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Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

Marine From Falls Church Killed In Afghanistan

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (wusa) -- Sergeant Ronald Rodriguez left a legacy of love and honor with Martha Duran as a student at Stuart High School.

"He was so proud to be a Marine," Duran told us. "For him it was an honor to be in the Marine Corp and even better, he was able to do something for his country."

The Bolivian born boy moved to America at the age of two. His father Francisco says, his son grew up playing soccer in the Falls Church area.

Outside his home, a black ribbon and a United States flag embrace his honor.

Ronald earned nearly a dozen medals of honor including the purple heart. He was overseas for the third time when he was killed Monday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Duran told us, "I didn't want to accept that."

Duran and Rodriguez kept in touch through the years and recalls the first time he returned after his first deployment to Iraq.

Marine From Falls Church Killed In Afghanistan

(WUSA) -- A U.S. Marine from Falls Church has died while serving in Afghanistan. 

Sergeant Ronald A. Rodriguez, 26, died after an improvised explosive device went off.

Rodriguez was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2002.

This was his third combat deployment.

Video of the dignified transfer of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez of Fairfax, Va. at Dover Air Force Base:

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.

Man Accused Of Exposing Himself To 6-Year-Old Girl

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) - A 45-Year-Old man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself to a 6-year-old girl Thursday, August 12, in Falls Church, police said.

Investigators said the incident allegedly happened near 6298 Seven Corners Center just before 2 p.m.

According to police Jose Ricardo Rivera, exposed himself to the girl while she was waiting for a bus with her mother.

Police said Rivera fled from the bus stop after the incident but was located nearby.

He has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Detectives believe that there may be additional witnesses in this case and are asking those witnesses to contact Crime Solvers at (866) 411-TIPS (8477), or text TIP187 plus your message to CRIMES/274637, or call Fairfax County Police at (703) 691-2131.

Falls Church Is Ending Its Bus Service Amid Budget Concerns

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- After eight years, Falls Church is ending its bus service.

Facing a tough budget forecast, the City Council voted last week to terminate the George bus service on Sept. 27. The service runs two routes during rush hour between the city and the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro stations.

George launched in 2002 as a pilot program with four buses that operated on diesel fuel with reduced emissions. Falls Church began funding George in 2005.

Now officials say they can't afford to maintain the fleet. The city has transferred operation of the bus service from Metro to Arlington County, raised fares and cut midday service.

But if the city dips further into the trust fund that helps pay for the service, it would mean a $347,000 shortfall next year.

City Council Votes to Terminate GEORGE Bus System

The Falls Church City Council has recently voted to terminate the local GEORGE bus system, the city’s clean diesel bus. The vote was cast 6-1 and the buses will terminate at the end of September.

The council’s vote is due to the low ridership of this bus system and high subsidy levels. Councilman Robin Gardner made the motion to terminate and Ron Peppe seconded that motion. Councilman David Snyder was the one council member that was in strong opposition of the decision. Here is more information about the GEORGE bus: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/CultureRecreation/GEORGEmain.aspx