Brief news items from the Greater Falls Church area for the week of October 26.
Fairfax Cable to Televise Debate on Question #1
The general manager of Fairfax County Cable TV, Channel 10, confirmed that his station will tape and broadcast the entirety of what promises to be a heated debate on Question #1, the so-called “Marriage Amendment,” that will be held this Friday night at the Fairfax County Government Center. The debate, which will be open to the public starting at 8 p.m., will pit Del. Bob Marshall, a co-author of the amendment, and Victoria Cobb of the Family Foundation against Jim Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education and Doug Koelemay, managing editor of Qorvis Communications. The event is being co-sponsored by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Organizations and the Fairfax County Committee of 100.
Pedestrian Enforcement Campaign at Rt. 50 & Patrick Henry Dr.
A pedestrian enforcement campaign conducted by the Fairfax County Police that began this Tuesday will continue through Friday at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Patrick Henry Dr., according to a county statement. “The Route 50 and Patrick Henry Drive corridor is responsible for 25% of the pedestrian fatalities in the county and over half the pedestrian crashes in the Mason District area. Officers from the Mason District station will be distributing safety bracelets and bilingual awareness brochures to pedestrians” throughout the campaign, the statement noted.
Man Arrested in 2 F.C. Area Burglaries
Early last Sunday morning, Fairfax Police arrested a 26-year-old Nealon Drive resident, charging him with counts of burglary while armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of grand larceny. The man was confronted by police shortly after they were called to the scene of a second burglary attempt in the same area of greater Falls Church. At 1:30 a.m. last Sunday, they were first called to a 7100 Alger Road address where a woman claimed a man appeared in her home with a knife demanding money. She escaped the house with her baby and some personal items were stolen. At about 4 a.m. a second burglary was reported in progress in the 3200 block of Dye Drive. A woman sleeping on a couch was awakened by a man in the home. The suspect fled but items were found missing in the home. The suspect was then nabbed by police running behind a nearby house.
Ample Absentee Voting Opportunities in F.C., Fairfax
Fairfax County and the City of Falls Church will have locations open the next two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to facilitate citizens who wish to vote absentee in the Nov. 7 election. In Falls Church, the registrar’s office at City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, will be open, and in Fairfax County, seven government centers will be open, including the Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, and the McLean Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road in the greater Falls Church area. Voters can also show up at the F.C. City Hall or Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Monday through Friday. F.C.’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fairfax’s 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays. Saturday, Nov. 4, is the last day to vote absentee. Voters can also apply for ballots to be mailed to them, although the time is running short for the turnaround. Voters can pull an application off line from www.sbe.virginia.gov/CMS, following the links from there.
F.C. ‘Stop & Go’ Clerk Charged for Selling Meth Ingredients
In a Fairfax County police crackdown on the now-illegal sale of excess quantities of over-the-counter ingredients used on the manufacture of methamphetamines, clerks at three out of 21 different businesses in the county where undercover police attempted to buy the illegal amounts were charged. Included was the “EZ Stop & Go” in the 7600 block of Lee Highway. A law that went into effect July 1 restricts the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to no more than 3.6 grams total of each per customer per day. Since Sept. 30, according to the law, the products must be kept behind the store counter or in a locked case away from the general public’s access.