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Driver dies in tractor-trailer crash

A tractor-trailer carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline overturned near the ramp of the Fairfax County Parkway and Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning, killing the truck’s driver and fueling a fire that took nearly three hours to contain.

The truck’s driver, Edwin H. Hall, 59, of Charles Town, W.Va., died at the scene.

According to Virginia State Police, the truck crashed around 2:14 a.m. while attempting to merge onto I-95 north. Firefighters found the overturned truck engulfed in flames and needed until 5 a.m. to contain the fire to the point where troopers could safely approach the vehicle.

McLean teens assaulted

Police are investigating a report that two 14-year-old girls were inappropriately touched around 3:30 a.m. Aug. 20 in McLean.

According to police, the girls were walking north on the east side of Chain Bridge Road from the area of Chain Bridge Court. As they turned to walk back, they noticed a man run across Chain Bridge Road and hide behind a bush at the far end of a church parking lot. As the girls walked down Davidson Road, they saw the same man walking toward them.

As he got close, he reached out and grabbed one of the girls and wrapped his arms around her waist, police said. The other teen tried to loosen his grip on her friend; the suspect then grabbed the second teen. He allegedly touched both of them inappropriately. The girls screamed, and the suspect fled on foot, north on Chain Bridge Road. The girls ran home to contact police; they were not injured.

Police describe the suspect as Asian, in his 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing an orange and white striped T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-8477, email at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Traffic safety efforts recognized

The Fairfax County Police Department recently was recognized by two prestigious law enforcement organizations, which evaluate police traffic safety programs across the Commonwealth and the nation.

Virginia Association of the Chiefs of Police awarded its Underage Alcohol special category award for county police’s comprehensive efforts to deter youth involvement with alcohol. These efforts include working jointly with the Fairfax County Unified Prevention Coalition on their “Driving to Reduce Underage and Binge Drinking” campaign, staging undercover buying operations, and strict DUI enforcement initiatives such as “Safe December,” sobriety checkpoints and weekly “six pack” patrols.

The VACP also recognized county police’s efforts in the Commercial Motor Vehicle category. A team of Motor Carrier Safety detectives inspect commercial vehicles within Fairfax County borders and routinely remove unsafe vehicles from the roadways. Officers are certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and have received specific training from the Office of Federal Motor Carriers. Each of these officers is equipped with tools, towing equipment and chainsaws to respond to calls involving these large, heavy vehicles.

International Association of the Chiefs of Police presented their Chiefs Challenge Award second in the nation for county police’s underage alcohol efforts.

County officers responded to more than 474,500 calls for service in 2011. Of those, almost half (224,578) were responses to traffic incidents.

Learn more about Traffic Safety initiatives at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/traffic/.

Auxiliary officers make a difference

Have you ever wanted to be more involved in law enforcement and public safety? Are you looking for meaningful, challenging work and having a role in keeping Fairfax County safe? If so, consider applying for the Fairfax County Police Department’s Auxiliary Police Officer program.

An all-volunteer, civilian force composed of 108 men and women, APOs play a vital role in supplementing the sworn personnel in essential public safety operations. They perform a myriad of duties such as staffing sobriety checkpoints, protecting the integrity of crime scenes, and may be deployed to natural or man-made disasters at any time.

APOs come from a variety of backgrounds that enhances county police with their unique sets of knowledge, skills and abilities. Currently, there are doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers and reserve and retired military officers in the APOs. Once they pass a rigorous background check, APOs are required to undergo trainings at the Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly two evenings per week and a few Saturdays per month during 16-week academy, which is slated to begin in January 2013.

Other vital information applicants must be aware of include;

To learn more about the APO program or request an application, call 703-280-0576.