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Two Charged In Dumpster Fires

From Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators have charged Carlos Arturo Casero-Ortez, 19, and Hunberto Orellana, 19, 6000 block of Vista Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, with intentionally setting fire to a trash dumpster in the Culmore area of Fairfax County on two separate occasions.

Both individuals have been charged with burning or destroying personal property greater than $200, (Virginia Code 18.2-81), and setting fire capable of spreading fire on land, (Virginia Code 18.2-86). 

Damage is estimated at $500. There were no injuries.


City of Falls Church Replaces Stolen Ped Crossing Signs

From The City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church installed six pedestrian crossing safety signs today (Oct. 28) where the W&OD trail intersects with City streets.  Funding for the replacement signs was provided by Friends of the W&OD Trail.   The new signs replace ped crossing safety signs, valued at about $2,500, which were stolen in early August.  The signs were installed at the intersections of the W&OD Trail at West Street, N. Oak Street, Little Falls Road, Grove Avenue and Gordon Road.

 The new signs are single-sided and one was installed on each edge of the crosswalk in the center of each street where it crosses the trail, creating less obstruction for trail users than the stolen, double-sided signs which were located in the middle of the trail where it intersects with the street.

Lighting Up in Restaurants Leads to Arrest

As of December 2009, according to Virginia state law, smoking in restaurants is prohibited. Some people have been ignoring this new regulation and have had to face consequences. Police in Falls Church arrested nine smokers last week after receiving numerous complaints about people smoking in a group of Vietnamese restaurants in Eden Center. Four more people were arrested for allowing the smokers to light up.

All of the arrests that occurred last week were in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard in the center of Seven Corners. Those arrested were given citations and fines.

Self-Defense Classes Available for Local Women

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) is a program of self-defense techniques and tactics for women-only that will soon be offered in your neighborhood. The program is open to ages 12 and up and provides the basics of awareness, prevention, risk avoidance, and hands-on training. The program is not Martial Arts; it is a program dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts against assault and provides females the knowledge they need for risk prevention.

This class is free as a public service of the Police Department, however, registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, August 13th. The classes will be taught by nationally certified R.A.D instructors that are City Police Officers.

The classes will be held at Columbia Baptist Church (103 West Columbia Street) on August 16th, 17th, 19th, and 23rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.