a vacant home. The …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The eight FCPD positions have not been cut to four in county budget cuts.
The station logistic technician (SLT) position has not been cut in FCPD county budget cuts. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved fully funding all eight positions instead of eliminating four of the positions, said Captain Randy Joyce — commander of the Mount Vernon District Police Station — at the recent Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. One SLT is assigned to each of the eight district police stations. Because of budget cuts, the county was considering cutting it down to four SLTs for Fairfax County. SLTs are responsible for equipment and supplies inventory, maintaining police cruisers (average of 16 cars per week taken to and from the county garage for maintenance and repairs) and other duties around the district …
The fire started in a bedroom of the home.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue estimates the damages of a recent house fire in Mount Vernon at about $60,000, according to a recent news release. Firefighters responded to a call of a house fire at 8019 Seaton Drive in the Sherwood Crossing residential area Wednesday night. The fire department received the call at about 7:48 p.m. and arrived four minutes later. When firefighters arrived, they observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the ranch-style, single family home. Firefighters performed an aggressive fire attack to keep the fire from spreading to the attic of the home and were able to get the fire under control. According to the news release, the occupants of the home were outside barbequing when the fire started and they…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
FCPD provided information about the new police cruisers during the recent CAC meeting at Franconia District Police Station.
Fairfax County police officers are saying farewell to their old cruisers as the department purchases 127 Ford Police Interceptor sedans and utility vehicles in FY2013. Retired Lieutenant Chalrie Bond — who is now the director of the logistics and property division for the department — conducted a presentation during Wednesday night's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. Bond said Ford Motor Vehicles recently discontinued the Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. The 2007 model was the last of its kind. FCPD has 1,500 vehicles — 762 which are assigned to eight stations, and Franconia District Police Station has 109 of those vehicles alone, Bond said. The current cruisers are large four-door vehicles with a V8 engine and upgraded brakes and …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The latest incident reports from the Mount Vernon District Station.
Robbery/Larceny Cigarettes were reported stolen from a business at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday on the 6800 block of Richmond Highway. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, two men entered the business. One of the men reached over a counter and took cigarettes, the second pushed a clerk and stole cigarettes. No one was injured. Larcenies:
Fire department responded to a call for a house fire Wednesday night.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to call for a house fire Wednesday night. Battalion Chief Brian Brendel said they received the call for the fire at 8000 Seaton Street in the Sherwood Crossing residential area around 7:48 p.m. Multiple units arrived at the seen of the fire four minutes after receiving the call. When firefighters arrived, they were able to get the fire out within a few minutes. Brendel said the fire started in the bedroom. Three of the four occupants of the single family home had already vacated the home. The fourth roommate was not home at the time of the incident. All four adults have been displaced by the fire. Fire investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the fire.