Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More than 75 Fairfax County residents have had false tax returns filed in their names — here are some tips to protect your identity.
While some are under the stress of a looming tax deadline less than a week away, some Fairfax County taxpayers are dealing with a different problem. More than 75 people have called Fairfax County Police complaining their identities have been stolen and false tax returns filed in their names. Lucy Caldwell, a county police spokeswoman, said taxpayers don’t realize they’re victims until they go to file their tax returns and are told that the IRS has already received and documented their returns. Victims are being told by the IRS to call their local police department, Caldwell said. “Here in Fairfax County, they file an online report and will receive their number electronically from our system,” Caldwell said. “Supervisors in the Financial …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 20. Affordable housing continues to be a major topic of discussion in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation sold Hunting Point, two eight-story apartment buildings, to a realty firm. Alexandria's City Council had asked that any purchaser not turn the buildings into luxury apartments that could displace its current tenants who require more affordable housing. That message was passed on to the new buyers, according to VDOT, but was not a condition of the sale. 19. On the west side of Alexandria, the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to major rezoning in the Beauregard area that will tear down …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The driver of an SUV fled after Herndon police tried to pull them over, eventually striking another car.
An SUV led a Herndon police officer on a pursuit in the Herndon Parkway and Dranesville Road area after the officer attempted to stop the driver for a routine traffic violation at about 7:15 this morning. The pursuit ended in the area of Herndon High School. The SUV drove northbound at a high rate of speed, running a red light at the intersection of Dranesville Road and Wiehle Avenue, striking a vehicle at the intersection. The driver of the SUV lost control, rolling the vehicle several times before coming to a stop. The driver and a passenger in the SUV were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. No one else was injured in the accident. Herndon High School Principal William Bates sent out a notice to HHS parents letting them know…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
No other passengers were on the bus in Saturday night incident.
A driver was extricated from from a bus Saturday night after a severe accident in the 2200 block of Rock Hill Road near the Center for Innovative Technology. The driver was trapped in the vehicle after hitting a tree. A helicopter and medical director were called to the scene. Medics successfully extricated the driver from the bus and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. There were no other passengers on the bus. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. [Want to stay on top of news in Herndon? Sign up for our daily or breaking news emails.]
Monday, November 26, 2012
About 64 cars had their tires slashed at Dulles Greene Apartment Complex Saturday night.
The Fairfax County Police Department and Crime Solvers are hoping the public can help them identify the suspects responsible for damaging at least 64 cars at a Herndon-area apartment complex Saturday night. Between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday the suspects slashed the tires of at least 64 vehicles parked in the Dulles Greene Apartment Complex off of Rock Hill Road. All the damaged vehicles were parked on Astoria Circle. One car was parked on Rock Hill Road, near the entrance of the complex. Suveillance videos show three men entered the complex on foot that night. One was heavyset and wore light-colored clothing. The second was wearing dark-colored basketball shorts, and the third wore dark-colored clothing. Detectives have …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Fairfax County Police hope to boost seat belt use.
Fairfax County Police are participating in the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign from that began Nov. 11 and ends Nov. 18. Police are trying to help save lives by cracking down on those who don't use seat belts. State and local law enforcement agencies are enforcing seat belt laws around the clock. The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in car crashes during the overnight hours from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. During daytime hours that number was 42 percent. The campaign was created to save lives. According to the NHTSA, seat belts saved about 12,546 …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Laptop computer reported stolen.
Two teens were charged with burglary in a Herndon area neighborhood earlier this month. At about 9:50 a.m. on Nov. 1 officers from the Fairfax County Police Department responded to an alarm call for the burglary in the 1400 block of Kingstream Drive in Herndon. A neighbor was able to provide a description of the two juveniles near the home. Following a search of the area, which brought out the FCPD helicopter, two 15-year-old teens were arrested and charged with burglary. A laptop computer was reported stolen in the incident. [Want to stay on top of news in Herndon? Sign up for our weekly, daily or breaking news emails.]
Friday, November 2, 2012
Fairfax County Police are looking for a man who robbed a Herndon area bank Thursday.
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Capital One Bank at 13344-A Franklin Farm Rd., in the Herndon area on Thursday. At about 1:37 p.m. Thursday a man entered the bank and implied that he had a weapon before demanding money from a teller. The teller complied and the man fled. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as white, in his 40s, about 5-feet 4-inches tall to 5-feet 7-inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a black zip-up style jacket, black pants and a black hunter's style hat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131, or Crime Solvers anonymously at 1-866-411-8477, or via the website www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Floris United Methodist Church holds candlelight vigil Wednesday for four Herndon residents found dead this week.
Floris United Methodist Church was filled Wednesday evening with area students from Rachel Carson Middle School and Westfield High School as the community mourned the loss of the Peterson family. The Petersons, father and mother Albert and Kathleen and sons Matthew and Christopher, were found dead in their home Tuesday afternoon in what police have determined was a murder-suicide. “We’re here for a prayer vigil,” FUMC Rev. Tom Berlin said. “We’re not here for a memorial service. We’re not here to figure everything out.” For those who came to the vigil — many of whom were students, wearing Westfield's signature black and yellow, sports gear or clothing bearing messages like "Rest in Peace" — it was hard to make sense of what happened to a …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Husband kills sons and wife before turning gun on himself in Point Rider Lane home, police say.
The family of four found dead Tuesday inside a home on Point Rider Lane in Herndon was killed in a murder suicide, police said Wednesday. A Fairfax County Police Department investigation revealed Albert Peterson, 57, killed his wife, Kathleen Peterson, 52, and their children, Matthew, 16, and Christopher, 13, before taking his own life. The Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner determined the cause of death for each of the four family members was gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to police. [Follow Herndon Patch on Facebook.] Yesterday neighbors gathered throughout the neighborhood as police and press descended on the property after the initial report. A coworker of one of the adults called the police to ask for a welfare check…