News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week:
82-YEAR-OLD KILLED WHILE CROSSING BELTWAY: An 82-year-old Falls Church man died June 8 after he was hit by a tractor-trailer while crossing the Capital Beltway, Virginia State Police said.
The crash occurred at 12:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 495, less than a mile south of Route 7.
The victim, Barrington Holt, had been driving a 2014 Honda Accord north on I-495 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the interstate and then struck a concrete barrier and guard rail, state police said.
Holt exited his vehicle and was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of I-495 when he crossed in front of a northbound tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer’s driver tried to avoid Holt by braking suddenly, but was unable to avoid striking the man. The tractor-trailer then was rear-ended by another northbound tractor-trailer.
Holt died at the scene. Both tractor-trailer drivers were wearing seat belts and neither was injured in the crash, police said.
VIENNA BANK EMPLOYEE SAYS FEMALE CUSTOMER TRIED TO CASH FRAUDULENT CHECK: An employee at Burke & Herbert Bank, 302 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on May 31 at 3:53 p.m. that a woman had entered the bank and attempted to cash a fraudulent check.
The woman left the area before officers arrived, police said.
19-YEAR-OLD FACES CHARGES OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT: Vienna police officers went to a residence on Cherry Street, S.W., on May 31 at 9:55 p.m. in response to a reported a domestic assault in progress.
The resident’s adult son began harassing his mother and younger brother, police said. The harassment escalated when he allegedly began physically assaulting both of them, causing minor injuries.
Police arrested the 19-year-old Vienna man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with two counts of domestic assault and held him on a $3,000 unsecured bond.
VIENNA POLICE RECOVER VEHICLE STOLEN IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY: A Vienna police officer on June 1 at 9:11 p.m. located a vehicle in the 100 block of Moore Avenue, S.E., which had been reported stolen in Prince William County.
MAN WHO TRIED TO LEAVE WITHOUT PAYING IS BANNED FROM VIENNA EATERY: An employee at Aldeerah Restaurant, 262 Cedar Lane, S.E., told Vienna police on June 1 at 9:38 p.m. that a customer was trying to leave without paying his bill. The employee advised that the man had done this before, police said.
A friend at the restaurant paid the customer’s bill and the customer was banned from returning to the restaurant, police said.
PERSONAL ITEMS STOLEN IN McLEAN BURGLARY: An unknown person entered a home overnight on June 4 in the 1600 block of Brookside Road in McLean and took personal items, Fairfax County police said.
OAKTON MAN CHARGED IN WEST SPRINFIELD BURGLARY: A man was inside his home in the 5600 block of Kirkham Court in West Springfield on June 4 at 9:29 p.m. when he saw a male suspect enter, take several sets of keys and run away, Fairfax County police said.
With the help of K9 and helicopter units, officers found Dustin Sherman, 34, of Oakton, in the woods behind the home.
Authorities charged Sherman with burglary, grand larceny and trespassing, served him with a warrant for violating probation and held him without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
FAIRFAX FIRE AND RESCUE CELEBRATES 70 YEARS: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. In 1949, the Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of firefighters for each of the volunteer stations.
In addition, supervisors approved the installation of a central fire-alarm system so police dispatchers “would dispatch the engines from the department or departments nearest the fire and this would eliminate a great deal of confusion,” officials said.
On July 1, 1949, the first 10 career firefighters were hired at an annual salary of $2,500. The first to be hired was Samuel Redmond, who was issued badge No. 1 and assigned to Station 1 in McLean.
Career firefighters were called “paid men” and served primarily as daytime apparatus drivers. The various chiefs of the volunteer departments would choose the personnel who would be hired by the county and ultimately work for their departments. This practice would continue for many years.
As members of their respective volunteer departments, these firefighters responded to “after hours” calls from their homes.
The department has grown exponentially since its inception. Today, the department is a career and volunteer organization providing services such as fire suppression, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous-materials response, water rescue, life-safety education, fire prevention and arson investigation.
There are approximately 1,400 career firefighters, 170 civilians and 370 operational volunteers making the department the largest fire department in Virginia and one of the best in the nation, officials said.